Shadows House Episode 1: Shadow Mistress and Doll Maid

This was the most intriguing of my Spring picks as I had no idea what to expect. I said that so long as it focused on the girls I’d give it a go. The premiere did just that so let’s see what we got.

Living Dolls

We began with a glimpse of the shadow nobles, or whatever their titles were, their living quarters, the black snow like soot outside and emanated from them and other stuff. We then got a a preview of the five Living Dolls who would serve their shadow masters.

Kate and her dollThe first pair we were introduced to were our main leads, Mistress Kate and her maid who didn’t have a name yet. More on that later.

Kate's sootThe reason for Kate’s anxiousness was she felt anxious around her doll. She also didn’t like to be stared at directly as shadows’ faces couldn’t be seen. She also avoided an “Are you human?” question when her doll asked.

Kate's doll in painHer doll eagerly wanted to serve as best as she could but she’s clumsy and couldn’t read. The clumsiness initially came from not understanding she needed food to function despite being a doll. Understanding the situation Kate gifted her with her quality bread. Her doll said she wasn’t worthy but Kate insisted.

Kate's doll woke up lateThis scene here where the doll overslept after a fun time with Kate the day prior showed Kate’s feelings for her doll grew and her tardiness aggravated her. Sense of loneliness,yes.

Kate dressing up her dollAfter cleaning up her room of soot Kate had her wash up. The reason being besides being their servants the dolls’ other purpose was to be the shadows’ faces, essentially to give them an idea what they’d look like were they to have a “normal” face. In short, they served as their identities. For this reason the dolls must be clean and tidy at all times. Her doll missed a spot while washing so Kate used it as the perfect opportunity to play dress up with her despite it being forbidden to do so. We learned that at some point every shadow noble would get their own doll.

Kate and EmilicoLong story short Kate grew to like her doll and wanted her to feel wanted and appreciated. Neither one felt anxious around the other and Kate’s “sooting” stopped. Not only that but the doll’s wish, to see Kate’s face, came true though Kate disliked putting makeup on. In the end Kate found a name for her doll, Emilico. We ended the episode as Emilico was about to clean a soot outside the window and spotted another master and doll pair. The doll however, didn’t look too friendly.

The show definitely has my attention. Looking forward to more.

Particular shadow and doll pairI especially want to get to know this pair.

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13 Responses to Shadows House Episode 1: Shadow Mistress and Doll Maid

  1. Kotori_Sonoda says:

    A friend hyped this up to me since they read the manga (which is fully colored, I’m assuming to make it easier to read), so I gave it a shot.
    Quite an interesting premise, I’m hooked. Definitely want to know more about the shadow guys, and to see how Kate and Emilico’s interactions evolve.

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  2. Ruby says:

    The manga is very good and I’m loving the anime so far.

    I will say there is stuff later, that maybe could be seen as yuri depending on the angle… but overall- This series isn’t yuri.
    I wasn’t expecting you to cover it.

    It’s very good though.

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  3. Zack says:

    As a reader of the manga, I had been looking forward to this anime. And so far, I was not disappointed. I can’t wait for them to get into the deeper mysteries of the series.

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  4. This was a very interesting start. As you know, I really like creepy and mysterious things, so I’m very eager to see where this one will take us.

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  5. Giack31 says:

    This was very interesting.

    I replay like the relationship between Kate and Emilico. I doubt it will go any further but it’s still cute seeing them together.

    I really like the setting and the vibe of the series and am looking forward to more.

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  6. Shiro says:

    The master servant relationship here is very intriguing and endearing. As one who is familiar to the manga, one thing to note here is that the shadow people are just as amazing characters as their “dolls”. Looking forward to more Kate and Emilico interactions.

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    • OG-Man says:

      Oh I never doubted the intrigue behind the shadows. Surely they have as much intrigue behind them as the dolls.

      I do hope the anime kicks up the shipping potential in contrast to the manga from what I’ve been told.

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  7. yurimylove says:

    “dolls” that can feel pain, get hungry, need to eat, and go to sleep at night? yeah we have a term for that — it’s call “people” 😀


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