It sounds like the name of some cheap sci-fi skin flick, but Mysterious Girlfriend X is actually a new anime based off a manga that came out in 2006 and is still in circulation. Mysterious Girlfriend X is simply an endearing story of your first true love. It has everything, humor, awesome characters and badassery. This show is about this boy named Tsubaki and this girl named Urabe and the relationship they form. Tsubaki is a schoolboy and when he sees the new student Urabe, he is enchanted by her. Urabe is a peculiar girl, though. Almost alien. Of course, Tsubaki doesn’t realize this at first. One day when he wakes her up after school she stares him in the face and he realizes that he must have her. But what will he do? She walks out of the classroom and Tsubaki is left all alone with the drool that Urabe had left on her desk. What he does next is quite cringe-inducing and creepy, but kind of sweet, too. He takes his finger and swabs it in her drool. Yup, you read that right. Then he sticks his drool-covered finger in his mouth and sucks on it. You read that right, too.
Sucking saliva is the most ridiculous thing in this series. What does it say about our society that we’re more squeamish about seeing the exchange of bodily fluids then seeing someone being killed by a knife or a gun. I guess we have gotten more used to seeing blood then spit. Another thing I should mention is that not just anyone reacts to Urabe’s drool in such a fashion. That means there truly is something special about Tsubaki’s relationship with Urabe and the drool they share. The drool serves a purpose. Besides, the show never explains itself, I know the manga is still ongoing, but when making a show that is one season, I expect a conclusion. Yes, it is one of those shows, where I think the goal is simply to form a relationship, yet the relationship just does not work. And it pretends that some actions that do not happen, happened, and they were wonderful.
There is more to it than merely tasting her drool; when he does so he gets an insight into her emotional state and it turns out she can tell how he feels by tasting his saliva. Over the course of the series they grow closer and a relationship develops. Inevitably one or two obstacles arise but it is obvious that they belong to each other. The strength of the series is largely down to Urabe’s character; as the title suggests there is something distinctly mysterious about her; it helps that Ayako Yoshitani did such a great job voicing her… at least her voice sounded great even if I had to rely on subtitles to understand what she was saying. While Tsubaki isn’t quite such an interesting character he makes a good protagonist; besides he isn’t meant to be the mysterious one; she is. I was surprised just how much I enjoyed this series; it may not be full of action or hilarious moments but the characters are fun to watch.
On top of that, I can not recall the last time I’ve seen an animated program with this level of atmosphere. From the half lit bedrooms, to the sunset drenched path the duo take on their ways home, and even the mildly dead feeling school. So yes, I might have opened this review being harsh but weirdness doesn’t really bother me and once you look past it there is so much to love here. Despite all the weirdness that surrounds their bond you really root for things to work between them and for their relationship to grow. Granted I know the droll thing can make some people not want to watch this anime at all, but is it really that odd compared to series that have aliens with superpowers that shoot beams, or giant robots fighting intergalactic wars? If you can get past the droll theme, you’re in for one of the most unusual and great series out there.