Detroit Maid Cafe Stuns Japanese

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The unique character of Detroit’s first ever maid cafe has been making something of a stir amongst Japanese meido fanciers, for reasons both good and ill…

Chou Anime Cafe is a new fixture in Detroit’s midtown area, boasting maids and butlers serving food in the traditional moe manner:

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All this has seen a predictably mixed reaction from Japanese maid fanciers:

“Nyanko omuraisu kawaii.”

“Please tell me this is a joke.”

“It looks pretty damn amazing!”

“I’d quite like to go!”

“Looks quite fun.”

“The Detroit press has been lapping it up!”

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“This is what Americans think you guys are into.”

“Japanese culture has been misinterpreted somehow here.”

“Essential for fans of fat ugly women…”

“They all look like men.”

“As expected of a city of ruins…”

“Remember, in America: maids = black.”

“I thought black maids were more of a sensitive historical topic than this.”

“In any case, I’d like to try an omuraisu there.”

“Evidence of peace in the states? Anyway, their outfits are cute!”

“Why is it this kind of culture ended up being transmitted there…”

“Detroit Maid City.”


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    Avatar of Tessa
    Comment by Tessa
    13:46 15/08/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    detroit... you're doing it wrong...

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    Comment by Erranty
    16:25 15/08/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I know, I live here.

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    Comment by icecoldgangstaa
    16:35 15/08/2012 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    I feel your pain. I live there as well.

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    Comment by HouseLife
    18:50 15/08/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Actually a maid cafe with bars on the windows and such could be made into something rather spectacular if done correctly.

    Do Strike Witches style and have it peppered with prop army fixtures and make it look like a bunker and have the girls all walk around with guns in holsters and such and their outfits all look a little wartorn, and they're a bit more nonchalant about the whole 'war outside' type deal.

    Anyway, with enough creativity anything can be utilized in any setting...

    ...but these girls, while brave, are kind of... I won't even hide it they shouldn't be doing this. You're flaunting a concept that involves beauty when you obvious don't really try. Outfits do not make one beautiful, they enhance what's already there, even if what's already there is a spare tire.

    And I didn't even consider the black maid concept in US history until the comment in the article. That made me actually laugh that they thought of it before I did.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:49 15/08/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    i think thats called prison.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:17 15/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    I live in Philly :D....but yeah this dude wins ^ Camden Blows

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:02 15/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I got you all beat, I was born in Camden, NJ - Murder Capital of the USA.

    Imagine that Cafe with bars all over the windows & giant metal shutters.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:13 16/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    This seems like it would be more appropriate in Ann Arbor. It definitely takes balls to open a place like this in the middle of Detroit.

    Although midtown is a nice area, it's surrounded by the ghetto. I used to work at College for Creative Studies, and was generally scared to go more than two blocks away from the place at any time without a car.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:55 16/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lansing here and all I have to say is "WTF".

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    Comment by BlaqCat
    10:45 16/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Philly here. Yea...Camden does suck quite badly. I'm astounded they tried this in detroit of all places. Somewhere in Cali I can see...but detroit? I admire their bravery though.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:09 16/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Detroit? Camden? I'm from ciudad Juarez, murder capital of the WORLD!! its good that someone dared to open a maid cafe, the owner must really love anime to invest into something few people like. Tip of the hat to the owner and to the maids who don't give a fuck about all the shit.everyone says online. If I lived in Detroit, I would eat everyday omuraisu

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    Comment by Myballz
    07:31 16/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    They are not the only Maid cafe in America.If you go to some Anime Conventions in America I know some groups host a Maid Cafes for fun some are very successful at it.There is even a Maid Cafe in Culver City, California if you don't believe me look it up.

    I guess the Japanese had to bring up an old issue of history.I have to agree with the person point about these ladies that they seem more geeky talking about Anime and Manga I bet if you get to know them better i would guess someone would have a good experiance going to this Maid Cafe.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:02 15/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    wow CA here, not even surprised.. :)

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    Comment by Tyler
    16:45 15/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wow, other Michiganders on here... I'm seriously surprised.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:26 15/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Reading & Trenton aren't much better.

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    Comment by Chizu
    15:24 22/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Cause you know, the embarrassing rep of this place isn't bad enough.

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    Comment by Justin iZ Here
    20:50 15/08/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    this is not just wrong, this is borderline torture to look at...

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:42 16/08/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    just kill it with fire .

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:35 16/08/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    somethings can never be unseen the horror, give me back my 5 seconds of my life

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:01 17/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    the least they could have done was censor their faces.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:59 17/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    wow.. my hands itching to slaughter them all :(

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:56 17/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    my eyes.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:52 21/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    As someone that frequents this site and lives close to Detroit... I don't wanna. No way, nope, I'll get my maid fix from Kaichou.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:03 16/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I lol'd.. hard

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:26 16/08/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Borderline torture? It's more like a goldmine of laughs.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:28 20/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    We can't unseen what we already seen.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:58 17/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    ooooohh... my eyes.. give back my monies ..

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:34 16/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I agree fully, they could have at least employed some half decent looking chicks, thsoe girls for the most part insult the maid outfit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:12 15/08/2012 # ! Good (+0.9)

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    Comment by Anonymous
    11:24 16/08/2012 # ! Good (+0.7)

    I facepalm with you my good sir. Its a DARK day indeed when maids are like these... curse you reality!

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:47 16/08/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    I see what you did there!!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:36 16/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is not okay!!!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:01 17/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    go fap to cow

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:07 18/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh lordie

    Comment by Anonymous

    Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder. And I personally find these exquisite creatures to be rather attractive and fappable.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:51 16/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    FUCKING EPIC!

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    Comment by hiei
    01:31 16/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    .........

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:22 16/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Dude wtf, chill.
    And fuck that cafe, if they called me goshujin sama I would beat them with a stick. And kill it with fire.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:39 16/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hopefully it goes out of business within a month

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:00 17/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    sorry but ur wish not gonna granted

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:01 16/08/2012 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    @Anon 02:39

    I wish very very bad things for you in life. I hope that you will lose everything that you hold dearest. I hope you have the worst accident of your life.

    Just wishing the worst for you Overall.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:22 15/08/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    what is this i dont even...

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:30 15/08/2012 # ! Good (+0.7)

    GO TO DMC GO TO DMC GO TO DMC GO TO DMC GO TO DMC GO TO DMC GO TO DMC GO TO DMC GO TO DMC GO TO DMC GO TO DMC

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:58 16/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    this cafe is....
    GROTESQUE!

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:52 16/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    At first I thought it was Ganguro, now that I looked at the pictures, it's just Guro.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:46 16/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'd like to order some tetrapod melon tea please.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:11 15/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    DMC world DJ competitions when is it? ;>.>

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    Comment by Artist Rising
    13:07 16/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    To be fair, they never did it right to begin with...

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:25 16/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    No they aren't...if you look at this as a cure for hunger. I know I lost my appetite

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:26 19/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Can I get chicken and waffles there?

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:41 16/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    MAN THE HARPOONS AND KILL IT WITH FIRE!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:37 16/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Tharrrr she blows Yarrr and its not a white whale

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:45 16/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Thay'ra firin thair Lazor! PWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:36 16/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    kill me with fire

    Comment by Anonymous
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    Comment by awindslowly
    14:59 03/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    My reaction: ┐(´∀`)┌
    Yeah, I'd probably go to the cafe when I go to Windsor next.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:05 16/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    It wouldn't be bad if all the girls were like the one in the first picture. She's pretty cute!

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:41 19/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    shes actually the most tolerable. I managed to find ami-nyans tumblr blog by the way. It seemed regular at first but I noticed the loliloli oniichan shit. Damn I would fuck her senselessly. anyways here it is lol http://www.amitwinklemagic.tumblr.com

    The other maids were ok when I went to the cafe a few times, but Kurohime was really rude and Coca seemed irritable. Ami is the best looking but shes also the nicest. I think thats the most important. But some of the new maids like that blonde chick are fuckable too but since Ami is underaged shes still number one. But thats not saying shit for this cafe.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:50 22/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I've heard of tumblr (kinda hard to avoid it on any social network) but I didn't know you could hire in 14 in Detroit.

    Why the hell isn't Detroit doing better when you can hire so many people?

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    Comment by YotaruVegeta
    06:51 22/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I've heard of tumblr, but usually they just have a ton of pictures on them, not ones that are decked out with annoying crap.

    14?? Why isn't Detroit doing better when they have so much of the population to choose from?

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:21 21/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Vegeta are you so behind you've never heard of Tumblr? And, in Michigan I think you can hire as young as 14.

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    Comment by YotaruVegeta
    08:17 20/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Let me correct myself. I has to be her page. She links to this. dailybooth.com/amitwinklemagic

    Wait, she's 15 working at a store? Maybe I don't know hiring rules in Detroit.

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    Comment by YotaruVegeta
    08:11 20/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    If that ami page is real, it's super annoying, and I guess I can't deny she's into anime. Really, really annoying site. Like myspace annoying.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:45 17/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    The first one shocked me I never knew one of those vicious black gorillas could even approach looking gentle like that lol. No doubt it must be the genes of some other race at play via some woman her father or grandfather raped during a home robbery...

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    Comment by YotaruVegeta
    22:39 17/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Thanks for your fucking brilliance.

    Comment by Anonymous

    asians are ugly, but not compared to gorillas

    Comment by Anonymous

    What the fuck is wrong with you assholes?

    Someone makes one of the most offensive posts on here, and it only gets ONE FUCKING DOWNVOTE?

    And no doubt that was from YotaruVegeta!

    Fuck you people, calling a black person a gorilla is fine, but god forbid someone call asians ugly!

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:50 17/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    No. They're just skipping to ganguro.

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    Comment by TheBeast
    18:57 15/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    @tessa

    for comments this good i wish there were something above +1.0

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    Comment by GenyaSapurr
    06:17 17/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Just pretend the decimal point isn't there and you get a +10.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:08 15/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Bring me back the to the 17th century when the maids are actually black...

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    Comment by Dia
    00:30 16/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Watch Help.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:08 15/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    All country should extinct and we can build our new fresh world fresh from this madness and weirdness evil.

    Comment by Anonymous

    SCREW YOU!AT LEAST THEY TRY!

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:07 15/08/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Do or DO NOT!! - there is NO Try!

    We all know what "Moe" is - we'd be equally horrified if it was in Kentucky and it was a bunch of chunky pasty white girls. Take Race OUT of the equation!! It's still NOT "Moe"

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    Comment by Lucifer
    21:31 15/08/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Not Moe at all!

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    Comment by BlaqCat
    10:48 16/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I find that very difficult to believe. Most places I've been in the U.S. have quite a bit more than 50% chunky.....

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:52 16/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's really quite impressive that you guys can see millions of people so easily to determine that 50+% of the population is "chunky."

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:32 16/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    i blame the steep divide that was made by fast food chains and easy access fast foods and super sizing and holly days that basically are centered around food and the way cities are build since lots of people need a vehicle just to get around the block, And of course the mentality of bigger is always better.

    And first and foremost Lack of Exercise.

    In this case the Biggest Sin of All in these pictures is Being Color Blind like come on.

    They are doing it Wrong. Being Moe is not the same as dressing up in a neon color wig with a white maid outfit and putting on glasses, if they think that that is all it takes to be Moe then i weep for the future because that is just playing dress up

    Comment by Anonymous

    As one who lives in Kentucky, I can say that at least no more than 50% of our girls are chunky! Pretty good odds, really.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:30 16/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Here here!!

    Comment by Anonymous

    I think we nuked the wrong part of "Japan"... seriously kill it with fire AND MAN THE HARPOONS!! DO SOMETHING DAMN IT!!

    Comment by Anonymous

    Looks right to me. Just like when I was in Japan.
    What's wrong in your eyes? Or is it that Blacks just aren't supposed to like Anime? Or aren't this or that or the other ting...

    mWH

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    Comment by Myballz
    00:34 17/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Please don't do the "Yes Master!" jokes.

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    Comment by Pyrus
    09:32 17/08/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Yessum...
    Ah mean nossum...
    Oh lordy!!!
    Don' whup me massah!!
    Don' whup me!!!
    I'sa good maid!!!
    Oh lordy!!!
    Help! Help!

    Comment by Anonymous

    llawwwwd oooh lawwwwd have muuuhcy

    Comment by Anonymous

    ¨º°¤„¸¨°º¤ø„¸¸„ø¤º°¨¸„¤º°¨
    ¨°º¤ø„¸.SHUT THE.¸„ø¤°º¨
    ¸„ø¤º°¨FUCK UP¨°º¤ø„¸
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    Comment by Anonymous
    21:14 15/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I suppose that's what passes for witty repartee where you come from.

    Comment by Anonymous

    I for one think its great, but some of these girls need to dress to their strong points, if not cute perhaps sexy dress, perhaps maybe a cosplay cafe.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:00 16/08/2012 # ! Drivel (-0.7)

    What's with all the racist comments.... ?

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    Comment by YotaruVegeta
    06:58 16/08/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I sympathize with you, but I also laugh at you. Welcome to the wild wild internet.

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    Comment by Pyrus
    09:25 17/08/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    It's not really as racist as it seems.
    1. Sounds like the cafe is in a good area that you have to go through a bad area to get to.
    2. The maids aren't crack-the-mirror ugly, but some of them are a bit on the chunky side & won't be winning any beauty contests.
    3. Now this part seems racist -- the maids are black. The difference of course is that black women in general are no longer pigeonholed into being maids or nothing at all as was once the case in the U.S. However, seeing black girls dressed up like maids & acting servile apparently stirs up history class lessons among people who've never experienced the real thing.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:43 17/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    If slavery was still legal I bet the first one would fetch a kings ransom while the rest would be worth less than dirt lol

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:38 16/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Political Correctness is Bullshit - didn't you get that Memo at your 'feeling seminar'?

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    Comment by kajunbowser
    10:58 17/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Thank you. I'm black and I get the certain connotations with this, but damn if this P.C. pap smear pisses me off.

    This is one of those culture shock moments, meaning they're going for the maid cafe niche of Japanese culture; they're not going anywhere near hock Jim Crow-era maid service.

    That said, HOLY CRAP... CANNOT UN-SEE...















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