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Maids and butlers... why so popular?
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Posted 12/13/13
I apologize if this has been covered before; I only made a brief search here, but didn't see anything promising.

To the topic at hand, I've never thought much about maids or butlers. That being the case, I find it bit strange how prevalent they seem to be in manga/anime. Not only do they seem to appear in many, but when they do, characters make a huge deal over them - and oftentimes, they have incredible abilities.

What exactly is the deal with this? Why are the Japanese, apparently, obsessed with butlers and maids? Do they know something I don't? Is it some kind of in-joke? If I have to ask this, should I hand in my anime-lover card?
Please explain. Thank you.
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Posted 12/13/13 , edited 12/13/13
http://geekout.blogs.cnn.com/2012/04/13/cuteness-is-served-exploring-japans-maid-culture/

That should really explain pretty much everything. I, personally, think there are other moe factors to appreciate, but to each there own.
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I don't know if there's some definite answer to this question, but I feel that most straight males find that a sexy maid is attractive. Just as alluring cosplay can be attractive, this is essentially the same. Not just the outfit, but the way that maids are obligated to cater to the needs of their higher-ups. Mixing a mindset such as that with an alluring outfit is simply attractive. Seeing as how most watchers/readers of anime/manga are straight males, this is a good way to cater to them. Another reason being that a maid embodies something that most people don't have, and thus is fictional. As lots of people may feel attracted to fictional characters because they can be the perfect person that they've never encountered, maids can take that and turn it into reality. With that, maids have increased in both reality (particularly maid-themed restaurants), and in fiction such as anime and manga.
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Posted 12/13/13
I have no clue.
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Posted 12/14/13

MrSmexyTheBeast wrote:

I don't know if there's some definite answer to this question, but I feel that most straight males find that a sexy maid is attractive. Just as alluring cosplay can be attractive, this is essentially the same. Not just the outfit, but the way that maids are obligated to cater to the needs of their higher-ups. Mixing a mindset such as that with an alluring outfit is simply attractive. Seeing as how most watchers/readers of anime/manga are straight males, this is a good way to cater to them. Another reason being that a maid embodies something that most people don't have, and thus is fictional. As lots of people may feel attracted to fictional characters because they can be the perfect person that they've never encountered, maids can take that and turn it into reality. With that, maids have increased in both reality (particularly maid-themed restaurants), and in fiction such as anime and manga.


The same goes for young butlers! How are they not sexy in their damn suits? Surely you've seen in anime a male and female maid, as well as male and female butlers. The only difference is the clothing!

older butlers are like Alfred, and of course, are still popular. Nothing wrong with the ultimate source of wisdom serving you dinner and drawing your bath.

Even rude, sarcastic, and lazy butlers like Geoffrey from Fresh Prince of Bel-air are truely Amaze.


You can not go wrong maids or butlers.
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Cultural reasons. The maids and butlers uniforms shown on anime series are mostly a French and British (Victorian era). Many Japanese people think about that when someone mentions Europe to them. It's the same reason that many European and American have inaccurate stereotypes regarding Japanese culture (often mixing Chinese and Japanese traditions). I don't think is big deal or that they are too obsess about it; maid and butler's uniforms are exotic and elegant for many Japanese because they are not used to it. Same reason that Europe and USA seems obsess with samurais, ninjas and kimonos for the last 30 years, seems exotic and interesting because it's not part of their own history.
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This is what I think:

The Japanese culture has an affinity to servitude. To the Japanese, being a loyal servant is one of the most admirable things you can do. Ties in with the Samurai culture, where all the Samurai were sworn servant-warriors.
If you ever go to Japan, you will notice that service is excellent there, no matter where you go. The maid and butler are considered the ultimate "servants," specially trained and selected for their ability to serve. Add a bit of cuteness/hotness, mixed with that culturally ingrained admiration for the common qualities of a maid/butler and you have a cultural phenomenon.

It's harder for Americans to understand this, since "servants" are not admired in the US. Nobody strives to be an excellent maid/butler/servant, everyone wants to be a leader, hero or celebrity. Americans look down on people in the service industry - if you become a maid/butler, it's almost as if you failed at life and all you can do is be someone else's "servant," or you're just doing it while you pursue some other grander goal.
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Posted 12/14/13
Are you kidding? What's not to love? :D
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Posted 12/14/13
I have no idea, Im just agreeing with the above posts lol.
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Posted 12/14/13
what who doesn't want someone else cooking for them
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I think it's the little white apron just begging to be soiled.Okay I'll go back and skulk in the corner now.
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Posted 12/14/13
It's gotta be the ruffles.
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Posted 12/14/13 , edited 12/14/13
Because they call you "master". OF COURSE THEY'RE POPULAR.
And why they got popular in anime/japan? I believe they come from the same european era as the dresses that inspired Lolita.
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Posted 12/14/13
Their job is to serve, please, and entertain their lords and ladies happily.

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Posted 12/14/13 , edited 12/14/13

qualeshia3 wrote:

Their job is to serve, please, and entertain their lords and ladies happily.



But also take care of their businesses,health and most importantly be that person they can depend on in their time of need.True master/mistress never overlooks this.
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