How can anime get away with such strange ideas? If I told you a live action show was a lighthearted romp with scantilly clad women, aliens and robots, comedy and then followed it up at the end with a dramatic turn every time, you might not believe me or call me a liar. Farscape kinda skirted this line here and there but from our neighbors to the East, a little show came called Mahoromatic, and it may not be a revolutionary piece, it's definetely a different show that balances out the ingrediants. Things are funny when they need to be, fast paced on occasion and even when it's dramatic it knows the right times to be light and the right times to be heavy.
In the not TOO distant future, Earth is fighting a secret war with an alien invasion called SAINT with the Earth's forces codenamed VESPER. VESPER's ace in the hole are an elite and unique brand of androids built for battle and of all of them, none more famous, powerful or feared by SAINT then Mahoro. When Mahoro's days of fighting are over, VESPER'S leaders give her a choice: Stay fighting before her power runs out and she dies for roughly a month, or have her armor and weapons removed and she can last a little over a year with a job of her choosing. Choosing the latter she wishes to become a maid. A young boy named Seguru Misato meanwhile is living alone in his messy house after his parents died and needs a maid to keep things in order and as luck would have it, they meet and have a friendship together, one that runs deeper then Seguru realizes and why it wasn't simply fate that brought them together. In the meantime, Seguru's friends are met, fun adventures are had, old enemies and allies come to meet Mahoro and a voluptous school teacher who could give Mary Kay Letourneau a run for her money when she butts into Seguru's life when she thinks he and Mahoro are up to naughty goings on.
The show has plenty of fan service and animated nudity. Nothing severe or graphic but keep it in mind as some releases have classified it as a hard PG 13 or a light R rating. It has violence, some dirty language but the rating is largly geared towards it's perverted humor.
That does bring me to another topic about releases as Mahoromatic has had at least 3 DVD releases of it's episodes and one of the latest tought me why some anime fans hate certain companies subtitling as it can ruin the episodes or some jokes and one such thing happens in Episode 2. For a celebration called the Star Festival, the kids are hanging pieces of paper on a bamboo tree with wishes written on them, and the wish is supposed to come true. Suguru wishes for world peace which his classmates deride him for being corny, but Mahoro defends him thinking it's a wonderful idea and shows her wish: "I wish for EARTH peace." With the joke being that she has the inside track on the war between Earth and Aliens that no one else knows about. Sadly one release changes the words EARTH for WORLD ruining the joke.
Almost every episode starts light and fun, some joking, some fun but slowly builds to a dramatic conclusion with a constant reminder of Mahoro's dwindling lifespan. The SERIES runs that way too with early episodes having more humor then later ones where the later shows run the drama up. Don't feel that the tone shifts too much and robs you of the moment in between scenes by having the main theme playing and then switching to another character, it's meant to keep things from getting too heady. By the time the series is over, it's okay to shed a tear or two with whats going on.
This also being an anime, I think it's fair to at least comment on the voice actors. The english cast for the most part is great other then a few voices sounding kinda squeaky here and there and the Japanese cast is great too.
Mahoromatic isn't for all tastes to be sure, the boob jokes and nudity will turn off some and it isn't heavy on action for others and the ending is a bit of a cheat, but it's fun and funny and I can easily let my problems dissapear and think of that idyllic little world of a youth gone by while watching it, where things could turn out alright, and there was good food, friends and fun waiting for me. It's the perfect reason why people like anime because it has that feeling of the world you wish you lived in. I wish I could live in Mahoros world some days.
Born in Wausau Wisconsin. Move at an early age to Ventura California and lived for 8 years. Growing up in a big city landscape didn't prepare me for my next move: Archbold Ohio with a population of … more
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Once, Mahoro was an android killing machine that no one could escape on the battlefield. Now, she is the perfect picture of domesticity, working as a maid for the son of her late commander. Racked with guilt for what she did in her former life, Mahoro hopes to redeem herself through selfless service. Mahoromatic: Automatic Maiden derives many of its frequent comedic moments from Mahoro's total aversion to all things sexual while moments of ecchi and fanservice continue at a constant pace. ~ Cammila Albertson, All Movie Guide