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Mahoromatic: Automatic Maiden Vol. 1 - Combat Maiden (2003)

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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Geneon
Genre: Anime
Running Time: 100 min.
Languages: English, Japanese
Subtitles: English
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Suguru's horrible cleaning skills have his friends calling his home the "haunted house", and being an orphan, he needs help! Enter Mahoro, a beautiful 19-year old that catches bullets in her fingers, claims to be an android, and who wants to be his maid! Now, his school friends are suspicious and his well-endowed teacher is going over the edge with jealousy. How will he react when he discovers that Mahoro only has 398 days to live and has chosen him for a reason?

Created by GAINAX (Evangelion, Wings of Honeamise, FLCL, His and Her Circumstances), scripts and direction by Hiroyuki Yamaga (WIngs of Honeamise), character designs by Kazuhiro Takamura.

GreenCine Member Reviews

Better than expected! by futurecat999 April 1, 2006 - 11:43 AM PST
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
though built on a very tired bundle of cliches, this anime really delivers.

it is sweet, funny, even slightly deep in places!

admittedly, there is nothing new here. A battle android girl decides to live out her last year as a live-in-maid.

But the jokes are good, the characters are real enough, and even the fan service is mostly tasteful. there are a few groan-worthy moments, but not nearly as many as you might expect.

i rented it expecting the usual funny tripe with naughty jokes, but it is surprisingly rich and textured. the animation is good quality! none of the characters look entirely generic, --with the possibile exception of the busty teacher-- and the main characters succeed in overcoming the fact that there are dozens of others like them in the anime universe.

somehow, i found myself caring about them.

and this show is very cute! i'd say that it's well on its way to being almost as good as Chobits, for instance, and there aren't many titles i'd say that about.

Pocket Review of Mahoromatic by Calafragious October 4, 2004 - 7:40 AM PDT
4 out of 5 members found this review helpful
This review covers the first 12 episodes of "Mahoromatic." Gainax Studio has produced several of the most interesting and debatable anime series since 1985. This marks their return to TV animation after several years doing video games and other things. The basic concept of this show is strong, though at first it seems played entirely for cheap laughs. I don't believe that's true; these are, after all, the same people who brought us "Evangelion" and "FLCL". There is nothing naive about this bawdy, uneasy cross between the "maid" and "robot girlfriend" genres, though it won't appeal to everyone.

Like all good comedy, "Mahoromatic" deals with serious issues and human pain in a sly and lighthearted way. The boobs, booze and screwball hijinks so typical of Gainax are fully on display here. But the show is technically beautiful, the comedy is charming and well-paced (with many wild 'manga-style' facial expressions and double-takes that are very well-done), and the "Bewitched" type plot is handled sympathetically. The minor and secondary characters are particularly good.

This show has a similar look and feel to Gainax's recent "Abenobashi," but Mahoromatic is IMHO a better work. I had seen some of this show before and thought it third rate, but upon re-watching, I found a lot to like in it. The first two episodes are not the best. If you like the general look of the show, I think you will find that it gets better as you go on.

"Big, big boobies" of death by JBellows September 16, 2004 - 7:50 AM PDT
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
This review is for both seasons and the "summer special." SPOILERS!!!!!

As mentioned in the other reviews, this series starts as a typical fanservice anime with lots of opportunities for panty shots, cute doe-eyed girls in baths, etc. Also lots of over the top action, per formula in hundreds of other anime.

I will say that the production values are incredible: extremely rich colors, clean lines, good use of color tone and shadow. The writing is also really tight, even if formulaic. I was hooked into the story when the relationship between Mahoro and Suguru deepens and he matures through the year. The friends also gave depth to the character, more so than many other anime involving "friends." Not many anime have made me laugh outloud at some of the hijinks that goes on here!

And I have to agree with the other reviews that the last two episodes went completely counter to the rest of the series. I actually like it when an anime strikes off on its own and does something interesting. Bebop, Outlaw Star, Saikano come to mind. Mahoromatic, on the other hand, is a sad story with lots of low-brow fun and suddenly turns into an exploration of using a cheese-grater against your heart, an emotion enema; it ends on such a tragic note, on so many levels at the end, that it pretty much erased any fun I had with the series. While the humor and the action were over the top in the beginning, the conclusion was over the top for completely different reasons.

I recommend this series, completely, but be warned! All but the last two episodes are fluffy, light, pop-corn munching fun with laughs but the last two are on equal footing with Grave of the Fireflies in heavy emotional intensity and darkness.

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