30 January 2000 | The Fox-2
Not the same old romantic comedy anime!
On the surface, "Saber Marionette J" seems like the same old "many girls fawning over one loser guy" sort of romantic comedy anime, but a couple of twists give it a sort of fresh approach.
First of all, the girls aren't really human. They're androids made to look like human females. Even though the androids (the title "marionettes") are outfitted with circuits that give them human qualities, they come off more as innocent children fawning over a pet as opposed to jealous bimbos trying to pry the object of their desire away from the others.
Second, the young man in question, Mamiya Otaru, is not the same loser stereotype that is "Urusei Yasura"'s Ataru or "Oh! My Goddess"'s Keiichi. Otaru is a sort of Everyman, not too much different from the other men that populate his planet. He is fairly well-liked, unlike the other two examples, and thus, seems a much more likable character.
I've been told that there are women who take issue with the whole idea in anime of several women fighting for the affections of one man. "Saber Marionette J" IS a romantic comedy, but not quite in the same vein as other anime romantic comedies. The way the characters and situations are presented make this a must-see, even for those who think they aren't going to like it.