This is one of the bad ones. Who knew maid fighting could be so dull? Well, by this point it’s hard to surprise me. This is “Enmusu”.
Plot: Gisuke is such a loser! He even gets hit by a car and simply shrugs it off! One day, a maid comes in claiming she needs Gisuke, and they end up living together! Oh, also they need to gather 14 scrolls or something to make him an heir or something. Wowee!
It’s bad. First, one of Gisuke’s bullies likes Eiken. You know it’s a bad sign when our frame of reference for good manga is the WORST MANGA. Seriously, read volume one of Eiken, then STOP.
The maid introduces herself as Sofia, but says “Just call me Sonya”. …Why? Is it somehow easier? Is Sonya a nickname for Sofia? I mean, if Jack can be a nickname for John, then maybe it’s not so farfetched. This is that unimportant guy from that bad cat woman manga all over again.
Sonya is… ugh. She’s supposed to be likeable, but just comes off as irritating. She says she can’t count higher than five. REALLY? I bet I can find an error to that statement if I cared enough to look. Count Von Count must be spinning in his coffin. Because, you know, he’s a vampire.
Anyway, yeah, Sonya. She’s really sweet, but I must admit that sweet is not equal to interesting or smart. Well, in terms of number of letters, “sweet” and “smart” are equal, but apart from that… they also begin with “s” and end with “t”. Okay, I’m sidetracked. Sonya’s not endearing, and I find myself agreeing with a rival maid (under someone else’s ownership, that is) when she wants to see Sonya fall to pieces. That’s another bad sign right there.
Gisuke… what can be said that I haven’t always said? He’s a loser. He has a good heart. He’s lucky to have an adventure happen to him. Also, HE HAS NO NOSE. Sometimes, it disappears, which makes him look like a child. It works for Krillin, not here. I don’t care that Gisuke has a good heart, it comes off as foolish. When a classmate bribes him to hand over his scroll, he refuses the money. I found myself thinking, “Take the money! Take the money!” Of course he didn’t. But guess what? His classmate doesn’t take it either! After dumping a pile of yen onto his desk and getting refused, he just walks away! Does Gisuke grab wads of cash? NO. Does the rich classmate gather his yen? NO. Do the classmates, who have already been established as heretics, take the money? NO. WHY WON’T ANYONE TAKE THE MONEY?
I did like Shizuku, the smart girl Gisuke has a crush on. She was down to earth, but not boring. Well, a little, but her harsh nature was endearing to me. When she warms up to Gisuke, I still find her pleasant. I was hoping that she’d wind up with Gisuke, but then I realized he didn’t deserve her, so I hoped for her to win a Porsche instead. I have odd standards.
There’s a female teacher who appears like, once, but Gisuke makes a note of. He says, “She’d be so cool if she were a guy…”
WHY. Isn’t she already “cool” without it? Besides, don’t boys tend to fantasize about women being women? Is he closeted? He seems to take pain in stride.
Oh, that’s another thing. Sonya claims that Gisuke cares for others, but honestly, I call it being bullied. He should have taken the money, not a silly maid contest! Or… test battle, or something. Yeah, the only action in this single released volume is the beginning of a test. ACTION! No wonder it was canned.
Overall Opinion: Ugh. Bad, stupid, dull, all in one. Skip, dearies.
Rating: A Grain of Salt out of a Hay Stack.