Imma Youjo 2: Maya

Maya hangs around at the ol' android bordello.

Copyright 2005 by Pat Powers

In a futuristic city reminiscent of Blade Runner's L.A., a brilliant android maker has a gig manufacturing android love slaves for a bunch of gangsters that run a bordello for such androids.

The scientist's current project is Maya, a SUPER android love doll. Her responses are much more human than that of a normal android love doll, so much so that she could easily pass as human. (Which begs the question, if being humanlike is such a great android trait, why not save yourself all the trouble and just date a nice girl from the neighborhood? I mean, isn't the POINT of android love dolls their inhumanity, i.e., their programmability, if you get my drift? More on this later.)

Relations between the scientist and the gangsters are strained, they being vicious thugs and he being a nice guy who just wants to be left alone to build robot sex slaves in peace. As soon as he has Maya complete, he and his trusty robot guard dog take a powder along with Maya. They go to a lakeside villa and have a wonderful idyllic interlude while they wait for the gangsters to find them. Love blossoms between Maya and her creator, who has neglected to tell Maya she's a robot sex slave. Romantic love, which means they smile at each other a lot before they have the vanilla sex scene.

The gangsters find the villa of course, destroy the robot guard dog, tie up Maya and her creator, then by way of explaining her actual position in life, rape her while her creator watches helplessly. They leave the creator a broken man, and haul Maya off to their bordello where they have a great sex slave job for her, which she doesn't even have to interview for.

Maya works out just fine as a bordello whore, in fact she's soon their star "performer." There's more to the plot including a surprising final status for Maya, but why give it ALL away?

The background and set artwork on this anime are extremely nice -- the opening is very "Blade Runner" with a touch of the "Metropolis" anime thrown in. It uses a few tricks to bring animation costs down, but for the most part it's very smooth and has some striking images, such as the first time you see the hero at work on one of his love dolls. Visually, the anime is realistic and unstinting in its portrayal of the android love dolls, showing several as having Terminator-like structure underneath their silky female exteriors.

And so we come to a rant.

I wish we could say the same for the writing about the android. Here's a good question: Does consensuality mean anything when you're talking about an android love doll? Don't they do and feel whatever they are programmed to feel? Point is, the Maya doll doesn't seem real happy to be doing anyone that comes into the bordello's doors at first, but I had trouble believing it. She's a fucking ROBOT! She has the emotions she's PROGRAMMED to have! Jeebus, get a fucking clue!

I understand the Pinocchio syndrome that's commonplace among Japanese anime/hentai that deals with androids, but I still think it's full of crap to have robots running around acting as if they're human, especially female sex slave robots. If you want to have a character display human emotions, have them be, I dunno, maybe ... HUMAN!!!

The reason guys fantasize about having female robot sex slaves is that they'll do exactly what you want them to, no matter WHAT it might be, and show every indication of liking it. What's more, they won't be faking it either ... they CAN'T fake it. They feel what they're programmed to feel.

So if an android sex slave acts sad abou a sex partner or a sex act or whatever, it's because her client WANTED her to, and if he wanted her to act happy she would BE happy.

The tears are as meaningless as the smiles when it comes to androids, people. Really.

OK, end rant.

This is definitely one of the better hentai, and worth watching for the story alone. Has some vanilla sex, a couple of bondage scenes, and a story that rolls right along. Watch it in a double feature with "Slave Doll" if you want to compare & contrast good and bad takes on the theme.