Having lost her mother at a young age, Misha Takanashi, a second grader who is half-Russian and half-Japanese, now lives with her Japanese father. Tsubame Kamoi, formerly a Japan Air Self-Defense Force, JASDF officer, comes to the Takanashi household as a housekeeper. This is a home comedy where Kamoi, a hardcore lolicon, attempts to get near Misha as she tries to fight against her.
Reading the premise alone is enough to turn most people away, on paper, it looks like a disaster. Imagine Home Alone, and Kevin is a half-Russian, half-Japanese second-grader, whose parents are absent a lot. Replace the wet bandits with a former JASDF officer turned maid who is capable of accomplishing almost anything she sets out to. The twist here is the only thing the maid is trying to steal is the second grader’s heart, yes, the maid is a lolicon freakazoid. The young Russian girl is constantly coming up with plans to fight our muscle-maid brute’s attempts to get closer to her. This is pretty
much the show, in a nutshell, it’s a home comedy with some controversial themes.
Before we get into the meat of the controversy, let us talk about these characters. The story centres around a young girl named Misha Takanashi. Her mother passed away some time ago, prior to the beginning of the main story. This affected her in many ways, she struggled to trust others, developed a bratty attitude and became a NEET who did her absolute best to scare away all the maids her father hired to help take care of her, and to keep the house in order while he is working. This is where that former JASDF officer enters the fray! Tsubame Kamoi is the definition of a superwoman. Everything she does is done in a professional-like manner and she has super speed and strength. We are talking about a lady who has muscles in places where I didn’t think were possible, she also has abs that put Matron from the Seven Deadly Sins to shame. As mention before, she is a hardcore lolicon, the gist of the show is about the antics between Misha and Tsubame. These interactions lead to some of the most hilarious segments of the Fall season.
Everything about Uchi no Maid ga Uzasugiru! (UzaMaid) is absurd from its setting, right down to the dark humour. Now, this show can be either a hit or miss, there will be those that find it repulsive and those that enjoy the hijinks. And to be fair, its deserved, especially when you have Tsubame who literally says, and I quote, “I only like girls who haven’t begun to menstruate.” There are a few sketchy and questionable moments, but I like to point out that UzuMaid has a lot more to offer with its style of comedy as opposed to being a lolicon bait. The humour is based on absurdity, so taking it too seriously would be equivalent to taking a show like Nichijou as some grounded Slice-of-Life. This style of comedy works because of how insane, brash and disdainful it is. I think it is important to remember that you can find things that are abhorrent and hilarious simultaneously—that is what you call, black comedy. It never tries to make you accept these ‘pedo’ vibes from Tsubame’s thoughts or actions, the reason why these interactions with her and Misha are amusing and funny is that we as the audience know that it's so over-the-top, outrageous and taboo. It doesn’t condone this act at all, rather it goes out of its way to do the opposite while having fun with it.
You have other characters that point out how wrong and distasteful Tsubame’s actions really are. Someone like another former JASDF soldier with a strong fascination for her fellow comrade Tsubame in Mirdori Ukai. As ridiculous as her character is, she keeps Tsubame in check. Speaking about Midori, she feels responsible for having her crush quitting the air force for her masochistic obsession. She makes up a lot of the hilarious moments when she is introduced later in the series. I don’t think anyone can roast her. You also have Misha’s friends who help show her dynamics in Mimika “Washiwashi” Washizaki, a very shy girl, kind-hearted and admires Misha. Also, Yui Morikawa plays the one-sided rival. When you have people on the streets, questioning Tsubame’s motives and acts, you clearly see in no way does the show attempt to normalize lolicon. I don’t think that Tsubame actually likes girls in the way that most would think, rather her fantasies are based on the purity and innocence of youth, she even states that early in the show. There is an episode that sums up my defence, its where Tsubame disguises herself as someone else in an online game where you can choose your own avatar that Misha plays. That is one segment you cannot miss.
UzaMaid really shines with its comedic timing and when you have that with the addition of amazingly funny visual gags, its comedy gold. Like when Tsubame unintentionally exposed her true identity to Misha in an online game or the toilet paper consumption scene, then the camping scene, can't forget the panty segments, and the unexpected drone moment. There are also light-hearted comedic moments with Misha having a snowball fight with her friends or the hamster scene with her classmates. There are varying levels here, but it’s not all laughs and smiles. The show knows when to step back for some breathing space and shift the mood of the show to some more serious moments without completing upsetting the tone. UzaMaid’s story has a few interesting layers to peel back and dissect. The other part of the story is more of a ‘moving forward’ type for Misha as she is slowly learning to break out of her shell after the tragic loss of her mother. And unknowing to her, one of the sources for her in overcoming her grief is Tsubame herself, it just goes to show that there's more to Tsubame than her usual dubious ambitions. She guides Misha into taking chances with others, making new friends, being more open to her father and loving life again.
Doga Kobo’s is a match made in heaven for this type of series, they really know how to execute their best works into moe anime. Again, the visuals gags are amazing and hilarious, there is a lot of fine detail into the background art, the colour scheme is perfect and the animation is so fluid that scenes, where Misha is doing something simple as brushing her hair, look abnormal—in an anime setting that's for sure—there is no stiffness or sharp movements, it just looks and flows naturally. It definitely is giving Tsurune a run for its money. In terms of fanservice, the ‘best’ or most ‘extreme’ that you’re going to get is Tsubame’s rock hard abs. OP and ED are fun, energetic with some fun visuals. The score is fitting for an anime like UzaMaid, they even have some Russian music in between the upbeat and relaxing songs. These days, most castings are great so there are no complaints here, although there are those who do their roles exceptionally well. So, a shout-out is warranted to Tsubame’s voice actress in Manami Numakura who makes the character the heart of the show while Mao Ichimichi nails Midori’s masochistic persona perfectly.
While comedy is subjective, I’d like to mention something to those who condemn black comedy. When we laugh at a joke about a controversial topic, we aren't laughing at the controversial topic itself. More so we’re laughing at the joke about the bad thing. It isn't paedophilia as a concept which is funny but how over-the-top and absurd the anime presents it. The shenanigans are what makes it hilarious, not the thought of it. It would be a stretch to say that you cannot be mildly uncomfortable while watching UzaMaid but I’d be loath to let something like that ruin the show. All in all, this is one of the best comedies of 2018, filled with many moments that turns your stomach into looking like Tsubame’s chiselled core.
This season we have another anime about a pedophile, aren’t we tired of the same stuff? The most significant change is making the pedophile a female, pretty smart none will notice a lolicon maid being a pedophile. Well, is not clever, but I am giving the author some credit for trying something new. Honestly, I was surprised in the first episodes. The show was enjoyable, original, hilarious. After some episodes, I noticed the series re-used the same joke every time to have the comedy afloat. The anime that we praised became boring, irrelevant, and in the end, it is just another series that will be
forgotten as an average comedy because the director does not hurry the pace of the main plot.
The plot is very straightforward with languid pacing because they focused more on the jokes than in the story itself. A lolicon maid falls in love with a young girl because she hasn’t her first period *roll my eyes* Yes, it is funny haha – I tried to laugh but I couldn’t, sorry. So, this maid became a stalker that follows the girl every time, asks for marriage (most all the time), she disguises to be with her. It is fun. The maid enthusiasm combined with the girl repulsion is hilarious. Sadly, since the same joke is repetitive, I got tired. Maybe I expected too much; the first episode delivered an animation quality out of the chart. That is very unusual for a comedy, but the plot quality at the end wastes the animation quality, and the show is now average. You can blame me and send me back into the medieval bonfire, but this show is boring and stupid. In the middle of the series since the first maid lacked humor, the author has the ingenious idea of adding a second maid with some masochism behavior. However, this does not change anything, now we have two perverts for the price of one, and both do not fill the comedy moments showed from the beginning.
On the other hand, Misha, the girl, has a bright personality, and she is the only character that has some development during the story. She is charming, cheerful and is trying to continue her life after the death of her mom. Misha hates the lolicon maid aka Tsubame who has a bizarre personality, and Misha elaborates plans to get Tsubame fired. The maid is a stalker, lolicon, pedophile, she is a hard worker and wants to marry Misha. That is delightful. However, the constant repetition is tedious because in certain parts Misha looks like a person with schizophrenia awaiting Tsubame's assault. Perhaps that was the reason for adding three secondary characters to refresh the plot. Those are Midori aka the extra maid with a twisted personality. Mimika aka glasses and probably Misha’s best friend and since the MC needs someone that challenge her, they added Yui, that always wants to compete with Misha. About Tsubame, I wanted to know more about her but we got some sporadic scenes about her past, so her background is incomplete, sadly.
One important aspect of this series is the animation, and it is impressive in the first episodes. Although, the quality changes and now is a mix of beautiful and weird. There are certain parts were the characters are rough and ugly and are more appreciable in the second half of the series. If we check the colors are very bright and charming. The palette is pleasant to the eye, and a lot of spectators will feel the series warming.
The sound is very nice. The OST is very vivid and helps to catch the spectator in the hilarious moment. The OP and ED are average, but the rhythm buried the lyrics, however.
Finally, my verdict is average (5). I liked the first episodes and was near to give the series an 8 – 9. Nonetheless, after the half, I notice that the fun disappears. It is an alarm if you get rid and tired of the same jokes because the comedy fails. “Uchi no Maid ga Uzasugiru” issue is the lack of an outcome when it is needed. I disagreed when some persons said me that this show does not have a plot but is a combination of jokes. The show has a plot (Misha life after the death of her mom, that’s why her dad gets happy when Misha wants to share anything new with him, Tsubame life in the air force, how did she lose her eye, was Midori involved? That is called a plot) but if the director takes too much time deciding when to advance the main plot (last episode), that is another thing.
Japan loves their maids and it’s not too hard to see why. In their world, maids are much more than just eye candy but portrayed as individuals who treats others with respect, dignity, and care. In the Western world, people will probably see maids differently. Watching Uchi no Maid ga Uzasugiru brings out an absurd side of the maid culture that I didn’t realize I wanted.
Also known as “Our Maid is Way too Annoying”, the show doesn’t intend to hide its intentions from the very start. The first few episodes immediately sets off some red flags as we meet Tsubame Kaomi. She’s a former JSDF
fighter pilot and now serves a young girl named Misha Takanashi. In no less than a single episode, we discover Tsubame’s unhealthy obsession towards Misha. At every chance, she tries to initiate some intimate moment between them. The teases ranges from sneaking into baths, proposing marriage, and always trying to be at the same place. It’s the type of humor that can make or break for the viewers.
Because let’s face it, this show’s plot is more of a deconstruction of the maid culture. In real life, maids wouldn’t ever behave in the way that Tsubame does. However, this anime made it clear that Tsubame genuinely cares about Misha’s well-being. From many instances, she comes to her aid when the young girl needs it the most. On the other hand, Misha begins to accept Tsubame more and more despite responding in a tsundere fashion. I should point out that Tsubame definitely leaves hair-raising moments for Misha and it’s not easy to accept her as a maid. Tsubame’s actions speaks louder than words whenever she shows affection towards her. This also extends to another character later on in the show named Midori. The catch is that Midori’s affections are pointed at Tsubame while the latter seems indifferent about them. Amusement ensues.
Yet despite the reception, this anime can be entertaining to watch when you get attached to the character chemistry between Misha and Tsubame. That is, you’d have to accept them as a pair from the start. There’s no overwhelming character development for either character but it’s shown that they grow to care more and more about each other with every passing episode. There’s also a variety of humorous gags used as comedy stands out as one of the main selling points. It’s pretty cartoonish most of the times that even feels like black comedy. I’m not going to lie, Tsubame’s obsession sometimes borderlines on pedophilic tendencies. Although the show doesn’t really step foot into such category, some of the humor can really be exaggerated. On the other hand, you could definitely watch this show with the intention of absorbing the humor. A lot of it is played for laughs that does what it intends to do: show the audience a different side of maid behavior in Japan. The show is just so damn playful that it’s impossible not to laugh once or twice every episode.
While the plot feels almost nonexistent, there’s some actual characterization with the main characters. The background stories of Tsubame and Midori are explored in details that makes us understand where they came from. The same can be applied to Misha although it’s shown in less vivid details. But honestly, don’t jump into this show with the intention of some interesting plot. The storytelling is mediocre at best and a poorly executed joke at worst. It’s the type of plot that adheres to comedic misadventures with almost every episode being a story of its own. This even extends to Misha’s life at school as she hangs out with her friends. Self-proclaimed rival Yui Morikawa also brings in some oddball drama based on her own perceptions. But seriously, don’t try to invest yourself into this show’s plot.
Doga Kobo’s track record with slice of life content have relatively been regarded as safe and fluffy. Some of their anime also associates with shoujo-ai and it’s not hard witness those moments. This show actually jumps a bit over itself compared to their other works so I was surprised they would take such a project. The 4-koma itself also contains the absurd humor. Not to mention, the character designs are portrayed with care to make the maids look larger than life. Tsubame is a character that no one can take eyes off of whether it’s her personality, stylish maid outfit, or having a ripped body that few can match. This is a sharp contrast to Misha who wants to be as normal as possible as a child. On most parts, the show maintains a balanced art style although the comedy segments can go over the top at times. Character expressions often jumps overboard and the easiest finger to point at is Tsubame. Her affections are shown through the way she blushes and expressing her undying love in the most absurd of ways. The same can be applied to Midori towards Tsubame so you’d better get used to it. I should also point out that Tsubame’s VA did a flawless job at portraying her character. Sure, she’s not a realistic maid to accept but one that definitely gets the job done when it comes to selling her personality.
It’s not an easy show to recommend but that’s ok. When I first decided to watch this series, I had no intention of expecting anything groundbreaking considering its premise and style. It took me perhaps more than half the show to truly accept what this series is capable of. Don’t get me wrong though. Once I embraced the humor, it became a show that I didn’t realize I wanted. This all depends on how you commit to this series as you can easily quote a line or two after watching. But for me, I want to watch more annoying maids doing annoying things.
At first looking at this anime, i thought it was another generic maid genre anime with bit of comedy added to it. Boy i was proven wrong.
So what do you get when you put in a introvert shut in Russian Loli and a hardcore Military retired Maid with a ripped body (and i mean really ripped) who is a hardcore lolicon together? A total Blast of slap stick comedy filled with lolicon moments and scenarios and i mean in a really enjoyable way including good touching and emotional moments in between.
The Show basically revolves around Misha (the loli) who has started being a shut
in and introvert due to her mothers recent demise and given upon a normal life. As her father yasuhiro is mostly busy with work and wants someone to take care of the house and Misha, he hires for help, and enters our Lady Tsubame the ex-military officer who applies as a maid and damn she is the very definition of lolicon, assaulting on Misha everyday with her undying love for her through various ways like preparing delicious food and trying to help her in some other ways , and misha obviously revolted with tsubame's lolicon fetish trying to escape her antics but sometimes falling for her tricks such as her cooking and getting surprised by Tsubame's Military prowess and techniques all presented in a really good comical manner.
There are also funny moments where there are lines and scenarios which might make it awkward or a bit uncomfortable but if you really have a high tolerance of comedy you will really enjoy it.
The Best part of this series in my opinion is its not all rainbows and sunshine, because they add some really good, relatable emotional and touching scenes for example misha's memories with her mother , and her current personality due to her mothers death, and the viewers can really feel the emotion of the moment, but the flow of the story is so good that when the scene continues and it goes into lighter and comical moments quickly the viewers can enjoy the rest of the entire episode too and also indulge and savor the emotional part of the episode as well, which made me hooked on to this series.
The last Episode just proves that and was done really well.
Talking about Art, Doga Kobo works usually are one of the best. The animation is really good, the expressions, and the flow of it is top notch. Detailed drawing like Tsubame's weird but funny lolicon imaginations and Presenting her Ripped toned body which brings out her manly side in a funny way for the viewers and other aspects of the story which the audience will notice when they watch the series.
As for the Sound, Haruka Shiraishi the VA for Misha and Manami Numakura the VA for Tsubame have done an amazing job for the characters, The op "Uzauza☆Waosu!" and the End "Tokimeki Climax" are both sung by the VA's.
"Tokimeki Climax" being my favorite which is sung from Tsubame's perspective is too good , its really catchy and enjoyable to hear and watch. :D
Character wise Tsubame is really my favorite, She has a multi talented character development, where she is a high classed trained individual but succumbs to her love of little girls especially misha and totally loses it at times, but is totally dependable, mature and sometimes a mother like figure totally a refreshing sight for a female Mc.
Misha is also really good with her cute, shy , introvert and her inner gamer personality which some people can relate to. She can be really funny while reacting to tsubame's advance and tactics and her reactions are priceless.
In the end i would say if you are looking for a story or a anime with a powerful hidden message or story , then no this isn't something you should watch, But for a good refreshing slice of comedy with the element of lolicon, weird, cringey comedy (in a good way) and a bit of emotional, serious moments, which people who like humor will enjoy and to sit, back relax & be entertained then yes this really a recommended watch .