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Dated 22 December 2004: Hanaukyo Maids: La Verite

I actually watched Hanaukyo Maids: La Verite in its entirety. Although it is only 12 episodes long, this was still something of an accomplishment, relatively speaking, since I couldn't get past the first episode of the original series. I quickly gave up on the original because the first episode really sucked, and its live-action end credit sequence was ghastly.

As I understand it, La Verite is not a sequel to the original Hanaukyo Maids, but a remake. I'm not entirely certain why this was necessary, but at least they fixed the closing credits.

Konoe Tsurugi
Konoe a little out of her element

Anyway, I only found episodes four, five, and six to be any good. Episode five is fantastic, providing you're familiar with all the references and with the voice actresses' previous work. Speaking of voice acting, episode four was mostly good thanks to Akiko Hiramatu (the voice of the teacher Yukari in Azumanga Daioh) as the security chief, Konoe.


But yeah, aside from episodes four, five, and six, every other episode fell somewhere between "just average" and "pretty darn crappy"—mostly because I didn't give a damn about Mariel. In fact, nearly all of the secondary characters (except for the triplets—they flat-out sucked—were more interesting than the two leads. Pity they weren't in a better show—one without Mariel and Taro.