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REVIEW: Mahoraba ~Heartful Days~




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TsukimoriKyouki



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 24, 2021 12:54 pm Reply with quote
I remember watching this forever ago on The Anime Network's "Anime On-Demand" cable thing. I enjoyed it at the time but looking back, it was very generic. Enjoyable enough though. I'd probably give it a 7/10 now days (Average show)
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MFrontier



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 24, 2021 1:36 pm Reply with quote
I thought this was a cute and fun show, even if there wasn't much romantic resolution.

It was nice to see Satomi Arai in a lead role like this and showing off her range.
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Lord Geo



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 24, 2021 1:53 pm Reply with quote
TsukimoriKyouki wrote:
I remember watching this forever ago on The Anime Network's "Anime On-Demand" cable thing. I enjoyed it at the time but looking back, it was very generic. Enjoyable enough though. I'd probably give it a 7/10 now days (Average show)


It's impossible for you to have seen this anime on The Anime Network, because Mahoraba had never been on it. In fact, prior to DIscotek's license, it had only ever been available officially in English via Daisuki for a short time. You're probably thinking of Maburaho, which ADV Films license, release, & aired on The Anime Network.

Don't worry, Mike Toole has brought this up literally every single time Mahoraba got brought up during a Discotek panel, because the titles are indeed that utterly similar.
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Saeryen



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 24, 2021 3:29 pm Reply with quote
I’ve put this show on my to-watch list after reading this review, it seems nice. I like that it’s not fanservicey and just sweet, sounds perfect for me.
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Kimiko_0



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 24, 2021 3:31 pm Reply with quote
I loved this anime. It's a really lovely slice-of-life series. I'm glad it's getting some attention again and more people can watch it Anime smile
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Shay Guy



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 24, 2021 5:12 pm Reply with quote
Lord Geo wrote:
It's impossible for you to have seen this anime on The Anime Network, because Mahoraba had never been on it. In fact, prior to DIscotek's license, it had only ever been available officially in English via Daisuki for a short time. You're probably thinking of Maburaho, which ADV Films license, release, & aired on The Anime Network.

Don't worry, Mike Toole has brought this up literally every single time Mahoraba got brought up during a Discotek panel, because the titles are indeed that utterly similar.


And given that the full title of each is just those four hiragana, it's probably even more confusing than the abbreviation collision between the two WataMotes.
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Fluwm



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 24, 2021 6:07 pm Reply with quote
I really enjoyed the manga, years and years ago. Never saw the anime.

I remember the main pairing being pretty dull (protagonist only notable for having some actual goals in life and being kinda proactive, which stood out against all the totally valid blank-slates that littered the genre) and the real charm lying in the supporting cast--all the other residents of the inn.
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Animegomaniac



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 24, 2021 7:30 pm Reply with quote
I think the manga is incredible, never bothered with the anime because I know it never made it to the real meat of the story. Even to this day I remember the flashback where this guy meets this girl who's about to commit suicide at an abandoned school and I thought "Oh, we're finally going to get Yukio's story" but no, it wasn't his story, it wasn't even him.

And the entire series snaps into place. If the adaption doesn't have this story, it doesn't have any story that matters.

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Megumi, with her alcoholism and mischievous streak, is not unlike Akemi; and so on. The only one without an equivalent is Tamami. However, the story by and large is much gentler than Maison Ikkoku, lacking the older series' willingness to get messy and show its characters at low points.


Yeah.... it's not that it won't, it's that it can't. Looking at the rest of the story from ending, it's not a boarding house, it's a halfway house; Once people start to face what they're experiencing, what sent them running for help and a home in the first place, they move on.

The most heartbreaking part of the story is also the most heartwarming as spoiler[Megumi leaves to marry the guy who stopped her from committing suicide, she realizes she's not leaving friends behind, they're her family. And she breaks donw crying in the middle of the airport as she realzies she can't be with them anymore as who she is.]

And my favorite part of the story is the resolution of Kozue's situation and it turns out to be less of a gimmick, more of a "love redeems" gauntlet.
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LuScr



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 24, 2021 7:46 pm Reply with quote
I'm a big fan of this series, but the anime pales in comparison to the manga. It's entertaining, but its primary value is as a gateway to its source material...which was never officially released in English, and being a Square-Enix publication, probably never will be. Crying or Very sad

At least we finally got this--and we only had to wait fifteen years for it!
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Lord Geo



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 24, 2021 8:02 pm Reply with quote
LuScr wrote:
its primary value is as a gateway to its source material...which was never officially released in English, and being a Square-Enix publication, probably never will be. Crying or Very sad


Why not? Square-Enix literally has a manga division here in North America, Square-Enix Books, so shoot an e-mail to them about this series. You never know, after all.
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