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 !!!
"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 :-/
Well, this was my first Harem anime and it was actually quite surprising at what I was watching, it was a lot better than i had expected, the humour was good with the many embarrassing situations that the maids get Taro into.
I also particularly liked the side story of Taro and Mariel, but since I can't give much away, I would recommend this anime, although be warned its rated 15+ for female nudity and some mild language.
I found the characters, which all had their own different traits to be a very good plot line also, with Mariel being the maid of maids, the three
sisters, Lemon Melon and Maron as the seductive types and etc.
This Anime gets a 4.5 from me which is equal to 9 out of 10 on here. A must see for all Harem and Bishojo lovers out there.
P.S I did not watch this for the Bishojo, I enjoy seeing boys and young men being teased in such manner. :)
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