As the relationship between Mahoro, Suguru and his classmates develops further, another android girl enters their lives and becomes attached to Mahoro. All the while, the number of days before Mahoro is to shut down decreases steadily.
I think Japanese television is superior to American television. I do. I think that Japanese anime is truly great and because they limit most of their shows to one or two seasons, they allow for great stories with conclusions and romance and moral lessons that you could never get in America, where all that matters is extending the life of every show until people stop watching it.
However, there is also something negative that, unfortunately, inherently comes with anime as well: incredibly bad endings. It’s almost unfathomable how every now and then, you can watch a perfectly normal show and then be greeted with an ending
so egregiously bad, that you are actually laughing out loud. To date, I’ve never watched an American show and laughed at a really bad ending, but I’ve watched at least three of four anime series where this has happened. (Certain examples are Blue Drop and Magikano) It’s truly disappointing, however, when you come across a good show where this happened, because you’re enjoying yourself and you get hit with an anvil.
Well, sadly enough, Mahoromatic Season 2, without a doubt, comes packed with the worst ending I have ever, ever seen. I had tears in my eyes as I laughed at its ridiculous last episode, and then when that died down, my mouth was merely agape. Now, I could go on and on about how miserably bad it was, but I’m not going to bother, because it’s that disconnected. If I had seen only the first 11 of the 13 episodes, I could write a completely different review with a lot of positives, so I’ve decided that’s what I’ll do now.
The story is essentially about a parentless boy Suguru, who is rich enough to hire a maid. His maid, Mahoro, is a hot, retired, android warrior who used to work for an organization designed to keep the peace between alien forces that are waging war in Earth’s skies without humans knowing about it. There are two catches: 1. She’s going to run out of life force in less than two years and 2.) she was forced to kill his father, who was a commander of Vesper, her old organization. For the first 11 episodes, Mahoromatic’s second season gives a lot more of what it gave us the first season: some good laughs, sweet moments, well-done battle scenes, and a lot more fan service. Plus, there was romance, which was great, since it wasn’t really assured if the show was going to turn that corner with the two main characters. And for the first ten episodes or so, its mainly fluffy slice of life – there isn’t any real drama as one would think upon reading the synopsis of the story. In that way, the story is actually charming and the unique characters only make the show more appealing.
There’s a lot to take from this show and I would recommend it to anyone as long as they are fully aware that the ending to this anime is essentially the worst on…. like… earth. That’s all. I can’t say much more than that.
Ok, my review doesn't only pertain to this season 2 of this anime, instead it also extend to its season 1, OVAs and it's special episodes as well. So let's get down to business:
Story: fair 6
Even if the plots only focuses on comedy, ecchi, sci-fi and drama the 3 genre's is enough to carry this anime through. Its other genre like harem, isn't much because even though this anime has a harem genre, it is not a true harem since the muchacho (male lead) only has feelings for the chiquita (female lead), the psychological genre part however is merely trivial to the overall anime.
What can I say, I really don't like the water color based paints that composes the art form of this anime.
Sound: poor 3
I just hate the opening and ending theme of this anime.
Character: fair 6
Well, I’d say that there are some characters here that really fit the part, but there are some who should have had some bigger part and not just regulated into bit roles, but then their roles have gone way beyond as to what their description said like:
Mahoro Andou- ok, so she’s an android, but the way she was portray doesn’t make her one, instead she kinda looks like “Super girl” in a maid costume. Ok, so let’s put it this way, the author “Bunjuro Nakayama” thought he did made a good character out of her, but, he can’t seem to differentiae between a “Cyborg” and an “Android,” though both can be referred to as moving biped machines with humanlike features they are totally different, a cyborg is a “Cybernetic Organism” simply, it is part human or someone who was once human and integrated into a machine. Now, a cyborg would require 2 means of obtaining energy, first it’ll require human food to maintain it’s human part’s nutrition and 2nd it require a direct source of energy from a electronic charging apparatus for it’s mechanical fuction, also a cyborg has gender distinction, while an android doesn’t, in fact an “android” is 100% machine, it is neither a he or a she, unlike an android it only requires one source for power and it is usually direct from a charging apparatus. When it comes to there “Artificial Intelligence” and “Emotional Intelligences” androids are incapable of such emotions and it’s intelligence rely on it’s stored data, while a cyborg……well, it depends as to what purpose they were created or modified for and frankly that’s a grey matter. If we’re to analyze Mahoro, I’d say that she’s neither android nor cyborg. Let’s not forget that her organization VESPER did mentioned that SAINT technology was use in creating her so this make her a “Synthetically Enhance Humanoid,” which means that she has humanlike features, but possesses superhuman abilities, she’s not only intelligent, but she capable of having human emotions. However the technology use to create her also has a downside which is a limited life span.
Suguru Misato- I’m puzzled as to how in the final episode of this anime as was he still manages to survived a stab in the heart from a light saber, when he is a human? And I do wonder as if was able to find out as to what really happen to his father, I kinda find it funny with the awkward situations were he has to find a way to hide his porn stash from Mahoro and the fan service thing that involves his math teacher Saori Shikijo. I also felt a kind of sympathy for him at the 13th episode when Mahoro has to break her promise to be with him forever in order to save him.
Minawa Andou- Geez, I really to know what to say about this character, but she kinda useless, but I do adore her relationship with one of Misato’s friend Hamaguchi, but I hate that her role is that of a clumsy cyborg living and working as a maid for the Suguru household.
Slash- I would never understand why the author of this anime/manga has to make him into a big black talking cat.
Saori Shikijo- I would probably describe her as the main ecchi in this anime/manga, though I find it her irritating that she’s freeloading in Suguru’s house, I do find her hot and cute especially in her naked glory. Though she does have some fantasies involving Suguru, but it is clear that she only wants to pop Suguru's cherries but doesn’t wanna have any relationship with him except to freeload on food and to use his bath.
Miyuki Sakura – According to info, she’s Misato’s childhood friend, but, unlike any childhood friend, she doesn’t seem to compete for Misato’s affection, in fact none of the other girls were competing for the latter’s affectionor at least in the anime.
Rin Todoriki – Info states that she’s into martial arts, but in this anime I’ve never saw her get some actions except get into some awkward fanservice, and just like Miyuki, she doesn’t seem to have any romantic interest with Suguru.
Chizuko Oe – Another one of Suguru’s friends and a certify foodie, but I really wonder as to why the author of this anime didn’t made a funny concept to make her look fat.
Toshiya Hamaguchi and Kiyomi Kawahara – 2 of Suguru friend with a penchant for porn. In my opinion they’ll be funnier if there were scene where they peek at a girl’s locker.
And the rest like Toh Ryuga and Feldrance they’re the antagonist and in this anime and somebody has to be one, except for Toh, who did portrayed as an enemy at first and an ally next,
Enjoyment: fair 6
This anime isn't much, but to be honest it is the fanservice that attracted me into it at the first place, however I felt touch on the last 3 episode of this season 2 when the chiquita has to leave the mucahcho in order to save him at the cost of her remaining lives and I do mean "Lives" since she still has 200 something days before she shuts down.
Overall: fair 6
Overall, even though this whole series of animes from season 1 to season 2 up the OVAs and specials, this anime is something to be given a benefit of a doubt, sure, there were some short comings but the bond that exist between the chiquita (female lead) and the muchacho (male lead) makes up for it couple with some funny fanservice. However, the problem with this overall anime is that it has a lot of special episodes and OVAs that could have be more appropriate if the author could just integrate in a regular episode like the 2 episode OVA “Mahoromatic: Tadaima Okari” were it should have been integrated in this second season instead of being a separate series.
Mahoromatic seasons 1&2 where a buetiful blend with some classy acting from genoen. With some kick arse action scenes and smut humor :o, i enjoyed every moment of it, and i really felt for the charecters.
So much so that this series has made me cry the hardiest then any other anime
When I first started watching Mahoromatic I mistakenly considered it a light and fluffy piece of anime with just enough eechi in it to keep interest up. And in the beginning it was light and fluffy. But I fell into a trap; many great anime series started out light and slowly evolved into something completely different; Neon Genesis Evangelon and Trigun for examples.
I thought at first it was a bit sad to remind the viewers at the end of every episode how many days Mahoro has left to live, and unlike western programs I know the Japanese aren't going to find a magic way
to save her but in the end it worked for the best.
The story I rated 9 - it was very entertaining, with a lot of humor and sweetness to make you fall in love with Mahoro, but as the story develops it becomes richer with more depth as the back stories come to light. I only wish there were more information on the three struggling powers: Saint, Vesper, and Management. I also wish there were more information on Siguru's ancestry. My advice is to kick back and just enjoy the first season, but as the 2nd season progresses pay more and more attention to what's going on outside of the house.
I also rated the art a 9. I don't rate anime on how well the drawings project the human body, but how well the drawings project the idea of the story. When Mahoro goes into battle mode the art is incredible - the orange/red/black coloring of the artwork is incredible in its ability to project power. Then again the art also projects the tranquility of a Japanese spring morning, or the loneliness of a man without a home or a friend.
The sound was ok, but what can I say, I'm a sucker for cute feminine voices and up tempo closing theme songs. A mambo! Who woulda thunk up that besides the Japanese.
The characters were all well defined and stayed true to themselves through out the entire series. Minewa was the epitome of cute while Mahoro was the embodiment of sweet - even in battle mode. While a couple were a bit annoying their quirks made the more reasonable characters that much more reasonable.
Enjoyment for me was a solid 10. While not Gone With The Wind or War and Peace material, it was a good solid view that left a lasting impression. Along with telling a wonderful story it also shows interesting things that the Japanese take for granted, things we westerners aren't familiar with; The Japanese version of Christmas is more like our version of Valentines, their version of Valentines is backwards compared to ours (the women there give candy) and White Day, where the man repays for the gifts received on Valentines doesn't exist here. The episode that showed the 'typical' New Years celebration was also fantastic. Many fansub groups do a good job explaining these differences but unfortunately the companies that release the DVD's to the US market ignore our need to figure out what they are doing.
I highly recommend this for anyone (over the age of 16) to add to their library.