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Maburaho - Complete Collection

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Animation movie directed by Shinichiro Kimura

It’s Harry Potter meets I Dream of Jeannie! Kazuki is the biggest loser at wizard school. He can only use magic eight times in his life before he turns to dust. But his future son is destined to be the most powerful magician of all time. Enter three … see full wiki

Director: Shinichiro Kimura
Genre: Animation
1 review about Maburaho - Complete Collection

Just Another Harem Animé?

  • May 1, 2007
I just picked up the complete series collection of Maburaho, and I have to say I am impressed. Yes, it is another harem animé in the same category as Tenchi Muyo, Love Hina, etc. But, is that really so bad?

Here is a quick run-down of the plot, in case this review happens to be the first thing you have ever read about Maburaho. You can skip this paragraph if you already know the plot ^_- It is a story about a world where EVERYONE can use magic. Worth and value are placed on people with strong magic. Even more worth and value is placed on people who can use their magic lots of times (they can tell how many times one has left to use, by using a special magic meter). Once a person has used up their limit of magic uses, they they turn into ash and (generally) die. Kazuki, the hero of the show, just so happens to have the strongest magic on the planet. His ancestors were all ridiculously powerful magicians, and his genes are worth a LOT to some of the most powerful families in Japan. This leads to most of the girls initial contact with him, they are told by their families to either marry him and breed, or to just breed (depending on the family). The major problem with all of this, is that Kazuki only has 8 magic uses left before he turns to ash, at the start of the show, and he seems to be burning through them pretty quickly...

So, the story has a lot of heart, and it has characters you can really get behind, and cheer for. My favorite is Rin, she is just so loveable, you just want to hug her. Especially when she is being sad because nobody wants to see what her biology club is up to.

I could make strong comparisons to any harem animé with Maburaho, but I will use Tenchi Muyo (because that is another of my favorites). The main character, Kazuki, is a wuss -- just like Tenchi. He is shy around women, and will instantly cave to anything to ask of him -- just like Tenchi. He also has a mysteriously strong inner power (in this case, his magic, and not the power of Jurai) which can overcome darn near anything -- just like Tenchi. He also has a lot of trouble using his power -- just like Tenchi -- although in his case it is not a matter of learning to make Light Hawk Wings on his own, but instead it is due to the severely limited number of times he can use his magic. He also has a bad case of "Knight-on-a-white-horse" syndrome, and he is constantly trying to save every female around him, who gets into any sort of trouble -- just like Tenchi.

The 3 main girls in the show are Yuna, who behaves a lot like a combination of Aeka and Sasami from Tenchi Muyo. Rin, who behaves a lot like Ryouko from Tenchi Muyo. And Kuriko, who behaves a lot like Washu and borrows Mihoshi's busty blond look.

The girls are in no way clones to the girls in Tenchi Muyo. They all have their own personality quirks, and they all have character aspects that set them apart as their own characters. Also, overall, once the show really begins to move, the girls are a lot NICER to each other, than the girls in Tenchi Muyo.

I like this show because of the pretty Shonen artwork, the interesting magic aspect, and the heart and personality given to all of the characters, and the amount of comedy and general silliness in the stories. Yes, it is another harem animé, but I don't see that as a bad thing.

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