Please take care of me for the first episode~
Please read the title of this post. NOW
If you did not read it carefully, let me repeat it again. …Sorry, I was too distracted at the sight of Maria. She’s just so moe that I cannot understand how they can make anime gals so cute and hot at the same time. I guess SHAFT is just great at making girls even cuter than they already are. Awesome sauce.
Kanako is a second year student who transferred to an all-girls school, and she was lost. Matsuri, a maid, passed by and Kanako wanted to ask for directions. Matsuri immediately called her a sow. Kanako thought of many ridiculous ideas since she thought she heard the remark wrongly. Matsuri reaffirmed that she was a sow of Eiffel proportions. Kanako said that she was only as tall as the Tokyo Tower, but tried to deny it when Matsuri told her that the Tokyo Tower was taller. A very beautiful girl then appeared, explaining that Matsuri was just defensive because new students do not usually appear in this school.
The beautiful girl explained that she was still wearing her middle school skirt, and her parents were alumni of the school (her father is a teacher here). Kanako explained that she wanted such a beautiful fate, but not in that way. Kanako said that she could not tell someone of “that.” The beautiful girl, Mariya, asked if Kanako had a boyfriend. She explained she is allergic to boys, and rashes will appear when a man touches her. Mariya smiled and said that Kanako is cute, and then kissed her on the cheek. Kanako started fantasizing about Mariya and her together romantically. Mariya then suggested to guide Kanako, and asked to meet at the archery club. Kanako thought in her head that Mariya is the type of girl she loved, but was wondering why she was having rashes on her wrist.
Matsuri was surprised why Mariya did that. In the hostel, Byouchou the hostel manager, warmly received Kanako and brought her to her room. She also explained that her job was nominated and any attempt to reject the nomination would be answered by death Her room mate was Ryuken, a third year student. Kanako was quietly admiring the beauty of Ryuken. When Ryuken invited to give her a tour of the school, Kanako wanted to accept it. However, she remembered the promise of Mariya and rejected her offer sadly. When she reached the archery shokudan, a girl named Yuzulu was there and thought that Kanako wanted to join the club. She told Kanako that Mariya was still training.
When Kanako heard voices from a room resembling Mariya’s voice, she entered only to see Matsuri trying to pad up the “man’s chest” of Mariya. Mariya tried to play it smooth, but Kanako pressed on about Mariya’s gender. Kanako eventually grabbed Mariya’s groin to prove that he was a boy. Kanako called Mariya a freak, but Mariya said that Kanako was not much better as a lesbian. Kanako threatened to expose Mariya to the school. Mariya suddenly tore apart the clothing of Matsuri, exposing her bra. Mariya said that Kanako was trying to rape Matsuri, and asked who they would believe more, a new student or the daughter of the former chairman of the school. Eventually, Kanako acceded, and it turned out that she will be staying the same room as Mariya. Mariya wanted to make sure that the loose mouth of Kanako would not reveal his secret.
Wow, after watching a very average first episode for Akikan, Maria+Holic shows exactly why three bloggers in THAT are almost going lunatic over this yuri-trap slug fest. This is everything that an anime fan likes, and includes enough comedy, sarcasm and randomness that fulfills the criteria of a SHAFT series. Some people might find SHAFT’s crazy attempts to make everything …well crazy a bit annoying, but this episode just hits the right spots to intrigue Impz to watch a few more episodes. In short, follow this anime. However, in long, read below.
One thing that strikes me is that the main characters, Kanako and Mariya are really over the top characters. It might be annoying at times, but Kanako’s nonsenscial ranting is important to bring out the charm of Mariya. Many a times, it is Kanako’s extremely yuri antics that makes Mariya so darn cute. Yes, I do feel like shooting Kanako sometimes because she is so darn noisy that she can border on the disturbing side of comedy. Nonetheless, I accept that she is a necessary evil for the great Mariya. Every great trap needs a good foil to make fun of.
The main juice of the show (I just cannot get that out of my head) is obviously Mariya. Mariya’s fake kindness is particularly nice to watch when you realize that he is in fact a scowling trap. No answer has been given about why he is trying to hang out around in an all girls school . Eliminating the other possible reason of being a pervert, I obviously think that this is something to milk and dramatize the series during the finale. I just hope that they are able to do it well. Who am I kidding though? SHAFT will have a good chance of getting it right.
Digression aside, Mariya seems like a very interesting trap to say the very least, and her/his double personality will be something fresh in the anime world. Well, at least I do not remember an anime series where the trap is so …unique. Traps seemed to hit into stereotypes in general, so I am glad to have one that breaks it of sorts.
The story is definitely more focused on comedy and it does it well with obvious and more blatant fanservice pandering. A crotch grab is always funny, no matter how much you say that it is such a low joke. In addition, Mariya’s fake demeanor toward Kanako is just comedy gold. Many parts of the show are just crazy thoughts of Kanako, and it will either grate on annoyance or your funny bone. It’s a bunch of hit and miss, and obviously Japanese Tsukkomi jokes (which I generally do not get, just like I do not get puns).
Animation wise, it is pretty average by today’s standards. However, they manage to make Mariya look extremely cute and hot. That said, there are still many characters that have not appeared as yet, so it is definitely worth watching a few more episodes. The promise of more likely friction between Kanako and Mariya, yuri love and trap comedy means this must be watched for at least an episode. The only reason why you should not watch it is that you hate yuri, traps or anything remotely associated with comedy. Other than that, you have no reason to avoid this.