Akiba Maid War

Alt title: Akiba Maid Sensou

TV (12 eps)
Fall 2022
3.746 out of 5 from 1,661 votes
Rank #2,638

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.

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This anime is something truly special. The best experience is just dive in blissfully ignorant what it’s supposed to be about. I strongly recommend just to check the first episode until the very end. Stop reading and check it out. However, if you want to know more regardless, please do continue reading. The first episode is filled with WTF moments even after you realize you are watching maid café and whole Akiba culture being styled behind closed doors as criminal underground [1]. It’s over-the-top yakuza story line with maids, otakus and figure sellers, etc. The story follows small on the side maid café themed as little piggy café. Speaking of names and such I have to say the series has decent number of puns, which do not translate to other languages. The maid café has whinny and otherwise garbage manager. She is at the centre of various absurd and hilarious situations. While the first two or three episodes are spectacular bangers, the subsequent episodes shift into more mundane yakuza story. Mundane in relative terms, because it has some pretty savage and tragic moments, which occasionally genuinely surprised me how no holds barred the series went. It did feel like it toned down in terms of humour and overall silliness after the beginning, but as it went along the series shifts into much more serious tragic drama. The most likeable character is stoic veteran maid Ranko. On the other hand, Nagomi is basically typical shounen archetype of dreamer and “let’s get all along protagonist”. Even if I wasn’t fan of Nagomi, it was interesting how her ideal is challenged by reality. Other supporting characters are there in the background mostly going just along. I was satisfied with the ending, even if it doesn’t end in a way I would expect. Audio-visually the show is quite nice. Especially in the beginning the series does well on over-the-top action scenes. I can highly recommend the series, if you want something that is standout from the average mould of seasonal anime. However, I have to warn you the story starts silly, but it isn’t just fun and games. Spoilers [1] The whole show is basically bizarre Akiba origin story.

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