August 30, 2012

Anime Review: Mayo Chiki!

Why is anime called Mayo Chiki!? I have no idea. I also have no idea why this anime has such a silly, silly, story with it. Along with the wide range of quirky and imaginative characters, this anime will surely entertain the otaku within you.

Mayo Chiki!Synopsis:

When you've got acute gynophobia, even a pretty girl can be a malady, and as the sparring partner for his family of female wrestlers, Sakamachi Kinjiro has the worst case EVER! Just one touch makes his nose bleed, so school's a bloody nightmare even before Kanade, the Principal's twisted daughter, deduces both Kinjiro's "feminine issue" AND that his name contains the sounds "Chi" and "Kin" back to back. But Chi-Kin's female troubles don't totally redline until a wrong turn in the men's room exposes the secret Subaru, Kanade's manservant, has been hiding in the water closet. (Well, to be fair, we should say Womanservant.) And if Subaru's cross reactions concerning her cross-dressing aren't enough of a drag, Kinjiro's girl problems also include a haunted martial artist (with ghosts); a cat-eared fetishist (meow!); AND his own sister, whose interest in "wrestling" a certain incorrectly packaged butler may result in an unexpected ending! And that's JUST the set up!


So what happens if you combine all anime fetishes into one? You get Mayo Chiki! of course. Whether you are a nosebleed, BL, ecchi, nekomimi, cross-dressing, megane, and/or imouto complex fan; it's all here! If you are not a total otaku, then you may not enjoy this anime as much as a real one would. Of course though, the story somehow makes sense and doesn't break apart completely with so many things happening at once. To start things off, we have a not-so-average guy called Sakamachi Kinjiro, which seems to like being tossed around by others and also has a nosebleed problem in which if a girl touches him he will instantly start to bleed. Right about now, you will probably be thinking "WTF", or in other cases "this is awesome!". You probably can guess how his life is going to turn out with the introduction of Kanade and Subaru after he accidentally discovers her secret. If you are not already interested in the story, you have no sense of humour. In the end though, the anime is actually not completely ecchi (most is all imaginative to the viewer) but rather more of a comedy romance with a slight twist. Of course though, it's totally clean with very little suggestive sections. There are also a few external anime references here and there for you to pick out if you watch closely. Other than that, the story was funny, silly, and completely unrealistic.

The World Ends with You director has unfinished business with the series

The World Ends with You: Solo Remix iPhone, thumbnail 1I stayed up pretty late waiting for the announcement from this mysterious website. Eventually I fell asleep and the next morning I was greeted with a big surprise. However, what a shock it was! Like me, a number of fans were left disappointed by the announcement that Square Enix's The World Ends with You (TWEWY) was being ported across to iOS rather than gaining a sequel. However it may come as some relief to hear that the game's director has more to reveal in the future.

In an interview with Japanese video game magazine Famitsu, Squeenix's Tatsuya Kando answered a few questions on the iOS version of TWEWY, subtitled Solo Remix, then left a mysterious message to the fans:

"Solo Remix is a game with such a high level of completion that you won't feel that it's a port. If you play it and post tweets to Twitter, the world will expand even further.

"We're working on a variety of other things, but first please enjoy Solo Remix."

It's anyone's guess as to what the "variety of other things" will actually be, but I am hoping for a sequel to the original The World Ends with You game! What about you?