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An Allure of Sable and Lace – A study of the Japanese Maid Obsession in Anime

An Allure of Sable and Lace
A study of the Japanese Maid Obsession in Anime
Cameron Carrington
10/11/2010

Maid Cafés abound in Akihabara. Every season at least one anime features maids in one form or another. Even popular strong feminine characters like Saber and Rin Tohsaka from Fate/ Stay Night or Haruhi Suzumiya from the Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya are featured in official artwork wearing the uniform of the humble maid. Horrifying as it seems even beefy guys sometimes appear in the skirt and aprons such as in the hilarious Kamen no Maidguy.  This has overflowed into real life as many Japanese women are flocking to the possibility to relive the dress up games of their childhood by stepping into the role, no matter how temporarily of the maid. (Bone, 2006) The question is why? Continue reading →