Sunday, October 2, 2011

Mayo Chiki

Maybe it's just a reflex.  If my nose bleeds,  they'll leave me alone...because the room would get dirty otherwise.

Due to years of constant use as a sandbag by his pro-wrestler mother and younger sister, Sakamachi Kinjirou (Jirou) now has a body that nosebleeds whenever he is touched by a female.  Konoe Subaru is the (female) butler of Suzutsuki Kanade, who is allowed the position only under the condition that no one figures out that she is a "she".  Needless to say, that doesn't even last five minutes into the first episode, as Jirou walks in on her in the restroom, and in the resulting chaos quickly finds out the truth.  Kanade then offers him a deal.  They will help him cure his phobia, and in exchange, he won't tell anyone the truth about Subaru (and if he refuses, he's a dead man walking).

Going in to the summer season, Mayo Chiki (shorter form of Mayoeru Shitsuji to Chicken na Ore to, or The Wavering Butler and Me, the Chicken) was the only show that I knew I was going to watch and finish, and for the most part, it didn't disappoint.  As a somewhat uncommon "reverse trap" ("trap" being one of the fan terms used for male characters who pull off completely convincing females, like Watarase Jun in Happiness, or the protagonist in OtoBoku) romance series, it was almost guaranteed to be a hit... especially with the misunderstandings that take place in the Subaru fanclubs.
That's how you see it!?
Overall, Mayo Chiki was a solid series, and I enjoyed almost every bit of it.  Thinking back on it now, I can only really think of two major flaws.  The first is when Jirou ended up with the inevitable cases of idiot protagonist syndrome during the school festival arc.  You're being blackmailed into breaking a promise with Subaru, and never once take a chance to explain the situation?  The second is that there were a few rather weak episodes, though even those were mostly saved by Kanade trolling everyone.
Trollface... on!

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