I Dream of Mimi (Remaster) (of 1) (Mania.com)

By:Luis Cruz
Review Date: Thursday, April 29, 2004
Release Date: Tuesday, April 27, 2004



What They Say
With character designs by Yuriko Chiba (STEEL ANGEL KURUMI) and scripts from Kaoru Shintani (AREA 88), I Dream of Mimi is a cybernetic love story like no other!

For three long years, Akira has been saving to buy his very own computer. So when the Model 9821 finally goes on sale, he races to the store only to discover that it sold out in just 5 minutes! Yet, as luck would have it, Akira also manages to stumble across a man who just happens to be willing to sell him the exact model he was looking for! Unfortunately, Akira doesn?t look close enough at the packaging. Instead of the 9821, he ends up with a Model 2198 - a super-advanced, biomechanical computer girl named Mimi!

She?s cute, she?s got the super-fast processor he?s always wanted, and she can fix up the house in an instant! But this cute little computer genie also comes with a couple of catches. Mimi is being mysteriously targeted for destruction by other bio-types, and she?s going to require memory upgrades in order to fend them off! Lucky for Akira, upgrades aren?t expensive, just extremely embarrassing - since the only way to upgrade a bio-type is to use their master?s "active molecules"! So much for saving himself for marriage...

So now, poor Akira?s life has been turned upside down. How can he possibly explain Mimi to his friends? Why is Mimi being attacked? The future?s uncertain, but one thing?s for sure - Akira?s in for a wild ride!

The Review!
Audio:
The Japanese audio track was used for my viewing session; it is a crisp stereo track and contained no noticeable defects. Music and dialogue were balanced well with neither overshadowing the other. English dub fans should also be pleased; a spot check of the dub track showed that it was on par with the Japanese track, as well as having a decent dub cast.

Video:
Produced in 1997, the video is clean and free of any noticeable defects. The transfer is solid providing rich, bright colors and sharp detail. Overall, RightStuf has provided a solid, beautiful transfer.

Packaging:
Packaged in a clear case, the front cover features a large shot of a winking Mimi hugging Akira while holding up one of her application cards. The title is at the top of the cover with a small and tasteful "17+ recommended" warning the only other noticeable text. The back cover contains the requisite screenshots, plot synopsis, and disc specifications. Inside the case is an insert with a different image on one side and a listing of other RightStuf titles on the reverse.

Menu:
RightStuf put together a great menu system for this show; the menus are appropriately rendered as a computer desktop and computer windows complete with mouse cursor. A sample of the theme song plays in the background. There are no transition delays between menus. My only complaint would be that some of the menu text tends to be a bit small, but the menus are highly creative while still being highly usable and functional.

Extras:
The extras consist of the US trailer, a brief slideshow, and some outtakes of the English dub recording session. One additional and amusing extra is found by selecting the "Trash" option from the main menu.

Content:(please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Labeling I Dream of Mimi, known in Japan as Buttobi CPU, as hentai does it a disservice. Primarily a comedy, the sexual content in this series is along the lines of the American Pie and Porky's franchises but is less graphic than the two. Our story revolves around typical college student Takaoka Akira and his quest to buy his first personal computer.

After years of working and saving his money, Akira's friends Junpei and Futoshi tip him off on an incredible computer sale. Akira rushes to the store to find that the model 9821 computer he could afford sold out in five minutes. Enter the mysterious old man in the back alley who offers Akira a similar deal. Unfortunately for Akira, he has not learned the lesson of "Buyer Beware" and does not inspect the box close enough.

When Akira opens the box at home, he discovers he has mistakenly purchased a 2198 Japanese bio-type computer, a very realistic and very nude female android. His new computer awakens and promptly asks for her master to initialize her system; since Akira is dumbfounded by the entire situation, the android takes matters into her own hands and initializes herself by orally extracting his "active molecules".

Anyone who has used a computer knows that it requires upgrading at some point, and the 2198 is no exception. Akira learns this the hard way as a rouge 2198 attacks them both. Akira's 2198 informs him that he can use an application card to install beam attack software in her system; when he asks where the card goes, she lifts her skirt and asks him to insert it into her, ahem, "front loading slot".

New software also requires a memory upgrade, and the only way to upgrade a 2198's memory is to transfer more active molecules to her system. With his only other option being death, Akira provides the necessary molecules for the upgrade and names her Mimi in the process. Mimi's memory upgrades also wear off within three days requiring Akira to upgrade her on a regular basis.

The remaining two episodes revolve around the three American Nacintosh bio-type sisters and their plan to take over the Japanese market. While the innuendo and entandres are repeated throughout the series, the execution and timing of the jokes provide numerous laughs. Between the sizable hardware assets of the Nacintosh sisters and Akira's classmate Shimada's advances, Mimi has her hands full making sure Akira installs his software only in her.

The one failing of this series is its brevity; there were numerous plot threads created in the three episodes, yet none of them are given a chance to develop. But, the core of the series is parody and comedy, which it delivers in enough quantities to allow you to overlook such plot flaws. It is lighthearted yet slightly naughty fun; think of it as an R-rated Chobits, and you will have a good idea of what to expect.

In Summary:
I defy you to not like a series that has the lyric "Your hot access is what I am waiting for" in its opening theme. With little content more explicit than the bare breasts or bottoms common to fanservice, Mimi lampoons everything from the android girl love story to the American obsession with Japanese culture. Amusing, cute, and a little bit naughty, Mimi provides a good dose of comedy and will leave you wanting more.

Features
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles, Outtakes, Art Gallery

Review Equipment
Mitsubishi 27" TV, Pioneer DVL-919, Sony STR-DE915 DD receiver, Bose Acoustimass-6 speakers, generic S-Video and audio cable



Mania Grade: A-
Audio Rating: A
Video Rating: A
Packaging Rating: A-
Menus Rating: A+
Extras Rating: C+
Age Rating: 17 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: Nozomi Entertainment
MSRP: 24.95
Running time: 90
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: I Dream Of Mimi