Time for another review, and seeing as it's the middle of summer what better time is there to review 'Itsudatte my Santa'?
Based on the manga by Ken Akamatsu (Manga-ka for Love Hina, Negima, A.I. Love You), this is a two episode OVA (each episode lasting just 30 minutes including music). Seeing as it is only two episodes long, it's hard to give a summary of the story without spoiling the whole thing so I'll try not to go into too much detail.
The first episode introduces the two main characters; Santa, a boy who was born on Christmas Eve (hence his parent's cruel choice of name
). For most of his life he spent Christmas, and his birthday, alone as his parents were too busy with work. So the second character, Mai (a 'santa in training') appears next to him out of nowhere and announces that she has been given the job of keeping him happy for that one night (but not in a perverted way
). Mai shows him that many people care about him, including his parents, and eventually he learns the 'true meaning of Christmas' and begins to believe in Santa. The main weaknesses of the first OVA are that it is incredibly rushed, at the beginning of the episode Santa is trying everything to escape from Mai and yet half an hour later there are love confessions
. Also, there is fan service in this episode, but bear in mind that Mai is about 14 give or take a couple of years
Then there is the second episode, which is just weird. It is set half a year later in the summer, when Santa visits the beach with Mai (who doesn't have enough power to return to santa school). All of a sudden, Mai's little sister appears out of nowhere. She is called Maimai, and she doesn't show up in the manga. Also, she doesn't do much in the anime besides bite things (be it watermelons or people's backsides
). The first half is more or less a parody of the first OVA, and also features a 'duel' between Mai and her rival Shirley (who also isn't in the manga). Then the second half focuses on the fact that Mai has to return to santa school and therefore must say goodbye to Santa. All in all, it was a fairly good ending to a fairly weird couple of episodes, but they couldn't just leave it like that. It wasn't a weird enough ending. So they made a preview for a THIRD OVA; featuring Mai being sent back, Maimai being taken away but returning, and something about a fight with giant mechas. This third episode was never made, and apparently there were never plans to make it, it was just a joke preview.
So, if you like rushed comedy/romance, young children who eat watermelons at the speed of 1 per second, or are just looking for something a little weird, I would recommend this series. Otherwise, play it safe and stick to the manga. My overall rating is 4/10, there were a few moderately funny parts and the moral behind the story just about made this watchable.