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Maris the Chojo
Maris the Chojo (also called The Supergal) is part of the Rumik World series by Rumiko Takahashi (better known for Urusei Yatsura and Ranma 1/2). Having enjoyed Takahashi's other comedies, I was looking forward to this one.
Maris is a young, beautiful, and overly destructive member of the Space Patrol's Special Police. Accompanied by her sidekick, a fox named Murphy, she does everything she can to earn enough money to escape the drudgery of working for a living. Life isn't easy, especially since she possesses super-strength which usually results in the accidental destruction of, well, pretty much everything.
This has to be one of the silliest, most over-the-top, and downright funny anime I've seen in awhile. If you're a fan of Takahashi's other comedic efforts, you'll appreciate her work here. Right from the start you'll know you're not supposed to take this very seriously. The humor is mostly slapstick, punctuated by the silly situations and wacky characters. I was even able to spot a couple of cameos from Urusei Yatsura, plus tributes to Star Wars and Jaws. And be sure to watch the ending credits for some hilarious outtakes. It's a nice, unexpected touch, and it worked beautifully to keep me laughing 'till the end.
The characters are quite charming (typical of Takahashi). Maris is a bit brash, but lovable nonetheless, and she just hates being in debt (check out her hairpin). There's a bit of silly over-posturing on her part, but it only adds to her charm. Her sidekick, Murphy, is fairly goofy, but what can one expect from a shape-shifting fox with multiple tales? Other characters include Sue, Maris's nemesis, and Kogane, son of a rich billionaire and Maris's ticket to a better life.
Not all of this anime was funny, though. Some parts were rather serious, which did help contrast the humor, but also felt a little out of place. Plus, some of the events seemed a bit rushed, which upset the flow a little bit.
If you've laughed at Rumiko Takahashi's other comedies, then be sure to give this one a look. It's not deep, it's quite silly, but also quite funny.
The Verdict: * * * 1/2 (above average)
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