Mahoromatic: Tadaima-Okaeri – 01

まほろまてぃっく ただいま◇おかえり Review 01
Mahoromatic: I’m Home-Welcome Back Special
Mahoromatic: Tadaima-Okaeri – 01

SPOILER Summary/Synopsis:

Mahoromatic: Tadaima-Okaeri - 01Mahoro and Minawa attempt to wake Suguru up where Mahoro finds he’s hidden porn mags in the upper part of his bedroom window. After breakfast, Chizuko, Rin, Miyuki, Toshiya, and Kiyomi arrive. The girls are going to run a made cafe and want Mahoro’s advice in terms of being a maid, in terms of costume, and in terms of foods. While the guys work on constructing stuff for this cafe, the girls pick and customize their maid uniforms and enjoy the great deserts that Mahoro makes.

Mahoromatic: Tadaima-Okaeri - 01After they get everything done, Shikijo-sensei shows up since the girls need an adult to run the cafe. Mahoro is not happy about this, especially since Shikijo-sensei is after Suguru, but she is happy to have Shikijo-sensei help make cheesecakes. Afterward, everyone heads to the public bath for a soak and some stress relief where Rin, Chizuko, and Miyuki give Mahoro a new, red maid uniform. It is a bit short so Mahoro is embarrassed, but since Suguru likes it, she does too. Minawa gets one as well.

Mahoromatic: Tadaima-Okaeri - 01The girls and Suguru head to school with Shikijo-sensei literally in tow to get some supplies and are observed by a member of Management, who decides to get his plan underway. So while Minawa is separated from the others, a bunch of small droids attack. Minawa fights them but loses her hair ribbon. Going to retrieve it, she is defeated but both Suguru and Mahoro realize something is wrong. Mahoro arrives in time to rescue Minawa as two mecha units descend to battle her.

Mahoromatic: Tadaima-Okaeri - 01

Thoughts/Review:

Mahoromatic: Tadaima-Okaeri - 01Wow. It has been eight years since the anime first came out and about eleven years since the manga debuted. Hard to believe.

I’d forgotten that Shikijo-sensei is voiced by TAKADA Yumi, the voice of Aeka in the various Tenchi Muyo! series. So it took some getting used to hearing “Aeka” and her shoutacon sayings when it came to her going for Suguru. ^_^;;;

Mahoromatic: Tadaima-Okaeri - 01The first thing I noticed about this special is that while it is still full of fanservice and ecchi content, the ecchi factor has gone way down. I seem to recall that the original TV series had detailed nudity and that was not present here. Shocking to me to say the least, though I’ve heard that the rules for nudity have become stricter in Japan. I have absolutely no problem with that since I could do without the ecchi content.

Mahoromatic: Tadaima-Okaeri - 01It was nice seeing the old gang back together again in this story that takes place during the TV series (the 2nd one I think). However, the keyword in that sentence is “old.” The crew of GAINAX pulled this from the shelves and when any production company pulls out one of their old hits, they have to do certain things. As such, all of the key elements were hit — Minawa is clumsy but a warrior when needed, Mahoro is Mahoromatic: Tadaima-Okaeri - 01perfect and still bickers with Shikijo-sensei, Shikijo-sensei still lusts for Suguru, Suguru still hides his porn, Chizuko still loves Mahoro’s food, Rin and Miyuki still do what they do, Toshiya crushes on Minawa, and Kiyomi is just there.

Of course, Mahoro still says (and even writes this time) her trademarked “Ecchi na no wa ikenai to omoimasu!”

Mahoromatic: Tadaima-Okaeri - 01Add to the above a bit of conflict from “Management” and you have all the elements that were present in the original two TV series. Unfortunately, after the initial nastalgia factor passes, there’s really nothing here to grab folks. Those looking for the ecchi are going to be disappointed with the lower levels of that. Those looking for the comedy of the original two TV series aren’t going to find anything that really Mahoromatic: Tadaima-Okaeri - 01makes them laugh. The action aspects are a yawner because if you’ve already watched the first two anime series, you already know that there’s nothing that will happen to anyone, thus any sense of drama is gone.

I will say that GAINAX did perform the barest of recaps to establish who Mahoro is and roughly that this TV special takes place during the 2nd TV series after Minawa arrives.

Mahoromatic: Tadaima-Okaeri - 01So, what we end up with is the first of two episodes that have the “been there, done that” feel to it and that’s rather sad. I don’t think the second episode will be any better.

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5 Responses to “Mahoromatic: Tadaima-Okaeri – 01”

  1. arimareiji says:

    Same here… so far, the best thing about Tadaima Okaeri has been the absence of Shikijo-sensei’s ridiculous H fantasies. Mind you, that’s a REALLY big plus, but I still wish I could say that something they did was the best part.

    Instead of just going for toned-down fanservice, it might have been better if they had done some of the original manga material that the anime confusingly skipped. Or for that matter, they could have gone back and redone a new ending to match the manga – it might have been a bit controversial, but I think fans would appreciate it.

    Oh well. It’s still heartwarming to hear Kawasumi Ayako’s voice; I think I’ll always be a bit in love with it. <3 But like you alluded to with the keyword "old," some of the other seiyuus' voices are so much worse for wear that they almost sound like American voice actresses.

  2. AstroNerdBoy says:

    One thing I’ve never understood about some anime adaptations is the need on the part of the animators to change things. I don’t know if the manga had completed when the 2nd TV series finished, but I remember the anime’s conclusion being rather weak and the manga’s being rather satisfying.

    But like you alluded to with the keyword “old,” some of the other seiyuus’ voices are so much worse for wear that they almost sound like American voice actresses.

    *lol* Not as old sounding as the Lupin III cast though. ^_~

  3. What about the manga? I never can read it. I supose these 2 new chapters are the end of the plot?

  4. O-chan says:

    They made more Mahoro? Okaaaaay?!
    Seriously, I mean if it wasn’t for your blogging I would not have known this existed. But I honestly don’t get why they made more.

  5. AstroNerdBoy says:

    @José — I’m pretty sure these two episodes are not in the manga. I sold off my copy of the manga a long time ago so I can’t be 100% sure but I don’t remember this.

    @O-chan — I guess GAINAX remembered the good old days and felt nostalgic.

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