Hand Maid May is an eleven episode comedy anime series released in Japan in 2000.
It centers on the adventures of 19-year-old engineering student and hopeless nerd Kazuya Saotome and a hand-sized robotic cyberdoll named May that Kazuya accidentally orders from the Cyberdyne Corporation website while trying to fix the damage caused by a computer virus. May is programmed to serve Kazuya's needs and desires, but must be plugged into Kazuya's computer at night to recharge her batteries because her standard charger was damaged when he first received her.
Further complications develop due to May, the first being his inability to pay for her. This causes Kazuya's rival Nanbara to try to take May away with the aid of several Cyberdyne cyberdolls (all of whom wind up falling for Kazuya).
This anime contains examples of:
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Used a few times, but a superb example occurs in episode 7 (spoilered since it's such a fun surprise). The scene is at a Dutch Angle indicating the characters' surprise at Mami's... arrival, and Kasumi stomps on the floor until they're level again.
- Catchphrase: May's "I'll do my best!"
- Ecchi: There's Fanservice in spades in this anime.
- Expy: Nanbara of Jinnai from El-Hazard: The Magnificent World, even down to his English dub voice.
- Friendly Enemy: Kotaro Nanbara, the self-proclaimed "best friend and worst enemy".
- Girl in a Box: May is delivered in a box. Then again, she's small.
- Gratuitous Japanese: The English subtitles translate Cyberdoll Mami's Gratuitous English into Gratuitous Japanese; the dub averts this trope.
- I Have the High Ground: Cyberdoll Sara leaps up onto a power pole to aid in her search for May. Kotaro Nanbara has to climb up the more conventional way.
- Keep It Foreign: See Gratuitous Japanese, above.
- Kid from the Future: Cyber-X and Commando Z, who are descendants of Kazuya and Kotaro, respectively.
- Make Me Wanna Shout: Rena, whenever she's not getting her way.
- Ridiculously Human Robots: The Cyberdolls, who are hinted to be capable of getting pregnant.
- Robot Buddy: Ikariya, the robot Kazuya is building.
- Shout-Out: The Cyberdyne robotic company has the same name as the robotic company from Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Also, Cyberdoll Sara is one for Sarah Connor.
- At the end of episode 2, Kazuya and Sarah have one to Gone with the Wind, including Rhett Butler's iconic phrase.
- Sitting on the Roof: Variant: The ladder between their apartments serves as the private place for Kazuya Saotome and Kasumi Tani, but since it becomes practically an expressway in the anime, they head for the traditional roof escape later.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: "I wasn't thinking of taking you apart at all."
- Small Name, Big Ego: Subverted with Kotaro Nanbara. He actually is very good at the things he does, but people don't like him.
- 12-Episode Anime: Well, Ten Episode Anime, plus one, which is still within the limits of this trope.
- Verbal Tic: Mami says "Ara Ara Ara" ("Oh my my!" in the dubbed version) quite frequently.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: Mami was created with this idea in mind; she's a domestic genius who wears a kimono (and she's voiced by Kikuko Inoue), but in a variation she has American traits and can skate up walls.