Kaichou wa Maid-sama! (Shoujo) by Fujiwara Hiro – Rating 7.5/10
Synopsis: Kaichou wa Maid-sama! (The President is a Maid!) focuses on the life of Seika High School Student Council President Ayuzawa Misaki, the first female President in the school’s history. Seika High was originally an all boys school, and in the recently converted institution, females are still very much the minority. In short, it is the female version of hell, with boys running around the halls half dressed, throwing garbage all over the place, forcing the girls to do their duties and, in short, just being disgusting and scaring the girls -_-. (oh boys…I say we chain ’em all. lol) Misaki, who has very little love for boys as it already is, trained physically as well as studied like a being possessed for ages in order to gain the position of president, in order to shape up the boys’ boisterous and inconsiderate behaviour and create a safe and happy school for the girls.
Misaki is famous for being a hardcore dictator (when it comes to the boys) and because of this the male student body secretly call her the ‘Demon President’. She is only gentle towards the girls. However, despite this iron-shelled exterior, and her sharp tongue, she secretly works part time at a maid café in order to support her family, who is pretty much dirt poor (the reason for this is the source of Misaki’s hatred for men). But, one day, Misaki’s daily routine and well-kept secret is disrupted when the popular and attractive Usui Takumi spots her in her maid uniform and suddenly takes a keen and irritatingly bothersome interest in her. Usui begins to visit the maid café where Misaki works almost daily, and also begins to follow her around and talk to her at school, much to Misaki’s dismay. Even more frustrating, she is hesitant to rub Usui the wrong way, for fear that he will reveal her secret. The stress eventually gets to Misaki and leaves her terribly weakened. It is then, while she is sick from the fatigue that three other male students from Seika spot her in her maid uniform and begin harassing her. Usui jumps in, and helps her. Misaki, who hates being indebted to anyone, insists on paying back Usui. But what Usui wants is for Misaki to become his personal maid!
Mood/Artwork: This manga has some beautiful artwork. The lines are amazing, and clear right from the start, in a very classic shoujo way, but at the same time not really (it’s not as mushy and wide-eyed-y. The consistent shoujo readers will know what style I’m referring to) On a more superficial note, the characters, well Usui really, is so freaking hot. I kind of want him. And Misaki is just simply adorable (especially when she blushes, which she ends up doing a LOT). Fujiwara sensei doesn’t pay a huge amount of details to background. Mostly it’s just sketches, outlines, or something simplistic (like nothing at all or some sort of effect) However, a great amount of detail is paid when drawing the characters and their features, and their expressions. The slightest change of expression is easily noticeable and this is something that I love.
Kaichou wa Maid-sama is a hilarious romantic comedy. However, don’t mistake it for being your superficial shoujo, because it is not in the least. There are many subplots that run parrellel to the main story between Misaki and Usui, and also several characters that get introduced little by little and add depth as well as meaning to the original story. Moreover, Usui, especially has his own personal (secret) issues that interfere a lot in his would-be relationship with Misaki and the others whom he becomes close to. That being said, at times it can be quite serious for a RomCom and has several dark undertones.
Random Rant Time: I LOVE this manga. And I also highly recommend the anime, which was reasonably faithful to the beginnings of the manga and considerably well done. This thing is just TOO freaking adorable, and for ages gave me heartaches because I was desperately rooting for Misaki and Usui who never seemed to be able to agree. And when they did, some outside person just came and fudged them up :\. **sigh**. SO FRUSTRATING in a very shoujo manner.
Misaki is one of my shoujo heroines. She’s just the classic type of character that I always love. Spunky, fiery, tough, smart, a bit too stubborn and sooo cute (can anyone say tsundere?!) I also identify with her because she seems to have a serious tie fetish, which I do myself, to be honest. ^_^. Nothing like a man in a crisp suit and tie.
In a LOT of cover pages and in a lot of scenes in the manga itself, she is grabbing unto Usui’s tie. Even in the pic that we posted in our Valentine’s Day Top 20 Couple special had her biting his tie. SOOO hot!
BE WARNED: This manga is considerably long and, as it is a shoujo and at times, quite typical, it does get kind of slow,especially in the middle. I myself got kind of bored with it for a while. I had to let myself breathe for a good couple of months and then catch back up. I dunno, for a while it just felt kind of needlessly dragged out and repetitive for me, like the mangaka was beating around the bush and forgetting the main point of the story. Not sure why. However, it IS a really good shoujo, nonetheless, and quite deserving of its rating and all the other praises I have sang to it. And, if you stick through the parts where it starts to get kinda dry (IF it starts to get that way for you, I have had people who have enjoyed it throughout with no problem), it is sure to pick back up again. It is definitely worth keeping up with. The latest chapter (57) was ESPECIALLY good and one of my favourites to date. 😄
Status: Ongoing. (57 Chapters)
Age Rating: 13+
If you like the manga, support the mangaka and buy a volume or 10! 😄