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 The main cast of Mahoraba.
 The main cast of Mahoraba.

  Mahoraba ~Heartful days~ is an anime adaptaion of the manga, which was created by Akira Kojima.  The show was produced by J. C. Staff and directed by Shinichiro Kimura.  The show consists of 26 episodes.
 

Genres:

comedy, romance, slice of life
 

Plot Summary from Wikipedia

Shiratori Ryushi wants to become a children picture book writer, and he moves to an apartment, Narutaki-Sou (Narutaki Villa), in order to go to an art school in Tokyo. Narutaki-Sou is an old Japanese style one-story house which doesn't fit in urban scenery. The complex is owned by his mother's cousin and the manager of the apartment is his second cousin, Aoba Kozue. They met each other when they were children, although Shiratori doesn't remember much of it. Kozue is in the second grade of a high school attached to Aoba Junior College.

There are seven residents of Narutaki-Sou. The first, Chanohata Tamami, lives in room #1 and she is Kozue's childhood friend and best friend. Shiratori Ryushi, the main character of the series, resides in room #2. In room #3 resides Momono Megumi, a person who goes her own way in life. Kurosaki Sayoko and her daughter Asami, who is in the first grade of middle school, live in room #5. Finally, in room #6, Haibara Yukio lives with his puppet Johnny.

Narutaki-Sou is filled with characteristic and eccentric people. However, the most eccentric person is Kozue herself. She has a secret of which even she does not know; when she is shocked at something, her personality changes. Not knowing this, Ryushi moves to Narutaki-Sou to realize his dream.

Pros and Cons


Pros:
  • A wide variety of enjoyable characters.  From kind girls with multiple personalities, ocult lovers, drunks, womanizers, really lazy, to ventriloquists, they are all entertaining.
  • A very cute, colorful, and charming art style.
  • Loved the crayon story scenes shown through out the show.
  • Enjoyed the zany humor.
  • Loved the 4-panel comics in each episode.  They totally don't need to be there, but they are and they are enjoyable.

Cons:
  •  The animation quality can be bad at times.
 

Who is this for?

If you are a fan of lighthearted romantic comedies with a splash of slice of life like Love Hina or Hayate the Combat Butler, definitely check this one out.
 

Sources *SPOILERS*

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahoraba
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=4631

 
 
 
 

MANGA REVIEW *Added on October 26, 2010*

Just finished reading the manga of Mahoraba.  Without making this lengthy, I will keep it short.
 
The manga was a great read and totally worth it.  The manga was funny, heartwarming, sad, entertaining, and just plain fun.  Most of the anime episodes were taken from the manga.  Not 100% accurate, but they got the picture just right.  The manga is funnier more serious, and more entertaing then the anime.  I guess it's kinda hard to make a shonen romcom be serious at times since most of the time the humor is just crazy and over the top, but who cares, that's what makes shonen romcoms great.
 
It's a real shame that this and the anime adaptation hasn't been licensed by anyone outside of Japan.  Many fans of the genre are going to miss out on this great series because of that.
 
If you are a fan of the romcom genre, this is definitely worth reading.  If you have watched the anime and you liked it, you have to read this.
 
If you enjoyed shows like Love Hina, Hayate the Combat Butler, or similar shows, then this is worth checking out.

 
 

 
 

Don't forget to check out my ongoing blog for my Super Duper Mini Reviews and my written reviews.            :) 

What's a Super Duper Mini Review? Well, since I'm taking a break from written reviews, I decided to put a short list of what I liked and didn't like about the shows I watch.  For some info about the show like genre, plot summary, etc., I borrow (mainly copy and paste  :P) some info from Anime News Network, Wikipedia or the Anime Vice wiki.

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