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 The following review is for the entire anime series.  This includes Mahoromatic - Automatic Maiden, Mahoromatic: Something More Beautiful, Mahoromatic: Summer Special, and Mahoromatic: Tadaima Okaeri.
 
Mahoromatic an anime adaptation of the manga of the same name.  There are two seasons, one special, and two OVAs.  Both seasons where produced by Gainax and Shaft and directed by Hiroyuki Yamaga.
 

Brief Overview

 Mahoromatic
 Mahoromatic
Mahoromatic a sci-fi romantic comedy with elements of harem, ecchi, and drama.  Could be considered a ecchi comedy as well.  The show is about a female combat android name Mahoro.  Mahoro was built by Vesper to fight an alien invasion by Saint.  Mahoro is a very strong, fast android and considered a formidable opponent by her enemies.  Due to being an android, she has a limit on her lifespan.  She doesn't have much time to live, so Vesper gives her the choice of how she wants to spend the rest of her life.  She decides to become a maid for Suguru Misato, the son of her former commander.  As the show goes by, at the end of every episode it counts down how many days Mahoro has left, which the countdown starts at 398 days.
 
Through out the show, we meet many characters.  From guys like Suguru to a teacher who wants Suguru all to her self.  Here some of the important characters.

  • Mahoro, the andriod, is a very nice and friendly to about everyone she meets.  She becomes a regular at the market with everyone greeting her in a very nice fashion.  She becomes popular at Suguru's school as well for being Suguru's maid.  While lovable, she does not like ecchi things at all.  During the show she constantly goes after Suguru's secret stash of porn magazines and becomes an expert at finding them.  She doesn't like ecchi things, but she is always concerned about her appearance and is sometimes troubled by her small breasts.
     Mahoro
     Mahoro
 
  • Suguru Misato is a junior high school student living in Tokyo. He lost both his parents and lived alone before Mahoro came. While he believed his father was killed in an accident during a business trip, he was actually a commander (and Mahoro's commanding officer) in Vesper and was KIA during the alien war.  Suguru is a very smart boy for his age and girls of his class like that.  He also has an affection for dirty magazines which end up being confiscated by Mahoro.  Suguru is noted to be a very fast runner when he is being chased by someone.
 
  • Minawa, introduced in the second season, is an android created by The Management.  She is a very clumsy and shy, but she is also kind at heart.  Suguru's friend Toshiya develops a crush on her and tries to get her to like her during the second season.  So there isn't any confusion, Suguru tells his classmates that she is Mahoro's younger sister.
 
  • Slash, "support mech" assists Mahoro during combat. He has the form of a panther and can be summoned at any time by Mahoro.  Although used for combat in the past, he often now acts as a guard dog around the Misato residence.
     "I think that dirty thoughts are bad!"
     "I think that dirty thoughts are bad!"
 
  • Saori Shikijo is Suguru's teacher and a shotacon.  She tries to seduce Suguru during the course of the show, buy Mahoro always stops it.  She is a heavy drinker and she is usually poor.  She often invites herself over to Suguru's house to have dinner with them which Mahoro does not like.  She is a rival towards Mahoro and often competes with her, but Mahoro wins most of the time.
 
  • Miyuki Sakura is a classmate of Suguru and a childhood friend.She is a tomboyish girl.  She has a crush on Suguru.
 
  • Rin Todoriki is a classmate of Suguru.  She is very ladylike, but a very skilled martial artist.  Like Miyuki, she has a crush on Suguru.  Of the three girls, she has the biggest breats and Miyuki and Chizuko always complain, but she becomes more comfortable with her breasts.
 
  • Chizuko Oe is classmate of Suguru.  She is a bright and cheerful girl who is very innocent.  She loves food and goes ballistic when she tries something that's very good.  Like the other girls, she loves Suguru as well.
 
  • Toshiya Hamaguchi, a class mate of Suguru.  Like Suguru, he loves dirty magazines as well.  She develops a crush for Minawa and tries to get her to go out with him.
 
  • Kiyomi Kawahara, another classmate of Suguru.  Like the other two boys, he likes dirty magazines as well.  He is a very good at kendo and is usually with Toshiya.
     Mahoro, Miyuki (blue hair), Rin (brown hair), and Chizuko (blonde)
     Mahoro, Miyuki (blue hair), Rin (brown hair), and Chizuko (blonde)
 
  • Toh Ryuga, and android made by Saint.  He has fought Mahoro many times on the field, but he usually lost or it was a draw.
 

My Thoughts


As a fan of the genre (romcom harem) I had to check this one out.  Surprisingly, I liked it more then I thought I would.
 
I first glance I thought this may have been the same-oh same-oh romantic comedy.  Boy meets girl, boy falls in love with girl, etc.  Well, I guess you could say it's like that, but with the sci-fi elements, it makes the show stand out.  Well, that and all the ecchi stuff the show has.
 
The story starts out simple.  Mahoro moves into Suguru's house.  You see days of their life go by while Mahoro days of her lifespan go down.  During the show you get some back story to Mahoro, which is great.  Besides her, you get some background on Vesper, Saint, and Management and their roles.  With out getting to deep into spoiler territory, I will say it was interesting.
 
 Yep, this show is ecchi.
 Yep, this show is ecchi.
The cast of characters were great as well.  You go Mahoro who is a former combat android who ends up being a made, Shikijo sensei who is madly in love with Suguru, Chizuko who goes balls to the walls end she eats something delicious.  In the end, you just end up with a goofy cast of lovable characters.
 
For the other things, I liked the music.  Nothing groundbreaking, but It was solid overall.  The animation as solid as well for being an early 2000 show.  The animation was iffy and times, but for the most part, it was good.  I really enjoyed the art.  It was colorful,vibrant, and it felt like each character stood out.  I guess point out the ecchi stuff  There is tons of it and it's all uncensored.  HELL YEAH!   :P    It may be a turn off for some, but with my perverted mind, I enjoyed it.  With out going into to much detail, you do see all the girls naked.
 
For the things I didn't like, there isn't much.  I will say how the show ends is a little disappointing.  Of course this is a show, like many, that ends before the actual manga ends, so the ending just lets you hang with no clear conclusion to the story.  The other thing was the animation.  For the most part, it was great, but some small things here and there could have been touched up.
 
With the two things I didn't like, I loved everything else.  I ended up loving this show more then I thought I would.  A great cast of characters, simple but deep story as the show goes, good music, great animation, and uncensored boobs, it was hard for me to hate this show.
 

Review in a Nutshell

I liked:
  • Great characters
  • Simple story that gets deeper as it goes
  • Great production values for when it was released.  (2001)
  • Uncensored Nudity       (I'm a pervert, I know.   :P )
  • Colorful and vibrant characters and backgrounds
 
I didn't like:
  • The ending was disappointing, leaves yo you hanging.
  • Small production bugs here and there.
 
If you are fan of the romcom/harem genre and don't mind lots of nudity and fan service, check it out.  If you are a fan of ecchi comedies, this is a must watch.  If you don't like nudity/fan service, try it out and see what you think before venturing further into the show.  If you are a fan of deep romance shows, this may not be for you.
 
My Score - 5/5
 

Blog Thing

With all great anime, it comes to an end and you have to move on.  Next I decided to watch Shakugan no Shana, a familiar show to some.  It's been on my radar for a while and thought I would check it out now.  I do have a quick question about the series, is the movie canon?  I was looking up some info about it and seen there is a movie for the show.  I'm not sure if it's canon, so if my fellow Vicers could help me, that would be great.
 
As the days go by, the release of Super Street Fighter IV is getting closer.  I'm nerding out a little bit more each day and want it NOW!
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The following review is for the entire anime series.  This includes Hidamari Sketch, Hidamari Sketch x 365, Hidamari x Hoshimittsu, and all specials and OVA of the show.
 
Hidamari Sketch (aka Sunshine Sketch) is an anime adaptation of the manga of the same name.  There are 12 episodes and 2 specials for season 1; 13 episodes, 1 OVA, and 2 specials for Season 2 (365); and 12 episodes for Season 3 (Hoshimittsu).  Season 1 and the season 1 specials  were directed by Akiyuki Shinbo and Ryouki Kamitsubo.  The rest of the series and specials were direct by Akiyuhi Shinbo by himself.  This animated series was produced by Shaft.
 

Brief Overview

 Hidamari Sketch
 Hidamari Sketch
Hidamari Sketch is a show about Yuno and her friends as they progress through their daily lives.  Yuno, Miyako, Hiro, and Sae all live in the same apartments, Hidamari Apartments, and they all go to the same school, Yamabuki Art High School.  Each episode starts out with Yuno waking up and ends with Yuno taking a bath and going to bed, just like in they day of an average person.  As the show goes one, you get to see them go to school and do other things as well.  When the 3rd season starts, two new students move into Hidamari Apartments, Nori and Nazuna .  Since this is based on a 4-panel comic strip, there is no consistent through out the series.
 
Here is a list of the important characters we meet through out the series.
 
  • Yuno - A first/second year.  A really nice girl who happens to be short.  Yuno's dream is to become a very good artist one day.
  • Miyako - A first/second year.  A very active girl who always wants to have fun.  She is very creative and loves to eat.  She likes to pick on Hiro by telling her she is gaining weight, which ends up making Hiro hit Miyako on the head.
  • Hiro - A second/third year.  The motherly figure of the group.  She is very kind and makes meals ofter for her friends.  She tends to watch her weight a lot, so she tends to go on diets, which usually fail.  She is a very close friend of Sae's and always takes care of her when she is near a deadline for one of her stories.
  • Sae - A second/third year.  She is a tall, athletic, and mature girl who happens to be close friends with Sae.  She writes fiction professional under the anme Aya Tachibana.  The reason she enrolled to Yamabuki Art High School is show she can illustrate her own art for her stories.
  • Nazuna (introduced in season 3) - A first year girl who is shy and reserved, but has an inferiority complex.  She is not in the art department of the school, but does have some interest in it.
  • Nori (introduced in season 3) - A first year girl who is very honest and straightforward.  She is in the art department as well and have strong interest in computers.
  • Yoshinoya -  Yuno and Miyako's homeroom teacher and art instructor. She is buxom, exuberant, and a cosplay maniac.  She loves modeling for her class, displaying her latest outfits whenever she can, and showing off in general.  When asked her age, she says show is "eternally seventeen".
  • The Principal - A thin, aging and balding man whose teeth are always chattering.  He is mostly calm, but sometimes get's very angry with Yoshinoya, which is very often.
  • The Landlady -  The landlord of the Hidamari Apartments. She is very laid back woman, but she is always doing part-time jobs to get by.  She is also a very heavy smoker.
  • Chika - Sae's younger sister, and is an anime-original character. She is more spontaneous and energetic than Sae.  She has no artistic talent and prefers music and home economics over art.
 

My Thoughts

 Yuno
 Yuno
I'm a fan of the genre.  Once I heard about the show I was like "DUDE YES" and checked it out.  Hidamari Sketch felt like a mash of Minami-ke, Lucky Star, and Azumanga Daioh with a slower pace.  While I my have seen shows that are really similar to this, I still enjoyed the show a lot.
 
First of lets talk about the characters.  I thought that the cast of characters were rather enjoyable.  While we have seen similar characters in other shows, I really enjoyed them.  I really enjoyed Yuno a lot.  She is just a sweet girl from time to time does goofy things like flushing her room key down the toilet or trying to learn to ride a bike again.  Yoshinoya was a really bizarre character.  When you first see her you think she may be normal, just a few minutes later, you can tell she is going to be one goofy teach.  I goes she kinda provides some fanservice for the show by dressing up in skimpy cosplay outfits which sometimes show off her chest, nothing too sever though.  Besides Yuno and Yoshinoya, the other members of the cast are great as well.  They are so kind a cute, you feel like you want to be in high school again just to hang out with them.
 
Next we should talk about the production quality.  Shaft does it again and makes the show's art style very unique and great at the same time.  You can easily tell it's made by Shaft when you see items that look like they took a picture of the object and threw it into the show.  The characters look fantastic as well.  From time the time the characters would have chibi heads, which looked really fat and goofy, but you get used to it with time.  The music is great as well.  It fits the show perfectly when used and sets the mood just right.  Shaft as done it again and made the show look great.
 
Where there are good things, there has to be bad things.  While I had no problem with it, the show's pacing is really slow.  It's like the opposite of Lucky Star.  Lucky Star was fast and upbeat while this show is slow and relaxing.  It might be a little to slow for some people.  One thing I didn't like was the show wasn't in chronological order.  I guess it really doesn't matter for this king of show since it has no on going plot, but I do like my episodes out of order regardless.  Another gripe is the show was light on the comedy.  It seems like they put slice of life first then comedy second.  This could be a good or a bad thing, but I really wanted to laugh more.  Don't get me wrong, the show had it's funny moments, but it just left be wanting a little more comedy.  I guess this could be one of of those "watch cute girls do cute things' kind of show.  While I really wasn't turned off by it, it may be a turn of for others.
 Miyako
 Miyako

 
I really enjoyed the show with the few gripes I had.  The show is just a cute slice of life/comedy show.  While the slow pace may be too slow for some, it sets a really nice and relaxing tone to the show.  If you are looking for new slice of life/comedy show, I say check this one out if you can deal with the slow pace.  If you are looking for a show that's super crazy and over the top funny show , you are looking the wrong place, go try Azumanga Daioh if you are looking for an upbeat slice of life/comedy.
 

Review in a Nutshell

I liked:
  • From the art to the music, the over all production quality is fantastic.  Another job well done Shaft.
  • A great cast of characters.
  • Super Cute
  • Odd Ball Humor
  • The show felt very relaxing with it's slow pace.
 
I didn't like:
  • The episodes weren't in order except for the 3rd season, which was in order for the most part.
  • The comedy seemed a little light.
  • Could be considered a "watch cute girls do cute things" kind of show.
 
My score - 4.5/5
 

Blog Thing

With this show out of the way, I decided to get my harem back on and check out Mahoromatic.  It seems like a good harem show to check it out with bonus fanservice!  On the gaming front, I've been playing a ton of Pokemon SoulSilver and loving everything about the remake.  I got Cave Story on Wii today and that's been a ton of fun as well.  I haven't been reading anything since I have caught up with Negima.  I still have Chibi Vampie Karin on my mind to read.  Maybe I will start reading it sometime soon.
 
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