"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 a.k.a.: Hanaukyo Maid Team
Hanaukyo Maids, and I don't know whether to jack off or watch politely."
, 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. Richie Rich
2. His grandfather has retired and left the entire estate in his name.
3. The entire estate staff consists of 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. 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 Sanaenote
and her 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
This anime provides examples of:
- Abnormal Limb Rotation Range: In La Verite episode 9 Ikuyo Suzuki turns her head around 360░.
- Accidental Kiss: Between Ryuuka and Taro in La Verite episode 12.
- Accidental Pervert: Taro in episode 3 and La Verite episodes 2, 7 and 12.
- Action Girl: Konoe take her job as head of the security division very seriously.
- Actor Allusion: In Verite, this isn't the first time Karen Strassman (Mariel) voiced a character who was artificially made and won't do anything lest she is ordered to.
- In Verite episode 5, she cosplays as Chi. Now who voices Mariel again?
- Adorably Precocious Child: Taro, who tries to act responsibly despite not always being taken seriously by the maids.
- Allergic to Love: In the first series Taro changed colors and sometimes collapsed whenever women (except Mariel) touched him.
- Almost Kiss: In both series.
- Alternate Continuity: The first and second series cover slightly different ground.
- Attractive Bent-Gender: Taro got disguised as a maid in episode 15 and crossplays as Mahoro from Mahoromatic in La Verite episode 5.
- Bad Liar: Ryuuka in La Verite episode 11, as pointed out by Ikuyo Suzuki.
- Balloon Belly: Taro in Episode 10 after he's stuffed with food at 3 meals.
- Baseball Episode: La Verite episode 6.
- Beach Episode: The first half of Episode 7. See also Hot Springs Episode.
- BFS: Konoe Tsurugi's Onee-sama has one in La Verite episode 11.
- The Big Board: Wall screens in the security maids' operations room.
- Big Entrance: In episode 5 Konoe is introduced by having her return to the mansion together with a whole squadron of fighting helicopters.
- Big Fancy House: Rule of thumb: When you can park a blimp in the driveway, you've got it made.
- Blue with Shock: La Verite Episode 7. This happens to Yashima Sanae in the underground area when she thinks a monster is approaching.
- Book Ends: Taro and Mariel in La Verite episodes 1 and 12.
- Bound and Gagged: La Verite episode 6. The umpire maid when she's replaced with a
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Grace in episode 11 and Ikuyo Suzuki in La Verite episode 7.
- Catapult Nightmare: Grace/Cynthia in episode 13.
- Cat Fight: In La Verite episode 2 Ryuuka and Mariel have a "swimsuit cavalry battle" in the pool.
- Chain of People: La Verite episode 7, while exploring an underground dungeon.
- Changeling Fantasy
- Clothing Damage: Episode 3. When a Weather Control Machine explodes almost all of the maids nearby have their clothing disintegrate.
- Compressed Hair: Cynthia and Grace's hair under her cap.
- Confused Question Mark: Multiple examples.
- Cosplay Otaku Girl: In La Verite episode 8 Konoe wants to borrow some clothes from Yashima, and we all know how Yashima reacts to Konoe.
- Crush Blush: Ryuuka
- Cursed with Awesome: Taro and the maids.
- Cute Mute: Cynthia
- Cuteness Proximity: In La Verite episode 7 Konoe changes a bit near a puppy.
- Dark-Skinned Blond: La Verite. Yashima Sanae, lieutenant to Head Security maid Konoe Tsurugi, had dark brown skin and white hair.
- Demon Head: Multiple characters.
- Disappeared Dad: Taro's father does not appear in either series. The manga mentions that he was a painter.
- The Door Slams You: Yashima to Konoe in La Verite episode 7.
- Dope Slap: 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.
- Drop the Washtub: La Verite - to Ryuuka in episode 2 and multiple times to Taro in episode 7.
- Dueling Hackers: In episode 8 Grace defeats an enemy hacking attempt into MEMOL.
- Emotionless Girl: To varying degrees, Grace, Konoe, and Mariel.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Okay, Konoe's far from evil, but she's quite cold. And Yet...◊
- Exposition Diagram: Episode 4, 7 and 10 and La Verite episode 7.
- Eyelid Pull Taunt: Yashima Sanae to Ryuuka in La Verite episode 7.
- Eyes Always Shut: Taro in the first series.
- Face Nod Action: 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.
- Fiery Redhead: Ryuuka in La Verite. In the first season she had brown hair.
- First Girl Wins
- Funbag Airbag: Taro and Mariel in episode 3, Taro and the mansion's nurse in episode 6.
- Furo Scene: In the second half of Episode 7 and a brief scene in Episode 14.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Ikuyo Suzuki. Her inventions include a Weather Control Machine, a giant robot and a teleporting vehicle.
- Gainax Ending: Mild, second series
- The Glomp: Taro's personal staff of Ichigo, Ringo, and Sango — or Lemon, Marron, and Melon in the second series.
- Gunship Rescue: La Verite episode 11. The gang is being chased by Konoe's sister when Ryuuka's zeppelin shows up to save the day.
- Hammerspace: Ryuuka in La Verite.
- Hand or Object Underwear: In both series.
- High Pressure Blood: Episode 4. Ryuuka, after she runs headfirst into an I-beam Taro is carrying.
- Hollywood Psych: Grace/Cynthia has a Split Personality, with her Grace personality dominant at night and her Cynthia personality in charge during the day. Except when she doesn't.
- Hot Springs Episode: The second half of Episode 7. See also Beach Episode.
- Humongous Mecha: Ikuyo Suzuki develops one that looks like a dinosaur.
- Hyde Plays Jekyll: Episode 13. When Cynthia goes to the amusement park, she's actually her other Split Personality Grace.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Subverted strongly in the second series.
- Indy Escape: Taro in Episode 1 and several people in La Verite episode 7.
- Insistent Terminology: Yashima Sanae being called "Sanae" and saying that Yashima is her first name.
- Instant Sedation: La Verite episode 8. Three security maids are rendered unconscious in seconds with a drugged handkerchief.
- Jerk With A Heart Of Gold: Konoe, especially in 'La Verite''.
- Jet Pack: In La Verite episode 11, Konoe's Onee-sama has one as part of her armor.
- Joshikousei: Konoe and Yashima Sanae in La Verite episode 8.
- Little Miss Snarker: Grace
- Look Behind You: In La Verite episode 4.
- Luminescent Blush: La Verite episode 2. Taro and Mariel during Taro's dream.
- Mad Scientist: Ikuyo Suzuki has flashes of this in both series.
- Maid Corps: Trope Namer and co-Trope Codifier
- Marshmallow Hell: Taro's personal maids in episode 12 and Konoe in episode 14.
- Meditating Under a Waterfall: Taro and Konoe in episode 14.
- Meganekko: Ikuyo Suzuki, though not so much the sweet demeanor...
- Mega Twintails: Ryuuka
- Meido: What, you thought maybe this was about Robot Girls?
- Missing Mom: Taro's mother dies in the Back Story just before the series begins.
- Moment Killer: Episodes 10 and 15.
- Mugging the Monster: Three thugs threaten Konoe and Taro in episode 5. Big mistake.
- Na´ve Newcomer: Taro is this throughout both series.as he's continually hit by new information and surprises.
- Neck Lift: Konoe's Onee-sama to Yashima Sanae and Taro in La Verite episode 11.
- Ninja Maid: Chief Security Maid Konoe Tsurugi and her lieutenant Yashima Sana.
- Noblewoman's Laugh: Ryuuka
- Ocular Gushers: Ikuyo Suzuki and Taro are prone to these.
- On One Condition: Imposed on Ryuuka by her grandfather. She must marry Taro in order to become the new head of her family.
- Offscreen Teleportation: Mariel pulls this off in La Verite episode 9.
- One Head Taller: Gender flipped: Mariel is this much taller than Taro, despite being the girl.
- Onee-sama: La Verite episode 10. Konoe refers to her mentor Shikouin as "Nee-Sama".
- Opera Gloves: Ryuuka.
- Otaku: Ikuyo Suzuki
- This Page Will Self-Destruct: The message Taro got from his grandfather in the manga's first chapter.
- Parental Abandonment: Both Taro and Cynthia.
- Pen-Pushing President: 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.
- People Jars: Mariel ends up in one in La Verite episode 11.
- Pin-Pulling Teeth: Ryuuka in La Verite episode 7.
- Puppy-Dog Eyes: Multiple characters in both seasons.
- Quivering Eyes: Especially the first series.
- Red Alert: Several times in both seasons when an emergency occurs in the mansion.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Konoe in La Verite episode 7. Averted with Yashima Sanae.
- Same-Sex Triplets: Three of the maids.
- Samurai: Konoe, in demeanor and military training
- Scary Shiny Glasses: Ikuyo Suzuki. Taro's grandfather in La Verite episode 1.
- Scenery Censor: Episodes 6 and 12.
- Schmuck Bait: La Verite episode 7.
- Schoolgirl Lesbians: Yashima Sanae
- Scooby Stack: In episode 7 of the original series and episode 8 of La Verite.
- Security Cling: Yashima Sanae to Konoe in the La Verite opening titles and episode 7.
- Self-Destruct Mechanism: The mansion has one, as mentioned in episode 8 during the hacking incident.
- Sensor Suspense: La Verite episode 10. A giant screen in the security maid's HQ shows the position of multiple intruders.
- Sequential Artist: Ikuyo Suzuki
- Shotacon: Taro. The personal staff. Q.E.D.
- Shout Out: At one point Konoe and Yashima are cosplaying in rather different maid uniforms. Konoe even has sword hidden in her broomstick.
- Skinship Grope: Ikuyo Suzuki to Mariel during the episode 7 Hot Springs Episode.
- Sleeping Dummy: Taro in La Verite episode 9.
- Smashing Watermelons: Taro and several maids play it in Episode 9.
- Spit Take: Episode 5 of season 1 and episode 8 of La Verite.
- Split Personality: Grace/Cynthia has two personalities: Grace (highly intelligent and abrasive) and Cynthia (sweet, childlike and mute).
- Suggestive Collision: Happens twice in La Verite episode 7.
- Surprise Vehicle: La Verite episode 1 when the maids pick up Taro in a helicopter.
- Sword Pointing: By Konoe's "sister" in La Verite episodes 8 and 10.
- Tantrum Throwing: In episode 13, when Taro can't tell Grace what he wants she starts throwing things at him and tells him to get out.
- Tap on the Head: Ryuuka in La Verite episode 2, with a heavy metal basin.
- Team Shot: The main cast at the end of La Verite's opening credits.
- Tempting Fate: Ryuuka in La Verite episode 7.
- Theme Naming
- This Is Unforgivable: La Verite episode 9. Yashima to Lemon, Marron, and Melon.
- Thundering Herd: Episodes 1 and 12.
- Training from Hell: Ryuuka and Taro, in different ways.
- Trap Door: In La Verite episode 5, Ikuyo Suzuki uses one to send Ryuuka down a garbage chute.
- Tsundere: Ryuuka is a Type A in La Verite: nasty to Taro most of the time, but sometimes friendly.
- A Twinkle in the Sky: La Verite episodes 2 and 7.
- Unexpected Inheritance
- Unknown Rival: Ryuuka, to Taro. In episode 7 he doesn't recognize her even though he just met her the other day.
- Unsettling Gender-Reveal: Jii, in chapter 36 of the manga.
- Unwanted Harem: Taro and his three personal maids, in both seasons.
- Visible Silence: Ryuuka, when she first learns Taro is the new head of the Hanaukyo family.
- Weather Control Machine: Ikuyo Suzuki's greatest invention, Tenki-kun, in episode 3.
- Welcome Episode: The first episode of each series
- Wham Episode: La Verite episode 7.
- Wheel of Feet: Multiple examples.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: Grace, in both seasons.
- X-Ray Sparks: Taro in episode 10, due to an electrified chair.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: Mariel; attentive, polite, demure, intelligent and capable enough to be the head maid. She's much more so in the first season than later. Deconstructed in La Verite.
- Yaoi Fangirl: La Verite episode 5. Ikuyo Suzuki makes yaoi doujinshi and drags the others with her to Comiket to sell them.
- You Shall Not Pass: Twice in La Verite episode 11.