Mamotte Shugogetten – Anime Review

The Essentials

Name: Mamotte Shugogetten
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Episodes: 22
Released: October 17, 1998 – April 3, 1999
Based On: Mamotte Shugogetten manga by Minene Sakurano
Director: Yukio Kaizawa
Produced By: Toei Animation and Dentsu
US Distribution By: N/A

Major Japanese Cast

Tasuke: Daisuke Sakaguchi
Shaorin: Mariko Kouda
Ruuan: Yumi Takada
Rishu: Ayako Kawasumi
Izumo: Toshiyuki Morikawa
Koichirou: Omi Minami
Kaori: Eriko Hara
Shouko: Nami Miyahara

Major English Cast

N/A

Scores

Animation: 8/10 (x 4 = 32 pts)
Story: 6/10 (x 4 = 24 pts)
Music: 8/10 (x 4 = 32 pts)
Coherence/Story Arc: 7/10 (x 2 = 14 pts)
English Dubs: N/A
Gut Score: 7/10 (x 5 = 35 pts)

Total: 137/190 (72.1%)

Review

Mamotte Shugogetten is about a boy, Tasuke, who largely lives by himself while his father is off doing archeological work in China. One day, his father sends Tasuke a ring from which pops out a spirit named Shaorin (Shao for short) whom vows to protect Tasuke from any and all danger. Unfortunately for Tasuke, Shaorin is a bit behind on the times and ends up sending out her legions of helper spirits to “protect” Tasuke from things that he doesn’t need protecting from, such as the TV and school, which Shao mistakes for a prison camp.

Not too much later, Tasuke’s father sends him another artifact, this time with a spirit named Ruuan coming forth. Ruuan announces her job as making Tasuke happy, and attempts to do so by giving life to inanimate objects.

While the show does offer some pretty good laughs now and then, you can already see where it’s heading based on the description of the main characters, and that’s episode after episode of pretty predictable chaos caused by the same misunderstandings of Tasuke’s two spirits (as well as their rivalry). A few other characters also get thrown in to mix things up, but the moment they show up, you also can pretty well predict what’s going to happen from then on.

All of this puts this show in that gray area between being a good show worthy of being watched and bad show which can be skipped. I’d probably leave it up to each person whether they think this show is worthy enough or not for them.

As for technical aspects, animation is pretty good for the time period, and the music is pretty good as well.

In the end, If you tend to like “Goddess or spirit shows up and wrecks havoc” show, then you’ll probably like this. If you’re looking for something with more originality, you can probably pass.

First Watched: September 2007
Do I Own: No
Do I Recommend: Indifferent

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