So what’s the show? UzaMaid! Episode 8.
So how’s this episode? I’m… I’m almost at a loss for words how perplexing this shows’ recent episodes have been. Like, a part of me is like, “hey, this stuff is weird and unpredictable and unlike any other shows of its genre, that’s good right?”. But at the same time I’m also like, “what are you doing show?! Just go back to doing what you were doing in the first 3 or so episodes!”
I sense there’s a problem. Yah, and her name’s Midori. And she’s still a part of the main cast.
Yikes, that bad huh? Honestly, Midori is not a bad character… she’s a one-note character for sure, but as I said in my previous review than can work in certain circumstances, but here, with only two other characters to play off and one of them (Tsubame) being pretty one-note in herself, that doesn’t exactly make for the most compelling experience. Like if we had more with Misha’s father, and more of Misha’s friends involved in this episode it could work. But the first half of this episode is ostensibly a ‘bottle episode’ with the three of them in a fancy hotel and it’s occasionally amusing but mostly a drag as we repeat the same series of jokes over and over until I’m about ready to claw my eyes out.
I’ll probably regret asking this, but, why are you still watching then? Because this show was legitimately fun and fresh and striking. But now it’s like…
“It’s like”? Okay, I’m going to go in for a reference that’s going to show my age (and then some) but it’s like when the ‘Brady Bunch’ introduced cousin Oliver and we–as viewers–were all supposed to pretend like this kid wasn’t the most insufferable thing on television. They took a well-worn formula and crammed something in that was most assuredly unwanted. Except this time we’re not dealing with a multiple season show adding a single character to a 10+ character cast. We’re talking about an anime that half-way through a single season added a third main character to a show that previous had just two mains. This shouldn’t be as big of a deal and yet it is. And yet here I am for the second week complaining about Midori!
So what does this mean? Not a lot to be honest. I’m just hoping (in vain) that Midori becomes a side character pronto and can just pop her head in occasionally to make a silly joke about being a masochist and then go on about her day while the rest of the show goes on without her. But if, like I fear, Midori is here for good, what was one of my favourite shows of the Fall 2018 anime season will quickly be relegated to the “eh, it’s okay I guess” pile quick smart!
Previous UzaMaid! Reviews:
Weapons Grade Lolicon – Episode 1 Review
Maid Back Camp – Episode 2 Review
Breeding Like Hamsters – Episode 3 Review
Dresses Maid To Order – Episode 4 Review
Out Of The Running – Episode 5 Review
Crazy In Love – Episode 6 Review
Maid To Suffer – Episode 7 Review
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