Animation: Fair
Depth: Fair
Design: Weak
Characters: Weak
Story: Fair

Type: TV   (25 episodes)

Vintage: 1997


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» fantasy
» mecha
Verdict: Reviews @ Archen's Anime Page

Maze: Megaburst Space - TV

Summary: >

Having your house fall on a person and killing them would probably be the beginning of a bad day for most people, but for Maze, it was the beginning of a whole new life in another dimension. With a kind charming personality, she quickly won over a few people who would become her companions. Unfortunately Maze is only like that during daytime hours. At night she turns into a lecherous male who loves to fight.

There probably isn't a good time to crash land in another dimension, but landing in the middle of a revolution only complicates things. Maze wants nothing to do with this, but the supreme lord of the land known as the "Creator" has sworn to destroy her. Maze will have to master the Demi armor named Dillguard to survive, which she has no clue how to do and it remains to be seen if she can. But why does the creator want her destroyed so badly?

Thoughts: >

Maze is a title that came on strong for a year, then after a brief blip on the radar, took the rocket ship into obscurity. As I look back on Maze, I can see it doesn't stand out. Everything done here has been done better somewhere else, and often with some amount of originality.

Maze is many things, however it's first and foremost a risqé comedy. Most of it surrounding the contrast of shy female Maze, and the lecherous male Maze. This show is a fantasy anime too. And a mecha anime. Putting all that together and shaved down its target demographic pretty well. The mecha part is probably the most interesting, although it receives little attention, and the back story behind them is relegated to a filler episode.

While I like Maze, it's really not that great. It's weird, and fun for a 90s anime, but deserving to be forgotten as it has. It's unoriginal and not particularly well executed. Some characters are especially obnoxious - I'd seriously like to see Mill get an ax to the head, but even she has her moments (particularly dancing to the infectiously fun "Junk Boy" song in the end credits). One thing Maze does have going for it: a better than average soundtrack for a TV series.

Probably better to look elsewhere for something to watch, but if you're really intent on watching something typical for 90s anime, and are especially forgiving, it's an ok watch.

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reviewed by archen in 1998