Title: Zettai Kareshi
Also Known As: Absolute Boyfriend
Broadcast date: 4/15/08 – 6/24/08
Genre: Romantic comedy
Number of episodes: 11
Cast: Hayami Mokomichi, Mizushima Hiro, Aibu Saki
Plot: Riika (Aibu Saki) is terrible at love. One day, she finds herself strapped with a free trial for a new love robot, Night (Hayami Mokomichi). Despite Night’s absolute devotion to her, Riika finds herself falling in love with her boss, Soshi (Mizushima Hiro). Which will Riika choose?
What is good: Much like Ghost in the Shell, it has a “what does it mean to be human” theme wrapped up in the romance storyline.
What is bad: How come Night can’t willingly destroy property but he can go around telling everyone he’s a robot even though Riika was explicitly told not to tell anyone?
Letter rating: A-
Overall: As a drama, I found it to be excellent. I was even crying during the final episode. However, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have problems. The robotic sound effects that Night makes when he blinks or turns his head get somewhat annoying after awhile. We know that he is a robot. We don’t need to be reminded. We do need some continuity though. Why doesn’t everyone else hear Night’s blinking noise? Also, Riika is told very explicitly that Night is a secret and she is not to tell anyone that he is a robot. So what does Night do? Blab it to everyone. Even if no one believes him, why wouldn’t he be programmed to not say he’s a robot?
If you look past those few small problems, the show really is good. The actors do an excellent job, especially Hayami Mokomichi. This would be a great show for any romantic comedy fan.