Kaichou wa Maid-sama 02

Kaichou wa Maid-sama

Ayumi Fujimura has certainly conquered this niché of headstrong girls that are at the same time, dignified and lovable too, with Misaki.

I didn’t really blog the first one due to various circumstances but so far I am greatly enjoying Maid-sama! a lot more in the animated form than the manga. J.C. Staff is certainly doing a great job bringing this show to life. Production quality looks very smooth and knowing J.C. Staff, there is an assurance of consistency to it as well, not to mention this is a rather high profile show with Animax simulcasting it.

Nobuhiko Okamato sounds a bit rough as Usui, but he puts in enough feeling to the acting to compensate for it. Got to admit, he and Ayumi have a great chemistry together, possibly because this is their second time pairing up together as lead roles (after Seiken no Blacksmith).

All in all, a great show to satisfy my guilty pleasures (for shoujo genres). I still actually haven’t finished Kimi Notodoke, despite the critical acclaim it has received. I guess there is only too much of Sawako’s naivete that I can take, but I plan to eventually wrap it up.

15 Comments

  1. Air Said,

    April 11, 2010 @ 12:40 pm

    Character design has some resemblance to Luluko

  2. Haesslich Said,

    April 11, 2010 @ 1:12 pm

    Air: You’ve got Lulu on the brain. She doesn’t have Lulu’s eyes or smirk, and she’s not a noodle person.

  3. Joojoobees Said,

    April 11, 2010 @ 1:34 pm

    It is an attractive character design — at least when she doesn’t go crazed monster on someone.

  4. Mentar Said,

    April 11, 2010 @ 2:45 pm

    Misaki may have a few issues, too, but naivete is not among them :)

    I hope J.C.Staff continues to jump ahead. The REALLY interesting characters start when she’s getting more and more used on having Usui around.

  5. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    April 11, 2010 @ 3:28 pm

    @Mentar: You mean like the trap and the rival student council prez?

    Well, the trap is interesting, but I don’t know about bastard spoiled rich student council president. To be honest, the manga has lost me after chapter 30 onwards thanks to them….

    I still like the initial parts where Usui and Misaki start getting used to each other, more than those parts.

  6. Kagekyuubi Said,

    April 11, 2010 @ 4:58 pm

    Wished they got someone else to do Misaki though. She doesn’t sound menacing enough when she’s angry.

  7. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    April 11, 2010 @ 5:00 pm

    Huh really? But she’s not meant to be menacing… when she gets angry, it’s more like you just got your mom mad because you failed your exams or smth…

    If there’s one thing that Ayumi Fujimura is great at, it is that mode of voice.

  8. CaptainBright Said,

    April 11, 2010 @ 8:02 pm

    Well, after watching these 2 episodes, I’ve got to , I’d rather rewatch Kimi Ni Todoke at this rate. Once it reaches the chapter 25-30 roughly, I don’t even know whether I’ll even want to touch it.

  9. Mentar Said,

    April 12, 2010 @ 4:53 am

    I meant “character developments”, not characters. Must have been semi-asleep when I wrote that ^_^;

  10. Mentar Said,

    April 12, 2010 @ 4:57 am

    Oh, and I’m a bit confused why people would compare this with Kimi ni Todoke. Brutally put, Sawako is well-meaning and kind, but a complete social retard. You watch it for the oohs and aahs, but any romance development is on a near-childish level.

    Compared to that, Misaki-Usui is a romance of grown-ups. It is handled completely differently, and it also appeals to a very different viewer target group.

    I certainly feel more in the Maid-sama camp.

  11. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    April 12, 2010 @ 9:30 am

    @Mentar: haha Mentar, now that’s more like it.

    And I thought B-gata H-kei was the Kimi ni Todoke of this season? For one thing, Yamada and Sawako’s naivete is equaling each other, albeit in wildly opposing manners.

  12. AozuAkazu Said,

    April 12, 2010 @ 4:43 pm

    This anime looks good, I haven’t read the manga so I don’t know if it’ll get better or worse from here onwards but I plan to continue following it.

    And just asking, how do you manage to make the screen shots? If I ever make screen shots with Windows Media Player/Classic, it screws up all the time.

    PS Your reviews are awesome, keep up the great work.

  13. Zyl Said,

    April 12, 2010 @ 6:36 pm

    this is a rather high profile show with Animax simulcasting it

    Yeah but I’m so not used to having to fit my schedule around anime rather than the other way around. Plus the broadcast slots for Animax SEA (Thurs 2030hrs followed by either noon or midnight slots until Sunday) is just WHAT.

    Also interesting to hear your explanation why you prefer the anime to the manga – a rare case indeed!

  14. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    April 12, 2010 @ 6:57 pm

    @AozuAkazu: Install CCCP, play video file, press F5 for screencaps.

    @Zyl: I read the manga till roughly chapter 30-something but it got a bit too cliched after that for me.

    The anime, for one, seems to improve the pacing of the manga chapters we’ve seen so far a little bit, plus for one thing, it’s always better to see them animated :P

  15. Seika Said,

    April 15, 2010 @ 8:02 pm

    About the simulcast, it’s a bit surprising at first that they move the scheme from “same time” like Tears to Tiara into “same week”. Perhaps the audience are not used to “watch midnight anime on TV and the real-time comments in 2ch” (quoting Wataru)

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