Posted by psgels on 18 December 2010 with categories: Anime Reviews




Out of all the series this season, MM had by far the most bizarre design decisions. It’s not just one thing about this series that’s weird; it’s got an entire washing-list of points that make me wonder what the hell these creators were thinking when they made this, both in good and bad ways. Allow me to elaborate.

Contrary to everything I expected, this series actually starts out pretty good. The main character is bothered by extreme masochism, but instead of glorifying this like most other moe shows that are based on a fetish, it makes it very clear that the lead character hates his condition and wants to be cured of it, and the people around him have similar problems The first four episodes are actually an interesting look at people with these severe disorders that were created by traumatic events in their pasts. It’s a bit overdramatic at times, but works surprisingly well here.

And then… the show becomes completely different. I mean it, they jump a gigantic shark at episode five, and continue on as a show consisting of nothing more than random fillers based on bizarre situations. These episodes are bad in many ways, including the “so bad that it gets good again”. The only possible explanation I can think of this is that Zexcs executives realized too late in what kind of direction the creators were originally planning to go and forced a complete change in the middle of the production here, in order to make this series more sell-able.

By far the weirdest result of these changes is how ridiculously out of character some of the people start acting here, the two lead females being the biggest example. One is a typical tsundere who at completely random times completely loses her “tsun”-part for no other reason than plot convenience. The other is a shy and humble girl who at random points becomes sincerely energetic and shameless. Both make no sense whatsoever considering the way in which their characters were built up.

Bad Xebec has been overshadowing Good Xebec way too much for the past few years. For every Pandora Hearts and The Third they make, they also come with tons of series that are nothing but harem antics. They’re much, much worse than what Gonzo once was. However, I also have to admit here that for a generic Moe shows, MM was actually one of the few that I enjoyed.

The fillers are stupid, filled with fanservice and filled with moe cliches, however they’re not really generic. They’re so ridiculously over the top that they become fun in this “mindless entertainment” way. There are some repeated jokes here and there, but all of the episodes are based on some neat idea that at least keeps the series fresh. The hypnosis episode in particular made me fall of my chair laughing. The other fillers, while nowhere as funny, still managed to keep my attention.

A big help for this series is that for a generic harem, it does have a very good male lead. Half of the time, his masochism is indeed used as a strange gimmick, but his dynamics do manage to carry the entire series. At heart, MM is a series about perverts, but it keeps a healthy balance between showing their positives and negatives, never overly glorifying them like you see in most other otaku shows. Just don’t expect anything to resolve itself, though.

Storytelling: 7/10 – It’s just bad at times, but never really boring, bringing enough creativity to the table to last 12 episodes.
Characters: 8/10 – Quite engaging at some times, ridiculously moe and out of character at others.
Production-Values: 8/10 – Nothing special, but quite solid.
Setting: 7/10 – Never, ever let the creators attempt to treat deep traumas or masochism. Seriously, don’t. And don’t even think about trying any of the “masochism cures”-in this series seriously!

Suggestions:
Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou
Kenko Zenrakei Suieibu Umisho

3 Responses

  1. Avatar hoiut says:

    Wow, never expected a review on this. Really quite interesting. Is there any ecchi in this (if not Yasuga level smut then something else)? With a main character as such a “pervert” and a show that pitches its “awkward situations” as a selling feature, I don’t know what to expect.

    Somewhat random question: will you also be reviewing all the other series this season you’ve watched but haven’t blogged regularly?

  2. psgels psgels says:

    Hoiut: the perverts in this series are indeed different from your usual perverts: there is a masochist, a cross dresser, a stalker and a photo enthusiast. It unfortunately also has a lolicongirl with a brother complex and a woman with a son complex, but those are kept to a minimum and never get anywhere serious.

    There is quite a bit of fanservice, but it’s nowhere as explicit as Yosuga no Sora or High School of the Dead, and instead it’s always kept playful. Sometimes a bit too much when the umpth character goes out of character.

    Oh, and yes: I will also be reviewing all of the other series that I’ve been wathing but didn’t blog regularly.

  3. Avatar qwerty says:

    The fan service is very low key. Primarily restricted to various awesome cosplay included in pretty much every single episode.

    You don’t even get any panty shots until the very last minute of the last episode and by then for me at least it was more of a laugh since they’ve gone to lengths through the entire airing to manage to not show even a single thread of pantsu until that moment.

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