Synonyms: They Are My Noble Masters, Kimiaru
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 4, 2008 to Mar 29, 2008
Duration: 25 min. per episode
Rating: R+ - Mild NudityL represents licensing company
Score: 7.531 (scored by 20191 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.
Popular Tagscomedy harem romance slice of life
Aug 27, 2008
They Are My Noble Masters (anime version at least) is safe to watch by any age group and both genders. In fact, I recommend anyone to watch it on their spare time. But ecchi-oriented viewers should be warned, the anime itself is pretty "innocent" so one might get disappointed if raising the ecchi standard too high. With that said, the anime is still very entertaining and should be watched.
At first, this may seem like another ordinary maid/butler/master series with random events to fill up each episode. But in actuality this anime has a deeper story to it as first hinted on episode 1.
Both the artwork of the anime (characters, settings, etc) should not be disappointing to most viewers ... afterall if the artwork is terrible, I doubt the visual novel will be very good selling.
The only department that's a bit lacking in my opinion. There just wasn't any theme song that is particularly outstanding that I can recall (sadly the OP and ED were so-so as well) ... NOT terrible, they are just okay (they do fit some scene occasionally).
Another one of the strong point of the anime. Through each little event in the series, character relationships are developed and over time one will come to understand the characters more and more ...in the end, one will have a good understanding of each uniquely developed character.
Just to name an example:
Why Shinra is attached to Miyu but not Yume was explained half way through the story. Later on they were able to talk things through and strengthen the bonds between them.
I definitely enjoyed the anime a lot more than I first expected. The fact that they have the right voice actor animating a particular role just made it even more entertaining (watch and you'll know what I mean). This will be glaringly obvious to anyone who have watched G Gundam. read more
Oct 11, 2008
But the supporting cast minus maybe one or two characters are all well-developed and you find you know them intimiately by the end of the series, which is another rare thing. The theme of this story is essentially this trio of rich sisters who lost their parents, taking on delinquents or orphans like them to become their butlers and make them a part of their family. And what's great is that this anime never loses that theme, not for a moment. Most anime will introduce a theme and then forget it two episode in in order to dispense with the cliched nuances of harem anime. So, by remembering the theme, this anime accomplishes so much. I wanted 30 more episodes of this anime simply for that reason. It was refreshing and I fell in love with the people.
There were some minor problems. The relationship between Shinra and Ren could have been developed more, but the animators chose to put it off most of the time in order to stuff each episode with Shinra basically molesting her chief maid and her lolita-looking younger sister. It wasn't bad (it was very good, if you get me. hehe), but romantics might be a little disppointed until the last episode. Also, as mentioned before, this series was just too short, but it's because it was so good. So it's a win/lose proposition.
I would recommend this to any guy. (I just don't see how girls could enjoy this.) It's certainly among the best out there and considering it was released in 2008, I'll have my fingers crossed for a second season. read more
Apr 1, 2008
The series is about a brother and sister (Ren and Mihato) who ran away from home in order to start a new life together and after a turn of events, they end up working for a famous, rich Kuonji family consisting of 3 sisters (Shinra, Miyu and Yume). Surprisingly this anime has an underlining story to it but for the most part it is full of random mini stories/adventures that have little relation with each other. Each episode spends it’s time either focusing on a specific character or theme, usually involving Ren getting to know one of the girls, so the series never gets entirely boring and it becomes slightly dramatic later on.
There are plenty of characters in this short series and each with their own unique personality. Nevertheless only a few of them seem to get plenty of attention, while the rest barely get any screen time. But at least they all get their own moment to shine.
I must say that the quality of the animation is somewhat good with a lustrous colour palette, for the nicely drawn backgrounds and characters. But most of the effort seems to go towards the fanservice, which is a good thing I suppose. The music can only be described as very upbeat and even though it’s good, there’s nothing special about it.
Overall They Are My Noble Masters proved to be a very enjoyable ecchi, comedy with quite a few parodies for the hardcore anime fan to enjoy. There’s plenty of tasteful fanservice and adult humour for any guy to enjoy as well but sometimes it does feel a bit excessive. At least this anime has creative ways of censoring nudity XD. In the end this series did prove to be somewhat dull compared to its superior counterpart (Hayate no Gotoku) but if you just feel like watching something entertaining and extremely ecchi then be sure to check this out.
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May 14, 2008
Story: Your basic maid/butler story. Ren and Mihato have ran from their home and looking for a job, and all of a sudden, they find themselves working as butler/maid for the ultra-rich Kuonji family. Based on an Eroge, it contains scenes that shows relationships between Ren and all those sisters. I like how they gave enough attention to all of the chars.
Art: Not very good, and the scenes where they "tried" to make comedic moments were sometimes not-so-well drawn. Despite that, I think they've found amusing ways to censor nudity^^ Average drawing+ good ways to censoring = Not the best, but not the worst either.
Sound: Definitely not good. The seiyuu cast usually lacks emotions. You all know the scenes where something strange happens and a character changes their voice to mark some entertaining remark. Well, it just doesn't happen right in this anime. This may just be because I'm watching Lucky Star again (which has an awesome seiyuu cast,) but they really aren't the best. Background music was average. OP wasn't that bad, but I certainly didn't wait for it to finish. The ED wasn't so bad too, mainly because I listened to it every episode (due to various reasons >_> guess why ^^)
Characters: The Kuonji family were unique in my opinion, and they really provided me a reason to watch this anime (other than ecchi.) What I didn't like was that the others didn't have good backgrounds. Ren's background is the same as Hayate's, Mihato acts too much like Maria-san (calm looking but can be very dangerous,) and also the cooking scenes where she cuts various animals and we see blood is too much like psycho Kaede (Shuffle!)
Enjoyment: As a healthy young man, I enjoyed watching the ecchi moments. I didn't realise that I like this anime until it finished (which really left an empty hole in my heart.) I think I liked watching one episode a day, it was about the right amount for my daily ecchi needs.
Overall: Please, do not ask me how I got 8 for overall while I have two 7s and a 5. Lets call it being a man. Ecchi gave me enough reason to watch, the Kounji sisters made it interesting enough, and the end made me want for more (and made me want for its eroge - not translated yet unfortunately.) My advice would be to watch this before Hayate no Gotoku or other animes that have very powerful seiyuu cast.
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Sep 6, 2009
The story, for a harem series, is pretty good. The male lead and his sister have run away from their violent and abusive father at home and, after helping out a member of the Kuonji family, get hired as servants. Although the story isn't really that visible until the last two episodes and some flashbacks in between, I am impressed that the producers brought it back and wrote out a nice resolve.
Too often I find myself to realize that the 'ending' is about the main guy seeing his favorite girl leave or being taken away after which he runs after her while screaming and wins her back with not too much effort. But KimiAru is a different story (pun intended), so you can count on a decent ending.
The characters have more to them than just their bust size or usual shared childhood past with the male lead. Each one has a noticeable different personality and background which is also shown in the anime and they are all fun to watch as well. Except the broom guy which was effectively tossed aside I haven't really found any disturbances. I'd also like to add that after giving all of them some romance development they don't vanish into the background; throughout the episode you'll often come across them and actually remember what they are like. That is also the kind of romance development that fits this series; not just one girl that is set in stone as the male lead's future wife after 2 episodes but some romance development for all girls. And with their characters, they indeed do deserve some love.
The male lead is also one of the strongpoints of KimiAru; no spineless wimp that bangs everything that has an ass and moves but actually someone that is kinda cool as he does what he has to and knows when he has to: be it cheering someone up, helping him/her out with something or protecting them when he has to. It isn't just the male lead; all characters in KimiAru are fun to watch with their different personalities and treats. To the point of where you start thinking that it is a waste they only can shine throughout 13 episodes.
The art, aside from episode 1 where all bystanders are just generic orange painted figures, is likeable. It is sweet with nice coloring and really matches the overall 'feel' of the series if you know what I mean. The sound wasn't really anything special, but at least you don't finish this series with a serious headache or negative feeling from it. It is what it is, which is enough.
Overall KimiAru is an enjoyable series that should have no problem raising your mood after watching many fail harem series. A good story, likeable characters, your daily dose of ecchi and a matching art stand at the foundation for a nice ride. The journey to a good harem series was tedious and long, but you have made it and rewarded now at least. Don't let your mood drop again and proceed to the shows as listed in the recommendations section. Watched them all? Dig up another anime on your 'want to watch list' and wait for the upcoming series in fall 2009; some of them have alot of potential so it'll be worth your time.
Until the next time! read more
Jul 18, 2010
BTW: SPOILERS this review might contain.
Being a butler is no easy job... all the cleaning, the washing, the exigencies of your masters and... the hilariousness that you can get.
Kimi ga Aruji de Shitsuji ga Ore de, also known as They are my Noble Masters (let's just call it TAMNM), is truly a good show for the target audience and the genres it wanted to touch. Me, mecha/sci-fi fan walked on this anime with this mind set: I want a mindless show that will entertain me, without being annoying. TAMNM did it perfectly!! Never had I so much fun watching a mindless "harem/romance/parody" anime. Now let's get to the review please.
Story: huh... none. Read the synopsis and you pretty much get the story. This show never tried to force you a story. You can of course see that the story follows a path of going to point A to point B. It also makes sense, but it's not one continuous story. The setup for Ren and Mihato is very well done. Instead of having them just appearing out of nowhere in this crazy mansion, they give almost a complete episode before they actually start working as butler and maid. Having Ren being beaten up by his father and running away from home later was a good sad atmosphere at the beginning of the show. For the most part, this is an episodic show. Nothing that makes it stand out, but it makes sense. 7/10
Art: The animation is nothing that stands out, but the character designs are very good. Really too much to say, it's just good art in general. 8/10
Sound: Meh... generic soundtrack. It has a weird, but funny, mix of music that ranges from Classic music to almost Heavy Rock. Nothing impressive and the OP/ED were just not good. 6/10
Characters: This is where TAMNM did his job flawlessly. A lot of ground to cover in this section. Prepare yourself.
Ren: He is your anti-lead for a romance/harem/slice of life anime. First of all, he's hot-blooded which makes him absurdly epic sometimes. He's a man of decision. He's willing to become a better butler for the sake of never had to go back to home again. Of course, he gets embarrased over some things, but he eventually gets over that and that makes him stand out of the bunch of pussies in other animes *cough* Aono Tsukune*cough* *cough*Rito Yuuki*cough* *cough*Shinji Ikari*cough*. Thumbs up Ren, you were awesome.
Shinra-sama: The first child in the Kuonji family. She's incredibly colorful. Charismatic, beautiful and mysteriously attractive. She's so awesome. She loves to tease the people that she loves and you can definitely see that in the anime. The things that she does are ridiculously funny and when she gets serious, it is at least credible. Of course, they are two parts in the anime that I think she didn't make the right decision, but at least at the end *SPOILER* she kisses Ren with one of the most intense and straight forward kiss ever. *END OF SPOILER* That character did her job with a perfect score.
Mihato: Crazy sister, but funny crazy sister. The fact that she admits having a brother complex right from the start makes all her actions believable. She really loves her brother as much as he loves her. That's another thing that stands out in this anime. They show you their very deep love for each other, but without having to go in an incest route. She's willing to let him go, but she gets depressed when she cannot spare some moments with him and that is understandable. But she never gets in the way for character developments making her a very likeable character.
Natose: God, I love her. She is so likeable, always trying to do her best, supporting Ren in his work, giving him advice, etc. She's a perfect balance of hilarious moment and also serious moment (and that's the moment you don't F with her). The fact that she likes Ren, but only as brother, makes that show a "different" experience compared to the traditional harem show. That character is up there. Her backstory was also kinda sad, being the only survivor of a tsunami and seeing all her family dying without being able to do anything was touching.
Miyu: The second sister of the Kuonji family. At the first, I thought she was going to be the generic girl that looks like a little kid, but in fact is an genius and annoys everybody with her boastfulness. I was completely wrong. She's a grown up adult, but has her cute moments. The fact that her own sister calls her loli is hilarious, when she's probably the most mature character in the show. She likes Ren, but never to the point of love, which breaks yet again the traditional harem route. She doesn't have any shame and the moment when she's getting almost molested by Shinra makes her hilarious and like the others, a very likeable character.
Yume: The third and last sister of the Kuonji family and probably the most invisible out of the three. She sees herself as an invisible person that doesn't have a strong character, which is kinda true. But she is a fluffy person and when she is in the screen, she does have a presence and you like her. She doesn't stand out, but she's not annoying and you feel good for her at the end.
Benisu: That's the Tsundere of the show. She's looking down upon Ren, but eventually likes him. Her backstory is probably the main reason why she acts the way she does. That character was funny and interesting at times, but she also got in my nerves at some points. I just want to mention that her voice is done by someone who does a lot of hentai and it shows in episode 12... In the end she was just a good character.
Ageha: I LOVE HER TO DEATH!! Again, first impression is never the right one. I thought she was going to be the generic evil bitch, but it turns out very differently. She is, along with Shinra, the only character that develops an affection to the point of love over Ren. Instead of being evil, she's the hot-blooded female of the show. Very strong, very strict, but she is able to acknowledge the efforts of people around her and giving rewards for that. I was happy that she got an arc devoted only to her and Ren and I was also happy that she takes a backseat for the rest of the series while still being around sometimes. That way, she doesn't get in the way for the other characters to develop. She said that she will never give up on Ren, but they didn't make this the focus, parting away again from the traditional harem show.
Colonel: That guy was so epic. The head butler of the family and you can see why. Handsome, useful, polite, strong and for the most part, hilarious. His voice sounds so good and he's such a good butler. Nothing much to say about him other that he was instantly loveable character.
Now for the others.
Chiharu: That "guy" is the biggest trap in anime ever. He sounds like a girl, he looks like a girl and he has the hairs of a girl. He's just missing some tits and has a d**k in the way.
De Niro: An extra bonus. He's not useful to this series, but he's funny for the most part.
Anastasia: Punish me more.
Kojuurou: That guy was ridiculously hilarious and he's voice by one the greatest seiyuu ever (Nobuyuki Hiyama)
Iwao: A sorry father. He's a total douchebag, because he cannot express himself correctly. He, fortunately, redeems himself at the end.
In the end, the cast of characters deserves a 10/10. They really did make the show for me.
Enjoyment: I loved that show. It was so mindlessly entertaining!! The biggest thing that I loved about this anime was the fact that they never wasted time. The show moves at a fast paced, which gives the chance to see more and more as the show progress. I was also pleased that it was only 13 episodes. Otherwise, fillers this anime would have been full off. This anime beats Sekirei in my terms of a show that was mindlessly entertaining. I also watched this anime with the mind-set that it was going to put mindless. After watching all those serious shows (Legend of the Galactic Heroes for example) it was very refreshing. Good job TAMNM!! 9/10
Other: I would like to mention the multiple references to other anime this show has made (G Gundam, Gaogaigar, Initial D, Prince of Tennis, Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei and others). The hilarious jokes of G Gundam with Gaogaigar are well placed, because of Tomokazu Seki (Domon Kasshu), Yousuke Akimoto (Master Asia) and Nobuyuki Hiyama (Viral / Gai Shishio). This three combinations of hot-blooded seiyuus was a great add to this series. I also enjoyed the fact that if you ay very carefully, there is only two characters that are in LOVE with Ren and that is Shinra and Ageha. The others certainly like him, but not to the degree of love. To wrap things up, I would like to give congratulations to Shizuka Itou (Shinra) and Rie Tanaka (Ageha) for providing great performance.
Overall: Everybody who's tired to watch shows that needs you to keep your brain open, go watch this show on auto-pilot mode. This is without a doubt a show that I will rematch when I will feel the need to relax. I really recommend it to everybody that has an interest for a stupid-but-yet-great anime.
In the end 8/10 (but if I go with what my heart thinks, 9/10)
Jan 18, 2009
harem/shonen romance/ecchi anime, this ain't it.
But it was a good weird and spontaneous romance
One, there are only sporadic content of ecchi in there.
Save for Shinra Kuonji's occasional tease and some other
gimmicks, not much ecchi content. And that is not necessarily a
bad thing. It allows the story to expand beyond the scope
of the visual novel.
But, the producer could have done better. The storyline was not
planned out, and was very sporadic, with too many filler episodes
for a short series. What drives the story forward? It should be Ren's
relationship with the other girls. But, little progression is made at the emotional
or psychological level. There is a huge social gap between both sides.
The character planning could have been better, but since this came
from a visual novel, you could not have expected anything but one male
character along with a huge ensemble cast of girls.
Artwork is pretty well done, and there was no action, no pan shots, no
heroic shots. But it was well done for this genre. The animation studio
did a nice job touching up this anime. The characters look like repeats from
other series except for Shinra. She seems to be fresh design, and I think that
design will be used in the future for other independent female designs.
To conclude, good anime to watch on the plane, or something. Don't waste your
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Apr 6, 2008
I feel this is a must watch as it is consistently funny, and ebraces the rest of the industry read more
Apr 17, 2011
Unlike many other harem anime this one has immense character development. From the start of the anime the protagonist even states that everyone in this house is "so strange, and unique". Everyone compliments one another and for a bunch of insanely rich girls they are actually very thoughtful and kind.
I honestly thought this was going to turn out to be one of those anime where the rich girls enslave the protagonist and make him work hard and over time warm up to him. It actually turned out that they were all generous, and loving from the start which was a nice change of pace.
I recommend this to anyone who is interested in it. read more
Oct 26, 2009
It has a story... per se. Each episode revolves around or focuses on a character within the household and nicely incorporates the remaining cast into each episode as it goes along. Some might find this technique appealing and fresh but it sacrifices time for development of characters that aren't pertinent to the story and are giving TV-time to "be fair." However, the story boils down to Ren's interactions with the rest of the people within the house (mostly the girls) and the outcome of each relationship.
I enjoyed it. There were some scenes which were really gorgeous and stylized, but there were others that were very "meh."
The voice acting was really spectacular. A lot of good, varying octaves and distinct voices for each character allow for each character's individual personality to be showcased.
Suffers a little bit due to the inclusion of having EVERY remotely relevant character have a episode devoted to them. But the characters are awesome where it's needed the most: namely the ones that receive more screen time.
I liked it. I would've liked to have seen a little more romance, though.
Not entirely harem, so if you're looking for a true-blooded harem anime, look elsewhere. This series focuses on the importance of family and does a good job at it while adding in some pretty hilarious moments; ecchi too. A solid choice of viewing for any comedy, romance, or harem lover.
May 10, 2008
I hated this anime. with a firey burning passion in the first 4 episodes.
Mainly because that sister (sort of-ish) rape scene disturbed the hell out of me and pretty much spoiled the entire anime for me.
The it was if the anime suddenly found out it deeply offended me after a few episodes and suddenly made direct anime refrences to all of my favorite animes. (as opposed to all those other anime refrence-ing animes, to which I couldn't make heads or tails of.) They made refrence to Rozen Maiden, Sailor Moon, Haruhi, Fruits Basket, Sayonara Zestobu Sensei, all of my beloved animes.
It got less creepy as time went on though, which I'm grateful for. read more
Apr 29, 2009
The Story for me was very entertaining and very romantic (In a harem sort of way).
But good things always come to an end, it was way to short to end so suddenly. But its DEFINITELY a story worth telling.
The art was superb I would give it 5 thumbs up (...if I had five thumbs that is). The background was superb and the character designs are very amazing to begin with. Different character designs that truly blend with their characteristics and traits.
The Sound was good nothing that special. But the ending of the story had a great sound effect though. The Opening theme really suits the anime well.
The Characters had all their screen times except... it was too short. Not really much of a Character development though.
~Enjoyment & Overall
I was Definitely and positively sure that I made the right decision... On making this one of my Favorite Animes. read more
Apr 1, 2009
Other than that 9/10, the humor in here is too good to pass up!
Sep 14, 2012
Theme is about the importance of family and friends. Check
All the girls are in love with the male protagonist: Check
Most of the girls have large breasts which you see quite often: Check
Characters are harem stereotypes: Check
Male protagonist walks in to bath while girl is naked: Check
Male protagonist gets beaten up by girls: Check
Lots of references to other anime: Check
Cheesy OP: Check
I could go on.
I am being a little unfair. I do enjoy a half decent harem comedy now and again mainly because they easy to watch and you don't really have to think. Its like channel hopping and finding a trashy programme that you won't admit to anyone that you like.
Kimi ga Aruji de Shitsuji ga Ore de fits the bill perfectly and is one of the better ones around. I'm never going to give it a high mark. When I give an anime a 7 it means I enjoyed it but it is not anything out of the ordinary.
Kimi ga Aruji de Shitsuji ga Ore de has a lot going for it. The characters are likable, the story is easy to follow and the artwork is easy on the eye. However, it is not a profound piece of work.
I would easily recommend Kimi ga Aruji de Shitsuji ga Ore de if you just want to see some fun lightweight entertainment which doesn't work the brain and has some cheap laughs. read more
Jun 24, 2012
Imagine this! Two people run away from home to escape an abusive father. These two people are brother and sister,their names are Ren Useugi and Mihato Useugi, and they have nowhere to go. So guess what! They run to the city to find work! Their young dreams of freedom flowing in their minds, they search all around the city for any source of jobs that provide a place to stay. While searching for work, a middle school looking girl is talking to her miniature egg-shaped robot. She has a large sun hat on top of her head and she takes it off, suddenly she begins to faint! The brother catches her in mid-fall, and asks where she lives. She gives the directions to her house, and they arrive at a Mansion! Their lives will forever be changed by this event!
They find out that the girl is in fact not a middle schooler, but a 20 year old who looks like one. She is also the sister to one of Japans greatest orchestra conductors, Shinra Kuonji, and her name is Miyu Kuonji. Ren's sister, being the observant one, notices all the servants working in the house, and suggests to her brother that they should try to get a living in job at the mansion. After an event (No spoilers for you!) they become servants in training!
The anime goes on to how Ren handles the curious events that unfold at the Kuonji household, such as a game of Capture the Flag to, or training to become a better butler (of which some training methods would be thought to be harsh by human standards).
Also on a side note, this anime is moderately ecchi, with few episodes being innocent while others not quite so. Comedy is present throughout the anime. Basically this anime is a Romantic-Comedy, so if you enjoy those, you will definitely enjoy this anime
The Kounji Sisters:
Shinra Kuonji- Eldest sister, one of Japan's famous orchestra conductors, and has a love for cute things, of which she often teases her younger sister Miyu and Ren the main character.
Miyu Kuonji- Middle sister, very intelligent, and is often declaring herself to be the classy one, Miyu does not like how Shinra sometimes almost molests her everyday or so.
Yume Kuonji- Youngest sister, still attends high school, she is the shy and easily embarrassed one of the sisters, but she has a love for manga, and hopes to write a successful one of her own.
The Servants of the house are as followed:
Benisu- head maid of the Kuonji Mansion, also is often seen with a lesbian like love for Shinra.
Natose- personal attendant of the youngest of the Kuonji sisters, Yume, she has a dog-like feel to her.
Colonel- Head butler, and former special ops officer, seems to have almost superhuman abilities and powers.
De Niro- the egg-shaped robot who serves as Miyu's personal attendant.
Chiharu Kiyohara- the cliche female looking male character that is often not included in half the episodes and has little time or importance in the anime
Other Characters who serve actual purposes:
Ageha Kuki- One of Yume's friends and another rich girl, she has a scar on her face, and falls in love with Ren, often gives food out as a reward for good deeds
Kojūrō Takeda- Ageha's personal butler, who is basically a masochist for Ageha's punches.
The Story is actually good for an ecchi anime, the art is great, sound is almost perfect, the characters are diverse and exceptional, enjoyment was really good. My overall grade would be a 9.5/10 read more