Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Maid-sama!, Volume 1 by Hiro Fujiwara

Misaki Ayuzawa is the Student Council president at Seika High, formerly an all-boys school. She has her work cut out for her because the boys are slobs and jerks and she just wants to make Seika a place for all students. She can constantly be seen taking the boys to task for making girls cry and trying to get the girls to do their chores for them. What they don’t know and what could possibly hurt her reputation is that Misaki is a maid at the Maid Latte café.

Misaki leads this double life out of necessity. Her father left the family and so to help her mother and younger sister, Misaki gets a job at the maid café because it works best with her schedule. She chose to work in another city because she doesn’t want anyone to see she is working there because it may ruin her reputation as the strict president of the Student Council.

One troublesome boy stands out – Takumi Usui. He is forever making girls cry and constantly makes Misaki flustered. One day when taking out the trash at Maid Latte, Misaki turns around to see Takumi standing there. To his utter delight, she is will now have to be his personal maid or he will tell all. For some reason, Takumi keeps her secret even threating others who find Misaki at the café. This causes much confusion for Misaki and devilish delight for Takumi. Will Misaki be able to keep such a secret?

Maid-sama! is a delightful shojo story about a girl with much responsibility and how it shapes her life. Hiro Fujiwara has created a fun little escape into the life of Misaki and the other students at Seika High. It also is an interesting glimpse into the world of maid cafes (and why they are so popular). The characters are rather typical of the genre but do get fleshed out a bit more as the story progresses. The volatile relationship between Misaki and Takumi is a focal point of the story and it can be fun to see how much he does get under her skin. The artwork is typical of that of shojo manga with the additions of flowers and sparkles in the foreground. This title is a delightfully funny slice of life romance for teens and older teens (that still can appeal to adults). Maid-sama! will make you laugh out loud and return for more!

You can find Maid-sama!, Volume 1 by Hiro Fujiwara on the VBPL Catalog. If you enjoyed Maid-sama!, you may want to try Skip-Beat by Yoshiki Nakamura or My Love Story!! by Kazune Kawahara.

Review by Michelle L. ChrzanowskiNASA's Scientific and Technical Information Program

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