Maburaho

TV (24 eps)
2003 - 2004
Fall 2003
3.449 out of 5 from 9,800 votes
Rank #7,347

Kazuki Shikimori is a 17-year old junior studying at Aoi Academy, an elite school for the magically gifted. However, unlike enrollment to the school would suggest, his magical prowess is below-average. In fact, he can only use magic eight times in his life, or he will die. But not all is lost: Kazuki's family tree includes the latent genetic material for magical greatness. After that information leaks out, Kazuki suddenly becomes the most popular male student in the school, and girls from powerful magician families begin chasing him to get his genes.

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SEGHE
4

Title: A Magical High School Romp - Maburaho Story (4/10): Maburaho is a series set in a magical high school where the protagonist, Kazuki Shikimori, is the target of affection for several female classmates due to his limited lifespan and the rarity of his magical abilities. The premise holds potential, but the execution falls short. The story leans heavily on harem and romantic comedy tropes, resulting in a somewhat predictable and formulaic narrative. It has its moments of humor and charm but lacks depth and originality. While it explores themes of love and sacrifice, it doesn't delve too deeply into them. Animation (6/10): Produced by J.C.Staff, Maburaho features animation typical of mid-2000s anime. The character designs are decent, and the magical battles provide some visually appealing moments. However, it's clear that the animation quality doesn't reach the standards of more recent series. The backgrounds and settings are relatively uninspired, making the magical world of the series feel somewhat underdeveloped. Sound (6/10): The soundtrack and voice acting in Maburaho are serviceable but not particularly memorable. The music does an adequate job of setting the tone for comedic and romantic moments, but it doesn't stand out. Voice actors do their best with the material, with Kazuki's voice actor conveying his naive and kind-hearted nature effectively. Characters (4/10): The characters in Maburaho are rather one-dimensional and fall into stereotypical harem archetypes. Kazuki, while kind-hearted, doesn't evolve much throughout the series. The female characters, including Yuna, Kuriko, and Rin, largely revolve around their affection for Kazuki, and their personalities don't receive much depth. The lack of character development limits the emotional investment viewers can have in their relationships. Overall (4/10): Maburaho is a harem and romantic comedy anime that, while occasionally entertaining, doesn't bring much originality to the table. It relies heavily on familiar tropes and doesn't explore its magical world or characters in depth. The animation, while passable for its time, doesn't hold up well compared to more recent series. If you're a fan of harem anime and don't mind predictable romantic comedies, you might find some enjoyment here. However, my overall score for "Maburaho" is 4/10, reflecting its limited depth, reliance on genre clichés, and average execution. It's a series that caters primarily to fans of the harem and romantic comedy genres.

ThatAnimeSnob
4

Animated by J.C. Staff, which translates to retarded fan service. The director is also nobody special. Maburaho is yet another ecchi comedy with mostly random humour and events that occasionally tries to offer a bit more in terms of characterization. It ultimately fails but at least it tries; something most of its kind doesn’t even bothers with. So what gives this time? The world in the series finds everyone with the ability to cast magic for a few thousand times during their lives before it runs out. The lead male is your typical harem dork with the unusual ability to use powerful magic a few times in his life, before he dies from it. As soon as it is revealed that he is the descendant of a long line of powerful wizards and that his offsprings will most likely also be powerful wizards, a bunch of girls rush to be impregnated by him as means to become famous and powerful thanks to his kids.And here we are with a very good premise for endless consensus sex with multiple hot girls… before you realize this is a harem show where nothing of the sort happens. The lead once again is a chicken that runs away from the joy of his lifetime. Also, everybody is dead set to attack him for one reason or another when all he wants is to be left alone cowering in a corner. Not only that but he ends up wasting his precious magic on foolish occasions just so he can run away easier or even to save a girl who was after his semen… just so he can continue running away from her. Yeah, that makes sense…The twist comes in the second half of the show where he literally uses up all his magic and dies. In the second half he is a ghost and the girls do their best to revive him in order to … well, you know. This is the part which actually turns the show into something worth watching as each girl is now offered emersion and colorization which is directly relevant to the main story. They become a step higher than your cardboard bimbos.Other than that, the anime is your average harem, following the formula by the book. I can only just say that its excuse for sex is far more direct than in most others of its kind, as the girls literally want to be bedded from the very first moment they meet the guy and that makes even the fan service to rank in the bolder ones of the genre. The production values are average, without any real great backgrounds or music score. The characters look generic and the motions are rather stiff. Even the whole world being full of magicians is just like our own, as if it doesn’t matter how everybody can do supernatural things and some elements would be different. Bad use of its setting. The ending also feels somewhat more conclusive than your typical open-ended one. It will feel like there is closure… but not the sexual one. It will just have managed to complete one major obstacle before opening three others. Weird but memorable. It is far from being a good show and the characters still feel like they are just defined by their hair-colour and a fetish but the twist mid-way and the colorized cast makes it somewhat better. The fan service is also bold for its time too, although it won’t feel that great today. Nice try but not good enough to pass in my book.

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