What a great episode this was. For those that didn’t watch the first season, Kodama has always had a thing for stuffed animals, no doubt to aid in her lolicon charms. But what if her beloved teddy bear comes to life, not as a cuddly loveable creature but as a degenerate sex hound lady killer?
Back in 2001, Mahoromatic was a game changer. At the time it was by far the most ecchi series to air on TV, but perhaps more amazing was that fans generally respected the series as an anime despite the unbelievable amount of nudity and service. The ecchi genre as a whole took off over the next half-decade, no doubt thanks to the (fully deserved) commercial success of this series.
I remember watching this show in the early 2000s when it was brand new and thinking even then that this was an incredibly nostalgic show. This is slice-of-life done right, in a “remember the good times” kind of way that reminded me some of Maison Ikkoku, except with quasi-mech battles, a much higher volume of nudity, and plenty of GAINAX zaniness.
Another ImoCho episode comes and goes, and my confidence that it will be appropriate for a future compilation dips further and further. Even if the censorship in the early episodes ends up being legit, it would take a dramatic turnaround for ImoCho to qualify as a true fanservice series at this rate.
Beginning it’s manga run in 1998 three years before its GAINAX + SHAFT adaptation, Mahoromatic is remembered for it’s unique combination of action, art quality, serious storytelling, classical tragedy storyline elements, and of course, copious amounts of uncensored boobage.