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Kaichou wa Maid-sama

April 5, 2010

Although hadn’t really planned on sampling nor watching “Kaichou wa Maid-sama”, mostly due to the character visual style which clearly shows its shoujo manga roots, did watch the first episode of this anime based on Hiro Fujiwara’s manga.

Was quite pleasantly surprised and thoroughly enjoyed this episode which was full of laughs and even boasted a few romantic scenes.

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A romantic comedy, the series focuses on Seika high school’s first female student council president, Ayuzawa Misaki, whose athletic prowess, dutiful studying and stern, even aggressive attitude towards the large male population of the school are offset against her part-time job in a maid café.

When she’s discovered in her maid attire by a fellow student, the gifted yet seemingly cold and disinterested Usui Takumi, Misaki fears her days as student council president are numbered now that her secret is out.

However, Takumi reveals nothing of Misaki’s part-time job, though his sudden interest in her which prompts him to often visit the maid café confuses the student council president, who fears he is out to torment her in some way.

Precariously balancing the duties of the student council presidency, studying to remain valedictorian and working hard in the maid café takes its toll on Misaki and the usually feisty girl is in a pinch when three thugs from the school spot her at work. Luckily Takumi appears in time to frighten off the thugs and save Misaki.

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For some reason this first episode of “Kaichou wa Maid-sama” often reminded me of “Special A”. Mostly due to Misaki’s assertive manner as well as Takumi’s mysterious aura and hint of wealthy descent which are akin to Hikari and Kei in “Special A”.

Did tremendously enjoy this first episode, but do have reservations on how the series will evolve as can only question how well this main plot of Misaki and Takumi’s budding relationship will be able to carry the series.

Will this show remain as entertaining or might the jokes wear out in time? Or will viewer patience run thin if they clumsily stretch out the distance between Misaki and Takumi, preventing their relationship of blossoming into something meaningful like was regrettably the case in “Special A”?

Wonder how Misaki will evolve, since her aggressive, abrasive personality might soon wear thin if overused or brought forth as her only character trait. So far the only mysteries we’re presented with is Takumi’s background and the reason behind his sudden interest in Misaki.

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Though cannot deny I adored Misaki’s character in this first episode, including her character design. Her features could be seen as somewhat plain but she actually has a successful mix of looking fragile, yet she also emanates strength, has definite feminine traits without being exaggerated.

Interesting, Misaki is voiced by Ayumi Fujimura, who also voiced Cecily in “The Sacred Blacksmith”, Chiharu Harukaze in “Hayate No Gotlku!!” and Mikiya’s younger sister Azaka in “Kara No Kyoukai” which you can pick up on.

Refreshing is how Misaki’s job in a maid café wasn’t used as an excuse for blatant fanservice, the few scenes she’s shown in maid attire simply move the plot along or illustrate her cuter side.

Do plan on watching the second episode though and might pick this series over “Angel Beats!” of which the first episode failed to entertain me as much as this one.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Devastator001 permalink
    April 6, 2010 1:17 am

    Saw this over at Animax and certainly piqued my interest. Do enjoy a good spot of Shoujo based anime now and then (esp since there’s no new season of Color cloud palace yet :p)

  2. April 7, 2010 5:16 am

    The story is much too rushed. Come on, like, after two days of knowing him outside of school, she says something about accepting him as her rival? What the hell? It just seems unrealistic to me. I can understand Usuis reasons and motives (at least I think I can) but Kaichou’s attitude towards Usui felt more than slightly out of place.

    but other than that , i pretty much liked it.

  3. April 12, 2010 1:54 am

    Wow seiyuu of Chiharu! And she comes in maid-style anime again!

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