Kaichou wa Maid-Sama

Alternate Name(s): Maid-sama!, My Sweet Kaichou, President is a Maid!, The Student Council President is a Maid!
Author(s): FUJIWARA Hiro
Genre(s): Comedy, Drama, Martial Arts, Romance, School Life, Shoujo
Type: Manga
Released: 2006
Status: Complete (Scan), Complete (Publish)
Description

Maid Sama! (Japanese: 会長はメイド様! Hepburn: Kaichō wa Meido-sama!, lit. “The class president is a maid!”) is a shōjo manga series by Hiro Fujiwara. It was serialized in Hakusensha’s monthly shōjo manga magazine, LaLa. There are 18 published volumes under the Hana to Yume Comics imprint in Japan. At their Anime Expo 2008 panel, North American publisher Tokyopop announced its various newly licensed series and that Kaichō wa Maid-sama! would be titled Maid-sama!.(1)

Outside Japan, the series was licensed by Tokyopop in North America, and Pika Édition in France, Carlsen Verlag in Germany, Panini Comics in Italy and Brazil, and Everglory Publishing Co in Taiwan. In Indonesia, the series was published by M&C Comics under the name My Sweet Kaicho. Tokyopop printed up to volume 8 before its closure on May 31, 2011. Viz Media picked up the series and is printing them in a 2-in-1 style.

kaichou wa maid-sama manga review

Brilliant and overachieving, Misaki Ayuzawa is the President of the Student Council at Seika High School, formerly a boys’ school. Unfortunately, most of the students are still male and stuck in their slovenly habits, so man-hating Misaki really socks it to ’em in an attempt to make the school presentable to attract more female students. But what will she do when the sexiest boy in school finds out that after school, Misaki works in a maid cafe.

We are now OVER halfway through Anniversary Review Week, and today we are looking at probably the first and second romance anime I ever really watched, and one who’s manga I followed religiously after I finished the series. Which is something I only do with shows that I really liked. This is also a show that, while labeled a romance anime, does not center the entire story on the romance between the two main characters.

It is also a show that I was surprised when I found out how old it actually is, because it does not seem like it could possibly be that old. However, now that I think about it…I watched this show right after I got my first computer and that was a little over seven years ago, and the show came out seven years ago. Boy, now I feel old. I mean the show is not actually all that old, it just seems like there is no way it came out seven years ago.

Without further rambling, here is my 42nd Anime Review and Day 5 of Anniversary Review Week. A cute little show about a student council president who has a little secret: Kaichou wa Maid-sama!

Kaichou wa Maid-sama, also known as Maid-sama or The Class President is a Maid, is a 26 episode anime that was animated by Sentai Filmworks. It started airing in April 2010 as a part of the Spring 2010 Anime Season. Maid sama finished airing in September 2010, and released two bonus episodes which brings Maid-sama‘s total to 28 episodes. It is based off the manga of the same name written by Hiro Fujiwara. It ran from December 2005 to September 2013, releasing a total of 18 volumes. Sentai also released an English dub of the anime.

Our story centers on Seika High School’s recently elected Student Council President Misaki Ayuzawa. Seika High School had only recently became a co-ed school, and Misaki is the first female Student Council President. She is known as the “Demon President” because of how hard she is on the boys and following all the rules, and she is not afraid to fight anyone who opposes her.

While frightening to the misbehaving boys, she is doing it so the girls of Seika feel same and comfortable at school. But that is not all their is to Misaki. To help her single mom pay the pills, and take care of her sister, Misaki works part-time at a maid cafe. Something she does not want her classmates to know because she thinks it will ruin her reputation. Then one day Takumi Usui, the most popular boy at school, comes to the maid cafe.

We then follow the high school hijinks of a Misaki trying to balance everything going on in her life, as well as dealing with the “perverted alien” Usui who could blow her cover at any moment. It is truly a funny show that usually was more funny than romantic, but it had its moments where the romance side shown through.

In my opinion, Misaki is a great female lead. She is trying to do the best she can to help out not only her family, but the girls at her school (and the boys sometimes too). She is a no nonsense kind of girl, who is just trying to deal with Usui who she has suddenly formed a friendship with. She’s hardworking, stern, and caring which makes me love her as a person.

And while she makes Usui seem bad, he is really just trying to be there whenever she needs him and get closer to her. He’s funny, with a very dry sense of humor, and you never have any idea what he could do next. Not to mention just how devoted her is to Misaki. I personally love Usui, and his relationship with Misaki really did blossom into something adorable. The other characters we get introduced to are Misaki’s family, the other workers at he cafe, fellow Student Council members, various classmates, and Misaki’s two close friends.

Oh! And some students from different schools. They also have their own quirkly little thing in their character that made them stand out from one another. Sure, they are not fleshed out as I would have liked (that’s probably the one thing this show could improve on) but they did add to the comedic side of the show. The character cast was nothing new or exciting, but it was a cast of character that I grew to love more and more as the show went on.

Maid-sama was animated by Sentai Filmworks and while the show is pleasant to watch, the animation is nothing over the top or awe inspiring. The show is not bad, and had hardly any problems. It was just…average. The soundtrack was a little better. The show had one opening, “My Secret” by Saaya Mizuno, and two endings, “Yokan” and “Loop” both by Heidi. They were really good songs, the opening I found especially catchy, and they all made their way onto my iPod.

In the end, I award Kaichou wa Maid-sama with a B. It is a cute little show with some good characters and an interesting story. Misaki and Usui definitely make it worth a try. It is funny and cute and is one of my top shows to watch when I need a good laugh. It may not be perfect, but it is one of those shows that I still recommend trying if you like these kinds of shows.

kaichou wa maid-sama characters

Seika High School

  • Hideki Suzuki (He is a student at Seika High School and the shōgi club president).
  • Maria Miyazono (She is a young and attractive English teacher at Seika High School).

Miyabigaoka High School

  • Kaki Umekoji (Sister of Kaon umekoji)
  • Kaon Umekōji (She a student at Miyabigaoka High School and a new classmate of Takumi).
  • Tomu Umekōji (He is a Miyabigaoka High School student and new classmate of Takumi).
  • Ichitarō Tomikōji (He is a Miyabigaoka High School student and new classmate of Takumi).
  • Tenryū Arashiyama (He is the son of the CEO of a foreign capital bonds company and student of Miyabigaoka High School).
  • Yi Hua Li (She is the daughter of a Hong Kong millionaire and student of Miyabigaoka High School).
  • Chiyo (She is the fiancee of Tora Igarashi).

Walker Family

  • Gerald Walker (He is Takumi’s older half-brother).
  • Cedric Morris (He is Gerald Walker personal bodyguard).
  • Patricia Walker (She is the mother of Takumi Usui and Gerard Walker).
  • Yū Hirose (He is the father of Takumi Usui).
  • Gilbert Morris (He is the Head Butler of the Walker family).
  • Edward Walker (He is the father of Gerard Walker).
  • Richard Rachester (He is the grandfather of Gerard Walker and Takumi Usui).

Others

  • Sakuya Ayuzawa (He is the father of Misaki Ayuzawa and Suzuna Ayuzawa).
  • Shinji Kamimura (He is the fiancee of Maria Miyazono).
  • Mr. Usui (He is Takumi’s adoptive father and one of Patricia’s maternal cousin.)
  • Mrs. Usui (She is Takumi’s adoptive mother and Ms’ Usui’s wife.)
  • Mrs. Hartson (She is an employee at one of Gerald’s lifestyle stores and a acquaitance of Tora Igarashi)
  • Amy (She is an employee at one of Gerald’s lifestyle stores)