Rikujyou Bouei Tai Mao-chan

Title:Rikujyou Bouei Tai Mao-chan
Earth Defender Mao-chan
Ground Defense Force Mao-chan
Keywords: , , , , , , , , , ,
Notables: HORIE Yui
Original Concept - AKAMATSU Ken
R1 License - Pioneer (Defunct)

Mao-chan is an 8-year old girl who wants to defend Japan from the evils of those ever-so-cute aliens that just keep landing from outer space. Fortunately her grandfather is in charge of the Ground Defense Force and so Mao-chan and two other 8-year old girls (Silvia-chan and Misora-chan) are given the task to defend Japan's ground, air, and sea. Cute girls to fight cute aliens thanks to alien technology left by the turtle Tamo-chan (Love Hina) which transforms the girls into "magical" girls. Why are the cute aliens invading Earth?

[26 12-minute TV episodes.]

OverallArtAnimationCharacter Design MusicSeries StoryEpisode StoryReviewer
Rent 8 8 8 7 6 6 AstroNerdBoy [series:707#436]

Mao-chan is a series made for little girls. As such, I'm not the target audience but I will be fair. Basically, you can expect a lot of kawaii alien-san's to come to Japan and the three girls to make a lot of kawaii noises, do a lot of kawaii actions, call each others name a lot, and cry a lot. Some of this can be annoying for adults, but there is some good here.

First off, Horie Yui steals the show as the vacuous Silvia-chan, defender of the sea. Think Osaka from Azumanga Daioh and you are pretty close. However, Silvia-chan is also stupidly genious. Some of the best laughs are when Silvia-chan has these moments of pure brilliance. The best laugh though comes from her favorite toy shown toward the end of the series but I won't spoil that.

Another reason to watch at least part of the series is episode 20. This is where Horie Yui gets to play her part from Love Hina, that of Naru Narusegawa (though Naru's name doesn't get mentioned for legal reasons). For fans of Love Hina, there are a slew of jokes refering to that series in episode 20.

Speaking of Love Hina, it is interesting that Colonel Mishima (who's also the girl's homeroom sensei) looks exactly like Naru. Three other military military girls looks like Motoko from the same series. Not only that, but two characters looking very much like Keitaro's best friends are also in Mao-chan.

One thing I learned from this series is that it is apparently OK to rob Japan blind because "defence forces" don't attack, only defend. Not only that, but if you rob the Japanese and have a good reason, well that's OK too. So make sure you have a good reason to steal because this anime's "moral" is that it is OK to do wrong provided you have a good reason (especially if you have a little kid).

Bottom line: the series is for kids, but there's enough for adults to warrent a rent.

Last updated Tuesday, June 08 2004. Created Thursday, June 03 2004.

Unevaluated 7 7 6 8 BarrenSoul [series:707#859]
So far the only thing this series is is a HUGE laugh fest of extremely over done sillyness. If you want to see something very silly (and so far all ages) this might be for you

Last updated Sunday, December 21 2003. Created Sunday, December 21 2003.

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