Mayo Chiki! or Mayoeru Shitsuji to Chikin na Ore to is yet another anime of the harem genre. I’m trying to think right now, and I don’t think I’ve ever truly liked a series of that genre except for Love Hina (mostly for nostalgic reasons) and the Key anime adaptation trio, although I have heard good things about Sora no Otoshimono (on my to-watch list). Sometimes though, if the fan service isn’t too irrational, and the art isn’t half bad, I’ll watch a series for my amusement.
Mayo Chiki! was one of those series. It is filled with clichés, such as the boy who can’t touch a girl without nosebleeding or the girl who has to cross dress for some reason or another. My main problem with the series was that the cross dressing girl looked nothing like a guy, yet all the girls “kyaaaa”~ed over him. The character design was done for obvious reasons of course, because there were times when the “guy” and the main protagonist had to be squared off of each other, and if the “guy” looked too male, it would venture into yaoi territory. But where things really started getting to me was when the other girls would run into the “guy” in his natural female form, they were stupid enough to accept the fact that the girl was the “guy”s cousin named Punyuru, which is by the way, the least realistic name ever.
Really, the main thing that redeemed this show for me was the fanservice art and how relatively tactfully the studio was able to insert it in. (I am a huge hater on shows that randomly switch camera angles on a scene just so they can show a panty shot.) If fan service and substance-less comedy are your thing, this is the show for you.