Anime Review: Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru Episode 1

(Originally published on Livejournal on 10/16/10)

Anime Review in a Minute:
Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru Episode 1

Anime Review in a Minute: What this is all about. — Watching all the anime shows so you don’t HAVE to!

tl;dr review: Inept girl is inept maid at inept maid cafe; Friend joins staff to show her the ropes.

The Skinny: Hotori Arashiyama is your average high school girl, working as a maid at a rundown corner cafe. One day she invites her friends over, and Toshino Tatsuno is horrified to discover it’s a maid cafe in name only. Toshino offers to help the decidedly un-maid-like Hotori learn how to behave like a maid, which mostly involves teaching her how to be clumsy. But when Toshino learns that Sanada Hiroyuki, the boy she has a crush on, is a regular customer, Toshino immediately joins the staff.

My Thoughts: Filmed entirely in Dramati-Cam! Seriously, not every single camera angle has to involve some sweeping, grandiose movement of the camera — be careful watching on a large screen or you might get motion sickness. I was expecting something a little more subtle in terms of humor, but this show is about as subtle as a baseball bat upside the head. The rat-a-tat-tat nature of the jokes is a bit much, and the jokes themselves a little dubious (what’s the deal with the relationship between clumsiness and being a maid anyway?), but it’s the acting and delivery of Hotori that steals the show. I have not yet decided whether this show is a keeper yet or not, let’s see how the next episode shapes up.

For more info:

Random Curiosity Review: http://randomc.net/2010/10/11/soredemo-machi-wa-mawatteiru-01/
My Anime List Entry: http://myanimelist.net/anime/8726/Soredemo_Machi_wa_Mawatteiru
Opening video sequence: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_d17fAOnrw&feature=related

The Verdict: – not yet sure

The tally for Summer 2010 season first episodes so far:
Passing Grade: None yet

Failing grade: None yet

Up Next (not necessarily in this order): To Aru Majutsu no Index 2, Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt, MM!, Bakuman, Yosuga no Sora, The World God Only Knows, Iron Man, Tantei Opera Milky Holmes, Psychic Detective Yakumo, Arakawa Under the Bridge x2, Motto To Love-ru, Fortune Arterial, Shinryaku Ika Musume, Sora No Otoshimono Forte, My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute, Tegami Bachi Reverse, Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Girls, Yumeiro Patisseire Professional, Star Driver, Otome Yokai Zakuro, Kuragehime

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