The class president has a little secret she's keeping from everyone in her high school. As President of the Student Council, the overachieving feminist Misaki really socks it to the guys in an attempt to make the former all-boys' school attract a more female student body. But what will she do when the most awesome boy in class finds out Misaki's part-time job is in a maid café?! It's love at first fight in this shoujo romantic comedy—with a whole new look at the battle between the genres!
Kaichou wa Maid-sama! won the 31st Hakusensha Athena Newcomers' Awards in 2006 and received a drama CD adaptation.
The manga was first published in English by Tokyopop as Maid Sama! with 8 volumes released from April 7, 2009 to March 1, 2011 before publication was discontinued. VIZ Media re-licensed the series under the Shojo Beat imprint; the volumes have been published in 2-in-1 omnibuses since August 4, 2015. The series has also been published in Spanish by Ivrea since September 2015 and in Polish by Japonica Polonica Fantastica since November 2013.
Kaichou wa Maid-sama is my guilty pleasure—specifically, Usui. -- how’s that for a review opening? Too soon?
As many other reviews have already mentioned, the premise of this manga is cliché. I’ll admit that. It is. A “tough” girl actually works at a girly place and *gasp* of course she just HAS to be discovered by the hottest guy at school. She has to keep it a secret, and of course, with secrets, there’s blackmail. There are plenty of cliché situations in this manga but Maid Sama approaches these clichés really well and in ways that kept me interested. I never really rolled my eyes
or got bored with what was happening.
I happen to like Hiro Fujiwara’s style of drawing. The characters are attractive and are distinguishable from one another. The backgrounds are drawn nicely too and some panels where Usui is giving you a smoldering look gets you squealing most of the time. Scratch that. ALL THE TIME.
Alright, now it’s appropriate to say it: Usui is my guilty pleasure. No matter how Gary Stu he is, no matter how copy and paste he might be, no matter how real guys might scoff at him, Usui Takumi is perfection in the form of a manga character. I’ve read about a thousand characters like Usui, so why? Why is he the epitome of perfection out of all the other guys? I HATE Gary Stus, but I LOVE Usui! The man could be picking his nose and scratching his balls and I’d still swoon for him! SOMEONE ANSWER ME! WHY?!
It’s a mystery. Usui’s a mystery. Mysterious guys are hot. Usui’s hot. Conclusion: Usui Takumi.
…(In the process of picking up my brain pieces and putting them back together)
Alright, let’s move onto the main character: Misaki. Ultimately, Misaki is the reason why I love this manga and she’s probably the only thing that’s not cliché in this whole story (besides her acting like a tsudere occasionally in front of Usui). But that’s what makes this manga so durable. Misaki is what holds it together. What I love about her is that her personality never really changes, but she does indeed get character development.
I’ve read reviews where people are hating on Misaki for being a man-hater and honestly, her attitude sort of turned me off from reading as well. But I gave it a chance because at least she wasn’t a typical stupid shoujo heroine. And boy am I glad I continued. Misaki gradually changes for the better, but she still maintains her tough and hardworking personality. And the entrance of THE PERFECTION OF USUI doesn’t turn her into a fumbling, bumbling, constantly-blushing idiot! In practically every cliché shoujo, the heroine automatically becomes someone entirely different in the presence of the hot guy, but Misaki keeps her composure and only loses it when Usui does the smolder, and who wouldn’t?
Misaki’s a girl, she’s human too y’know.
But maybe this answers my question as to why I love Usui’s character—probably because he has Misaki as his partner and they bring out the best in each other.
As for the other characters in this manga, a few of them are for comic relief (idiot trio pops to mind), but I’m never bored when they appear so I appreciate their presence.
(In replacement of Enjoyment…) Romance: 9
The interactions between Misaki and Usui are surprisingly not cheesy. I don’t really remember cringing, but I definitely remember squealing and fanning myself. I’m a fan girl, what’d you expect? Anyway, speaking of fan, there’s a good amount of fan service in Maid-sama. And what I mean by fan service isn’t ass and tits, but Usui and Misaki playing the pocky game and other “that shouldn’t be sexy, but it is” moments.
Misaki and Usui not only make a sexy couple, but a badass couple as well. The two of them can hold their own individually, but when they’re together, let’s just say anyone who messes with them better watch out for any glass shards.
And though I mentioned that Misaki sometimes acted like a tsundere, it’s never extreme and it doesn’t happen so often that it becomes annoying. She also eventually begins to accept her feelings for Usui, which in this case, is something I can respect of Misaki, considering she never previously cared about romance and was a man-hater. And no this doesn’t happen in a matter of chapters. The romance actually takes its time to develop, which I enjoyed—especially when you could see the sparks igniting between them and their chemistry working together.
I know 100% that if Misaki had been replaced by a meek shoujo heroine who wasn’t as unaffected by Usui, I would’ve probably dropped the series long ago and Usui wouldn’t my guilty pleasure. The fact that Misaki is slightly unaffected by his charms only adds to the romance and their development.
I wouldn’t call this a slow romance, but it is paced appropriately.
In the end, Kaichou wa Maid-sama is full of clichés, but it’s as if Fujiwara knew our limits and backed off just before it got too annoying. How she does it, I don’t know, but she’s good at it. Maid-sama (and Usui) to this day remains a guilty pleasure of mine, full of its clichés and perfection. And I love it.
This was one of the very first mangas that I had started to read when I had gotten interested into reading manga so much. It's a great story with great characters and to me it's an original piece of work compared to other soft shoujo mangas. I latched onto it immediately and loved it!If your looking for a first time read then this is definitely the one your looking for.
ART-The art is beautiful, and not messy looking.
STORY-The story is cute, simple like a teenagers everyday type of life going to school and whatnot. Introducing a wide range of feelings to the reader and it makes
you feel what the characters are feeling,
CHARACTERS-The characters are cute, fun, and thankfully none of them seem to be annoying! You'll come to love them all!
Overall, I would give this manga a 10/10!
I read it after watching the anime. But ended up being so disappointed to the point that I had to dropped it and I couldn't even get my self to read it.
Story: The main plot sounds interesting but it ended up just like almost every normal Shoujo manga. It was so cliched and too cheesy. I don't know which direction the story wanted to go. It became so cliched and argh annoying.
Art: The art is okay, the characters all look good but the art is somewhat messy.
Characters: Now the main character Misaki is someone who the mangaka wanted to show as someone strong and
dependable but ended up failing because that wasn't really what she is. She is someone who started of portraying as strong but ended up being very weak. Instead of looking strong she looked like some who is just bossy and trying to act cool but is just whinny and demanding. I don't know what's really interesting about her.
Usui: Usui is the highlight of this manga. I think most readers enjoyed this only because of him. He started of as an interesting character but ended up being too sweet and so became cheesy and annoying.
Overall: This manga is just like a normal Shoujo, nothing really interesting some Shoujo are more interesting. It started of as interesting but ended up very disappointing.
So, a review after the series has actually finished. Having started reading this a few years ago and following it up till it's finish, I hope my review will prove of some help for anyone thinking of starting this series. And in case anyone's wondering about how this relates to the anime, I have not seen the anime of this.
Story - 6
Without trying to spoil anything, here we go. To begin with, it's a common shoujo story in it's basic form; girl and boy both like each other, though one of them (the main female in this case) initially dislikes and then tries to not
be in such a relationship with main male. Eventually end up in relationship, but main female wants it hidden initially. Continue on from there and you can probably figure out the rest of the story. To make it "unique", the mangaka had the main character, who at school acts like an unbeatable role model student trying to enforce school rules with all the students (though mainly the boys), work a part-time job which she wants to remain a secret - being a maid at a cafe. Though most of what happens is predictable, it does still entertain the reader (rather than annoy), so it's not bad for it's genre.
Art - 7
The art is pleasant enough, not rough or repetitive in that half the characters look the same. All the major and the majority of the minor are easy to tell apart, with only a few reoccurring minor ones perhaps causing problems in that respect. It doesn't have a "wow" effect, but for a shoujo does it's job, though none of the characters are really eye candy, which can be either good or bad I suppose.
Character - 8
For the type of manga it falls under, it doesn't do too bad with characterization. Though some are flat-out ridiculous, it doesn't get to the point where it annoys the reader, but rather, fall right into the story. The main characters, in all honesty, aren't really "special", it's more some of the other characters and how they all fit together that led to a rating of 8.
Enjoyment - 8
As I mentioned earlier on, it does entertain the reader, which is the whole reason for reading a manga such as this. It doesn't get too mushy-mushy, so is easy on readers who usually avoid typical romance shoujo (which I fall under).
I gave it an overall of 8 in my list rating since you can't give half points; if I could I would've probably given it a 7.5 rating. If you're looking for any of the following - something unique, smut, or totally unpredictable - I suggest you look elsewhere. If you don't have the patience to read a 85-chapter (I believe, and that it's 98 including extras) typical romance shoujo, don't enjoy predictable story lines, or just flat-out can't stand typical romance manga, you'll want to look elsewhere then too. If you're looking for some simple, yet enjoyable, romance story while waiting for the next chapter of ... manga to come out, then this is for you.
Kaichou wa Maid-Sama has more to offer than cute girls in costumes. It contains themes of loyalty, hubris, rivalries and that people are more than the front they present. All while managing to put a smile on the face of viewers.