Mahoromatic: Automatic Maiden/Something More Beautiful/I'm Home


#1

###Mahoromatic: Automatic Maiden

Genres: action, comedy, romance, science fiction
Themes: alien, ecchi, maids, robot girl
Objectionable content: Intense
Number of episodes: 12
Vintage: 2001-10-05 to 2001-12-28

Plot Summary: Vesper is a secret agency fighting an army of alien invaders by using super-powerful battle androids. Mahoro is Vesper’s most powerful battle android and has won many battles, but she has little operating time left and soon will cease to function. However, if she lays down her arms and conserves her remaining power, the time she has left can be prolonged to just over a year. Mahoro is given an opportunity to live the remaining time she has as a normal human. She chooses to live as a maid for Suguru, a phenomenally messy high school student who lives by himself after his family passed away.

ANN Info Page

Right Stuf Links:
Mahoromatic: Automatic Maiden DVD Collection (Hyb)
Mahoromatic: Automatic Maiden DVD Full Metal Maid Collection (Hyb) (Seasons 1-2)
####Watch on the Anime Network Online Player

###Mahoromatic : Something More Beautiful / Mahoromatic: Motto Utsukushii Mono

Genres: action, drama, romance, science fiction
Themes: ecchi
Objectionable content: Intense
Number of episodes: 14
Vintage: 2002-09-26 to 2003-01-16

**Plot Summary:**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.

ANN Info Page

Right Stuf links:
Mahoromatic: Something More Beautiful DVD Collection (Hyb)
Mahoromatic: Automatic Maiden DVD Full Metal Maid Collection (Hyb) (Seasons 1-2)

####Watch on the Anime Network Online Player

###Mahoromatic: I’m Home! / Mahoromatic: Tadaima Okaeri

Genres: romance
Themes: maid
Number of Episodes: 2
Vintage: 2009-10-17 to 2009-10-24

Plot Summary: Suguru Misato lives with two maids, Minawa-chan and Mahoro-san, who are combat robots from the war between the alien life form Saint and the Earth. Both were allowed to live on as maids without weapons. While Suguru, Hamaji, Miyuki-chan and three other classmates prepare for a maid café to celebrate the Hiryushi town’s 120-years anniversary, Mahoro-san and Minawa-chan are attacked by robots.

ANN Info Page
####Watch on the Anime Network Online Player

Mahoromatic: Summer Special / Mahoromatic Natsu no TV Special Vintage: 2003-08-15


#2

Did anyone ever see the end?

that was weird, here is how I took it, he will thanks to the nostalgia of Mahoro(did she really come back, I will say no, it was just a dream) go back to Earth and reconnect.

It was different, I liked the show a lot even with the strange ending.


#3

I liked the ending as well. It did seem a bit out of sorts with the rest of the show, but then again, you have to remember this is a Gainax show. But it was really weird going from that episode, to the Hide The Porn from Mahoro OVA. :laugh:


#4

I haven’t seen how Season 2 ends yet, after all the talk about it in the forum when it ran on SVOD, I’m curious to see what all the buzz is about.

Hope to start on Season 2 this weekend on the Online Player.


#5

No one on VOD wants to comment? Since the early episodes of Season 2 are on it…

Anyway just watched episodes 1-3 of Something More Beautiful and it had several hilarious moments. As season 1 progressed, my interest in the series diminished a bit, it wasn’t as humorous as the earlier portions of the first season… Season 2’s first episodes refreshed those comedic and over the top moments from earlier on Season 1 that I so enjoyed…

And in episode 3, Mahoro’s mail order device. LOL

Bridget Hoffman continues to be the star of the show. I can not see anyone playing this role but her. B)


#6

Well, I just finished the show.

The infamous Gainax ending rears its head. Anything Gainax or Gonzo… to be expected. -_-

Despite my issues with the ending and the strange execution, I actually found the concept of it pretty profound (spoiler warning following) … the theme of loss, the themes of mahoro and mathew’s connection, and how her love was powerful enough to affect mathew’s consciousness… The manifestation of Suguru’s bitter and unrelenting anger that eventually lead to his demise. The themes of betrayal, emptiness cloaking his feelings of lost love.

Say what one will of Gainax’s often provocative endings, but they usually strike a strong emotional reaction. Few studios seem to be able to do that consistently. :wink:

Having said that all that, I enjoyed this show quite a lot. I actually found Season 2 a bit better than Season 1, outside the ending - I found it a bit more evocative. The mix of comedy and fan service and Mahoro’s special charm won me over. I also found the dub consistently great, especially Ellen Wilkinson as Mahoro.

There’s a special endearing nature in this series that’s uncommon.


#7

[quote=dragoon]
Say what one will of Gainax’s often provocative endings, but they usually strike a strong emotional reaction. Few studios seem to be able to do that consistently. :wink:

Having said that all that, I enjoyed this show quite a lot. I actually found Season 2 a bit better than Season 1, outside the ending - I found it a bit more evocative. The mix of comedy and fan service and Mahoro’s special charm won me over. I also found the dub consistently great, especially Ellen Wilkinson as Mahoro.

There’s a special endearing nature in this series that’s uncommon.[/quote]

I would agree; I enjoyed Season 1 a lot. I’m not a big fan of anime comedy, but it did a great job of maintaining the tension between the comedy and the serious background of Mahoro’s past and future. I really didn’t like Season 2 nearly as much. They basically decided to separate out the comedy from the seriousness in different episodes and I didn’t think either could stand on its own (possibly that’s because I don’t enjoy anime comedy as much as some!). They went to further extremes on each and there was just too much of a mismatch (IMO) between the philosophy and the daily life.

I’m fine with the serious nature of the ending, but it seemed to somewhat trivialize the comedy nature of the earlier episodes - if that’s what Mahoromatic was about, then the comedy episodes of Season 2 were just filler. I think they could have been much more, as they were in Season 1.


#8

Now you see why I was so down on the ending. If you haven’t watched it yet, keep a box of tissues handy, it’s a downer. Then it jumps ahead in a wierd, almost tacked on attempt to clean up the mess they made of it that’s about equally as sad as happy.

I honestly couldn’t watch this again, even though a lot of times I’ll watch things that are on TV that I’ve seen before, just because I didn’t want to ride through that again.


#9

Mahoromatic: Tadaima Okaeri Anime to Debut in October

I know this is getting far ahead but could ADV get back the old dub voices, if they release it.


#10

[quote=mitamaking]
Mahoromatic: Tadaima Okaeri Anime to Debut in October

I know this is getting far ahead but could ADV get back the old dub voices, if they release it.[/quote]

Hmm that’s pretty interesting news. Mahoromatic seems to be doing quite well for Sentai and ADV since they picked it up. Might be good enough for them to consider that. Though I do wonder if they went for it, if it has enough sales power to warrant a dub or not…


#11

I see they gave us the Summer Special on free VOD this week.

All I can say is… if Mahoro really thinks dirty thoughts are bad, why does this include a bathhouse scene just about worthy of an IRL bloody nose? :slight_smile:


#12

Because you can’t have an anime series without a bathhouse scene, unless it’s a serious drama. That’s why. :slight_smile:


#13

Seems to me there are other bathing scenes in the series. This one is just notable for the number of characters, the amount of nudity, and the detail of the nudity. I think if a standards committee ever got a look at this it would get banished entirely.


#16

I assumed we had a thread for this show, but couldn’t find one with the “Search Forum” function, so here you go. And now for the news I started this for:

Mania.com recently did a list of the Ten Best Ghost Story Anime and episode 5 of Mahoromatic was included. “634 of 8 Is Doing Fine” was number 10 on the list.

http://www.mania.com/10-ghost-story-anime-episodes_article_126092.html


#17

Ah such a good series, but oh my dear God, the ending makes such little sense the way they did it. I’d probably get the full collection if it wasn’t for that crap they pulled in the second season… Where’s that smiley that bashes against the wall when you need it rages on about ending


#18

Damn it! I knew we had a thread for this one. But I couldn’t get it to come up, no matter what I typed into the search. Though I did find out 300 other hits for the title…lol

Sorry Slow! :frowning:

But my thread starters were prettier than Goon’s. Look! Music! YAY!


#19

Glad to see this one on VOD again. It’s a really a fun story. :slight_smile:


#20

[quote=LadyOfWicca]
Glad to see this one on VOD again. It’s a really a fun story. :)[/quote]
The question of “does this show have a little bit of fanservice or a lot of fanservice” gets answered in episode 1.


#21

Well, doesn’t everyone bathe with their maid? :lol:


#22

Never had a maid. Though I highly doubt having a maid is what the Japanese make it out to be, unless they do things differently over there…

Time to go to Japan and find out!