English: Maid Sama!
Synonyms: Class President Is a Maid!, Toumei na Sekai
Published: Dec 24, 2005 to Sep 24, 2013
Authors: Fujiwara, Hiro (Story & Art)
Score: 8.481 (scored by 20726 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top manga page.
Popular Tagscomedy romance school shoujo
Aug 21, 2008
STORY - As I said, this is just another shoujo. Nothing is really special about the story, but, unlike some others, it isn't totally abominable. It's cute, generic, not very fast-paced, but quite enjoyable.
ART- Usually, when i start off with a manga, the art is... not so great. The mangaka's skills get better and better as time goes by. But, with Kaichou, even though it seems to be the mangaka's first work, the art is quite nice. There is quite a bit of chibiness and face-faulting in this manga, and I think it was portrayed quite nicely with just enough humour. The cases when the characters are being serious are quite nice as well. One thing I especially like about the art is how the male lead is portrayed. His chibis make me giggle (they're just too cute and appriate), but it's his serious face that I like most. When he smiles, his eyebrows are raised, making it seem like a mocking smile, which fits his personality. Then, on the rare occasion or two when he smiles without raised eyebrows, he seems all the more sincere and easy to fall for. I don't know if this was done on purpose or not, but it's just something I picked up on. The reason I give the art a nine and not a ten is because it's not always consistent. The art focuses mostly on people, not scenery or anything like that, and I sometimes notice a weird-looking eye or hand. But it's such a small thing, not worth taking out more than one point.
CHARACTER - This, I feel, is what the manga offers that makes it special. There are two main characters, a girl and a guy. The male lead is very likeable, very funny, and very nice, but he IS a touch shoujo-ish. He just seems too perfect for real life, as likeable as he is. So, even though he's a good character, he kind of generic, and not very special. I DO like his 'wtf' attitude, and I'm sure you will too, so he's a def. win! The FEMALE lead on the other hand is... wow. Okay, so you know how anime/manga girls are almost ALWAYS annoying? Like, how they just let themselves be protected by their guys, get all flustered around the ones they like, how their "assertiveness" is more "bitchiness" than assertiveness, how they want a boyfriend oh-so-badly, etc, etc? This heroine is SO not like that. She is assertive, to be sure, and sometimes puts a toe on the line of bitchiness, but she does try to imrpove her character, which I think is quite nice. But the thing that gets me about her is how NOT annoying she is. In fact, she makes me laugh quite a lot with her thoughts about the male lead, and that gives her bonus points. She's strong, and she protects herself, but she's also not bitchy. She's really great! And I hate most female characters, but the way... she's like, the second out of all the anime and manga I've seen/read that I actually like.
So, the two main characters really stand out here, and I like them a lot. The one thing that I'd like to see ore of is better backup characters. The other girls in the manga seem to be typically annoyingly sweet, and the other boys seem to be typically annoyingly weird/disgusting/b*stardish. But, it's okay, since the mangaks doesn't give them too much of a spotlight.
ENJOYMENT - As I already said, this is just another shoujo. Although it has certain redeeming features, like its art and characters, it is stil just another shoujo. If you like these sort of cute reads, like me, then you will definitely enjoy it. If you're looking for something more fast-paced, I would advise you to look elsewehere. I, personally, enjoyed it very much. It had moments that made me laugh out loud, smile knowingly, squeal, and pity the characters. That's what we're all looking for, right?
OVERALL - A cute manga. Story is merely ordinary which lowers its overall mark, but the art and characters really stand out, and I enjoyed it quite a bit. So, it gets an 8 - very good. :) read more
Jun 2, 2010
Story: 7 out of 10
I'm not going to lie here, the story isn't very original once you get past some key elements. Basically, you follow the life and adventures of Misaki, who is currently the "Iron Fisted" President of her now co-ed high school. With the majority of the students still male, she took it upon herself to throw down the ballot and make some changes for the female populace and herself. The thing is, she has a secret that she can't exactly tell the world; she works in a maid cafe to earn money for her family, consisting of her sister and her mother. Ironically (and rather cliche), there's this really hot, mysterious and rather popular guy named Usui who notices the President and accidently finds out her secret. And thus, the hilarity, the annoyance, and the fun times ensue.
So basically, what you have is an interesting concept but with cliched aspects that really don't separate it from most shoujo manga (the sexual tension, putting up a front with people, being annoyed but loved by a hot guy etc). It's not done badly though so it's enjoyable but if you're looking for something original and different, you won't find much of an edge with Maid-sama.
Art: 8 out of 10
The artwork is decent. If you compare the old artwork in the first chapters to the latest chapters, there is a big difference in the artwork. It's not crappy in the beginning but it doesn't look as appealing as it does later on. Personally, I think the artwork is one of the strongest points of the manga and the mangaka does a great job of making the characters attractive and nice-looking. Usui is definitely that sexy guy that most can see why girls love him and Misaki, though brash and rough, is a pretty woman.
Characters: 8 out of 10
Mainly, it's the main characters that give this story its strength. You have Misaki, who is not your typically weak-willed, naive and annoying heroine. She is a bit naive in some aspects but still, her character is fresh and nice. She is really funny person, a strong woman and a independent lady (which, no offense to a lot of shoujo women, is a good change of pace). Then you have her chip on the shoulder, Usui. He's smart, athletic, sexy, enticing, and overall, like the perfect smartass. He seems perfect, which is kind of cliche with most mangas but still, he's just enjoyable as a character (and did I mention, really sexy?).
As for the other characters, you have the students of Misaki's school, student council members and a rather busty teacher who comes later on as well as the Maid Cafe workers who are a collective bunch of cliches. They are cute but not really original. Though, I'm not going to lie, I do have a soft spot for one of the characters (his name escapes me) who wears glasses and is shy. But anyway, it's not unique or original but it makes the story cute.
Enjoyment: 7.5 (8) out of 10
Honestly, this manga isn't very original as I've said but it's still enjoyable. The main issue I have though is that frustrating element of shoujo manga where the main couple has way too much sexual tension and won't get together. I won't spoil the series for anyone but at a certain point, I start to think "Wow...so you two are together...aren't together?" I mean, it's like real life I suppose but still, it's a bit frustrating, enticing but kind of annoying all the same. But overall, it's pretty enjoyable.
Overall: 8 out of 10
So basically, Kaichou wa Maid-sama is your typical but slightly unique shoujo manga that makes you laugh, makes itself look cute and has some nice artwork. Besides that, it's not original but has an interesting lead and sexy suitor/potential partner so overall, I'd say if you want to read a shoujo manga with a slight difference from most, go read this one. Otherwise, if you want something gripping, different, unique and ground-breaking, I'd keep to steppin. read more
Feb 5, 2011
Don't get me wrong. I have nothing against a female lead with an attitude or who's different from your usual, perfect Mary-Sue lead, but I couldn't stand this girl because of all her clichéd characteristics (she's poor. How many times have we seen that?) and her treatment of the male population of the school. She wanted equal treatment for the girls and decided to treat the males unfairly for whatever reason.
I only advise you read this if you're into the whole clichéd romance series about a poor man-hater and an attractive, rich male. Otherwise, I don't think you'll enjoy this. read more
Jul 29, 2011
Art (6) - I have seen better shoujo manga artists, but the artist for this manga is quite competent. The drawings aren't horrible, actually its a bit above average. The drawings have no special trait that distinguishes it from other works. The drawings looks like any other shoujo manga. It very bland. Although the drawings are very plain, they are well fitted for this story. The story is like every other manga and so are the drawings, that is how it should be.
Character (7) - The protagonist of the story is a maid, poor and a student body president. You can find these types of characters almost anywhere. The author made Ayuzawa Misaki a standard tsundere heroine. At some points of the story, Misaki can become a moe character, and it is over-whelming at some points.
Enjoyment (9) - The moe in the manga just awe-struck me. Its hard to find manga nowadays with as much as moe as these kinds. The manga is cute and innocent. Although the mangaka used a cliche story board and cliche character selection with mediocre art. The mangaka makes his or her work stand out above all others. Although everything is so plain about the story, something just appeals you more and more. After a character, I just want to read more and more and see how the development goes between Misaki and Usui.
Overall (8) - Although I believe the score should be higher. I think the score should be a 10, but it is undeniable that the story, art, and characters has nothing that makes its exclusive towards other works. This work is very well rounded.
"Jack of all trades, master of none,
Though often times better than master of one" read more
May 25, 2010
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. Now Usui follows miskai everywhere and even saves her from time-to-time, She started out to really hate him, but things are going a deffrent way..? You'll have to read to find out! :)
I give this Manga a 100 and its my 2nd fave manga of all time. (1st is Bleach)
May 1, 2012
Jul 26, 2012
The art was just average, and nothing special, if you ignore the overused usage of sparkles, wilted flowers (that's how they look to me), and weird doily-like designs around ALL of the characters, at one point or another.
I don't have anything against a good shoujo manga with a cliche and common plot, as long as it is decent, or somewhat cute. However, for me, Kaichou wa Maid-sama did not fulfill any of those requirements. Sorry, but no matter how hard the mangaka worked to make it a cute story, it really didn't get through to me.
I would not have given such a harsh review if the manga was so bad, that, at the very least, I found some enjoyment out of reading it and laughing at the stupidity of it. This manga couldn't get me to laugh at any part of the story, and I laugh pretty easily.
At chapter sixty, or whatever, when Misaki shouts, "You perverted ALIEN!" and slaps Usui, and Usui just smirks, with wilted flowers and doilies all around him, I just knew that this manga wasn't for me. read more
Mar 8, 2010
Plot - 6/10
I have to say, I am a harsh critic. This story is so fully of cliques and ecchi parts, it just drags out the story. Once upon a time, a girl, whose president of the school meets up with a true player, a guy who is super rich. From there, romance in the air and the girl just can't seem to spit out her feelings for him.
Character - 6/10
Alright. Character wise, they start the develop rather slowly for a couple of chapters. Then each of them are show their true colors, confessions and history in a chapter or so. Though this manga is still ongoing, you can expect more romance and clique character development.
Art - 6/10
Typical anime, which you can find almost everywhere. Though at a glance, the art might seem dull, this manga has its moments.
Overall - 7/10
I do not mean to discourage you guys, but read it at your own risk. If you guys just eat up romance and drama with a spoon, be my guess. Just be prepared to go through chapters and chapters of repetitive cliques, ecchiness, drama, and fan services. read more
Jul 3, 2010
It's not waiting for the cockblocks to stop as in josei series (Hapi Mari, we're still waiting in here!). rather, it's the 50th chapter now and they still hadn't made it to the confession moment. but in the meantime you get dragged into the series, even if it isn't good, just to see if they manage to make out or not (although you know they will...)
And Kaichou wa Maid-sama! is exactly this very kind of series.
the girl has a double identity, and the only one who discovers the secrets is the main bishie, now what a suprise! :-) and here comes the next suprise: they also start to feel something to each other! and the series drags on like, forever, waiting for some improvement in their relationship.
there are few nice things about the plot. I like Misaki's background, it's realistic and atypical for shoujos. her dislike towards guys and her desperation for work at the cafe are really well motivated. Minus Usui's background, it really does not make much (if any) sense. He is way too ideal, therefore is quite a flat character. It's not _that_ stupid however. It's just all sooo unnaturally stretched in time.
Art is very pleasant. The author had a great idea with the maid café and different dress-up organized there - we see tones of different cute outfits. The characters are drawn in a charming way, it's a pleasure for your eyes to just look at the pictures and enjoy the mangaka's skill, clever outfits and beautiful teenagers (do not confuse with his/her ability of writing interesting dialogues). :-)
I have quite a problem here, folks. Because of Usui (the main uber-bishounen) it should get three-four. he is drawn nicely, but because of being too perfect it is unbearable to like him. But the maids from the café are fun and interesting, and to some degree so is Misaki. The idiot trio is hilarious! And the figure of Misaki's childhood friend is a nice change - not another ideal bishie, but a simple kid from a farm competing with the main guy. good.
It's quite enjoyable - as a middle-class cliche shoujo is expected to be. Nothing thrilling though. The idiot trio and Misa's colleagues are a funny and enjoyable point of the series. The three otakus are hilarious, but at the same time it is a kind of an indirect critique towards the fandom. I liked it. The scenes between the main characters - playing hide and seek forever. you know it, you've seen it 1903837 times in other shoujos waiting 200 chapters for I love you too+kiss scene :-)
read if you enjoy shoujo or have some spare time to kill, OR are a fetishist of maid costumes :-))))
Nov 22, 2012
Characters: The characters are stereotyped as a lot of shoujo characters are. The main girl is tsundere and the main guy is... uh.... I don't know the term. Is there a term? Well, anyway. he's the strong and cool type. You know, the type that's good at everything. He cooks, he's athletic, he gets good grades... you know the drill. ANDDD.... He has an angsty past, too! SHOCKER! But not really. Anyway, despite this, they're still completely lovable. Misaki ( the girl) is fun to watch. She's interesting and you really don't know what she's going to do next. Usui (the guy) says some that I completely agreed with. I bet you're expecting me to tell you what it is word for word,. don't you? Not happening. because I can't remember it that well. But he said something along the lines of the reason he loved her (SPOILER ...but not really) was because she was so entertaining. You're never sure if she's going to smile or yell. And yes, a lot of tsundere are like this but I love the way Hiro Fujiwara pulls it off with Misaki.
Usui is just wonderful. He's just... great. He's hillarious and, even though compeltely unrealistic, a lot of fun. His comic face, I also would like to add, is AMAZING. I don't know why, but I just love it. It makes me laugh even to just look at it. He always seems very laid-back and also does the most random things at times that make you just go "...WAT." The way he compliments Misaki is perfect. They're a great comedic pair. I love watching the two of them together because the NEVER fail to make me laugh. Not to mention, go "Awwwe...." at.
So even though these characters aren't totally original, they're wonderful and I think anyone could love them. Also, the side characters are a lot of fun to watch, too. Especially Kanou and Yukimura.
Plot: Nope, the plot ain't that original either. It just carries the story and that's fine because that's all it meant to do.
Art: The art is average. It's not great, it's not bad. It does fit the story really well though, so I like it.
Overall: I personally love this manga. Definitely one of my favorites. It may not have overloads of emotional depth (which is what I preferr) but it's great anyway. I love a manga that can make me laugh. Honestly, I don't usually find a manga that can make me laugh but this one had me in tears. Not kidding.
Reccomnded for: Shoujo lovers. If you don't like shoujo in general, then this manga will not enthuse you. If you can even mildly enjoy shoujo though, you will probably like this manga. It might even make you think more fondly of shoujo. Also, if you like Special A you will also love this. Misaki and Usui's relationship is a lot like Hikari and Kei's. read more