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A Capable Maid  
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Description
As Maurina, she's on the run as the last of her kingdom’s royal line. Disguised as Marie, she is just a maid, serving the victorious empire. She’s never been very good at anything, so when she's told to make a wish, she asks for the ability to help others and bring them happiness. Now as visions of brilliant and skilled people fill her dreams, she’s imbued with a bounty of abilities perfectly suited for any dilemma. But will her secrets last as the crown prince seeks out both Maurina and Marie?

Original Webtoon

Official Translation:
English, Chinese, Japanese, Indonesian

Type
Manhwa

Related Series
N/A

Associated Names
A Competent Maid
A Talented Maid
La sirvienta capaz
Marie Sang Pelayan Berbakat
Una criada capaz
Una mucama competente
Une bonne capable
Une bonne compétent
Une domestique capable
Une domestique compétent
Une femme domestique capable
Une femme domestique compétent
Способная горничная
できるメイド様
完美女仆玛利亚
超能力侍女
능력 있는 시녀님

Groups Scanlating

Latest Release(s)

Status
in Country of Origin
59 Chapters (Ongoing)

S1: 51 Chapters (Complete) 1~51
S2: 3 Chapters (Ongoing) 52~

Completely Scanlated?
No

Anime Start/End Chapter
N/A

User Reviews
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User Rating
Average: 7.5 / 10.0 (129 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.31 / 10.0
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Last Updated
September 13th 2021, 11:12pm PST


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Categories

Category Recommendations

Recommendations
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Author(s)

Artist(s)

Year
2019

Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
KakaoPage (Kakao)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #227 decreased(-114)
Monthly Pos #160 decreased(-29)
3 Month Pos #123 decreased(-64)
6 Month Pos #42 increased(+8)
Year Pos #67 increased(+14)

List Stats
On 904 reading lists
On 143 wish lists
On 16 completed lists
On 36 unfinished lists
On 206 custom lists

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Mary Sue MC... and I'm fine with that.  
by ChaoticOrder
September 11th, 2021, 8:22pm
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
This is a mary sue story. Our MC literally has the power to dream up any solution to her problems. But I knew that from the moment I saw her powers that I shouldn't expect much when it comes to writing stakes and conflict. So I guess, unlike the others that aren't enjoying this series, I didn't have my expectations broken. This is a light feel-good story. Don't think about it too deeply and just enjoy the melodrama.
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Dropped at Chapter 39  
by BadM3mory
September 5th, 2021, 5:51am
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
I did sort of like it but at around chapter 35ish I started getting the feeling that this was going to be one of those comics that are just ridiculously long and drawn out so I went looking for spoilers.... And yeah, it's totally one of those. Also, while I love a good Mary Sue, this story does progressively creep over into "bad" Mary Sue territory.

The art is pretty! It's got that at least. Idk, if it was shorter I'd probably finish it but its gearing up to be at least 150 chapters (probably more) and I just don't want to dedicate that much time to something this mediocore.

Compared to everything else I've read, it's most similar to Lady Elise: Lady with the Lamp. Instead of a past life, Marie has magical dreams. It sounds cool but, in reality, it has has the effect of making her seem less compelling as a character (compared to Elise) and it exaggerrates her status as a Mary Sue in a very unflattering way. With Lady Elise, I stopped reading 2/3 of the way in and skipped to the end; really wished I skipped to the end sooner. I regret spending so much time on it and that's why I won't spend more time on this story that I like even less. There are a few minor similarities to Beatrice but that's more josei while this is more shoujo. I think Beatrice also executes the themes better then A Capable Maid does.

In hindsight, Marie from A Capable Maid really seems like someone tried to fuse Chloe from Beatrice with Elise from Lady with a Lamp and... it didnt work.

... Last updated on September 5th, 2021, 5:59am
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Kinda Racist  
by MangaMeUp
August 20th, 2021, 11:59pm
Rating: N/A
OK, I really enjoyed this in the beginning. I'm not going to mention all the reasons I stopped, just one: Islamaphobia. [See Chp. 42-44]

In all fairness, maybe the Korean author was trying to be historically accurate with the attitude of a western society towards their clearly Muslim neighbors. But when your whole cast, including the MC and ML, are fine with calling a nation they receive delegations from and do trade with "Savages" and no one corrects them? Yeah, major red flags.

Also, even the MC, who was supposed to be understanding of the foreign culture only knew enough about them to solve the problem, all while showing disdain for them as well. Also, how did you do enough research about Islam to know what foods are halal (yes they said HALA in the manga), but still go through with this arc? Don't forget they look down on them and act like they're being charitable WHILE trying (and suceeding) to get the most benefit out of them.

In short, I hate the uncontested arrogance and discrimination the main characters (and everyone else) show towards another culture.
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Too live up to its role  
by tanukischarm
March 13th, 2021, 9:45am
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
This is the 2971th time I've killed multiple fantasy webtoons, isekai, and other combinations. It's so sacred that I wanted to create a special place (list) to commemorate these many titles I killed ... kidding.

I won't prepare a full description for criticism as there's nothing to exaggerate other than the setting which is clearly too boring. All aspects of this webtoon are standard okay. Marie the heroine lives in some-hot-guy-in-mask (your highness)'s grasp who needs her for political reasons. They are both important people who have an ending that has been prepared from the start. Not many surprises. All political problems have this "easy solution, leave it to Marie" principle. I like the heroine character who is really like a normal, polite girl. But Marie is too perfect and I think I'm growing tired of this perfection.

The dramatization of their relationship somewhat reminds me of what happened to Beatrice. Everything is too real to be true. A model where the helpless prince comes to pick up their princess. Welcome.

... Last updated on March 15th, 2021, 3:19am
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Another Day Another Mary Sue  
by Lourie
January 4th, 2021, 5:45am
Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
A Capable Maid? More like A Mary Sue Maid. Sis can do anything and everything and as a result everyone falls in love with her.

I might be okay with it if she only receives a "dream" like once a year or if she has to sacrifice something really significant for it. But nuh-uh. All she has to do is close her pretty little eyes, sleep, and voilà! She gets all kinds of skills from masters from other dimensions.

How truly fantastic🙂

Logic seems non existent in this manhwa. Ex: MC doesn't recognize the prince despite having spoken with him face to face multiple times.

All in all: 3* for the art. Aside from that? Zero, zip, nada.

Spoiler (mouse over to view)
I stuck around because the art is really good, but when I got to the Sherlock part, I couldn't stand it anymore. Way too dumb and cringey.


... Last updated on January 4th, 2021, 5:55am
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Very Bad  
by PZcolo
August 29th, 2020, 11:40am
Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
Cute, but exceedingly childish and fairy-tale like, all is just too convenient (the dreams, her not being found out, she not realizing who the prince is, the prince using a mask in the first place... why? she being sent to work to so many places, it's a royal palace, they sure are understaffed huh? and so on).
The author's skills are really lacking, story is quite dumb, MCs ain't particularly interesting and make no sense... save the art there is nothing to see here.
Couldn't get past ch10.
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Capable maid more like master of cheat codes  
by bubublacz
August 18th, 2020, 6:12pm
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
Glad that people who left their reviews feel the same. I was wondering why it was highly recommended and decided to give it a try.

At the start, I felt uncomfortable that the FML gained her abilities through her dreams which is pretty much convenient. But after reading several chapters, this power boost felt forced and convenient. I can't stress how convenient her "dreams" were. Since, I'm quite particular with the character growth, I gave up making excuses for it.

Rolling my eyes moments:
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She dreamt of Sherlock in order to solve the arson in the castle. It was just too ridiculous to read. Should have dropped it when she dreamt of Mozart and proceeded to finish a musical composition. 😒 Since Kusuriya no Hitorigoto and Nodame Cantabile are my favorites, I felt insulted.


I was hoping that the MML would fall in love with her personality and not because of her outstanding skills. But apparently, as one user reviewed, this is not the case.

Glad, I didn't stick around to feel further heartaches and disappointment. Art is pretty good, tho. Personality wise, the characters had potential. I don't mind the typical shoujo reverse harem and love triangles. I just wanted to remove her dream power boosts but then that's what the manga is about..

... Last updated on August 18th, 2020, 6:27pm
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Lacking ACTUAL character-building  
by LUEser
August 17th, 2020, 7:27am
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
The artwork is generally very "pretty" and colorful. Of course, this also means that most characters look the same and they are a little hard to tell apart. Besides the typical differentiation of hair & eye colors, the characters are not too memorable nor are they relatable to. The mangaka should have emphasized more on important characters and introduce a small amount of characters at a time, especially since 3-5 new characters are introduce in every chapter. They are a little hard to keep track of since we don't know of their importance entirely.

The "character-building" aspect of the manga is sorely lacking. It's ironic that a war prisoner princess who hides her identity by pretending to be a maid never gained her skills through hard work, but through "dreams". Through one dream at a time, she gains one skill that is implied that she will need it for an oncoming and unforeseen future event. It is also something which seems to have caught the attention of love interests. But when you take away these skills because of her "dreams", she does not have much for survival in a new kingdom and her deep kindness would not have gotten her far. So the idea of a "capable maid" surviving on skills that she dreamt and not through actual hard work is a little underwhelming.

Besides these facts, this is a very typical romantic manga with reverse harem: all of the cliche, none of the plot in depth. I've caught up to the 30+ chapters but I will be dropping this talentless read.

... Last updated on January 11th, 2021, 8:50am
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Has the potential, but the main female lead made me impatient  
by mallika23
June 21st, 2020, 11:03am
Rating: N/A
Give it a seven for the art and a very kind and humble main character. However, as much as I love the female lead, I'm getting impatient with her, though I'm not sure why. It might be because the way she tried to hide everything she has accomplished. Somehow I'm getting impatient with the prince too. I felt like he was a bit stupid. He was jealous to Kiel for escorting Marie, but it was actually his fault since he didn't put any name on the invitation. Thankfully, he didn't lash his anger and/or jealousy to other people.

Does the story actually really progressing slowly, or does it becsuse so far there's only 36 chapter? Either way, I felt like there's still not much progress in the story.

It actually has the potential at the beginning. I dropped it a while ago, picking it up where I left when it entered 2nd season, and reminded again why I dropped it.

... Last updated on May 8th, 2021, 6:39pm
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Review  
by gracenm
May 6th, 2020, 8:21pm
Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
The art style of the manhwa is quite good, but the writing is lacking.

In the beginning, the FL is bad at everything, she couldn't even do housework. However, after encountering an old man who was on the verge of death, the FL "dreams" about the skills of people that she needs during inconveniences and gains those skills overnight. These "dreams" that occur consist of people from the modern time which is currently unexplained, perhaps this has to do with the reason why she was chosen to be able to have any skill. Even so, the reasoning for why she can obtain any skill is very unreasonable, just because she was kind her whole life does not justify her becoming a perfect person, she literally has no flaw.

The ML is currently slowly falling in love with the FL, this is because of her skills (that she didn't acquire herself) and her kindness. It's terrible that he was interested in the FL due to the fact that she is very skilled. Without a doubt, if she was still the same person, the ML would never bat an eye at her.
The main reason why this story is progressing is because the FL can obtain any skill she needs. This is a bad plot device, as even the reasoning for it is unreasonable.

TLDR; FL is too OP, the only reason why the story is progressing is because she is OP.

I like the art style a lot, but I have dropped this manhwa due to the writing.

... Last updated on May 6th, 2020, 10:00pm
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