Manga Series Review: Maid-sama!

Posted January 25, 2014 by Debby in Book Reviews

Manga Series Review: Maid-sama!Maid-sama! by Hiro Fujiwara
Published by Tokyopop on 2005-2013
Genres: Manga, Shoujo

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.

4.5 Stars

I don’t even really know where to begin with this. Honestly. I’ve been pretty much staring at a blinking cursor for 45 minutes. This is my favorite shoujo manga and it gives me all the feels in the world ever ever everrrr and how do you convey that well to other people?? Agh. Reviewing is hard. *pouts*

Maid-sama! is the story of Misaki, a hardworking, over-achieving student. She serves as the student council president, where she tries to help transform her high school, which was previously an all boys’ school, into a girl-friendly environment. Fighting for the rights and safety of women, HELL YEAH. Meanwhile, her family is struggling to make ends meet, because her father deserted them, so she takes up a job in a maid café. As the name implies, this is one of those places where the girls dress up as french maids and address the customers as “master” and “mistress”. At school, she has a hard, cold image as the ruling president, so obviously she doesn’t want anyone to find out about this.

Enter Usui Takumi. Usui is hot amazing a perverted space alien a student at Misaki’s school. He’s kind of reclusive, but he’s good at everything. Guys want to be him. Girls want to be with him. In fact, girls are confessing to him on nearly a daily basis, but he rejects all of them. He likes to keep to himself and keep out of trouble. But then he finds out about Misaki’s secret. And he becomes extremely interested in her – her personality and her motivation behind everything she does. Also he’s really hot. Like really hot. Really really.

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These two characters are one of the highest ranking OTPs on my list. It is hate-to-love perfection. From the start, Misaki can’t really stand Usui because he’s better than her in school. Everything comes to him easily. And she’s uber competitive about everything. He teases her relentlessly. So she calls him a perverted space alien, and swears there’s nothing between them. Well we all know where that’s going. Honestly they have one of the best romantic dynamics ever. So much banter, so much cuteness, and through it all you see more and more how Usui would do just about anything for Misaki. He’s always there for her to rely on. *swoons* This is one book boyfriend, or I guess manga boyfriend, that I desperately want to steal for myself.

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Most of the manga’s plot centers on the development of their relationship, and honestly I love every second of that. They are both in denial for a while, then Usui tries to make his feelings clear, but Misaki is still doubtful, then CUTENESS AND ADORABLENESS AND I CANNOT EVEN CONTROL MYSELF.

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So by all means this is a really light and fluffy and adorable manga… until the last 2-3 volumes. They try to interject a plot. WHY. WHY INTERJECT A HALF ASSED PLOT THAT MAKES NO SENSE AT ALL. 100% FLUFF IS OKAYYYY. View Spoiler » Just. UGH. NOOOO. This last arc was so full of shit, I just couldn’t even with it. Why? I have to admit, I was skim reading it at parts because just ugh. We didn’t need that. You could have ended the manga earlier. That would have been fiiiiine. I know Usui supposedly had some mysterious past, but you could have simplified and dropped it. We did not need this.

Ultimately, the ending I liked. It was very adorable, with the last scene taking place 10 years later. I was very happy with the events there. EXCEPT FOR USUI’S HAIR. They destroyed his lovely porcupine hair. Sad face. Also I did not really appreciate how all the secondary characters were paired off (all with people they met in high school; also gay ship ftw) while Satsuki, the 30-year-old café manager, was still single. That’s it guys. If you don’t find your soul mate in high school, you’re alone forever. That’s pretty much what that told me. #mangalifelessons Oops. Well then. *goes off to buy some cats*

Summing Up:

ALL OF THE FEELS FOR THIS MANGA. Seriously. I don’t know how I even managed to write this review. And I feel like I did nothing but say that it was the adorbs in 30 different ways, on repeat. BUT IT IS THE ADORBS GUYS. I love the characters (also the secondary characters), USUI, the relationship dynamics (including familial ones), USUI, the slow-burn hate-to-love romance, USUI, all the cosplaying in the café, USUI, all the other funny activities and hijinks, USUI, my perfect OTP, USUI, let’s not forget the GORGEOUS art style (probably my favorite manga art-wise) and, oh yeah, USUIIIIIIIIII. *melts into a puddle of goo* I will wipe those last 2-3 volumes from my mind and just live forever in the glory of the feels and the perfection of the first 15-16 volumes.

Feels rating: 5; Plot rating: 4 (damn those last volumes); Overall: 4.5

GIF it to me straight!


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16 responses to “Manga Series Review: Maid-sama!

  1. Oh, I love this manga. Haven’t read till the end yet (got up to the moment they started interjecting “plot” lol). But I agree with every single thing you said here… USUI! I really do need to catch up to the end :/
    “That’s it guys. If you don’t find your soul mate in high school, you’re alone forever. ” <– this killed me. Killed me. You are awesome.

    • Hahah, yeah, I really love manga, but just like with YA, it can get so tunnel vision-y about romance in high school and that being IT. Gah, what a depressing picture for anyone in their 20s or above.

  2. Oh man this series gets SO MUCH love from me (except the England thing. And the dad subplot. I mean, what?)
    But really, it is one of the best drawn mangas I’ve read (although I’ll admit, I’ve only read a few)
    And ZOMG USUI! How can a drawing be so freaking hot? And the whole hate-to-love thing (which is THE BEST TROPE EVER). Be still, my shippy heart.
    Wait. I haven’t read the 10 years later ending. Holy crap. *runs away to find a fix*
    PS. Would you recommend any other mangas based on this? I’ve read very few and I’d love to try some new ones 🙂

    • I’ve been told that Special A is like the next best thing, because the main characters there also have a competitive relationship. Otherwise I also truly adore High School Debut. 🙂

  3. Anna

    I’ve watched anime last year and absolutely loved it. That funny trio made my days.:D
    And Usui…. Dang it! Crushed on fictional character again…:)
    I want to read manga, but it’s a little hard to find it where I live. I’ll try my best.
    Loved your review!

  4. I have a feeling your manga reviews are going to make my TBR list grow longer! This one sounds so wonderful, and I love the sound of their witty, banter-filled romance. The photos you included? PERFECTION.

  5. Jasmine Baggenstos

    I’ve only read the first volume so far, but I love it already. I bought the second volume and it’s patiently waiting on my shelf to make it into my rotation (I like to read multiple manga series at once. I think I’m reading about 5 or so currently.) I’m really disappointed I can only get up to volume 7 or something like that, here in the US. Stupid TokyPop.

  6. Oooooooh so it’s the one;
    my friend have been recommending me some animes to watch and she said I should try watching Attack on Titan, La Corda D’Oro, or Maid Sama (said that there are the manga version for La Corda and Maid Sama, too) Seems like a fun read and really cute! I love shoujo mangas that focuses in the development of relationships (which are full of fluff and FEELS) instead of being all serious.
    So based on your review there are about… 18-20 volumes for this?