Night Head Genesis wins the funny engrish name anime award this season, closely edging out Coyote Ragtime Show. So what the heck is this anime about? Brothers. Psychic brothers.
That’s right, Night Head Genesis is the male counterpart to Binbou Shimai Monogatari. Just take the sisters, turn them into brothers, make them espers who are less poor, and you’ve got Night Head Genesis.
Naoya and Naota are psychic brothers. Naota is the elder brother who has the ability to break stuff with his mind. Naoya can read people’s minds by touching them. They’re both abandoned by their parents and taken to some psychic institution. It’s probably not as cool as Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters, though. They can’t escape because of some weird tree rope barrier.
Fast forward 15 years. Another psychic girl predicts that Naoya and Naota will escape from the facility. Something to do with the squirrel guru leaving on a mission. Sure enough, the brothers are able to hop through the previously impenetrable force field. They hotwire a car and make their way to Mexico! Their plans are dashed when they get a flat tire and enter the most inhospitable bar ever…
I’m thinking this anime will revolve around the brothers fleeing from the institute and that one psychic girl. They said something about releasing “minus energy,” which is presumably bad. For now, the psychic element of the anime is cool enough to keep me watching. I guess I should also note that Naoya and Naota seem kinda close for brothers. Like yaoi close?
The character designs lean towards the more realistic look. There’s no cute characters at all! They feel somewhat generic, with the squirrel guy being the most original. This anime is actually based on a live action drama called “Night Head,” so they probably want to keep that kind of realistic feel to the anime.
The animation is really good. I like the effect that happens when Naota decides to use his telekinesis attack. There was a really badly done CG car, though. Wouldn’t it have been less work to just draw it?
As far as I know, there’s no OP to this anime; just an ED. The ED is okay… I don’t really like the singer, though.
Download the ED: “Kotoba” by Under Graph
I’d say that Night Head Genesis is worth a look. If you’re more into dramas or psychological thrillers, this seems to be the anime for you. I’ll check out the next few episodes and see if it’s worth adding to the roster. In the next episode of the anime, they beat up the entire bar! Tanoshimini!