Mimi: Kuragehime is without a doubt my favorite anime of Fall 2010. No, it’s not as flashy as Star Driver or thrilling as Shiki, but it’s one of those shows that can really uplift your mood and leave a warm, lasting impression on you. Kuragehime is simply about a group of socially awkward women who live together in an apartment, and they each have their own quirks and obsessions. Tsukimi is obsessed with jellyfish, Mayaya is obsessed with The Three Kingdoms, Chieko is obsessed with Japanese dolls, and so on. However, their little closeted life is changed forever when a newcomer arrives—a cross-dressing rich boy named Kuranosuke who is way too assertive and fashionable for their own comfort. The entire cast feels incredibly fresh, alive, funny, and energetic, and I found myself to be totally captivated by their antics.
There is one major issue in the show, and that is that their apartment is being considered for redevelopment plans. Much of this series focuses on Kuranosuke trying to prepare the women to fight against this ‘attack.’ This results in a lot of heartfelt fun and laughs for the series, and each new episode manages to be tons better than the last one. In addition to this, there’s a strong focus on romance comedy, and never have I been so amused and engaged with a genre before. The upbeat, crazy personalities of the characters make it possible to enjoy every facet of the show. The energy only slightly wears off towards the end, but nothing is harmed, and no one is hurt. Kuragehime is truly a breath of fresh air all the way through, and I’d highly recommend it for anyone.
Mimi’s Score: 9 Meeps out of 10 (Great)
Alex’s Score: 8 Meeps out of 10 (Very Good)
Dusk’s Score: 8 Meeps out of 10 (Very Good)
Doofus’ Score: 9 Meeps out of 10 (Great)