Ai Mai Mi Series

Anime Hajime Review: Ai Mai Mi Mousou Catastrophe

Original Run: July 8, 2014 - September 23, 2014
Number of Episodes: 12
Genre: Comedy
Based on the Series Created By: Choboraunyopomi

***Warning, the following may contain spoilers for Ai Mai Mi Mousou Catastrophe. Reader discretion is advised.***

Series Synopsis

Number II

Life is a series of random events, and for three high school girls, this couldn’t be truer.

Ai, Mai, and Mi (voiced respectively by Yuka Otsubo, Aya Uchida, and Maaya Uchida) are members of the manga club. The latter two of the trio can’t find this to be any more boring, which annoys the former to no end. As a result, any distraction that appears, it’s going to cause problems. Unfortunately, distractions have a tendency of finding these three.

Ai, Mai, and Mi must navigate through – and are sometimes the cause of – a lot of pure nonsense. Thus, they are never at a loss for things to do.

No matter how mundane something appears to be, these girls will find a way to take it to the next level. It is best to get out of their way because once they get going, you can’t stop them.

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Series Positives

To read my Ai Mai Mi review, please click HERE.

I need to be upfront.

I don’t think I can adequately explain my enjoyment of the Ai Mai Mi. I also don’t see how I can effectively comment on its sequel, Ai Mai Mi Mousou Catastrophe, without straight up repeating what I wrote in my review of the first season.

(I say as such despite doing precisely that with the Series Synopsis, but what are you gonna do?)

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The honest truth is, Ai Mai Mi has a style of humor that is unsustainable. This franchise has been (and I say it like that because there is a season three I haven’t seen) exceedingly fast, utterly random, and impossible to predict. It’s been so off-the-walls insane that if the episodes were ten minutes long instead of three, the novelty would get old quickly.

Even as a fan of this show – if that holds any meaning to you – I would be the first to admit that a full-length Ai Mai Mi season would be unbearable.

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Fortunately, neither the original Ai Mai Mi nor Mousou Catastrophe were that. Both installments were over and done within thirty minutes. Although spending an entire evening with this series would not be something I’d look forward to, using it as a half an hour wind down before going to bed couldn’t be more perfect.

Seasons one and two of Ai Mai Mi not only understood the brand of comedy they employed, they knew a proper way to implement it.

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To explain what I mean, Ai Mai Mi, and specifically Mousou Catastrophe, appeared more fluid than coherent.

It was as if Ai, Mai, and Mi were the main characters of their own individual stories, and those stories were then haphazardly thrown together into a blender. When the contents of said blender were dumped out, the result was the beautifully chaotic mess known as Ai Mai Mi.

In case I have completely failed to make my point – and given the nature of this series, I feel as though I have – my apologies for using an unhelpful cop-out.

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Ai Mai Mi was funny because it was funny. The art style, the voice acting, the short length, it all came together to create something that was a functional – and I don’t know another word to use other than – catastrophe.

If you were to tell me you found this series to be the dumbest thing in the world, I wouldn’t disagree with you. And yet, it was because this show was so dumb that it worked. Therefore, I want to issue a challenge.

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Like always, leave your opinions about this show and this review in the comments below; I want to hear what you have to say. However, I urge people who found Ai Mai Mi Mousou Catastrophe as just “alright” to speak up because I don’t believe there are many of you out there.

There really wasn’t enough meat to this season to be on the fence about it, but I welcome anyone who can prove me wrong.

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Series Negatives

What would even be the point of being overly critical with Ai Mai Mi?

I suppose I could be snobby simply for the sake of trying to make myself sound smart. But considering the series we are discussing, doing so would only serve to turn me into a massive prude.

I mean, for heaven’s sake, I just used the word “prude” in a review about a show that had the maturity of a fart joke.

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Out of due diligence, though, looking at Mousou Catastrophe as a follow up to season one, calling it a sequel is beyond generous.

A sequel would imply — at best — a significant growth with both story and characters. Since Ai Mai Mi has no story and any growth in its characters would actually be counterintuitive to their personalities, I believe we have hit a wall.

This was season one, and season one was a preemptive season two. Same s@$# different day if you ask me.

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What really has my curiosity is the mindset of anyone who enjoyed the original but hated the second, or vice versa. For what possible reason could you hold such a stance?

Side note: I realize I have now opened myself up to the possibility of having to eat those words since I intend to finally watch the third season of Ai Mai Mi one day. But do you know what? I will take my chances.

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To get serious for a moment, if there was a negative — and I’m including both seasons one and two in this assessment — Ai Mai Mi is very forgettable. Of course, I’m not referring to the show’s personality; no, that will stick with you. Instead, it’s been this series’ substance that has had no staying power.

As I’m writing this post, I know I enjoyed my re-watch of Mousou Catastrophe. However, don’t bother asking for details because I have already forgotten them.

On the plus side, this means I can keep coming back to Ai Mai Mi like it’s the first time I’m watching it.

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Final Thoughts

Second verse same as the first.

At the very worst, you will only be giving up thirty minutes of your time to watch this season. And assuming you’re even watching the next installment because you enjoyed the original, you’ll be fine.

There wasn’t much to say about this one since it didn’t give me much to work with. But that is where the strength of this series comes from. It arrives and leaves so quickly that it’s hard to be sure what it is you just witnessed.

If you like these kinds of shows, then Ai Mai Mi, as well as Ai Mai Mi Mousou Catastrophe is the perfect fit for you.

But these are just my thoughts. What are yours? Have you seen this show? What would be your advice concerning Ai Mai Mi Mousou Catastrophe? Leave a comment down below because I would love to hear what you have to say.

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