Book Review: “His Majesty The Demon King’s Housekeeper, Vol. 1” by Saiko Wadori

Cover of "His Majesty The Demon King's Housekeeper, Vol. 1" by Saiko Wadori, art by Mika Kajiyama
Cover of “His Majesty The Demon King’s Housekeeper, Vol. 1” by Saiko Wadori, art by Mika Kajiyama.

I’m back with another book review, and this time I’m reviewing “His Majesty The Demon King’s Housekeeper, Vol. 1” by Saiko Wadori, art by Mika Kajiyama! It’s been a while since I reviewed any manga, so I thought it would be nice to pick up this one to read. Here’s a quick summary so we know what it’s about:

“For Takatsuki Sakura, a trip to the library turns into a fantastical journey. She has been swept away to a grandiose castle ruled by a gorgeous demon king. Magic and wonder covers every room. Taking it in, Sakura can hardly breathe… because of all the dust and dirt. A curse has prevented this kingdom from cleaning. Only Sakura and her housekeeping knowhow can scrub away this dark magic grime!”

Character Development: 3 out of 5 stars

I really enjoyed reading Sakura, the main heroine. She’s very self-aware of how powerless and unknowledgeable she is of the world she’s brought into, and is quick to learn about the various issues. Her reaction to finding out that she’s some saint of cleaning and coping with this status is hilarious. It’s also just as funny to see the castle residents’ reactions to her constant desire to clean. Her normal methods are seen as some miracle solution to all the cleaning problems they have, adding to the hilarity.

The demon king himself is also fun to read, especially once the reader (and Sakura) discovers how exactly he became said king. Even though he just keeps up appearances, mainly, I’m interested to see the other layers he has to show as a person. His potential romance subplot with Sakura may unlock more about him, and future volumes have the potential to give him more fleshed-out development in general.

Worldbuilding Development: 3.5 out of 5 stars

A castle filled with residents who don’t know basic cleaning methods is hilarious, but it works out well for Sakura, the main heroine. Her obsession with cleaning compared to how the rest of the story’s world operates will definitely shake things up. The cliffhanger given at the end of the volume makes me wonder what harm her cleaning work will do, given that she’s given many benefits already from what she did in this volume.

Readers do not know much of the world beyond the castle, save for the tomato festival chapter.  Does the rest of this fantasy world has issues with cleanliness? Or is just limited to the castle and surrounding areas? That’s something that can be explored later on in the series as well.

Plot Development: 3 out of 5 stars

The overall main plot was fine. I look forward to seeing what other cleaning scenarios that Sakura and the others get into. I am also curious to learn about how Sakura will bond with the magic, shapeshifting cat Milia. She seems to be Sakura’s closest companion out of all the castle servants introduced in this volume. Her role seems to serve a larger plot purpose. What that purpose is, however, I don’t know through this volume alone.

There is a small subplot of a potential romance starting to grow between Sakura and the demon king, but there isn’t too much detail put into it – nor do she and the king have a lot of chemistry yet. I assume that later volumes expand on this possible relationship as a plotline, however.

Overall, I’m rating this book 3 out of 5 stars!

I think this volume was a fine start to the story’s world and characters. However, I hope that there will be more development of hte main story and characters coming soon in the next volumes.

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