Mayo Chiki [Review]
It’s that time again for another one of Tofu’s
not so special series reviews where I will be breaking up my ratings according to the shows Art, Music, Story and Flow. After that, the scores will be tallied up to give an overall rating on the entire series. Hope you enjoy minna-san!
The story revolves around our two main protagonists: Subaru and Kinjirou. Subaru must hide the fact that she is a girl while being Kanade’s butler but Kinjirou finds out. What first starts off as a blackmail to keep him quiet leads towards Kinjirou and Subaru’s build up on friendship, hope, trust, faith, happiness and lust with not only them two but the people they come across throughout the series. Mayo Chiki has its own unique comedy with a good mix of drama and romance.
I must say that I find the background art, the character designs and just the art in general superb in generating atmosphere and character emotions with the story, flow and music brilliantly. In other words, the art suited the anime series. It wasn’t anything too detailed nor was it anything too plain. An example would be Subaru’s sea-blue eyes which would stun you for even just a second.
Another example would be Nakuru’s ironic’ moe moment; those sparkles definitely added the effects it needed in making you fall for the moe trap (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing keep in mind). The backgrounds and settings used had a beautiful touch to them in its own way without the need of microscopic details here and there but the main thing I’m happy about is how much the art truly belonged in this series filled with comedy and romance.
I continue to love the opening song for Mayo Chiki though I never really got around liking the ending as much as making me go out of my way as to get the full song. The more I watched Mayo Chiki, the more the song made me feel content whenever I saw Kinjirou (Jirou) and Subaru interacting. Those two are such a lovely pair. Then again, the music doesn’t just score a great 8 out of 10 for the opening but the brilliant use and execution of the OST’s in the series.
Whether it was Subaru’s thank you kiss in episode 12 or Usami throwing away her isolation or even Jirou’s fantasies of Subaru at times; all the events in the series were accompanied by these OST’s which never felt out of place at all. It gave the opposite feeling where it does its job in making you feel however Feel wants you to feel (ahahaha get it?).
Watching not only Jirou and Subaru having fun but the rest of the cast during and after school is no less than entertaining to witness. Kanade’s sadistic plans make everything intriguingly humorous and just the expressions the others give (mainly Jirou and Usami) only helps feed that fire. Being a comedy romance series, Mayo Chiki can definitely mix these two genre’s together while adding a bit of drama as well, giving a nice, even variety which wouldn’t disappoint you.
The lead up to these events isn’t always consistent but they sure know how to execute any of these genres whenever they want. Feel has done quite a good job in adapting Mayo Chiki… if only they didn’t stuff up in the end.
For those who haven’t read my post on episode 13 (the last episode), I’ll tell you now that the last episode was an utter disappointment in being a last episode. If you’ve seen Kore wa Zombie then you’ll know exactly what Feel has done with Mayo Chiki – the second last episode being a great ending to the series but instead the last episode is used for promotional purposes and doesn’t leave off with that feeling of an ‘ending’ to the series. The flow from episode 12 to 13… there was none really. The way episode 12 left off and the start of episode 13 made no connection at all.
There were other episodes where Mayo Chiki threw in some of that inconsistent but it wasn’t as horrible as this one. In general, the flow was a nice touch to the series. Comedy after comedy, the switching from comedy to drama and vice versa, the interactions and lead ups throughout the series fitting in where they have been placed (besides Jirou groping Usami on their search for Subaru) flowed exceptionally well, making you put the effort in trying to anticipate what’s next or the urge to see more.
I really did intent to give Mayo Chiki 9 out of 10, but with a few loose screws throughout the series and episode 13, it’s fair to say that Mayo Chiki deserves 8 out of 10. Of course, we’re all different as we all have our own different opinions but at times Mayo Chiki was inconsistent and added a few scenes in which weren’t necessary in that certain atmosphere. The art is most definitely appealing to the eyes and mixed in with comedy and romance delivers an even extraordinary story throughout the series.
To me, I’ve had heaps of fun watching Jirou and Subaru interact with the rest of the cast and yes I am quite sad that Mayo Chiki is ending. For some, it was their guilty pleasure amongst the other shows it might even be mine but really, Feel might’ve stumbled here and there but they have done really well in bringing Mayo Chiki into the anime industry.
Should you watch it? Most definitely, yes! That’s if you’re fine with a few ecchi elements incorporated amongst the comedy in the series then you should really watch Mayo Chiki. If you’re worried about having to watch episode 13 as an n ending episode, you can always watch it in between the series and then trick yourself in watching episode 12 last.
It might work but I’m not sure because I’ve never tried it. Feel has done a great job in adapting Mayo Chiki into an anime, choosing exceptionally suitable music to go along with the series and the character’s personality will continue to bring life in each episode you watch.
Till next time minna-san!