It's just another normal day at a maid café until one of the customers turn out to be a zombie! Disrupting business and infecting some of the maids, everything suddenly descends into chaos as people are attacked. As one of the more experienced maids comes to deal with the unruly customer and newly-made zombie maids, perhaps there's a bright side to this unbelievable turn of events after all?
From the director of Shitcom, comes another claymation masterpiece! This time the revolutionary and brilliant Mr. Takena Nagao brings us his take on Romero's Dead series. The ridiculous amount of blood and poor clay animation reminds me of Celebrity Deathmatch, which aired on MTV back in the 1990s. My fond nostalgia for that stupid show probably explains my softer criticism of this title vs. Shitcom.
One day inside a Tokyo maid cafe...ZOMBIES ATTACK! The maids then fight zombies in a 3 minute sketch comedy. There really isn't much to say here, although I enjoyed the clear homage to Day of the Dead with the infamous "Choke
on em" scene.
This was short, stupid, but ultimately harmless. Hell, I actually enjoyed this piece of shit more than Highschool of the Dead, so there are worse zombie anime than this!
Thanks to MAL I was able to discover this Youtube channel called Takena. Takena makes all these short claymation videos that are usually quite gory, including Maid of the Dead (don't watch it if you have a weak stomach)
This claymation short had some good animation and good looking blood/gore too. There's not much to say about it other then the story. A guy goes to a maid cafe, a maid gets bitten by a zombie, and it all goes downhill from there. Just watch it and you'll see what I mean.
In terms of pure aesthetic draw, every anime in my extensive viewing history pales in comparison to the animation of MAID OF THE DEAD. The characters are near indistinguishable from actual human beings, drawing the viewer into a story that highlights the multiplicity of the human psyche. The creator, Takane, uses flawless word choice to draw out the potential of every character, making each character stand out in their own unique way. Takane also uses countless symbols to communicate the themes that strongly emanate from this piece of animated perfection. The deep red of the ketchup matching with the blood of the customer creates a
wonderful juxtaposition that every fan of symbolic analysis would acknowledge to be superb. MAID OF THE DEAD also uses the color yellow as a backdrop color due to its dual meaning. Yellow represents hope and optimism to most but can also mean cowardice and fear. Both of these are fitting themes to the story but the main character fights against them once he takes center stage. Despite the absurd setting the main character remains unsettled at the events that have transpired he insists on receiving his ketchup drawing, uttering the single most heroic line, a line I will never forget, a line i'm seriously considering getting a tattoo of, "Ketchup drawing, please." In the face of certain doom this man/boy/child/whatever looks beyond mere appearances. He does not see the maids as undead ghouls, but rather humans with a job they must do. This beautiful gesture is shot down in a twist that I could never have predicted as the two maids knock him down and feast on his innards, finally giving his omelette rice a drawing. 10/10
This anime was hard for me to give a fair review for. I settled on 4. Note i am not a horror buff, i do have a weak stomach one could say but i would give it a higher ranking if it met my beliefs like a 8-10 if i was terrified the next day, for example.
Pros and cons
The reason why it was titled was answered... Better clay animation then i could ever do but let it be known i have never attempted clay animation.
-the titled ruin the small surprise.
- not much of an intro
- character development sub-par at best
-not the slightest bit happy with
the english title... doesn't it seem like an incomplete sentence to you? Sticking with the same words i think it would have been better with: dead maid,Dead made maid(yes, this does seem a bit wonky but i found it funny)... well you get the idea.
in a sentence for a review: I bet this will make you rethink clay!