Kaichou wa Maid-sama!

Title:Kaichou wa Maid-sama!
A Presidente da Associação de Estudantes é uma Empregada (Portuguese)
Ang ating Presidente ay isang Katulong! (Filipino)
Kaichô wa Maid-sama!
La Presidenta Escolar es una Camarera (Spanish)
The Student Council President is a Maid (English)
رئيسة مجلس الطلبة خادمه (Arabic)
会長はメイド様!
Overall:Rent
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Notables: Animation - JC Staff
Once an all boys school, Seika High, a renowned school full of reckless and filthy students, has recently become a co-ed school. However, with the female population still remaining a minority even after the change over the recent years, Misaki Ayuzawa takes it into her own hands to reform the school and allow a chance for the girls to feel safer 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 secret is soon revealed when the somewhat impassive Usui Takumi, a popular boy at school, nonchalantly discovers her in a maid uniform after school.

Adaptated from a 2005 manga series by FUJIWARA Hiro, serialised in the monthly mag - LaLa. This manga series has been R1 licensed by TokyoPop. .

Animation by JC Staff.
A Spring 2010 series
26 Episodes.
Episode Details 
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Buy 8 8 10 5 10 10 aoneish [series:2299#1615]
A straight forward rom com with a smidgen of drama (only if you read the manga). It's a lot more likeable than that of regular rom coms due to the fact that it doesn't do a lot of the excessive overreactions, like that of say, Special A. Further more, Misaka is a strong and likeable character without losing any of the vulnerability that makes her so attractive. Usui is a bit too perfect in the anime, but his background is only being touched on in the manga so unfortunately we don't really get to see any of it and rumors of Season 2 are still just rumors. If you watch the end of the EDs in later episodes you get to see Usui in scenes that hint to his background, but that's all. :(

A must have for any anime collection.

Last updated Sunday, April 10 2011. Created Sunday, April 10 2011.
Unevaluated 8 8 9 8 8 8 Dreamer [series:2299#2279]
It started off a bit slow but eventually grew on me. This is one of those series that you'll eventually enjoy as the episodes pass.

Art, Animation & Character Designs
Artwork was well done. Nice colors, rich details and animation plenty smooth. Our characters were the better parts, with great character designs, facial expressions and funny as heck at times. And we can't forget to mention the kawaii maids at the cafe.

Music
The OP wasn't too shabby but not my flavor. It was a pop piece with female vocals. At least the vocals weren't high-pitched as a lot of them are. The soundtrack had some nice pieces with a mixture of pianos, flutes, violins and other instruments composed in "fun" compositions.... alongside silly but amusing sound effects. At times, we get treated to some beautiful light pianos, lightly composed and fitting the scene at had quite well. The ED was a nice welcome. An awesome rock piece with male vocals almost well worth picking up as a single.

Series and Episode Story
I ended up thoroughly enjoying this series and wanting more. At first, It seemed like a light entertainment with a cute but stern lead character (Misaki). But as I watched through the series, it grew on me and the characters became enjoyable to watch. The series is episodic and each episode for the most part had enough humor or silly moments to make it worth watching. I loved the interactions between our lead and "Usai", the mysterious male lead that virtually has no backstory (not that any of our other characters do anyhow). But you really don't get to see anything about him aside from one episode nearing the end where it shows hime living in an apartment alone. But that was fine because the series was focused on the development of their relationship (Misaki & Usai).

One complaint I have with this series are the subs. I consider myself a fast reader but a few times, I caught myself having to re-read a few lines as they flew by so quickly. The ending was pretty lackluster. Nothing really happens, which will sorta bum you out if you were hoping for a greater development between our two leads.

Overall, this was an entertaining series from nearly start to finish. Not a whole lot happens in terms of plot or development, but the entertainment comes from the interactions between Misaki and Usai.

Last updated Thursday, March 24 2011. Created Thursday, March 24 2011.
Unevaluated Ggultra2764 [series:2299#1552]
(Watched 2 episodes)

A bit too bland for me to get hooked on. There's nothing that I hated about it through the first two episodes though nothing I could latch on to either. It's a bit predictable that the male and female leads will be hooking up together with the opposites attract approach considering female lead's a man-hater adjusting to being at a co-ed school and the male lead's personality has me getting visions of a teen Akito Hayama from Kodomo no Omocha dancing through my head. I suppose the diehard shoujo anime crowd can latch on to this. But I don't plan on going any further with it.

Last updated Tuesday, June 15 2010. Created Tuesday, June 15 2010.
Unevaluated Silence [series:2299#2939]
Seems interesting. A nice premise, and I kinda like Usui, and Misaki is kinda cute too. I hope it does not regenerate. Will stick with this for now.

Episode 2 is not as fun as the first, but its not bad. Kinda classic shojo, and Usui is kinda like the guys from Ouran, without the idiocy.

Into episode 5, and while this still holds my interest, it did not seem as good as it was. The story does not seem to progress in any significant way so far, but I will stick around.

Last updated Monday, May 03 2010. Created Monday, April 05 2010.
Watch Stretch [series:2299#628]
(All episodes watched):

Whereas all sorts of problems lept to mind as I watched B Gata H Kei, watching Kaichou wa Maid-sama afterwards left me more ambivalent--I have relatively little to say, but anything is better than having lots of complaints to lodge. This show seems to establish a fairly interesting premise with some potential for growth. Misaki strikes me as a hardworking, honest girl, loyal to her family, even if she has a sort of stick up her ass at times. Having a problem is probably necessary if the character is going to be interesting and truly likeable. Usui seems mysterious at this point, but I am curious to learn more about him. It was too soon after one episode to say if this story would be dynamic and have some genuine originality to it, but I would say so far, so good.

Halfway through the series I realise that I have been damning it with faint praise. The first half of Maid-sama had actually turned out to be a fun show which I looked forward to watching. The SD is good, there is little or no fanservice, and Misa and Usui are likeable characters who hold my interest. KwMs isn't trying to be a brilliant show, but it's doing a good job of being a fun one; maybe because it doesn't just repeat the usual lame fanservice jokes, but instead serves up some original comedy--we don't get enough of that.

Episode nine was an unexpected parody of the old folk tale 'Peach Boy', with Misa-chan and her acquaintences playing the parts--Misa is supposedly a boy here. The scene in which the Goddess of the Sea appears cracked me up--the choice of her actress was perfect.

I was assuming this would be a one-season show, but in fact it will be two. At first I thought thank God, since the summer was looking so mediocre. But KwMs kind of feels as if it is having a hard time coming up with new episode plotlines, and might have best quit while it was ahead. Ultimately, I was left frustrated when the series ended. What about Usui's mysterious background? Wasn't that him as a child in the ED sequence? But these things never come up, instead the show just seems to fizzle out in an incomplete and disappointing manner. It was fun for awhile, but I guess now I'm just glad to be done with it.

My favorite line: "He (Usui) is truly the only ray of hope in this school full of assholes!"

Catch the staff of Maid Latte at Screaming Anime Characters!

Last updated Tuesday, October 12 2010. Created Saturday, April 03 2010.

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