- Hanaukyo Maids
Hanaukyo Taro has just lost his mother, so he treks across the mountain on
foot (he's just 14 years old, you see) to find his grandfather. When he finds
his grandfather's mansion (more like a castle or a palace) he's practically
assaulted by the Hanaukyo maid team, all working for his grandfather. And now
that Taro has arrived, he becomes the inheritor of the mansion, all maids
I'm not sure whether I should envy or pity our main protagonist his
fortune. I mean, we're talking about a palace filled to the brim with maids of
all sorts, all of them devoted and willing to do just about anything for their
master. And anything and everything they do too, from his schoolwork to making
him popular in class. From doing just about any of the menial tasks that he
otherwise would have to do himself to just about anything he would otherwise
WANT to do himself (like brushing his teeth and do his business at the loo).
Even bathing involves having three maids soaping in their breasts and ... I
think I'll stop there.
Fan service? You betcha.
And the beginning really throws you off too, with Taro walking over the
mountains (in really nice and pastoral forest scenery too) showing that he is,
if nothing else, someone who knows how to take care of himself. He arrives at
a rather impressive mansion and is immediately assaulted by an army of maids.
And then ...
... the intro theme. And, by the gods, that theme wouldn't be completely
out of place on a musical or a theatre piece. Granted, the song is mainly
about the maids -- the Hanaukyo Maids, that is -- and their pride in their
work, but the production values in this song is rather impressive. It's a very
nice song too. I don't think I would be more thrown off if Julie Andrews were
to appear right there and then, singing with a gaggle of small maid-children
After that, the main plot goes into effect. Taro learns that his
grandfather isn't there any more. (Though it doesn't state that he's dead or
anything. Just not there.) Thus, Taro is now the owner of his mansion, all his
business and assets and, of course, the maid team, each with their assigned
(and specialized) task.
This would be a good time, then, to mention Taro's unfortunate little
problem. You see, he's allergic to girls touching him. This is shown by him
turning first grey, then blue and lastly green, all in great comedic flair.
And with an army of affectionate maids at your constant beck and call, that IS
Anyway, as things are, that's what you get in Hanaukyo Maid Team.
Everything resembling a plot is mostly ignored in favor of nicely animated fan
service and nicely animated comedy. It's very episodic, meaning that if you
miss an episode or two, you're not really missing out on much, save for
perhaps an explanation of the occational, new characters, like Taro's rival,
the rather rude and impertinent Jihiyoke Ryuka, or the maid in charge of
security, Konai, ninja / samurai maid extraordinaire. I told you they were
specialists, remember? ^_^
So yeah, not much of a plot. It's mainly comedy, with the fan service put
in, probably in an effort to make the viewer overlook the flaws. As a result,
the episodes vary in quality. Some of them make me snicker at times while
others are absolutely hilarious. (Like when Konai takes Taro to the mountains
to train with her.) It's a relatively fun show, really, and shouldn't be taken
as any more than that. It ends almost as abruptly as it starts leaving you
with the sneaking suspicion that there MIGHT be more on the way.
So, like most of the titles I've seen recently, it's just a bit of mindless
fun. It's perfect for a rental on an evening of your leisure and worth a look
unless you're tired of this kind of stuff and want to try something new.