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Contrary to what the front cover and the Kaichou wa Maid-sama! title lead you to expect, Ayuzawa Misaki (on the right) is *not* a meido ~de arimasu. At least, not in any classic moe sense.

Instead, she’s the first female student council president of Seika High, a formerly exclusive boys’ school, and from this achievement, we’re supposed to get that Misaki’s not your normal shōjo heroine. But that she’s also a misandrist (man-hating to the rest of us), all-knowing (like some of us), and loathes seeing male students running in corridors shirt-less (not like the rest of us) means she’s supposed to transcend genre limits—to blunder into authoritarianism, the likes of which we haven’t encountered in a shōjo manga.

And if those swallowed the Disciplinary Committee rule book character tweaks still aren’t enough to shove Misaki into scary-different territory, did I mention that she also part-times as a maid in a café? Sometimes, even with cat ears.

Hit the jump for more Now what, Goshujin-sama?! spoilage.

(BTW, the preceding quote is a paraphrase of scanlation group Aku Tenshi’s What should we do Goshujin-sama!? tagline for this series.)

Imagine the much-feared, in-full-costume Misaki-chan‘s consternation when Seika idol Usui Takumi finds out what she gets up to after class. Horrors! This Big Secret- and meido-troped development sets up Fujiwara Hiro-sensei‘s Kaichou wa Maid-sama! (会長はメイド様!), one of the titles currently serialized in LaLa magazine. Four tankoubon have been released, with the fifth skedded to street May 2008. Retitled My Sweet Kaicho for the Indonesian market, the translated version I read went on sale last 1st April 2008.

To use cliché-ese, Kaichou wa Maid-sama! was a serendipitous find. I didn’t even realize the series was an Hakusensha asset when I chose it over the first volume of Yamada Keiko-sensei‘s Limited Lovers (which also went on sale the same time); I only twigged after thinking that Usui overly resembled the character Motonari from Minami Sachi-sensei‘s Colorful Joker and that Misaki and Usui’s dynamics have that Hikari x Kei from Special A feel. Comparisons aside, though, Kaichou wa Maid-sama! secures emotional investment on its own chikara.


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