Friday, September 16, 2011

Kaichō wa Maid-sama [the princess is a maid]

Maid Sama!, known in Japan as Kaichō wa Maid-sama! (会長はメイド様!?, lit. The President is a Maid!), is a shōjo manga series by Hiro Fujiwara. It is currently serialized in Hakusensha's monthly shōjo manga magazine, LaLa. There are currently 12 published volumes under the Hana to Yume Comicsimprint in Japan.[1] In their Anime Expo 2008 panel, North American publisher Tokyopop announced its various newly licensed series and that Kaichō wa Maid-sama! would be titled Maid-sama!.[2] An anime adaptation began airing on April 1, 2010.[3]


Seika High School, once an all-boys school notorious for its wild students and for generally being a terrifying place for girls, has recently become a co-edschool. With the female population still a minority and living in fear of the over-the-top antics of the males, Misaki Ayuzawa takes it into her own hands to reform the school and allow the girls to feel safe in the rough environment.

Training, studying, and even becoming the first female student council president of the school, Misaki has gained a reputation among the male students body as an uptight, boy-hating dictator and as a shining hope for the teachers and fellow female students. However, despite her tough-as-nails appearance, she secretly works part-time at a maid café in order to support her family. Unfortunately, her hard-earned reputation is threatened when the popular, attractive, and somewhat impassive Takumi Usui takes an interest in her after discovering her in a maid uniform after school.


Maid Sama! is written and illustrated by Hiro Fujiwara. This series is serialized in Hakusensha's shōjo manga magazine LaLa, and the serial chapters collected into eleven volumes. The first one was released on September 5, 2006,[4] and the twelfth one on February 4, 2011.[5]

Outside Japan, the series was licensed by Tokyopop in North America,[6] and Pika Édition in France,[7] Carlsen Verlag in Germany,[8] Panini Comics in Italy and Brazil,[9][10] and Everglory Publishing Co in Taiwan.[11]

Tokyopop printed up to volume 8 before its closure on May 31, 2011.[12][13


The October 2009 issue of LaLa announced that a 27 episodes television anime adaptation of the series would be produced.[3] It was broadcasted in TBS and BS-TBS during Spring 2010.[34] The April 2010 issue of LaLa revealed the broadcast date to be on April 1, 2010 at 1:55 midnight. The adaptation was also present at the Tokyo International Anime Fair with Ayumi Fujimura, Nobuhiko Okamoto, Kana Hanazawa and Yū Kobayashi's attendance.[35] The anime series is licensed by Sentai Filmworks, with The Anime Network currently streaming the series on their video portal.[36] Anime distributor Section23 Films will release the first subtitled-only set on DVD, June 7, 2011.[37]

The staff list was announced and Hiroaki Sakurai directed the series with series composition done by Mamiko Ikeda who previous worked in the series composition for Emma: A Victorian Romanceseries and most recently the Rental Magica series and Hanasakeru Seishōnen while the animation character designs by Yuki Imoto and music composed by Tōru Motoyama. The series was animated by J.C.Staff who previously worked on Honey and Clover, Toradora! and Nodame Cantabile.[38] Ayumi Fujimura and Nobuhiko Okamoto took on the role of Misaki Ayuzawa and Takumi Usui respective

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