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» Company
R2-Japan
» Running Time
600 min.
» Genre
Drama, Comedy
» Type
TV Series
» Final Score
9.8
» User Rating
Current average:
10

Mahoraba ~ Heartful Days

» written by hinatasou [Discuss]

Synopsis
Shiratori Ryushi, age 18. Currently, he takes vocational school classes in hopes of becoming a children’s book author and illustrator. However, it’s inconvenient for him to ride the train to Tokyo for three hours back and forth everyday. His mother urged him to move closer to Tokyo. It just so happens that their cousin owns an apartment complex called Narutakisou. Upon arrival, Shiratori is greeted by the beautiful landlady, Kozue-chan. But he has yet to realize that she possesses a mysterious secret…

Review
Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) or better known as Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD) in psychology is described as the presence of two or more separate and distinct personalities that exist in the same individual at different times. Kozue-chan would be considered among the rising documented cases of MPD (since 2000, American Psychiatric Association). As seen in the anime, the transition from one personality to another occurs suddenly and is associated with mental stress. The original personality (Kozue) has no knowledge of the alternate personalities, but all of them including Kozue are aware of lost periods of time, dissociative amnesia. As demonstrated in the anime, Saki-chan, Nanako, Chiyuri, and Natsume are incredibly different from Kozue. Studies have shown that the personalities may even be of another sex, race, age, or species such as a dog. The disorder seems to be more prevalent in women than men, and women tend to have more identities averaging 15 or more! (Huffman, Psychology in Action.  2004)

The Japanese site can be found at http://www.mahoraba.info/. It has a flash intro page showing all the characters and their corresponding apartment numbers. In the main page you’ll find subsections for characters bios, episode summaries with screencaps, a nice gallery with group images, soundtrack information, an interview with Jony, and a staff and cast list.

The Breakdown
Anime food analogies! Kanon: Taiyaki. Onegai Sensei: Pocky. Da Capo: Bananas. Mahoraba: Umeboshi (pickled plum). Oo, sour!

 

» The Pros
Not to be mistaken for Maburaho, Mahoraba is based on the manga series that appeared in the monthly Gan Gan Wing magazine produced by Square-Enix. The anime begins just like a children's storybook drawn in crayons. Unlike the manga where it is absent, the anime sticks with the prince-princess theme throughout its entirety in explaining Kozue's ailment. It is not until the finale, episode 26, where the tale is resolved happily ever after. The anime stops at manga volume 8 during the celebration of Kozue's birthday.

» The Cons
For the complete story you have to read the manga. There are also extra scenes in the manga not shown in the anime. The manga develops the romance between Shiratori and Kozue further. What was Shiratori saving up money for as a present for Kozue's birthday? Will Shiratori's friend ever find out the true identity of Reiko? What kind of fruit will sprout from Kozue's garden? Who is Jony really and what made him employ the use of the puppet in the first place? What is it like when Shirogane Miyabi-sensei takes you into that dark room of hers?

» Animation
9.0
In certain parts of the anime, the scenes are enclosed in a white cartoon box and transition like a flipbook. Momono without a doubt is the cutest anime girl with glasses of all time. There are some common anime character stereotypes. Momono is the drunkard. Sayoko is lethargic. Asami is the cheerful and optimistic child. At the end of each episode, Tamami and Momono do a skit in preview to the next episode.

» Sound
8.0
Tamami is everyone's favorite voice actress Horie Yui - desu (Naru - Love Hina, Multi - To Heart, Ayu - Kanon). Just to burst your bubble, Shiratori is voiced by a female, Ryoko Shiraishi. Momono is performed by Masumi Asano (Risa - DNAngel). I love Haibara-san's real voice, not the puppet. It's deep and strong. He only speaks in the last episode. The OP theme Daiji Daiji is soft and cuddly :P In the last episode you get the chance to listen to the full EN theme Boku no Speed de. One of the background music sounds like LaLaLaLa-La~.

» Story
9.0
My favorite episodes have to be Momono's games - hide and seek at Narutakisou and chain tag in the forest. There's also a time warp episode that details how the day is spent from each character's point of view.

» Recommend
10.
How animes should be! Good for the entire family. Ecchiness is kept to a minimum. Shiratori's children's book is a tool to make others happy. Making memories is one of the most important aspects of life. There is a creative force in art. Japanese cartoons can move the audience. It really is as the subheading of the anime suggests, heartful. This is in comparison to U.S. cartoons that are made to kill time, promote merchandizing, and are mostly action, cool flicks, and good guy versus bad guy where the good guy always wins. Mahoraba is a tribute to anime.

 

» Other Information
Language: Japanese

Extras:
None.

Package:
The cast of Mahoraba.

 

 

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