Saber Marionette J (1996– )

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Series cast summary:
Megumi Hayashibara ...
 Lime (25 episodes, 1996-1997)
Yuka Imai ...
 Otaru Mamiya (25 episodes, 1996-1997)
Yuri Shiratori ...
 Cherry (25 episodes, 1996-1997)
Akiko Hiramatsu ...
 Bloodberry (25 episodes, 1996-1997)
Takehito Koyasu ...
 Mitsurugi Hanagata (25 episodes, 1996-1997)
Hikaru Midorikawa ...
 Faust (25 episodes, 1996-1997)
Kikuko Inoue ...
 Panther (25 episodes, 1996-1997)
Urara Takano ...
 Tiger (25 episodes, 1996-1997)
Yûko Mizutani ...
 Luchs (25 episodes, 1996-1997)
Ai Orikasa ...
 Baikou (25 episodes, 1996-1997)
Kyôko Hikami ...
 Gemini (25 episodes, 1996-1997)
Maria Kawamura ...
 Tamasaburou (25 episodes, 1996-1997)
Nobuo Tobita ...
 Master Soemon Obiichi (25 episodes, 1996-1997)
Yuri Amano ...
 Lorelei / ... (25 episodes, 1996-1997)
Yûichi Nagashima ...
 Gennai (25 episodes, 1996-1997)


The male-only planet of Terra II is populated by clones of the six men who were marooned there 300 years before. The only females are robots called "marionettes," who serve as workers and soldiers. Japoness marionettes Lime, Cherry, and Bloodberry are different from most others, because each possesses a special circuit that gives them human emotions. One by one, they are accidentally awakened by young Mamiya Otaru and take up residence with him. As a result, Otaru's uneventful life becomes just a tad more interesting. At the same time, conflict between Japoness and the city-state of Gartland is escalating. Is it because Faust, the leader of Gartland, lusts for world domination, or is it something else his heart longs for... something with a connection to Lime, Cherry, and Bloodberry? Written by The Fox-2

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28 September 1999 (USA)  »

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Not the same old romantic comedy anime!
30 January 2000 | by (southern California) – See all my reviews

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.

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