Anime Review: Kaichou wa Maid-sama Episodes 7, 8, and 9

(Originally published on Livejournal on 6/26/10)

Anime Review:
Kaichou wa Maid-sama Episodes 7, 8 and 9

About The Series: Misaki is the tough-as-nails class president at a recently-gender-integrated high school, where she is working hard to protect the handful of female students while trying to turn the reputation of the school around. However, she also holds a secret: Misaki works at a maid cafe in a nearby town. If anyone at the school were to discover her secret, her personal reputation would be ruined! So, what happens when one of her classmates, the ever-cool Usui, discovers her part-time job?

ep.7 tl;dr review: Misaki has to apologize to the class president of a big-name school for the rude behavior of her students; he turns the tables on Misaki by inviting her to join his school.

Episode 7 Synopsis: A couple of the students get into a bit of a scuffle with some stuck-up students at a nearby rich-kid school, the Miyabigaoka Academy. Misaki has to intervene, and on the next day she drags them along to the academy to apologize to the class president in person, with Usui tagging along for ‘social curiosity’. There, they meet up with the puffed-up class president, who challenges them to chess duel. Even though he is the 4th-ranked player in the nation, Usui handily puts him in his place. The next day, the class president and his entourage visit Misaki’s school, where he drops a bombshell on her: He is personally inviting her to join Miyabigaoka Academy — just what scheme does he have up his sleeves?

ep.8 tl;dr review: Misaki heads to Miyabigaoka Academy to answer the invitation; ends up having to be rescued by Usui…again.

Episode 8 Synopsis: It seems Misaki’s head is lost in the clouds, as she mulls over the possibility of leaving the run-down public school and joining the fancy Miyabigaoka Academy. The class president ups the ante by visiting her shanty-of-a-home in person, not only giving her a full-ride scholarship, but extending the offer to her younger sister (the one with Asperger’s) as well. The big day of the decision arrives, and Misaki goes down to Miyabigaoka to answer in person. While there, the class president spills something on Misaki’s uniform, and she heads to the shower to clean it off. The class president takes away her uniform for ‘dry cleaning’, replacing it with a scanty maid outfit — turns out he is aware of Misaki’s part-time job. Misaki is forced to wear the embarrassing outfit, but answers him clearly and plainly: she will never leave her school and students behind, no matter how great the offer. Then the class prez’ true sadistic nature begins to emerge, as he pins her down. Helpless, Misaki calls out, and Usui bursts in to the rescue, just in the nick of time. Misaki changes into a new uniform, and leaves Miyabigaoka, finding all her friends and several classmates assembled outside to meet her.

ep.9 tl;dr review: Stupid and unnecessary dream episode where Misaki is the protagonist in a fairy tale based on Japanese stories; Must rescue kidnapped women only to discover they left willingly to become part of Usui’s Harem.

Episode 9 Synopsis: Misaki dreams she is in the middle of a fairy tale based on Japanese folklore, where she is the main warrior. She meets up with Usui, a traveling performer and the Moron Trio, in the form of a monkey, dog and pheasant. They visit a village (the school) where all the women have been kidnapped, and begin a quest to bring them home. Travelling by boat to a hidden island, they discover the women have become part of a harem…with Usui as their leader. She tries to lead them home, but they explain they are staying willingly, not wanting to return to that filthy village, opting to stay with Usui instead. We then see Misaki in her classroom, asleep, with Usui reading her the story, which explains why it has been warped in such a fashion.

My Thoughts: Finally, a villain emerges – the slimy class president of Miyabigaoka Academy has set his sights on Misaki. Even though he has been soundly defeated, it’s clearly just a temporary setback and we’re sure to see more of him and his fancy-pants school in the future (especially since he holds such a large trump card – Misaki’s secret – in his hands). It’s nice to also see that even when Misaki is tempted with (literally) piles of money, a promising future, *and* a promising future for her younger sister, she still has the pride and loyalty to stick with her friends and classmates.

It was a bit disturbing to see just how easily Misaki was manipulated, though. In the verbal parrying between her and the class president, it was quite easy to tell (from the outside perspective) that his barb-tongued comments and compliments had a hidden meaning, even when Misaki herself could not pick up on it. And then not only to find herself lost and outwitted, but also physically pinned and unable to move as well — shows that even with her strengths she is still not immune to needing a helping hand. Once again, it’s up to Usui to ride in like a White Knight to rescue her — he’s *always* there to save her. Always, always, always. The more of the “good side” is built up by Usui, the more I am dreading to learn what possible dark secrets his heroic personality is hiding. It’s gotta be a bit of a facade, right? I mean, this guy’s just *too* good.

As for the ninth episode, the dream sequence. Well, the less said about that, the better. It was painfully boring to watch, a complete waste of time. Might as well skip it entirely. Move along, please.

The Verdict:

Up Next: K-On Season 2, Arakawa Under the Bridge, Senkou no Night Raid, and The Tatami Galaxy.

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