It’s December 1989 and elderly couple Youko and Osamu Sonoyama are looking to adopt a child. At the Soramame House orphanage, there are many kiddos to pick from, but one, a blonde-haired, blue-eyed boy named Hitori, stands out from the rest. Of course, they adopt him and bring him home with all his stuff. However, when left alone, we see that it was buy one get one free day at Soramame as “Hitori” is an IDENTICAL TWIN. Together the two boys, named Migi and Dali (Which means “Right” and “Left” in Japanese) manage to convince our old couple that they are, in fact, one person; either through complex under-table maneuvers during meals, or working in unison during baking and hanging out with their adoptive father. However, these doppelganger dudes have seemingly ulterior motives…what could they possibly be planning and what is the meaning behind the button they possess?
This show is really intriguing on many different levels. I mean, this isn’t just a simple Parent Trap/Sister, Sister premise where they just change up their hairstyles and shenanigans ensue. The plots and methods that Migi and Dali use to pull off the con game are just AMAZING to see, and for the most part, it’s well within the realm of possibility. There are no magical powers at play here; this is just straight-up skill, staging, and planning. I also like that the show builds this aura of darkness around the twins. Who are they and why are they so determined to pull off this con game? This ain’t Hikaru and Kaoru from Ouran High School Host Club, boys and girls…these barefoot bros have something going on in the background. I also love that this first episode has a bit of rewatch value! After seeing the post-credit sequence, you can’t help but go back and see what you may have missed! I won’t spoil it, but I will say this: pay attention to the background.
So where does that leave us with Migi & Dali? I have to say, you owe it to yourself to try this one out for a few episodes. I think that the exploits of these copycat kyoudai are going to be interesting to watch, and I am prodigiously curious as to the twins’ motives. Why are they even doing this? Why not just come out and say “Hey, funny story—see, about 12 years ago, wouldn’t ya know it, that dawg gone zygote decided to split and, well, here’s my bro!” There’s something going on here with the Double Mint dudes, and I have a feeling it’s going to be PRODIGIOUS.
Migi&Dali is streaming on Crunchyroll.