Quick bites: Kaichou wa Maid-sama Episode 7

I am such a sucker for megane girls. I mean, a maid costume with spectacles? That’s impossibly hot.

I was thinking about whether to post a pure episode summary, but I think that it is becoming harder and harder for me to do that. So, since I am so rusty at blogging, I might as well try something easier: which is to tell you what the highlights are during my viewing of the show. I actually tried to get my wife to co-write too, but she is lazy as usual. I will gladly accept any suggestions to get that woman to write for the blog!

I am in my default look. Press 1 for yaoi overtones, press 2 for gay and press 3 to bishify me.

I do not know about you, but one of my key qualms about shoujo series is the personification of “elite” schools. It’s almost like Japanese animation companies hate elite schools because I seldom see elite schools in a good light. It’s either that they are so superficial and arrogant, or that they beat up delinquent students in the name of justice. Seriously? Why is there such a stereotype? Is there any Japanophile that can educate me on this?

This will become more frequent later on. Is it a good or bad thing.

Anyway, this week’s episode is about Misaki resolving a conflict with Miyabigaoko academy, a school housing mostly rich kids. One of Seika’s students hit a student from Miyabigaoko as they were insulted, and the student demanded a full unreserved apology. As they went to the school, they manage to antagonize the student more. In the end, the student council president of Miyabigaoko came over to dissipate the situation, or is he? On the other hand, Misaki is still thinking about the kiss Usui gave in Episode 6.

O.M.G. Usui’s “sexiness” knows no bounds

Seriously? How come I do not remember this fanservice shot above from the manga? Honestly, my first response was 2 girls and a cup. Don’t ask why, the clip still traumatizes me despite knowing that it is all fake. That said, the response of Misaki is classic.

The typical bishified Usui

This was a scene of Usui’s triumph in chess against that arrogant elite student. I almost feel like making a motivational poster with the title “Just as planned.”

The fake gentleman – only 50 cents.

When the student president from Miyabigaoko came over, my first impression is how fake he is. In fact, I actually like his real self because it feels more maliciously delicious. I am always very appreciative of the “nice guy outside, evil guy inside” type of character because it is always a fine line between being cheesy to totally awesome. Right now, I still do not have a feel for it, but it has not reached cheesy levels. Well, I am sure it will be eventually, but a blogger can dream.

And you are stupid

Seriously, you cannot even fathom the interest of Usui from all his actions. It’s once again my pet peeve as with Special A. Why are the female leads always so slow on the uptake? It’s like they are all intelligent but they have the sensitivity of a mule.

O, Misaki is lesbian

You know, this scene will not feel out of place in a comedy shoujo-ai series. Kaichou wa Harem-sama sequel?

Hmmm. I don’t even know where to start

Honestly, I will actually be really keen to watch the shoujo ai version of this series. Usui can be a female too… Ok, that is so wrong on many levels that I burned my brain on it. For Episode 7, my highlight is really the Usui kissing because that is the only scene that made me laugh out loud. Sadly, Kaichou wa Maid-sama is trudging along very slowly. I am not sure if it is the presentation style or something else. It is really average and it puzzles me. Sigh.

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  1. Posted May 15, 2010 at 9:01 am | Permalink

    I was really enjoying this series, but anything other than the slapstick comedy is starting to fall flat. I think it’s mainly because of Usui, who’s just too perfect. I mean, yeah, it’s a comedy, and he’s a caricature, but a relationship in which one side is just flawless is just boring.

    And the stereotypical elite school in this episode did nothing to help. I really like Misaki’s character (and her voice actor as well), and I thought she was a genuinely strong female character, something that’s hard to find in the highly misogynistic world of anime. But no, this is turning out to be just another knight in shining armor story.

    • Impz
      Posted May 15, 2010 at 9:35 am | Permalink

      I guess that is perhaps why. He is like a deus ex machina in the shoujo industry but I actually like him not because he is perfect, but because of his non-chalant behavior. I do agree that many comedy series tend to just push the caricature all the way to the extreme just to make it more funny or digestible. I do not understand why initially that they would want to dumb down the character so much. However, the target group is really young female teenagers, who generally avoid too much complexity and their wish for a dream prince (a logical stereotype would be that they would like to see themselves as the girl in the manga). So, it would make perfect sense for them to like something so black and white, rather than a truly complex and flawed character.

      She is actually just a hardened damsel in distress, and I do want to see scenes where she actually helps or saves Usui for a change. It can be tiring with the whole misogynistic nature of anime, especially when they try so hard for creativeness but end up with the same underlying notions. For all the major changes we have in shoujo, the useless female lead (in varied uselessness) is still the norm for many if not most manga and anime series. That is a big turn off, considering the amount of promise and possibilities for a truly strong woman.

      Slapstick comedy can only last so long without getting tired.

  2. Posted May 15, 2010 at 11:52 am | Permalink

    omg if only there were a bishify button for everything.
    But yeah I do feel like the plot is moving very slowly. Thing is, that’s kind of how it is in the manga as well. It’s mainly fluff with random potentially funny scenarios, which is to be expected with a maid cafe. I still find this show fun to watch, but it’s nothing amazing. What I think is more unfortunate is that it could have been.

    • Impz
      Posted May 15, 2010 at 8:05 pm | Permalink

      I am quite sure that my humble wife has pressed me to invent a machine to bishify all guys into those cold outside, but warm inside type of bishie. I told her it is impossible because it is because of all the non-bishified characters that you can appreciate your own form of beauty. If everyone is good looking, then the good looking becomes average in that world.

      Yes, it was fluff but I felt that for some reason, they focus too much on the fluff instead of the kyaa kyaa moments. That was the disappointing part in my opinion because that would at least put it somewhere. Now, the show is trying to be middle of the road. As you know, it becomes lukewarm.

  3. Marigold Ran
    Posted May 15, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    Buy her cookies.

    • Impz
      Posted May 15, 2010 at 8:05 pm | Permalink

      and make her sleepy? No way~

  4. Chronolynx
    Posted May 15, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    Was thinking about your comment on the “elite” schools and the way they’re put in a rather unlikable light.

    You mentioned Special A a little later on, which got me to thinking about that special section as a whole, in relation to the school. If it’s about a conflict between schools, then yeah I’d agree with you, typically you’ll see one characterized as villainous just by the very nature of the relationship of protagonist and antagonist.

    Oh, and Hayate no Gotoku. The elite-ness comes from the pink-haired goddess Hina, though there’s no rival school involved. As an aside, can’t wait for A-tan in the upcoming season.

    For Kaichou…I liked it initially but I do get that same feeling I got from Special A. Made myself watch out the anime but I couldn’t finish the manga, just felt too drawn out, even after the 2 started going out. If you rec the Kaichou manga I’ll consider it. I do admit you’re the sole reason I’m infatuated with Skip Beat.

    • Impz
      Posted May 15, 2010 at 8:31 pm | Permalink

      Hahahaha. I am proud of the fact that I have influenced and manipulated someone to read Skip Beat. Waahhahahahaha xD. That said, I really wish the romance element in the manga would go on faster because it is getting just a tad annoying.

      Oh, by the way, for just the level of kyaa kyaa, I will definitely recommend Dengeki Daisy for the manga to read. I literally kyaa kyaa (yes, I am a guy and happily married) whenever I re-read that manga for the 1000th time. It’s a bit fluffy, but the mangaka is good in which he takes into account the stereotypes of shoujo anime and mocks fun at those shoujo manga/anime without losing the kyaa kyaa elements. I will strongly recommend you to read it.

      On the issue of elitism hatred, I am going to do up a post on it. It has been a while since I did a short editorial piece, so it’s good time to do so. :D

  5. Posted May 15, 2010 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

    Probably one of those reasons I gave up blogging Maid-sama in the first place. Yeah, I’m getting a little tired of slapstick comedy (Better return watching/reading Skip Beat or Ouran.)

    Ouran did make fun of the elite-ness (It’s more of a parody, but your mileage may vary.), but Maid-sama just played it straight. For the record, most of us are tired of the usual ‘elite schools are bad, elite schools are arrogant’ anvilicious messages. Show some originality, Maid-sama.

  6. EchoedMusic
    Posted September 22, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Permalink

    So I have been looking everywhere. The music when Usui starts to come on to Misaki is pretty awesome IU think, and not in the OST. Help me, do you know how to find out?

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