Kaichou wa Maid Sama – by Fujiwara Hiro – ran since December 2005 – recently been released as an anime by the J.C. Staff – and nobody really cares about all of this extra information – in truth, it always comes down to what they put in front of us on the screen (monitor size may vary)
Basically, it’s a shoujo about a tsundere girl (Misaki Ayuzawa) who is an extremely hard worker, boy hater and also student council president in a school that is mainly guys. Expectantly, she doesn’t resolve the school problems by BEING NICE to the council and those that technically work under her – or just guys in general – she carries out her plans to change the school by discipline, her monster aura, lotsa yelling and a lot of asses being whooped – literally. Then this blonde, quatre british dude (Usui Takumi) who is perfect comes in and you pretty much know what’s gonna happen next- falls in love,faces some challenges, get resolved… Like any typical shoujo.
OH by the way, did I mention that she also works at a maid cafe and the only one who knows this secret is Usui.
Why am I summarizing the plot of Kaichou Wa Maid Sama (KWMS for short) ? Well – I’ve decided to do an all anime post FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER (*insert applause*) – Basically character analysis and commentary on the manga and anime. I shall attempt to analyze and create a post that is hopefully even half as awesome as the bloggers at Sekijitsu, Metanorn or any other high-traffic anime blog sites.
*WARNING – POST MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS FOR THOSE WHO HAVEN’T WATCHED ALL EPSIODES/READ ALL CHAPTERS OF KWMS*
Prepare to enter the danger zone…
The main character and protagonist of the story! Obviously a tsundere – violent, explosive and at times unreasonable side of her personality eventually changes over time through her interactions with Usui Takumi, the male lead. It is always expected that it’s going to be a romantic relationship that does change this violent, boy hating masochist into almost a blushing, love sensitive, caring monster (thus the term tsundere).
Although we know this, we are still curious about the process that follows this vague description of the plotline – and that’s where Usui’s mysterious (yet sexy) aura comes in – along with his unknown background~ If you take a look at the manga, the guys are always hot from the beginning, while the female protagonist – the one going through the most changes as the plot advances – gets cuter and cuter both personality-wise and appearance wise. The change in drawing style, in my opinion, was for the better – the feel of the new, smoother drawings are just more eye candy for me 😀
I really love how Misaki’s appearance actually changes with her personality – as she’s unraveling more about herself, what’s better for the school, her feelings for Usui and Usui’s background. Her unwavering determination, work-till-death-attitude, independence, inner monster and her kaichou/dictator-ness is no doubt still there, but it has progressed to take more of a backseat to all her flustered, red-faced, blushing, and hiding-her-embarrassment-and-feelings-with-lies – in short- her MOE-ness. She has become the damsel in distress – which I really can’t stand sometimes – especially seeing it in the anime.
Attitude: “Discipline is the way to go – nothing’s earned unless you go through suffering ” & “Screw you, if you break my rules, I don’t care who you are, you’re doing things MY WAY”
Stalker, Chess expert, cooking master, incredible athlete, artist, smart (2nd in exams after Misaki), smexy, and an exotic background too. In other words – the COMPLETE PACKAGE (how did Misaki manage to bag this dude?) First things first, there is absolutely NO DOUBT that he is SMEXY/HOT/HANDSOME/DASHING – especially after the style change in the manga. He does look a bit deformed at times in the anime (*writes complaint letter*) – especially in those oddly *coughuglycough* coloured uniforms.
Anyways – nothing is more worth fangirling over than a hot guy with a mysterious past. Exactly what Misaki’s trying to find out, but maybe should not have poked her nose where it doesn’t belong ’cause she may have dragged herself into a complicated situation – but we want her to do that – more meat on the bones, more plot, longer run, happy readers 😀
BACK TO USUI; nobody really got the chance to wonder why such a smart student is at a high school like Seika until the manga actually point it out – we just all assume that FATE brought the two together – chess pieces on a checkered board – and we get to see how they interact.
Usui’s type is very unique – he’s like a silent genius in some ways – a strategist, observer, someone who has the meaning of life wrapped around their finger – everyday just a bore chore for them – until someone breaks the rules and catches their interest – someone like Kyoya Ootori from Ouran High School Host Club. Evidence? He was and still insists that he and Misaki are not in an ‘romantic’ relationship because it is too troublesome – that’s his answer when Kanou asked him, and the time the-guy-sakura-had-a-crush-on asked him (thanks a lot wikipedia – can’t find anything -.- )
Combination: Takashima Kei (Special A) + Ikuto Tsukiyomi (Shugo Chara!) = Usui Takumi 😀
EDIT: originally I had Edward Elric in the equation but i decided to take him out.
If they weren't mention here - it is because that they didn't make big enough of an impression on me that I felt that they were worth mentioning (correct me if I'm wrong)
First and foremost, the secondary characters, at their current standpoint in both the manga and especially in the anime – were almost all very one dimensional and flat. Some characters may have more development than others – but it doesn’t feel like that the characters themselves are as alive as those in Angel Beats! or Full Metal Alchemist. You will always know that Sakura’s going to smile and explode in her moeness, Yukimura with his obedience and soft spot for Usui – just makes you want to ask – where’s the ugly side? What’s REALLY behind their apparent images? The answer? There probably is none (with the exception of some).
Yukimura Shouichirou – Sugar, spice and everything nice in a male high school student. Looks good in girls clothes too. In the manga now a suitable companion to Kanou – his girly & gentle aura evens out the dark aura Kanou emits.
Kanou Soutarou – A hypnotist that’s afraid of girls that eventually overcame it and started hanging with Yukimura… that’s it.
Shintani Hinata – one of the characters with at least some character development ; A childhood friend of Misaki who protected him from falling out of a tree (considering Misaki’s protectiveness). Has an one-sided love for Misaki in which he came to Seika high to search for.
Baka trio – All that was memorable was that one is a wannabe mangaka, one’s incredible at sewing, one’s the former leader of a gang but then resigned because of his mother. They are suppose to be comic relief characters like Puck, but after the first few chapters/episodes – their tactics gets old and they are just.not.funny.
Igarashi Tora – Miyabigaoka kaichou, an hentai one-san (perverted big brother) who probably treats woman as possessions (the more the merrier?) and has romantic interest in Misaki because he is not like anything he has seen before. (Takashima Kei x Hikari Hanazono case?)
Maria Miyazono – A wide-chested (maybe non-Japanese) English teacher at Seika High that is an acquaintance of Tora that is hired to convince Usui to go to Miyabigaoka. Speaks fluent english, has a fiancee, maybe lesbian considering she loves Misaki – and according to Usui – the daughter of one of his tutors when he was young.
Aoi Hyoudou – A young boy who loves to crossdress/cosplay as a cute girl because he likes cute things. Initially I actually forgot about Aoi until someone commented and reminded me (arigato!~) He’s the internet idol Aoi-chan who is apparently famous for taking cute pictures (yay). He ‘s such a manipulative little boy/girl who on the outside seem to think that no one is worth his time (except Usui), but on the inside he’s actually not so selfish when you think about it.
Suzuna Ayuzawa: Misaki’s younger sister, who appears to be in middle school in the anime and manga. She constantly tries to win food and other kinds of contests in order to get free supplies for her family (her way of helping her family’s financial situation). So far, Suzuna doesn’t appear more than a few times in the manga, but is a frequent character in the anime. She usually shows little to no emotion.
Manga VS Anime
Anime Problem #1 Worst Colour Combo Uniforms
Seriously? Pale green and yellow? That is all you can come up with? The lack of contrast and bright colour sometimes distract from the character’s faces. One of the reason why that I always skip the OP in the anime is that I couldn’t stand the 20 seconds where Misaki and Usui were modeling those odd uniforms by walking so NATURALLY (sarcasm intended).
Lack of three-dimensional feel & details in anime
Somethings just looks better in black and white. Somehow for me, the shading in the manga gives the characters for life and a three dimensional feel than that of the anime. I’m not saying that everything in the anime looks like it’s been coloured in with the FILL tool in Microsoft Paint – but the manga’s got the anime beat.
Especially the romantic scenes – yes, it is cool to see everything in motion, but sometimes I just wish the J.C. Staff would just KICK UP their game even a little bit to at least fill some of the high expectations manga readers have. Not that the J.C. staff isn’t doing a good job. I am grateful that I can do less reading in one episode of the Kaichou wa maid sama anime than in the manga.
First of all, I would like to congratulate you for making it to this point and reading this huge amount of text (up to 1532 words now).
Anyways, I wouldn’t like to rank the anime/manga in any scale from what number to what number considering that it is not over yet and that I’m not that good with making rankings (I’m a Libra, so very indecisive). COMMENT! Your rankings & opinions though are greatly appreciated!
Yes-desu! I have just completed my first all anime post! And pretty long too xD
Copyright photoshopped images for Usui and Misaki – Anime belongs to Fujiwara Hiro / J.C. staff (I OWN NOTHING!)
Screencaps credits to Mint-senpai ❤ @ Sekijitsu