Otaku News : US Edition Otaku News Postcard Campaign
||
Search
 
Advanced Search
\ -
-

\

Edition
World Edition
UK Edition
US Edition
PSP Edition

Site Nav
Main Page
News Categories
DVD Reviews
Manga Reviews
Links We Like
Otaku News Shop

 
Site Info
About Otaku News
FAQ
Wallpaper
Link To Us
Contact Us

US RSS Feed
RSS Feed Details
 
\

\

Advert Space


 
\
/ \
Sponsored Link: Amazon.com
\ /

/ \

Maid in Heaven

Maid in Heaven
Details
Review Date:

Reviewed By: Priss

Released By: Deux Press

Publishing Country: USA

Author: Hisami, Shimada

Age Rating: 18+

Page Count: 176

ISBN-13: 9781934496336

ISBN-10: 1934496332

Buy from Amazon.com     Buy from Amazon.co.uk
Summary
In a desperate bid to make his sick Grandmother take a leave of absence, Midori offers housekeeping services in her stead. The employer at the grand mansion accepts Midori as a substitute... but on one condition; that he must fulfil his duties as her replacement to the letter – in full maid mode, attire and all!

Apart from the bizarre balancing act his must play with his life (and gender) Midori finds that the expert hand his Grandmother applied to her daily deeds is harder act than he thought to follow. The exacting standards of Asagi, the handsome lord of the manor, commands that Midori pay both the greatest attention to detail and to his every desire. Midori soon finds, however that the dour and demanding image of his master masks a milder man, one who just might be his match made in heaven.
Review
As a reviewer for Otaku News, I feel it's my duty to maintain a little impartiality when tackling a text. After all, it's only right to keep a distance from my favourite forms of fanservice and not let my brazen biases take over entirely. This is a challenge I tend to take in my stride that is, until, I am forced to face one of my most fatal weaknesses. MAIDS. Yes, Deux Press have brought together an unthinkable combination; boys' love bishonen in a maid themed cross-dress comedy!!!

Forgive me then if my senses succumb to moe... it is after all OTAKU News I write for. There is only so much a girl can do!

Maid in Heaven starts with the standard setup for conventional style harem scenarios more common in shonen manga; due to adverse circumstances, the lead is forced to adopt a servile role for the whims of a master who places them in a variety of hilarious/demeaning positions. For Midiori, this embraces an array of exhausting chores, all of which he must execute with the pride and proficiency true to his family's heritage. This is something that is more than a little tricky when trussed by the trials of his master Asagi who insists on precision, perfection and a full costumed performance from his maids, male or no.

Midori's trials and toils make for a novel take on sexual equality in the workplace, exploiting cross-genre traditions to create a unique blend of maid moe with boys' love styling. The conventions of the maid harem scenario and master/servant relationship are soon subverted by the central romance that makes Shimada's story true BL through and through.

Stylistically, Shimada dresses her work in delicate lines that infuse the tale with a tender sweetness, befitting beautiful boys and their secret trysts in the master bedroom. Asagi's costume of choice is lovingly depicted in traditional Victorian whimsy with full length frills that meld with Midori's underlying mildness. In a heartbeat, he succumbs an archetype, to boys' love possession, dropping all reserve and pretence of man and maid alike, leaping onto his master's lap into his bed.

Okay, so I can freely admit that the plot and character development may not hold up as well as some impeccably pressed and starched apron frills but Maid in Heaven makes endearing adventure all the same. Midori soon forgets his pride and objections as he gives his all to work and master alike. His pride and masculinity are washed away with the laundry of love along with most of the story's sense. What the narrative lacks progressive continuity, it certainly makes up for sexual service. Readers with a taste for the explicit better ready themselves for the extravagance of Shimada's erotic entrée.

This is a shameless romantic romp, one that opens the door to a forbidden pleasure, an unexplored fetish in translated tales of boys' love, something different that I confess to having thoroughly enjoyed.

Rating: 8/10
\ /

/

Recent News
An Interview with Toshimichi Mori of Arc System Works
An Interview with Katsura Sunshine
ReedPOP Acquires UK MCM Comic Con
RWBY Volume 5 - Premieres October 14, 2017 on Rooster Teeth FIRST
Silent Manga​ Audition Round 9
An Interview with Masaaki Yuasa
An Interview with Danny Choo
An interview with Tim Clark the Curator of Hokusai: beyond the Great wave at the British Museum
An Interview with Michaël Dudok de Wit Director of The Red Turtle
The Red Turtle Review

Recent Manga Reviews

The Birth of Kitaro
The Birth of Kitaro
One-Punch Man - Volume 1
A Bride's Story - Volume 2
Atomcat
The Book of Human Insects
PINK
Tokyo Cycle Girl
Shiawase Restaurant - Volume 1
A Bride's Story - Volume 1
Breathe Deeply

Manga Review Archive

Links We Like
Maliki
Helen McCarthy's Blog
Lego Howl's Moving Castle
DannyChoo.com
Emma Vieceli's Workblog
Jet Arts
AnnaTheRed's Bento Factory
Tokyo Mango

Link Archive

Links
Essential Reading
Nausicaa.net
Anime News Network
ICv2
Pirate Anime FAQ
Otaku Calendar

WebComics
AppleGeeks
Johnny Wander
MegaTokyo
Nemu-nemu
Three Panel Soul

Dead Tree Magazines
Giant Robot
Neo Magazine UK
Otaku USA
Shonen Jump
Protoculture Addicts

Anime Companies
Bandai Entertainment
FUNimation
Madman
Manga Entertainment
Media Blasters
TokyoPop
Urban Vision
Viz

Manga Publishers
Dark Horse Comics
GEN Manga
Kodansha Comics
Vertical
Viz
Yen Press

US DVD Retailers
Akadot Retail
AnimeNation
Amazon.com
DVD Empire
DVD Planet
Right Stuf
Tower Records

Import Retailers
Animaxis
CD Japan
J-List
Play-Asia
Otaku.com
Tokyo Otaku Mode

 
\
/ \
All trademarks and copyrights on this page are owned by their respective owners.
Everything Else ©2002-2017 Otaku News