Akihabara is the center of the universe for the coolest hobbies and quirkiest amusements. In the spring of 1999, bright-eyed Nagomi Wahira moves there with dreams of joining a maid café. She quickly dons an apron at café Ton Tokoton, AKA the Pig Hut. But adjusting to life in bustling Akihabara isn't as easy as serving tea and delighting customers. Paired with the dour Ranko who never seems to smile, Nagomi must do her best to elevate the Pig Hut over all other maid cafés vying for top ranking. Along the way she'll slice out a place for herself amid the frills and thrills of life at the Pig Hut. Just when Nagomi's dreams are within her grasp, she discovers not everything is as it seems amid the maid cafés of Akihabara.
This one is pretty neat so I felt like writing a quick review. If nothing else it should win an award for originality at least. It's about maids competing with each other for business mafia style with cold blooded murders, extortion and everything in between. Or you can look at it the other way and say it's about ordinary yakuza members disguising themselves as moe-moe maids. Either way it's super entertaining to watch because the contrast between the two worlds makes it a surreal experience. It's like you're watching a cute maid with bunny ears getting shot execution style, how are you supposed to react to that? Laugh or shake your head in disbelief? It's surreal. Which is what makes me enjoy this show so much. Never a dull moment.
3S Review no. 70 (short, simple and salty/sweet/spicy) The premise of the show really sounds cool, doesn’t? it Unfortunately that is the only cool thing about it. It could have been a great action flick, with hot babes and some dark comedy, it could have been tarantinoesque let’s say, instead it is just a boring excuse to show some girls in maid outfits and some gore. That’s about it. The story is completely boring and uninteresting since it follows a boring piece of cardboard of a protagonist that is the typical kindhearted protagonist that follows her dream, the valiant dream of becoming a maid of course… Then after the first bloodshed she realizes that there is more into maids cafes than it seems, yet rapidly she came over it and keeps casually being a maid, while the other keep casually murdering people, while you keep casually watching this pile of shit unveil, silently wondering how your life came to this. The show tries to be entertaining with the action, but it fails. It tries to be funny, but it fails. It doesn’t really try to present a good and coherent story, so I can’t say that it failed there. It does try though to present cute girls in maid outfits gunning down other maids, and I cannot lie, it succeeds at that extremely difficult task. At what cost though? At the cost of storytelling, pace, character development, and everything that would make a good show in general. At times the show tries to be serious with some death and sorrow, but that ship has already sailed, you can never take it seriously and I can’t understand for the life of me why it even tries to be more than a schlock. Cause you see, there are entertaining momments here and there, like, i enjoyed the 7th episode and its total randomnees, but it is too far and between. The characters are… well… they are girls in maid oufits, I would like to say they are more than that, but they ain’t. They are boring, mono-dimensional and frankly, unlikeable and annoying at times. There is a slight hope that the protagonist of the show turns out to be the older maid and make the story somewhat more meaningful, but I’m probably getting my hopes too high. Some of the characters appear to have some contradicting traits in order to be funny, but that gets old waaay to fast, if it could be even considered funny to begin with. Animation is fine, but it needed to be way better when the action occurs in order to makee the show a bit more entertaining. Sound is alright, opening is ok, I enjoy the throwback style of the ending quite a bit and the voice actors are trying their best poor some life into the lifeless characters. So, is it worth a watch? Nah, unfortunately not, it was a cool premise completely butchered, boring story (if there is a story), uninteresting characters and not enough action or comedy to salvage it, yes it has its momments when it looks like a tarantino bootleg with moricone bootleg music, but they are not enough for me to recommend it as a good show. If you just wanna watch it mindlessly on your second monitor while you do something else, sure, it will suffice, or If all you wanna see is maids killing people here and there, sure, you can give it a try, but that is all you get to see unfortunately, nothing more to it. It could have been a great action flick with hot maids, but it is just so half assed...
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