There are such a lot of anime collection on the market that target cute women doing cute stuff. For these desirous about highschool hijinks, you’ll be able to sit up for exhibits like Yuru-Yuri, Azumanga Daioh!, Nichijou or Toradora! to call only a few off the highest of my head. Even if you wish to go into area of cute elementary faculty moments, you might have the randomness of exhibits like Strawberry Marshmallow or Mitsuboshi Colours becoming the invoice properly. Nonetheless, there’s a smaller, much less outstanding area of interest of exhibits centring on cute boys doing cute stuff. In some methods, it is a disgrace, as these, I might argue, are inclined to have a lot better high quality consistency. Airing in 2016 and based mostly on the unique manga written and illustrated by Ototachibana,Shonen Maid is a present which begins with a basis of loss and grieving however rapidly pivots right into a heart-warming, comedic expertise which I might argue has broad attraction.
Shonen Maid begins with a tragedy for younger elementary schooler Chihiro Komiya, together with his mom passing away. Having no relationship with different members of his household as a result of his mom filling the ‘black sheep’ position, there was a query round who would take care of him. In steps his long-unknown uncle Madoka Takatori, an eccentric but infantile clothier who gives to take care of him of their giant, spawling but poorly saved mansion. However Chihiro is a neat freak with some… attention-grabbing… views instilled into him by his mom. So he doubles because the live-in maid, and from there, hilarity ensues as they each navigate their new household unit and really completely different personalities.
Though Shonen Maid does fall into having an ‘episodic’ strategy to the collection, not aided by the manga nonetheless being in improvement on the time of creation, I might argue it’s extra narrative-driven than most. The present has a number of overarching plotlines, from the foundations of Chihiro’s distinctive household unit to his relationship together with his prolonged household. Even should you can zone out and leisurely get pleasure from Shonen Maid for the awws and conflicting personalities, there’s a degree of richness that makes it price diving head-first into the story. Whereas an emotional roller-coaster at instances, particularly within the later episodes – some genuinely likable characters and a cute aesthetic nonetheless make this a heartwarming present to observe.
Much like each The Helpful Fox Senko-san and Nekopara which have been each additionally reviewed as a part of my earlier article ‘Three Anime Which Give Off That Warm, Fuzzy Feeling!‘, should you do end up needing a fast cute pick-me-up, the opening and ending sequences are each good choices to observe. With the opening that includes an RPG model battle in opposition to grime and the ending being harking back to a reside idol efficiency – each left a smile on my face!
Shonen Maid is now obtainable to stream in North America, Australia and New Zealand through Funimation. Each Japanese voice over and English dub choices can be found. There’s a residence video launch in North America. An Australian and New Zealand residence video launch was obtainable a few years again however has since gone out of print by Madman Leisure.