English: My Santa
Synonyms: Watashi no Santa, Always My Santa
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Dec 7, 2005
Duration: 30 min. per episode
Rating: R+ - Mild NudityL represents licensing company
Score: 6.371 (scored by 3567 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.
Popular Tagscomedy romance
Jan 13, 2009
Dec 22, 2012
Santa sounds rather whinny and annoying but because of Mai, I wouldn’t be surprised. Mai is extremely crazy and overly energetic. She can only create things that start with ‘San’ because she is in training. Now this doesn’t work well because in the dub, the items are not called the same in Japanese and so changes that. She can’t cook, goes overboard at times, and is rather stupid as well. At least Naru had brains, this girl doesn’t seen to have an ounce of smarts in many areas. All she really seems to know is how to be a Santa.
In the first episode is about there first meeting, as well as them talking about Christmas and fun. Sadly, it feels very, very bland. It’s got cheesy written all over the script. It would actually be fine if they ended it there but they actually have a second episode. The second episode though… its just a excuse to see the girls in swimsuits. There was no real reason for them to have a second episode. It’s even cheesier then the first!
The animation is rather good, though it does end up having scenes that are reused so many times. A lot of the animation is rather standard and bland half the time. Luckily, they don’t go out of their way to show breasts but they hint a lot about panty shots.
Oh god, we get to the voices now… Although Chris Burnett is a rather nice voice and fits the character of Santa well, Brittney Karbowski is so not the part I would of picked for Mai. Her voice tends to get way to whinny and annoying the more she talks and it turns into a high pitched squeal when she’s talking to long. read more
Aug 1, 2012
I had thought that Kanokon ~Manatsu no Daishunikusai~ would be the most lackluster anime that I'd see during 2009. Given that Kouta and Chizuru graced our screens in November, that assertion seemed likely to hold. Oh, how wrong I was. After the delicious melancholy of Blue Drop, I fired up Itsudatte My Santa! looking for something short and funny with a slight zest of holiday cheer. Unfortunately, however, it proved too long on stupid and too short on functioning humor for my needs. Good thing it was a mere two episodes, as otherwise I might have set fire to my monitor in disgust.
Much like Mai, Itsudatte My Santa!'s overenthusiastic protagonist, the OVA tries too hard to please. Straight from a melodramatic voice-over wherein Santa (yes, you heard that right) muses on how children come to stop believing in Santa Claus, the story jumps right into a trainee-Santa Claus attempting to cram happiness down the poor boy's throat. At this moment, any sense of pacing flies out the window, and the "story" careens from gag to gag without pausing to reflect on whether or not anything works. The rest of the uninspired episode consists of an off-brand imitation of A Christmas Carol cheaply bolted onto a half-formed love story. The second portion jumps forward into summertime to provide one of the worst beach sequences in the history of anime: little or no fan-service, a weak riff on Mai's "I can only create things with 'san' in their names" power, and jerky animations of the gang eating watermelon, and finishing off with a montage of Shirley trying to orchestrate some alone time for the two hopeless lovers. That this segment derives most of its humor from Maimai biting Shirley's backside demonstrates the series' puerile wit at its finest.
Of course the OVA wraps up nice-and-neat in the finale, but the fact that the narrative never goes to any length to introduce significant tension or conflict makes the whole thing seem frivolous. However, since Itsudatte My Santa! isn't strange enough to elicit a massive "WTH?" (think Puni Puni Poemy). I--like most viewers I imagine--have to ask, "Ken Akamatsu took time off writing manga for THIS?"
Itsudatte My Santa! has to be one of the most cursorily animated OVAs out there. For most of the two episodes, viewers can feast their eyes on boring pans, nearly-still shots of people talking in front of static backgrounds, and action scenes that play out like flip-books written in the corner of high school texts. In 54 minutes of video, only one scene has any kind of visual flair and the director uses it TO END BOTH EPISODES. Famed moe champion Ken Akamatsu CLEARLY intended these two scenes to be identical. The repeated actions and events serve to reinforce the unchanging and therefore nonthreatening nature of Santa and Mai's relationshi... No. Reusing footage is just plain lazy, and placing it at the end of the boring second episode feels more like a slap in the face than an inspiring end to the story.
No, this OVA doesn't ear-rape you, but it sure-as-hell tries. While Santa, Shirley, and Maimai all have bland, reasonable voicing, Mai bounces immediately into the high-obnoxious register and stays there so long as she's not in Santa Claus mode. Whiny, shrill, and always shouting, her voice actor, the talented Aya Hirano, should be ashamed of this performance, deeply ashamed. Luckily, Mai's magical girl transformation into a holiday avatar lowers the pitch of her voice, and this, coupled with the spare minutes when the character keeps her mouth shut offer some respite.
Underneath all the action, an innocuous score wends its way through the anime. A standard synth affair blends in bells and faux-choral themes to enhance the anime's "Christmas" feel, but the music's low volume means it serves more as layer of frost atop the more offensive aural elements than an active participant in any scene; this is unfortunate, as louder music might have drowned out Mai's grating exhortations.
A foursome of cardboard cut-outs forms the main cast of the anime. Santa himself starts out interesting, but the OVA wastes no time in reducing him to a shallow romantic stand-in by the second episode. But of course, this is a Ken Akamatsu anime, so it's the girls that are interesting, right? Nope. Mai shows less depth of character than your grandmother's silver and nowhere near as much history. She flits between mopey, bubbly, and confrontational with no apparent motivation, which further damages the already frayed plot. Add to the mix her loli sister imaginatively named Maimai and a non-descript rival in the form of Shirley and you get... Well, I've seen mad-libs with more personality.
I know what you're going to say. "DeSwitch! You scored less than the sum of its parts!" to which I have to reply that this anime is the single most insulting thing I have EVER watched. The short OVA tries far too hard to make the most of its meager content and comes across as scattershot, insincere, and rushed. This drivel wears its three jokes thin within the first ten minutes and then follows up with a tired attempt at romance in its second installment--should you care to stick around that long. The fact that Ken Akamatsu believes you'll watch this or that this is what you're WAITING to see it is tantamount to violence against his fan-base in my mind. Do yourself a favor and skip this one. Also, consider burning your Negima collection in revenge. read more
Dec 8, 2012
Our story is about Santa. No, not the jolly, fat, Santa Claus, but an angsty teenage boy named Santa because he was born on Christmas Eve. However, that all changes when he meets Mai, a teenage girl who is a "Santa-in-training" who promises to spend the entire night with him to "bring him happiness," which Santa does not want because he hates Christmas since his parents are never home. Thus, hilarity ensues.
The beginning is full of crazy slapstick humor where Mai uses her special Santa magic to summon all sorts of things that begin with "san." She then proceeds to beat up yakuza, take a shower, and beat up Santa for looking at her naked. I actually found the humor in this show quite funny. I literally laughed out loud when she summons a Samba line. It reminded me a bit of FLCL, with the sheer amount of randomness that was going on in the beggining.
However, once all the comedy ends, we're suddenly given a series of melodramatic scenes where Santa rants about how he has no friends, Mai ends up falling in love with Santa, Santa actually admits he doesn't think Mai is actually Santa (gasp! :O) and Mai runs off crying.
The main issue here is that there is no transition between comedy and drama. Mai and Santa will be fighting about Mai's breast size. Then someone will mention something and the mood will instantly change. It's hard to take the drama seriously when it's right after Mai dumping fish on yakuza.
The writing is only makes it worse. "This is our star. The star that will never die. Because it is the star of Christmas." Characters will try to explain simple things by spouting never ending lines of dialogue. Everything about the romance is dragged out in this show.
Despite that, this anime does have that same Christmas-y feeling you get by watching those old Rankin Bass stop motion specials. It has the same sugary, happy theme that Christmas is magical and you need to believe in Santa. Had it ended here, I probably would've given Itsudatte My Santa's story a slightly higher mark.
But that's only the first episode.
Pretty much every problem the first episode had the second episode quadruples. Suddenly, we're on a beach repeating the same jokes from the beginning of the last episode. None of the new characters the second episode introduces are even slightly likable. Mai's sister MaiMai does nothing but act like a retard. Mai's rival Sharry has an awful habit of going on and on and on and on about pretty much nothing.
But don't get me started on the drama. Holy crap. I don't want to describe it beyond how I already did, but what makes it even worse is how it's literally right after Mai and Sharry comically battling with their Santa powers.
The voice acting is awful in both Japanese and English. Everything is way over-the-top. It's depressing how both languages manage to ruin great voice talents like Aya Hirano and Britney Karbowski with their mangled script. The sound isn't much better. Nothing about it is memorable and that "MYYYYYYYYYYYYY SANTAAAAAAAAAAAAAA" between parts is ear-raping.
The animation isn't very good. It's not Mars of Destruction, but it's definitely below average. The art is very wishy-washy. At it's best, it's fine enough. At it's worst, mouths are all over the place, anatomy is disproportionate, and the eyes are apparently in front of the hair. (I HATE it when anime does this! Learn to Japan.)
Itsudatte My Santa had potential, and admittedly, the first episode is surprisingly decent. However, the second episode pretty much kills everything about this anime. That said, it still turned out much better than I thought it would be. read more
Dec 13, 2010
The main character Santa (the boy) thinks he is unfortunate and that no one, even his parents do not like him. Mai makes him realize that he has been clinging to things that are not really sad in any way.
Later follows some romance. You must consider it romance, but nothing romantic is actually there. Later the story follows how she confesses her love to Santa when she has to leave him.
The story is absurd when it comes to Santa's parents. They don't a single day out of 365 to see their son, how much ever social service they may do, thats just totally ridiculous. I don't call it a great anime and give it 6/10, a time killer of you ask me. read more
Dec 25, 2012
So the anime was based on a 1998 manga and adapted into a two episode OVA in 2005. It starts out with a boy who was named Santa because he was born on Christmas Eve (which I never find ceases to be amusing). Anyway, Santa hates Christmas because, his parents where never around during it. But one Christmas he meets Mai who claims to be the real Santa. The anime starts out real comical with Mai doing a bunch a funny magical things, but then things get serious when Santa says he does not believe in the real Santa or Mai’s magic, even though not ten minuet earlier she made a huge truck of fish out of nowhere and a bunch of other magical things. But minor nitpicks aside im not going to go to much more into the plot so to not spoil it all for you.
If you look past the fact that it is an anime based around Christmas and all the jokes it is kinda bland but I still enjoyed it because it was based around Christmas and all the jokes. I do think it had a good plot despite it being kinda bland and it is a nice sweet love story and I always love that
But that is all in the first episode of two. For whatever dumb reason when they were making the anime they decided to tack on a seconded episode completely unrelated to the manga adding a bunch of new charters and a entirely different plot. It was ok enough to keep me watching to the end but if you just want to watch the first episode and call it done that is perfectly A ok.
I give “Itsudatte My Santa” a 7/10 I liked it but it could have shown more creativity.
Mary Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone!