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Headless chicken mayonnaise
on 8 February 2014
In this high school romp an unlikely cross-dressing problem, woven into a master-servant situation, leads to blushing embarrassments for the central character. The idea has been around for centuries. Shakespeare had boy-actors playing girl characters cross-dressing to appear to be boys. Confused? Don't worry. Read on. Confusion is the whole point.
The central character is a stock character in junior high school anime, a diffident victim of intense adolescent self-doubt. He is surrounded by people who use him for a punching bag in slapstick scenes of violence.
The writers seem to have retreated from allowing a totally ambiguous pairing with lots of shock-horror implications to develop into a love affair but they have thrown in enough knickers displays, o-furo scenes, beach scenes and dressing room encounters to cheer the heart of the cheesecake brigade.
There are also themes like school-avoidance with real-life implications in the UK as well as in Japan which are sensitively approached. So it's good fun and occasionally thoughtful and moving but not quite a wow-factor classic.
Mayo is Japanese for a confused state of mind and the chiki in the title comes from a name-kanji ambiguity too technical to explain in a few words, but its use in the plot relies on chiki=chicken=coward in school-ground Japanese slang.