Tuesday, September 04, 2007

He Is My Master, v. 1

Story by Mattsu with Art by Asu Tsubaki
Released in the U.S. by Seven Seas

Slugline: If you were so incredibly rich you could hire anyone you wanted to be your maids and wear fetish gear, why would you hire ones with overprotective pet alligators?

Yoshitaka's parents have died and he is left alone with his mansion, his gobs of money and no one to supervise him, not even a estate executor. So after a few moments of private grief, he decides he needs some staff to help run the mansion, and when two early teens near his own age wander by in need of a job, he hires them on the spot. Of course, one has the penchant for creating ludicrous challenges to solve any disagreement, often enforcing her will and making a central point of said challenges her pet alligator.

It is filled with maid fan service, so if that is your thing, go ahead. But the situation here is only barely sketched out and it's only there to get the characters together and apart in the most frustrating and teasing of ways. I guess it would be possible to take this concept seriously and still have a fair amount of humor, but no, just assume that whenever possible they will go for the easiest and cheapest laugh and panty shot, no matter what it takes plot- or character-wise in order to get there, and you pretty much have the whole book. I have to admit I just started skimming this title after a bit, because all of the gags were obvious and were exactly what you would expect. If possible, this was a lower brow comedic version of a harem comedy. With an alligator.

He is My Master, v.1 is also available from Right Stuf, Intl., an online retailer specializing in anime and manga.

- Ferdinand

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