This Ugly Yet Beautiful World

Two young high school boys, Takeru and Ryo, are struggling through teenage angst when a mysterious light in the woods offers forth a young girl practically out of Takeru's dreams. They are promptly attacked by a strange alien-looking monster, which is defeated when Takeru mysteriously and spontaneously transforms into a powerful and strange looking beast himself. Not much is clear about the girl, who they name Hikari (Light), but she is more than a little bit strange. Without a memory or a past, the girl is integrated into the lives of the two boys and their families. She knows only her love for Takeru. Most of the group live in a type of group home, along with Jennifer Portman, a drunken American super-scientist who can't keep her hands off the boys and has her own theories about what Hikari is. The series follows them as they hang-out, go to school, and take trips, and all the while Hikari, and also later her "sister" Akari, learn about the human condition. They are also joined by a shape-shifting robot called Ioneos, apparently loyal to Hikari, and Kuon, a little floating alien. They also encounter more strange monsters on occasion. The series spirals towards a rather unexpected climax questioning the value of human life, relationships, love, and the spirit of survival shown by all life on Earth.

TV series
The show consists of 1 season and 12 episodes.


Fujiko Takimoto
Ryou Ninomiya
Ayako Kawasumi Ayako Kawasumi
Takahiro Mizushima Takahiro Mizushima
Takeru Takemoto
Ai Shimizu Ai Shimizu
Asami Sanada Asami Sanada
Mari Nishino
Atsushi Kisaichi Atsushi Kisaichi
Shin'ichi Asakura
Hideki Ogihara
Daijirou Matsumura
Dai Matsumoto Dai Matsumoto
Icchou Nishino
Manabi Mizuno
Sakurako Urushima
Megu Ashiro Megu Ashiro
Kimi Ninomiya
Tomoko Kotani
Sumie Nishino
Yumi Kikuchi Yumi Kikuchi
Amika Kuribayashi
Megu Ashiro Megu Ashiro
Norimi Ninomiya
Hiroshi Iida
Keiichi Noda
Mai Kadowaki Mai Kadowaki
Mayu Yoshida
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  • Type

    TV series

  • Episodes

    1 Season • 12 Episodes

  • Rating

    6.35/10 (233 voting)

  • Popularity : 100%

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  • Running time

    25 :

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