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He Is My Master

a.k.a. Kore ga Watashi no Goshujin-sama

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Genre: Comedy
Company: Gainax/Shaft
Format: 12 episodes
Dates: 4/7/2005 to 6/30/2005

Nakabayashi Yoshitaka is no ordinary teen. He inherited a fortune when his parents died in an accident and has been living by himself in a sumptuous mansion. But all that changes the day that Izumi and Mitsuki decide to break into his garden looking for a place to stay the night. Through some devious extortion, Yoshitaka hires them as his maids and forces them to wear some really risqué outfits to quench his thirst for cosplay. In exchange, he will have to allow Pochi, the girls’ pet alligator, to stay and keep up with its antics.

summary by Soundchazer

 

Reviewed: 09/30/2005 by
Grade: 68% av-Soundchazer

Highs: Some amusing secondary characters; very crisp animation

Lows: Boring main characters; very conventional plot

Gainax is a company that was co-founded by a wonderfully exuberant and creative mastermind named Anno Hideaki. The ideals on which this studio became famous were a very uncompromising care for the story, the art and the characters, taking the company to the brink of bankruptcy several times because of the level of dedication put in each product (and some mismanagement typically associated with artists). Sometimes they were more successful than others in creating a coherent vision, but one thing you could always say of a Gainax anime was that it was unique and inventive. Now I must plead as both a reviewer and an anime fan for Anno to return. The last television project in which the director had full participation, His and Her Circumstances, was also the last time we saw a quality product from Gainax. He Is My Master does absolutely nothing to restore the reputation that was once the envy of anime studios.

Saeki Shouji, who also brought us such non-classics as Kono Minikuku mo Utsukushii Sekai and the Mahoromatic Summer Special, was in charge of bringing this project to life. He did an adequate job in creating yet another shounen comedy involving a guy and several girls, although this cannot be catalogued as a harem anime. One of the things that click in this show is that the ensemble cast as whole works, even when the two main characters are dull and clichéd. Curiously, it is two of the secondary characters who steal the show; Pochi and Anna are genuinely hilarious and lifted the anime from mediocrity every time they appeared on screen. It is also very noticeable that the animation remained consistent and quite an eye candy for a television show. If we add the level of fan service present every episode, it is very easy to assume that this will be a popular show among teenage males.

One thing that I am unable to understand is why the director decided to shift gears in the last few episodes and introduce a dramatic element. This felt completely out of place for a show of this nature, and because of the lack of personality of the main characters, it was also very artificial and a cheap way to introduce a resolution. The more they tried to focus on the two main characters, the more difficult it was for me to keep watching.

I can’t really recommend this anime to anyone looking for a more straightforward comedy. If anything, this anime is for Gainax collectors, cosplayers and fan service otaku. The lesson I learned is the same one I have learned from Gainax for the last five years: the bigger they are, the harder they fall.

 

He Is My Master can be downloaded legally in the United States HERE.

 

 

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