The latest series from the female artists' studio Clamp (X,Cardcaptor Sakura) is another tale about a geeky guy who meets a lovely, submissive female android, in theHand Maid May/Steel Angel Kurumimold. Maladroit 18-year-old Hideki Motosuwa leaves his … see full wiki
First of all they have censored the series! This is the same kind of Cartoon Network garbage that has been pulled on Tenchi Muyo, Ranma 1/2, even Sailor Moon! There are important storyline reasons for leaving the story as it was written. Censoring out nudity (and the original amount of nudity in this series was practically nill in the first place), violence, language, etc. hurts the story and takes away from the realism. I have said it before, and I will say it again, "animé" is *not* synonymous with "cartoon." Leave the series as it was originally written, they wrote it that way for a reason! It seems the major reason American companies are pulling this garbage is because animé is animated, and therefore it must be a "cartoon," so therefore it must be intended for children right? Wrong! There are very few Japanese animé series that are intentionally aimed at child audiences (at least American children, Japanese children are exposed to much more, much sooner).
That being said (okay, ranted) I *will* say that except for the censorship -- the series is pretty faithful to the manga. The character voices are pretty much what I was imagining when I read the manga. One small point that annoys me is they have changed Plum's name to the Japanese "Sumomo." Sumomo means plum in Japanese, but it just isn't as cute as plum. What is interesting is that they use the Japanese name Sumomo in both the English dub and the Japanese voice version with English sub-titles.
The animation is clean and clear, very smooth and soft -- as the manga was originally drawn. They do engage in an annoying cut-scene with cheesy graphics whenever Hideki is thinking hard about something, or is embarrassed or fantasizing, but other than that the animation is eye pleasing.
Bottom line, the main basic storyline is still intact -- just censored. The voice acting is acceptable (in both English and Japanese versions). The animation is clean and bright and eye pleasing. I enjoy most anything from Clamp, and this series is no exception, but I doubt I will buy the rest of the DVDs in this series, I will stick with the manga until they stop censoring it.
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