5 May 2012

Kaichou wa maid sama Manga review


English: Class President is a Maid!; Maid-Sama!
Synonyms: Katcho wa Maidsama, Kaichou wa Meido Sama, Toumei na Sekai, A Transparent World
Type: Manga
Volumes: Unknown
Chapters: Unknown
Status: Publishing
Published: Dec 2005 to ?
Genres: Comedy, Romance, School, Shoujo
Authors: Fujiwara, Hiro (Story & Art)
Serialization: LaLa
Interested in Anime? look at the anime review HERE

Kaichou wa maid-sama is unfinished manga (till now). This review is for all chapters upto Chapter 70. 
Well for Anime viewers- the Anime Season 1 dint cover entire manga. Better to read it if you dont wanna miss a lot of Usui and Misaki.

Kaichou wa maid-sama (The President is a Maid!) is a shojo manga series by Fujiwara Hiro which tells the story of Ayuzawa Misaki- a hyper charged, 'perfect' girl and Usui Takumi- a mysterious and quiet guy who discovers Ayuzawa's biggest secret- that she is a maid in a maid cafe. He however, agrees to tell it to no one, without asking for anything in return. Even at this point, Maid-sama distinguishes itself from other mangas where mostly the discovery of such a secret leads to instant romance or a master-slave relationship which eventually develops into romance. 



(Summary from Mangafox.com) 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, Ayuzawa Misaki 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 demon 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.

One of the best things about this manga was that it is the heroine who is 'perfect', not the hero. Ayuzawa is not your typical soft-spoken, eternally klutzy and awkward progtagonist. She is strong, always comes first in the school exams, knows martial arts, studies hard and also works part-time because her family is poor! The romance develops very, very slowly. Even when they kiss, they go back to being 'just classmates' in teh chapters after that, which was a bit disappointing.

But this slow development makes the romance more believable. Usui is a very quiet, mysterious, good-looking (a shojo manga wouldn't be complete without this!) guy, who always comes second to Ayuzawa in school. He id not competitive at all, though. He just observes things and doesn't talk much. His character is actually very interesting, changing multiple times througout the story. He goes from reserved, to bold, to knight-in-shining-armour to lover to rich boy from old family and much more throughout the course of the manga. He actually starts liking Ayuzawa much before she starts liking him.


Ayuzawa, on the other hand, doesn't really change significantly. The manga is very interesting and well-written, with wondeful visuals. Later in the series, Usui's mysterious past provides a much needed change of mood from school-life.



This manga is a must-read for those looking for something different in the shojo world. A word of caution- this starts out as a very stereotypical shojo manga but gradually you will find that it is a masterpiece in itself. 

Fujiawara-san has been liberal in throwing in eye candy scenes and plot twists with equal ease. I am really looking foward to reading the rest of this manga!


Ratings
Characters-4.2
Illustrations-4.5
Story-4
Plot-4.3
Dialogue-4.3
Development-4.3

Pros- Strong female lead. 
Good art
Interesting twists and sub-plots
Likeable characters
Good pacing

Cons- The male lead started out unusal but became 'perfect prince' by half of the series. 
Boring initially/ too stereotypical initially




2 comments:

  1. can u please tell me from where i can buy dvd of season 1 and manga of maid sama and i am from india

    hope u reply

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    1. I am so sorry I dont know how I missed to see this comment.
      I am really sorry.
      They are available in Landmark book store. Manga is availabe there. Even if its not you can ask them to get it for you or you can directly order it on http://www.landmarkonthenet.com/books/comics-graphic-novels/manga/
      They will be delivered to your house.
      Regarding dvd.. I really dont think we can get them here but you can download the episodes online...
      Try this link http://minitheatre.org/x264-completed/1988-kaichou-wa-maid-sama.html
      You have to register and login to see the donload links in that link i gave you. And its free just a matter of minute.
      Or you can download it through torrent client (if you dont have one type bit torrent on google and install that green software client :)) and go to this link for the torrent http://torrentz.in/search?f=kaichou+wa+maid+sama

      or you can watch it online here at http://www.animecrazy.net/kaichou-wa-maid-sama-anime/ and can download at the same time if you have flash recorder on your computer or realplayer download plugin

      Sorry I dint notice the comment before.

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