Mayo Chiki!-Series Collection (2011)

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Released 15-Oct-2014

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Anime More…-Textless Opening Song
More…-Textless Ending Song
Trailer-x 4 for other anime
Rating Rated MA
Year Of Production 2011
Running Time 301:26 (Case: 325)
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered
Dual Disc Set
Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Keiichirô Kawaguchi
Studio
Distributor

Madman Entertainment
Starring Satoshio Hino
Blake Shepard
Yuka Iguchi
Genevieve Simmons
Eri Kitamura
Carli Mosier
Kana Hanazawa
Caitlyn French
Kana Asumi
Allison Sumrall
Mariya Ise
Margaret McDonald
Case Amaray-Transparent-Dual
RPI ? Music Yukari Hashimoto


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None Japanese Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

     Seventeen year old high school student Jiro (voiced by Satoshio Hino / Blake Shepard) has a problem: he has an acute fear of being touched by females and when touched his nose bleeds profusely. This condition seems to have been caused by his mother and sister; his mother is a champion pro wrestler, currently training overseas, and his sister Kureha (Kana Hanazawa / Caitlyn French) is a budding wrestler who each morning tries out wrestling holds and training techniques on Jiro. Konoe (Yuka Iguchi / Genevieve Simmons) also has a problem. She is a student but is also the butler of Kanade Suzutsuki (Eri Kitamura / Carli Mosier) the richest and most beautiful girl in school. The male members of Konoe’s family have been butlers to the Suzutsuki family for generations, but not the girls. Konoe is an only child and desperately wants to be a butler, so the deal is that she must act as a boy at school and her secret remain undiscovered for three years.

     When Jiro accidentally discovers Konoe is a girl, Kanade proposes that if he keeps Konoe’s secret Kanade will help to cure Jiro of his fear of being touched by a female. As a result, Jiro and Konoe spend a lot of time together, which causes complications as Konoe (as a boy) is very popular at school with a number of adoring female fans including Nakuru (Kana Asumi / Allison Sumrall) and Masamune (Mariya Ise / Margaret McDonald) who resent Jiro becoming close to Konoe. And, as a further problem, Jiro’s sister believes she is in love with Konoe. Numerous complications, misunderstandings and suggestive situations ensure, mostly orchestrated by the wilful and mischievous Kanade.

     Mayo Chiki! may be every adolescent teenage boy’s fantasy: Jiro is surrounded by four sexy and beautiful girls, often in various stages of undress, who are out to help him cure his fear of women by draping themselves all over him! The series is also full of the usual short shirts, minute swim suits, impossibly rounded breasts and juvenile sexual humour. The situations in the series are contrived and often quite farcical, with Kanade being the manipulator, while Konoe looks nothing like a male and really should not fool anyone! Other than Jiro’s medical condition, Mayo Chiki! offers little that is new and the situations become a bit repetitive in the second half of the series where some episodes feel like filler. However the characters of Jiro and Konoe are sweet while Masamune has a surprising depth although Kanade is annoying and Nakuru seems to be there only because of her cute cat ears and big breasts. Yet, that said, Mayo Chiki! is full of such infectious fun and good natured humour it is impossible to dislike.

     This two disc DVD set of Mayo Chiki! Series Collection contains episodes 1-7 on disc 1 and episodes 8-13 plus minor extras on disc 2. It is labelled the “Dual Language Edition” as it contains both the original Japanese and an English dub.

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Transfer Quality

Video

     Mayo Chiki! is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, the original broadcast ratio, and is 16x9 enhanced.

     This is a pleasant looking print. The lines are solid although this is not the most detailed anime you will see. Colours have that nice pastel look with muted blues and greens, although the series adds some vibrant colours for emphasis in some scenes.

     I did not notice any marks or artefacts.

     It is anime so lip synchronisation is very approximate in either audio track.

     The English subtitles are in American English using a yellow font. I noticed a couple of minor grammatical errors only.

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Audio

     Audio is a choice of Japanese or English Dolby 2.0 at 224 Kbps. The languages and subtitles can be changed on the go with the remote so I watched a few episodes alternating the audio.

     Both tracks are surround encoded and there was little difference in the effects between the two streams, with music and slight ambient sounds in the rears, except that the Japanese was recorded at a slightly louder level. I did not notice anything directed to the subwoofer. Dialogue is clear in each track, although I did find the Japanese voice acting livelier.

     The score by Yukari Hashimoto was diverse, including orchestral classical music, piano and a few tangos, and was effective.

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Extras

     All extras are on disc 2

Textless Opening (1:27)

     The opening song without the credits.

Textless Ending (1:27)

     The closing song without the credits.

Trailers

     Trailers for Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt Collection (1:06), Maken-ki Series Collection (1:02), Is this a Zombie? Of the Dead! (Season 2) Collection (1:08) and High School DXD Series Collection (1:24).

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

     Our local release of Mayo Chiki! is identical to the Region 1 US version.

Summary

     The situations in Mayo Chiki! are farcical and juvenile, and may be every adolescent teenage boy’s fantasy, but the anime includes some appealing characters and is done in such good humour it is impossible to dislike.

     The video and audio are fine, extras are minimal but we get the same as whose available in other regions.

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© Ray Nyland (the bio is the thing)
Monday, December 01, 2014
Review Equipment
DVDSony BDP-S580, using HDMI output
DisplayLG 55inch HD LCD. This display device has not been calibrated. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.
Audio DecoderNAD T737. This audio decoder/receiver has not been calibrated.
AmplificationNAD T737
SpeakersStudio Acoustics 5.1

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