- Actors: Joseph Anthony, Dara Aylor, Lowell Bartholomee, Charles Campbell, Greg Dorchak
- Directors: Tomomi Mochizuki
- Writers: Lowell Bartholomee
- Producers: John Ledford
- Format: Animated, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Subtitled, NTSC
- Language: English, Japanese
- Subtitles: English
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Number of discs: 1
- MPAA Rating:
- Studio: ADV Films
- Release Date: Sept. 28 2004
- Run Time: 75 minutes
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- ASIN: B0002LE8XW
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #224,282 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
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My Dear Marie
Ever met the perfect girl, but she already had a boyfriend? Well why not just build your own? An amateur mad scientist attempts to build a robotic duplicate of his dream girl, and Marie is the result. As you can probably guess, there are some unexpected complications. Stay tuned for mayhem and disaster!
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If you're in the mood for something light-hearted and cute with little story, this is it.
Funny and sweet, My Dear Marie is quite the undiscovered treat. It does not enjoy the popularity and exposure of romantic comedies like "Kimagure Orange Road" or "Maison Ikkoku", but it's actually an excellent title that's also worth some recognition. A dash of sci-fi is added in the mix, making MDM more than just your regular love story. Characterization is very good despite the scanty number of episodes. The main characters flesh out very well, and their chemistry makes the whole viewing experience a lot of fun. Hiroshi is your typical nerd -- glasses, lab coat, and all. He's crazy about Marie, but he also knows that he doesn't stand a chance with her as he is. He creates android Marie, surpisingly not as a replacement for the real Marie. Android Marie is like his little sister, bodyguard, and best friend all rolled into one. Android Marie also has her own personality and feelings. She was programmed so well that she's almost human, which brings us to the main conflict -- Android Marie falling in love with Hiroshi. She wants nothing but Hiroshi's happiness, but will helping him win the real Marie give him that? Things are quite complicated for our charming female protagonist, and she is so endearing that you'll find yourself rooting for her too. The art and animation are good, but the drawing style takes some getting used to. For one thing, all the characters have very pointy chins and ears that stick out. It's not bad, just different from the usual. The ending leaves a little something to be desired though. I would have preferred to have MDM end in a more conclusive note, but as it is, we are only given clues in the form of various MDM images. Still, this doesn't change the fact that this anime is very enjoyable and entertaining. I'd recommend it any day.
The first episode sets the stage, then has Marie win a bet so that Hiroshi can go on a date with Marie-san. The second episode deals with a gangster high school girl who suddenly falls for Hiroshi. The third and final episode deals with Marie being given dream software and experiencing dreams for the first time. It was a really well-done episode and the dreams were actually like dreams rather than another reality. Marie's desires and fears are explored as she dreams and it was quite enjoyable.
As I stated, the problem is that the series is incomplete. There is no resolution to any of the threads laid out. I would have enjoyed seeing Hiroshi deal with his love for Marie-san, while dealing with Hibiki's love AND the potential romantic love of Marie as well. I guess I'll have to score the original Japanese manga to get the full story.
DVD-wise, again, I scold ADV for turning "-chan", "-kun", and "-san" into "Mister" or "Miss" in the subtitles. *sigh* Our honorifics aren't the same as theirs (similar, maybe) and since this IS a Japanese title which takes place in Japan, the honorifics should be left in. Otherwise, I detected no obvious translation errors, so they do get kudos there.
Bottom line: if you enjoy the android babe hooks up with nerdy nice guy genre, you should enjoy this as well, despite it being incomplete.
My only complaint for this piece is that it never went beyond three episodes, a pity as there is certainly more material and depth that can be explored.
On this DVD my only complaint is that the trailer, viewable in the VHS edition is not present. Although to tell you the honest truth I really just like watching the trailer for the kinetic soundtrack that it has.
This DVD edition offers marked improvement to the accuracy of the subtitles over the VHS edition, and is definitely worth your investment in both time and money, although I personally am considering ordering the VHS anyway so I can get my hands on that trailer...
On another note, the japanese in this piece is notably easy to follow for beginner students of the language, and I also reccomend it for your study benefit.
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