April 26, 2014

Manga & Anime Review: Kaichou Wa Maid Sama by Fujiwara Hiro



Kaichou Wa Maid Sama
by Fujiwara Hiro (5 Stars)

From Tokyopop:

Brilliant and overachieving, Misaki Ayuzawa is the President of the Student Council at Seika High School, formerly a boys' school. Unfortunately, most of the students are still male and stuck in their slovenly habits, so man-hating Misaki really socks it to 'em in an attempt to make the school presentable to attract more female students. But what will she do when the sexiest boy in school finds out that after school, Misaki works in a maid cafe.


It all started with Usui (The hero of the story) finds out that the ruthless and ever strict student council president Misaki (Heroine) works as a maid/waitress in a café shop. He then becomes interested in her, and continues to know more, and vice versa.

The manga is specifically about Misaki and Usui. And it progresses on how they continue to build this “relationship” with each other.

MY OPINION

I’ve watched the anime of this manga a long time ago. Maybe 4 or 3 years ago. So I was pretty much of a child then. Basically this was a childhood memory of mine, and I only finished it this year. I’ve finished the anime a long time ago since it only had 25+ episodes. But with the manga, it was actually up to 85 chapters. It took me a long time to finish this manga, but I have no regrets whatsoever. In fact, I felt kinda sad to see it end.

For me, its hard to find a chick-lit book with these kinds of background. I’m not a fan of chick-lit books because they sometimes end up being too cheesy and irrationally romantic. But with Manga, anything could happen. And in a way, when things become unrealistic its charming in manga, unlike in books.

TECHNICALITIES

I love how Fujiwara drew the whole manga, and with a consistency too. From the start, up to the end, the characters still looked the same. I’m kinda picky with how the characters in manga looked, but I was glad, because the characters in the manga looked like those in the anime, though with much more greater detail. I loved how the story was plotted, the secrets that came up. The ever growing list of characters that I came to love.

CHARACTERS

I loved everyone of these characters, but let me start specifically.

  • Misaki was one of those heroines that make your head ache because she's dense with feelings. She's pretty tough and independent. And I like that about her. Unlike other heroines that swoon to the ground over men. She isn't the kind of girl to be easily wooed. I got frustrated at her at one point. Being in denial of her feelings is pretty irritating at some point.


    But in a way, I admired her a lot. How passionate and protective she is of her family. How independent she was and how she persevered in life. And even though she’s a bit frustrating. I still admire a lot of good things about her.
  • Usui

    Okay. I like Usui a lot here. Because he provides most of the funniest moments in the manga and anime. He’s a bit perverted, but he’s pretty much funny even without his perverted thoughts. I like him a lot because he respects Misaki. I think its pretty usual for the guys in Shoujo manga to be a bit “perfect” in a sense. And I welcome it here. Unlike in books, its unrealistic. In manga, I find it charming that Usui’s beautifully handsome and that’s he’s smart like Einstein and has the agility and strength as Superman or Thor. I do not know why but I find this much more acceptable in manga, instead of books.




Other than that, I loved how the story progressed. The manga didn’t just revolve on Misaki and Usui’s relationship. It also talked about family, friends, trust, bravery, loyalty and such. There were even chapters with complete non-sense and yet I still found them entertaining. As it continues to near the end, we find out more secrets about Usui’s family as well as Misaki’s. I don’t want to spoil any of you because the twists that happens but let me give you hints.

  • New characters will pop out in the story after the things that will happen in Seika High. One, a person that Misaki’s known since childhood second, one of Usui’s family members and third, a character from Misaki’s past.
  • There will be big changes in Seika High, this includes their Student Council President, Misaki.
  • Misaki will go in a big adventure.

Okay I have to stop. Don’t want to spoil those who’ll read this later on.

COMPARISON
THE ANIME AND THE MANGA 

  • The Anime is pretty short, but I admire how the animators had the consistency based on the appearance of the characters in each episode. Granted Usui had different hairstyles in a few episodes, he still looked the same as he was in the beginning. The anime only has 25 ish episodes, and I wanted more so I was a bit disappointed because the chances of it having a second season is vague. Plus the voices of the characters are cute :">
  • The Manga there is definitely an air of finality to the manga. Every end of the chapter has a great finish. I think I appreciate the manga more than the anime. I saw the ending of one of my childhood favorites. In a nutshell, Kaichou Wa Maid Sama is one of the greatest manga stories i've read.

OVERALL NOTE

The manga was very well made. I even cried while reading this one. Though it lasted to 85 chapters, I wanted more. I wanted to see more of Usui’s teasing. I wanted to see Misaki flustered. I want to see more of Miyagobioka’s president. Everything about this manga is special to me. It was something from my childhood, and it is a bittersweet feeling to see it end.

6 comments:

  1. I've been wanting to read this manga. It sounds like a really good one. I didn't know that there was a anime for it though. Great review! I'll have to check this one out soon.

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  2. Not sure if I want to read this since it's looooong, haha! I watched the anime last year I think, and I don't remember much aside from the fact that I looooooved Usui. So kawaii and hilarious. <33

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    1. Usui's the main reason why I finished it. You will not regret reading it tho, there were lots of surprises.

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  3. I've only seen the anime, but I loved it so much. I can't count how many times I've watched the series. I would love to read the manga, but 85 chapters is long. And it's difficult to hunt down copies and they're usually so expensive.

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    1. I just read it online 'cuz I can't find copies of it here in PH. But I'm planning on buying them someday hahaha.

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