Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru
|Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru|
Clockwise from top: Hotori Arashiyama, Harue Haribara, Futaba Kon, Toshiko Tatsuno
|Original Manga||Masakazu Ishiguro|
|# of Episodes||12 (Anime), 8+ (Manga)|
Sum it up in a Sentence:
A show about the not so usual lives of the employees of a little maid café in a small, rural town.
Hotori Arashiyama is a somewhat ordinary girl, forced to work in an successful coffee shop. One day, the owner decides to cash in in the maid café fad, turning it into one without actually knowing what to do other than dressing up as maids. Their only real customer is Hiroyuki, who is more in (unrequited) love with Hotori than the café. When her friend Toshiko, who in return is in love with Hiroyuki, hears about this, she too joins the café in hopes to get closer to him. And there's also Hotori's math teacher who is a little obsessed trying to teach his subject to the unconventionally thinking girl, often leaving him in despair. And when the bucktoothed Harue and the tomboyish Futaba get involved, everything descends into chaos.
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