To briefly describe the characters, Hikari is a sweet completely innocent girl (a lot like Tohru in Fruits Basket and Nagisa in Clannad, anime has a thing for sweet, hot, and innocent girls.) She always finds the bright side of things, except of course when she goes all pink hair and evil. Takeru is a nice enough guy, a little stubborn, not the best in school, and totally into motorcycles. He has a best friend Ryo Ninomiya who's sort of a ladies man and is the nicest guy in the world, so when I first saw the show I had a little moment of "finally the nice guys get the girls in the show!" Ryo's parents also left him and his sister Kimi, and he raises her by himself with his own money, and, coincidentally, he finds the other space girl, Akari, and takes her in as well. The show has quite a few heartwarming moments in it.
There's also this wanna be important character named Jennifer Portman, an American scientist researching the weird creatures that have been showing up, but in my opinion she's not that important.
As always, I don't want to spoil too much, and the whole reason I stuck with the show was because I was unsure of how the relationships would progress and what the explanation was for all the weird sciency stuff, but I will say this. It is often the case, for me, that the ending really makes or breaks a story. That's why I get pissed off when shows like Fruits Basket or Soul Eater have really amazing episodes and wrap it all up with a worth shit ending (Fruits Basket didn't have a worth shit ending, I just didn't like it. Tohru and Yuki were meant to be, not Tohru and Kyo!) Anyways, back on topic. I thought that the first ten to eleven episodes were okay, kinda like Clannad (a lot like Clannad) but the ending I thought was spectacular. It was so pleasing for me partly because the show was just decent up until then so I wasn't expecting much from the ending, and partly because it wasn't a happily ever after ending it was more of a NOOOOO! ending.
Another thing that is really quick I'd like to point out is that This Ugly Yet Beautiful World is the only TV-14 rated show I have seen that has exposed boob scenes. Just thought I'd put that out there.
So here's the scene and that's all folks: This Ugly Yet Beautiful World. Warning! this trailer may contain crappy music and cliche narrating some may find annoying. Like I said, I feel guilty admitting I like this show.