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->''"You know how when you watch anime and they have a little nudity, you think "Why can't there be more porn in this show?" Then you watch hentai, and you think "Why can't the story be better?" I just saw ''Hanaukyo Maids'', and I don't know whether to jack off or watch politely."''
-->--'''[[http://qdb.us/24133 Shadow]]''', ''Website/BashOrg''

'''a.k.a.:''' ''Hanaukyo Maid Team'', ''Maid in Hanaukyo''

Taro Hanaukyo, a young boy grieving for his mother, has been summoned to his grandfather's estate for reasons unknown. Upon arrival, he discovers several facts that are to change his life drastically.

1. His grandfather is rich. ''Obscenely'' rich. ''ComicBook/RichieRich'' rich.

2. His grandfather has retired and left the entire estate in his name.

3. The entire estate staff consists of [[MaidCorps hundreds of attractive young women in maid uniforms]].

It is that last point that that really causes some concern for poor Taro, as it is rapidly demonstrated to the viewer that he has a violent allergic reaction to contact from women[[note]]This is only true in the first anime series; in the original manga and the second adaptation, he just doesn't like all the attention[[/note]]. Unfortunately for him, the young ladies of the Hanaukyo estate are zealously dedicated to their job, be it organizing his schedule, assisting his studies, bathing with him in the dozens, assisting him with his zipper in the washroom....

Fortunately, there is also Mariel, the de facto head maid and apparently, the only woman Taro can be near without turning interesting colours.

Originally a manga in 14 volumes made by {{Morishige}} 2000-2006 it was adapted into a anime series first time in 2001. The series however was cut short due to difficulties with the production company. Only twelve episodes were aired out of a planned eighteen, and only three more were made and included on the DVD release. It was rebooted in a second series, ''Hanaukyo Maid Tai: La Verite'' in 2004. In this series, Taro is merely put off by too much attention from women, though Mariel remains the exception. It also introduces a dramatic plot line from the manga around Mariel, and formally introduces Yashima Sanae[[note]]Yashima Sanae originally appeared in the opening credits of the original series (but only appeared in episodes 14 and 15), with a slightly different appearance (blue hair, light skin) and without being given a name.[[/note]] and her [[{{Schoolgirl Lesbians}} strong loyalty to Konoe Tsurugi]], head of the Security division of the maids.

To repeat: the ''entire'' house staff are maids.

Note: If an episode number below doesn't mention which season it's from, it's the first. If it's from the second season it will say ''La Verite''.

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!!This anime provides examples of:

* AbnormalLimbRotationRange: In ''La Verite'' episode 9 Ikuyo Suzuki turns her head around 360.
* AccidentalKiss: Between Ryuuka and Taro in ''La Verite'' episode 12.
* AccidentalPervert: Taro in episode 3 and ''La Verite'' episodes 2, 7 and 12.
* ActionGirl: Konoe take her job as head of the security division very seriously.
* AdorablyPrecociousChild: Taro, who tries to act responsibly despite not always being taken seriously by the maids.
* AllergicToLove: In the first series Taro changed colors and sometimes collapsed whenever women (except Mariel) touched him.
* AlmostKiss: In both series.
* AlternateContinuity: The first and second series cover slightly different ground.
* AttractiveBentGender: Taro got disguised as a maid in episode 15 and crossplays as Mahoro from [[Manga/{{Mahoromatic}} Mahoromatic]] in ''La Verite'' episode 5.
* BadLiar: Ryuuka in ''La Verite'' episode 11, as pointed out by Ikuyo Suzuki.
* BalloonBelly: Taro in Episode 10 after he's stuffed with food at 3 meals.
* BaseballEpisode: ''La Verite'' episode 6.
* BeachEpisode: The first half of Episode 7. See also HotSpringsEpisode.
* {{BFS}}: Konoe Tsurugi's OneeSama has one in ''La Verite'' episode 11.
* TheBigBoard: Wall screens in the security maids' operations room.
* BigEntrance: In episode 5 Konoe is introduced by having her return to the mansion together with a whole squadron of fighting helicopters.
* BigFancyHouse: Rule of thumb: When you can park a blimp in the driveway, you've got it made.
* BlueWithShock: ''La Verite'' Episode 7. This happens to Yashima Sanae in the underground area when she thinks a monster is approaching.
* [[BookEnds/AnimeAndManga Book Ends]]: Taro and Mariel in ''La Verite'' episodes 1 and 12.
* BoundAndGagged: ''La Verite'' episode 6. The umpire maid when she's replaced with a [[strike:android]] robot.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Grace in episode 11 and Ikuyo Suzuki in ''La Verite'' episode 7.
* CatapultNightmare: Grace/Cynthia in episode 13.
* CatFight: In ''La Verite'' episode 2 Ryuuka and Mariel have a "swimsuit cavalry battle" in the pool.
* ChainOfPeople: ''La Verite'' episode 7, while exploring an underground dungeon.
* ChangelingFantasy
* ClothingDamage: Episode 3. When a WeatherControlMachine explodes almost all of the maids nearby have their clothing disintegrate.
* CompressedHair: Cynthia and Grace's hair under her cap.
* ConfusedQuestionMark: Multiple examples.
* CosplayOtakuGirl: In ''La Verite'' episode 8 Konoe wants to borrow some clothes from Yashima, and we all know how Yashima reacts to Konoe.
* CrushBlush: Ryuuka
* CursedWithAwesome: Taro and the maids.
* CuteMute: Cynthia
* CutenessProximity: In ''La Verite'' episode 7 Konoe changes a bit near a puppy.
* DarkSkinnedBlond: ''La Verite''. Yashima Sanae, lieutenant to Head Security maid Konoe Tsurugi, had dark brown skin and white hair.
* DemonHead: Multiple characters.
* DisappearedDad: Taro's father does not appear in either series. The manga mentions that he was a painter.
* TheDoorSlamsYou: Yashima to Konoe in ''La Verite'' episode 7.
* DopeSlap: One maid to another maid in episode 2. When Konoe does it, she raises lumps.
* {{Doujinshi}}: ''La Verite'' episode 5. Ikuyo Suzuki takes the other characters to Comiket.
* DropTheWashtub: ''La Verite'' - to Ryuuka in episode 2 and multiple times to Taro in episode 7.
* DuelingHackers: In episode 8 Grace defeats an enemy hacking attempt into MEMOL.
* EmotionlessGirl: To varying degrees, Grace, Konoe, and Mariel.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Okay, Konoe's far from evil, but she's quite cold. [[http://z.mfcdn.net/store/manga/2483/02-010.0/compressed/hanaukyo_maids_tai_02_ch10_22.jpg And Yet...]]
* ExpositionDiagram: Episode 4, 7 and 10 and ''La Verite'' episode 7.
* EyelidPullTaunt: Yashima Sanae to Ryuuka in ''La Verite'' episode 7.
* EyesAlwaysShut: Taro in the first series.
* FaceNodAction: Taro and Konoe in ''La Verite'' episode 11.
* {{Fanservice}}: The surprising thing is how much more ''blatant'' the first anime was than the original manga. ''Wow''.
* FieryRedhead: Ryuuka in ''La Verite''. In the first season she had brown hair.
* FirstGirlWins
* FunbagAirbag: Taro and Mariel in episode 3, Taro and the mansion's nurse in episode 6.
* FuroScene: In the ''second'' half of Episode 7 and a brief scene in Episode 14.
* GadgeteerGenius: Ikuyo Suzuki. Her inventions include a WeatherControlMachine, a giant robot and a [[TeleportersAndTransporters teleporting]] vehicle.
* GainaxEnding: Mild, second series
* TheGlomp: Taro's personal staff of Ichigo, Ringo, and Sango -- or Lemon, Marron, and Melon in the second series.
* GunshipRescue: ''La Verite'' episode 11. The gang is being chased by Konoe's sister when [[spoiler: Ryuuka's zeppelin shows up to save the day.]]
* {{Hammerspace}}: Ryuuka in ''La Verite''.
* HandOrObjectUnderwear: In both series.
* HighPressureBlood: Episode 4. Ryuuka, after she runs headfirst into an I-beam Taro is carrying.
* HollywoodPsych: Grace/Cynthia has a SplitPersonality, with her Grace personality dominant at night and her Cynthia personality in charge during the day. Except when she doesn't.
* HotSpringsEpisode: The ''second'' half of Episode 7. See also BeachEpisode.
* HumongousMecha: Ikuyo Suzuki develops one that looks like a dinosaur.
* HydePlaysJekyll: Episode 13. When Cynthia goes to the amusement park, she's actually her other SplitPersonality Grace.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Subverted strongly in the second series.
* IndyEscape: Taro in Episode 1 and several people in ''La Verite'' episode 7.
* InsistentTerminology: Yashima Sanae being called "Sanae" and saying that Yashima is her first name.
* InstantSedation: ''La Verite'' episode 8. Three security maids are rendered unconscious in seconds with a drugged handkerchief.
* [[{{JerkWithAHeartOfGold/Anime}} Jerk With A Heart Of Gold]]: Konoe, especially in 'La Verite''.
* JetPack: In ''La Verite'' episode 11, Konoe's OneeSama has one as part of her armor.
* {{Joshikousei}}: Konoe and Yashima Sanae in ''La Verite'' episode 8.
* LittleMissSnarker: Grace
* LookBehindYou: In ''La Verite'' episode 4.
* LuminescentBlush: ''La Verite'' episode 2. Taro and Mariel during Taro's dream.
* MadScientist: Ikuyo Suzuki has flashes of this in both series.
* MaidCorps: TropeNamer and co-TropeCodifier
* MarshmallowHell: Taro's personal maids in episode 12 and Konoe in episode 14.
* MeditatingUnderAWaterfall: Taro and Konoe in episode 14.
* {{Meganekko}}: Ikuyo Suzuki, though not so much the sweet demeanor...
* MegaTwintails: Ryuuka
* {{Meido}}: What, you thought maybe this was about {{Robot Girl}}s?
* MissingMom: Taro's mother dies in the BackStory just before the series begins.
* MomentKiller: Episodes 10 and 15.
* MuggingTheMonster: Three thugs threaten Konoe and Taro in episode 5. Big mistake.
* NaiveNewcomer: Taro is this throughout both series.as he's continually hit by new information and surprises.
* NeckLift: Konoe's OneeSama to Yashima Sanae and Taro in ''La Verite'' episode 11.
* NinjaMaid: Chief Security Maid Konoe Tsurugi and her lieutenant Yashima Sana.
* NoblewomansLaugh: Ryuuka
* OcularGushers: Ikuyo Suzuki and Taro are prone to these.
* OnOneCondition: Imposed on Ryuuka by her grandfather. She must marry Taro in order to become the new head of her family.
* OffscreenTeleportation: Mariel pulls this off in ''La Verite'' episode 9.
* OneHeadTaller: Gender flipped: Mariel is this much taller than Taro, despite being the girl.
* OneeSama: ''La Verite'' episode 10. Konoe refers to her mentor Shikouin as "Nee-Sama".
* OperaGloves: Ryuuka.
* {{Otaku}}: Ikuyo Suzuki
* ThisPageWillSelfDestruct: The message Taro got from his grandfather in the manga's first chapter.
* [[ParentalAbandonment/AnimeAndManga Parental Abandonment]]: Both Taro and Cynthia.
* PenPushingPresident: In one episode Taro finds that one of his daily duties as head of the family is going through a huge pile of paperwork and signing documents.
* PeopleJars: Mariel ends up in one in ''La Verite'' episode 11.
* PinPullingTeeth: Ryuuka in ''La Verite'' episode 7.
* PuppyDogEyes: Multiple characters in both seasons.
* QuiveringEyes: Especially the first series.
* RedAlert: Several times in both seasons when an emergency occurs in the mansion.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Konoe in ''La Verite'' episode 7. Averted with Yashima Sanae.
* SameSexTriplets: Three of the maids.
* {{Samurai}}: Konoe, in demeanor and military training
* ScaryShinyGlasses: Ikuyo Suzuki. Taro's grandfather in ''La Verite'' episode 1.
* SceneryCensor: Episodes 6 and 12.
* SchmuckBait: ''La Verite'' episode 7.
* SchoolgirlLesbians: Yashima Sanae
* ScoobyStack: In episode 7 of the original series and episode 8 of ''La Verite''.
* SecurityCling: Yashima Sanae to Konoe in the ''La Verite'' opening titles and episode 7.
* SelfDestructMechanism: The mansion has one, as mentioned in episode 8 during the hacking incident.
* SensorSuspense: ''La Verite'' episode 10. A [[TheBigBoard giant screen]] in the security maid's HQ shows the position of multiple intruders.
* SequentialArtist: Ikuyo Suzuki
* {{Shotacon}}: Taro. The personal staff. Q.E.D.
* [[{{ShoutOut/AnimeAndManga}} Shout Out]]: At one point Konoe and Yashima are cosplaying in [[{{Tsukihime}} rather different]] maid uniforms. Konoe even has sword hidden in her broomstick.
* SkinshipGrope: Ikuyo Suzuki to Mariel during the episode 7 HotSpringsEpisode.
* SleepingDummy: Taro in ''La Verite'' episode 9.
* SmashingWatermelons: Taro and several maids play it in Episode 9.
* SpitTake: Episode 5 of season 1 and episode 8 of ''La Verite''.
* SplitPersonality: Grace/Cynthia has two personalities: Grace (highly intelligent and abrasive) and Cynthia (sweet, childlike and mute).
* SuggestiveCollision: Happens twice in ''La Verite'' episode 7.
* SurpriseVehicle: ''La Verite'' episode 1 when the maids pick up Taro in a helicopter.
* SwordPointing: By Konoe's "sister" in ''La Verite'' episodes 8 and 10.
* TantrumThrowing: In episode 13, when Taro can't tell Grace what he wants she starts throwing things at him and tells him to get out.
* TapOnTheHead: Ryuuka in ''La Verite'' episode 2, with a heavy metal basin.
* TeamShot: The main cast at the end of ''La Verite'''s opening credits.
* TemptingFate: Ryuuka in ''La Verite'' episode 7.
* ThemeNaming
** EdibleThemeNaming: Taro's personal maids in both series..
* ThisIsUnforgivable: ''La Verite'' episode 9. Yashima to Lemon, Marron, and Melon.
* ThunderingHerd: Episodes 1 and 12.
* TrainingFromHell: Ryuuka and Taro, in different ways.
* TrapDoor: In ''La Verite'' episode 5, Ikuyo Suzuki uses one to send Ryuuka down a garbage chute.
* [[{{Tsundere/Anime}} Tsundere]]: Ryuuka is a Type A in ''La Verite'': nasty to Taro most of the time, but sometimes friendly.
* ATwinkleInTheSky: ''La Verite'' episodes 2 and 7.
* UnexpectedInheritance
* UnknownRival: Ryuuka, to Taro. In episode 7 he doesn't recognize her even though he just met her the other day.
* UnsettlingGenderReveal: [[spoiler:Jii]], in chapter 36 of the manga.
* UnwantedHarem: Taro and his three personal maids, in both seasons.
* VisibleSilence: Ryuuka, when she first learns Taro is the new head of the Hanaukyo family.
* WeatherControlMachine: Ikuyo Suzuki's greatest invention, Tenki-kun, in episode 3.
* WelcomeEpisode: The first episode of each series
* WhamEpisode: ''La Verite'' episode 7.
* WheelOfFeet: Multiple examples.
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Grace, in both seasons.
* XRaySparks: Taro in episode 10, due to an electrified chair.
* YamatoNadeshiko: Mariel; attentive, polite, demure, intelligent and capable enough to be the head maid. She's much more so in the first season than later.[[spoiler: Deconstructed in La Verite.]]
* YaoiFangirl: ''La Verite'' episode 5. Ikuyo Suzuki makes yaoi doujinshi and drags the others with her to Comiket to sell them.
* [[YouShallNotPass/AnimeAndManga You Shall Not Pass]]: Twice in ''La Verite'' episode 11.
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