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Hanaukyou Maid-tai

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. (Source: ANN)

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Start Date12th Apr 2001
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"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 :-/

If you like anime titties and maids I recommend this. (Watch Hanaukyou Maid Tai: La Verite it's a much better quality update of this series, with a few differences but the episodes are still mostly the same).

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