Mahoromatic: Automatic Maiden: Combat Maid Volume 1 is the story of a defense android who is semi-retired and a young orphan who needs a maid. She happens to be really cute looking which adds lots of potential for the laughs and he is dorky. Okay, if this weren't anime, that would be a pretty stupid sounding premise but I've seen much, much worst in my years. In episode 1, the two main characters get acquainted. In episode 2, a nymphomaniac teacher tries to seduce the orphan. In episode 3, we find out the circumstances behind his father's death. In episode 4, the entire cast goes to the beach and ends up being targeted by an enemy robot. The story had plenty of side plots where the jealous classmates show their true colors and the growing romance between the two leads was cuter than I could describe in under 1000 words. This was fun to watch several times and I only wish future dvds came out sooner.
The picture is presented in anamorphic widescreen. It looked sharp and clear with no problems.
The audio here is in stereo with a choice of Japanese or English. There were subtitles for those who want them and they follow the English track fairly closely but not exactly. In any case, the audio was as good as the video.
The dvd included a paper insert, a cardboard cut out, a clean opening, a short art gallery of 8 pictures, and trailers to other Pioneer releases. I would've been happier with another episode but given the high quality of the picture and sound, I wouldn't want to appear greedy.
I'm a sucker for a sci-fi based romantic comedy and this one is no exception. It has all the high quality technical values a fan could expect and a story that is both fun and whimsical. MahoRomatic is one of those anime series that get better each time you watch it and it seems like Pioneer has a winner on it's hands once more. As a warning, there was a minor bit of nudity and sexual innuendo from time to time but it was generally handled quite well which is why Pioneer rates it as 16 and up. I only wish I had such an android as my place could use a good cleaning.