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Momiji is an average Japanese high school student who finds herself suddenly attacked one day by frightening creatures known as aragami. It turns out that she is the descendant of the Princess Kushinada, a woman who in folklore nearly had to be sacrificed to an eight-headed serpent known as the Orochi; she was saved from her fate by a warrior who slew Orochi. However, Orochi was actually an aragami. In the present day, only Momiji possesses the power to completely wipe out the aragami, although she is initially resistant to the notion that she has anything to do with the aragami. She is soon whisked away to Tokyo from her country town to live and work alongside TAC, a secret governmental group created to deal with the aragami threat. She also ends up with a protector/love interest named Kusanagi, himself an aragami.
Uragiri wa Boku no Namae wo Shitteiru
Yuki is an average Japanese high school student who suddenly finds himself attacked one day by creatures known as duras. It turns out that he is the reincarnation of a woman who was part of a clan which fought the duras. In the present day, and as the reincarnation of this woman, only Yuki has the true power to completely wipe out the duras, although he is initially resistant to the notion that he has anything to do with the duras. He is soon whisked away to Tokyo from his country town to live and work alongside the other members of the Giou clan, a clan which has dealt with, and continues to deal with, the duras threat. He also ends up with a protector/probable love interest named Luka, himself a duras.
And this isn’t even touching on:
Momiji’s new coworker Koume doesn’t like her very much, believing her to be too naive and lacking in skill to be of any true use in the fight against the aragami. Momiji ignores this fact and attempts to befriend her, repeatedly irritating her with her efforts; Momiji even gives her a present at one point, which Koume gets angry about and refuses to accept. Koume is forced to come to Momiji’s rescue when Momiji thoughtlessly wanders into danger in the episode seemingly devoted to Momiji annoying Koume. Eventually, Momiji triumphs in getting Koume to accept her.
Yuki’s new cohort Hotsuma doesn’t like him very much, believing him to be too naive and lacking in skill to be of any true use in the fight against the duras. Yuki ignores this fact and attempts to befriend him, repeatedly irritating him with his efforts; Yuki even attempts to give Hotsuma a present at one point, although he does it by way of fellow duras-fighter Shuusei – Hostuma attempts to reject it bu Shuusei tells him he’ll have to return it himself. Hotsuma is forced to come to Yuki’s rescue when he thoughtlessly wanders into danger in an episode seemingly devoted to Yuki annoying Hotsuma. Eventually, Yuki triumphs in getting Hotsuma to accept him.
I could go on, but I’ll confess that a. I don’t really feel like it, and, b. its been just long enough since I watched (and didn’t quite finish) Blue Seed that I don’t want to make any further claims as to what it consists of (I’ve seen the first four or five episodes twice since Blue Seed was one of the few anime I could find once upon a time in a Hollywood Video).
Now, I’ll admit that several of these elements are found in other shows… however, I was pretty startled when I suddenly realized, “Wait a minute… I think I watched this last year, and it was called Blue Seed… and it aired in 1994!” Especially given that I’d gone into UraBoku thinking that the anime/manga/light novel it resembled the most was Mirage of Blaze.
But, hey, here it is – UraBoku is Blue Seed with vague BL undercurrents and reincarnation. And, even with about four episodes too much of runtime, Blue Seed is a much better show than UraBoku.
(Hey, does anyone ever watch Blue Seed any more, by the way? Even as recently as five years ago you’d hear people mention it once in a while, but I don’t think I’ve heard anyone bring it up in even the slightest, most tangential way since then. Too bad.)