French maids and cafes, the two staples of otaku-ism, form the setting for a new high school comedy romance. Kaicho wa Maid-sama!, currently airing in Japan, hits all the right notes for hardcore otaku.
Misaki Ayuzawa is student council president at Seika High School, which has only recently become co-ed. The boys have a wild reputation, and constantly tease the girls. Misaki is seen as a man-hating feminist, saviour of the school's reputation and girls' guardian, as she puts a stop to the lads' fun.
Outside school, Misaki works in a maid cafe to support her poor family. It pays well and is in the next district, so she won't run into anyone from school - or so she thinks. But one day, one of Misaki's classmates, the aloof Usui Takumi, the most popular boy at school, walks in. Will he spill the beans?
Kaicho wa Maid-sama! (The Student Council President is a Maid!), is based on a shojo manga (targeted at young girls) series created by Hiro Fujiwara in 2005, and serialised in Hakusensha's monthly anthology magazine LaLa.
Handling the anime production is JC Staff, whose previous works include Honey and Clover, Azumanga Daioh and Toradora!
The manga is available in English, published by Tokyopop, and four volumes are available, with a fifth due for release on July 13. The Chinese manga is popular in Hong Kong, so the anime should reach local channels soon.
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