Anime: Kaichou wa Maid-sama

06
May
2010

Anime: Kaichou wa Maid-sama

I can't say that I'm a huge fan of romance anime's. They just haven't been something that I've been interested in before. I think the first one I saw was CLAAND, which was OK for the first few episodes but after that it just went downhill and I couldn't watch anymore after that. I have to say though, that Kaichou wa Maid-sama has restored my faith in the genre.

Plot

Seika High School, once an all-boys school notorious for its wild students and for generally being a terrifying place for girls, has recently become a co-ed school. With the female population still a minority and living in fear of the over-the-top antics of the males, Misaki Ayuzawa takes it into her own hands to reform the school and allow the girls to feel safe in the rough environment.

Training, studying and even becoming the first female student council president of the school, Misaki has gained a reputation among the male students body as an uptight boy-hating dictator and as a shining hope for the teachers and fellow female students. However, despite her tough-as-nails appearance, she secretly works part-time at a maid cafe in order to support her family. Unfortunately, her hard-earned reputation is threatened when the popular and somewhat impassive Usui Takumi takes an interest in her after discovering her in a maid uniform after school.

What interests me the most in this story are two things. First it isn't all lovey dovey. Ayuzawa is portrayed as an almost tom-boyish character that has a strong disliking to men. Having that image of her stuffed into a maid costume is comical to say the least. It does lead to a lot of friction with Usui but not in the sense that you would expect. For example in one scene Ayuzawa is tied up by some stalkers, but before Usui can run to her rescue she breaks her bonds and body slams the perverts to the ground. Didn't expect to see that now did you? ^.^;

Secondly it's all about the side characters. From Yukimura pleading for help in the student council chamber, to the Cross-Dressing male/female web idol Aoi Hyoudou who scolds Ayuzawa for not being feminime enough. There's the airhead manager Satsuk, and the "idiot trio" of Naoya Shirakawa, Ikuto Sarashina, and Ryuunosuke Kurosaki. It's this strong group of side characters that really bring the story to life, and are what keeps me interested in the ongoing romance between Ayuzawa and Usui.

Opening

Ending

Anime - http://www.gogoanime.com/category/kaichou-wa-maid-sama
Manga - http://www.onemanga.com/Kaichou_wa_Maid-sama/

Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maid_Sama!
http://www.tbs.co.jp/anime/maidsama/index-j.html