Mysterious Girlfriend X: A Lot More Than Your Regular Drivel
This current anime season is one of the best anime seasons in recent memory. I recall picking 7 shows to watch right off the bat and that’s not even including the ones I thought would be mediocre. Unfortunately, just like every season I can barely manage to keep up with all the shows I want to see and end up pruning the mediocre from the really good ones. Mysterious Girlfriend X was not one of those shows. As a matter of fact I completely disregarded the show based on how weird the premise was and the massive negative backlash it got from some reviewers and fans.
The problem most people had (including myself) with the show was the fetishistic inclusion of saliva. The shows synopsis does not do a decent enough job to tell what the show is really about and the fact that the studio behind it was the infamous HOODS Entertainment, the guys that brought us Seikon no Qwaser, Aki Sora and Manyuu Hikenchou meant there was a strong possibility that the show would highly focus on this fetish and sexualise it to the extreme. Not exactly my cup of tea if you know what I mean.
I eventually caved in and decided to watch it after it was put on the playlist at my local anime club and it literally blew all my negative expectations right out the window, except the drool part I still find that quite disgusting but that’s the point!
The show sells itself as a Romantic Drama about 2 high school teens fresh out of middle school. However, unlike most romance anime based in this setting MGX brings up the topic of sex right from the start, the very start. I found this approach to be quite unique and intriguing, more often than not teenage romance in anime does not include or even mention sex at all and the fact that MGX was being brutally honest about it by placing it in the foreground gave it some semblance of realism or atleast an approach to to a teenage romance that I have never seen in an anime before.
I found that the show played out like the perfect fantasy of a young teenage boy, only moments after he discovers sex a mysterious girl comes waltzing into his life who not only alienates herself from the others by giving off an impression of being weird but also has the guts to bait him to approach her and also make the first move. She is also open to the idea of having sex with him and is conveniently a virgin.
All these factors make her the perfect girlfriend for a young teenager, but how do the creators manage to keep the show from devolving into just another hentai or regular fanservice show? This is where the drool comes in. The are a lot of fluids in this show and the Art Direction makes sure that you notice this. The first time Akira tastes Urabes’ drool can easily be compared to his first “sexual experience.” The fact that he continuously dreamt about her and could only be cured of his “love sickness” after she let him taste her drool only serves to consummate this fact.
The drool connects them emotionally, he believes he needs the drool to survive and she is willing to give it to him. The scene in which Akira confesses his love for her was also very different from most anime confessions. The fact that Urabe asks Akira to make a unique approach on her in order for her to accept his proposal was a clear example of this. Most anime are content with the guy screaming his undying love which is followed by a kiss but not MGX, as a matter of fact Urabe dismisses Akiras attempt to kiss her saying it’s too “commonplace” and that she wants something that only Akira can give her.
Akira goes on to discard the memento of the first crush he ever had saying the past is completely behind him, that is the only scene in the entire show I can describe as romantic. There is a lot of sexual innuendo in the show, some of it more obvious than the others. I personally found that the show worked really well as a fanservice with some hints of romance. The character designs look pretty amazing and the seiyuu they got to play Urabe has a very captivating and mysterious harsh voice. Everything about this show is reminding me about my own unrealistic teenage fantasies which is why it shocked me that a lot of females actually related with the show.
The shows ED sequence and the preview of the second episode revealed that the show is actually willing to show some skin. This usually bothers me but not with MGX because the show sets its story and its atmosphere in a way that seeing some skin would actually make sense. I have not felt this way about fanservice since Nisemonogatari so way to go MGX.
In conclusion, If there is anything you should take from this article it’s that MGX is a romance show that open minded romance fans should check out just to see how different the subject can be handled with the use of sex as the foreground. It’s also the best fanservice show I have seen since Nisemonogatari so if you were into that this will be right up your alley. Don’t let the drool deter you from seeing this.
I would highly recommend reading E Minors take on the show and its various uses of symbolism to express sex because he explains it a whole lot more better than I ever could.
You can also watch Mysterious Girlfriend X for free on Crunchyroll.