An anime that at first I was quite wary of as my preference when it comes to age-gap yuri is for the younger of the two ladies to have at least hit puberty or preferably be in her mid-late teens. However, the older of the two was the type of woman I was especially attracted to. I had a dilemma. Even so I was willing to give the anime a chance. Did my patience and resolve pay off? Find out as we take a look at Uchi no Maid ga Usazugiru! “Uzamaid!” for short or as I called it throughout most of my coverage, The Muscle Maid Show.
WARNING! THE FOLLOWING ANIME CONTAINS A DANGEROUS AGE-GAP PAIRING (Adult woman and a minor) AND LOTS OF LOLICON HUMOR. IF SUCH THINGS BOTHER YOU THEN IT IS RECOMMENDED NOT TO PICK UP THIS SHOW.
Genres: Age-Gap, Comedy, Yuri
Themes: Lolicon, Maids
Number of episodes: 12 + OVA
Plot Summary: Misha is a little girl who lost her mother at an early age, and now lives with her father. Her father employs a maid named Tsubame, who was a former Self-Defense Force official, and is also a lolicon.
I will not mince words. I am okay with most age-gap yuri. One of my favorite yuri manga of all time is about an age-gap couple. The main reason is because they take the relationship very seriously and take every step imaginable to make it work. Uzamaid of course is a comedy. I was worried it would be the kind of comedy where the older lesbian was a lecherous freak. While she IS freaky…I have seen worse. She is thankfully not as dangerous as Haruka from Kanamemo (Still a good show btw). Basically Tsubame is a lolicon with a good heart. Her preference in lovers is questionable but she means well. She just cannot contain her love when happy. As the above image of her shows the main draw of the show for me was Tsubame’s gorgeousness. I love muscular women and in a year filled with some sexy ladies with wonderful abs Tsubame was the creme de la creme. She is not at the level of Valmet from Jormungand (Ohhhhhh yeeeeessssss) but is still a phenomenal beauty. Viewers were sadly denied a swimsuit segment/episode but luckily the show knew what the people came for and blessed them with Tsubame’s magnificent physique as often as possible.
Misha and Tsubame’s early interactions went as follows: “This muscle maid is a freak of nature and disgusting pervert! I must find a way to get rid of her.” I admit some of their early antics got a good laugh out of me. They were not all hits but some, like in the above image, were genuinely amusing. However, as I said in the above description I preferred it when they talked to other people.
As mentioned in the warning half of the show’s jokes revolve around Tsubame being a lolicon. There are also some anti-pedophile jokes. Yes. Believe it or not there is a difference between loli/shotacons and pedophiles. That being the latter are actual monsters whereas the former have…acquired tastes. I do commend the show for showing that whenever these people go too far they pay for their crimes. Even Tsubame is not devoid of punishment. Again there are times she overdoes it. Good on the writers. I also commend the animators for not going down the “loli fanservice” route. The furthest they go are Misha’s teddy bear pajamas with a tight rear. Not even during bath or onsen scenes do they show much. Again, good on ya animators.
As I said before Misha and Tsubame’s best interactions are with other characters such as Misha with her destined bride Mimika and her one-sided rival Yui.
The other major side-character debuts during the second half of the show. Once she did the show became infinitely better. When I first heard about Midorin I had a hunch she would be a great character. She exceeded my expectations. Not as buff but still a gorgeous muscle maid in her own right Midorin became the unofficial second protagonist alongside Tsubame and The People’s Champion. Like Tsubame she too had a good heart and…questionable preferences. Not a lolicon though. She loves her women buff and tough. I will not spoil what she is into but rest assured every time she is on screen viewers’ lives are made infinitely better at her expense.
While I was not entirely invested in the main drama until the very end I cannot deny it was well done. Remember the above plot summary? It goes deep. Some might too deep for a lolicon themed comedy. Either way there is a chance the main backstory will tug at some viewers’ heart strings. Again I am admittedly impressed.
The presentation is good. The attention to muscle detail is commendable. It is not as incredible as Hanebado! but still very nice. When it comes to the soundtrack big nod goes to Misha’s theme song that will remind 80’s and 90’s kids of a certain mega popular puzzle game. Other notable tunes are the comedic “Psycho” parody and Midorin’s jingle. The OP is quite catchy and ED amusing.
The best compliment I can give Uzamaid! is the following…I would gladly watch a second season of this anime over Jashin-chan. The lolicon jokes are hit and miss but unlike Jashin-chan I laughed many more times per episodes instead of once of twice as most of the non-lolicon jokes were good. The cast were all likable, the presentation was nice, the main drama was surprisingly well done and the yuri is “take it or leave it”. Not a show I would highly recommend but viewers who read my review in spite of the above warning might be curious enough to give this anime a try.
Better than I thought but not for everyone basically.