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Mysterious Girlfriend X
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When it comes to the anime for Mysterious Girlfriend X I tend to have mixed feelings. Nothing is really wrong with it in particular it's just that I believe that this series fits and shines more as a manga (which I'm caught up to and await each new chapter)

For those people that love the anime then I cannot recommend the manga enough. It is amazing!
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I also feel the same way, I am enjoying the anime but the manga is so good that the anime doesn't add as much as say Mouretsu Space Pirates where it is a light novel and the anime adds a huge amount to it since there are almost no pictures in the novels which are quite reliant on dialogue.
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How long has the manga been going for ? does it continue after the anime series has finished ?
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How long has the manga been going for ? does it continue after the anime series has finished ?

MGX was first published as a one-shot in 2004. That story is now known as "Chapter 0" and consists of the storyline of the first episode of the anime, but with the panty-scissors part introduction included instead of in a later chapter. It was serialized in 2006 in the monthly "Afternoon" magazine (the same magazine as Oh My Goddess, among others) and has been running ever since. The most recent chapter to be released is chapter 68, which came out just a few days ago. The anime in the first season covered chapters 0 through 36 with a few chapters being skipped and many of them being shown out of order to make the story flow better. The manga, especially in the early going, is extremely slice-of-life, with most of the chapters standing on their own as stand-alone stories and very few multi-chapter arcs. (The only multi-chapter arcs in the early manga are: Mysterious Girl meets Girl - two chapters (ch. 7&8; ep. 4); Mysterious Sensation, Feeling, and Response - three chapters (ch. 20-22; ep. 8); Mysterious For Some Reason, That Kind of... & Idol - two chapters (ch 23&24, ep. 9); The Cultural Festival Arc - seven chapters (ch. 28-34; ep. 10&11); and Mysterious Delusion - two chapters (ch. 35&36; Episode 12).

Starting with chapter 28, the manga is much more arc-based, with fewer stand-alone chapters and more multi-chapter arcs. (There were about 17 stand-alone chapters between 0 and 27, and only about 7 between 28 and 68, the current chapter. However, some people might look at chapters 23-26 as an "Arc" as the events of one do lead to the events of the next, but the last two can easily be done independently and were skipped by the anime team, due to the fact that they are "Summer" stories and the anime team did the first two (epiosde 11) with winter uniforms. The manga, especially early on, had a tendency to move from season to season without regard for the passage of time, leading to multiple summer/winter transitions without the characters aging. The director and scriptwriter for the anime took many of the chapters and put them in different orders or changed the uniforms to match the season that the story was progressing through in the anime. Many times this led to a more consistent, coherent story and was, in my opinion, a masterpiece of adaptation!

So far the only chapters that have not been used, at least in part, in the anime are chapters 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 25, 26, and 27. However, the previews for the next episode indicate that chapters 12 and 18 will be covered there,



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Episode 13/Finale

This droolicious series is over!



Well, I can't say that this is the best episode of the series as it did lack flavor and did not progress further between the relationship of the main characters namely Tsubaki-kun and Urabe. Still though, it was alright. This entire series seemed to click despite the drool phenomenon as some viewers sees it as..disgusting while others sees it indifferent. Anyways, not a bad series although not a highlight of the Spring Season for me.

The manga is pretty worth trying as well as the upcoming OVA. Maybe, they'll also have something worth to talk about :)

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For some reason I thought this ended last week...

Anyway, it was a screwy end to a screwy series. Loved it. It was #3 in my list of best spring anime. The ending fit the series quite well. Hopefully there will be a season 2.
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Oh my goodness, I shouldn't have opened this thread. My membership ran out and I can't see the finale!
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The end of episode 13 did sort of open a door for a new season, at least in my perspective, especially when Urabe says,"from this point on, we're going to do even more bolder things.":3 I really hope they do a second season connecting to the current events of the manga!!!
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Episode 13/Finale

This droolicious series is over!

Well, I can't say that this is the best episode of the series as it did lack flavor and did not progress further between the relationship of the main characters namely Tsubaki-kun and Urabe. Still though, it was alright. This entire series seemed to click despite the drool phenomenon as some viewers sees it as..disgusting while others sees it indifferent. Anyways, not a bad series although not a highlight of the Spring Season for me.

The manga is pretty worth trying as well as the upcoming OVA. Maybe, they'll also have something worth to talk about :)



"did not progress further between the relationship of the main characters "? What were you expecting/hoping for?


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"did not progress further between the relationship of the main characters "? What were you expecting/hoping for?



What was I hoping for? A better finale than what was aired. I'll say this in the most honest way possible:

The final episode was "meh" and not one of my favorites. I will admit that the finale was bittersweet and executed cleanly with little doubts of a cliffhanger. The fact that they didn't kiss but chose to "exchange drools" does symbolize a happy ending. Their relationship had minor problems, misunderstandings, here and there but overall, I had hoped for a more dramatic ending.

Building intimacy through the exchange of salivas is an organic way to look at it in this series and it did bring out a freshness in this series that conveyed romance in a rather strange but also unique way. I gave the series a "very good" or 7/10 anyways. Had the finale been executed a bit better, it would of landed a 8/10. Overall, the series was well executed but I did want to see more than just the usual "exchange of salivas" and hoped or expected something different.

Posted 7/1/12
It really sucks that its the End already. But maybe there will be another Season... you never know.
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stark700 wrote:


lorreen wrote:

"did not progress further between the relationship of the main characters "? What were you expecting/hoping for?



What was I hoping for? A better finale than what was aired. I'll say this in the most honest way possible:

The final episode was "meh" and not one of my favorites. I will admit that the finale was bittersweet and executed cleanly with little doubts of a cliffhanger. The fact that they didn't kiss but chose to "exchange drools" does symbolize a happy ending. Their relationship had minor problems, misunderstandings, here and there but overall, I had hoped for a more dramatic ending.

Building intimacy through the exchange of salivas is an organic way to look at it in this series and it did bring out a freshness in this series that conveyed romance in a rather strange but also unique way. I gave the series a "very good" or 7/10 anyways. Had the finale been executed a bit better, it would of landed a 8/10. Overall, the series was well executed but I did want to see more than just the usual "exchange of salivas" and hoped or expected something different.

From one way of looking at things, this episode showed the most relationship progression of any of the episodes. Sure, there was more progression in their physical relationship in a few of the other episodes (like episode 12 in particular, where Urabe desired a hug at the end; and episodes 8 and 9 where Tsubaki lost control and did some ear-licking, then Urabe discovered that she liked it, I mean really, really liked it!!! As in liked the way it made her weak in the knees and feel all warm and gushy inside, then she proceeded to find out that having her boyfriend mess up her hair was also an erotic thrill) But in terms of Japanese culture, this one tops them all! She met and got to know the woman raising him (big sis), then "met" his mother by going to her grave! Meeting the parents is a major part of Japanese courtship (in not arranged marriages, at least) and generally considered a major step in the relationship.

This was actually my guess as to how the season would end quite a few weeks ago, when I figured out how the director was adapting the manga. The two chapters are standalone chapters in the manga, with "meeting mom's grave" happening several chapters before Urabe runs into Big Sis while shopping. This adaptation was nothing short of brilliant, taking the two stories and weaving them together into a coherent episode of anime! The only thing missing was the payoff line from the Mysterious Big Sister chapter:

That was epic in the manga, but the payoff at the end of the Mysterious Memory chapter was just as emotionally, and suggestively, effective. ("more inappropriate things", indeed!) and the way that the director handled the drool exchange in front of the mother's grave was tremendous! It out-shined the manga version by miles and miles and provided the rough equivalent of a kiss, for this anime at least. The most beautiful, sweet, and romantic moment of the show!

It rivals Toradora's kiss scene for good departures from the original source material! Enjoy some GIFs of this romantic and utterly sweet "kiss-substitute" in the spoiler block:

Also, any further "relationship progression" would have diverged far too much from the manga, making further seasons very difficult,
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i just love this series.
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But in terms of Japanese culture, this one tops them all! She met and got to know the woman raising him (big sis), then "met" his mother by going to her grave! Meeting the parents is a major part of Japanese courtship (in not arranged marriages, at least) and generally considered a major step in the relationship.



^This! :)

While I hope for a second season, this ending really is a great way to wrap things up.

The linked review really says what I feel better than I can state, so I'll quote a couple paras:

The series is so nuanced, so full of subtext and hidden meaning – and the drool metaphor itself turns out to be one of the cleverest literary devices I’ve seen in anime for a long time. A load of credit to the mangaka Ueshiba-sensei, but also to director Watanabe Ayumu for making some incredibly good decisions about how to go about adapting the manga.


This is clearly a director of real talent, and while I love both his shows this season this is the one that really allows him to show his stylistic chops off to the audience.

http://www.lostinanime.com/2012/07/nazo-no-kanojo-x-13-end-and-series.html
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Episode 13 was nice as an episode and a good step in their relationship but as an ending to an entire series I found it pretty weak. If it is an end to a season 1 with a second season coming then it seems to fit really well. Overall, on the whole, I enjoyed it a lot and it was just a good relationship anime that I thought was pretty original considering most shojou (if this can even be considered shojou) just concentrate on "Getting the girl" instead of what happens after you start dating.

So yeah, looking forward to season 2 and hope it comes to round everything out or else this highly enjoyable series will just leave me wanting more. I don't see any real problems waiting for the manga to finish up or get a good distance ahead though so I can wait a while.

If nothing else comes after this then to me it will be a bit forgettable


^this
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