After his mother passes away, Taro Hanaukyo is invited to his grandfather's home. There, he meets a beautiful maid named Mariel and finds out that his grandfather has retired to a remote island and has given him ownership of his estate. Taro also discovers that not only is the estate a colossal mansion, it has hundreds of gorgeous maids ready to serve him 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
La Verite is apparently a remake of the original, i skipped the first one and went straight for this remake. One guy, surrounded by hundreds of maids. How can you go wrong?
I liked this anime for many reasons, its a "feel-good" anime that doesn't force you to think constantly. I love these animes when they do it right, i feel La Verite did it great!
It has enough of a story and character development to make it interesting throughout the whole show. Probably Verite's strongest point is its characters, i found it interesting learning all the maids (that are closest to Taro) backrounds and quirks. My favorite maid is probably Yashima. (Shes just really funny day-dreaming about Konae, reminds me vaguely of Hosaka from Minami-ke)
They don't get deep into the story until the last 3-4 episodes, but they do hint at it throughout the series. Didn't find myself bored on a single episode, which is quite rare for me.
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I'm so excited. I have found a fun and heartfelt Anime.
"Hanaukyo Maid-Tai" (2001), and it's Second Season "Hanaukyo Maid-Tai: La Verite" (2004)
I'm going to include both in this review.
It's important to do this, because we have a situation where the entire first Season was 're-wound' and told again, many of the episodes copied and done with sometimes different artwork and music.
The main difference is that the second season has a stronger, slower story, with a much more refined and much better ending.
So for that, let's talk about the mechanicals and production values; which I think has a lot to describe.
The artwork of the first season is very good. So good it startles the eye from time to time. Perspective art, and some interesting moving sequences (a'la Walt Disney multi-plane depth perceptible artwork). This is especially surprising in the light of the first season being made in 15-minute episodes, while the second season is 25-minute episodes.
The first season wastes a lot of film work in two areas. Firstly, the opening credits sequences average 3.5-4 minutes per episode. I think this is wasteful. Then the end-credits have a live-action sequence of Japanese maids standing around in someones' bedroom; for about 4-minutes. For those of you that can do arithmetic in yer head, this means almost 8-minutes of each of the first season 15-minute episodes have little to do with the story.
The artwork in the second season isn't bad artwork, but it does not have that 'sizzle' we see in the first season. Especially large let-down in dealing with the character art. I know, the whole description of the differences in artwork and episode structure is positively psychotic, but it's really worth watching this show for the great story contained in it. Tolerate the psychosis, to get to the payoff.
The most telling character, which shows a big change from first season to the second, is 'Ryuuka Jihiyou'. Drawn much better in the first season, and in the second is made into a solid comedy foil.
Another character that had artwork changed is 'Sanae Yashima'. Her skin-tone went several shades darker, and her personality shifted to much more of a deviant and hentai character.
And then there is the lead-character 'Mariel', in which she begins her life in the first season with purple hair, and blue eyes. In the second season, the artists reverse this with blue hair and purple eyes. I like the first combination better; but that stands as purely preferential.
2). Sound and music
Japanese Voices were utterly outstanding in every way. The artists understood their characters, and played to them perfectly. The English Dub Actors were no-where near as good, aside from excellent performances by people like Wendee Lee and Michell Ruff. Almost every other English Voice Artist blew it and should have been re-cast.
Music. There was some interesting change-ups between the seasons. Both seasons had good soundtrack music, well orchestrated and fit the scenic call-points quite well. But the Opening and Closing credit music varied.
The first Season OP and ED were just plain badly done. Anyone with a good ear for music will discard the first season OP and ED as unmemorable, or worse.
The second season is another story. The OP and Ed for the second season is nothing less than outstanding. Melodic, and emotional, with a very interesting set of bridge-shifts and rhythm changes in each. Just outstanding in every way. I would have posted the Youtube examples of these pieces, but they are both no longer available. Pity, you would get a treat. You'll just have to watch a second season episode to hear these tunes.
Now I can talk about the story plot, hopefully without giving away too many of the surprise twists. And there are some whoppers.
But let's start at the beginning. The first season, a continuation made up of a 3-episode OVA, and about a third of the second season moves through a lot of the same material, so I only have to deal with it once. Basically, a 14-year old young post-pubescent male (Tarou Hanaukyou) has lost his mother (his only parent), by means not explained. His first scene is shown with him in an area of the forest outside of Tokyo, standing in front of a large shrine-style gravestone. Then moving off, after many tribulations; finding himself, in the middle of the woods, at a huge mansion a 'la Versailles Palace.
This arrival leads to his being told that his grandfather (of a very large and powerful family) has made our young man, 'Head of Family', and now will barely survive a new lifestyle within the walls of the mansion, and somehow deal with life in which his every whim is handled by over 100 beautiful and very helpful (in more ways than one) maids. Tough life if you can get it. One feels very sorry for him (wink), for the first part of the story line.
Now the story moves from introducing the characters, to a voyage of discovery, and the maturation of personalities, and the romances that can occur, when two pure hearted friends find each other. Many other personalities also grow, mature and change for the better. But in the end, we have a growing family life, inclusive of virtually every one at the mansion. While most people ignore the servants in a house; in this story the people are the servants. With one boss, and they find him a easy to like person with strength of character, and a clean soul.
The plot twist I liked the most is the realization that Tarou is only their as a character to move the story forward. The main character is Marial, and her voyage of self-discovery, including brainwashing since she was a child, and the investment in time to bring she and her new boss Tarou together.
An excellent story, with many plot-twists akin to 'The Twenty-Nine Steps', finally a Perils-of-Pauline' rescue, and the preservation of the minds of several delicate people. A good time will be had by all, for those of you with the courage and tolerance for a story that moves in fits and starts, until the climax at the end; with an excellent payoff. And the best part? The show does NOT begin in High School!
Anime Production : m.o.e
Director: Takuya Nonaka
Episodes: 12 episodes
Genres: Action, Comedy, Drama, Ecchi, Harem, Maids, Romance, Slice of Life
Duration: 23 min. per episode
Original Run: 4 April 2004 – 20 June 2004
After losing his mother, 12-year-old Taro journeys to Tokyo to live with his grandfather. But he gets the biggest surprise when he discovers that his grandfather’s home is a huge mansion with hundreds of beautiful maids ready to serve him. Making matters worse (at least for Taro, but not for our viewing) is that not only does he inherit the Hanaukyo mansion, he gets the services of all of the maids 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A sudden change in his life, can he manage it?
Well, first of all we need to know is this is an anime was a remake of the anime ‘Hanaukyo Maid-tai’ that release in 2001. With 4 years gap, this anime have many significant improvement in many aspects. This anime storyline is still the same as original, that’s for sure, but of course with some change and improvement. Frankly to say, from storyline perspective, this anime greatly exceeds from the original ones.
I can tell this anime undergo such a heavy improvement. What lack from the original ones, this anime completes it. This anime storyline is not flat course and also not a slow pace nime anymore. There is a ‘real’ conflict now in this anime. You can now feel the tension and the conflict built up from first episode through the end. Some of the episode from original anime appears again with a few adjustment. In terms of drama, this anime now have a deep drama story and also wrap in much more attractive way.
All aspect from action, comedy, drama, ecchi, harem, maids, romance, slice of life now balance in this anime. Life lesson storyline still there. Although, for me, there is some ‘twist event’ part from the storyline who become a bit of a question and strange to connect but I have to say, WTH! Just go fo it!
This anime is also undergo so much improvemant in terms of art. The whole character now seems has a unique attribute beside their hair, their clothes and the color of their clothes. Mariel in the original have a purple hair, now she have a blue one and somehow remind me of KOS-MOS from Xenosaga series. Somehow the whole character have all this mature face but of course, they still not lose their cute and funny facial expressions.
Back in the original anime, the art was so-so for me but in this remake, the art was great. Many detail in this anime greatly focus and what more great is that some specific art that come from original anime is carried on in this anime without any change. For me, that’s what make this remake special.
Mariel still have that soothing eyes. Konoe still have that serious eyes. Ikuyo with her big round glasses and Chynthia still have that innocent look back in the original anime. It’s a great thing to see.
I like the OP very much. It have the same feeling from original OP so it is a very nostalgic, for me. The ED is so-so for me. Back in original ED and now, they still using the 'three stooges' maids as a concept for ED.
There is no big change in character from main character to supporting character, which is good for me and also because this a remake so they shouldn’t mess up too much in this part. The great thing is now Tarou doesn’t have a woman-touch allergy back in the original anime. Mariel became much more mature with more showing his motherly nature sense and much more appealing in term of the ‘perfect’ maid now rather then back in original anime. It is a bit shock for me that she is actually 16 years old.
Konoe who in original anime only show that she is strict person with little sense of womanhood, in this remake, Konoe show that she actually have a feminine side and a soft spot for dogs but rarely show to the other.
Ikuyo still have her smiley invention thing with now more and more witty and prankish than Ikuyo from her original anime was. There is no big change in Chynthia and Grace personality. Back in original anime their name was Ichigo, Ringo and Sango aka Strawberry, Apple and Maple but now their name is Lemon, Marron and Melon with no big change either, at least they still lust for Tarou as ever.
And there are also Yashima Sanae, a new character who make her first appearance in this anime with her jump-on-to-conclusion type. She highly adore (close to love, I think!) Konoe and sometimes this often lead her to daydreaming up various lesbian fantasies with Konoe. This is a good thing for me because back in the original anime, they already have this ‘unique’ and in this remake, they strongly make this ‘unique’ more appealing. Which is wonderful!
It is really fun to see this anime and much more exciting if you watch from the original anime. There still life lesson in there, some words of wisdom and wise remarks also. I personally rather difficult to choose which word should I quote because in this anime, there are lots of it.
This anime is really giving a new different aura from the original. You can still see that this is all still about the journey of Tarou Hanaukyo life. Back in my earlier post about the original anime review, I said there are this question who become a base of this anime such as how does a boy become a man? How can a boy who for all his life just became the master for himself, must now become the head of the huge, wealthy and respectful family? What kind of leader he become? And what kind of master he become for all his maids? Back in the original one, this question seemed to be unnotice to regular eyes but in this remake, this question is actually ask to be notice by us and somehow that gives me much more pleasure and enjoyment to watch this anime.
Fan service is better than before. All aspect of this anime and genres is in the right portions. This anime tempo is steady not slow like the original and although each episode still have a different set of story but now this anime have a purpose, have a conflict that which makes this anime interesting. Although only in small portion but the action itself is great and fun to watch.
Interesting point is beside from all this change and improvement, this anime doesn’t lose touch of the original anime. The struggle, the sacrifice, the joy and the happiness of the journey of Tarou Hanaukyo life seem more appealing than before. We can see much better change from a boy of Tarou Hanaukyo into a man of Tarao Hanaukyo, a family head of his family. For a remake, it's a success for them because they have managed to remake this anime so well.
Personal message and opinion:
This anime basically excel from his predecessor. Although you can see this anime without seeing the original first but there is much satisfaction, pleasure and enjoyment watch from the original. We can see the history of it, the different of it, the same of it, the unique of it and many more. It is really so much enjoyment for me.
Back in my earlier post about the original anime review, I said there is something is missing? Now I know what missing. Although the original anime have those kind of feelings but something seems empty, hollow. It turns out though the original anime has feelings but those feeling is empty, it lost his heart. In this anime, they seems to correct that in a great way.read more
I personally thought the beginning of this anime was very boring, but I had to give it a shot. After watching the whole anime I can say it was alright for an anime. I was going to give it a 5, but it was alright for an anime so I changed my mind and gave it a 6.
This anime is whacky in way, it starts off with a young boy named Taro Hanaukyo a 14 year old who is going to be staying with his grandfather because his mother has passed away. All of that change's though when his grandfarther leaves the mansion, for some unknown reason. He is now the new master of his grandfathers mansion, and inheritance of the Hanaukyo family. The maid that tells him this is Mariel, a beautiful young woman that is kind and is completely dedicated to pleaseing her master at any cost, remember this it's important.
Taro Hanaukyo is then greeted by all the maids at his grandfathers mansion as soon as he gets there. Every single maid greets the young Taro. At first he seems to be having a bit of trouble living like this, but eventually he gets the hang of it. There is a love interest for the young Taro. Taro has a special relationship with one of his maids although she doesn't seem to notice it, some of the other maids already knew.
Story wise the anime focuses on Taro Hanaukyo and his maid's. Some of the maids think he's some bratty child and they assume he can't live up to his grandfathers name. Until they get to know Taro personally, one by one they slowly but surely accept him not as there master but as a person and a friend. Most of them find out that he's actually really mature when he need's to be. The beginning of the series is really random and happens for no reason most of the time. Until it get's half way through, then you'll start to care and it begins to get serious.
There are a few heart warming moments in this anime but they don't last very long. The character development is really slow paced. They could of done better job of introducing them. So this anime was alright, but you probably won't really fall head over heels for it.read more
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