Ogy Anime Reviews: My Dear Marie OVA
- Metal Angel Marie
- Boku no Marie
Date Released: March 6, 1996
Genre: Supernatural, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Comedy, Fan Service
Age Range: 13+
Runtime: 3 episodes, minute range 27min > 30min
Original Creator: Sakura Takeuchi
– Other work from Sakura Takeuchi:
- Chocotto Sister
Director: Tomomi Mochizuki
– Other work from Tomomi Mochizuki:
- Ai Monogatari (OAV)
- Brave Command Dagwon (T.V. Series)
- Creamy Mami: Long Good-Bye (OAV)
- Here Is Greenwood (OAV)
- Hikari no Densetsu (T.V. Series)
- House of Five Leaves (T.V. Series)
- Momo: The Girl God of Death (T.V. Series)
- Princess Nine (T.V. Series)
- Seraphim Call (T.V. Series)
- Twin Spica (T.V. Series)
- Zettai Shonen (T.V. Series)
Script Written by: Go Sakamoto
– Other work from Go Sakamoto:
- Brave Command Dagwon (T.V. Series)
Music: Hisaaki Hogari
– Other musical works from Hisaaki Hogari:
- Aquarion (Series)
- Kokoro Library (T.V. Series)
Production: Studio Pierrot
Other Media Chronology:
-Manga: Title: Boku no Marie. Written by: Sakura Takeuchi. Illustrated by: Sakura Takeuchi. Published by: Shueisha. Magazine: Weekly Young Jump. 1994. 10 volumes. Licensed by: No one in the U.S. & CAN.
Licensed by previously ADV films.
Hiroshi Karigari is a shy-geeky-engineer type of student joins a tennis club in an attempt to ask out his fancy, Ms. Marie. After many failed attempts to ask Ms. Marie out on a date, Hiroshi decides to build an android of his dreams. When he puts all of the bits and pieces together, his android wakes up on her own, tucks him into bed, went grocery shopping, and made Hiroshi breakfast while helping him start his day. She soon learns that her name is Marie, she is 18 year old high school student, and in public she is Hiroshi’s sister which means her name is Marie Karigari.
This strawberry Marie Karigari is strong, determined, wreckless, thoughtful, and drives Hiroshi up the walls with her tomboyish antics of love.
Name: Hiroshi Karigari
Age: Young College Freshman
Personality: Shy, quirky, and caring
Role: Main character, main love interest, and engineer
Arsenal: Geeky charm and kindness
Mitsuo Iwata (Japanese)
- Angelique: Twin Collection (OAV) 3rd Opening
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- Golden Boy (OAV) Kintarou Oe
- Gonna be the Twin-Tail!! (T.V. Series) Owlgildy
- Initial D (Series) Itsuki Takeuchi
- Lily C.A.T. (OAV) Jimmy
- Magica Wars (T.V. Shorts) Toro
- Melty Lancer (OAV) Aide
- One Piece (Series) Emporio Ivankov and others
- Outlanders (OAV) Tetsuya Wakatsuki
- Shakugan no Shana (Series) Marchosias
- Vandread (Series) Pyoro
Joseph Anthony (English)
- Debutante Detective Corps (OAV) Molicov and Nomura
- Shuten Doji-The Star Hand Kid (OAV) Koyatashi
Name: Marie Karigari (I will sometimes call her strawberry Marie)
Age: recently made designed to be an adult though
Personality: Kind, sincere, and determined tomboy
Role: Main character, main love interest, and an android trying to be human
Arsenal: Super human strength, Tennis, electronic detection, and electronic manipulation
Anti-Arsenal: Overheating, her petite body features, and self consciousness
Yuko Miyamura (Japanese)
- Colorful (T.V. Series) Opening
- Detatoko Princess (OAV) Ending
- Knights of Ramune & 40 Fire (T.V. Series) Opening
- Neo Ranga (T.V. Series) Opening
- The Adventures of Kotetsu (OAV) Kotetsu
- Battle Skipper (OAV) Shihoko Sakaki
- Berserk (T.V. Series) Casca
- Case Closed (Series) Kazuha Toyama
- CLAMP School Detectives (T.V. Series) Utako Ohkawa
- Detatoko Princess (OAV) Lapis
- Dragoon (OAV) Millie
- I Dream of Mimi (OAV) Performa
- Knights of Ramune (Series) Parfait
- My-HiME (T.V. Series) Alyssa Searrs
- Neo Ranga (T.V. Series) Ushio Shimahara
- Neon Genesis Evangelion (Series) Asuka Langley Sohryu aand others
- Outlaw Star (T.V. Series) Aisha Clanclan
- Those Who Hunt Elves (Series) Ritsuko Inoue
- Wedding Peach (Series) Hinagiku Tamano
Lauren Worsham (English)
- Nadia The Secret of Blue Water (Movie) Fuzzy
- Sakura Diaries (OAV) Urara Kasuga
- Tattoon Master (OAV) Bala
- Variable Geo (OAV) Younger Reimi Jahana and others
Name: Hibiki Kennou
Age: Older High School age
Personality: She’s a real tough cookie with a long history of breaking little hearts like the ones with sleaze, lives the suck-it-up-butter-cup life style as she makes her violent money, and is a bashful blonde sweetie who wants some wuv in her life even though she is not making any big deal about it or anything, gaw
Role: Supporting character, love interest for Hiroshi, and introduces fighting
Arsenal: Fists and kicks with plenty of grit
Rica Matsumoto (Japanese)
- Chi’s New Address (T.V. Shorts) Opening
- Phantom Quest Corp. (OAV) Opening and Ending
- Pokémon (Series) Openings
- Azuki-chan (Series) Midori Jidama Kodama
- Dirty Pair Flash (OAV) Kei
- Dragon Drive (T.V. Series) Mukai
- The Gokusen (T.V. Series) Shizuka Fujiyama
- Gravion Zwei (T.V. Series) Professor Barnett
- Gun Frontier (T.V. Series) Sinunora
- If I See You in My Dreams (Series) Namiko Isobe
- Kaiketsu Zorro (T.V. Series) Bernardo and Zorro Jr.
- MD Geist (OAV) Vaiya
- Outlaw Star (T.V. Series) James ‘Jim’ Hawking
- Perfect Blue (Movie) Rumi
- Phantom Quest Corp. (OAV) Ayaka Kisaragi
- Pokémon (Series) Satoshi (Ash)
- Shamanic Princess (OAV) Graham and Japolo
- Shinesman (OAV) Youta Matsumoto
- Twin Signal (OAV) Nobuhiko Otoi
- You’re Under Arrest (Series) Futaba Aoi
- Yu-Gi-Oh! (First series with the card games, 2000) Bakura
Dara Aylor (English)
- Debutante Detective Corps (OAV) Kimiko
- Sakura Diaries (OAV) Erika
- Tattoon Master (OAV) Kandar
- Variable Geo (OAV) Erina Goldsmith
Name: Ms. Marie
Age: Young College Freshwomen
Personality: Kind, sincere, and friendly
Role: Supporting character, Hiroshi’s dream girl, reason for Marie Karigari’s existance
Arsenal: Tennis and beauty
Yoko Asada (Japanese)
- Angelique (Series) Angelique Collet
- D4 Princess (T.V. Series) Aino Nozomi
- EX-Driver (Series) Lorna Endou
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Shawn Sides (English)
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- The Adventures of Kotetsu (OAV) Miho Kuon
- Devil Lady (T.V. Series) Jun Fudou and Devil Lady
- Final Fantasy: Unlimited (T.V. Series) Lisa Pacifist
- Getbackers (T.V. Series) Juubei’s Mother
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- Jing: King of Bandits (T.V. Series) Mimosa
- Lost Universe (T.V. Series) Merina
- Magical Play (Series) Ketchup
- Nadia – The Secret of Blue Water (Series) King
- Petite Princess Yucie (T.V. Series) Chawoo and other
Name: Mr. Tanada
Age: Young College Freshman
Personality: I’ll take any hot chick any time, insists that Ms. Marie is dating him, if it’s good for me then it must be good for the world, and I got a car it’s an import called an Audi
Role: Supporting character, Hiroshi’s friend, and the guy who acts like he has everything and everyone lets him down genteelly
Arsenal: A teal green Audi and confidents that’s used arrogantly
Nobutoshi Hayashi (Japanese)
- Air (Series) Ryuya
- Angelique (Series) Randy
- Berserk (T.V. Series) Guts
- Black Cat (T.V. Series) River Zastory
- Corpse Princess (T.V. Series) Honda
- Fate/stay night (Series) Lancer
- Fortune Quest (OAV) Crey
- Fushigi Yugi (Series) Tasuki
- Getbackers (T.V. Series) Ban Mido
- Giant Killing (T.V. Series) Mochida
- Guilty Crown (Series) Makoto Waltz Seiga
- I Dream of Mimi (OAV) Junpei
- Marriage (OAV) Sho Nakamoto
- Naruto (Series) Kabuto Yakushi
- Sonic X (T.V. Series) Knuckles
- Uta∽Kata (Series) Kai Tōdō
Greg Dorchak (English)
- The Adventures of Kotetsu (OAV) Mukai
- Black Lion (OAV) Yurimaru
The going rates!!!
The animation style is colorful, bright, and vibrant; the simplicity of the character designs is able to add onto the lighthearted elements of this romance comedy. I really enjoyed the character designs as they are memorable and sometimes puppet-like similarly to The Irresponsible Captain Tylor and Assemble Insert. I didn’t see any animation flaws or weird character movement transitions. The water color in some scenes adds the tone the scene needs. The lighting/shading effects/transitions helps to provide the dynamic nature of this OVA.
When the scene calls for a sci-fi mood, Hiroshi sports that elusive 90’s mad scientist look while the rain and thunder from outside in the night sky gives that classical mad scientist scenario. When slap stick is needed, Hiroshi is drawn more rubber-like as the pace of the situation would intensify into that undeserved smack down. At certain times strawberry Marie will take over a car or trace a beeper/pager and either an arc of electricity will come from her hands to reprogram control of the Audi or the radio waves can be seen that connect her to the sought beeper/pager.
The animation isn’t a masterpiece, but it knows what to get done.
Animation Rating: 3.8/5 (B)
The sound effects I have no issue with. The difference between sub (Japanese dub) and English dub were very minimal just some slight joke exchanges. The OVA has no opening song from what I can hear. Allegedly it’s called “Endless Party” performered by Yuko Miyamura and Mitsuo Iwata and I can’t find it. On the flip side the OVA has an ending theme. The ending theme is called “Hello, Strange Days” performed by Yuko Miyamura. This song covers the wonders of growing up as pictures of an alternate biography of Marie Karigari will scroll and fade between credits.
Sound Rating: 3.5/5(B)
Overall Production Rating = 3.65/5 (B)
Pros, Cons, and Other Thoughts:
- It’s a short sweet OVA
- Feels like a whole series could be made of the source material
- ADV Trailer makes it seem that this is a 12 episode series
- Leaves me wanting more
For name sake, Metal Angel Marie is a name used to distinguish the dubbed VHS from the subbed VHS versions. When the series got a DVD release the Metal Angel Marie title was dropped. This is another VHS transfer, but the tracking lines are not noticeable unless you how to notice them.
This is what to expect from this OVA.
Episode 1: The Birth of Marie
Marie Karigari is made and Hiroshi goes on a date. Strawberry Marie is running around to save the day in more than one way. This episode explains who the main characters are and what they can do.
Episode 2: The Appearance of Hibiki Kennou
Here enters Hibiki Kennou a bad ass high school girl who cheats lechers out of their horney mullah, hired to beat up gangs, and mug thieves for their recent loot. Suddenly this lone sukeban is soon mesmerized by one emotion that everyone wants to familiar with… wuv. She soon has emotional trama as she deals with her tummy full of butterflies as she adorably tries to accept that she is in love with Hiroshi. The fighting is like in a video game, but still pretty good at entertaining.
Episode 3: Dreaming Android
Ms. Marie and strawberry Marie sit down after a few exciting rounds of Tennis and talk over a cup of tea. Ms. Marie reminisces about the dream she had last night. Marie Karigari listens to what Ms. Marie has to say, but soon is saddened by not ever having a dream. At home the android whine to her maker that she wants to dream. Hiroshi agrees and installs a program that lets our strawberry Marie dream of electric sheep which is a reference to the novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” by Philip K. Dick. This episode kind of reminds me of the My Life as a Teenage Robot episode Daydream Believer.
My thoughts of this OVA is that it’s sweet, warm hearted, romantic comedy. It got me to laugh on multiple accounts either with slap stick or how a scene progresses. Many scenes are warm and engaging as the characters show a gentle care towards each other.
What makes this OVA memorable is its gentle charm. This charm is complemented by the simplistic art-style, character situations/dilemmas, and subtleness of the character’s context. Contexts like Marie Karigari’s struggle. She loves Hiroshi and at the same time the strawberry haired on is dealing with the fact of being artificially made to look like someone else. Her thoughts will wonder if he sees her as a person or no less than a tennis ball to play with. Yes that is a part of her dream sequence, but these worries are hinted before.
Another memorable tidbit is the show’s fun factor. It is a show that likes to show the characters breasts, but the pace at which some situations start up and conclude is once again like a roller-coaster ride. How the characters interact with each other is interesting and never dull. There were points upon watching where I just wanted to re-watch a scene another time.
With the Manga being ten volumes, I can see a bigger story coming from this material than it just being only a three episode OVA series. I’m not sure what Sakura Takeuchi is up to these days, but with recent reboots these previous seasons My Dear Marie could be a potential candidate.
I’ve seen the ADV Films’ trailers and they do make the show seem longer than it really is. Seeing at least the manga come out over here would be nice to see. Really, I don’t have much to nitpick at with this show.
I can see how some people might see some opposite spectrums than what I’ve pointed out, but I did find this OVA to be an enjoyable watch. Since Valentine’s is getting close this can be a show that you and your snuggle muffin can curl up to and enjoy. Even the show ends with a kiss, wink.
*Pro’s, Con’s, and Other Thoughts Rating: 3.8/5 (B)
-Was there meaningful action in the episodes?
Yes, but to watch the show episode one is mandatory to watch first after that episodes two and three can be watched in any order.
-Did the actions and situations occur at a tempo natural to the genre?
Yes, the dynamic actions of the character will make the show’s speed.
-Did the resolution of each situation affect the flow of the episodes?
The resolution of each action creates a domino effect towards the next action, so it works here.
Pace Overall Rating: 3.7/5 (B)
- Plot: 3.6/5 (B) I love what’s available, but I want more.
- Performance: 3.7/5 (B) Charming.
- Pace: 3.7/5 (B) It does work up a sweat, but it’s not taking forever.
- Characters: 3.85/5 (B) Loveable even with the big monkey ears.
- Production Quality: 3.65/5 (B) Animation: Simple and effective. Sound: Where is the opening?
- Pro’s, Con’s, and other thoughts: 3.8/5 (B) Loved it but not perfect.
- Overall total: 3.72/5 (B) Great for Valentine’s Day go watch it anyway.
Note: Due to my own belief and further defining anime as a pop art, no rating will ever receive a 0, 1, or 5 (a Z, F, or A in my book). For this reason is that times will change as opinions. Anything can be far greater or worse than before. That’s just human triumph and error.
What was needed?
- A reboot
- A manga release in the U.S./CAN
- More people to talk about it
- A Sentai Selects release
- Does contain boobie shots
- Has lecherous material but not pornographic
- The show might have to put a quarter in the swear jar but not enough to buy a meal
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Misc: Questions from Jimmy the Reader
Jimmy: What’s a sukeban?
Me: A sukeban is a female version of a banchō. … What they are juvenile delinquents or the boss of a gang.
Jimmy: Oh my god that kiss!!! What do you see from it?
Me: With how the show is structured I don’t see it as sexual or sentimental, but more of a thank you. Even though the first bit sounds more interesting.
Jimmy: Hmm, why are you using strawberry to describe Marie instead of robot or android?
Me: Marie Karigari show more personality and human caring. Giving her a title robot would mean that she would be more lifeless and articulating with her movements. Android… she is one I won’t deny that. I forgot that I can use that as a descriptive. The strawberry term is being used to describe the color of her long hair.
Jimmy: Which dream episode is better Dreaming Android or Daydream Believer?
Me: Ooo, tough call. Dreaming Android has the better comedy, but Daydream Believer has many animation styles being applied through the different scenes. Hmm, I’ll choose Dreaming Android today because it didn’t cut Brad Carbuncle in a cowboy outfit, little doggie.
Jimmy: From my heart and from my hand, why don’t people understand my intentions?
Me: Weird Science!!!
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