After losing his mother, 14-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.
First off I will say I orginally planned on watching this because I knew there was a newer version where it was apparently remade. It was my plan to watch this and then it's remake to see how much it had improved but in the end after watching this I couldn't even begin to think about watching a remake because of how mediocre and unentertaining this was. Not to mention each episode was incredibly short and there were two extra episodes not accounted for that I had to watch.
Story- Okay this is starting to become a very generic story line where boy inherits manner with
maids money yadda yadda etc nothing new to anybody. We have our main character who's grandpa died and left him with a huge fortune and manner full of maids to "service" him at all times. An invariable paradise for any other man but unfortunately for our main character (who looks a lot like Brock from Pokemon) he gets an allergic reaction whenever women touch him; this is so played out nowadays to the point it is even funny anymore. So the series then proceeds to follow this average weak childish man boys daily life after inheriting the manner. Suffice to say he develops a crush on one of his maids, the only girl who apparently doesn't give him an allergic reaction (and once again so played out til the point it is ridiculous), and his attempts to I guess some would say swoon her. IDK at any rate the story was fair enough for me not to drop the series.
Art- This is an old series but still I felt as if it was drawn well, what made me angry though is that main character seldom had his eyes open (just like Brock from Pokemon) and this made me think that the artists were being lazy and in turn took away from my appreciation for the art.
Sound- There was no real amazing sounds here to look for which disappointed me. I didn't even like the intro or closing to the anime which makes up around a quarter of each episode and as per voice acting I kind of felt not too impressed by their choices except for a few choice maids but that's a secret I'll keep for myself as to who they were.
Character- This anime failed miserably at character development I understood the characters and what they represented the second they stepped on screen and the worse part their was no real development or changes in character throughout the entire anime. This disappointed me too, at least if you're going to give me a generic story at least impress with unique character aspects.
Enjoyment- I did not enjoy watching this the only reason I finished watching it is because I only drop an anime if all the episodes cannot be found.
Overall- I was disappointed I do not suggest this anime to anybody unless you are into generic plots, old timey art, and crappy character development.
Tarou Hanaukyo, a typical nebbish, becomes the heir of his insanely wealthy grandfather and must move into the family mansion inhabited by hundreds of identical maids, who bathe him, rub their breasts in his face, and wait on him hand and foot.
This crude, grotesquely drawn comedy can think of nothing to do with the Maid permise other than sheer numerical overkill.
The few maids with distinct personalities and appearances, who guard the house with sci-fi technology, are boring stereotypes.
You will enjoy this anime if you have an enormes Maid Fetish !!!
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!
"Hanaukyou Maid-tai" is a surprisingly entertaining Ecchi flick. And by "entertaining" I don't mean it in the "it's so bad it's entertaining" sense like those terrible Onegai series. It's still a bad show, but it does at least have some redeeming qualities, which is a lot more than what you can say for other ecchis.
Ecchi and Comedy. That pretty much sums up this anime. Those two are also two of my least favourite genres. Ecchi... well, not much to be said here - I dislike it for pretty much the same reason many other people dislike it, and it's no exception when it comes
to the ecchi elements in this anime, except that a lot of the time I was able to overlook it for some reason. The comedy... I have to say, though I'm really not a fan of this type of comedy, "Hanaukyou Maid-tai" really had me laughing out loud on numerous occasions. I don't know why, but for the most part, I actually quite liked this series, or at least more than I expected to. There's not much of a continuous storyline, it is more of a collection of mini adventures focusing upon the different members of the cast... but that's ok, because aside from the comedy, the characters are probably what makes this anime so charming. Apart from the really annoying generic maids (with their extremely annoying voices), a lot of the characters are actually genuinely likeable, like the main character Taro, Mariel, Cynthia/Grace etc.
Unfortunately, "Hanaukyou Maid-tai" does lack consistency, and the last couple of episodes are a real let down especially. The jokes in those last episodes feel contrived and the series is brought back down to the normal level I expect for an ecchi. At the end of the day, nothing was really resolved in the anime, which is a major disappointment for me. Still, it's sufficiently entertaining such that it didn't feel like I had to forcing myself to keep watch it, unlike the majority of say, "Martian Successor Nadesico". It's unfortunate that the show is marred by the ecchi in it. But without it, perhaps this anime wouldn't be what it is - perhaps it took comparisons with the more shallow characters to bring out the better one. They could have at least left the better characters out of the pr0n scenes though, which would have allowed me to decouple the good and the bad parts more in my mind :-/
Ever fantasized about being waited on hand and foot by a beautiful girl (or boy), someone who will comply to your every desire? This cliche daydream comes to life with the maid costume. Let's explore some of the cutest anime maid outfits out there. Get ready for some massive moe!