Label - Madman Entertainment
Audio - English (Dobly Digital 2.0)/Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0)
Subtitles - English
Running Time - 325
Aspect Ratio - 1.78:1
Region Coding - 4
TV Standard - PAL
Rating - MA15+
Year of Release - 2011
Mayo Chicki! was an anime series originally split up into two season, madman has now collected them and provided us the english dub for this set. For an anime series its an odd one, by highly engaging due to its premise and original characters in the series. Kinjirō's is our protagonist and he has a major issue around woman, he cools himself off in the toilet where he discovers Subaru Konoe wearing girl's panties, a dispute happens and Subaru starts chasing Kinjirō around the school, attacking him. Kinjirō discovers Subaru is a girl from her chest causing the angered Subaru to throw a fire extinguisher at him knocking him unconscious. Then begins his nightmarish school life.
The other episodes briefly narrates how Kinjirō's new proximity to Subaru has led to rumors that they were going out which in turn earns Kinjirō earning the ire of the S4 or the "Shooting Star Subaru-Sama" fan club though their attempts at attacking him are thwarted by the "Let's warmly protect Subaru-Sama committee" a fan club that was split from the S4 due to a disagreement on whether to support Subaru's "relationship" or not
In an attempt to cure Kinjirō's gynophobia, Kanade has him go on a mock date with Subaru Konoe while giving him a "sheep ticket" as an apology for her actions. At the end of the date, Kanade tells him to use the sheep ticket which is revealed to be the equivalent on an order that cannot be refused for Subaru who, with obvious difficulty, asks Kinjirō for an order while referring to him as master. Later, Kinjirō and Subaru end up bonding and becoming friends when, during a school physical examination, they help each other and keep each others' respective secret of gynophobia and being a girl despite the considerable embarrassment they were forced to go through to which they begin addressing each other by their first names. But the characters are pretty generic with a lot of basic fan service gag.
Kanade invites Kinjirō, Subaru and Kureha to a double date while settling the issue from Kureha seeing Kinjirō on a date with Subaru by claiming that she and Kinjirō were lovers. When he comes to, where it is implied that Subaru gave him mouth to mouth resuscitation, he and Subaru get a strange phone call from a man with a wolf's face, who is holding a knife and is revealed to have kidnapped Kanade and Kureha. Subaru starts to feel like Kinjirō does when he touches a girl and reveals she has a phobia of knives, stemming from the traumatic childhood kidnapping incident where she felt she was inadequate as a butler because of her inability to protect Kanade as a child. Afterwards it is revealed that the kidnapper was actually Subaru's father Nagare and that the whole incident was orchestrated by Kanade in order to help Subaru get over her fear of knives, believing that Kinjirō would help as he also had a phobia. However, Kureha interrupts their moment and inadvertently revealed that Kanade stated she was going out with Kinjirō to which Subaru immediately reacts with anger, forcing Kinjirō to run away with Kanade from both Subaru and Kureha. Nagare and Kinjirō exchange some civil, though hostile, talk where Nagare demands to know what Kinjirō’s relationship with his daughter is to which Kinjirō insists that they were nothing more then good friends (something which irritates Subaru), as Nagare leaves he ends up finding Subaru’s underwear and deduces that she bathed with Kinjirō causing him to attack him in a frenzy only to be knocked out by Subaru, but this ends up exposing her to Kinjirō prompting her to knock him out as well. There is a lot of explicit sexual content, which shocks us how it passed the rating board with only an MA 15+; while other anime such as 'We without Wings' get R 18+ for very minor sexual references.
Not sure what the series is trying to tell us or the message it is trying to convey, essentially speaks to an audience that may have troubles with speaking or dealing with women. The next day, where neither Kinjirō or Nagare remember what happened, everyone goes down to the summer festival, with Subaru once again pretending to be “Punyuru Takanashi”, but Subaru ends up disappearing halfway through. Kinjirō finds Subaru who explains that her mother had always worried about her as she could never make any friends as a child, Kinjirō comforts a crying Subaru and asks to be introduced to her mother. Subaru notes that summer vacation was almost over and they would have to go back to school soon, Kinjirō complains that the next semester would be hard on him but adds that he was already used to it, citing it as their everyday life and claiming that he and Subaru were friends forever.
This release, thankfully has madman brining an English dub, which was previously missing from the last release. The dub alone is worth the repurchase.