The romantic comedy Wallflower
(2006) continues the anarchic humor of director Shinichi Watanabe's Excel Saga
and Nerima Daikon Brothers
. Kyohei, Ranmaru, Takenaga, and Yukinojoh, four bishonen
(beautiful boys), have been freeloading off a wealthy woman for some time when she offers them a proposition: transform her niece Sunako into a perfect young lady--or their rent will be tripled. Two years earlier, Sunako was traumatized when a boy she liked told her she was ugly. She withdrew into a Gothic twilight, ignoring people and spending time with skulls, skeletons, and a human anatomical model. Sunako is quite pretty, but she refuses to accept that fact--or do anything to accentuate her looks. The boys need money desperately, so they go all out to effect the transformation. Wallflower
probably plays better in weekly installments: Five episodes of nonstop slapstick, over-the-top vocal performances, and rapid-fire pacing leave the viewer exhausted. (Rated TV 14 D: cartoon violence, brief nudity, risqué humor) --Charles Solomon
What Happens When A Hit Manga Gets Mugged By The Director Of EXCEL SAGA? Answer: THE WALLFLOWER! After years of sponging off a fabulously wealthy older woman, four ridiculously beautiful boys are forced to use their bishi skills to turn their benefactors socially challenged niece into a beautiful young lady! And this isnt just any ugly duckling theyre facing; shes a psycho, paranoid, neurotic horror movie obsessed goth chick with a fetish for anatomical dummies, bad skin and a total ignorance of all things feminine!