True to its title, The housekeeper I hired recently is mysterious is a charming rom-com anime title from the summer 2022 season featuring the charming maid Lilith and her young boss, the blond boy Yuuri. Lilith simply appeared one day, ready to work in Yuuri’s mansion, and the ever-alert orphan Yuuri was determined to unlock Lilith’s secrets.
Yuuri’s life is already busy with the compassionate maid Lilith in his hands, and it’s not easy for Yuuri to process his feelings for her or figure out what exactly their relationship is apart from the boss/employee. Then, in Episode 8, another maid named Natsume arrives, and she asks Lilith to leave with her and go back where she came from. Yuuri won’t tolerate it, and most likely Lilith won’t either.
In Episode 8, Yuuri and Lilith take their relationship to the next level. In previous episodes, the two had already grown quite close, such as the time Lilith participated in Yuuri’s school sports festival as an unofficial adoptive mother. Then there was the moment when Lilith mentioned a letter demanding that she go home, and Yuuri strongly objected to the idea of Lilith leaving the mansion and quitting her job. This all culminates in Episode 8’s confession of love scene, with Yuuri telling Lilith how much he loves her and all about her. It’s an innocent and wholesome scene, but the words barely come out of Yuuri’s mouth when another maid arrives, and she’s not happy. This is Natsume, and from her dry words and sharp teeth, she’s a classic tsundere maid who doesn’t have time to play.
The episode ends on a cliffhanger with the arrival of Natsume, but already a few basic facts are evident, and anime fans can make educated guesses about what might happen to these three characters next. Most likely, Natsume is related to whoever sent Lilith those “come home” letters, or in fact, Natsume herself could have written and sent them. Maybe Natsume and Lilith were once colleagues, serving as maids for the same estate, and Lilith just snuck out a day before Natsume even knew what was going on. Either way, Natsume is definitely more loyal to her employer than Lilith was, and Natsume doesn’t seem to mind that Lilith is happier working for Yuuri instead. No doubt Natsume will be a major obstacle in the budding friendship between Yuuri and Lilith.
Natsume, as a new character in the The maid is mysterious anime, can shed light not only on her employer, but also on the maid industry in this context. Curiously, the Housemaid the anime mixes modern Japanese life with what appears to be Edwardian England, such as the school uniforms of Yuuri and Tsukasa’s school, the maids, the aesthetics of each mansion, and the fancy meals that Lilith cooks for Yuuri. This somewhat fictional setting is a creative setting where aesthetics and style come first, and there’s definitely more to discover. Mainly, is Lilith a typical maid in this England Japan setting, or is she the thug when Fujisaki and Natsume are the norm? Is Lilith a troublemaker by most maid standards? She seems to be, but that’s what makes her so fun. Lilith may be a servant, but she will always stand up for herself and her desires.
Given the wholesome nature of the anime, Natsume is unlikely to be a threat to Yuuri and Lilith, and it’s also unlikely that Lilith will pay a serious price for her antics. She may be a rogue maid who breaks the rules of her industry, but in anime like The maid is mysterious, protagonists like Yuuri and Lilith can usually get out of trouble and win people over with the power of friendship. Often, even tsundere-style characters like Natsume can be won over and end up joining the main cast of loyal anime friends. Characters are rarely bitter enemies in innocent series like Housemaid; No doubt episodes 9, 10 or beyond will show Natsume sticking to his guns a bit, only for Yuuri and/or Lilith or even Tsukasa to change their minds with their heartfelt words. If Fujisaki can be Lilith’s witty, sharp-tongued tsundere friend, then Natsume might join the club soon.