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[-[[caption-width-right:300: From left to right, Hotori, Kon, Sanada, Toshiko and Uki the Head Maid. Haribara and Moriaki-sensei missing.]]-]

->''"Even the most grand and luxurious of cafes are nothing but empty shacks if they don't provide what the customer seeks."''

Seaside MaidCafe in the Maruko Shopping District at first glance seems normal. Maybe ''too'' normal; except for its waitresses wearing [[{{Meido}} maid uniforms]], it's a regular coffee shop (it doesn't even serve ''tea''). But its staff is rather odd: [[{{Dojikko}} Hotori Arashiyama]] aspires to be a [[GenkiGirl detective]], [[CosplayOtakuGirl Toshiko Tatsuno]] is a [[SeriousBusiness perfectionist]], and Uki, the owner, is an old woman with [[LarynxDissonance an unusual voice]].

Business is slow, too: [[ThoseTwoGuys three regular customers]] from the neighbourhood, Hotori and Toshiko's classmates [[UnluckyChildhoodFriend Hiroyuki Sanada]] and [[{{Gonk}} Harue Haribara]], and their sempai [[{{Tomboy}} Futaba Kon]] are apparently the only clients of the joint. But worry not: HilarityEnsues.

How many SliceOfLife shows feature SpecialGuest appearances by Egyptian gods?

''Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru'', (''Yet the Town Keeps Going''), is a {{Manga}} written and illustrated by Masakazu Ishiguro. Seven bound volumes have been released in Japan as of April 2010. The anime adaption by Creator/StudioShaft was aired on the Fall Season of 2010.

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!!''Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru'' has examples of:

* AbuseIsOkayWhenItIsFemaleOnMale -- Eri, there are nicer ways to let Takeru know that you don't want him to call you Ebi.
* AccidentalMisnaming:
** It's ''Eri'' not Ebi!
** Toshiko doesn't like being called Tattsun.
* AdaptationExpansion -- The way the manga chapters are re-arranged in the TV series makes it to be told in AnachronicOrder. On the other hand, some chapters have slightly changed endings or added sequences.
* AllLoveIsUnrequited -- Nothing serious and romance isn't exactly the most important thing in the series but at the moment it seems to be as follows: Toshiko has a crush on Hiroyuki, who has a longstanding crush on his childhood friend Hotori, who seems to have a thing for their homeroom math teacher Mr. Moriaki, who frowns on the idea of a student/teacher relationship as immoral (and who would probably shoot himself if he had to deal with Hotori for the rest of his life). Takeru and Eri may be the only exception.
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling -- Hotori's little brother and sister, Takeru and Yukiko.
* ArtShift
** With Creator/StudioShaft at the works, this is aplenty.
** ''Murder on Jelly Island''
* ArtificialRiverbank -- Episode 7.
* {{Asexual}}
** Moriaki's concept on love is (Man + Woman) / Morality = 0.
** Well, that's his formula for teacher/student relationships. He's a ''π'' type.
* BathtubBonding -- Hotori and Takeru bathe together in Episode 7.
* BatmanGambit -- Hotori makes a small but [[GeniusDitz surprisingly good one despite her academic ability]]. [[spoiler: Over the course of two days, she posts [[ShmuckBait arrows]] all over the town which would lead curious customers to the Cafe. Three men, curious to know what the arrows were for, walked into the cafe. Hotori explains the purpose of the arrows, but they scoff at the idea. What they didn't realize is that by following the arrows, they've been [[UnwittingPawn submitting to Hotori's trick the whole time]].]]
* BattleAura -- Probably a signature of ''Meidojutsu'' users.
* BeachEpisode -- Episode 11.
* BeautifulDreamer -- A reason to cut classes.
* {{Bifauxnen}} -- Kon, who Hotori first mistakes for a [[{{bishonen}} pretty boy]].
* [[BigBrotherInstinct Big Sister Instinct]] -- Despite the occasional family scuffle, Hotori can be really nice to her siblings.
* BlandNameProduct -- [[strike:Puma]]Capybara sport gear, [[strike:Seiko]]Sekoi clocks, [[strike:Lipovitan]]Napovitan energy drink, [[strike:Google]]Gogol. Averted with the Montblanc fountain pen.
* BokeAndTsukkomiRoutine -- Hotori plays the boke, usually with Toshiko playing the Tsukkomi.
* BookDumb -- Despite having high grades in most subjects, Hotori seems to be impossibly dumb when it comes to anything involving math or logic. It's a miracle she made it to high school.
* BrainBleach -- Sanada wants some after a bit of FanDisservice in Episode 8.
* BratsWithSlingshots -- Takeru.
* BrickJoke -- The SpookyPhotographs.
* CannotSpitItOut -- Or it comes out weird, in Toshiko's case.
* CelestialBureaucracy -- Fitting for a MundaneAfterlife.
* [[ChekhovsGunman Chekhov's Gunman]] -- Hotori goes a little GenreSavvy and [[ConversationalTroping tells the rest of her family]] that [[NarrowedItDownToTheGuyIRecognize her TV experience says that a prolific actor is most likely to play as a criminal character]].
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}} -- The further a problem is from logic and the mundane, the easier is for Hotori to solve it. She's not alone in the show, though; just listen to the Head Maid's deductions on the painting mystery...
* ComedicSociopathy -- Well, when you have Hotori for ButtMonkey, to begin with.
* CosplayCafe: The series is set in a MaidCafe.
* CrossoverCosmology -- ''[[EgyptianMythology Anubis]]'' makes a special guest appearance in Episode 12.
* CulturalCrossReference
** Sanada saying he's become a [[Franchise/StarWars Jedi]].
** Hotori confusing a scanner with ''Film/{{Scanners}}''.
** Kon was apparently a Sith Lord of Ping Pong in middle school.
* CuteLittleFang -- Kon has a small one.
* DancingTheme -- In the OP. And rather than being just another [[IdolSinger Idol-inspired]] theme and choreography, it goes for a Broadway Musical Theatre style.
** RealSongThemeTune -- The OP is actually a cover of a 1975 song from a band called Sugar Babe. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gGJ-YlmK_U&feature=related This]] is the original.
*** ThemeTuneCameo -- An instrumental version of which is part of the soundtrack.
** The ending theme also has the girls performing on their instruments. There is something just so ''right'' about Hotori rocking out on the accordion.
* DeathGlare -- Go on. Mess with Kon's cooking. [[http://randomc.net/image/Soredemo%20Machi%20wa%20Mawatteiru/Soredemo%20Machi%20wa%20Mawatteiru%20-%2011%20-%2036.jpg We dare you.]]
* {{Deadpan Snarker}}
** Hotori is a unique version of this as she shifts between {{Genki Girl}} and this.
** [[WorldOfSnark Everyone]] is a DeadpanSnarker in this show. Well, everyone but Moriaki-sensei, who is a particularly square ComicallySerious.
* DiscussedTrope -- Hotori [[InvokedTrope invokes]] TheSummation and Moriaki-sensei [[LampshadeHanging expresses his dislike about it]].
* {{Dojikko}} -- Hotori can make ''clumsy combos''. [[spoiler: And when she dies, she gets into the Ancient Egyptian afterlife rather than the Japanese.]]
* DoomedNewClothes -- [[spoiler: Episode 11.]]
* EarlyBirdCameo -- Kon is seen watching Hotori ride by in Episode 2.
* EurekaMoment -- [[ItMakesSenseInContext Wait! What if you think of it as more than a painting...?]]
* EverybodyHatesMathematics -- Hotori puts ''no'' effort into math, on the grounds that it's not a necessary skill for a detective. The fact that she [[HotForTeacher has a crush on her math teacher]] certainly doesn't help her focus either.
* {{Expy}}
** Hotori shares a lot with [[Manga/AzumangaDaioh Tomo]], with a dash of [[{{CloudCuckoolander}} Osaka]]. And looks like ''{{Yotsuba}}'''s Fuuka. Add to this a teacher that looks like a long-haired Kimura with his mouth shut and the occasional use of very familiar face expressions and it seems like someone is a fan of Kiyohiko Azuma.
** Also Toshiko looks like Yomi.
* TheFaceless -- Hotori's parents.
* FalseCameraEffects -- FisheyeLens and LensFlare being the most common ones.
* FanserviceWithASmile -- The point of a Maid Cafe, after all.
--> '''Toshiko''': Luring men with the illusion of gentleness, and taking their money. Such is the way of ''meidojutsu''!
* [[FiveManBandConcert Four Meido Band Concert]]
** The ED. Part ImageSong, part HeavyMeta, all... [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enka ''Enka'']] rock???
** Also in Episode 8, with the B-Side of the ED song single, which has more of a celtic rock feel.
* FlatWhat -- Happens sometimes after Hotori makes a stupid comment.
* FirstNameBasis -- [[strike:Ebi]]Eri switches to this during the NotADate, and wants Takeru to do the same (see above).
* {{Foil}} -- Toshiko to Hotori
* FunnyBackgroundEvent -- It's a Studio Shaft work, after all. Take the random "helicopter recon" event on the first episode, for example.
* GagSeries -- No highly visible plot in this show. Everything's about making viewers laugh.
* {{Gainaxing}} -- Toshiko in episode 8.
-->"They were like Water Balloons"
* GeniusDitz -- Hotori is mostly an idiot, not just in math and logic but also common sense, but is quite adept at non-linear thinking and can solve unusual mysteries where the more straight-thinking people around her cannot. And her BatmanGambit didn't just come from nowhere.
* GenkiGirl -- Hotori
* GivingRadioToTheRomans -- [[spoiler: As part of a peculiar CompoundInterestTimeTravelGambit. The snack proved too hard to be reproduced by regular current day cooking, but obviously someone managed to do it before 2310.]]
* {{Gonk}} -- Haribara. Definitely, Haribara.
* [[GoodAngelBadAngel Good Angel, Bad Angel]] -- Moriaki-sensei pictures them as hand-puppets.
* GoIntoTheLight -- Invoked, but it carried somebody else away instead of Uki's dead husband.
* GreekChorus -- Provided by the {{Narrator}}.
* GroinAttack -- This is what [[MeddlesomePatrolman resident cop]] Matsuda gets for [[TooDumbToLive impulsively getting in Hotori's way while she's on a scooter]].
* HangingOurClothesToDry -- Urban version.
* HeavyMeta -- The ending song is largely about the song itself.
* HotForTeacher
** Ever since Moriaki-sensei lectured Hotori at the Seaside Maid Cafe, Hotori has been [[LampshadeHanging hinted]] to be thinking of Moriaki-sensei.
** And she hasn't been the first one. Alas, [[{{Asexual}} (Man + Woman) / Morality = 0]].
** It doesn't help that he's the math teacher and Hotori thinks [[EverybodyHatesMathematics math is useless]].
* IdiotsCannotCatchColds -- Referenced by Hotori when Kon has a cold. When she later finds out that most people except her have caught it, she despairs and pretends to be sick.
* InSeriesNickname -- In their old middle school ping-pong club Toshiko, Haribara and Kon were known as the Faerie, the Reaper and the Sith Lord. {{Serious Business}}!
* IncrediblyLamePun
** Hotori attemts to replace "maido!" ([[KansaiDialect Osakan]] for "thank you!") with "[[{{Meido}} meido]]". Toshiko and the Head Maid aren't amused.
** Lame puns in Japanese are "cold puns". Now [[DontExplainTheJoke you know]] what Kon was talking about in Episode 3.
* InsaneTrollLogic
** In chapter 9 of the manga, Hotori's answers on Moriaki-sensei's math test are so incredibly awful or nonsensical that he gets physically and mentally ill just from reading them.
** 1 = 0
* {{Joshikousei}} -- Hotori, Toshiko and Kon are.
* KansaiDialect -- Used for some puns.
* LeaveNoWitnesses -- Kon has an image to uphold...
* LensFlareCensor -- Hotori's tripping towards the cafe's entrance door has turned her upside down. Whatever upskirt that's anticipated is blocked by afternoon sunlight lens flares.
* LogicBomb -- Hotori wages a war on Logic. Poor Moriaki-sensei.
* MagicSkirt
** Surprisingly for such a [[{{Meido}} fanservice-heavy genre]], upskirt shots are obscured by darkness or random happenstance. The anime walks the very fine line of titillation, leaving anatomy lessons for other shows. Let's just say [[RuleOfFunny it's all about the laughs]].
** Also, see Kon in the picture above.
* MadMathematician -- Moriaki-sensei.
* {{Malaproper}} -- Hotori. "Little Grey" for "Earl Grey'', for example.
* MeddlesomePatrolman -- Matsuda, the stressed neighbourhood cop.
* {{Meganekko}} -- Toshiko.
* {{Meido}} -- Obviously.
* MsFanservice
** Interestingly, Hotori, as she has had a lot of scenes nude and a lot of close-ups on her legs.
** Toshiko, [[{{Gainaxing}} if you like looking up higher]].
* MundaneMadeAwesome:
** Toshiko has a knack for making anything into a {{Melodrama}}, from a teacher quoting school rules being set up as a psychic assault to merely stepping into the Seaside Cafe for the first time. But so does Hotori, and Moriaki-sensei.
** The ping pong rematch between Haribara and Tatsuno.
* MyLifeFlashedBeforeMyEyes -- Well, not quite flashed...
* MysteryMeat -- Coming from TheFuture? Or maybe made by aliens?
* MythologyGag -- The little alien guys playing the drums seen in the OP are from one chapter of the manga that didn't make it to the show.
* NearDeathExperience -- [[spoiler: Hotori in Episode 12. She also experiences NearDeathClairvoyance.]]
* NeoClassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly -- The ED. The insert song Sou wa Ittemo Sekai wa Owaranai also qualifies. See [[FiveManBandConcert Four Maido Band Concert]] above.
* NiceGuy -- Sanada.
* TheNicknamer
** Hotori - Eroyuki, Tattsun, Catboy...
** Sanada calling his teammate Donkey Kong.
* NobodyHereButUsStatues -- Only works on people with strong {{Weirdness Censor}}s.
* NotADate -- Takeru is not on a date with Eri. No one believes it.
* NotSoGreatEscape -- Takeru narrowly avoids social death at the candy shop.
* ObliviousToLove -- Hotori to Sanada. Sanada to Toshiko. Takeru to Eri.
* {{Omake}} -- For example, Hotori's pet [[strike:tanuki]] dog, Josephine's talking at the end of every segment of an episode, [[VerbalTic poko]].
* OnionTears -- And PepperSneeze, too.
* OurAngelsAreDifferent -- [[spoiler: Japan's MundaneAfterlife employs kids and teens to do the job.]]
* ParasolOfPrettiness -- [[spoiler: Haribara is behind it.]]
* PastelChalkedFreezeFrame -- Of a PietaPlagiarism, Episode 1.
* PickOnSomeoneYourOwnSize -- Hotori is Moriaki-sensei's "second natural enemy".
* PornStash -- Turns out that Sanada's room has piles of books on this material... and even more on his [[StealthPun hard]] disk.
* RainRainGoAway -- First half of Episode 8.
* [[RedEyesTakeWarning Red Eyes, Take Warning]]
* RepeatCut -- Hotori getting smashed in the face by Toshiko and the cafe owner is shown crudely in [[RuleOfThree three different angles]].
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter -- Josephine.
* RightInFrontOfMe -- ...is a female sempai.
* SchoolFestival -- Episode 8.
* SempaiKohai -- Subverted. Kon's rank doesn't seem to play a part on her relationship with Hotori except for making her sweat after her ''faux pas''. The other girls, specially Haribara, do treat her as a sempai.
* SeriousBusiness
** Toshiko thinks being a maid waitress is something not to be taken lightly. ''Meidojutsu''. And just watch her playing the violin in the ED.
--> '''Toshiko''': Arashiyama-san, let's don our war clothing!
** Bad math makes Moriaki-sensei ''physically ill''.
** Both Table Tennis and a small candy treat in Episode 9.
* ShmuckBait
** Arrow posters which was essential for Hotori's plan. See the BatmanGambit entry above.
** The "freebie" in Episode 8's {{omake}}.
* ShoutOut
** While trying to make a unique new flair, Hotori does something similar to a [[Franchise/StarTrek Vulcan salute]], which happens to be an "M" for "Maid".
** Hotori takes a ride on a borrowed scooter [[ICallItVera she personally names]] [[Manga/{{Akira}} "Tetsuo"]].
** "Help me, Muriyaki-sensei!" comes from a little known show about psychic powers called ''Night Head Genesis''.
** ''[[DetectiveConan Meitantei Yukiko]]''
** [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Josephine Joestar, JoJo!]]
** [[Film/{{Aliens}} They're coming outta the goddamn walls!]]
** "Buyoujin! Buyoujin! Buyoujin! Jin! Jijin! Jin! Lets go!" from the ''Ori Raji'' comedy duo
** It's the {{Konami Code}}!
** At the beginning of Episode 9, Shizuka has just finished reading ''Literature/TheGiftOfTheMagi''.
** [[{{Doraemon}} The Magnifying Glass!]]
** The three arrows of Moori Motonari was referenced in Creator/{{Akira Kurosawa}}'s ''Film/{{Ran}}''.
** [[TheKingOfFighters King of Angels 1994]]
* ShipperOnDeck -- Uki the Head Maid is a supporter of Tattsun x Sanada.
* ShowSomeLeg -- Invoked by Hotori in Episode 2 {{Omake}} of the anime.
* SickEpisode -- Where Kon is the feverish one.
* SlapstickKnowsNoGender -- Of course, since Hotori's the center of abuse. Her stupidity makes her even more hilariously deserving of it.
* SliceOfLife -- A telling of several people in a small town, with the odd FantasticComedy moment thrown in.
* SlipperySkid -- A couple of cases, including the classical BananaPeel.
* SpiritualSuccessor -- To ''Manga/NatsuNoArashi''.
* SpitTake -- Here's one: Sanada spitting coffee out at [[FanDisservice the sight of the head meido lifting up her skirt to knee level to inspect her stockings]]. Cue BrainBleach in the evening of the same day.
* SpoilerOpening -- Only [[GenderReveal Hotori is surprised when Kon turns out to be a girl]]...
* SpookyPhotographs -- A really unusual explanation for these is given in Episode 12.
* StandingInTheHall -- Hotori is punished this way for being late for class. No buckets though.
* SternTeacher -- Moriaki-sensei
* StraightMan -- Moriaki-sensei. So square that he's a loonie.
* TalkingInYourSleep -- [[HeKnowsTooMuch Now, you know too much about Kon.]] [[LeaveNoWitnesses You must die.]]
* TalkingToTheDead -- Seaside Maid Cafe owner Uki talks to her dead husband as though he was there... He's listening, though.
* TemporalMutability -- [[spoiler: You ''can'' change the past.]]
* {{Tomboy}} -- Kon
* TriangRelations -- Type 5. Toshiko likes Sanada, who likes Hotori, who likes Moriaki-sensei.
* TheTriple -- "That was mean! It really hurt! [[spoiler: It was spherical!]]".
* {{Tsundere}} -- Eri
* TwoShorts -- Each episode of the anime is divided into two short acts, each one adapting a chapter of the manga. The chosen chapters don't follow the manga's publishing order, they are grouped by theme or character.
* UnluckyChildhoodFriend -- Sanada to Hotori.
* UnusualEuphemism -- [[foldercontrol]]

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* VerbalTic, poko -- Hotori's pet [[strike:tanuki]] [[strike:pedobear]], dog, Josephine always ends its sentences with -poko.
* WardrobeMalfunction -- What you get for TemptingFate.
* WorldOfSnark
* WorldOfPun -- Alas, they're Japanese puns...
* {{Yonkoma}} -- The ''Mr. Poorman'' {{omake}}.
* ZettaiRyouiki -- Apparently, dressing up as a maid waitress means one has to wear Grade-A thigh-highs.
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