Mayo Chiki Episode 1
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Series Premise: Mayo Chiki, or “Mayoeru Shitsuji to Chikin na Ore to” (The Wavering Butler and Myself the Chicken) is a weekly televised anime series started in July 2011, based on a light novel series of the same name. A boy with an abject fear of women discovers that a butler at his high school is secretly a female, and must maintain her secret against impossible odds.
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ep. tl;dr review: Ridiculously contrived story leads to mind-bendingly impossible situations; The stupid, it burns!
Episode Summary: I am so offended by the stupidity of the plot that I refuse to write up an objected summary. If you must, check out the episode summaries here. In any case, most of the plot is revealed in my impressions below.
My Impressions: Mayo Chiki started out with a pretty stupid set-up — which I can handle, since far too many anime shows have incredibly contrived concepts. Then it got stupider.
I didn’t think it could get worse, but within the next minute…it got stupider.
I didn’t think it could get even worse, but beyond expectations…it got stupider.
There’s no way it could get worse, could it? Of course, the story took a turn for the stupider.
By about the eighth minute, I was literally banging my forehead with my fists, hoping to drive out teh stupid. Yes, it was that bad.
From the very first minute, you have Kinjiro being awakened by his gorilla of a sister who thinks it is hilarious to physically beat him up with wrestling moves. Turns out she is training to get stronger in admiration of her mother, who is traveling through India to find stronger opponents to fight because she has beaten up everyone in Japan. Or something like that.
Going to school, Kinjiro reveals he has a serious man-crush on Subaru, who is a widely-admired, model butler for the rich girl at school, Kanade. After Kinjiro’s friend points out how he shies away from women at every opportunity, he loudly muses about Kinjiro being gay to everyone in earshot, causing him to run off, where he runs into some mysterious women with cat ears. Oooookay.
Trying to regain composure in the restroom, Kinjiro barges in on Subaru, caught with
his her pants down, revealing girlie panties. Thick-headed Kinjiro can’t understand why girly-man Subaru would be wearing cutesy panties. Subaru then confronts Kinjiro about what he saw, leading to a giant frog in a vat to fall; he pushes her out of the way, suddenly causing all of her clothes to inexplicably fly open giving him a chance for a ninja grope. LOLWUT?
He awakens from a clobbering to find himself chained up in the nurse’s office, with loli-goth rich girl sleeping next to him. She explains that she saved him from certain death at Subaru’s hands. Kanade explains that Subaru hiding her gender is a secret, and she must spend three years in high school as a male butler to be accepted by her father, and now Kinjiro must keep the secret or die. For some reason, this means Subaru must live with Kinjiro, because he ends up walking in on her naked in the bathroom at home the next morning.
The chain of events are simply too ridiculous to follow, so you have to disengage your brain pretty early to avoid damage. And it’s not just the big ideas, but some of the little things as well — such as how Subaru can hide three feet of hair and act like a boy, but by that point I’m just thinking “fuck it, there is no logical explanation”, don’t try to justify it because that only makes it worse. The whole point of this incredulous story is to get the odd-couple pairing of a guy who suffers from “gynophobia” (fear of women, to the point of a physical reaction to their presence) to deal with a girl-disguised-as-a-guy, voila crazy awkward discomforting humor results!
Um, I could punch up my description with more snarky commentary and explain some more things I hate about this show (like the wimpy male lead, the cliched characters, etc), but…it’s just not worth it. Look, just take my word that the story and plot are awful from beginning to end. The animation and Ookami-san-esque character designs are perfectly fine, but that’s faint praise that is overpowered by the stinkola story itself.
Could this be the worst show of the season? Well, I’m still just a quarter of the way through sampling the Summer 2011 anime season, and this certainly shoots the way to the top the list for consideration. I’d be giving it better-than-average odds at garnering the “worst of show” prize, except that looking at the list of what I still have to watch (The Idolmaster, Manyuu Hikenchou, Baby Princess 3-D, R-15), I fear I’m in for a world of hurt. Crikey, there’s a whole lot of really crazy-bad shows this season, eh?
But make no mistake: Mayo Chiki is bad, and not just everyday, run-of-the-mill bad, but rip-your-brain-out-and-set-it-on-fire bad. The type of show that you should be ashamed to admit watching, the type of show that you wish you could by a plane ticket to Japan just so you can go and break all the fingers of the animators.
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- Info resources: My Anime List, Anime News Network, AniDB, and Wikipedia
- If you like this, you might also like: MM!, and maybe Nyan Koi. God help you.
Sampling of Online Reviews:
- “It could just be my sense of humour but if a show is listed as comedy, you want it to make you laugh or at least giggle. Mayo Chiki was unable to execute any of those and seemed more like they tried to use ecchi as laughter.” – Sekijitsu
- “I came into Mayo Chiki expecting some good fun, and that is what I got! MC is pretty much all I expected, which is a good thing since I always need a show like this to balance out some of the more dramatic shows like Usagi Drop or whatever.” – Metanorn
- “Now this was just stupid. It’s your standard bad fanservice comedy, but with the worst parts only enlarged. The result is a first episode that makes even less sense than usual. The entire premise of this series hinges on this girl pretending to be a guy, where for some reason it’s really bad if even someone found out about her. The problem is that this disguise is utterly terrible and yet this show tries to tell us that nobody figured it out by now…Who the hell found that a good idea? Potential: 0%” – Star Crossed Anime Blog
- “You might as well go down your harem checklist and mark things off. Energetic sister, combative tomboy, gothic mistress, giant breasted ditz, perverted male friend, and the One Protagonist Thick Enough to Rule Them All. He’s of the shouty variety instead of the personality-less variety and unfortunately has the habit of dragging down the rest of the show’s energy by being loud, irritating, and completely unamusing.” – Tenka Seiha
- “This show is great. Very energetic and smooth pacing. It’s another combat butler theme but it definitely wowed in many ways. This show has some amazingly hot fan service and a male protagonist with gynophobia, an abnormal fear of girls. I wouldn’t say it’s heavy on the fan service. It’s just that one shot of it and it feels like it could last at least 10 minutes long. Grade: 5/5.” – Myu’s Anime Blog
- “Overall, it was a pretty funny episode. This should be interesting and fun to watch, but if things get too repetitive well that would be disappointing and boring.” – Angry Anime Bitches
- “Uhm…what did I just watch? Some hilarious fast-paced guy discovers another guy is actually a girl show. It almost seems as if it was TOO fast paced.” – Rabbit Poets
- “I’m not sure what to expect here in future shows, this series could be horrible or wonderful. However, I was looking for light comedy and I got it, so thank you Mayo Chiki! for delivering. There were nosebleeds, girls getting felt up, and all sorts of lowbrow shit.” – Moe Monster
- ““:/” is all I can really say about this series. The premise is interesting, but my god, the FANSERVICE! It’s horribly obvious at this point that the “plot” is just an excuse for fanservice… and lots of it to boot…I know sex sells, but… it’s still kind of disappointing. Grade: 1.5/5.” – Moeronpan
- “On another note, let’s not even mention the complete failures of logic in parts of this episode, such as when Kinjirou trips on top of Subaru and somehow manages to “accidentally” strip off her entire top shirt and grapple her breasts. Or the illogical fallacies of his nosebleed reaction to the touch of a girl. I seriously need some headache medicine, the logical flaws are killing me. Overall, this series will probably end up being one of the most generic, forgettable comedy anime of this season. For those that don’t mind light-fanservice comedy, and a couple of laughs and such, well this is probably your thing. Grade: 4.5/10.” – Emory Anime Club
ROUND ONE RESULTS FOR SUMMER 2011 SHOWS:
Thumbs-up for Round One: Busou Shinki: Moon Angel, Blood-C, Mawaru Penguindrum
Thumbs-down for Round One: Double J, Morita-san wa Mukuchi, Mayo Chiki
Coming up next: Kamisama Dolls, Nyanpire the Animation, Carnival Phantasm, Copihan, Yuruyuri, No. 6, Sacred Seven, Dantalian no Shoka, Uta no Prince-sama, The Idolmaster, Manyuu Hikenchou, Ikoku Meiro no Croisee, Kamisama no Memochou, Nekogami Yaoyorozu, Nurarihyon no Mago Second Season, Itsuka Tenma no Kuro Usagi, Twin Angel Twinkle Paradise, Baby Princess 3-D, Natsume Yuujinchou-san, Usagi Drop, Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu Second Season, Rou Kyuu Bu, R-15