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Edition 14: Maburaho

» Articles, Features, The Watcher (Previews) | posted by Wai Yung (Wayne) Chim on 02/22/2006 [Discuss] - U.S. Official Site - Japanese Official Site

Kazuki Shikimori comes from a line of world famous magicians. Because of his stunning pedigree, he is enrolled at the elite Aoi Academy, a school where student learn the intricacies of their vastly powerful magic. Unfortunately, his powers are not up to snuff, and frankly, he’s a bit of a loser. He can only use his magic eight times before he turns into dust… literally. When three magical hotties enter the game, things start to get out of hand. There’s the sweet and caring Yuna, the sexy blond bombshell Kuriko, and the violent, bad tempered Rin. Each of these girls has her own agenda where Kazuki is concerned, and poor Kazuki doesn’t know what to think!! Are the girls after his love or merely his genes?

U.S. Release: April 2005
Distributed by ADV Films
Rating: TV14
Running Time: N/A

Director: Shinichiro Kimura
Music: Four Piece
Original creator: Toshihiko Tsukiji
Character Design: Yasunari Nitta
Art director:
Shichiro Kobayashi
Yoshiaki Honma
Character Conceptual Design: Eeji Komatsu
Director of Photography: Youhei Suzuki
Assistant director: Tatsuyuki Nagai
Color Coordination: Miyuki Ishida
Editing: Shigeru Nishiyama
Music Director: Harushi Tsukada
Hiroshi Ogawa
Nobuhiko Sakawa
Seihiro Toriyama
Takeshi Yasuda
Tomohisa Abe
Tsuneo Suzuki
Masato Matsubayashi
Shigeaki Tomioka
Takashi Tachizaki
Tsuneo Takechi
Yuji Matsukura
Series Story Editor: Koichi Taki
Sound director:
Toru Nakano
Tsuyoshi Takadera

Credit to ANN for the staff list.

Dark Wind: Let me put it this way; the genres that describe Maburaho are: comedy, magical girl, and romance. I already don’t want to see it; but first let’s find out what it’s about: keep an open mind, right? It’s apparently about a magician in school who, while he sucks at being a magician, has three hot girls fall into his life who want his genes. Since he’s a nice guy, he keeps doing magic to please them, constantly getting in trouble at school. Stupid, stilted Japanese romantic comedy ensues (I assume). The character designs are stock harem anime schlock (big breats, big doe eyes, they look like kids) and the plot sounds like standard romance comedy fare. I’ll pass.

Maburaho looks to be the exact kind of anime that I enjoy. Something silly and fun with likable characters and a magical setting. It’s got a bit of the Love Hina thing going for it (i.e. mildly ecchi harem without ever getting too naughty) and I’ve also heard it described as a girl anime, but that won’t stop me from watching it! …half my collection is girl anime… :/ But, never mind that. This one has a lot of potential for people who like anime such as Onegai Teacher, Happy Lesson or even something like Tenchi Muyo.

The concept behind Maburaho is simple: Maburaho is about a rather boring, untalented, and loser-is guy that only has one thing going for him. He’s lucky enough to have some of the best genes in the world and a bunch of girls want to have sex with him just so they can bear his well-endowed child. Now, compared to just about every other harem anime in existence this premise is pretty deep, as well as rather interesting. This is one show I’m more than a little curious about. Definitely one to watch for.

MABURAHO!!! Holy cow (in Scooter’s voice), this is a great fun series to be watching. I love everything about it! If you have not noticed, I am a fanatic for genres such as these. Yuna, Kuriko and Rin… only if that ever happened to me (that would be cool) ;). Anyways, ADV Films has really picked up a title that can rival that of Ai Yori Aoshi and Love Hina combined. That is how great Maburaho is. Kazuki Shikimori is a normal high school loser who just happens to have his life changed because of his genes. The animation is superb, the sound department is great, and damn it I will recommend this to everyone who is not like Dark Wind (that hater :P). Anyways, look for a review up for this title from me soon… if not already. I will go more in-depth about it then. For now, get ready to shell out all your pennies from you piggybanks on this amazing show.

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