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Hand Maid May: V.3 Memory Failure (ep.8-11)

Maria Yamamoto , Takayuki Yamaguchi , Lia Sargent , Shinichiro Kimura    Unrated   DVD
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The romantic comedy Hand Maid May feels like pieces of Oh My Goddess, Tenchi Muyo, El Hazard, and Steel Angel Kurumi cobbled together. The premise is no more improbable, the characters no sillier, the holes in the plot no more egregious than in those comedies, but the elements never quite gel, and the show plays like a rerun, even on the first viewing. Kazuya is a computer nerd, trying to create a squid version of the famous robot-cat Doraemon. When a virus zaps his system, he inadvertently orders a Hyperdoll--a girl one-sixth normal size. May tries to perform a maid's duties despite her diminutive stature, and the inevitable mismatched attraction arises. When Kazuya can't pay the $1.45 million bill, May is repossessed by the Cyberdyne Corp. But a kindly robot offers to provide him with a replacement--free of charge. A full-sized version of May appears and they pick up where they left off. But Kazuya's kindness attracts other beautiful Hyperdolls. The predictable contretemps include the jealousy of Nanbara, Kazuya's self-proclaimed best friend and worst enemy. Things take a weird turn when Kazuya's and Nanbara's descendants arrive from the future and begin messing with the story line. The low-key romance is juxtaposed with jiggle shots and risqué jokes. The original series ran 10 episodes--a pointless 11th OAV has been added--and the episodes stretched over three discs. The fourth contains supplemental material. (Rated 13 and older: brief nudity, minor profanity, violence, risqué humor, alcohol use) --Charles Solomon

From the Back Cover

Hand Maid May
New arrivals threaten the stability of the Kasumi House! First comes a powerful typhoon which threatens to blow everyone away, followed by Nanbara's descendant from the future who proves that some behavior is genetic. However, the most threatening arrival is a virus that may destroy the Cyberdyne Dolls! Kazuya has less than 24 hours to find the secret to May's immunity if he is to save them all!


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5.0 out of 5 stars Consider this another keeper! June 23 2004
Format:DVD
I had heard about this series when I got "I Dream of Mimi". It was made to sound rather...risque. Some were calling it Hentai. I figured that it couldn't be as risque as "Mimi" was.
Turns out I was right.
This was a sweet story. Some would say a bit predictable...
True...but no more so than in most superhero comics.
Almost all the characters were likeable (Sorry, Kotoro, you're a BIT too much over the top, even for an anime...), filled with life, convincing, and enjoyable to watch. The plotline, for the most part, was solid, as well.
However, I did think that the aforementioned plotline began to fragment a bit as it neared the conclusion, just when I was beginning to hope that everything would all come together and be answered. (Most specifically, time travel and causality regarding Kazuya/Kotaro and thier destinies). (I would've preferred the 11th episode to address these logical problems, rather than being the enjoyable 'filler' episode that it came off being, IMO.) Then again, that MAY be intentional on the creators' part, and it may all be resolved if they choose to do more episodes in the future. I DO hope they do so, as the characters all but BEG to be developed further...
The additional CD in this set was was enjoyable to read through, with behind-the-scenes info on the series, the characters, and the creators.
(I thought that Kotoro's 'music area' on disk #1 was cute, but unnecessary.)
The audio character snippits in the 4 DVD's were enjoyable. I'd love to put them as sounds on my computer.
All told, even with those few minor quibbles, I heartily believe I got my money's worth with this set. It's another gem for my growing anime collection and WELL worth the money, IMHO.
(One last question...If May, at a foot tall (Barbie-sized) costs $1,450,000...how much would the full-sized Sara, Mami, Kei or Rena be? $1 billion?)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cute series Aug. 21 2003
Format:DVD
Simply put, this series is good. It is a little short, but the pacing is nice and all of the characters are enjoyable. It has quite a bit of fan-service, though nothing just horrible. I'd recommend it to anyone really, seasoned anime watchers or someone new to it. It's a great box set and a good price.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Less is More - Sadly, they don't agree. June 22 2003
Format:DVD
I really wanted to like this series, and for the first few episodes I did. Saotome, Kasumi and May make for an enjoyable show. But once Kei, Mami, Rena, Sara, and the annoying Nambara get added to the mix, the show is just diluted beyond hope. It's a Tenchi / Hina formula that just doesn't work and too many characters are just plain annoying.
Not to give anything away, but later in the show things come together and wrap up rather well, if quite a bit stretched. The ending is quite nice. This series had a chance of being great, but it ends up simply sub par. If you really like Robo Girl series and Tenchi / Hina series, give it a shot. The first few and last few episodes are quite worth watching. Sadly, the middle is rather filler.
- Rirath_com
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hand Maid May-Product Recall (Vol. 2) March 22 2003
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This is a very bright, cheerful series! It has nice, bright animation, catchy opening and closing theme music, and plenty of laughs! I'm also happy to say that unlike some anime dubs, the voice actresses/actors are great (Lia Sargent is perfect in doing the voice of May)! There are too many panty ... shots, especially when you consider the two characters who are used to provide the majority of these shots (May and Kasumi) are extremely likable characters! Nevertheless, I liked this anime a lot! In the eleven episodes we have some nice little lessons about friendship, loyalty, and effort! What more could you want! PS- When watching Episode #5, bring some Kleenex, it's very touching, really! PPS- You'll LOVE May, she's just ADORABLE!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hand Maid May Collection March 7 2003
By Marz
Format:DVD
MAY is a 1/6 size Cyberdoll created by Cyberdyne CO, LTD. She came to Kazuya's room caused by his accidental access to Cyberdyne's web shop this series is so terrific & funny you need to own it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hand Maid May Feb. 13 2003
By R. Bas
Format:DVD
After I'd seen the 1st episode of hand maid may I realy was addicted to it! It's just one of the greatest animes I'v ever seen. Some parts are almost to funny to watch ^_^ & the cuteness rate is very high, I really recommend it for all the people who also enjoyed animes like: Ai yori aoshi or Love Hina.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's a steal go for it . Jan. 18 2003
Format:DVD
pioneer has done it after all the complete Hand Made May in one
box with some great extras as well, Hand Maid May is one of the best anime ever maid,it's one of these cute and funny shows that you would visit again and again.
*Recomended*
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4.0 out of 5 stars May Is Still Kawaii Dec 28 2002
Format:DVD
This is the final DVD of the Hand Maid May series. It contains the final 3 episodes plus the bonus episode 11 which was not originally intended. In the final three episodes, May and Kazuya have one final outing together before a nasty virus hits their CBD (cyber-doll) family. May is immune and with Kasumi and Kazuya, they try to save the cyber-dolls. In the bonus 11th episode, we have what I would call a holiday special.
To the credit of the writers of this series, the ending of the series (episode 10) was actually not what I expected. So I was very pleased with that. Episode 11 isn't animated as well and the story is pretty weak other than to make Kasumi decide that she's going to fight for Kazuya's love and not let a bunch of cyber doll's win his heart (especially since they can have kids). NOTE: A fansub version of this episode has Mami-san telling Kasumi that Kazuya wants to have kids and that Kasumi *can* have them -- implying that the cyber dolls cannot. I don't know which translation is correct which is why I need to learn Japanese!
The problem with the series continues to be the copious amounts of fan-service that are all over the place. They even manage to include it inside the DVD packaging! Otherwise, this kawaii (cute) series is pretty good.
As to the DVD, the same problems exist as on the previous ones. There are limited extras and there isn't a limited subtitle option for the English dub. The dubbing is done well and a credit to the English producer/director! The entire series should have been placed on 2 DVD's rather than spread it over three.
Bottom line: if you can get past all of the fan-service in this series, get all 3 DVD's. The English voice actors do a great job of capturing the spirit of the characters and the feel of the original Japanese seiyuu's.
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