First Look: YU-NO: A Girl Who Chants Love at the Bound of This World

Alternative title(s): Kono Yo no Hate de Koi wo Utau Shoujo YU-NO
Visual Novel Adaptation by feel.
Streaming on Funimation


Takuya Arima is a horny jerk but I guess we’re supposed to cut him some slack because his parents are dead. He spends his days hanging out at school with a suspcious amount of hot older ladies until he receives a mysterious package from his allegedly dead father. The package contains an ancient relic that probably alters time or space or dimensions or something, also there is a naked magical elf girl.​

Jel’s verdict: Whimper from the Past

The only thing that kept me from falling asleep while watching this was trying to spot the signs this was based on a visual novel from the 90s. Even that didn’t provide too much entertainment as this was a pretty standard VN setup: a lot of pretty girls and some kind of half baked supernatural twist to get them mixed up with our insufferable main character. I was further disappointed when things go down at the end of the episode and I thought he’d at least get transported to a fantasy world or something, but no everything just went back to normal.​ I’m assuming that will not be the case moving forward, just saying it did not make a great first impression.

The one brief moment I enjoyed was when our hero finds the mandatory naked magic girl on the beach, we hear what I’m assuming is the big musical theme from the VN. It’s a pretty great retro tune that sounds straight out of a 32-bit JRPG, making me feel nostalgic for a game I never played. So there you have it, the soundtrack is certainly a mood I can get into, but the anime itself? Not so much.​

Artemis’ verdict: Can’t Get Back My Time

Do yourself a favour and skip this one. The main character is a sexual harassing douchebag and the other cast members are primarily made up of half a dozen female characters, all of whom are defined solely on how big their breasts are, how short their skirts are, or both. Every single one of these characters is introduced in this first episode, meaning that as soon as our womanizing protagonist finishes one pointless conversation with one of them, she leaves so that the next one can take her place. The episodes culminates in, what else, a naked woman appearing before Mr. Horn-Dog and kissing him, before disappearing in a flash of light and I guess transporting him back in time, for Reasons. It’s all about as cliché as it sounds and every bit as painful to watch. Save yourself twenty minutes and do just about anything else with your time – whatever is it, it will probably be more worthwhile.

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