No, they're not just a couple... They're a Super Human Tag Team.
Misaki Ayuzawa is the first female Student Council President of Seika High School, a former all-boys school which, despite recently having turned coed, remains a den of masculine crudeness — stinking sports equipment, litter, sloppy hygiene and racy magazines... not exactly a welcoming atmosphere for its nascent female student body. Misaki is determined to change all that, and, having won the presidency through a shockingly slim margin, she proceeds to rule (read: terrorize) the male majority with an iron fist.Takumi Usui is the most popular boy in Seika High and, like Misaki, is a model student to boot — intelligent, strong, and popular with boys and girls alike — but he frustrates Misaki to no end by making any girl who comes to confess to him cry with his flat rejections. Misaki can't stand such men, let alone all men in general ever since her father walked out on her, her younger sister, and their mother with a huge debt to boot.Misaki and Takumi's lives, however, would truly cross for the first time the moment the latter discovers Misaki's best-kept secret: she works part-time in a maid costume at the "Maid Latte" Maid Cafe in order to support her family. Despite this discovery, which Misaki fears will dash any respect left for her at school, Takumi does nothing... except become a frequent customer at the cafe, much to Misaki's confusion and chagrin. Is he planning to blackmail her? Is he just a jerk? Or, did the unthinkable happen — he fell in love with her?Whatever the cause, Hilarity Ensues.Kaichou Wa Maid-sama! ("The Student Council President is a Maid!") — Maid-Sama! for the US release — is a ShoujoManga written by Hiro Fujiwara, with an anime adaptation which first aired in the Spring 2010 anime season, and is now available in the US by Section 23 Films. What's more, an OVA titled Kaichou wa Maid-sama! LaLa Special was released with the magazine LaLa. It featured character introductions and a voice swapping comedy. The last DVD/BD of the anime also contained a short OVA featuring an extra story.
Adaptation Dye Job: Some minor characters among the Maid Latte staff and the Seika student council have some adjustments made to their hair colors in the anime. Additionally, Kou, the bassist of the band UxMishi, gets teal hair.
As Long as It Sounds Foreign: The name of UxMishi's drummer, Yuuji William Adam (ゆぅぢ), seems likely to be a pseudonym he chose himself (though the probability of him being half-Japanese, half-something else is not impossible).
Beach Episode: Complete with a beach volleyball tournament and an aborted onsen visit.
Belligerent Sexual Tension: Usui and Misaki, although they aren't nearly as bad about it as many other anime couples, going from completely belligerent to very nearly a confirmed couple about thirty-two chapters in.
Made it to Official Couple as of chapter 58. There's still a bit of BST but now it's almost entirely for the sake of their schoolmates. The two of them (even Misaki) seems to know they're both putting on airs but still "play along" instead of pushing the other person on whatever issue brought up.
Bifauxnen: The employees from Misa's cafe sometimes have "girls only" day, were the employees dress like guys. "Misaki-kun" is very popular.
Misaki pulls the Sweet Polly Oliver act on her own at one point in order to help her fellow maid/friend Erika avoid a bad situation with an overly-devoted customer. Basically, she gets made over Visual Kei-style into "Bisanki-kun" and has to enter a dessert eating contest. Everyone at Maid Latte ends up figuring out it's her by the end of it. Hilarity Ensues in the process, since not only is the Idiot Trio and Hinata Shintani competing in the contest, but Lovable Sadist Usui is the chef behind it all, and intentionally heaps on the sweets to tease Misaki.
Big Damn Heroes: Usui at times, especially when Misaki is nearly raped by Igarashi.
In the anime, he also gets to come to the rescue when Misaki is ambushed at Maid Latte after closing by a pair of stalkers; he kicks a stun gun out of one guy's hand while Misaki handles the other one. It's subverted in the manga, however: he tries, but Misaki curbstomps both of them before he manages to do more than break in a window, and he only gets to help with the cleanup.
Big Eater: Hinata Shintani. He used to be an overweight, lazy kid in his younger years; he slimmed down while living in the country, but he can still pack it away like nobody's business.
Bishounen: Usui, when he makes the effort, and his half brother Gerard Walker, who looks like an older and more polished version of him. One could also make a case for Tora Igarashi and Kuuga.
Soichiro Kanou, too, if he had any confidence in himself, could likely pull this off. Also: a number of fangirls consider The Idiot Trio to be this, on the rare occasions when they're drawn normally.
Bland Name Product: Misaki's laptop sports a logo which is a pear version of the Apple Computer logo.
Butt Monkey: Yukimura. It's harder to name times when the guy isn't being teased, tossed around, or made to cross-dress.
The Idiot Trio. Even by the author herself, as shown in the sidebar sections of the manga.
But Not Too Foreign: Usui is revealed to be this. Being the illegitimate child of an Englishman accounts for his blonde hair. His birth name is revealed to be Takumi Walker, but due to his unfavorable status within the family he abandoned the name at a young age and was later adopted into the Usui household.
Maria Miyazono, the woman who becomes Seika High's English teacher. As of chapter 58, no explanation has been given for her name.
Cancellation: Considering that American publisher Tokyopop closed down, the manga is pretty much canceled in the U.S. unless it gets picked up by another publisher.
Usui gets a little more to do in the anime version of the scene, kicking the stun-gun out of one of the guy's hands while Misaki is busy beating the other one to a pulp. In the original scene from the manga, however, she handles everything herself.
The Student Council President of Miyabi Gaoka Academy
, Kuuga Sakurai*
The lead vocalist of UxMishi
, Hinata Shintani, Maria Miyazono, and Aoi Hyoudou) interested in her.
Out of universe as well. The majority of the Periphery Demographic seem to have fallen in love with her to some degree or another. She is one of the better developed characters of the tsundere type.
Chivalrous Pervert: Usui teases Misaki endlessly about the fact that they're attracted to each other but he doesn't actually do anything naughty to her. In fact, he is chivalrous to the point that in chapter 48, Misaki is not only completely unworried about leaving Sakura alone with him, she's baffled at Kuuga's suggestion that she should be worried, in spite of her usual opinions about men.
Does Not Know Her Own Strength: Hilariously played with in episode 12 - Misaki was "exercising" with a waiter's tray that apparently weighed several tons to warm up for the Sports Festival, and was horrifically discovered by one of her co-workers to be heavy enough to smash through the floor tiles when dropped.
Does Not Like Men: Misaki thinks that most guys are irresponsible scum, although the male students are depicted as mostly harmless.
She gets a Spear Counterpart in Soutarou Kanou who initially hates girls because of a similar but gender flipped reason as Misaki — his mother abandoned his family when he was younger.*
Although the reason isn't quite exactly the same as the mother left because Kanou's dad was a violent, chauvinist brute.
Gratuitous English: Usui speaks fluent English. He doesn't use it much, but does break it out at their class's school festival cafe, and it's apparently cool enough that everyone in the room (and even the hallway outside) is instantly charmed.
Green Eyes: Usui's a a fairly aloof and mysterious guy, reaching nearly superhuman level feats. Anyone agree with the claim he's an alien? Good joy, he's even got a cat with eyes the same colour (it's a different shade though.) as his !
Green-Eyed Monster: Usui towards Misaki's closeness to Hinata (though it's only out of their childhood friend status). A blatant obvious example is Aoi, who isn't very pleased when he realizes Misaki and Usui seem to have had a Relationship Upgrade in Chapter 33.
Jerkass: Tora and Hirofumi from Miyabigaoka Academy. Also Kuuga from UxMishi, but Love Redeems for the latter later on. When he gets sick and is cared for by Sakura, he reciprocates her feelings genuinely this time around. Most recently, Gerard is filling this role, ordering his bodyguard Cedric to monitor Usui and Misaki and prevent their relationship from progressing.
Lampshade Hanging: Naturally, many episodes focus on this. Misaki-chan spends all of Episode 3 reluctantly learning how to act like a "moe little sister!"
Last Name Basis: The only people to even refer to Usui by his first name are Hinata and later on, Gerard Walker, making it very easy to forget he even has one.
, but since it's not reciprocated (yet) it causes nothing but intense awkwardness on Misaki's part. He pretends it was a joke so he can recover their previous relationship. Unfortunately, Yukimura didn't think it was funny at all.
In a much later chapter, Misaki makes a valiant effort to confess to Usui, but he stops her because one of his brother's mooks is eavesdropping from the hallway.
Aoi makes the quickest confession in the world to Misaki in Chapter 55. And he just moves on with the conversation without even batting an eye.
And FINALLY they both confess in chapter 57! Misaki even manages to name Usui as her boyfriend in chapter 58, at least to the staff of Maid Latte. She insists on hiding their new status from anyone at Seika High.
As of chapter... 60? Pretty much Seika High knows about the couple, after Misaki announces her feelings to Usui in front of everyone because no one believed that they were dating
Luminescent Blush: Misaki, very often in the presence of Usui. If Usui is around, she will display this within the next few panels, guaranteed.
Moe Couplet: Kanou and Yukimura. Misaki and Usui also counts as a more romantic variant since they both spark hilarious reactions in each other they don't normally express with other people.
Moment Killer: Chapter 60. God damn it Hinata, why did you have to do it?!
Mood Whiplash: The first seven episodes are light and comedic, and portray Misaki as pretty much The Ace, except to Marty Stu Usui. Then in episode eight, she is easily incapacitated and nearly raped by Igarashi. The next episode is an over-the-top spoof of Japanese mythology.
My Name Is Not Durwood: The reason why Kanou lost the student council president election by one vote. People either kept misspelling his name or just put down "that guy with the glasses (No, not that one)," leading to said ballots being discounted.
Mysterious Protector: Usui has some shades of this, somehow managing to appear whenever Misaki needs help.
Not So Stoic: Usui proves to be rather more childish than your standard inscrutable bishounen love interest.
Also leads to a Big "NO!" when their theories go a bit too far.
Paper-Thin Disguise: Misaki tried to disguise herself and enter the all-you-can-eat contest at Maid Latte in order to help Erika; and everyone who knew her basically recognized her immediately. Even Hinata got suspicious by the end of it.
Pet the Dog: Tora's handling of things during Maki's quiet BSOD may not be enough to redeem him, but it does demonstrate that he's capable of being something other than a RichJerkass... at least once in a while.
Tomboy and Girly Girl: Shizuko isn't exactly a tomboy, but she fits the role in her relationship with Sakura (the resident girly girl), being much more plain, prosaic, and uninterested in things like bands and dating.
Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Like the above example, Kanou isn't really your stereotypical macho man, but fits the role in his relationship with Yukimura, being much taller and more brooding.
Tsundere: Misaki, very much. Heavily lampshaded by the owner of Maid Latte in one chapter. She starts off as distinctly Type A (violent approach), but has mellowed a bit into a Type B over the course of the series.
Also, Aoi. He's comes off as quite the spoiled brat, but he'll insist on making cute clothes for Misaki and is perceptive of her feelings for Usui.