Manga / Itsudatte My Santa!

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Itsudatte My Santa! (いつだってMyサンタ!?, translating literally to Always My Santa!) is a manga series by Ken Akamatsu, published before his better known work, Love Hina, was serialized. It stars a boy named Santa who hates Christmas, due to being born on Christmas Eve.


Contains examples of:

  • Accidental Pervert: It's not actually Santa's fault, but he does get to see Mai naked...and get punished for it.
  • A-Cup Angst: Although not nearly as pronounced as other examples, Mai is offended when Santa teases her about her chest.
  • Adaptation Expansion: The manga only tells the story told in episode one, and only has two characters, Mai and Santa. The anime adds a second episode and introduces the characters of Sharry, MaiMai, and Miss Noel.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: MaiMai.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: Used in the manga, averted in the anime.
  • Beach Episode: The beginning of episode 2.
  • Big Eater: Sherry (and MaiMai) devour a mountain of cantaloupes while Sherry Info Dumps about she and Sherry's relationship.
  • Bokukko: In the Japanese version, Mai uses "ore" when referring to herself in her adult form.
  • Buxom Is Better: Santa's entire attitude towards Mai changes once she transforms into her true form, with larger breasts.
  • Delinquents: A recurring group of characters are a gang leader and his entire gang, carrying food that inevitably gets smashed.
  • Embarrassing First Name: Santa is obviously very embarrassed about his name.
  • Everyone Is Christian At Christmas: Despite being native Japanese citizens.
  • The Faceless: Mineko, the girl Santa has a crush on, is always shown from behind when Santa goes to her party, although this doesn't seem to be entirely intentional.
    • There is one shot of her face, although it's from very far away and hard to make anything out.
  • Fanservice: As this is an Akamatsu work, there is a lot.
  • Gainaxing: Closely watch how Sherry's chest moves of its own accord, which shouldn't be hard.
  • Genki Girl: Mai
  • The Grinch: Santa, though he has a semi-valid reason, what with his parents abandoning him every Christmas and all.
  • Hot-Blooded: Sherry.
  • Hair Antennae: Again, a staple of Ken Akamatsu's work, the female lead has a pair of antennae-like hairs standing on end.
  • Incoming Ham: "Ho, ho, ho! Long time no see, Mai and MaiMai!"
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: It seems Mai has no idea how short her skirt is in the beginning of the first OVA - though she does get a taboo during her shower scene.
  • Innocent Innuendo: When Mai asks Santa to spend the night with her in the first OVA, to the shock and mutters of people around them ("Kids these days...") Mai realizes the implications and hits Santa, telling him she's not that kind of girl (even though it wasn't really his fault).
    • Happens again in the second OVA, with an unfortunate misunderstanding about "oil".
  • Ironic Name: Santa, being named after the symbol of Christmas actually hates the holiday.
  • Magical Girlfriend: Mai.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: The plot is partially centered around Mai getting Santa to come out of his shell.
  • Paper Fan of Doom: Mai unleashes one of these at least once.
  • Parental Abandonment: Santa suffers from this, to a certain extent.
  • The Rival: Sherry to Mai.
  • Running Gag: MaiMai biting Sherry on the rear in the second OVA.
  • Santa's Existence Clause: Not only does Santa exist, but he is actually several hundred cute teenage girls!
  • Sexy Santa Dress: Worn by Mai in her Santa form and in the Eye Catch.
  • Shower of Awkward: Santa sees Mai completely naked during her shower (although he's fully dressed).
  • Shower Scene: Mai takes a shower when she gets to Santa's apartment, which ends with her bursting out and giving Santa a full view of everything.
  • Transformation Sequence: When Mai transforms into Santa Claus.
  • True Meaning of Christmas: According to Mai, this is a celebration of the birth of...the protagonist, Santa.
  • Tsundere:
    • Sherry
    • Mai also has shades of this.
  • Tsurime Eyes: Sherry's eyes notably slant upward.
  • Unlucky Everydude: Santa, as per the usual for Akamatsu's protagonists.


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