Hooboy. Now that is ironic. Normally I don’t post twice in a day, but… yikes.
After reading this review of Mahoromatic, a series about a superpowerful battle android who decides to become a cute subservient maid for the rest of her life (Handmaid May, anyone? Or how about To Heart?), I was wondering if the guy doing the review had a good point or just had an axe to grind. He didn’t seem to realize ‘misogynistic’ and ‘sexist’ are different words, for example.
Then I figured I’d go watch that anime I picked up two nights ago and hadn’t had a chance to see yet. I’d heard it was good, but didn’t know anything else about it… what was it called again? Oh right, CHOBITS.
Well, I’ll say this for CLAMP: they know a cash cow when they see one. This puppy’s a bit like Miyuki-chan in Wonderland… freewheeling fanservicey exploitation, now with an Obligatory Robotic Female Slave Twist! I felt very dirty just watching this. First of all, our hero (who loves porn sites) finds a robot girl tossed in the garbage (wearing Rei Ayanami-esque bandage bondage), finds her on/off switch located conveniently right between her legs, and this quasi-pubescent housepet like girl who only knows how to say ‘chi’ is cutely hugging him and stuff all over. If the National Organization of Women started pounding on my door waving pitchforks and torches around the 20 minute mark, I wouldn’t have been surprised.
To an extent, the series recognized this in itself; the lead guy even thinks to himself “Hey, this is just like those animes where a boy goes to Tokyo and meets a girl with strange powers who falls in love with him!”. Buuut, it’s a thin line between ‘self referential parody’ and ‘joining the party’. I’d hazard Chobits falls on the right hand side of that line. Review score: 6.5/10, and I probably won’t seek ep #2. (Even if you took away the love slave aspect, there’s nothing here that I haven’t seen a thousand times over, no new angle, no interesting characters. Hell, in the preview of the next episode they even mention an ‘old net legend’ meaning we have a mysterious origin. You can’t swing a dead cat in an anime without hitting a mysterious origin. …or in my stories, for that matter.)
…anyway. It does my heart good to know that in MY writing, the doting, subservient, upbeat and cheerful maid trying to make nice with a distant ‘owner’ is in fact… male. ^_^ Muwahaahahahaa. I’ll be taking pre-orders for MalloryBots, ladies!
PS – I’m getting this twisted idea for a fanfic where Chii, May, Mahoro, and Multi have a system malfunction and decide that ‘cleaning up’ involves exterminating all organic life on the face of the Earth using mecha armed with heavy industrial solvents. Might make a good spamfic, but alas, I don’t do spamfics… feel free to steal the idea and give me credit. >8)