Anime Review: MM! Episode 1

(Originally published on Livejournal on 10/17/10)

Anime Review in a Minute:
MM! Episode 1

Anime Review in a Minute: What this is all about. — Watching all the anime shows so you don’t HAVE to!

tl;dr review: Boy gets off on getting beaten to a pulp by girls; Your friendly local sadist obliges.

The Skinny: Sado Taro has a problem: He cannot confess to his first crush until he is ‘cured’ of his overpowering fetish where he is driven into ecstasy when he is abused by women. His friend, Hayama Tatsukichi, recommends he visit the Second Volunteer Club for help, where the club leader, the diminutive Isurugi Mio is more than happy to whip him within an inch of his life, verbally and physically. Yet she also driven by the desire to help solve people’s problems, so she sets about trying to cure Sado’s masochism. To kill two birds with one stone, she has him confront his secret crush…who turns out to be his best friend Tatsukichi who loves to cross-dress. And that’s just the beginning of the fetish parade to come!

My Thoughts: Good lord, this show is just plain cringe-worthy. The main character flying into uncontrollable fits of ecstasy while he is being pummeled is disgusting enough to turn me off the show from the very beginning – masochism is something I just really don’t understand. Yet they crank up the perv-o-meter when it seems that EVERY SINGLE CHARACTER has some sort of weird fetish or character flaw. A sister who ‘loves’ her brother? Check. A mother who ‘loves’ her son? Check. Shy girl who hates all men? Check. Bossy nurse, sadist, cross-dresser? Check ’em all. It’s a harem series centered around pain, arousal and perversion, count me out.

So, does the show actually have any *good* points? Well, the artwork is nice. And Mio’s polite angel/foul-mouthed devil routine was entertaining. But that’s about it.

For more info:

Random Curiosity Review:
Anime News Network Entry:
Opening video sequence:

The Verdict: – This earns the Ogiue Look of Disapproval. I feel dirty after watching this.

The tally for Fall 2010 season first episodes so far:
Passing Grade: Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru

Failing grade: None yet

Up Next (not necessarily in this order): To Aru Majutsu no Index 2, Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt, Bakuman, Yosuga no Sora, The World God Only Knows, Iron Man, Tantei Opera Milky Holmes, Psychic Detective Yakumo, Arakawa Under the Bridge x2, Motto To Love-ru, Fortune Arterial, Shinryaku Ika Musume, Sora No Otoshimono Forte, My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute, Tegami Bachi Reverse, Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Girls, Yumeiro Patisseire Professional, Star Driver, Otome Yokai Zakuro, Kuragehime

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