Buttobi CPU/I Dream of Mimi (Mania.com)

By:Michael Thomas
Review Date: Thursday, June 05, 2003
Release Date: Tuesday, June 05, 2001

The Review!
A funny, bishoujo (cute girl) anime OVA for the computer geek in all of us.

When watching the show, I listened to the original Japanese seiyuu (voice actors). The talking, ambient sounds, and background music made good use of the two, built-in, TV speakers.

Video is solid throughout the show. Colors are crisp, and animations have no problems. There were a couple of instances in the first episode where the frame jiggled slightly from left to right. In addition, I'm not sure if red lettering was the best idea for the subtitles.

The packaging for the DVD is well done. The front cover features the main android character Mimi, and her owner Akira. The art used for the front cover is eye-catching. The back cover uses two large cells from the show, and has a good summary of what the show is about. The back cover also has the usual DVD text of copyrights and production notes. There is no insert, but there is a questionnaire included.

Menus are quick to load, and display over the cover picture; however, telling what selection you are on is difficult, and selections are made slowly. In addition to this, once a selection was made, it takes a couple of seconds for the DVD to update, leading to some lag. It's very similar to how slowly the menus for Magic Knight Rayearth update.

For extras there is a gallery of several picturess, and outtakes from the English dubbing recording sessions.

::Content:: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
What would you do if the computer you bought wasn't quite what you expected?

Buttobi: CPU "I Dream of Mimi" is an adult bishoujo (cute girl) OVA. Akira is a computer buff who wants to buy himself a new PC. Problem is, they're all expensive. Luckily, Akira has friends, and they find an add for a computer sale. But, when he gets to the store, the sale is over. Dejected, Akira starts heading home, only to have the fortune of being offered a top of the line PC for a few measly bucks. Beware of what you buy from street vendors. You never know what might be in the box.

And, from there, the etchi comedy begins. You see, Akira didn't actually buy a computer, but was tricked into buying a new bio-android. (You can see allusions to the ancient tale of Pygmalion and Galetea.) And, while the bio-android only wants to boot up, and register Akira as her owner... Akira's a bit taken back by the methods she needs to use to register him. You see, she needs "active molecules" from her owner to register him... and there is only one way to get "active molecules."

Thus, the sexy comedy begins. Not only does Mimi, the bio-android, need "active molecules" to upgrade herself, her additional software programs can only enter through one slot... which gives her quite a reaction when she installs them. Add in some very American bio-androids (where bigger means more power) who are intent on conquering the bio-android market, just makes you smile and chuckle at the humor.

As Buttobi: CPU was done by Pink Pineapple, the high technical quality shows. The attention to detail in costumes, character designs, settings, and choreography is amazing. Overall, I really like the way that Mimi was choreographed. Her character design, motions, her smile, and her eagerness definitely added to the show. Not to mention just how entertaining it is to see her hop in the first episode when she's trying to convince Akira that she needs a memory upgrade in order to protect them from a rouge bio-android. And, it is funny to see her get jealous of some of the other computer stuff that Akira gets too. You can also see how newer bishoujo android shows, such as CHOBITS, Mahoromantic, and Hand Maid May, received some of their inspiration from Buttobi: CPU.

Overall Buttobi: CPU is a fun, racy, adult romp into cyberspace. It is a good parody of the cyber-culture that exists in Japan and America. It has a lot of humorous, sexy scenes, and a good retelling of a familiar story. Though some of the humor is bawdy, all of the sex scenes are implied and not explicitly shown. It's good fun, and its etchiness is more good comedy then sexual. I solidly recommend this title.

Review Equipment
Panasonic CT-27D11E 27" TV; Sony Play Station 2 DVD Player; Gold-Plated Monster component cable

Mania Grade: B+
Audio Rating: B
Video Rating: B+
Packaging Rating: B+
Menus Rating: C+
Extras Rating: B+
Age Rating: 16 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: Critical Mass Video
MSRP: 29.99
Running time: 90
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: I Dream Of Mimi