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    Mikakunin de Shinkoukei

    Mikakunin de Shinkoukei

    Mikakunin de Shinkoukei, also know as Engaged to the Unidentified, is an easy-going and lighthearted anime. I really enjoyed this series, and it actually taught me what it really means to ship two people together, as well as how it feels. The anime also had interesting and smooth animation, as well as a group of fun characters.

     

    The Plot of Mikakunin de Shinkoukei

    The girl (Kobeni) and boy (Hakuya)

    The plot of this anime series is relatively simple. Mikakunin de Shinkoukei is about a girl who wakes up on her 16th birthday to find out that she apparently has a fiancé. He shows up at her house with his younger sister without much of an explanation and moves in with her. The girl chooses to keep her engagement a secret, as she did not know that she was engaged. When she was younger, she got into an accident that caused her to lose most of her childhood memories with her fiancé. I know it sounds like a cliché, but it’s really cute. Also, the boy is not human. He is some weird superhuman person, hence the “Unidentified” part in the English title, “Engaged to the Unidentified.”

     

    The Characters of Mikakunin de Shinkoukei

    (From left to right) Kobeni, Benio, Mashiro, Hakuya

    There are not many characters in Engaged to the Unidentified. The girl is named Kobeni Yonomori. She is a girl who considers herself to not be good at anything, other than the household chores such as cooking and cleaning. Hakuya Mitsumine is her fiancé. He chooses to show his thoughts through actions, rather than emotions or words, though he is very blunt with his words. For example, he was once asked what does he like, and he replied with “Kobeni.” His younger sister, Mashiro Mitsumine, is a cute loli. She is obsessed with “mythological” creatures, such as Nessy the Loch Ness Montser. She is adorable. Kobeni’s sister, Benio Yonomori, constantly obsesses over both Kobeni and Mashiro. She does not seem to understand that Kobeni has grown up, and she reacts negatively to romcom scenes, and there are quite a few of them in Mikakunin de Shinkoukei.

     

    The Animation and Art of Mikakunin de Shinkoukei

    A scene from Mikakunin de Shinkoukei

    The animation in this anime is very nice to look at. It was very smooth and attractive, and fit in well with the cute scenes that Mikakunin de Shinkoukei has. The backgrounds were very nice and appealing as well. The art made the show seem almost more realistic and assisted in keeping viewers interested. The movements were very fluid, and there was no problems with the simple movements such as a bounce of a character’s hair. The simplistic character designs keep it easy to keep up with. The thing that is probably most unique about the art is the fact that white lines are used more often for the outline of the characters than black lines. It made the characters stand out from the rest of the scene. The white was also a good contrast against some of the dark colors, like Hakuya’s hair or the school uniform.

    Mikakunin de Shinkoukei may sound like something adapted from an overused plot idea, and it kind of is. However, the show implements a loveable and comedic group of characters and an interesting twist on the cliché plot. Also, the cuteness of it will have you squealing at the screen. I know for a fact that I fangirled constantly after every episode.

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    Overall Score: 8/10