Every once in a while, an anime series comes along that has a really
strange premise. Midori Days is one such show, a comedy with
a very bizarre story. I was initially put off, thinking that the
program would be too odd to suspend my disbelief. As I watched the
disc though, the show started to grow on me, and I ended up really liking
this weird program.
Seiji is the most fearsome kid in his class. Known as 'Mad Dog'
Sawamura, he never loses a fight due to his terrifying "demon" right hand.
All of the boys at his school tremble at his name, but the girls do too.
Because of that Seiji can't get a date to save his life. He's very
lonely, and really wishes that he had a girlfriend.
One day he gets his wish, though not in the way he had hoped for.
When he wakes up in the morning, he has a little girl in place of his demon
right hand. Yes, there is a small girl, named Midori, grafted to
the end of his arm. Midori has loved Seiji from afar for years, and
is terribly happy to be part of him. Seiji on the other hand (no
pun intended) isn't sure what to make of his admiring right hand.
Of course this means that he can't fight any more. He still has a
lot of enemies of course, and fighting without using his right hand is
difficult. Not nearly as difficult as keeping Midori a secret though.
This is a strange but funny show filled with slapstick and humor.
Midori can pull Seiji around, and even pick him up if she needs to which
leads to a lot outrageous situations. In one episode, a thirsty Seiji
grabs a bottle of water from the fridge and drinks deeply, only to discover
that it's his sister's Tequila. He passes out on the floor, just
as a string of people come to the door and helpfully let themselves in.
Its up to Midori to make it look like Seiji's still awake, but a pale boy
who scoots around the floor with no visible means of locomotion is fairly
My favorite episode was the fourth one. Seiji accidently ruins
Midori's only shirt, so he takes her to a store that sells anime costumes
for dolls and lets her pick something out. Unfortunately a kid from
his class, Takamizawa, sees him there and assumes that Seiji collects female
action figures. Things get worse when he catches a glimpse of Midori,
and jumps to the conclusion that Seiji is a fellow puppets fancier!
Things get more complicated as Takamizawa comes up with schemes to discover
just what brand of puppet he has.
This show is obviously not grounded in reality, but if you can get past
that, it's a lot of fun. It's an outrageous show, and every episode
has some laugh out loud moments. There is even some continuity between
the episodes, with a plot about just where Midori came from. There
is a full sized version of her at her real home, but the real Midori has
fallen into a deep sleep and won't wake up.
This show is rated 13+, and I think that's a little low. There
is a fair amount of swearing, and several frontal nudity shots.
This DVD has the first five episodes on a single sided DVD that comes
in a white keepcase.
This disc has the original Japanese stereo soundtrack as well as an
English dub, also in stereo. I alternated tracks as I watched the
show and enjoyed both tracks equally. I especially liked Rin's voice
in the English dub. Both tracks were clean and clear and reproduced
the dialog very well.
The full screen video image was nice too. The lines were tights
and the colors were bright. There wasn't much in the way of digital
defects either, even aliasing was barely noticeable. A good looking
This disc also comes with a clean opening and closing, a promo reel,
and some outakes from the English dub sessions. There is also something
I haven't seen before, an original audio drama. Only available in
Japanese with subtitles, this is a story involving Midori and Seiji that
isn't animated. For visuals they just have background scenes from
the anime. I really enjoyed this, it's a great idea. The expensive
part on any cartoon show is the animation, and since this had none, the
cost of producing it must have been minimal. I hope we see
more of these turning up on anime DVDs.
Midori Days sounds odd and strange, and it is. It's also
a very funny show. The slapstick humor and odd situations that Seiji
finds himself in work very well. If you are looking for an anime
series to tickle your funny bone, this is it. A high Recommendation.