Episode 1: Miss Machiko

August 13, 2018

Hosts

Colin HemphillKayla Hemphill

Show Notes

Miss Machiko is a 1981 anime series about elementary school students who play pranks on their beautiful new teacher. Are these harmless pranks, or is Miss Machiko actually the victim of blatant sexual harassment? Is this 96 episode series worth watching? Find out in our inaugural episode of The AniMonday Podcast!

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Transcript

Kayla

and I'm Kayla Hemphill

Colin

hello and welcome to the AniMonday podcast my name is Colin Hemphill on our show we roll the virtual dice each week and must watch a randomly-selected anime title thank you for joining us on our right now Ural episode we're pretty excited to be here

Colin

the last night I did karaoke and wrecked my voice

Kayla

only calling because he's saying falsetto

Colin

I should not sing falsetto ever

Kayla

yes so

Colin

and so that's a good sign for recording our first episode we're also in the middle of a thunderstorm so hopefully that doesn't bleed over too much but we'll see either way we're pretty excited to be here and we're happy to be recording

Kayla

oh yeah definitely

Colin

it's a couple of weeks ago on our promo episode we hit the random button on Crunchyroll and the show that was bestowed upon us it's called Miss machiko so a bit of background on the show Miss machiko is the English title for the anime series its original Japanese title translates more literally to the shame of Miss machiko

Colin

and it originally appeared as a manga Series in 1980 the anime adaptation that we watched is 95 episode series and it appeared in 1981

Colin

we're going to be discussing the first 4 episodes which is the amount of the show that we watched and we'll be discussing it pretty in-depth but we'll try to avoid Major Spoilers in our show just in general

Colin

what

Kayla

yeah so the way that this show is set up is each week or each episode is different and there's no that we could tell overarching what so the first 4 episodes really other than having reoccuring characters didn't really have much to do with

Colin

about

Colin

first episode

Colin

AirPrint

Kayla

the previous episode so as I'm talking about the synopsis for each episode just know that they're fairly unrelated to the first episode is about 3 students who meet their brand new teacher

Kayla

and start sexually harassing her through a series of pranks

Colin

labret fence word

Kayla

yeah so this involves like an elaborate fan hitting in forward hitting another fan for thing to make her skirt go up and all sorts of fun things like that

Colin

I'll find out

Colin

lesson plan

Kayla

and episode two centers around one of the students starting to fall asleep in class and she the teacher starts to get really worried about the student and so she goes to his house and find out that he has been trying to learn how to skateboard and she thinks this is super fun and starts incorporating it into her yeah and to her lesson plans which is really just an excuse to shop for underwear

Colin

Hunter cell

Colin

bite

Colin

baby finger

Colin

pretty much

Colin

yes it is

Colin

and then the final that we bought

Colin

it's never that have that all up

Kayla

and episode 3 one of the students developed a crush on a famous singer and she takes it upon herself to help him get over his love Sickness by introducing him to the famous singer and inspiring the final scene of the Goofy movie it is almost exactly the end of the Goofy movie if you've ever seen that and then the final episode that we watched she discovers that many of her students have been bullied by bicycle gang and so she decides to Rally them all up to fight the bicycle gang and then they end up in this whole Battle Royale mud pit thing

Colin

fight and that's it very strange

Colin

Earth breakfast

Kayla

yeah so that's the basic synopsis of the first 4 episode that we watched

Colin

only 92 more to go

Colin

so yeah there doesn't appear to be a whole lot of continuity between these episodes but just as a whole from these four episodes that you saw do you have any kind of General thoughts about like what you like and what you didn't like and and how the show can you play together

Kayla

oh yeah

Colin

spell around

Kayla

how do I get to the center of this whole show is around

Colin

male that are fun and how so

Kayla

be nails that are constantly around her and how they sexually harass her then includes students that includes other faculty members includes a principal of the school and so the whole premise of the show seems to be how many times can we see her underwear

Colin

or grab food but

Kayla

or grab her boobs or her butt or see her naked

Kayla

Alec Bank First Tech

Kayla

yeah and she

Colin

yes so the entire shows really just objectifying The Young School teacher and like validating her sexual harassment pretty much which is fairly uncomfortable

Colin

Excel

Colin

Australia post it right back and forth

Colin

and other time

Kayla

yeah and she herself doesn't seem to be necessarily opposed to it she keeps kind of going back and forth between like I'm so embarrassed and I don't know if I like this and then other time being totally flirty with the students about it

Kayla

yes

Colin

about it yeah and I think I did look into this just to be sure the students of pure very young and it turns out yes they are Elementary School students

Colin

super weird

Colin

wait

Kayla

which makes it extra weird cuz there's definitely a reoccurring theme of one of the boys that's in the main group of boys constantly going and grabbing her boobs

Colin

rabbit there are few scenes where that particular boy is like getting a ride on her back she's like giving him a piggyback and you just like reaches around to grab her boobs over time

Kayla

yeah and she keeps moving his hand and he keeps moving it back over her boob and it happens like 4 times

Colin

yeah so you noted that while we were talking about this that it seem to get a little bit better after the the first episode that was kind of the worst of it obviously we haven't seen the whole show so it could go any number of directions but that first episode was a whole lot

Colin

spell watch that at its don't info or the hour

Colin

or unfair for Pani Pani but

Kayla

sure I mean even the intro itself if you watch the intro to the show their Salon nudity in in the intro so if you don't even include that I actually counted in the first episode that if you don't include the intro or the after video we see her underwear 16 times that is bra or panties mostly panties but 16 *

Kayla

what time

Colin

several times fully exposed breast to

Kayla

oh absolutely

Colin

so some examples of situations that get the teacher into a sexually compromised position just so you have an idea of what's going on in the show there's one scene where an adult doesn't know how to operate the zoom function of a video camera and hijinks ensue there is as you mention elaborate system that makes her skirt pillow she gets sprayed with the hose at one point because the students try to trick her into stepping in front of it that big fight a duel in a mud pit with a rival gang

Colin

there's a obviously public bathhouse scenes but that's just too easy

Colin

sure

Kayla

yeah it's pretty common in a lot of Japanese anime

Kayla

where

Kayla

fight

Colin

this is the most intriguing to me there was a scene where she spreads her arms apart and she's like trying to prevent two students from fighting each other and kind of pushing them to either side and when she spreads her arms apart her shirt goes wide open

Kayla

yeah it just rips apart like what kind of terrible material of a shirt is she wearing that her shirt would just fall apart at the slight opening of her arms

Colin

yeah it's pretty crazy and like you said the entire show is built on this and the kinds of situations that expose her or allow students to touch her students and other people pretty much anyone in the show

Kayla

other emails specifically

Kayla

unfair

Colin

yeah I noted that the episodes feel really long extremely long and because of the lack of continuity and the fact that it's just one I drink after the other and they just seem to go on for a very long time

Kayla

yeah I noticed that too I remember we were like halfway through an Epson I was like oh surely it's almost over and we paused it for some reason and I saw that we were like a third of the way through

Colin

how's that saw that for third of the way yeah there's like 15 minutes 15-20 minutes yeah

Kayla

and I side

Colin

even though the answer itself as I think like almost a full two minutes or so

Kayla

yeah the intro is pretty long as well

Kayla

what's on

Kayla

what what

Kayla

product

Colin

basically my thought is there any feature of the show that I did find myself enjoying wasn't so much Miss machiko itself the show it was more the fact that this is a product of the 80s therefore I like these things about it

Kayla

so is like a Nostalgia feel for you

Kayla

break

Colin

I guess so you know it's it's weird seeing the Stalls up for me because I was born in the 90s but I do like 80's aesthetic and so there were things like the music I wouldn't necessarily say it's a great soundtrack it's definitely a low-budget sort of production but it was all done with these great analog $0.80 and that's kind of my jam so

Colin

so yeah I did enjoy that kind of aspect of it

Colin

fun fact

Colin

I heard it and said it

Kayla

yeah I found the music to be well somewhat predictable you know the sound effects and everything it's pretty much what you would think of a typical cartoon kind of stuff it was really late hurted and it said a good tone for the show and it felt like a really belonged but yeah like you were saying pretty simple pretty predictable but enjoyable

Colin

Galaxy simple pretty pretty but yeah there were especially Parts where the music was more of a an underscore for the humor itself and it was more to punctuate certain moments rather than as an actual musical piece or something so they would use the same $0.80 for sound effects so you can think of it like that won't won't won't sort of the sort of thing just kind of fun stuff like that

Colin

that's definitely wait.

Colin

And

Kayla

yeah yeah yeah yeah that's definitely what got the Nostalgia part of me cuz I watched a lot of like 80s cartoon and they do the same song to send a text message. It made me think of

Colin

so obviously we've talked about how there isn't really a story here it's more just about how often can we expose a teacher but what do you what do you think of the characters themselves

Colin

forbidden fruit

Colin

air of The Voice

Colin

infraclass and

Colin

false friends

Colin

beg for what kind of spirally glasses on the door

Colin

yeah and inserts Bird friend is the most

Kayla

this was another like struggling point for me because I felt like so many of the characters were so one note they were pretty much just normal troops that you see in anime so there's the ringleader of the three boys that are featured most in her classroom and the ringleader is kind of kind of a punk kid you know like to play praying so that it's a goofball but you know he loves his friends or anything and then one of his friends is the big dork and the other one's kind of the muscle glasses and then their third friend is if kind of like the muscle didn't talk a whole lot in

Colin

and then health is

Kayla

and then even the teacher herself is

Kayla

she's supposed to be this Ledic you know gorgeous woman and they always talk about her body and how atletic she is

Colin

gorgeous woman it always talk about Friday the intros full of scenes of her doing like athletic events and sporting kind of things in it

Kayla

yes you do like gymnastics and swimming and all sorts of things and then also at the same time whenever it contributes to the you know quote on quote plot she's just suddenly very classy

Colin

the right you mentioned how like sometimes she seems fine with it and she's kind of flirty about it and other time she acts all embarrassed it it seems like there's

Kayla

oh yeah

Colin

we mention it's kind of a boys being boys sort of attitude and oh it's okay they're just you know being themselves and Spine and so that's not a super great quality about about her as main character

Kayla

no definitely not

Colin

and she is way too nice to these punks

Colin

just in general

Colin

on

Kayla

yeah yeah even in one episode she plays a prank back on the on the boys a couple of the girls from the class and it's still pretty harmless yes and then right after one of the boys grabs her boobs so that you see like paint marks on her boobs and she's just kind of like and

Kayla

absolutely

Kayla

yeah the principal

Kayla

yeah

Colin

they like cover the cover the boys and paint or something I think that points to something else to is that nobody cares that the students are sexually harassing your teacher so the other teachers are fine with it some of them are even contributing to it themselves the principal is totally cool with it but in that episode where she pulls a prank she immediately gets in trouble for it and then the principal and the other teachers are like this is so unruly like how could you pull a prank on your student said so unacceptable and inappropriate

Colin

exactly

Kayla

which I think actually points to a very specific character that we haven't touched on yet which is the vice principal because she herself is seen as the stick-in-the-mud because she is the only character that really make sense in this whole show

Colin

really make sense for sure

Colin

I'm bothered by the fact that at underwear

Colin

adopted by is like fruit student then principle

Kayla

or at least use the most realistic she is constantly bothered by the fact that the teachers underwear is being shown or that she's naked or that somebody harassing her and she's like hey this is wrong like this needs to be stopped and why is she like encouraging this with her students and the principal is just like oh it's fine don't you see how much the kids love her

Kayla

yes she bad

Kayla

respect

Kayla

to get her to take a shower at the school so that she's full naked

Colin

why I don't see how much the kids left her yeah totally and you know she's portrayed as she's an older woman kind of gray hair with her hair in a bun and it's definitely meant to be seen is the detractor she's supposed to be the bad guy in the shows and everyone else is just having their fun and why why is it such a big deal and the rest of the faculty we already talked about how the principal is kind of gross to he's encouraging it there's one point where he's definitely touching her butt to try to push her forward yeah he's like going to quote give her new fresh clothes because hers are wet for measurements before he fired her

Colin

yeah

Kayla

cuz he took her measurements before he hired her

Colin

creepy

Kayla

yeah super creepy

Colin

there's another teacher who is also all over this Miss machiko basically spends the entire four episodes that we saw trying to pursue her in Gross ways

Colin

they're all just kind of creepy dolls

Colin

infant gets frustrated by the fact that it might

Colin

Charlie Brown

Kayla

the one thing I did like about that teacher though it's his animation really made me laugh a lot any time he gets frustrated or exasperated by the fact that some praying or some other teacher or something has interfere with his ability to hit on the Miss machiko machiko and he constantly reminds me of the lake facial expressions that you see in Charlie Brown especially when Charlie Brown just like Ugh you know he doesn't seem sort of thing and that definitely actually made me giggle

Kayla

oh yeah yeah definitely

Colin

yeah I would say also that the design of the principle is pretty fun is going to like one kind of hair sticking out of his head and his shortened

Colin

weird

Colin

edit that

Colin

and for guys

Kayla

yeah have you noticed that like both both at teacher and the principal both of the guys who hit on her are most like the size of the other children

Colin

I don't think I put it together

Colin

stop.

Colin

A young woman larger than the student

Kayla

yeah it was something that I was kind of thinking about is that she herself is like normal average height is drawing proportionately to a young woman yeah a lot taller than the students proportionate to you know what you think a 20 something year old would look like but the principal who is balding is very very short and the teacher that's hitting on her is

Colin

but balding and her that sitting on her or something

Kayla

yeah he's also very short

Colin

and also the the vice principal who's also woman in is the sensible one is cheese like regular height to

Colin

another male doesn't know yeah the hot guy teacher

Kayla

and there's also another male teacher who doesn't really yeah the hot guy teacher doesn't really hit on her whole lot

Colin

no he doesn't show up a whole lot at least in these episodes

Colin

no

Kayla

he's like friendly with her and kind of flirty but he's not creepy or pervy and he's normal height he's like a little taller than her and he's proportionate to like adult size

Colin

so what you're saying is that the show is just trying to say that these creepy emails are actually just children like they act like children and everyone else is in a grown adult who knows how to be

Kayla

do you think that this show is that deep

Colin

I mean we've only seen a few but who knows

Kayla

that's true baby maybe the show is saying more than that but it is something that I noticed

Kayla

yeah

Colin

I don't want to give it too much credit but I also noticed in terms of characters you no ranging from just Bland to down right like unlikable The Three core students and cells are also pretty terrible just to each other so there was one episode it was the one where the student falls in love with the title and one of the the main kind of student

Kayla

broadcast broadcast live

Kayla

that's right up your bag

Kayla

it 5

Colin

organizes this big thing where he breaks into the the broadcast office and does this broadcast where you live reads this love letter that the student had written to the idle and that student is tied up in a chair and gagged and he's being humiliated live on air and the other two friends of his are just totally cool with it

Kayla

yeah and the teachers like try to stop them too and the kids keep going until they finish broadcasting the love letter in front of everybody until all the students here that he's in love with this pop Idol

Kayla

Anna seems out of place

Kayla

like fruit in battle

Colin

the only other real character that pops up is we had mentioned they get in a fight with a biker gang which is kind of hilarious and weird they actually get into a lot of weird physical fights in the show it's not like it's not like brutal or anything but she miss machiko like encourages them to go beat up this other game and come away from the battlefield and so the students occasionally basically in every episode we watched end up at the hospital where there's another creepo guy

Colin

a lot back

Colin

yeah tenta

Colin

death box office

Colin

art and sides. I'm not a child and

Kayla

what repo guy that doctor also hits on the teacher a lot in fact I don't I don't know if you remember this in the episode where the kid is learning to skateboard yeah he's in he's at the doctor's office and he's like tending to Something in the yard and they cut to inside the office and the doctor has another patient and their who's female and not a child like a grown woman but she totally topless and he's like telling her to like oh breathe deeply but she has her shirt and bra off like she is yeah yeah yeah

Kayla

walk outside

Colin

but she has her shirt and bra off and there's no reason for that obviously I think in that same scene even the doctor forces Kenda who is the the main the ringleader of those three boys forces him to strip almost naked and then makes him walk outside in the public and then pours water on him

Kayla

oh yeah

Kayla

yeah

Colin

super weird just really bizarre

Colin

anyway

Colin

I think something that did catch our attention that was some of the art styles and we already talked a little bit about the music

Colin

style help

Colin

bats background

Colin

error light

Kayla

dial fast will yeah the car sell for me kind of like I was saying it kind of reminded me of I was trying to think of like an American equivalent to it it kind of reminds me of Charlie Brown and Justice really simply drawn character style but one of the things I was noticing I don't know if you saw this is that some of the background characters like some of the kids that are just walking around their faces are all the way drawn through so if you've ever like seen or done anything with Pokemon whenever ditto copies of Pokemon looks just like that Pokemon except

Kayla

guys are just two dots in the mouth is just a straight line

Colin

then never sit out right it's the same face on every copy

Kayla

yes yes and that's what some of these kids actually look like in the background so if they're not like a main character kid that you're supposed to recognize they probably don't have a fully drawn face and it's pretty hysterical

Kayla

problems like that by product

Kayla

and frosty yeah

Kayla

El puerco makes me want to research no more

Kayla

outside

Kayla

find Subway

Colin

character kids they probably don't so that makes me wonder since this is just like that's probably like a byproduct of it being a low-budget sort of 80s hand-drawn thing what if ditto is actually meant to be some sort of self-aware joke about that sort of character design there were also some fun visual gags that they did so the school that they attend if you look at the outside of the building it's actually like the spine of a book is the is the entrance to the building and then the different Wings on either side are the opening CD like flaps of the book

Colin

look bikes

Kayla

yeah and it has like it looks like it has Pages like as part of like the depth of the of the school

Colin

yep and then there's like the fence around the school is made to look like a ruler and there was a hose spout that looks like a pencil and stuff like that

Colin

outside

Colin

Facebook

Kayla

yeah it was it wasn't so much in the school itself like when they're in the classroom scene but definitely anytime that they're outside of the school you see a lot of these little visual cues of like hey like look at the school and it's so school that their school supplies made to be the actual structure of school

Kayla

bad

Colin

something about the visual style to me and I don't know if you caught this kind of looks and feels like a bad midweek children's show if you know what I mean

Kayla

yes

Colin

so not like the good Saturday morning stuff when when you think of the 80s you think of 80s anime might think of like big Mecha anime with huge action scenes and really crazy details hand-drawn stuff and

Kayla

I want a dark coloring

Kayla

we're like

Kayla

yes or no

Colin

dark colors and really Gruff characters and all that these are more like children show characters so I think of the designs of the characters in the animation style kind of look more like a Doraemon or something

Kayla

yeah it looks like it be very appealing towards children if it wasn't for the fact that

Colin

what are the fact that it's super inappropriate yeah

Kayla

yeah yeah absolutely even the way that the episodes are structured is very like what are your favorite characters going to get into this week yeah

Colin

what are your favorite character exactly which makes me kind of wonder

Colin

how was this marketed in Japan

Kayla

all that's interesting

Kayla

oh that would be scary

Kayla

8

Colin

because because we know they can get away with a lot a lot more in Japan in terms of sexual content than in the states for young children

Kayla

Young

Colin

this seems extreme

Kayla

oh yeah I know definitely

Colin

it sure it will fill the fantasy of the child

Kayla

I feel like it would encourage students to sexually harass their teachers or is it supposed to be like a you know Aerosmith like Hot for Teacher kind of vibe of like it's fulfilling the fantasy of the child who has like a crush on their teacher is it supposed to be like some sort of cathartic release for them

Colin

are you sure

Kayla

yeah I know I like Dragon Ball Z Goku

Kayla

sure

Colin

yeah I don't know I think of like early Dragon Ball and stuff in that came out in the early 80s was yeah it was fairly like sexually explicit and that was kind of a young person show more probably more teenager than like child but it was nowhere near this kind of level of stuff so we'll be exposed

Kayla

I mean I watch Dragon Ball Ono like she's never like fully exposed you know and in Dragon Ball or anything like that

Kayla

oak gall

Kayla

actually

Colin

yeah I think overall it's it's childish and it's kind of it's super inappropriate obviously but it's not just inappropriate for the sake of like being really explicit it's actually encouraging

Kayla

active

Kayla

special

Kayla

oh yeah definitely definitely

Colin

illegal activity especially in 2018 like this is super super bad it seems so based on what we've seen at least from these four episodes obviously there's a whole lot more of the show who knows where it ends up but

Colin

would you care to keep watching this and see where it goes

Colin

shut up

Colin

tonal change all the children die in a fiery explosion

Colin

terrible but really

Kayla

personally I would I would have to hear that it makes a real dramatic shift and how how the show is set up yeah I would be terrible but now this isn't really my jam when it comes to you know what what I would like to watch

Colin

but but I I would agree I don't really care to watch anymore and it seems like something that should stay as a a thing of the 80s that we recognize and laugh and move on

Kayla

laugh about yeah definitely

Kayla

okay

Colin

I have one more crazy bit of information that I want to share with you because I don't think I don't think you've looked into the show a whole lot outside of what we watched

Kayla

I just wanted to watch it and kind of take it as it was

Colin

okay Miss machiko

Colin

was adapted into 7

Kayla

Vyvanse

Colin

live action films

Colin

Moe link

Colin

live action film

Kayla

there's no way there's no way

Kayla

what

Colin

several of which came out in the last decade or so so I could mm

Colin

yeah

Colin

yeah how

Colin

I don't know it seemed well if they were faithful to the original then yes so I don't know

Colin

yep I'm going to soak in that information

Colin

well this was a doozy for a first episode

Colin

yeah we know that the random button can produce all sorts of results so anyway I think that's been our show

Kayla

I mean I'm like sort of Entry but I'm also horrify because would it just be like a soft porn then at that point because that's what it feels like it would be I cannot believe there's like this I'm I'm going to soak in that information for a minute or per step yeah but fine fun to make fun of if you want to visit our website at animonday. Bowie that animonday. M o e and you can send us questions or comments to podcast at animonday. Mowing and you can find us on our Facebook and Twitter our username as animonday cast and you can find links for that on our website

Kayla

follow along website

Colin

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Kayla

Albert

Kayla

passport

Kayla

Valspar thing

Colin

you can also do their bundling service which is called Verve at vrv. Co and that gives you access to Crunchyroll and FUNimation plus lots of other great video services for an easy $10 a month I also want to thank Sithu Aye for allowing us to use his music for the intro and outro of our program is really exciting I'm a big fan of Sithu Aye and I'm really glad that he gave us permission so you can find those songs on the Senpai EPS which are available on his BandCamp and on other major streaming services like Spotify I'll drop some links to that in the show notes and on our website just cuz I know it's kind of hard to spell Sithu Aye

Kayla

that we get to rule for next week

Colin

April 66 and

Colin

random button in 3 2 1

Kayla

yes okay

Colin

okay and the anime title for this week is Magical Girl Ore

Colin

I'm super excited the first episode is called Magic Girl transformation I think I've actually heard of this one I'm super super good good great hopefully this is a five-star but that'll do it for us this week and thank you so much for joining us on Monday

Colin

see you next week

Kayla

I'm super excited the first episode is called magical girl transformation I haven't but I love magical girl anime so I'm super super tired yeah we'll see you next week