Midori Days ~ Review
“A beautiful romantic tale about a young boy and… his right hand??”
I know what you’re thinking… “Anime Man, what the hell is up with the sub-title??”. Well, if you have never seen this anime (or even heard of it in fact) then I totally understand your confusion at the moment. So, let’s go onto the synopsis of this very unique story to clear things up…
Midori Days revolves around Seiji Sawamura, a delinquent who is known to be one of the toughest guys in the area, known for his self-proclaimed “Devil’s Right Hand”. However, as he is known to be a fierce, violent person, he has no chance of getting a girlfriend, even going on to say that he will grow old with “his right hand being his only companion” (I don’t think I have to explain what that means…) However, one day he wakes up to his right hand being turned into a real-life girl; her name is Midori Kasugano and has had a crush on Seiji for many years. As Seiji and Midori spend everyday together, the two get closer and closer but Seiji must find a way to turn Midori back to normal, for her sake ad his sake.
The series contains some very funny scenes and animation to create a cute, funny, feel-good atmosphere every episode
The proper title of the series is Midori no Hibi (lit. Midori’s days) and there are many reasons as to why it is called this. Firstly, Midori is written in the form of “Mi” (lit. beautiful) and “dori” (lit. bird), which spells to create the name “Midori” which is also the name of the main heroine. Midori also means green, hence why the character Midori has green hair. Another reason could be that the title is a pun referring to “Midori no Hi” (lit. Green Day), which is a national holiday in Japan during Golden Week.
The series contains many comedy scenes; from the movements and animation presented, Midori Days can almost be included in the absurdist genre, however it is mostly centred around the romantic comedy genre. The most notable voice actor is Mai Nakatani, who plays the voice of Midori; this series is considered one of the series that she voiced in before she became famous (most notable later on as the voices of Nagisa in Clannad, Rena in Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni and Watashi in Jinrui Wa Suitai Shimashita).
All in all, this series is a very enjoyable romantic comedy with a very interesting and original plot. Although it was aired in 2004, this series is still very enjoyable even now, and if you’re a fan of absurdist romantic comedy/drama, then Midori Days is definitely an anime for you.
The Final Judgement:
Recommendation Level: 4/5 – Strongly Recommended
Final Score: 7/10