Buttobi CPU/I Dream of Mimi (of 1) (Mania.com)
Review Date: Monday, September 29, 2003
Release Date: Tuesday, June 05, 2001
What They Say
Akira?s a normal guy ... well, normal if you ignore the fact he sometimes forgets there?s a world outside of cyberspace and doesn?t always notice that boys and girls really are different.
But his life takes a rather dramatic turn one day when he ventures outside to buy a new computer, and ends up with something quite a bit more than he bargained for! When he opens the box he discovers that his computer is a little more advanced (in more ways than one) than he ever dreamed. She's a biomechanical machine named Pixie!
The only thing for sure is that Akira?s life just got a whole lot more complicated. Fortunately, he?s got the one thing everyone craves: a loyal companion and partner who will literally do anything for him! But, Akira's finding out that keeping her running takes more out of him than he ever imagined since her energy source is his "molecular input!" Akira definitely isn't going to be able to save himself for marriage any more but can his sex drive handle her continual need for uploads?
With his friends dropping by, how is Akira going to hide Pixie's true nature? And why are the biomechanical computers trying to destroy each other?
An erotic comedy that will keep you rolling until the very end!
Ahhh, the joys of modern technology. Now computers will come in life size cute girl form and the whole media slot and data input terms take on even more meaning. Mark my words, it'll happen someday! But until then, those wily Japanese have created something to tide us over.
For our primary review session, we listened to this disc in its original language of Japanese. Throughout the show dialogue was accurately presented across the front soundstage and the music and ambient effects made decent use of the left/right channels. These OVA's were originally done in 1997, so it's a pretty straightforward stereo mix and it works well for the material it's tied to.
This is a very nice looking transfer here. The show isn't terribly vibrant or flashy, but a bit more muted. The colors look very solid here throughout the show outside of a few backgrounds that shift slightly. There's very little line noise throughout and only a few areas of noticeable rainbows. If it wasn't for the more muted look of the show, it probably would have scored a bit higher for us.
The front cover has a nice angled cut style that shows Mimi in both her nice girl outfit and her cyber world armor outfit. Akira also gets shown here, though his cyber world outfit is non-existent, so he's showing a bit more skin than Mimi is at times. The back cover has a couple of nice pieces of artwork and a lengthy show summary. There was no insert included with our disc and the disc itself is a basic silver with black lettering for the show.
The menus here are a simple static screen with some nice animation shots with a bit of music playing over it. Since we watched this on our new player, I'm not sure if it's just the player or the menus that were having a spot of trouble. When we moved from each position on the main screen, it took a couple of seconds for it to recognize the command and actually do it. No great shakes, but it also paused the music and had it start over as soon as it moved the cursor. You get to know the first couple seconds of the music very well!
The only real extra here is a brief video gallery that shows off some of the promotional artwork and some of the really nicely stylized pictures, such as a couple that are seen on the back cover. There's very little material for this show to begin with from what I've heard, so I didn't expect much here.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
This 3 episode OVA series was produced back in 1997 and unfortunately never had more than the three episode made. While it's not massively original, with overtones of Video Girl Ai thrown in here, it is a lot of fun and kept us laughing through a lot of it. The show focuses on your basic geek named Akira. Akira's spent the last three years working part-time jobs to earn 110,000¥. He's finally earned enough to buy that hot computer model he wants, and races down to where it's on sale for 98,000¥, but only for the first five customers.
Being the unlucky person he is, he misses his chance and heads home. Akira mutters to himself and ends up stumbling across a bum who apparently has the model he wants for sale. He makes a few odd suggestions about it, but Akira takes him up on it and heads home with his new box containing his model 9821 computer.
When he gets home, he eagerly rips open the box only to discover that instead of a computer being inside, it's really a young nubile girl with some plastic wrapped around her. He's shocked to see what's in there and realizes he's out the money he gave to the bum. Even more shocking is when the girl comes alive and begins her boot-up process and reveals to Akira that she's registered him as her master and is ready to serve him.
As it turns out, Akira misread the box, which was actually for a model 2198 computer, or in other words, a very special model that we have here. The robot, who he eventually names Mimi, goes through her boot up and tells him that she needs to get his "active molecules" to get the proper information on him and his life, and proceeds to strip him down pretty well and "acquires" the information. From this point, she knows all there is to know about Akira and begins her job of doing whatever he wants.
This begins to lead into a couple of amusing stories, where other 2198 series robots become involved with Mimi, some of them working towards some mysterious (evil?) goal that doesn't get revealed in the end, but provides some back-story to get the women going after each other. It also provides Akira with the chance to help upgrade Mimi.
Yes, that's right, she needs upgrading. When they end up having to fight off a confused 2198 model, Mimi needs a beam weapon, which must be installed from a CD in her booklet. She tells Akira that he must do it, which basically moves things in the "Put what in where?" kind of gags, but works well with the fairly innocent two characters here. Mimi also needs to get her memory upgraded every 72 hours, and the only way to do that is with some good wholesome sex. Ah, poor Akira.... if only it was that easy and cheap to upgrade to 6000 gig of memory!
While the jokes do get repeated throughout, there's a lot of other computer related humor that is a lot of fun here. A couple of American robots are invading the Japanese network, and they've got the attitude to prove they're American. They're also usually referred to as Nacks, and their symbols are this mysterious "apple" image. Ah, nothing like having soft hentai tied to a corporate image!
Buttobi CPU is a fun, cute and essentially light ecchi show. There's nothing explicit in here, but you do get a lot of naked breast shots and a heck of a lot of bare bottoms being thrust around demanding to be used for installs and memory upgrades. It's light and fun and in the end, not demeaning at all, which is a trap a lot of ecchi/hentai shows really fall (or leap) into. Definitely recommended.
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Video Image Gallery
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Skyworth 1050P Progressive Scan codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.
Mania Grade: B+
Audio Rating: B+
Video Rating: B+
Packaging Rating: B
Menus Rating: B
Extras Rating: C+
Age Rating: 16 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: Critical Mass Video
Running time: 90
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: I Dream Of Mimi