Itsudatte My Santa!

Title:Itsudatte My Santa!
Always My Santa
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Notables: HIRANO Aya
Original Concept - AKAMATSU Ken
R1 License - FUNimation
Itsudatte My Santa is a little story about a boy named Santa who is alone on Christmas Eve who happens to meet a girl name Mai/Santa Claus. A cute (lolicon-type) Santa girl in a miniskirt who comes to him to give him a little luck. One night with her turns out to be the greatest gift anyone has ever given him.

This OVA is based on the one-shot manga which was written by Akamatsu-sensei back in 1998.

(summary from ANIDB.NET)

Read the translated (one-shot) manga story at MangaFox
[2 OVA episodes based on the manga of the same title. As best as I can tell, there was no 3rd episode as that was a parody. Produced by TNK & Akamatsu Ken.]

R1 license by Funimation
OverallArtAnimationCharacter Design MusicSeries StoryEpisode StoryReviewer
Watch 7 5 6 5 3 3 Ggultra2764 [series:1270#1552]
(Watch-/ Avoid+)

And I wonder why I haven't touched anything from Ken Akamatsu in years. My Santa is another heavily cliched rom-com offering from the Love Hina creator that is notable for being one of the few anime that are Christmas-themed. Unfortunately, this doesn't translate well into a quality work as the series is more interested in pandering to its audience with its cliched characters, rushed developments and the pairing between Santa and Mai being quite superficial with how unnaturally they come together. This may be a holiday-themed title, but I wouldn't waste my time trying to track it down again for my collection.

Last updated Friday, December 06 2013. Created Friday, December 06 2013.
Rent Stretch [series:1270#628]
This one, which I've had for quite awhile without getting around to watching it, seemed like an appropriate anime for December 25th. I was thinking that this would probably be a short romance story between two normal teenagers set around Christmas time; that wasn't exactly correct. Instead, a lonely boy meets a strange girl who claims that she is Santa, and offers to keep him company--obviously she's either crazy or pulling his leg... or is she? I wouldn't say this was a brilliant meditation on the Christmas Spirit (the moral of the story was kind of unclear), but it was fun and silly nevertheless. Mai has a entrancing personality as a cute and kind and slightly scatterbrained girl, and I was itching for more of her. I was disappointed when she transformed into her "normal" Santa mode, since everything had been going fine, but I guess some proof had to be provided that she wasn't making this all up. I was thinking that this show was surprisingly and admirably non-fanservy for a Ken Akamatsu work, then the nudey magical transformation scene took place; I guess that had to happen. The second half was fun too, as we find Mai (back in her brown-haired mode) and Santa at the beach in June, and several more odd characters turn up. Several second episode jokes are slightly modified replays of first episode ones--it works! As Mai is running out of time before she'll have to depart, I got a sort of Aa! Megami-sama! OVA deja vu. Anyway, a fun show that an otaku should watch while "normal" people are watching A Christmas Carol or It's a Wonderful Life.

Last updated Thursday, December 27 2007. Created Thursday, December 27 2007.
Rent Forbin [series:1270#1573]
Drama : Med
Comedy : Med
Action : Low
SciFi : Med
Ecchi : Med

I don't know. I want to rate this a WATCH but it was nice. WAY too much dialogue and it seems it covers a lot of regional things. Episode 2 was good but confusing. So far no one has subbed Episode 3.

Funi has this too? They are on a rampage! Suzuka, Shuffle,!

Last updated Friday, January 26 2007. Created Sunday, January 29 2006.
Rent 8 8 9 7 7 7 AstroNerdBoy [series:1270#436]

At only two episodes, there's really not enough time to do everything this OAV attempts to do. Mai as Santa-san is very cute and sweet and designed to appeal to the lolicon audience with her petite frame. Her character is a ton of wacky fun, especially when she gets excited over things like dumping a load of fish on some folks, then increasing that dump by 30% when dumping them on some delinquent gang-types. So Mai's feelings for the boy Santa come off real as do his in return.

However, as I said, with only two episodes, there's no time to really flesh out the romantic aspects. Having to spend some time on the comedy means less time for the romance. Frankly, I got bored with the exposition in episode 2 as Mai and her friend Shirley (who's also a Santa-san) discuss Mai's current situation. It was supposed to be kinda sad, but because no time has been taken to establish the bond between Mai and Santa, it fails to work. Then again, maybe it was supposed to just be a parody.

Regardless, the series was still fun enough and Mai's little sister Maimai nearly stole the show in episode 2. She provided some good laughs for me.

Bottom line: some fan-service, crossing into the ecchi realms at times, and too short of a story make this only a "rent" title. Make sure you watch after the credits because there's a bit more story to tell there. Also, make sure to watch the "next episode" segment after episode 2 because clearly that's a parody. ^_^

Last updated Saturday, December 31 2005. Created Friday, December 23 2005.

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