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Old 16-04-2007, 09:40 PM   #1   [permalink]
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Mahoromatic: Automatic Maiden

I just finished disc 1. This is a fairly light-hearted series -- at least so far. I suspect that may change by the time I get to the final episodes. (No spoilers, please.) Well, maybe not since there is a follow-up series and a movie.

Suguru is a teenage orphan who lives by himself. (What is it with Japanese teenagers? Is this common, or is it just in anime?) To help manage the house his parents left him, he takes in a maid. She is Mahoro, who is really a combat android who saved the world from an alien invasion which no one seems to have remembered. With that war over, Mahoro's days are numbered as she only has a bit more than a year until her systems totally shut down. So she decides to live out her days by being useful working as a maid.

It sounds a bit juvenile -- until the fan service starts, and you don't have to wait long for that. Expect quite a bit of nudity in each episode. There is even a love triangle as Suguru's teacher has a crush on him. (What is it with Japanese teachers and their student's, or is this just in anime?) Oddly, the teacher bears a resemblance to Asuka from Neon Genesis Evangelion -- and she is every bit a pain.

This is more comedy than action, but there is that dark secret that Mahoro hides. And every episode ends with the number of days until Mahoro ceases to function. So there is a dark cloud over all of this.

So far, I like the series. I will get back after I watch the last two discs.
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Old 22-04-2007, 10:50 PM   #2   [permalink]
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I just finished disc 2, episodes 5-8. There is a lot less fan service, and the series is slowly turning from whimsical to dramatic. Thereís a funny sequence where it is suspected that Suguru is turning gay (he really isnít). Episodes 5 and 6 concentrate on developing the relationship between Suguru and Mahoro. Episodes 7 and 8 center around an old enemy who tracks Mahoro down.

Meanwhile, Mahoro ceases to function in 301 days.

It is really turning out to be interesting.
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Old 22-04-2007, 11:25 PM   #3   [permalink]
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You don't even know half of the fan service... there's a lot more later in the series and a battle between Suguru's teacher and Mahoro. Great series in all though. Good character development.
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Old 26-04-2007, 10:44 PM   #4   [permalink]
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Actually, most of the fan service occurs in the first 4 episodes -- although in episode 10 there is a funny flashback where Mahoro compares the size of her breasts to the more endowed human females. There is no real fan service in the final battle

I just finished the series. It made a good transition from a whimsical comedy to an action series. The ending is bitter-sweet. Next, I am renting the second Mahoromatic series.
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Old 06-05-2007, 06:35 PM   #5   [permalink]
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I just finished disc 1 of the second season. Its not bad, but so far it looks like it will take more than the first four episodes to get this one off the ground. It tries hard to start off where season 1 ended -- a bit too hard. Even the fan service in episode 1 seems forced. There is a new character, Minawa, an android from an organization called Management, which is opposed to both Vesper and Saint. Oh, and the relationship between Vesper and Saint is different in season 2. Now it makes no sense whatsoever.

There is a new opening and closing theme. The subtitles for the closing theme are not complete, but I think the girls are singing about their breasts.

Anyway, I will give the series a chance. I already have disc 2 ready and waiting.
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Old 08-05-2007, 08:16 PM   #6   [permalink]
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I've watched the first 6 episodes. I like the comedy, I hope it doesn't sacrifice that for the action.
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Old 09-05-2007, 11:28 PM   #7   [permalink]
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I assume you mean the first 6 episodes of the first season? Yeah, it will sacrifice a bit of the comedy for action over the last three episodes, but you won't be disappointed. I actually like the way the series moves from whimiscal to dark. And remember there is a dark cloud hanging over the entire series. Mohoro is doomed.

I just finished disc 2 of the second season -- episodes 5-9. Those episodes are mostly fillers -- and there are only 13 episodes in the second season. Most of the comedy is just a repeat from season 1, and there is a lot less fan service. There is a little (very little) plot development in episode 8, and episode 9 ends with a small cliffhanger (Minawa's past seems to have caught up with her). All the time we are reminded that there is evil afoot within Management -- although nothing really happens. Basically, not much happens in episodes 5-9 to move the story along. As much as I liked season 1, season 2 is a bit of a bore. I am hoping for a good climax when I watch disc 3. I hope to finish it maybe Sunday, but no later than Tuesday.
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Old 14-05-2007, 09:55 PM   #8   [permalink]
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Thumbs up

I finished disc 3 of the second season. Episodes 1-9 were a disappointment -- mostly a retread of the jokes from season 1 and a bunch of filler episodes. The Saint/Vesper storyline was changed to the point where it made no sense. But episodes 10-14 made up for that. Minawa has her moment of truth. Mahoro no longer accepts her eventual demise now that she has something for which to live (actually, she first says that in episode 8). And events change Suguru -- and not for the better. The series goes from being light hearted to dark in a hurry, but it does it so well. The ending is very powerful.

Since it involves spoilers, I am going to start a different thread about episode 14.
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Old 17-05-2007, 11:41 PM   #9   [permalink]
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Thumbs down Mahoromatic: Summer Special -- one last episode

I just watched Mahoromatic: Summer Special. I was lead to believe that this picked up after episode 14 of the second season. Not so. (Fans will have to continue to argue about the series ending.) It actually would have taken place during the second season before episode 10.

The plot involves Mahoro organizing the girls in a plot to seek out and destroy Suguru's stash of porn magazines. Suguru gets the boys to help him out. There is some nudity tossed in there, and we find out why Mahoro thinks that "dirty thoughts are bad."

But basically, this half-hour special is a bore. It really does not live up to the rest of the series. If you've never seen it, skip it.

Hasn't anyone else ever watched Mahoromatic: Automatic Maiden?

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I've got most of the manga (missing 2 and 6), and I don't want to watch it until I've read it all...
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Old 19-05-2007, 09:26 PM   #11   [permalink]
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I don't know about the manga. I know that often the anime series differs from the manga, but I don't know if that is the case with Mahoromatic.
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Old 26-05-2007, 12:14 PM   #12   [permalink]
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i thought the ending ruined the series. it tried to get too serious for the tone of the rest of both seasons.

it's like they thought they could undo all the fanservice and sillyness with a totally different show in the last 2 episodes.
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The ending was horrible and ruined the entire series.
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Old 27-05-2007, 10:35 AM   #14   [permalink]
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The first season started to be serious towards the end as well -- although certainly not as dark. And there was a dark underlining for the entire series anyway. Most episodes end with a countdown as to how many days Mahoro has left to live.

The problem I have with the second season is not the ending, but that for the first 9 episodes we get a repeat of season 1 and a bunch of fillers. It is not until episode 10 that things get interesting.

I have a second thread on the 2nd season ending. Its on this same page. No one has responded to that yet. I have it marked for spoilers. Go there and we can discuss the ending further.
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I've seen the first season, & it was very amusing in places (can't stand that damn teacher though, she just creeps me out, the paedo). The second season is sat by my DVD player, waiting for a time when I can actually sit down & watch it. I'm just too busy at the moment.
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