Ground Defense Force! Mao-chan, also known as Earth Defender! Mao-chan, is a 26-episode comedy anime, created by Ken Akamatsu, the author of Love Hina.
It stars three eight-year-old girls, Mao, Misora and Sylvia, as they try to defend the earth against invading aliens. The world's defense has fallen to unlikely straits because the aliens are excessively cute, of which combat engagements are televised: if the forces battling the aliens were not cute themselves, the general public would revolt, as it would be seen as "bullying". Consequently, three military leaders chose their granddaughters to be the defenders, fittingly, becoming a team even cuter than the aliens. They each have a clover-shaped badge that enables them to transform.
The series itself is rife with parodies and references, particularly to Akamatsu's earlier work Love Hina. The girls' commanding officer bears a resemblance to Naru Narusegawa from Love Hina.
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|Season 1||Episode 1||I'll Protect Japan by Myself!||2002-07-03||15 min|
|Season 1||Episode 2||First Deployment of Mao-chan!||2002-07-10||15 min|
|Season 1||Episode 3||The Air Defense Force, Misora-chan||2002-07-17||15 min|
|Season 1||Episode 4||The Sky and Land are One||2002-07-24||15 min|
|Season 1||Episode 5||Sea Defense Force Silvia||2002-07-31||15 min|
|Season 1||Episode 6||Anyways, Let's Have a Meal||2002-08-07||15 min|
|Season 1||Episode 7||I'll Eefend Even the Water Striders!||2002-08-14||15 min|
|Season 1||Episode 8||Project "Defense Barrier"||2002-08-21||15 min|
|Season 1||Episode 9||Formation, Total Defense Party||2002-08-28||15 min|
|Season 1||Episode 10||Japan Collection Mission||2002-09-04||15 min|
|Season 1||Episode 11||Put Everything Aside, It's a Field Day!||2002-09-11||15 min|
|Season 1||Episode 12||Asleep or Awake, We Must Defend!||2002-09-18||15 min|
|Season 1||Episode 13||My Mother Came!||2002-09-25||15 min|
|Season 1||Episode 14||Defense Headquarters Crisis||2002-10-02||15 min|
|Season 1||Episode 15||Kikuchimonji the III Enters!||2002-10-09||15 min|
|Season 1||Episode 16||Mii-kun Ran Away||2002-10-16||15 min|
|Season 1||Episode 17||An Actor's Road is Harsh...||2002-10-23||15 min|
|Season 1||Episode 18||The Cheerful Snow Festival!||2002-10-30||15 min|
|Season 1||Episode 19||Apples - Tangerines - Melons||2002-11-06||15 min|
|Season 1||Episode 20||To the Hot Springs to Pass the Exams for Todai!||2002-11-13||15 min|
|Season 1||Episode 21||American Defense Girl||2002-11-20||15 min|
|Season 1||Episode 22||Let's Defend Happiness!||2002-11-27||15 min|
|Season 1||Episode 23||I'm Sorry, Mii-kun||2002-12-04||15 min|
|Season 1||Episode 24||The Woman of the Purple Lilies||2002-12-11||15 min|
|Season 1||Episode 25||Protect the Memories||2002-12-18||15 min|
|Season 1||Episode 26||Today I'll Defend Loosely as Usual!||2002-12-25||15 min|
|Writing||Yousuke Kuroda||Series Composition|
|Art||Chitose Asakura||Art Direction|
|Sound||Hiromi Kikuta||Sound Director|