Hanaukyo Maid Tai by Orax

Hanaukyo Maid Team
Genre: Comedy
Format: 12 Episodes
Allegiance: M.O.E
Director: Ide Yasuki
Vintage: 2001
Intelligence Agency Report by: Orax
Following the death of his mother, Taro is invited to stay at his grandfather’s house. To his surprise, he inherits the whole Hanaukyo Mansion including all the beautiful maids who work there. Unfortunately, Taro is allergic to women, but these maids don’t care, since their only purpose is to service Taro as best they can!

Field Agent Report by: Orax
Overall 7.50

Sometimes there are times where it’s just nice to sit back, relax, and just enjoy the anime, and HMT is perfect for this. Each episode, clocking in at only 15 minutes, is short, sweet and just pure fun.

Because each episode is so short, there’s not a lot of time for character development or plot, but that’s also the beauty of this series. Each episode presents its fill of comedy, as well as getting its point across. Much of the comedy comes from Taro’s disease that forbids him from coming into contact with women, and how that juxtaposes with how he lives in a mansion filled nothing but attractive maids. These maids want to do nothing else than to serve Taro to their utmost abilities, whether it’s ranging from his food to his… physical needs, each maid has her own job to fulfill and will gladly do it for their precious Taro-sama.

Although the comedy is fun and the series is entertaining, the plot could use some work. Of course not all comedies necessarily need to have plot to be successful, but HMT hints that is does have one, and a fairly interesting one at that. However, its last episode leaves nothing resolved, and was just another episode like the rest. Another potential turnoff is that each episode has its share of ecchi, which probably contributed to the mediocre plot. However, I found that when used for comedy, it didn’t get in the way.

As the catchy opening theme states, these maids want to serve Taro as best they can. I laughed at their zealous will to succeed and as the end rolled by, the only thing left was a smile on my face.