Despite being a refugee from an extinct planet, having an alcoholic as a father and an airhead for a mother, Maris' biggest problem is that she's a Thanatosian. Considering that Thanatosians are six times stronger than the average Earthling it shouldn't be such a curse, especially in a galaxy where violence is rife. But the accidental destruction she wreaks on everything she touches —even with the exotic alloy restraints she wears— means she's constantly in debt. Every mission she's assigned to by the Inter-Galactic Space Patrol becomes a cash-drain when all the damages are docked from her wage.
But when she's selected to rescue the rich and sexy Kogane Maru it's like a dream come true. After setting him free from the terror of his ruthless kidnapper his eternal gratitude will surely guarantee marriage —and an end to all her financial headaches.
The Choujo is a part of the Rumik World series of OVAs, none of which I've seen. It came out in 1986 from Studio Pierrot. Yes, the same studio that worked on Yuu Yuu Hakusho & Osomatsu-san. So, how does this compare to their other works I've seen?
We open with Maris, a survivor from an extinct planet, beating the shit out of some bad guys as part of her duty for the Intergalactic Space Patrol. She goes on vacation and tries to earn some extra money, as her parents break things constantly. That's when she's given a big, important job to rescue a kidnapped
heir. She sees it as an opportunity to marry into money. Lady, just take out an ad. You've got super strength and good looks (by the standards of the art style), I'd bet some wealthy heir or heiress would accept you as a trophy bride. In any case, she goes off to confront the kidnapper and rescue the rich twit.
The biggest problem with this series is just that it's pretty damn boring. The humour is stale with very predictable jokes. There are also long chunks of the OVA where nothing happens. You want a long scene that's supposed to be funny where we just watch random shit on the beach? That's in this. And I'm sure it's totally not a flimsy excuse to see some ladies in bikinis. Because this series just puts its main characters, protagonist & antagonist, in bikinis any way. There's just nothing compelling to it. Maybe there was some novelty value to be had back in 1986, but I've seen some other anime from that era and I kind of doubt it.
Here's where the real issues come in. This is one of those series that should be relying on quirky characters to make its humour work, but they range from dull to actively annoying. With the major characters gravitating towards the latter. Maris herself is just obnoxiously vapid. The same is true for Sue. They're just physically powerful ladies, who have a vague “hate being poor” schtick going for them. But, you know, they dress in battle bikinis so we can call that character development, if we want to use dumb old memes. Then we have the heir. Think of Andy from Cowboy Bebop if he had no interesting or redeeming traits and was just shit. That's pretty much Koganemaru.
Even for the mid 80s, this looks bad. The animation is really slow and choppy, a lot of the artwork is just lazy. In terms of its weirder, theoretically comedic, imagery, it's not exactly Yellow Submarine. This might have actually benefited from being more stony, to be honest. About the best I can say is that it's easy enough to follow and not a huge mess. Just a bit of one.
Koyama Mami & Shimamoto Sumi are both decent enough in this, considering the script. Yeah, not gonna lie it comes across as a bit lacklustre. The music is fine too. Not the best in the world, but it works.
There isn't any. The only bits of romance we see are vapid ladies pining over a bored rich boy.
The Choujo is a bit rubbish, actually. With a completely trite narrative, weak humour, annoying major characters, poor artwork and sound that's just okay (but still the best element in the piece.) Ultimately, I give it a 3/10 and probably should have left it floating in the septic tank instead of fishing it out just because I was curious. Someone put it in the tank for a reason. Next week I'll look at Makai Senki Disgaea. I just hope the anime is as good as the game.
This is my 2nd Rumic World ova i,ve seen from the 5 part metaserie's , but i gotta write a review about it because i loooooove Maris the choujo( from the over the top P.O.V) and i have the feeling that female charachters had given more respect back then compared to today , reason:
despite the stereotypical highschoolgirls in anime and sometimes bimbo's ,quite some female counterparts had a tough, strong chara development without airheaded fuckups of today, Yes they did some girly things that looked funny and redicilous at the same time but when it came to it, keeping their spirits up and
a clean head,Bubblegum crisis, Alita, Maris the choujo, Project a-ko, slayers, gall force ect. ect. respect to anime ladies to write some down.
Maris the choujo was one of those ova meta series that was a one shot project that became notable during the ova boom of the 80's and continued some time though it first started out as a manga ofc, it also have some connection (i think ) to the Urusei Yatsura serie's starting in 1982.
The story to me was interesting , not too difficult to understand with great comical contents and moments, and as well is that like loads of other anime around was a sci-fi story with a loose background but still fun.
I had no complaints of the art i,m used to 80;s anime and it looked coulorfull, not too adultlike and ( ok some drops ) but its up to u what u are used to,and yep it was all handdrawn, pen & goddamn paper.
1980's rockmusic mixed with synthersizer and solo's ya can't go wrong with that, i enjoyed it like it was a timemachine trip FFS!!!
Maris, thanosian that is 6x stronger than an earthling and even with restrains on........ oooh boy and one more thing besides that they can destroy everything with a touch and maris work herself into depts in a hilarious way together with her nine-tail fox assistant wich sometimes use powders to confuse maris , Thanosians are also very greedy since their planet tragically got destroyed so money, silver,gold everything of value is THEIRS in a way stealing it or working for it, once again with funny moments without too many pullbacks
It was an enjoyable ova to me because for its time ooooooh i forgot( there is a splitsecond scene were u see a darth vader lookalike sitting at a bar)
enjoyable because of the popculture references, over the top fights and a not too tragic but interesting background in all and all 4 charachters have been the side core of this anime though it was more centered at Maris .
Overall: 7 hilarious scene's, good story animation, sometime's a bit gritty and droppings , and unclear for ppl it they want to find a story connection to the rumic worlds series of the urusei yatsura makings. but if u love ova's and the over-the-top anime from back then, here u are and hopefully it makes u want to watch the whole serie's , cuz i am! Fuck the paperthin cardboard female charachters from today, just too bimbo and annoying
This anime is very, very weird. It is based on story by Rumiko Takahashi that is also responsible for Urusei Yatsura, Inuyasha, Mansion Ikkoku, Ranma and Rinne.
Visually it sorta reminded me of Urusei Yatsura, except that animation quality was significantly worse. Basically, there are some fight scenes, and they look very, very, very weird. Strange movements. I've recently watched "The Humanoid", and it also had better art than this. Another anime that came to my mind was "Dirty Pair"(the original dirty pair), but it also looked better than this one.
The music is standard 1980s type, somewhat similar to what you hear in first episodes of
Story wise and character wise the ova doesn't get anywhere. Watching it made me wonder if it was funnier or more interesting in manga form.
Basically, in the end the title seems to be very awkwardly executed. There are some interesting cameos in it, but that's about it. IT is not really funny (meaning it is not another Urusei Yatsura), it is not terribly exciting, and it doesn't seem to have any quality that could really grab attention and make it memorable. As far as I can tell, it is one long drawnout gag about Maris trying to get rich.
I'd say its only worth watching for historical value.... or if you REALLY love 1980s visual style used in rumiko's works. Aside from that it doesn't really have much to offer.
It is not bad, though. Just really average and doesn't stand out.