Shōnen Maid

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Shōnen Maid
Shōnen Maid, volume 1.jpg
The cover of the first manga volume.
少年メイド
(Shōnen Meido)
Genre Comedy[1]
Manga
Written by Ototachibana
Published by Enterbrain
Demographic Shōjo
Magazine B's-Log Comic
Original run 12 March 20081 March 2017
Volumes 9 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed by Yusuke Yamamoto
Written by Yoshiko Nakamura
Music by Tomohiro Yamada
Studio 8-Bit
Licensed by
Original network TBS, CBC, SUN, BS-TBS, TBS Channel 1
Original run 8 April 2016 1 July 2016
Episodes 12
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Shōnen Maid (少年メイド, Shōnen Meido, lit. "Boy Maid") is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Ototachibana. A 12-episode anime television series adaptation aired between April and July 2016.

Plot[edit]

After the tragic death of his mother, Chihiro Komiya an orphaned fourth grader in elementary school is left with no close relatives or even a place to live. This all changes when he meets Madoka Takatori, a wealthy but eccentric young man who is revealed to be his long lost uncle from his mother's side of the family; when Madoka noticed that Chihiro has nowhere else to go, he decides to take in the young boy to live with him. However, when Chihiro first sees his uncle's large mansion all messed up and filled with nothing but garbage-(since it's always like that) he decides to employ himself as Madoka's official housekeeper while wearing a frilly maid uniform and getting paid with allowance every month.

Characters[edit]

Chihiro Komiya (小宮 千尋, Komiya Chihiro)
Voiced by: Houko Kuwashima (drama CD)[2] Natsumi Fujiwara (anime)[1] (Japanese); Apphia Yu (English)
An elementary school student who begins working as a maid at his wealthy uncle's home after his mother dies. He is a clean freak and a terrific cook and can be strict but caring to his uncle. He is mature for his age, having been taught by his mother that those who don't work don't eat and is friendly and extremely independent for his age. He can be stubborn and has a short temper but means well. He is the type of person who would restrain himself and not ask for things he wanted since he grew up poor but has grown to rely and depend on his uncle. He is very intelligent, getting straight A's and has aspirations to be a hotel baron.[2]
Madoka Takatori (鷹取 円, Takatori Madoka)
Voiced by: Takahiro Mizushima (drama CD)[2] Nobunaga Shimazaki (anime)[1] (Japanese); Seth Magill (English)
Chihiro's eccentric uncle, who makes costumes and takes him in on the condition that he take over the cleaning of the house. He tends to be lazy, easygoing and makes a huge mess, but cares for his nephew and is a genuinely kind and gentle person. He loves cats but is allergic to them and dislikes dogs due to a past childhood trauma. He is not good with strangers and not up to date with popular culture, particularly since he doesn't own a TV (though they eventually buy one). He is not picky about food and is good at baking sweets. He particularly loves frills and frilly clothing. Though he despises his mother, Kazusa Takatori, of one his past childhood trauma, he realizes there's more to her.[2]
Keiichirō Shinozaki (篠崎 桂一郎, Shinozaki Keiichirō)
Voiced by: Yoshimasa Hosoya (drama CD)[2] Tomoaki Maeno (anime)[1] (Japanese); Todd Haberkorn (English)
He is Madoka's secretary who makes sure he makes his costumes and is on schedule. He is serious but kind and treats Chihiro amiably. He loves sushi and pudding and has been with Madoka (along with a young Chiyo and Miyako) since childhood. He dislikes Madoka's eccentricity and laziness and is bad at housework. He gets along well with Chihiro, acting like a second parent since they are both serious, hard-working, and rather mature (and makes sure Madoka gets his work done). He seems oblivious (or is feigning obliviousness) to Miyako's feelings for him.
Miyako Ōtori (凰 美耶子, Ōtori Miyako)
Voiced by: Madoka Yonezawa (drama CD)[2] Yui Makino (anime)[3] (Japanese); Leah Clark (English)
A kind cheerful young heiress formerly engaged to Madoka since her grandfather and the former head of the Ōtori family were friends before her father broke it off (due to Madoka's involvement). She feels bound by her father and wonders if she is being selfish and should live as her father tells her but Chihiro encourages her to follow her heart. She has romantic feelings for Keiichiro and is a terrific cook, but tends to make a mess when she cooks and is bad at cleaning. She owns a pet dog given to her by Chihiro. She named her dog, Antaro. She is good friends with Madoka and Chihiro and takes Sunday cooking classes from Chihiro. She specializes in western cooking and pudding.
Ryūji (竜児)
Voiced by: Natsuki Hanae[4] (Japanese); Brandon McInnis (English)[5]
The youngest member of a boy band called Uchouten boys. He is young and friendly and can be somewhat childish, but dislikes looking like a child since he is short. He went to Madoka to ask for a change in his design since he stopped wanting to look like a kid by wearing shorts but he refused. He realizes he is made to wear shorts since his legs are considered attractive and that he shouldn't be afraid to show them off (with a little help from Chihiro and Madoka). He thought of the hurtful things he said about referring Chihiro "a girl" when Chihiro was wearing his uniform. He can be forgetful, considering he forgot to report his lost wallet and phone to the police and even a little clumsy since he told his group mates where he went by mistake but he is caring. He dreams of becoming a suave gentleman like Madoka (not realizing that is his business facade and not his true personality).
Hayato (隼人)
Voiced by: Taku Yashiro[4] (Japanese); Ivan Jasso (English)[5]
One of the members of Uchouten boys. He is tall with black hair, handsome and mature for his age. He looks out for Ryuji like a younger brother and emits a dazzling aura. He is the leader of the group. He plays with Ryuji's hair when he gets stressed.
Ibuki (伊吹)
Voiced by: Kazutomi Yamamoto[4] (Japanese); Oscar Seung (English)[5]
One of the members of Uchouten boys. He has a princely character that hides a fiery temper but is caring towards his group mates.
Yūji Hino (日野祐司, Hino Yūji)
Voiced by: Yūki Kaji (drama CD) Mitsuki Saiga (anime)[3] (Japanese); Morgan Berry (English)
One of Chihiro's three friends and his main best friend. He is the middle of six children in the Hino family and is concerned about Chihiro since his mother's death, proving to be a loyal friend. He has silver hair. His family owns three dogs and are carpenters. He likes spicy food and is good friends with Madoka (his family having worked as Madoka's gardeners for years). He loves horror films.
Chiyo Komiya (小宮千代, Komiya Chiyo)
Voiced by: Yukari Tamura[3] (Japanese); Michelle Rojas (English)
Chihiro's eccentric mother whom he has a strong resemblance to. She cut off relations with her family after she disgraced her father by giving birth to a child with a man he opposed her marriage to. Her husband died shortly after Chihiro was born. She lived a poor but happy life with her son but died of a heart attack due to overwork. Her motto was "Those who don't work don't eat" and was bad at cooking except for tamagoyaki.
Kazusa Takatori
Voiced by: Yoshiko Sakakibara[3] (Japanese); Linda Leonard (English)
The mother of Madoka and Chiyo and grandmother of Chihiro. Although, her youngest son, Madoka, doesn't really see that there's more in her. She always gets embarrassed when Chihiro watches her trying to pet the cat.
Yukito Amahara (アマハラ ゆきと, Amahara Yukito)
Voiced by: Asuna Tomari (Japanese); Kristen McGuire (English)
A classmate and friend of Chihiro's from school. He has reddish brown hair and orange eyes.
Hiroshi Takei (武井 ヒロシ, Takei Hiroshi)
Voiced by: Kaede Hondo (Japanese); Kate Oxley (English)
Another classmate and friend of Chihiro's from school. He has dark green hair, olive green eyes, and wears glasses.
Yuu Nomura (野村 ゆう, Nomura Yuu)
Voiced by: Mikako Izawa (Japanese); Holly Franklin (English)
A female classmate of Chihiro from school; she has romantic feelings for Chihiro. She has dark purple hair that is usually worn in a ponytail.
Hanako Hino (日野 花子, Hino Hanako)
Voiced by: Akiko Yajima (Japanese); Natalie Hoover (English)
One of Yūji Hino's siblings. She is a happy and energetic little girl that is into princesses. She doesn't like anyone get into her personal stuff especially her brother.

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

Ototachibana launched the series in Enterbrain's B's-Log Comic magazine on 12 March 2008.[2][6] An audio drama CD was included with the limited edition of the sixth volume in April 2013.[2][7] Ototachibana will conclude the manga on 1 March 2017.[8]

Volumes[edit]

No.Japanese release dateJapanese ISBN
1 1 December 2008[9]ISBN 978-4-7577-4599-5
2 1 June 2009[10]ISBN 978-4-7577-4939-9
3 1 February 2010[11]ISBN 978-4-04-726219-5
4 28 February 2011[12]ISBN 978-4-04-727057-2
5 29 December 2011[13]ISBN 978-4-04-727715-1
6 1 April 2013 (regular edition)[14]
1 April 2013 (limited edition)[15]
ISBN 978-4-04-728846-1
ISBN 978-4-04-728847-8
7 1 February 2014[16]ISBN 978-4-04-729430-1
8 1 November 2014[17]ISBN 978-4-04-730025-5
9 1 April 2016[18]ISBN 978-4-04-734026-8

Anime[edit]

A 12-episode anime television series adaptation, directed by Yusuke Yamamoto and produced by 8-Bit, aired between 8 April[a] and 1 July 2016 on TBS, and also aired on CBC, Sun TV, and BS-TBS.[3] The series is written by Yoshiko Nakamura, with character designs by Kana Ishida.[19][20] The opening theme song is "Innocent promise" by Trustrick,[21] and the ending theme song is "Zutto Only You" (ずっとOnly You) performed by Natsuki Hanae, Taku Yashiro, and Kazutomi Yamamoto.[4]

A spin-off titled Uchōten Nicosei (有頂天☆ニコ生) focuses on the fictional Uchōten Boys idol group. The first episode first aired on Niconico on 14 March 2016, and was followed by regular episodes beginning on 11 April 2016.[4]

Episode list[edit]

No. Title Original air date
1 "Those Who Don't Work Don't Eat"
"Hatarakazaru Mono Kū Bekarazu" (はたらかざる者食うべからず) 
8 April 2016
2 "Failure is the Mother of Success"
"Shippai wa Seikō no Haha" (しっぱいは成功の母) 
22 April 2016
3 "If You Feed a Dog for Three Days, It Will Be Grateful for Three Years"
"Inu wa Mikka Kaeba Sannen On o Wasurenu" (いぬは三日飼えば三年恩を忘れぬ) 
29 April 2016
4 "What You Like, You Will Do Well"
"Suki Koso Mono no Jōzu Nare" (好きこそ物の上手なれ) 
6 May 2016
5 "A Man Never Goes Back on His Word"
"Danshi no Hitokoto Kintetsu no Gotoshi" (だんしの一言金鉄の如し) 
13 May 2016
6 "Even a Chance Encounter is Preordained"
"Sode Furiau mo Tashō no Enishi" (袖振り合うも多生の縁) 
20 May 2016
7 "Learning Doesn't Happen in a Day"
"Gakumon wa Ichinichi ni Shite Narazu" (学問は一日にしてならず) 
27 May 2016
8 "The Devil Scoffs When You Talk of Next Year"
"Rainen o Ieba Oni ga Warau" (来年を言えば鬼が笑う) 
3 June 2016
9 "Charity Brings Its Own Reward"
"Nasake wa Hito no Tame Narazu" (情けは人の為ならず) 
10 June 2016
10 "No Heat or Cold Lasts Beyond the Equinox"
"Atsusa Samusa mo Higan Made" (暑さ寒さも彼岸まで) 
17 June 2016
11 "Boys, Be Ambitious"
"Shōnen yo, Taishi o Dake" (少年よ、大志を抱け) 
24 June 2016
12 "All's Well That Ends Well"
"Owari Yokereba Subete Yoshi" (終わり良ければすべて良し) 
1 July 2016

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The premiere is listed for 7 April at 25:58, which is the same as 1:58 on 8 April.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Shōnen Maid Anime's Main Cast, Character Visuals Unveiled". Anime News Network. 15 January 2016. Retrieved 14 January 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Ototachibana's Shōnen Maid Manga Gets Anime Adaptation". Anime News Network. 30 August 2015. Retrieved 30 November 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Shonen Maid Anime Reveals April 7 Debut, More Cast". Anime News Network. 9 March 2016. Retrieved 9 March 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Shonen Maid Anime Casts Fictional Idol Group to Perform Ending Theme, Star in Spinoff". Anime News Network. 23 February 2016. Retrieved 9 March 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c "Caitlin Glass". Twitter. June 24, 2016. Retrieved June 24, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Product Detail: Comic B's-LOG 2008 4". Enterbrain (in Japanese). Retrieved 30 November 2015. 
  7. ^ Mikikazu, Komatsu (30 August 2015). "Ototachibana's "Shonen Maid" Manga Gets Anime Adaptation". Crunchyroll. Retrieved 30 November 2015. 
  8. ^ "Ototachibana's Shōnen Maid Manga Ends in March". Anime News Network. 19 January 2017. Retrieved 19 January 2017. 
  9. ^ 少年メイド 1 [Shōnen Maid 1]. Enterbrain (in Japanese). Retrieved 30 November 2015. 
  10. ^ 少年メイド 2 [Shōnen Maid 2]. Enterbrain (in Japanese). Retrieved 30 November 2015. 
  11. ^ 少年メイド 3 [Shōnen Maid 3]. Enterbrain (in Japanese). Retrieved 30 November 2015. 
  12. ^ 少年メイド 4 [Shōnen Maid 4]. Enterbrain (in Japanese). Retrieved 30 November 2015. 
  13. ^ 少年メイド 5 [Shōnen Maid 5]. Enterbrain (in Japanese). Retrieved 30 November 2015. 
  14. ^ 少年メイド 6 [Shōnen Maid 6]. Enterbrain (in Japanese). Retrieved 30 November 2015. 
  15. ^ 少年メイド 6 特装版 [Shōnen Maid 6 Special Edition]. Enterbrain (in Japanese). Retrieved 30 November 2015. 
  16. ^ 少年メイド 7 [Shōnen Maid 7]. Enterbrain (in Japanese). Retrieved 30 November 2015. 
  17. ^ 少年メイド 8 [Shōnen Maid 8]. Enterbrain (in Japanese). Retrieved 30 November 2015. 
  18. ^ 少年メイド 9 [Shōnen Maid 9]. Enterbrain (in Japanese). Retrieved 19 February 2016. 
  19. ^ "Shōnen Maid TV Anime's Staff, Spring 2016 Premiere Revealed". Anime News Network. 30 November 2015. Retrieved 30 November 2015. 
  20. ^ Komatsu, Mikikazu (30 November 2015). ""Shonen Maid" TV Anime Adaptation Slated for Spring of 2016". Crunchyroll. Retrieved 30 November 2015. 
  21. ^ "Trustrick to Perform Shonen Maid Anime's Opening Theme". Anime News Network. 9 February 2016. Retrieved 9 March 2016. 

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