So Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge, aka Perfect Girl Evolution, aka The Wallflower, is that one anime that’s sorta like She’s All That. Or at least, that’s what I figured it would be. Usually making ugly girls into hot babes consists of one step in movies: take off their glasses. But is it really that easy in anime?
Four high school guys are allowed to stay at a way swanky mansion for free. The catch is that they must transform the owner’s niece into a respectable woman. If they fail, they must pay 3x the cost of rent! They take their mission before the owner lady flies into the sunset on a helicopter ladder.
When Sunako actually arrives, the guys realize their task won’t be easy. She looks like the girl from Ringu, except maybe even scarier. Apparently she was rejected by a guy 2 years ago and gave up on looking pretty. She sits around watching scary movies all day in a darkened room. She’s also kind of a jerk to the guys.
After the four guys tell her they’re only being nice to get free rent, Sunako decides to run away! People mistake her for a ghost, and chase her down like Frankenstein’s monster! It sure is difficult being ugly in Japan… Luckily, Kyohei rescues her from the mob and brings her back to the mansion. Apparently, Sunako is a really good cook, so they all end up being friends!
Actually, they guys demand that Sunako show her face, so Kyohei pins her down and… let’s just say this looks more inappropriate than it actually turned out to be. When her face is revealed, Sunako’s actually really hot! Oh wait, no. She’s super ugly. Yeah, the guys have some heavy duty work to do…
So for now the story seems somewhat interesting. Sunako is actually ugly, and not just a quick fix. It appears that there’ll be some romance involved, since Sunako got a major nosebleed from seeing the four guys. Also, once she becomes hot, Sunako will probably be able to choose whichever guy she wants. That is, if the plot is as easy to predict as I think.
The character designs are all too bishie for me. When I did the preview for this anime, I thought they were all girls… I do like the use of SD though. The part where the girls in the cafe all had nosebleeds was awesome in a gross/cute kind of way.
The OP and ED are both done by Kiyoharu. They both sound a little too “shoujo anime” for me, but they’re not so bad that I’ll skip over them. I also thought it was kind of cheap of them to reuse actual episode animation in the opening credits. Hopefully they’ll have an original one next time.
Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge isn’t the most original anime, but at least it’s not an h-game conversion or generic shounen show. The comedy parts were sorta sparse, but they were funny when they happened. I’ll keep watching this anime since the director is Nabeshin, and I believe in him.