The violence behind being a maid comes from a long time ago, with a festival honoring the first maid ever. Our girls participate in a competition inside the festival, and the winner is…
Beginning of Story
At the beginning of the episode, we learn a little about the history of maids in Japan. Japan’s first-ever maid was Omoe, in the early Meiji period when social stratification was still ingrained in society. Omoe served all masters without distinction and enamored the people of Akiha-no-hara with violence and adoration. We can see that the connection between maids and violence comes from a long time ago, and after Omoe’s death, an annual festival was established in her honor. A festival where maids compete for the top in name of honor and pride.
Lady Omoe Festival
The managers from Creatureland’s Cafes gather together in a room and talk about shady rumors of how one of their Cafes is bringing in customers by pushing drugs. If Nagi finds out about it, things won’t go well for the Cafe’s Manager.
Nagi arrives at the room with the debt collector, who tells them that this year’s festival will be special in that the Creatureland Group will be the sole organizer.
The festival’s competition is rigged and it’s already set that Dazzlion, Nagi’s Cafe, will be the winner.
While our girls walk about with boxes, presumably preparing for the festival, Nagomi is curious and gets excited when Shiipon tells her that at the end of the festival they all climb Lady Omoe’s statue… but the maids have to fight it out and kick each other down, which doesn’t appeal to Nagomi. The maid who wins becomes Lady Omoe for a year, meaning that she will have better priority in the group and more customers for the cafe.
Yumechi tells Nagomi that the starting order for the Lady Omoe Climb is based on food stall profits, and last year the race ended before they even got to start.
No Need To Start Another War
The girls are stopped by other Cafe maids, who try to get into their heads by humiliating them and making fun of them, putting out their cigarettes inside Panda’s suit before they leave.
While they build their food stall, Nagomi doesn’t understand why Shiipon and Yumechi put up with that, since it’s not like them to stay quiet during these situations. But Yumechi tells her that there is no use in going against Cafes that are ranked higher than them, and it would only lead to another bloody turf war.
Read the Guidelines
The Debt Collector gives our Manager the guidelines for the festival, telling her to read them thoroughly and carefully! I think we can see how this will go wrong.
The Manager opens the guideline book and it’s full of minuscule letters.
While preparing everything, Nagomi notices that their food for the food stall isn’t as good as other Cafes, and Yumechi explains to them that Creatureland has what they call the “Moe Moe Hierarchy”, and Oinky Doink Cafe is ranked at the very bottom. Cafes that do dirty work for the higher-ups or offer lots of sweets money, or have a bond of sisterhood with a better Cafe are ranked higher. Their Cafe has none of that, so they are down at the very bottom.
The Debt Collector visits Dazzlion’s Cafe Maid to deliver her the guidelines for the festival, and even he seems to be scared of her. She tells him that she doesn’t understand what Nagi is scared of and that they don’t need any arrangements to get to the top.
He calls our Manager to check if she and her maids already know the guidelines, to which she lies and tells him that they do. If any of them violate the guidelines, they will be disowning Oinky Doink. The manager hangs up and goes in search of the guidelines, which are nowhere to be found…she lost the book without reading it first!
At the festival, Nagomi has been working on their food stall, as she believes that even if they are ranked at the bottom, they shouldn’t keep their heads down. If they can make their masters happy, it will be more fun for all of them, so she decided to decorate their food stall!
Only Zoya seems to be appreciative of Nagomi’s efforts, while Shiipon and Yumechi don’t pay too much mind, probably because they have participated in the festival the past years and aren’t excited about it, and Ranko is worried about the Manager, who is nowhere to be seen.
Pig’s Feet On The Menu
The Akiba Maid Festival begins, and while the other food stalls are full, people only stop by Oinky Doink’s food stall to ask for information like where the bathroom is because our girls are only selling pig’s feet. Except for their regular client, who loves pig’s feet and asks Ranko to pack two. The three boys in episode 7 also show up at their food stall and decide to try the pig’s feet. They tell our maids that they couldn’t find them on the map, and almost gave up looking for them, and when Ranko takes a look at the map, they aren’t on it. Their spot is marked with the toilet symbol, explaining why people keep going up to their stall asking for toilet directions.
But Nagomi doesn’t give up, and if people aren’t coming to them, they will come to people! With their pig’s feet!
Where is The Manager?
Nagomi goes around trying to sell their pig’s feet when she gets pushed by a maid dropping all of their food. The other maids ask for our Manager, but no one knows where she is. Meanwhile, she is sitting at the park, “listening” to a fish telling her that she sucks at life and nothing good has ever happened to her.
Our girls get mad at the treatment that Nagomi got from the other maids, who are still trying to humiliate them, and Zoya wants to start a fight with them, but Yumechi bows to them and asks for forgiveness.
At the festival, the debt collector talks with Nagi, and we get more insight into the hierarchy and why it exists.
The maids who contribute to the group will gain wealth, fame, and power. Any maids who fail will be cast to the bottom to serve as a lesson. The Moe Moe Hierarchy was ingrained within the maids for the benefit of the group, making the Creatureland Group’s ecosystem absolute.
The Winner Is…
It’s time for Lady Omoe Climb, and the maids talk amongst themselves about the guidelines. They have to make things look extremely close and make sure the lions win in the end.
There are people all over cheering for the maids, and our girls are decided to win the race…our poor girls haven’t had the opportunity to even know about the guidelines…
From the moment that they hear the sound of the gun signaling the beginning of the race, our girls start running, not respecting the hierarchy.
They are stopped by maids from the Bear Cafe, but not even they can restrain our girls as Zoya is quick to punch one of them in the face.
Everyone starts fighting to get to the top, with Yumechi almost falling off the statue.
While Nagomi is steadily climbing up the statue, the other maids warn her not to do it, for her own good. Up there is already a maid from Dazzlion that tries to kick Nagomi down until Ranko kicks her and falls with her. With this, Nagomi becomes the first maid to make it to the very top.
The manager finally runs back from the Park to the Festival, right in time to see that her Cafe won the competition, unaware of the guidelines. Nagi crowns her, and instead of being mad that her Cafe didn’t win as expected, she acts accordingly and calmly. Instead, the one who suffers from her wraith is the debt collector, who gets shot.
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