Anime Review: MM!

“Issues are in store today”

There are twisted tales and twisted tales, but few are as twisted as poor Sado’s, who’s just realized that he actually likes being made miserable. Of course, knowing that only makes him more miserable, which in turn… well, you get the idea. Desperate to break the circle, Sado volunteers for a special club where he hopes he can work through his issues only to discover that the other members have equally… complex… issues to deal with.

For example, the hyper-aggressive club president Isurugi not only has a violent fear of cats, but also believes herself to be a god! Then there’s Yuno, who’s terrified of men; the Nurse, who forces other people to perform cosplay; and Hayama, Sado’s best friend and a compulsive cross-dresser, who’s also the girl that Sado is infatuated with.

Review:

What do you get when you take several characters that have stock issues (afraid of men, likes to be beaten, crossing dressing, etc) make it so over the top that it is ridiculous, and throw in some generic character design?  You get the series MM!  Now there is nothing wrong with characters having issues because we all have them, but you have do present these issues in a way that comes off as interesting and to an extent (though this hard with anime) have some originality to it.  With the case in MM! what we get an is over the top take with issues which is nothing wrong with that at all but it is done in a way with this series that it goes from funny a little bit to be annoying and frustrating by the end of the series.

Why does it get more annoying as it goes along?  It gets more annoying because we have seen all of them (well maybe not the loli genius who wants to make everyone perverts I do not think I have seen that done) before and we do not change much from the status quo within the series or the genre.  The only fresh take here is Taro’s masochistic tendencies, which are so over the top it is memorable and funny every time we see it come to life.  The show does a few parodies of several anime shows that are easy to get even if you are new to anime and are the funniest part of the series.

We do get a bit of background information on most of the cast into why they have these phobias or issues it is done in such a way that you can see some of these come a mile away.  Even though we get some background information here on this not everyone gets development and leaves more questions than answers for some of the cast members.  Even more the antics of the cast as the series gets along in the later episodes.  Isurugi who initially wants to help Taro with his masochism problem later decides to beat him more of the sake of beating him.  While Isurugi gets less, likeable it is even worse for Taro’s mom and sister who wants his penis so bad it is incest and it is done is such a way that they are unlikeable.  With the exception for a few cast members most of the cast is unlikeable to the point that you just want to slap them for being who they are.

Produced by Xebec the art and animation is average as a whole.  The character designs are interchangeable and the background art nothing special.  I have to give credit through where credit is due and mention that Taro’s facial expressions are memorable when he goes into masochistic mode.  In a surprise even by Xebec standards the fanservice is tame compared to some of the other shows that they have developed over the years (some of their more well titles are Ladies Vs Butlers, Kanokon, and Rin ~ Daughters of Mnemosyne).  The fanservice is mostly jiggling breasts, some cleavage and with one panty shot appears in the whole series, and that does not happen until the last episode.

The OP and ED are upbeat, have a lot of energy to them, and are the best music the series has to offer.  The music during the episodes however is generic and forgettable.

Score: 2/5

Pros: Taro’s facial expressions, the humor in the parodies
Cons: Most of the cast, just about everything else the series has to offer.

MM! is available from Right Stuf

MM is also streaming on Anime Network

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