Everyone Needs a Stalker Like Ame-chan
- Episodes: 2
- Genre: Mystery, Thriller, School
- Airing Date: February 2009 - December 2009
- Studio: Brain’s Base
Denpa-teki na Kanojo / Plot (No Spoilers)
Juuzawa Juu is your typical loner delinquent. He doesn’t get along with anyone and doesn’t mind the thought of remaining isolated for his entire school life. He thought his lonely days of being a high school outcast would go on forever, until a girl named Ochibana Ame ruined his peaceful days. Claiming to be a knight of his from their past lives, Ame forces herself into his life demanding to be made his servant.
At first, Juu absolutely declines her meddling, but after a classmate is murdered, he begins to suspect this quirky girl is involved in some way. Denpa-teki na Kanojo translates roughly to Electromagnetic Girlfriend, and this short-lived two episode OVA series is certainly electric. This anime makes the pairing of a cunning, loner protagonist and a yandere stalker seem like the most natural detective combo since Sherlock and Watson. Although incredibly short, it shows many flashes of brilliance that make it stand out even now.
1. Stalker-chan Is Adorable
No matter how you look at it Ame has a couple of screws loose. Juu has never met her before, but all of a sudden she comes up to him spouting some story of being united in their past lives. Her antics are unreasonable, but she’s endearing in her one-sided devotion to Juuzawa. Throughout the episodes, she is seen helping him from behind the scenes in many ways.
2. Meaningful Characters
There’s only a handful of characters present in this short OVA series but they leave a serious impact. They’re highly believable for the most part in the ways they behave. Even the antagonists have their own reasons and methods, making them feel less like some mystery villains and more like actual human beings that are just doing what comes naturally to them. The show does a good job at establishing motivations upfront, which makes the brevity tolerable in a show like this.
3. Unpredictable Mysteries
There are only two main mysteries in this short series, but they feel more fleshed out than you would find in another stand-alone series. The extra runtime definitely helps with the show’s depth at 42 minutes, and it allows for some character expansion on Juuzawa and Ame. The way they solve them is very unconventional, with Juu taking the brunt of the work on himself while Ame supports him from the shadows. It’s enjoyable seeing how events play out in this series as opposed to the more conventional setups.
4. So Short It Hurts, Physically
The creator of this series Katayama Kentarou is easily one of the most underrated authors in all of Japan in our opinion. Between Denpa-teki na Kanojo and his other series Kure-nai, he creates very engrossing worlds with fully fleshed out characters that just never get fully realized. Denpa-teki is one that should have been a fully adapted series, and at 2 episodes it hurts that it ends so short. However, it is very well crafted and it feels like it would be just as big of a crime to miss it than anything else.
We loved Denpa-teki na Kanojo and wish it had 100 more episodes than it does. The dynamic relationship between Juuzawa and Ame is something we haven’t seen anywhere else and might not see again. We hope you check it out as well! Let us know your thoughts in the comments!