So what’s the show? UzaMaid! Episode 9.
So how’s this episode? The old UzaMaid is back! That’s right, after 3 episodes devoted to the masochistic Midori which amounted to very little and at its worst threatened to derail the series entirely we’re more or less back to the way the show was at its best!
Well someone’s excited… And with good reason too! I mean sure this isn’t the best episode but compared to the previous 3 it’s like a miracle!
Okay then, so what happens in the episode? Misha’s beloved pet weasel Kumagoro goes missing! (Or rather it escapes after overhearing that it’s about to pay a visit to the vet). And Misha is devastated, see she got the weasel soon after her mother died as a way to bring some happiness into her life—and that it did—so now understandably Misha is terrified about losing that and being alone again. So Tsubame gives Misha an honest but ultimately uplifting little talk that inspires the girl to call upon her friends in her time of need to help her find her beloved pet. Her classmate Washi helps with making posters, meanwhile Midori lends her ex-army dog to be used as a sniffer dog.
Wait, Midori’s still in the episode? I thought you said it was back to normal? She’s used sparingly, appearing on-screen for less than 2 minutes total—exactly how a one-joke character should be used. And guess what, she’s more enjoyable in small doses too!
Glad to hear it. Presumably they find the pet and everyone lives happily ever after? Well of course–this isn’t the kind of show to kill off a pet weasel for drama–but that’s beside the point. This was a heartfelt segment that also managed to be a lot of fun and had a lot of laughs throughout!
And the second segment? Not quite as fun, basically just the stuck-up fashionista Yui at school getting angry that everyone thinks Misha’s winter outfit is cuter and so she challenges her to a snowball fight (just go with it) and with the help of Tsubame offering tactical advice while dressed as a snowman (just go with it) Misha and Washi defeat Yui. It’s a harmless bit of fun, that’s a bit light on jokes but has its heart in the right place.
You sounded way more excited about this episode at the start of the review… just sayin’. Had we not had the 3 episode Midori arc, this would have been the weakest episode of the season but coming straight after that bit of misguided disappointment this episode feels a lot stronger than it actually is. Don’t get me wrong it’s still enjoyable and fun and with enough character development and ~feels~ to carry it on through, but it’s still not as good as this show at its best. Hopefully the ‘recovery’ continues into next week and we’re back on top form by then!
Previous UzaMaid! Reviews:
Weapons Grade Lolicon – Episode 1 Review
Maid Back Camp – Episode 2 Review
Breeding Like Hamsters – Episode 3 Review
Dresses Maid To Order – Episode 4 Review
Out Of The Running – Episode 5 Review
Crazy In Love – Episode 6 Review
Maid To Suffer – Episode 7 Review
Suite and Sour – Episode 8 Review
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