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Itsudatte My Santa! (いつだってMyサンタ!?, translating literally to Always My Santa!) is a short 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. However, a girl named Mai who's a student at the Santa Claus Academy is sent to him, being tasked with the mission of improving his luck and changing his views on Christmas for the better.

The manga ran in 1997 for only two issues of Shōnen Magazine. It later received a two-episode OVA adaptation in 2005.


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.
  • Beach Episode: The beginning of episode 2.
  • Big Eater: Sharry (and MaiMai) devour a mountain of cantaloupes while Sharry Info Dumps about she and Sharry'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.
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  • 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 Sharry'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: Sharry.
  • 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 - according to him, the only gift they ever sent him was a photo of them, smiling, and surrounded by other children.
  • The Rival: Sharry to Mai.
  • Running Gag: MaiMai biting Sharry 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:
    • Sharry
    • Mai also has shades of this.
  • Tsurime Eyes: Sharry's eyes notably slant upward.
  • Unlucky Everydude: Santa, as per the usual for Akamatsu's protagonists.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: As Mai states, she and Sharry fight every time they see each other since their ways of thinking and sense of values are different, but they've always been best friends.


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Bad Anime Cliche Proto-Twist

While reviewing 'Itsudatte My Santa!', Anime Americas Robyn expresses her disdain for the beat-up-the-accidental-pervert cliche commonly found in anime. However, she ultimately decides to let it slide when this OVA uses it because A) the original manga the OVA is adapting is from the 90s, before the cliche became widespread; and B) the use of the cliche in the OVA also has a humorous twist that future examples would lack. Something that Robyn finds satisfying.

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