Hand Maid May

TV (10 eps)
3.421 out of 5 from 4,238 votes
Rank #7,539

Kazuya Saotome is an electrical engineering student with a passion for computers, building his robot squid, and programming. One day he receives May, a hand sized cyberdoll, in a package from Cyberdyne Co. as a revenge tactic planted in a CD from his rival. With a little help from May to clean up his act, he may even be able to win over the heart of Kasumi, his landlord's daughter.

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It’s rather cute in a way, though full of fan service. They do a lot of panty shots along with dressing scenes. Because of this, I wasn’t able to get fully into the story line like I wanted but it also didn’t seem to know exactly what it wanted to do. I felt the story went all over the place until they finally figured out something to do at the end. The poor guy ends up getting a cute girl that will help him with everything he needs. I have never actually been fond of the story line but at least I could stand this one. It’s a standard harem, where the main character is pretty much a standard nerd that doesn’t stand out and yet all the girls love him. Seriously, the only thing that is different about Saotome is that he’s good with computers and even then, he wasn’t able to figure out that there was a virus on the CD that was given to him. Clearly he isn’t all that smart. The girls are pretty and reminds me of Chi a lot from Chobits although these girls can actually keep a conversation going. The characters are over simplified and generic. Kazuya is a nerd, who pretty much never had a girlfriend, yet all the girls that see him seem to be drawn to him; Kasumi Tani is a bitchy tomboyish girl that seems to not care if her panties are showing or not with how short her skirts are; and I had to sweet drop when Nandara showed up. He is really flamboyant and over the top. It seems whenever a rich guy shows up, they are like that in these shows. Most of this is very stereotypical of these shows. I’m not really sure about Doraemon’s name and look. He looks like a Digimon and the name is like that as well. The voices are somewhat annoying in the English dub. I don’t quite like some of the girl’s voices; they are a little too high pitch sounding. In the Japanese, it seemed better though not by much. I do like Nandara, Doraemon, and Kazuya’s voice, Doraemon’s rather more then anyone else’s. It’s just perfect for an android or robot. The music is way too cutesy for me, and sometimes seems not to fit the show sometimes. I think a little more techno would work better. All in all, not the best show in Japanese, worse in English I feel.


-Story-I found the plot of Hand Maid May to be interesting, yet it seemed to be on shakey ground and somewhat predictable. The plot itself is broken down into two main story arcs, one when May was a small Cyber-doll, and one when May was a life sized Cyber-Doll. I found that this split made it feel like I was watching two different Animes and it gave me two conclusions, and two climaxes. After the 5th episode it felt like the anime should have ended, but it continued on. At first I thought it was going to be like the Melancoly of Haruhi Suzumiya, and offer me some lighthearted and fun episodes which could be watched and enjoyed for their stand alone story, but it turned out to be another short story arc. Plus I feel the two plot arcs make it feel like the anime is rushed and makes you feel like you're missing something. However I found Hand Maid May to have a heartwarming story line which showed love, emotions, and cherished memories. Also the fanservice in Hand Maid May was there, but it was not overwhelming or in complete control of the plot. This story also provides great moments of suspense and makes you want to see what happens next.-Animation-The animation was ok, but nothing to make a fuss over. I found it to be kind of bland and didn't show much in the backgrounds. Also it looked like at times that the characters didn't show a whole lot of emotion, and at other times too much. The character designs were somewhat original, but felt like I had seen them before.-Characters-There where a couple of characters in which I found extremely annoying, like Mami and Nanbara. Other characters didn't really develop much like Rena. The only characters which showed any character development was May, Saotome, and Kasumi, which did have some excellent character development which added to the story greatly. I found most of the characters unneccasary to the plot, and really only the main three (May, Saotome, and Kasumi) where actually critical to the story line itself.-Overall-Hand Maid May is a good anime and it is one that I think deserves at least one look. The re-watch value is limited however. If you are looking for a good anime to watch, Hand Maid May is a good choice, but if you want to watch a great anime, then skip it and watch something else. Its a good anime but not a great one.

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