Being the first female student council president isn't easy, especially when your school just transitioned from an all boys high school to a co-ed one. Aptly nicknamed "Demon President" by the boys for her strict disciplinary style, Misaki Ayuzawa is not afraid to use her mastery of Aikido techniques to cast judgment onto the hordes of misbehaving boys and defend the girls at Seika High School.
Yet even the perfect Ayuzawa has an embarrassing secret—she works part-time as a maid at a maid café to help her struggling family pay the bills. She has managed to keep her job hidden from her fellow students and maintained her flawless image as a stellar student until one day, Takumi Usui, the most popular boy in school, walks into the maid café. He could destroy her reputation with her secret... or he could twist the student council president around his little finger and use her secret as an opportunity to get closer to her.
When news of this year's new shows began surfacing, Kaichou wa Maid-sama was near the top of the ones I was looking forward to most. I had read a little of the manga and always found it to be funny. Last year had featured a pretty good run of romance anime and this looked poised to continue that run. Despite the series' fabulous artwork and a lot of great comedy, it is unfortunately a bit of a disappointment.
The premise behind Maid-sama has an initially interesting hook. Misaki Ayuzawa is the newly elected student council president at a mostly male high school.
She is strict and violent in protection of the female students and in making it a place friendlier to girls. But she has a secret that could ruin her image as the tough and unyielding class president, she works part time in a Maid Cafe to help her family with the bills. Of course this means that the ultimate alpha male at the school, Usui Takumi, will find out about her secret. Blackmail, as only shoujo can do ensues... or does it?
Thankfully the answer is no but what does follow, at least initially is a pretty fun and entertaining back and forth repartee between Misaki and Usui. Misaki is revealed to not be quite the man hating tyrant she is in school and Usui is not the cold, unfeeling ladies man either. The romantic chemistry between the two characters is quite good and builds very quickly early on. But the typical problems that plague shoujo romances soon follow. Relationship development slows to a crawl and nothing of significance happens after the first third of the series until its end. Despite this the series does end with a bang and has a very touching and satisfying conclusion which is probably the only thing that saved it from a lower overall score.
Maid-sama at its best is extremely funny and enjoyable to watch. The series' comedy is really quite good most of the time. But no amount of jokes can hide the fact that it doesn’t have any kind of story what so ever. Misaki's job at Maid Latte is mostly just a gimmick, and besides for a handful of episodes it’s totally unimportant to the plot. Basically what we get is a series of loosely connected stories with the same underlying theme. Even though they are mostly funny it gets tiring when you realize that nothing significant is ever happening. When things do finally start to get interesting between our couple, not unexpectedly a rival appears. Though he is so poorly conceived and much too late to the party to have any real significance. It was almost like someone in the production staff realized with five episodes to go that they nearly made an entire anime without a love triangle. Though despite all of this the biggest flaw is the sheer weight of supporting characters and their overall detraction to the screen time and back-story of the lead characters.
Misaki makes for a good heroine. She is quite funny walking the line between her dictator president and her submissive maid persona's. However she is a bit of your stereotypical tsundere, but it's easy to root for her. Shockingly we really don't find out all that much about her with the exception of some flashbacks of when she was a little girl (which in actuality weren't even about her). Other than learning her father had walked out on her mother and sister, leaving enormous debts and apparently they are also really poor. An aside to Misaki's family poverty though. I thought the way they portrayed her family was kind of offensive. The inside of the house is crumbling and dirty. Walls have paint peeling off them, the floor has holes in it, and their are spider webs and other cliches. Yes we get it, they're poor. Like poor people can’t keep a clean house? Besides this is completely out of character for someone as meticulous as Misaki. When you consider how fanatical she is at school about keeping things clean and orderly the very idea that she wouldn't do the same at home is totally implausible.
Usui on the other hand initially comes off as the kind of love interest I hate. Aloof, privileged, and apparently great at everything he tries he is precisely the kind of ideal man that makes shoujo romances so unbelievable. However it is pretty quickly apparent he isn't your typical leading man. You can tell he is immediately smitten with Misaki from the start and he uses this droll personality of his to push her buttons and amuse himself while at the same time bring her closer to him. I ended up liking him quite a bit. Like Misaki, his past remains as much of a mystery at the end as it was at the beginning. Especially frustrating considering the amount of time that was given to Misaki's childhood friend Shintani who basically only appeared in 4 episodes.
The supporting cast really brings down this series though. As much as I enjoyed the leads, I found the rest of the cast to be uninspired and lacking substance. The main reason for this is that there are just way too many of them. Maid-sama features nearly 30 supporting characters and they take way too much from the ones that are actually important. Even if many of them are likable and funny, they have absolutely zero depth and at best one facet to their personalities. Stories with lots of characters rarely work that well especially when the majority serve no purpose and overlap one another. Too many of them are basically identical to each other and were unnecessary. For example I know having a cross dresser is a shoujo staple but having more than one in the same anime is overkill, regardless of whether or not they both did it willingly.
The anime is well acted and I enjoyed the performances for the lead actors in particular. Though neither of them are rookies by any means, they aren’t the typical names we are used to seeing at the top of a cast either. So I enjoyed hearing some fresh voices for a change. The music is solid but unspectacular. Saya Mizuno's "My Secret" is an appropriate if kind of generic shoujo OP. Both ED songs by heidi are pretty good though and I liked them a lot more.
Artistically Maid-sama is strong. I did enjoy the character designs and the frequent use of deformed and chibi characters to complement the series comedy. The art really brings out the emotions of Misaki and Usui and is able to speak volumes about their feelings for one another even with nothing is being said. The quality of this non audible communication is one of the best I have seen in an anime.
Even though I was ultimately disappointed with this anime, it was not a complete waste of time to watch. If you enjoy Rom-Com anime then you will most likely not be sorry for watching this. The comedy is great; the romance is hit or miss.
Oh dear... Where to start with this... Well for one thing, Kaichou wa Maid-sama has frequently regarded as the star successor to the previous romance anime, Kimi ni Todoke. And I have one thing to say: Kaichou wa Maid-sama doesn't stand a chance against the far superior Kimi ni Todoke. Much of Kaichou's fanbase is probably attributed to how one person or another said it was similar to Kimi ni Todoke and continued to increase its popularity, but I would strongly disagree. Kimi ni is way better than Kaichou. Kaichou is the most stereotypical and cliched anime I have ever seen. This review will be
bashed, I know it, but now let's see why it's so horrid in my opinion.
So would anyone care to tell me what the story of Kaichou is? What happened to the antagonist? Did he just up and leave? Kaichou's plot is filled with too many loopholes and missing slices to be a good story. Aside from the disappearing antagonist, there are random, pointless, and cumbersome side stories for all the characters that don't matter. For argument's sake, let's say that it's more of a comedy/slice-of-life where the story is unrelated, where is the comedy? Did I laugh? No. I didn't find a single point where I could laugh, I couldn't even find any good screenshots. The plot is basically Aizawa realizing that she loves Usui and they end of together. Are there any objections to that plot? No? Well then why did it need to be stretched out over 26 episodes? This isn't a good romance like Toradora! where there are massive plot twists and needs it. Even Kimi ni Todoke had some good love triangle moments. Also, even if it did need a lot of time for development, the development of minor characters are unneeded in a romance or a slice-of-life. If it was a good romance story, than the focus on the 2 main characters is all that is needed.
You are calling this art? Most of the art is just facial close ups with sparkling backgrounds. There is no art in this. The animators were too lazy to draw in backgrounds most of the time and left it to facial close-ups. Sparkle here, sparkle there, geez, I could doodle better backgrounds than that. What else? Most of the time in crowded places, all the other people are just gray blobs. Even for the characters that did have artistic design. I could barely tell Usui apart from the other 9001 blonde hair guys in the anime. Just cloning the same character and putting on different clothes and accessories most certainly does not need any artistic talent. It's like dress-up except no one will play it.
Sound is probably the best thing there is in this anime. The OP was painfully annoying. I don't even remember the 1st ED probably because I hated the show, but the 2nd ED had a pretty good tune. Voices? Well I guess they were alright. Some voices hurt to listen to... BGM wasn't good or bad enough to grant me and opinion, since I barely paid attention to anything other than the annoying, overused BGM that happens at the end of every episode.
Oh my head. There are no good characters in this anime. I hate Usui with a passion that doesn't just destroy cities, but also burn all the inhabitants and open a fissure that swallows up the whole area. I hate all of his terribad clones also. Usui is such a -----. He is annoying and is obsessed, stalker with Aizawa. If I was her, I would have kicked him so hard in the nuts that they would tear off his body, and then I would call the cops for stalking. This is romance? More like stalking. Next: The 3 bakas are more or less, 3 bakas. They are useless, pointless, annoying characters that serve no purpose. The hypnotist and girly guy with him are also fillers for nothing. UxMix or whatever they are called are just more useless junk to dig into other minor and useless characters, like Aizawa’s friends. Why even bother with making a minor character romance here? And I don’t even remember what the other blonde antagonist did. They killed him off and left a gaping plot hole. Shall I go on? The other maids at the café…. What’s the point the same thing applies; filler. Aoi-chan? Only in your dreams. Although Aoi is probably the easiest character to put up with. And I haven’t said anything about Aizawa; . Tsundere? Please… SHE TAINTS THEM. She's truly a sorry and lame excuse of a Tsundere. Did I miss any characters? If I did then they are just too terrible to mention. Like Hinata for example... A random new character introduced late in the series.... Waste of effort and nothing really "Triangle" worthy even happens with him, his sole purpose existing to reveal Aizawa's pointless past.
I didn't enjoy it. Enjoyment is more of a factor of the watcher and not the anime, so there's not much to say. I found watching it a painful experience and usually just played Touhou or talked to people on the side. I just couldn't enjoy an anime with a terrible plot and horrid cast of characters. -1/10 if I could, because I didn't enjoy it, It was more like torture.
This overall score is a 2/10 with a +1 because I am just so happy that I finished this bad anime. I considered giving this anime lower because a 3 is "Poor" in the review box, and it's definitely not poor, (better defined as "Pathetic", A score of 1) but I decided to let it go. In the end, this review will just get bashed with unhelpful marks, but I would love to try to tear down the fake fanbases that attempt to compare this with the superior Kimi ni Todoke. To compare them... Let's say Kimi ni Todoke is my foot and Kaichou wa Maid-sama is the bug I just stepped on. Although Kimi ni Todoke deserved a much better status than my foot... Kaichou is bad and that's my solid opinion. Nothing you can do to change it.
Bottom Line: Don't watch it. It will take off 10 years of your life. Kaichou is just stereotypical, cliched, and just plain dumb.
Kaicho Wa Maid-sama, another series put in the category of typical.
Typical. The main character, Misaki is your not so average shoujo lead, why? Because she is the head of the student council but also conceals and dark secret; she works in a maid cafe. Big whoop. The plot is very linear she meets the handsome, popular bishie of the school and gradually throughout the episodes romance is suppose to flourish. Slice of life is evident because of school activities, competitions, pesky, convenient love triangles and maid service to make the anime seem related to real life. There's is nothing special about the plot, if you
seen other shoujos then you can predict what's going to happen next. On a side note when the words "Maid Cafe" appear, I automatically guessed more fan service than the usual. Yup, there is plenty of fan service for both sexes. Hurray.
Very static. Misaki may appear strong at first but after seeing her character I have one thing to say, Tsundere. Everything about her is "Tsundere". How she treats her fellow students with her Iron Fist. How she treats Usui harshly and then tenderly is just plain nonsensical. Did I also mention that she is poor too? Typical. Usui is definitely the worst character in the entire show. He has no flaws, everything about him is perfect and to add he's from a wealthy family. Wikipedia even says so! How is this bad? Usui stalks Misaki... and this is suppose to be sexy? He does not show any emotion, and character at all. Essentially he is a boring robot. Incredibly indistinguishable if you line up him up with other male leads. Expecting character development? Than you'll be disappointed. Side characters are quit forgettable except Hinata and Aoi. Well there's the egotistical rival of Usui, the fan-boys and Misaki's classmates/co-workers. Blah
I have a problem with people liking the series just because they think Misaki is a "strong" lead. If that's the case then why does Usui always comes to the rescue? Even when someone is harassing her, Usui seems to be there to stop it automatically.
Mediocre. I was expecting something out of the norm since this series was so "talked" about.
The only thing that is unique about this series is Misaki working in a Maid Cafe. Don't believe the hype.
Kaichou wa Maid-sama! is far from your regular romance anime and that is EXACTLY why you'll love it. While most anime if they have a romance element tease you by implying character feelings with subtle interactions but no real physical connection such as a kiss and without spoiling much Kaichou doesn't exactly have a lot of physical connections either but it's just so bluntly put you love it. It literally defines your anime dream romance which is why you should watch Kaichou wa Maid-sama! now!
While the storyline in Kaichou is not complex and the most intense thing ever you'll fall helplessly in love with
every element of it. From the comedic side-stories to the annoying childhood friend to the stubborn protagonist not admitting their feelings! There are so many elements intertwined within the story that create this bittersweet mood you can't escape.
Art/Animation Style; 9
Kaichou wa Maid-sama isn't the most recent series but it's art style definitely compares to some recent anime and I would argue effortlessly that it is really easy on the eyes. You'll find as you watch the artist do a fantastic job of really visually allowing you to follow the cute story of Kaichou!
Despite not having any of my favorite songs Kaichou does bring some nice songs within it's OST that I can sit down and listen too every now and then to really relive the ever amazing experience of watching Kaichou wa Maid-sama! Now I will say I did love the main theme, and don't get that mixed up with the opening, the maid theme is super cute and plays throughout multiple parts of the series. You'll know it fully after five episodes what I'm talking about, it is just so damn catchy!
The characters presented in Kaichou are definitely among some of my favorites. Usui being my male role model because we share this quiet/shy nature about us that allows us to appear mysterious to women and that leads to easily teasing them! Usui you'll find is rather comical, reserved but also just out there. He fits perfectly with Misa and I definitely think you all will too!
Misa now, she is your typical yet slightly cuter Tsundere that we all fandom over! Her characteristics are rather aggressive at first but slowly over time she shows more kindness and even some extra stuff all of you romance lovers will just die over!
As you watch Kaichou you'll find between these two main characters and the perfectly fit supporting characters that you'll be left in the characters shoes on an entertaining adventure of romance, heartbreaks and much more!
Overall I adored Kaichou and really hope you will too! It's cute, funny and all around enjoyable! All you romance lovers I promise you won't be left dissatisfied like other shoes such as Nisekoi, you will definitely get your plateful with this anime and even some of you comedy lovers will get a certain level of laughs out of this wonderful show!
In the end I gave Kaichou wa Maid-sama a 9/10 for its dazzling ability to keep me on the edge of my seat the entire length of the series! A giant round of applies for the creators of this anime and a huge pat on the back to the author!
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