Ground Defense Force Mao-chan (2002 IMDb)

Categorization

Yurui comedy, magical girl show.

Subject

Japan is nominally threatened by weird creatures from the Moon! In view of the cute and cuddly appearance of these harmless aliens, a regular Japanese Self-Defense Force (JSDF) response would seem like bullying, so at great cost, an alien artefact is used to create a special unit. It contains one granddaughter per branch of the regular forces. The eight-year-old Mao represents the army (“ground defense force”), and is so adorable that the tax payers still love her when quite a few aliens get away with their loot.

Commentary

From the creator of Love Hina (2000), hence the many references. The show is almost a satire, playing on the weakness of the JSDF, the popular fear of cultural losses to foreigners—the splurting white thing “talks” like a stereotypical gaijin—and the nation's willingness to favour cute pointlessness over fiscal responsibility, among other tendencies. In one instance, cuteness assumes Cthuloid proportions as one slithering alien passively enthralls everybody who sees it, making it impossible to show on screen.

References here: Gunparade March (2003).

Japanese production animation magical girl series