Monday, July 6, 2009

Maid Deka

You really have to wonder just how low the barrier is for getting a job at a newspaper. Well, maybe not really, when you're talking about the Japan Times, which isn't that great of a rag to start with. But the write-up on a new TV show makes a dig at Akihabara maids for no apparent reason other than because it can. If only the JT would hire real writers and editors. Sigh. Anyway, the write-up is confusing in that it refers to a "new series", yet describes what looks like a single made-for-TV movie. I hate bad writers (Just for the record, it is a new weekly series.)

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Copied from the June 20, 2009, Japan Times without permission.



Young women dressed up as maids are all the rage in Akihabara. They, however, have nothing to do with the new TV Asahi mystery series "Maid Keiji" (Maid Detective; Fri., 11:15 PM), based on a novel by Yuji Hayame.

Apparently, full-time housekeepers who dress up in frilly black-and-white uniforms are still employed by wealthy families in Kyoto. One of them, who worked for the Sengoku family, is found drowned in the Kamo river. It is ruled a suicide since a note is found - supposedly written by the girl - in which she confesses to accidentally breaking a priceless vase that has been in the family for generations.

Inspector Kaido (Yuji Harada) isn't convinced it's a suicide, but the Sengoku family isn't cooperating. As it happens, Kaido is also well-off and he "orders" his own maid, Aoi (Saki Fukuda) to apply for a job with the family and work for him undercover.

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In fact, the TV writer got their facts wrong. "Maid Keiji", actually named "Maid Deka", started out as a light novel series by Yuuji Hayami, in 2006, and was adapted as a manga by Michiko Usami in 2007. As "a maid in fiction", Maid Deka has everything to do with Akihabara, since this is what maid cafes were based on. I guess that what the writer wanted to say is there are no maid cafes in this TV series, and that the series isn't set in Akihabara. But, that's hardly relevant to anything, and it would have been more informative if they'd told us something about the original novels or manga instead.

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