Mao Onigawara is a happy 8-year-old grade-schooler and the granddaughter of Chief of Staff of Ground Defense Force. Equipped with her cloverleaf-shaped badge which enables her to transform (but gives her no special power whatsoever), Mao and her best friends (granddaughters of Chief of Staff of Air and Marine Defense Force, respectively) will defend Japan against the invasion from "cute aliens," who are way too cute to be dealt with by regular armed forces.
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I've bumped into this anime accidentally and, as convinced lolicon mahou shoujo fan, couldn't miss the opportunity to watch it. The first episode - well, just appreciate it yourself - seemed to be a gemstone of highest quality! That would be astonishing full-fledged trash magic girls anime as I thought. Clumsiness, stupidity, nonsense, moe and the nasty graphics - all of the things we starve to see were present, not to mention the overwhelmingly careless final of that very first episode that drowned me into laughter for
But, the whole series were mostly not the same thing as the opening ep one. Oh no, just carry on your download! Other episodes only lacked the trash component, becoming more sane than one could presume, but that one detail doesn't matter at all - the whole anime is definitely great! Those keen on the genre would surely "get hands on" pleasure watching Ground Defence Mao.
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The conception is fresh and entertaining, antagonists being surprisingly cute aliens, bullying whom would make bad impression on society. Mahou shoujo setting is beyond any criticism.
Well, I'm not being honest, or am I? The artwork would make you drool a lake and there is nothing more to say.
Surprisingly, sounds are well-arranged. This goes for OP/ED themes, voices and that piano background, constantly playing in course of the series thus making them more consistent.
Do I even need to comment?
I bet you will enjoy the series just in same way as the chief evil cute alien enjoyed peeping into the protagonists' everyday "service". Being serious, this anime is unambiguously trash and I have just warned you.
Multiply ten by five and divide by five - here we go. You being the lolicon fan? Watch it! The episodes are kind, heart-warming, cute and filfulled with love, just as we hope for our life to be.
Rikujou Bouei-tai Mao-chan(Ground Defense Force Mao-chan in English) is a bit old anime back to in 2002, that is basically intended for kids. If you make a story of a war between military forces and aliens from another planets into an easy-going comedy at the maximum level, that will be Mao-chan.
Japan has been invaded by cute aliens whose aims is still shrouded in mystery. It is immediately needed to stop their invading because they sometimes hurt people, though they look harmless. But their cute appearances which is rather like stuffed animals has made the situations difficult to deal with. If the government
would use the regular power of the military forces to defeat them down, people would be deeply sorry for the aliens and surely get angry over the government's actions. Therefore, the united defence force consisted of the three 8 years old cute girls is set up to protect the peace of Japan from the cute aliens. - Quite reasonable, I guess.
Only for Kids?
I said it's 'basically' for kids, because it sure is childish as you can see by the cover of this anime, but also adults those who don't want a show to be much serious will likely enjoy it too. The plot and characters of the anime is designed by Ken Akamatsu, a Japanese popular manga artist who has made alot of romantic-comedy including Love Hina. (Mao-chan is all comedic-comedy, though) So, Mao-chan may look childish at the first impression, but you will find it isn't that childish and it's actually fun than you have expected. The plot of each episode is quite unpredictable in a funny way, and the characters are really unique and charming.
Have Some Ecchi?
Although his works occasionally have ecchi fan-services, please don't expect this particular anime to have any sexual moments or much attractiveness of the characters more than just cuteness. It's mainly for kids after all. However, I have to say, the boss character of the villains...has got a really questionable form.
What the-- Are you trying to ask me who is my best waifu in this anime? How...DARE YOU! They are only 8-year-old. Who in the world wants one of them to be their waifu? WTH are you?? Well, if you really want to know, Silvia-chan would be my waifu. She is cute of course, but quite a bit quirky too unlike the other two girls. Mao-chan behaves in a honest, heroic way, Misora-chan behaves in a polite, girlish way, and Silvia-chan though, she behaves in an eccentric way. For example, she often says a strange or a clever things for her age; she once tried to eat a cute alien; she can take out tangerines from everywhere. It's very clear that she is the one who has made the show more interesting and unpredictable.
If you are looking for short comedies with cute characters, and if you are interested in hearing English/Japanese, maybe Mao-chan is a good choice for you, even if you are a full-grown. Let's yuru-yuru defence together!