- Titles: Nazo no Kanojo X, Mysterious Girlfriend X, MGX
- Genre: Slice of Life, School, Weird, Ecchi?, Romance (I almost forgot romance!)
- Episodes: 13
- Studio: Hoods Entertainment
Akira Tsubaki is a healthy teenage boy. And just like most healthy teenage boys, he is interested in girls. Very interested! But girls can be kind of mysterious and tough to understand. Take the new transfer student, Mikoto Urabe. She seems nice enough but half the time, Tsubaki has absolutely no idea what she’s talking about. And she acts in such a weird way. She sleeps through class, has manic outbursts, doesn’t seem to have any friends or any worries for that matter. Urabe is truly a very mysterious girl indeed. And now, somehow, she is Tsubaki’s Mysterious Girlfriend X.
I really liked the title of this anime and I think the art is awesome. That’s probably why I picked it up despite the fact that it’s listed as a romance series. After all, it’s also a comedy and I do like some funny romance series. I was curious and eager to discover the mystery behind this Mysterious Girlfriend.
Like I mentioned in my paragraph above, I really like this art style. It looks reminiscent of classic anime but this came out in 2012 so it’s actually a modern take of old-school art trends in anime. And because it’s recent, it looks particularly polished and nice. The colours are simple but vibrant and there is some wonderful use of shadows throughout the series.
I actually watched this one in English and I really liked Urabe’s English voice actress. She gives a super flat performance which can come off as slightly phoned in but for some reason, I found it compelling. By the way, her name is Genevieve Simmons and since I rarely watch dubs, I haven’t heard her in anything else. But I am curious now.
I only have 2 production notes. As a borderline Ecchi (I’ll get back to this later) there is some attention brought to women’s bodies, more specifically to Urabe’s, and her proportions changed all the time. I found this really distracting and it’s not on purpose. Occasionally they were even a bit off and she ended up looking not quite right even when not compared to other scenes.
The other little nitpick I have is that animation shortcuts were really obvious. There aren’t that many high-action scenes, to begin with in Mysterious Girlfriend X. It’s an anime that just doesn’t move around too much. But the few scenes that were more dynamic would often employ stills and off-camera action to cut down on the animation even more. It’s not a big deal as the story doesn’t really require that much movement. But it did hit me as I was watching.
Story & Characters
I’m just going to preface this entire section with this was not a show for me. The comedy aspect of the series is mostly centred around Urabe being very odd and that wears off quickly. The rest is a straight-up romance with an extremely quirky character to make it stand out. And I’m just not that big of a romance fan.
I must say, a lot more attention is put on describing how unusual Urabe is than on developing her character. As a result, I was left wondering why Tsubaki and Urabe were together. They certainly do seem to like each other a lot and they make a cute couple but they have nothing in common, they can’t seem to have so much as a conversation, Urabe looks bored most of the time and Tsubaki regularly wishes she had a completely different personality. So that made it a bit more difficult for me to root for them as a couple. I like them both individually but I think they might be better off with other people.
Let me discuss the genres a little. I have seen Mysterious Girlfriend X labelled as science fiction and ecchi. And having watched it, I think both these tags are correct but misleading. Urabe seems to have this odd power to link with others by sharing saliva. As in it has a physical reaction and she can share other’s feelings, memories and even wounds that way. But only certain people. This is described early on but never explained. And that’s it for the sci fi aspect of the series.
As for the ecchi part. Tsubaki is at an age where he thinks about sex a whole lot, there are quite a few panty shots and some barbie nudity (i.e. no nipples or private parts). So sexuality is a theme in Mysterious Girlfriend X but all in all, it has much, much less fanservice than DanMachi and that’s not considered an ecchi. So I would say it’s more of an intellectual or emotional sort of lewd than a visual one.
For context, Pintrest once removed some screencaps from Null and Peta because they were considered too racy. Null and Peta is a very innocent cute girl short. But none of my Mysterious Girlfriend X screencaps were an issue.
I have to admit, in order to finish the show I switched to English and ended up watching the series while doing other things. I am notoriously unromantic in my anime tastes so that was part of the issue. But more importantly, I have a slight repulsion from other people’s drool. There were a lot of scenes in Mysterious Girlfriend X that made me a bit queasy. Don’t get me wrong, I thought the premise was actually pretty fun and in many ways, this was a rather charming sex comedy. But I had to look away from the screen a lot. What can I say, I’m precious.
You might like this anime if:
You have a drool fetish. In fact you will love this anime if you have a drool fetish as it is a severely underserved fanservice niche!
My favourite character:
Ueno, I felt bad for him. He’s clearly way more into his girlfriend than she is into him…
- Every time Tsubaki has a dream – take a sip
- Every time anyone says “drool” – switch to water
- Every time anytime something happens because that’s how Mikoto is – take a sip
- Every time – take a sip
- Every time we see the scissors – gasp!
- Every time Urabe is kind of a cold girlfriend – take a sip
- Every time we see Urabe’s…eyes – take a sip
- Every time it gets windy – cover your eyes
- Every time Urabe refuses to do something really simple to make Tsubaki happy – take a sip
- Every time Tsubaki tries to hug his girlfriend – be worried for him
- Every time Tsubaki’s sister thinks he’s getting to be that age – take a sip
- Every time Oka feed Urabe – take a sip
- Every time anyone gets jealous – tsk
- Every time Oka causes trouble – take a sip
- Every time we see the sunset – admire
I save all my screencaps on my Pinterest and you can find more there if you are interested. But I still like to show you a few in the post. If you’re like me, screencaps are something that really helps you decide to watch an anime or not.