Anime Lounge #16: Kaichou wa Maid Sama Ep. 13–26

Kai­cho wa Maid Sama wraps up love saga

Series: Kai­chou wa Maid Sama

Episodes: 13 to 26

Premise: Mis­aki Ayuzawa is the stu­dent coun­cil pres­i­dent at a for­merly all-boys high school. She also works at a maid cafe on the side to earn money to sup­port her fam­ily. Mis­aki has prob­lems relat­ing to the male mem­bers of her class so she comes off a lit­tle more than brusque and over­bear­ing. One of her class­mates, Usui Takumi, hap­pens upon her by chance as she’s being intim­i­dated by a group of men. It just so hap­pens that he comes to her res­cue as she’s work­ing so he learns her secret. Thus, begins the saga of Mis­aki and Usui, she try­ing to keep her secret and he try­ing to get her to open up to him. It’s obvi­ous from the begin­ning that Usui is in love with Mis­aki but she’s about the only per­son in the cast that doesn’t real­ize it.

Is it worth watch­ing?: Yes. The humor makes up for the slow pace of the story, but the pay­off at the end of the series is worth wait­ing for over 26 episodes.

Break­out char­ac­ter: Mis­aki Ayuzawa. She’s the lead in this roman­tic com­edy so she should be stand­ing out at some point. Ayuzawa comes into her own by the end of the series, and you see her devel­op­ment as the main char­ac­ter come along nicely.

Fun­ni­est episode: Episode 26, “Too Cruel Ayuzawa & Usui the Idiot!” Not so much funny as it is a great way to wrap up the story in the anime adap­ta­tion, Episode 26 is one of the best pay­off scenes in a recent anime. The way the story comes together to the inevitable finale — which you knew was com­ing after the first episode — is well done and satisfying.

Where it’s going?: This is the finale for the series but the story con­tin­ues on in the manga with a nice epilogue.

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