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The Earth has just thwarted one of those pesky alien invasions, thanks to the actions of the superpowered combat android Mahoro. As a reward, she is given the freedom to live the rest of her operational life (just over a year) however she chooses. Mahoro chooses to spend her days serving Suguru Misato, as a maid.

In the second season, Mahoromatic: Something More Beautiful, Mahoro is joined by her "little sister" who is a completely Terran Robot Girl Maid (and, initially, a failure). There are even the makings of a small harem with the male lead's schoolmates (though the feel is more of a close group of friends or a Nakama rather than a true harem).

At its core, Mahoromatic is a comedy with strong dramatic (even tragic) elements. As a comedy, it offers several laugh-out-loud moments. In fact, its signature Catch Phrase -- "Dirty thoughts are bad!" (or Japanese in Romaji: "Ecchi na no wa ikenai to omoimasu!")-- shows up in many variations on the net and in other animes. The ending in the anime version is much darker than in the manga. You have been warned.


This show provides examples of:

  • Action Girl
  • A-Cup Angst: Though not quite flat, Mahoro wishes for a larger chest, and Shikijo often insults her chest size. The ending song even makes reference to her relative lack of endowment.
  • All Men Are Perverts
  • Ancient Conspiracy: Management (or the Keepers, depending on the translation)
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: Mostly averted.
  • Artificial Human
  • Balloon Belly: Chizuko in episode 4.
  • Benevolent Alien Invasion: The Saint, somewhat
  • BFG: Mahoro's gun in episode 11, which is powered via the electric grid, and causes a city-wide blackout when she powers it up.
  • Big Eater: Chizuko.
  • Bishounen: Upon entering the school, Ryuga elicits the standard reaction from the female student body.
  • Bottle Fairy: Shikijo-sensei.
  • Breast Expansion: While not quite board flat herself, Mahoro is fairly insecure about her relatively small bust. She's, therefore, understandably upset in the dream sequence episode where her mail-order breast enhancement device works on Shikijo, and even the male Suguru (and also Minawa in the anime), but not on her.
  • Broken Faceplate: Ryuga gets his helmet smashed open in hif battle with Mahoro.
  • Catch Phrase: "I think dirty thoughts are bad!"
    • An idea that seems common to all androids and cyborgs alike.
  • Christmas Episode
  • Circling Birdies: Played with, as it's shown once in the second season that Mahoro's birdies will re-enter her head when she wakes up
  • Dancing Theme: Very simple dance steps used in 1st ED and 2nd ED.
    • What look like very simple dance steps are almost certainly a case of No Budget verging on Special Effects Failure. Remember the episode where Mahoro spends days practicing to be able to lead the Obon dance, and how dumb it seemed that anyone would have to repeatedly practice waving their hands from to the left of their shoulders to the right of their waist? If you've ever watched the real thing, you'll understand why it could take weeks of practice. The Bon Odori is an intricately choreographed dance, and the handwaving was just a low-budget shorthand for it. It's not hard to imagine that with a budget, the Mahoro Mambo would have rivaled Hare Hare Yukai.
  • Dojikko: Minawa, although her klutziness may be due to repeated bone alteration experiments at the hands of Management. It's more than a little disturbing to see the X-ray results of her limbs near the end of the second season, and one character's comments that she should be in constant, extreme pain.
  • Downer Ending: After a half-hour of gags and Fan Service, each episode ends with a reminder of Mahoro's expiration date. So the series finale shouldn't come as a shock to anyone, right?...
  • Expressive Hair: Mahoro's hair thingies perk up when she's happy, or droop when she's tired or sad, and even a bit at times.
  • Failure Knight: The reason Mahoro decided to remove her armaments and work for (and move in with) Suguru in the first place.
  • Fan Service: From the maid who insists on bathing with her employer, to the well-endowed teacher who lusts after schoolboys, to the giant mechanical crab that rips off women's swimsuits, this series certainly isn't lacking for Fan Service.
  • Fridge Logic: Why can't Mahoro's power supply just be switched out at the end of the time limit?
    • Perhaps because she uses volatile memory for data storage, and so switching the power off for any length of time wipes her memory? The power supply may even be in such a location that removing or accessing it destroys Mahoro's memory as well, eliminating the possibility of an external power supply.
  • Funbag Airbag: Poor Suguru...
  • Gag Boobs: Miss Shikijo. Even more so with that Breast Expansion device...
  • Gainax Ending: On that note, take a wild guess as to who made the anime.
    • They were twisting the ending of manga, where Mahoro does come back and all's well that ends well.
      • To explain this: In the manga, several years have passed, and Suguru now works for Saint. His friends still live around him, and they notice the emotional barrier he has put up despite his apparent friendliness, as a result of the trauma of having Mahoro self-destruct in front of him. Unbeknownst to him, Mahoro was reincarnated as a baby immediately after her death, raised by Ryuga, and remembered her past life after reaching her teens. She meets Suguru in the garden of his house.
    • In the anime:
      • there is some debate as to whether or not Mahoro comes back in the flesh or not. It is mentioned that Saint is releasing "a memory" back to Suguru before moving on, and in the haunted school episode it's implied that unfulfilled purposes can create ghosts. Mahoro may have come back as such a ghost, and Suguru died in the epilogue episode, making the haunted school episode an example of Foreshadowing.
      • It could be implied that Suguru is just drunk and possibly crazy. He's half-psychotic as it is. He became a renegade, and threw away all connections to humanity except Gils - who literally stabs him in the back with his own sword for the bounty on his head. Suguru yanks the sword out, decapitates Gils, and loses it because... this reveals that Gils is an android. (He really hates androids now, and spent the last twenty years obsessed with killing them all.)
      • With Saint moving on into the void once again, Matthew decided to leave behind the memories gained as "Mahoro" in a new physical body. Still undecided on Suguru's fate, though.
      • Whether or not Mahoro really came back, Gainax went out of their way to imply that Suguru's wound was mortal (including some heavy foreshadowing from Shikijo). Now there's a hell of an ending - "Yay! Mahoro's back, possibly with an immortal body! Just in time to... watch Suguru die."
  • Giant Enemy Crab: A robotic version.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Mahoro did a Suicide Attack on Feldrance who wanted to kill Suguru. Suguru's Grandfather smuggled Slash in the party to wipe out The Management's leadership, it was shown at the that he didn't survive too.
  • Hidden Eyes: Mahoro.
  • Hot for Student: Shikijo takes this to the extreme.
  • How Dare You Die on Me!: Okay, she doesn't DIE, but still.
  • Humans Are Bastards: The Management
  • Chef of Iron: Mahoro.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy
  • Lover Tug of War
  • Magical Girlfriend
  • Marshmallow Hell
  • Mega Neko: Slash.
  • Meido: Mahoro.
  • Mundane Utility: MAHORO uses her powers to cook, clean and search for ecchi (to trash it).
  • Oddly-Named Sequel 2: Electric Boogaloo: Until you hit the Title Drop.
  • Pair the Spares: Miyuki and Kawahara in the manga epilogue.
  • Powered by a Forsaken Child: In the manga, brains of "scrapped" cyborgs are used for facility management in the Keepers' headquarters. While still conscious.
  • Recap Episode
  • Robot Girl
  • Robot Maid: Mahoro.
  • Shoot the Hostage: Mahoro was forced to do this with Suguru's father in the background story.
  • Shotacon: Shikijo-sensei
  • Shout-Out: Slash, to Cyborg009, with his "acceleration device".
    • Also, in one of the episodes Mahoro wears different dresses, two of which look like dresses that Minmei from Macross wore on occasion. You can see where the animators obviously got some of their mecha influences from.
    • Greg Stilson, United States President.
  • Sparkling Stream of Tears
  • Stealth Clothes: Suguru and his grandfather wear Stealth Clothes to spy on Mahoro and Minawa taking a bath.
  • Theme Tune Cameo: Mahoro hums part of the opening theme while walking home in one episode.
  • The Thing That Goes Doink: At the hot springs in episode 10.
    • Also a visit to Rin's house in the second season.
  • Those Two Guys: Suguru's porn buddies Kawahara and Hamadi, though Hamadi does step into the spotlight a bit in the second season and in the manga epilogue, he did marry Minawa.
  • Title Drop: Not "Mahoromatic" itself, which is just a silly portmanteau, but the Oddly-Named Sequel 2: Electric Boogaloo drops its subtitle (Something More Beautiful) at a climatic moment.
  • Took a Level In Badass: Suguru in the final episode/chapter.
  • Torpedo Tits: In a spoof of a robot attack in Mazinger Z.
  • Unwanted Harem
  • What Do You Mean It's Not Awesome?: Chizuko's descriptions of Mahoro's cooking in general fit this, but the ultimate example is in season two, episode 6: her exposition about Mahoro's curry lasts a good minute and a half!
  • Whole-Episode Flashback: Episode 10 reveals more about Mahoro's life of fighting the Saint and her friendship with Suguru's father.
  • Yaoi Fangirl: Subverted: when Suguru starts asking around about his teacher, Ryuga, both his friends and Shikijo suspect an onset of yaoi, and are respectively squicked and devastated.
  • Zigzag Paper Tassel: The title page illustration for chapter 8 showed Mahoro dressed up as a Miko, holding an ōnusa in one hand and exorcism sutras in the other. (This chapter is about searching for ghosts at school.)
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