The latest manga series from Shonen Jump is Me & Roboco (Boku to Roboco) by mangaka Shuhei Miyazaki, previouslyknown for the 4-koma The Promised Neverland spinoff, Oyakusoku no Neverland.
The setup is simple. Wait, no it’s not. This series is set in an alternate version of Earth where it is commonplace for people to have robot maids. Think The Jetsons, only the maid is a cute anime girl. Bondo Taira (10 years old) is from a relatively poor family. He’s one of his only friends without a maid. So, after being mocked for his poorness, Bondo begs his mother to get them a maid. Realizing that a maid will actually free her up to pick up more shifts and bring in more money, she says yes.
Bondo is so excited to see his cute anime girl maid when he gets home from work. Instead…he finds Roboco.
Roboco shows up at their house on a stolen motorcycle and it just gets weirder from there. She is, in Bondo’s words, thicc and not cute. Still, it’s a maid that can help around the house. So, he asks her to help out. Let’s just say she’s really, really trying.
I don’t know where the manga is going to go from here. I’m sure there’s a metaphor or 50 here about treating women like objects from the way this series kicks off. However, the last few panels left the series open for some potential intrigue about Roboco’s back story, which could be interesting. I’ll give it a few more chapters before making a final decision on whether or not to stick with it; however, fair reader, your mileage may vary. Your enjoyment will depend entirely on your interest in this ridiculous premise, knowing full well it’s intended to be a gag series.
You can read Me & Roboco at Shonen Jump. The most current chapters are always free.