Posted by psgels on 15 April 2010 with categories: Kaichou wa Maid-Sama

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Well, so far so good: now that the introduction is over this series keeps its balance between the funny and serious parts pretty well, with both parts actually working pretty nicely. The comedy feels used wisely: not too little and not too much, and the jokes so far still fall pretty good, with Usui’s abuse becoming possibly even funnier.

This episode also descended into shounen-territory for a bit. It’s interesting to have a shoujo-series with such a premise that allows it to make fun of these shounen stereotypes. The parodies were pretty standard, but quite amusing. Right now this series needs to take care in not repeating its stuff too much, but if it goes on like this, it should be fine.

As for the non-funny bits: I liked how we got to know a bit more about some of the different side-characters, like their siblings and stuff. This series has overdone it a bit with its setting, where the creators try to push too much for Misaki to overcome, but what they did get right was how the cast is pretty balanced in terms of strengths and flaws. The female schoolgirls are bright and cheerful, but also way too naive, protected way too much by Misaki. (as shown by that weak confession in this episode). The guys in the meantime are portrayed as complete morons, but at the same time they’re creative, come up with a new ideas for every one that Misaki turns down.

Misaki is of course the huge exaggeration in this, having huge strengths (her independence, leadership) and huge flaws (her short-sightedness, on top of that she seems very emotionally dependant based on the few affectionate moments she had with Usui). Usui on the other hand is glad that he chose a person to develop a crush over with some tolerance, because some of the things he says would have scared off most of those stereotypical moe girls. Especially for Japanese standards, they’re very direct.

Standalone, they’re indeed nothing interesting, but I have to admit that together, they’re forming quite an enjoyable Smörgåsbord of a cast. What the writers now need to do is deliver them properly: it’s no use having these interesting characters if they take a quarter of an eternity to get anywhere: it will become way too boring in the process. The past few episodes have been nice and all, but I’ve seen a lot of shoujo who started off with a bunch of strong opening episodes, only to derail completely and never get anywhere after six or seven episodes, so I’m really hoping that this series will be able to avoid that.
Rating: (Enjoyable)

EDIT: After a bit of thinking though, I decided to drop this series in favour of Rainbow. Blogging both this series and Kimi ni Todoke has shown me that the shoujo high school romantic comedy series isn’t that interesting to blog for me, especially when I have no idea how it’ll turn out. That’s not to say that I’m completely boycotting the genre, of course. I will blog such a series when it’s really, really good. But to me, Maid Sama just isn’t going to be amongst those series, just like nearly all of the similar series that aired during the past ten years.

7 Responses

  1. Little 'ol Me says:

    Smörgåsbord…Are you somehow related or from Sweden? =D

  2. Kalandra says:

    But are you still going to continue watching the series and post a series review later on, or completely dropping it.

  3. psgels psgels says:

    Kalandra: yup, I’m going to continue watching it.

    ol’ Me: nope. I’m dutch, but I just like the word. :P

  4. Joojoobees says:

    I thought it was a pretty decent episode. Quite frankly better than I was expecting after episode 2.

  5. inkka says:

    At least you continue watching this.

    I don’t know. But the thing that most important for shoujo for me is the chemistry between main couple. If It became good.It will be entertained to the viewer with itself.But if it isn’t likeable to much(Kimi ni todoke for example). You can’t put yourself to watch it anymore either.(because Shoujo is mainly focus at main couple. you know?)

    So…In Kaichou wa maid sama case.The main factor(the main couple).I consider that it’s more that pass for me.They are very likeable. and at least in this ep. they’re recieved some of good development.With other side character and some of other factor that make this series more interesing.

    OK ..It isn’t the most epic show in this history.But at least it can entertained me a lot(Genuine Tsundere!!). So..I’ll continue watching this whatever It’ll happened in the future.

  6. Jessica8 says:

    I think Maid Sama is pretty good. It’s by far one of my favorites this year, so I’ll continue being a fan for as long as it’s available! Speaking of, Animax is going to be having Maid Sama episodes available online, so it’s more accessible now!

    http://www.animax-asia.com/shows/maid-sama

  7. otakugirltoo says:

    i like this show, its pretty interesting but the this made me ask for more since the last episode is quite simple for me, but its really cute though. is there a kaichou wa maid sama part two? or movie?

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  • Vincent
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 08:32 PM)
    Or as it is better known as, gondola lifts.
  • Vincent
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 08:31 PM)
    @k-off Okay, then maybe cable trams?
  • k-off
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 08:29 PM)
    @Vincent The glider transportation is definitely something straight out of Gargantia; too fantasy-like for a realistic alternative history depiction.
  • k-off
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 08:26 PM)
    Not trying to dictate what you should or shouldn’t do, just telling you my opinion.
  • k-off
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 08:25 PM)
    If you depict them in the late 19th Century to early 20th Century, it’d feel much more authentic IMO, and you’d get to add more technologies like the telegraph and automobile.
  • k-off
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 08:23 PM)
    @Bam @Friend @Vincent I like the idea, but I have one gripe: the industrial revolution didn’t happen in South America (and Mexico, for that matter) during the same time as the United States and Europe. They got into the game pretty late. Therefore, a depiction of the Inca in the 19th Century would be quite boring, as the technology wouldn’t have had the time to drastically alter the way they lived in any way.
  • Vincent
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 08:14 PM)
    But I admit that a paragliding city travel system is far-fetched. The Inca could just be fine with walking up mountainous slopes to commute from one part of the city to the other.
  • Vincent
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 08:12 PM)
    Looking at this photo, one can easily imagine the engineering challenge of connecting a city spread over 2+ mountains: http://www.travelbygps.com/guides/machupicchu/machupicchu_fugawi.jpg
  • Vincent
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 08:11 PM)
    Or is it? Because since the city is so mountainous (and the city is in the Industrial Revolution, so it’d triple, like Friend said) the city would spread over to at two other mountains in the proximity. This would result in the Inca developing one of three things: A rope bridge, long trails on the ground, or paragliders to connect the mountainous city.
  • Vincent
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 08:08 PM)
    The use of iron for hydraulics is an excellent idea though, I completely agree with you guys. I also agree that rather than trains, they would have made use of horses. I’m almost tempted to suggest a steampunk idea and suggest air gliders, but that’s a stretch.

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