Otaku News : US Edition Elfie - The Otaku News Mascot
||
Search
 
Advanced Search
\ -
-

\

Edition
World Edition
UK Edition
US Edition
PSP Edition

Site Nav
Main Page
News Categories
DVD Reviews
Manga Reviews
Links We Like
Otaku News Shop

 
Site Info
About Otaku News
FAQ
Wallpaper
Link To Us
Contact Us

US RSS Feed
RSS Feed Details
 
\

\

Advert Space


 
\
/ \
Sponsored Link: Amazon.com
\ /

/ \

Mahoromatic: Automatic Maiden: Volume 1

Mahoromatic: Automatic Maiden: Volume 1
Details
Review Date:
Reviewed By: Spike

Released By: ADV Films UK

Age Rating: 15

Region: 2 - UK
Volume: 1 of 3
Length: 100 minutes
Subtitles: English
Audio: English Dolby Digital Stereo
Japanese Dolby Digital Stereo
Summary
Unbeknownst to the rest of mankind, the earth has been at war with an alien race for years. The only defense against these intruders is the mysterious angency Vespar, and the android warriors they created. One of these combatants is Mahoro, elite agent of Vespar, who has come to the end of her operational lifespan and has been given a choice: to continue to fight for the rest of her days, which is only a month or so, or to remove her armor and live for over a year following whatever path she chooses. Mahoro's dream is to become a maid, and her first assignment is Suguru, a young orphan that rewrote the book on untidiness. Now Suguru has a problem, at school boys envy him and girls look at him more, even worse, his teacher sees Mahoro as a love rival! The new maid may be cleaning up at home, but Suguru's life is more of a mess than ever!
Review
The animation looks bright and fluid, and it is obvious that Gainax has thrown quite a lot of money at its production. Mirrored in this is the sound, upbeat and energetic in both the score and the theme songs, leaving the viewer in no doubt that this is a light-hearted romantic comedy.

Mahoromatic: Automatic Maiden: Volume 1


Mahoromatic may be reminiscent of many other guy-gets-robot-maid Anime out there, but the difference in quality between most of them and this is enormous. While Mahoromatic has plenty of fanservice, it isn't using this alone to hold the viewers interest, and although, yes, it has breasts, and certainly isn't afraid to use them, this is certainly only used to squeeze a few more laughs out of the already hilarious plot. Against this backdrop of humour, there are certainly darker things going on in this series, thankfully hinting at a deeper ongoing plot rather than just laughs all the way to the end, even to the extent that every episode ends with a count of how many days Mahoro has to go until she expires.

Despite being orphaned from an early age and having had to live on his own, Suguru is a remarkably normal young man. That is, he has no domestic skills at all and a pornography collection of titanic proportions, both of which Mahoro seems to have made it her personal mission to change. Even though he seems to have brief moments of bravery, Suguru is a bit of a wet blanket as far as characters go, mainly going with the flow unless placed in an unpleasant situation. Mahoro is as one would expect from this genre of Anime, ditzy, but also extremely strong. Never one to back down from a challenge, it's clear that she is very protective of Suguru, and may have feelings for him, although to what degree it is not clear. Suguru's teacher, Saori, is surprisingly prominent in the series, spending lots of screen time attempting to analyse his relationship with Mahoro to such an extent that she even hangs out at his house (something that doesn't go down too well with Mahoro).

Mahoromatic: Automatic Maiden: Volume 1


All in all, Mahoromatic is a well made light-hearted romantic comedy, that will appeal to any fans of the plethora of other comedies of this type. The only thing I can say is that for some, Mahoromatic may at first seem a little too sweet and sugary, as it takes time for the characters to become established in their setting. However Mahoromatic does get there, giving the show substance and rewarding patient viewers with a bizarre but exiting plot.

Rating: 7/10
\ /

/

Recent News
An Interview with Toshimichi Mori of Arc System Works
An Interview with Katsura Sunshine
ReedPOP Acquires UK MCM Comic Con
RWBY Volume 5 - Premieres October 14, 2017 on Rooster Teeth FIRST
Silent Manga‚Äč Audition Round 9
An Interview with Masaaki Yuasa
An Interview with Danny Choo
An interview with Tim Clark the Curator of Hokusai: beyond the Great wave at the British Museum
An Interview with MichaŽl Dudok de Wit Director of The Red Turtle
The Red Turtle Review

Recent DVD Reviews

One Punch Man Collection 1
One Punch Man Collection 1
Digimon Adventure Tri
Nisekoi: False Love (Season 2 Complete)
Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions - Heart Throb (Blu-ray)
When Marnie Was There
Sound Euphonium! (Streaming 1-14)
Golden Time Part 2 (Blu-ray)
Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie
Terror In Resonance (Blu-ray)
My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU (Season 1)

DVD Review Archive

Links We Like
Maliki
Helen McCarthy's Blog
Lego Howl's Moving Castle
DannyChoo.com
Emma Vieceli's Workblog
Jet Arts
AnnaTheRed's Bento Factory
Tokyo Mango

Link Archive

Links
Essential Reading
Nausicaa.net
Anime News Network
ICv2
Pirate Anime FAQ
Otaku Calendar

WebComics
AppleGeeks
Johnny Wander
MegaTokyo
Nemu-nemu
Three Panel Soul

Dead Tree Magazines
Giant Robot
Neo Magazine UK
Otaku USA
Shonen Jump
Protoculture Addicts

Anime Companies
Bandai Entertainment
FUNimation
Madman
Manga Entertainment
Media Blasters
TokyoPop
Urban Vision
Viz

Manga Publishers
Dark Horse Comics
GEN Manga
Kodansha Comics
Vertical
Viz
Yen Press

US DVD Retailers
Akadot Retail
AnimeNation
Amazon.com
DVD Empire
DVD Planet
Right Stuf
Tower Records

Import Retailers
Animaxis
CD Japan
J-List
Play-Asia
Otaku.com
Tokyo Otaku Mode

 
\
/ \
All trademarks and copyrights on this page are owned by their respective owners.
Everything Else ©2002-2017 Otaku News