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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Menus Rating: B
  • Extras Rating: B-
  • Age Rating: 16 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Central Park Media
  • MSRP: 29.99
  • Running time: 90
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: My My Mai

My My Mai

By Chris Beveridge     May 18, 2002
Release Date: May 14, 2002

My My Mai
© Central Park Media

What They Say
Mai’s a super counselor with blazing sex appeal who specializes in solving her clients’ bedroom problems – and male clients are preferred!

The Review!
Ah, the good old poor confused short OVA series that isn’t quite sure what it wants to be. Even CPM seems to be unsure, rating the show as 16+ and then slapping all sorts of warnings and advisories about characters being over 18.

For our primary viewing session, we listened to this show in its original language of Japanese. This track is a pretty basic stereo mix with very little in the way of directionality, if any. The dialogue is pretty center channel based while the music and some of the sound effects use the stereo channels. Dialogue is clean and undistorted but fairly unimpressive.

Originally released in 1993 in Japan, the show features solid traditional cel animation that looks good, if a bit flat due to the color scheme used. There was only a few very minor instances of cross coloration, but the aliasing is where we noticed the most problems, with various lines shifting about throughout the program. It’s not a real standout problem though.

Using some nice pastel colored manga artwork with Mai and two other girls, the cover is definitely eye-catching, especially if you like the character designs. The back has a brief summary of the show and a skin shot of Mai in a thong. Features and extras are clearly listed as well as production information. The reverse side of the cover features some more black and white artwork as well as the chapter episodes and the cast lists for both languages.

Using some of the artwork from the cover as a static section with the selctions while having animation play in the other half, the menu here is an almost garish mixture of colors that looks ok but not really pushing for good or bad. Selections are quick to access and the layout is pretty standard stuff. My only complaint, as it is with most CPM discs, is that the show starts if you don’t make a selection by the first time the menu cycles through and all the warnings and logos are non-skippable.

This area is fairly minimal, but I can’t believe there was much to actually put here to begin with. There’s a brief art gallery and a meet the characters section. Also included is the original Japanese credits.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
In one way, it’s really tempting to call My My Mai a bad set of OVA’s. But they’re not really bad per se, just horrendously mediocre. The entire point of the show is to focus around fan service with the female form by having all sorts of perverted things happen. Now, I’m not one that’s against such a thing, but most of this just falls flat.

The show revolves around Mai, a consultant of some sort. The back cover mentions that she’s a counselor that specializes in peoples bedroom problems, but that doesn’t come up well enough in the show. While the cover says that and the show doesn’t, the show doesn’t really get into the whole bedroom area much until the second episode. The first episode revolves around a request by the grandparents of a young woman named Kasumi.

Kasumi is ill and expected to die, unless a rogue doctor from Shinjuku can be brought in to operate on her. Since they can’t find the doctor, they hire Mai to do it. So it’s off to “seedy” Shinjuku where she goes looking around the streets for him. With her good looks, she accidentally gets hired on as a waitress for the Cabaret restaurant. Complete with practically nothing lingerie. It’s here that she ends up complaining about not being a girl like that (something that just ain’t true) and gets harassed by some low level thugs.

This paves the way for the dashing Count to rescue her from the bad guys and set up a potential relationship. He tries to help her find the doctor that’s missing, but they have no luck. While taking a break, an accident happens that causes the Count to lean over, and thereby causing his wig to fall off. All of a sudden, he goes through a transformation into a Road Warrior psycho-sex punk who tries to have his way with Mai. And yes, this is the mysterious doctor that she’s trying to find.

Yep, split personality. He does all kinds of bizarre things to her but ends up not really doing much since she’s got some kind of resistance to his ways. Frankly, this side of the character just isn’t funny and doesn’t work well. And so much of the time is spent on it, you just sit there and roll your eyes. Or check how much time is left. That’s usually a bad sign in my book.

The show does move on to a couple of other encounters, such as the rock star who has mediaphobia and there’s a beach episode where some (apparent) friends appear with her that leads into more supposed silliness, but I just found it all very unfunny. The only thing that may save it for some people is some of the Japanese cast, such as my favorite, Sho Hayami or Kotono Mitsuishi. But in the end, they’re just working with really poor material here, or something that may have worked better as a manga.

For a show that was originally slated for release last fall and then pushed to here, I have to wonder why. Why it was released at all…

Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Meet the Cast,Original Japanese Credit Roll,Art Gallery,Meet the Characters

Review Equipment
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Skyworth 1050P Progressive Scan codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.


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