[NOVEL REVIEW] Maid Machinegun

Maid Machinegun Cover

English Title: Maid Machinegun – A Novel
Original Title: Maid Machinegun
Author: Aaliyah
Artist: Suzuhito Yasuda
Publisher: Del Rey
Age Rating: N/A
Price: $9.95
Summary: Aaliyah is an over-enthusiastic girl who works at a maid café. She works hard trying to do her best and be the best maid ever! When the café hires a waiter, things end up becoming strange.

Review: Back when I was an otaku (which ended about a year ago), I had read the summary of this book and was quickly intrigued by the idea of a hardwork waitress at a maid café. I always had wanted to visit a maid café and had a bit of an obsession with them, so when I saw this book, I wanted to read it. The exceprt on Amazon.com helped me a great deal when deciding to get this book, as I could easily connect with Aaliyah’s enthusiam. And right before I go deeper into this review, I must say my summary of the story sucks. And this contains a bit dab of spoilers.

The story’s quite a bit otaku oriented – you got your maid café, the over-enthusatic main character who does her best (Aaliyah), the weird girl who speaks as if she’s an alien, the androgynous tomboy, and the somewhat strict business owner. You basically read Aaliyah’s diary of her daily events at the café, about her silly dreams of what she wants to do, her interactions with people (both customers and the other maids), and more.

At first the story is quite a bit interesting. Her enthusiasm shines through the chapters as she talks about her day and what she wants to do. How she wants to be the best maid ever. Of course, after a while, it gets boring. Maid this, maid that, wanting to work hard, blah, blah, blah. The book really hits it’s most boring point to me when Aaliyah interviewed an ex-maid from one of the most popular maid cafés in Akihabara. However, once you get past that interview, the story becomes a bit more interesting. Aaliyah finally ends up getting approval for a special themed maid café…only to have a completely unexpected turn of events. Granted, it takes up the last two chapters. But it’s still a very surprising turn of events.

While this isn’t the best book I’ve read, it wasn’t that bad either. The last two chapters were certainly a pleasant surprise. Aaliyah’s hard working spirit is a bit inspriational as well and might just want to make you work a bit harder at what you do.

I must recommend this book to otaku. If you are an otaku, read it. It’s a fun, quite an adventure and you’ll be able to connect to a lot of it. The concepts of moe and tsudere, figures…stuff like that. However, if you’re not an otaku, I recommend skipping this. Unless the idea of a maid café entrigues you.

Overall Rating: 6/10
– Somewhat unique writing style. It’s some cross between a diary and a typical novel.
– Pleasant turn of events in the last two chapters
– Lots of otaku concepts are talked about. This could be bad for some people, but great for others.
– Very few chapters are entertaining and worth the read.
– Cute artwork!