Thanks to his reputation for being a delinquent with a demonic right hand, high school student Seiji has never had any luck with girls- in fact, that selfsame right hand is the closest thing he’s ever had to a girlfriend! Events take a strange turn, however, when he wakes up one morning to discover that his hand has transformed into a tiny girl named Midori! Midori is a younger student who always admired Seiji from afar, and now her real body has fallen into a coma whilst she somehow ended up on Seiji’s hand. Now, both of them must adjust to this strange new situation whilst keeping it a secret from friends and family- a task that’s easier said than done.
A comedy series based around a rather unusual concept, Midori no Hibi may sound like an excuse for low brow jokes and perverted situations, but in actual fact it is a generally entertaining series that puts a fresh spin on standard anime situations. Admittedly, the reasons for Midori somehow transferring to Seiji’s hand or the workings of her internal organs once fused to it are glossed over (and would be a little heavy-going for a light entertainment series anyway), but if you can just suspend your disbelief the rest is thoroughly enjoyable.
At the heart of the story is Seiji, a genuinely kind-hearted young man whose lack of social skills and reputation as delinquent have somewhat isolated him from even the people who quite like and admire him. It is only through his often hilarious and sometimes poignant attempts to adjust to having Midori on his hand that Seiji starts to open up and let more people into his life. It’s the familiar tale of the outcast come good, but nonetheless it makes for good viewing overall.
Although this is Seiji and Midori’s story, the supporting characters are equally important in bringing the series to life. From Seiji’s raucous big sister to an otaku with a fetish for hand puppets, none of these characters is especially complex, but it’s their antics, interactions and misunderstandings that provides the series with so much fuel for its humour.
Visually, Midori no Hibi sticks with a technically clean look- character designs are competent if not especially outstanding, with only Seiji and Midori really standing out from the pack. Similarly, the background music has one or catchy numbers, but is generally average- it serves its purpose but achieves little else.
A conventional comedy series with an unconventional twist, Midori no Hibi is simple good fun- it won’t break any boundaries, but it should provide solid entertainment from start to finish. If you haven’t encountered it yet, make a note to do so when you need a series to help you relax and unwind.