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Product Description

A sexy and heartfelt story of three mysterious sisters, Ai, Mai, and Mii, who are on a seemingly un-ending quest for the answer to their existence. A journey that takes them to new lands that are strangely familiar And making friends that could never be more than transcendental. This is their story and their heartache of a journey that takes them beyond time

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Magical sisters Ai, Mai, and Mii and robot-maid Mea travel from town to town in a magical house, talking to dandelions and helping people with their problems, in this 2003 broadcast series. A weird mixture of saccharine sentiment and gratuitous nudity, Popotan is based on a hentai computer game. In "Secret House," Daichi, an elementary school boy, wants to take pictures of ghosts so he can reassure a classmate that her mother's spirit visited her. The sisters help him, and Daichi ends up in the bathtub with the overendowed Ai. The other episodes follow the same pattern, juxtaposing mawkish emotions and fan service nudity. Unagi the ferret resides in Ai's ample cleavage, and little Mii is always talking about the size of her sisters' breasts. Popotan feels like an episode of Hello, Kitty restaged for the Playboy Mansion. (Rated 16 and older: nudity, risqué humor) --Charles Solomon

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Product Details

  • Format: Animated, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Geneon [Pioneer]
  • DVD Release Date: December 7, 2004
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002Q9VYI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,718 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Its pretty good, the "Excessive Nudity" warning on the back cover has some truth behind it... hehe.

I even found Easter Eggs. Go to any episode selection and highlight the "Preview" text and hit right once or twice to highlight two different alternate previews. There's two for each episode.
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I believe I wrote a review for this before, not sure what happened to it. Oh well, maybe I didn't.

Anyway, I bought this series collection a year ago. I've been a fan of Nurse Witch Komugi since it arrived here in America years ago on Anime Network and recognized the artwork here in Popotan. I think the artwork is adorable and so are the characters.

I was drawn to the plot and the artwork, but I wasn't expecting so much nudity. I honestly feel it distracted from the wonderful heart-warming story. I don't have a problem with artistic nudity, as I am an artist and have to practice it from time to time. But what was done here was fanservice really lol.

The story really is beautiful, I cried at the ending(no I really did!).
I enjoyed this series very much, but like I said earlier, the gratuitous explict nudity really is like that overcast shadow on the sunshine of the anime as a whole. Very unnecessary to me, sort of cheapens the tale but can be avoided somewhat.
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The Popotan anime seems to be one of those series where the makers assumes that the viewer has played the game as well as read the novels or manga. That's not to say that the basic storyline of the anime isn't clear, but I couldn't help but feel like there was something I was missing out on. (The original games were sexually oriented & while you can sort of tell that from the oodles of fanservice, that's really not what the "something missing" seems to be in this anime.)

Popotan follows the adventures of three sisters & their maid as they travel through time in their mansion to various places in Japan in the hopes of finding a mysterious person. In each location they meet new friends as well as new problems to help solve. However, they never seem to be any closer to finding that special person...

The series is very cute & the animation is fairly decent. The animation does seem to occasionally lack in certain areas, most notably when it surrounds a character that isn't a cute or handsome. The three sisters & their maid are the most detailed of any, which is to be expected- after all, they're who the viewer is wanting to see. There's a lot of filler here, with the real meat of the story taking up only a fifth of this twelve episode series.

Something I do have to warn potential viewers on is that there's LOTS of fanservice in here, with all four of the main characters appearing naked. It can be a little overwhelming on occasion, what with some of the fanservice seeming a little over the top. Plus I also have to warn you that some of it is loli fanservice- I know some people don't like watching it, so I thought I should mention it. However, none of it is really all that sexual in nature & most of it is pretty innocently done.
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Definitely a 18+ mature audience only and most of the camera angles are boobs and butts. If you get past that it does have a deeper strong story line that is easy to follow for some good mindless entertainment.
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I have not yet viewed the entire series, so this is a "provisional review." So far, the series is quite fragmented and hard to follow. Each episode finds the girls in a different location, the magic moving them and their house quite frequently. After having watched one-quarter of the series, I haven't yet found a "common denominator" - something familiar that ties the series together. And . . . becoming frustrated with the (seeming) lack of continuity, I may never finish the series. The anime is well drawn, and I like the characters, but the fragmentation is putting me off.

If I do finish the series, I will come back and amend this review.
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Note: Might contain spoilers. Please read at your own discretion.

I'm a fan of anime since way back and I like it kind of light and funny (or at least with tastefully done violence ala Ghost in the Shell), with some eye-candy thrown in here and there. This show isn't always light and funny, and it has a LOT of (non-sexually based) nudity, but the storyline was unusually compelling for something that seemed so fluffy to begin with.

The story centers around Ai, Mii and Mai, sisters in a house that seems to be part living quarters, part Christmas advertisement. It travels from place to place, jumping through time as well. The main theme to it seems to be that the sisters are on a "quest" to find a particular woman. Why they're doing that isn't mentioned. Along the way, they make friends with, and then have to leave, a lot of people - which as others have noted drives the drama in the story. A man named Kiet (or Kieth - hard to tell) serves as a moody and arrogant protagonist/"guide" while Mae serves as the sister's (probably cybernetic) guardian/maid. (Who, oddly, was MY favorite character.)

If one can overlook the unexplained reason for the sisters being on the quest in the first place the series is relatively engaging. It's only 13 episodes long and has an ending that could lend itself to more should they ever go about doing it.

But the main thing I want to point out is that once you get it, you can watch it through Amazon's streaming video service. Unfortunately, the aspect ratio is messed up in the streaming side (and yes, I tried all different ones to get it to be correct). This isn't the fault of the show.
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