Alternate Name(s): Maid-sama!, My Sweet Kaichou, President is a Maid!, The Student Council President is a Maid!
Author(s): FUJIWARA Hiro
Genre(s): Comedy, Drama, Martial Arts, Romance, School Life, Shoujo
Type: Manga
Released: 2006
Status: Complete (Scan), Complete (Publish)

Maid Sama! (Japanese: 会長はメイド様! Hepburn: Kaichō wa Meido-sama!, lit. “The class president is a maid!”) is a shōjo manga series by Hiro Fujiwara. It was serialized in Hakusensha’s monthly shōjo manga magazine, LaLa. There are 18 published volumes under the Hana to Yume Comics imprint in Japan. At their Anime Expo 2008 panel, North American publisher Tokyopop announced its various newly licensed series and that Kaichō wa Maid-sama! would be titled Maid-sama!. (1)

Outside Japan, the series was licensed by Tokyopop in North America, and Pika Édition in France, Carlsen Verlag in Germany, Panini Comics in Italy and Brazil, and Everglory Publishing Co in Taiwan. In Indonesia, the series was published by M&C Comics under the name My Sweet Kaicho. Tokyopop printed up to volume 8 before its closure on May 31, 2011. Viz Media picked up the series and is printing them in a 2-in-1 style.

Takumi is a tall young man with bright green eyes and spiky blond hair. As seen in the series, he is very athletic; probably the most athletic male student in Seika High, and is slender yet muscular. He is the most popular at Seika High and all the boys and girls admire him and it is proven many times-huge evidence is shown when there was a huge contest made just to win Takumi’s heart on Valentines Day. According to Misaki, his hair is really soft, but was supposed to be spiky!

Takumi is very handsome, and most of the girls who see him fall for his looks instantly (thus, resulting in many broken hearts). Takumi is usually seen wearing the Seika High School uniform. However, after he transferred to Miyabigaoka in his third year, he was seen wearing his Miyabigaoka uniform, much to the shock of everybody. He resembles his father more than his mother. Takumi inherited his mother’s personality. According to Misaki, he and his half-brother, Gerald, are very similar yet, very different.

Kaichou wa Maid-sama is about a girl named Misaki Ayuzawa, who is the student council president at a former all-boys school. Her position at the top of the school is in danger when one of the boys, Takumi Usui, discovers that she works part-time as a maid at a maid cafe! As a shoujo anime, Misaki and Takumi are the main “couple” and characters of the anime.

Misaki is one of those kinds of people that would do everything by herself and would never willingly accept help from anyone. When Misaki’s was stuck in something she can’t get out of, Usui appears out of nowhere  and saves her from what would have become a serious problem. Usui’s actions seem to make Misaki mad because it made her feel powerless. But her feelings of anger and annoyance soon develop into something more complex, she starts blushing and even smiling!

Usui is every girl’s dream boyfriend. He is popular with the ladies and has the respect of all of the guys at school. Usui is great at sports, cooks well, and can take down bad guys. Teasing Misaki might be one of his daily activity, but he is willing to get in harm’s way to keep Misaki safe. Usui’s efforts to win Misaki’s heart seems to not go well at first, but after many tries, he starts to get Misaki to blush. Usui always thinks about Misaki and her well-being.

Things do start to get serious when Misaki’s childhood friend, Hinata Shintani, suddenly transfers into their school. Hinata moves into the city and transfers schools in order to find his first love, who turns out to be Misaki. While he used to be a fat lazy bum as a kid, he is now a hot athletic and funny guy that everyone admires. Misaki and Usui’s one-sided relationship soon turns into a love triangle as the two guys fight over Misaki’s affection.

There’s also a large supporting cast ranging from Misaki’s sister, the three “dummies”, the maids at the cafe, and many others.

Kaichou wa Maid-sama is a really cute anime, but he pace at which Misaki and Usui’s relationship grows is slow. This is an anime you’d watch for some light-hearted comedy with a bit of romance mixed in. Have you watched this anime? Who was your favorite character? Let us know in the comments section below!