Huh. Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru. Some silly little anime about a maid cafe. Girls doing cute shit. Had absolutely no intentions of liking this damn thing. Didn’t even look “cute” the way Squid Girl did– just the usual boring shit that I avoid. But I watched it anyway.
Watch out, Squid Girl. You might have some competition for best anime of the season.
Let’s get some stuff out of the way.
The opening is awesome. ROUND TABLE. That right there makes it awesome. They aren’t sporting Nino like they did in Chobits and Welcome to the NHK, but I honestly don’t miss her. Think they got Maaya Sakamoto to do this one? Yeah, sounds pretty damn great. I did notice that the song sounded even more “retro” than the rest of their stuff, and after doing a tiny bit of digging I found out that the opening is a cover of this song. Except they changed it up a bit and did a Pizzicato 5-like 60s-ish arrangement. SHAFT’s basically doing the same thing they did with Dance in the Vampire Bund. Good stuff I say, since these covers sound a hell of a lot better than most of the new songs anime are sporting.
And the ending is pretty cool as well. It has an accordion. ‘Nuff said.
The vibe I’m getting from this show: This is what K-On would be like if it was, like, actually good and stuff.
Teenaged girls doing everyday stuff. They fall into stereotypes that appeal to fans. They do nothing of consequence. They do cute shit. But along the way, Soredemo doesn’t forget to actually be funny. It’s willing to poke fun of its moeisms, deconstructing them to a certain extent without going overboard and veering into “LOOK! LOOK! I AM TALKING ABOUT WHAT IT IS LIKE TO BE MOE AREN’T I SMART!” territory. They aren’t jumping up and down and calling attention to the tropes, they’re just characters that know the ropes and know how to pull those strings to their advantage. The whole bit where they’re trying to use their “maidjutsu” to convince their math teacher to let them keep their jobs was pretty amusing. They thought they were going to use their cutesy charms on him and show him the true power of the maid, but all they succeeded in doing was embarrass the main chick in front of her home room teacher, since they dude was there like any other “man seeking happiness in a world where happiness doesn’t come to you.”
Also, the show gets props for having ugly chicks. They may be cartoonishly ugly, what with that one girl’s buck teeth that makes her look like she was one of B-Ko’s lackeys from Project A-Ko, but that’s still pretty awesome.
I’m really digging this show’s vibe. See, Japan? This is how you do inconsequential shit that panders to the fanboy masses. You can give them their cake porn and have it be palatable for the rest of the world at the same time.