After the sudden death of his mother, elementary school student Chihiro Komiya is left with no home and no family. But this changes when he encounters a rich and frivolous stranger who turns out to be his long-lost uncle, Madoka Takatori. Madoka offers to take Chihiro in, but upon arriving at his uncle's high-class mansion, the young boy is greeted by a plethora of dust and garbage. As Chihiro's neatfreak instincts kick in, he sets about cleaning the entire residence.
Shounen Maid is a lighthearted comedy that follows Chihiro as he finds himself dressed in a frilly uniform (handmade by his uncle), receiving a salary, and working as maid of the house.
Shounen Maid is a TERRIBLY underrated show. I can get, however, where the reluctance to touch this show might be coming from, since 8bit produced it and the summary sounds like the premise to some terrible shotacon nightmare.
This is one of those (rare in this medium and industry, I am extremely sorry to express) 'don't judge a book by its cover' cases, though: Shounen Maid is basically a gen slice of life show centering around family, friendship and mourning. And it's done beautifully from beginning to end.
The show achieves the perfect balance between sweet, lighthearted comedic tones, and a more serious approach towards
the emotional struggles of both MCs, both grieving and adjusting to new situations. I can honestly say I've laughed and teared up in almost every single episode.
There's no what one could call an overarching plot, since it's a more episodic in nature show, but there IS a natural flow of events and developments that lead to a satisfying and cohesive narrative evolution.
The side characters are all very enjoyable, and though some could use more screen time, they all still manage to be treated respectfully; at the end of the ride, there's no feeling that any one character could be disposed off and the show would remain basically the same.
The art is perhaps the weakest point of the work, and even then it's just because of how simple and commonplace the character designs could be, but they're truthful to the source material. The coloring is AMAZING: the lighting and shading is great and accompanies the tone of the narrative at all times, making the emotional moments all the more poignant, and the lighthearted ones all the more so. The use of CGI is spot on; I generally cringe at the inclusion of random CGI on shows like these because they stand out and not in a good way, they just look forced and cut the natural flow of the animation, but Shounen Maid uses it sparingly and with great criteria.
The sound is one of my favorite parts of this anime. First off: every voice actor does an amazing job. Fujiwara Natsumi is especially convincing in her role, bringing Chihiro to life outstandingly, being able to convey and portray a wide arrange of emotions delightfully, and making me forget I was actually listening to a grown up woman (which didn't really happen in the dub version, sadly). This is especially notable given that this is her first role! Also kudos to Makino Yui, who was just really fun and easy to listen to.
The opening was DELIGHTFUL. Simply DELIGHTFUL. The song itself was really catchy and fit the mood of the show while the lyrics were attuned to it, which for some reason doesn't happen very often. The ending is really fun and helps a lot towards immersing oneself in the illusion of Shounen Maid (the idols -who aren't main characters- get songs! Plural! And they're pretty good!).
The SFX and ambience sounds are all very well utilized, and the OST is absolutely enjoyable and does its job greatly.
All in all, Shounen Maid is a slice of life gem, and I would very much recommend it to anyone who's a fan of the genre but might be reluctant to give it a shot.
Shounen Maid is an anime series that really caught me off-guard. There's nothing too appealing about the cover and the show's premise sounded like it came from a female fanfiction but what caught me off-guard is this turned out to be a heartwarming slice of life show between a kid and his uncle(There's NO YAOI or Shotacon, I can assure you that)
I actually believe that this is one of the most underrated slice of life anime I have ever seen. I've seen a lot of people who avoided this show because they think the premise is crazy (boy dressing up as a maid, I don't
blame them) or they think it's some gay show or something. Also, this is by 8bit, a studio known for creating a shit ton of harem shows. If you can get over the fact that an elementary school kid is wearing a maid outfit then you'll see the great things that Shounen Maid has to offer. If not then your loss, I suppose
The story of Shounen Maid is basically about a kid named Chihiro, whose mother has just died, was left homeless and now his uncle, Madoka, shows up and decides to take care of him. His uncle then forced him to wear a maid outfit..Heh, I was joking about the last part. He wasn't forced, more like Madoka was just joking around but Chihiro decides to take his joke seriously and he now wears that maid outfit most of the time.
The show doesn't really have much of a story but rather, it's focused on the heartwarming and amazing relationship development between Chihiro and his uncle. That's the main reason why I love Shounen Maid. Well, there a few more reasons why I love the show. For instance, the comedic aspect of the show is really good. I really love the character dynamics between Chihiro and Madoka because most of the time, it leads to hilarious moments like Chihiro being the mature kid and having to take care of Madoka and Madoka acting like a dumb little kid. The characters are also fun to watch but I'll talk about it more in the "Characters" section.
This is my first time watching an anime from 8bit because most of their shows are harem and I'm not a big fan of harem. The visuals looks good and the animation is a-okay. The character design felt a bit weird to me at first because of their big eyes (KEY's character design still takes the number 1 spot for having big-ass eyes) but I got used to it after a couple of episodes.
I love the show's OST, especially when it comes to the dramatic scenes with a dramatic OST playing in the background. Those sad and dramatic soundtrack are one of the reasons the emotional scenes were effective at gripping my heart and making my eye tear up from time to time. Now the OP and ED theme song(s)
The OP theme song is "innocent promise" by TRUSTRICK. I honestly fell in love with the Opening Song the moment I heard it on the first episode. The singer's voice is beautiful and the song's melody was great. The ED theme song is "Zutto Only You" by Uchouten BOYS. I'm not a big fan of boy's idol song. I don't like them, I don't listen to any and I don't think I will. I mean, I'm a straight guy, after all. The ED theme song is my guilty pleasure. Even though I don't like Boy's Idol songs, I somehow fell in love with this song and I've been listening to it for like the past 2 months........
"It's not like I'll listen to more boys idol songs in the future, idiot..." -Me
The characters is what pulled me into this show. They're one of the main reasons why I fell in love with Shounen Maid.
The main protagonist of the series, Chihiro Komiyo, is a character that I really adored and if I ever decide to have kids (I doubt I will), I'm sure I would want my son to be the same as Chihiro. Chihiro is an elementary school student who loves to clean, cook and do all the housework. Haha, Chihiro is like the first kid I've ever seen who likes to do chores. When kids these days are asked if they want to do chores, they're going to be like "Nope" and they'll back to playing video games or whatever. This is what I love about Chihiro. He's a hardworking sweet young kid who's different from a bunch of kids I've met within the past few years of volunteering. Chihiro's personality can be a bit of a tsundere sometimes and his personality just kills me.
Then we have, Madoka Takato, Chihiro's uncle who decides to take care of him. Wow, I didn't know Madoka gave up being a God and switched genders just to go back to this world and take care of a sweet young kid? I'm just joking, this ain't Madoka from the Madoka series. Anyways, he's a dress designer and he's a lazy guy who barely knows how to clean his own mess or barely knows how to cook. He always messes it up and Chihiro always comes and scowls him for it. Madoka is surprisingly a very nice guy and not once, did I see him get angry nor did he ever get on a mean streak with anyone.
Then there's the rest of the supporting characters. We have Keiichiro Shinozaki, Madoka's assistant who makes sure that Madoka is on a right track in terms of his schedule and also makes sure that he makes his costume. I really love how he's able to put up with Madoka's laziness and his other shit. There's also Miyako Ootori, a cheerful young 16 year old girl who also works as a maid in Madoka's house and she works under Chihiro. She's a maid but she's surprisingly not good at both cleaning or cooking but she eventually improved after Chihiro decides to teach her how to cook and clean. Some maid she is. I really like her character and her cheerful personality.
One final character I want to talk about is Chihiro's mother. Yes, she's dead but she makes an appearance (more like in Chihiro's flashbacks) from time to time so we, the viewers, get to know more about her and how great of a mother she is instead of just some mother who died. She is a hilarious mother and a kind mother who, despite the hard life that she had, never gave up on his son and still took care of him until her death. I honestly shed a few tears whenever she appears in one of Chihiro's flashbacks.
I came in to this show with no expectations whatsoever and at the end, this show really surprised me. It made me laugh and it made me cry from time to time. I really enjoyed this show.
"Shounen Maid" is one of the most underrated anime I have ever seen and I already stated my reasons above as to why not a lot of people have watched this show. It's just a heartwarming story between Chihiro and his uncle and there's like no Yaoi in this series at all. I also forgot to mention the show's target audience is female but I'm a straight guy who still manages to love the series so.......
+Heartwarming moment between Chihiro and his Uncle
+Amazing Relationship Development between Chihiro and his Uncle
+Comedic aspect of the show is well done
+Great Emotional Scenes
+Nice Soundtrack and Great OP and ED theme song
+Amazing Cast of Characters
Ok, so I do admit that ,based on the title, I might have come here looking for something slightly... "Different". But... It's fine, it's fine.
Ok... So Chihiro, an elementary schooler obsessed with cleaning (more on that crap later) suddenly becomes an orphan when his mother passes away. A whimsical and childish (...) uncle that he meets for the first time decides to take him in, to live together in his mansion. As Chihiro feels like he owes him a great debt though, he puts on a maid costume and decides to bdsm-roleplay the helpless strapped-to-a-table maid with him... Nah, I... "cough" You, wish. It is
true that he puts on the maid costume though (hence the title) and becomes the house keeper. And after that... Bugger-all happens.
You see, it's the kind of anime where you're supposed to focus on the little stuff, the small emotional progress that's made, bonding the characters together etc etc, but I never got to like ANY of them, so since there were no actual dramatic changes, watching this was kind of a drag, especially during the last episodes. I guess that's fitting seeing how the anime is so f@cking obsessed with cleaning but I digress.
The number one problem with SHOUNEN maid is that it was written by a woman. No, I haven't checked it, no I don't feel I need to. First lets ignore the fact that no male (adult or not) would ever agree to put on a maid outfit, and lets move on to the people surrounding the protagonist. His school friends are... How do I say this... Not as "cold" as they should be. They're not ACTING like males, instead presenting the ideal friendship stereotypes females would show (emphasis on "ideal", we all know what sort of friendships women have) by being overly caring or worried for one another.
Same goes for the rest of the cast. No male in this anime is written as a male! And that's when realism hits rock-bottom. Everything is so perfect (with the small mandatory touch of whimsical and f@cking cheerful humor) that you don't get to care about ANY of the characters. Oh, and since I mentioned humor: IT'S AWFUL. I'm not trying to be sexist here (no, really, I'm not) but the fact that this was written by a woman becomes even clearer. The humor is all based on over-the-top reactions but it's the kind of over-the-top reactions that just scream "stupid" instead of "funny".
Ok... Lets see, what else...? Obviously the forced life-lessons were a pointless pain in the a$$ but that's not it... The real problem with this anime is right in the title. If you've already gone through the trouble of dressing a trap as a maid THEN WHY THE HELL DON'T YOU INCLUDE FANSERVICE? In the end who is this anime for? It's clearly targeted towards females but when your title is SHOUNEN MAID you will bait a far different audience, who in the end will be disappointed. It's like shooting a documentary about nature and giving it the title "Mary shows it all!"
-The title and the theme are completely misleading.
-The over-the-top humor that's plain stupid.
-The writer clearly has some misconceptions about the male gender.
-Little to no progress to the plot.
-No fanservice whatsoever.
Final verdict: When Natural High does the job better, you gotta be worried.
People beware, despite it doesnt have explicit shounen ai, you can feel the implied shounen ai in the behaviour of characters, is obvious main characters of this anime are gay (or bi), even when story never develop any romance between them. I don't care about it and actually I enjoy this show, but I am surprised to read reviews which can make you feel this doesn't have anything to do with gay characters, when it does. I mean, this is not kuroshitsuji (which already have some "almost gay moments"), no, this is closer to loveless or super lovers, believe me, if you don't like shounen
ai you would feel akward watching this anime in so many moments.