So what’s the show? UzaMaid! Episode 1.
And what’s it about? Sometimes you have high expectations for a show, and sometimes a show utterly exceeds all expectations and pre-conceived notions. This is one of those times.
You really like doing these reviews backwards, don’t you? The general idea is to make people read more than 10 words of a review before getting to the “verdict”. We do things unconventional around here; you should know that by now!
Uh-huh… so what’s so great about this show, and what is it even about?! Tsubame Kamoi is an ex fighter pilot and Master Sergeant of the Japanese Self Defence Force who’s looking for a new job—preferably one where she can have a cute young white girl she can dress up in adorable outfits. And as luck would have it such a job presents itself in the form of a maid position for a half-Russian girl named Misha and her recently widowed Japanese father. It’s a tough job because Misha is a bit of a handful, in fact she’s scared off the other maids her father tried to hire, but Tsubame is unfazed by the task because it means she gets to be as close as possible to the cute little Misha.
I, uh… nope, I’ve got nothing! It’s a perfectly innocent anime, it’s reminiscent of those 90’s family films where the mother has died and there’s a new maid brought it and the kids try and do everything to scare off the maid. I can’t think of the exact movie that’s in my head but I know there was a bunch that had that kind of plot point. Except in this instance the maid is a hardcore lolicon who just wants to get up close and personal with the kid she’s tasked with caring—while also doing an excellent job with the household chores, because, you know—it’s Japan after all!
You don’t find anything remotely wrong with this premise? Oh it’s very wrong but that’s part of the appeal! In my Fall Watch List post, I commented that I hoped it would be the all-female version of Miss Caretaker of Sunohara-sou, and it’s kinda not far off except this show has one thing that was often lacking in the aforementioned that ~already~ makes it leagues better (at least in my opinion).
Oh yeah? And what’s that? This show is so damn hilarious. But in a different way to last season’s comedies, while Asobi Asobase, Chio’s School Road and even to an extent Grand Blue Dreaming traded off somewhat cheap but no-less hilarious reaction based humour, with an emphasis on exaggerated facial expressions to work as a punch-line. This show is just legitimately funny and smartly written too, while I’m name dropping shows I might as well give an early comparison—tonally it reminds me a lot of Eromanga Sensei and Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid—which are two shows I’d never thought of being similar before but UzaMaid reminded me of both at points.
Those are some heavy-hitters; you willing to stand by that comparison by saying you’d recommend it to people who liked either? No, I’d say I’d recommend it to people who liked both. You have to be prepared to deal with the level of innocent inappropriateness that Eromanga Sensei delivered with regards to its ‘siscon’ derived comedy as well as the kind of tone and aesthetic that Miss Kobayashi’s provided. This show doesn’t hold back on the lolicon aspect—it doesn’t sexualise Misha, but because Tsubame’s thoughts are on full display there’s some ~particularly~ outlandish lines and I can only imagine it’s going to get more ludicrous as it goes along!
Anything else you want to add? Something that was unexpected but welcome was the fact that Tsubame is legitimately a fit woman (from her time in the military) with actual abs to even rival the boys from ‘Free!’, and it’s not just for a throwaway sight-gag either. They appear several times throughout the episode and during the end-credits. I like it when a show displays a different body-type for women than the standard ‘normal’ anime variety.
And you really loved this episode, huh? Loved every second of it—if a show can manage to be subversive and hilarious and still endear us to all the characters then that’s a win in my book! I know I was already expecting to enjoy it based on the synopsis and art-style but I didn’t anticipate to love it this much and so soon too! If you’re a fan of comedies, especially the ones mentioned above and aren’t put off by potentially ~problematic~ sources of comedy than I highly recommend it!
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Categories: Fall 2018 Anime