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SeijakuF's Mahoraba Tv Review

Mahoraba tv Review

Story & Characters

Mahoraba ~ Heartful Days is a story about Shiratori who moves into Tokyo to study. He's ambition is to become a children's book author and he takes his studying very seriously. Too bad the folks at Naritakisou -the place where Shiratori moves to- like to drink and party hard every night... Looking like a traditional Japanese house, Narutakisou is the home of many unique residents. It has a history way back and many people in the region respect the place very much.
Shiratori finds himself living in this house with his second cousin, Kozue, who works as a landlady there. Besides Kozue there are other residents as well and they're very interested about Shiratori, since it looks like he and Kozue blush quite a lot in each other's company..."what's so great about this guy, hmm"?

Mahoraba follows the daily life of Narutakisou and it's residents. There is comedy, drama, some action and even some deeper themes too. Some episodes are light-hearted and cheerful, some are full of worries towards the residents. But in the end everything goes well and that's what beautiful in Mahoraba- you don't need to fear losing anyone in this show. The residents all get along and spend a lot of time together like a big family. When someone goes out shopping, they make sure to bring enough treats for everyone. When there's a festival, everyone goes together. The residents come from different backgrounds, some have no money at all- yet no one dislikes them for this kind of issues. In the real world a place like Narutakisou could not exist.
But maybe that's why I watch this series so often- it's a beautiful, another world full of kindness.

Rating: 8

Art

The art is very beautiful and clear. Drawn simple and strong, the colours are vivid and absolutely pretty. There is a nice use of different approaches, for example we get to see some of Shiratori's sketches (homework AND material for the book). I have nothing to complain since I like the simple, colourful world of Mahoraba. It underlines the cheerful life of the Narutakisou's residents- and does it well indeed.

Rating: 10

Sound

The music fits the show very well. There are many tunes that make you bite your lip because they just sound so wonderful! The opening "Daiji Da-i-ji" is very cute and fitting, it's one of the best openings I've ever heard (not as a song by itself but with the opening animation, perfect!). The ending "Boku no SPEED de" is not the best one out there, but it fits well enough to the theme.
Mahoraba has a simple soundtrack but it varies enough to keep up with the show. Even though the person who made the songs is clearly talented, I got a bit annoyed with her "whispering" in almost every single bgm. If you can stand that, you'll love the music otherwise. Oh! Almost forgot the sound effects and voice actors. The effects are well-placed and serve their purpose, most of them being funny and proper. Voice-acting is amazing. Each character has a unique style of speech; Tamami ends her sentence very often with "desu" or "-masu", acting innocent.. Haibara has a accent, Shiratori is polite. Sayoko uses wrong honorifics xD. I love it, I really do. The seiyuu do their best and clearly have fun doing so.

Rating: 9

Presentation

Mahoraba has a lot of different elements in its story. This is a good thing since watching another Maison Ikkoku would not really be that interesting, now would it? There's humor, drama- a bit of everything. And guess what? They all work. I've laughed so hard my stomach hurt, cried like a baby, thinked hard about certain situations. While Mahoraba is no complex series, it has a deeper meaning there too and leaves the viewer to choose how to see the current situation.
Mahoraba is easy to view, simple enough to show to your friends who are new to anime- but at the same time it's refreshing in it's own special way and offers new stuff to the otakus as well. The episodes follow a certain path but there's still enough room for altering the story to keep it interesting.

Mahoraba is produced beautifully and its name tells the truth; a show full of "heartful days" with a warm, sensitive touch!

Rating: 10

Final Verdict

9.17 (very good)

Reviewed by SeijakuF, Aug 26, 2008

Comments

  1. davidh01 Aug 27, 2008

    I presume you've read the FAQ and guide about submitting reviews to Minitokyo? If not, please do so - particularly in respect of the guidelines for scoring. Firstly the good points - your writing style is easy to follow and gets straight to the point. What I do not see here is the solid justification for the scoring. With respect, four sentences in the Art section and a score of 10 is not sufficient to convince another reader (and didn't convince me) that this series is worthwhile checking out because of the quality artwork. I would suggest that if you're serious about submitting reviews to MT, please take the time to check out some of the previous submissions (check out mine, for example) to see what makes up a review of substance.

  2. SeijakuF Aug 28, 2008

    I'm sorry. English isn't my native language and I have a depression so the quality of my writing sucks more than I would have wanted. I can't find the words to describe all the things I would have liked...

  3. chumbariwap123 Apr 24, 2009

    woah!, this review is great! keep writing :D

  4. ResonantSoul Jul 23, 2009

    Great review!

  5. Fanatik007 Jul 30, 2009

    woah! cool review

  6. SchRita Aug 23, 2009

    Thanks for the review!

  7. vangjlee Oct 14, 2009

    good anime

  8. SchRita Oct 31, 2009

    Thanks for the review!

  9. animalandia Nov 14, 2009

    miy buena critica gracias por el aporte

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