Confessions of an Animaniac…

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Ah, people with good taste, not least of all in headgear

Hello, my name is Hana and I’m an animaniac…

Hello there, fellow animaniacs. I’m a new blogger called Hana and, firstly, I’d like to say thanks for the very warm welcome so far on T.H.A.T. I’m a London-based female, dessert eating, baker boy hat wearing, eye make-up loving, acoustic guitar playing young teacher with a soft spot for 90s Brit-pop and contemporary indie-rock bands with spiky hair (their hair, not mine). I also love reading and writing, as well as anime of course. So, based on the last three at least, I guess you could say my decision to answer T.H.A.T.’s noble call of duty to new writers was a no-brainer.

A long-time reader but first-time blogger, I was driven to answer the noble call by an obsessive love of all things shoujo, josei, slice-of-life, comedy and mystery anime and manga related. A love which was born the moment I started watching my first anime series, ‘Fruits Basket’, and is continued with (amongst others) each ‘Skip Beat!’ manga update. I usually keep this love bottled up and placed high out of reach from my adorable but traditional Asian parents and straight-laced teacher colleagues (in an area in East London which shall for now remain shrouded in a gothic romance manga-esque black-feathered cloud of mystery). However, in the spirit of answering noble calls of duty, I’d like to share my love on T.H.A.T., including its development and its rose-tinted views on current series and related topics that have caught my big sparkly shoujo-loving eye.

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If I had access to Otaku stuff when I was a kid in this boring country, I’d probably have turned out even worse than Renge

As I’m sure is the case with many fellow animaniacs on T.H.A.T., my obsessive love steers me to my laptop for a couple of hours each evening to check for updates of current anime and manga series I’m following, and for related blog- and fanfic-posts. On a good day: I’ll fan-girl squeal at a newly subbed episode of ‘Kaichou wa Maid-sama’, ‘Arakawa Under the Bridge’ (both recommended for rom-com lovers) or ‘Hakuouki Shinsengumi Kitan’ (er, recommended for bishie-flavoured eye-candy at least); or maybe a new scanlation of ‘Skip Beat!’, ‘Vampire Knight’, or ‘Until Death Do Us Part’; or perhaps also a new post on T.H.A.T., Anime News Network or FanFiction. On a bad day: I’ll find none of the above and will instead be forced to grade a never-ending pile of sub-standard essays by students who think going on Facebook counts as independent research; plus I’ll get moaned at by my lovely but traditional mummy to tidy my room and to learn how to cook (presumably at the same time).

By the way, speaking of subs and scanlations, I also love fansubbers. You are just too gorgeous for words.

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Fansubbers, especially the fast ones with weird English, I heart you.

But back to the noble call. In addition to shoujo et. al., I love anything with yummy artwork and interesting characters with interesting voices who get up to interesting things. (And preferably bishies. Lots of bishies.) If they were alive, they’d be the kinda people you’d want to both stare at and have a conversation with. And marry (*sigh*).

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Clearly a contender for the ultimate bishie

But I digress. As I said, I’d like to go into more detail about recent stuff that has caught my sparkly eye. So, attempting to be a good girl and strictly limiting myself in number, here be my thoughts on two series from the Spring 2010 anime season so far: ‘Kaichou wa Maid-sama’ and ‘Arakawa Under the Bridge’. However, rather than just summarising and highlighting things to daw over, I’ll also try and put my growing-increasingly-irrelevant-by-each-day degrees and day job skills to use by offering some hard-hitting analysis of the key themes and the significance of these shows in light of our current socio-political and economic climate. Well, ‘try’ being the operative word. Oh and just in case, I guess I should add, ‘WARNING: may contain spoilers’.


Kaichou wa Maid-sama

Yummy

Key characters:
Ah, Ayazawa Misaki-san. If I were a guy (or a batter for the other team), I would totally fancy you. You are a girl who knows what she wants and will not allow little things like paternal abandonment, crippling debt and loathing for half of the world’s population to stand in the way of getting it. Except perhaps the ‘flu. But that’s where odd but hunky, blonde-haired and green eyed bishies and their scarves come in – not exactly to save the day (I would never dream of insulting you and in such a way as to say that you’d ever need saving by a man), but – to make such days brighter.

Yes, Misaki (if I may be so bold as to call you), how do I admire thee? Let me count the ways: a lady whose work ethic rivals that of legendary Emperor’s-heart-conquering and first-girl-to-ace-the-Government-Official-exams Shuurei; a woman whose wrath is as formidable as the demons of Kyouko; a lass whose desire to be number one is as strong as that of Hikari; and who is as strong as Rahzel; a girl whose appearance in a maid outfit is as spellbinding to her customers as Haruhi in a boy’s uniform is to hers; and a girl who looks hot in pretty much anything her Otaku-manager can think of dressing her up in. Clearly, she ain’t called ‘Kaichou’ for nothing.

The Prez. Nuf said.

So, rather than just another drippy, clumsy, gluttonous, stupid, lovesick, dull, pathetic excuse for a shoujo heroine, the awesome Misaki is one of the few flowers in a garden full of weeds that bloom before our screens once in an anime season or so. Whose development we assist in via the water and sunshine of our shared sorrows and joys. Who we watch with pride as she enchants and alarms all who are blessed enough to be graced by her heavenly presence.

However, I also acknowledge that all work and no play makes shoujo a dull genre. And having Usui Takumi around certainly adds fuel to the fire of Misa-chan’s brilliance. As we see from the rare but charming blushes she only lets slip in his kindly but cheeky presence, and in the sizzling kiss she receives following his confession in Episode 6. Also, like all good male love interests, Usui is not one to steal our beloved heroine’s limelight, but is interesting in his own right, yet willing to support her and sit back and allow his own mysterious past to be teasingly drip-fed over the coming weeks. And he looks hot topless. And gripping the bars of an iron cage with the intro of a catchy J-Rock number throbbing in the background also helps. Ahem. Yes, Usui you quirky but kindly and cheeky chappie, we salute you in your commendable efforts to support our heroine as she strives to achieve the happiness that she truly deserves in both her professional and personal life. Fighto!


Overview of themes

The very bishie Usui

Hmm, having said little of the actual plot or the rest of the cast, I will not step on Impz’s toes as I know he is already blogging this series. However, here are some further observations based on the episodes aired so far:

School Life
Misa-chan has worked hard to turn her former all-boys school with a dodgy rep into a shining co-ed worth applying to by all with such a formidable Student Council Prez at its helm. However, the side-effects of such formidableness include often breaking out in a particularly virulent case of dictatoritis, rendering her initially very unwilling to bend her girl-friendly biased rules towards the sloppy boys. Of course, the Usui-factor is one of the ways in which Misaki learns to lighten up (plus habitual hints from her family, friends and co-workers), though I can’t help but wonder if she’s missing out on something during her precious time as a high-schooler. FUN, being the operative something. However, her track record so far proves that the Misaki method certainly has its merits. Thus, the improved rep of her school and her own shining academic record (consistently scoring in the top two in her year for all of her exams), clearly proves that she’s doing something right.

The Prez at work. She can do my student reports anytime.

Work Life
Ah, Maid Latte. Well, it’s certainly different to the part-time job I had working in my local WHSmith while I was at uni. My uniform was a fairly conservative light blue and navy number plus name tag, with me usually choosing the trousers option rather than the skirt option (yes it’s cold in London), but I assume both were equally scratchy. Either way, it seemed a fair deal if it meant I got a discount on my uni books. In contrast, Maid Latte’s apparel is a far more dazzling affair. And with its Otaku of a manager holding the controls, the possibilities are endless.

Twin-tales one day? Sure! imouto outfits? No probs! Power Rangers? Bunny ears? Glasses? Butlers? – The fetish-tapping possibilities are endless. Though rather than easily milking the whole thing for unashamed fan-service, Misaki’s lack of any feeling towards her work garb (other than potential horror at anyone from school seeing her in it) is another indicator of the admirable earnestness with which she tackles everything, as opposed to the deplorable triviality often displayed by those sloppy boys. To her it is just a uniform thank you very much, and an embarrassingly abhorrent one at that. And yet the uniform emphasizes how much she’s willing to suffer for her fatherless and debt-ridden family in order to help secure a better future for them all. And yes, she looks hot in it. Innit.

Our favourite Maido-sama. Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art more lovely and more tem– …okay, maybe not that last one.

Fromantic Life:
Being one of the few shining beacons of hope in a school still pretty much full of Y chromosome carrying fools, Misaki must of course shoulder most of the responsibilities. (Hmm, if she had a motto, I wonder if it would be ‘If you want something done properly, do it yourself’? Or ‘In this world the only person you can rely on is yourself’? Hmm…) However, this doesn’t mean that she shuns the support of friends and romantic interests. Well, not completely. Indeed there are times when the two categories seem by some trick of the light (and perverted imagination) to deliciously blur, such as in the imouto-episode where one moment her cute friends are unsuspectingly eating lunch, and the next they are in severe danger of being seduced by a potent cloud of Misa-mones.

But clearly the most potential for romance lies in the apparently nonchalant Usui, who has already displayed his worthiness for Misaki’s hand with nothing short of a death-defying leap from the top of the school roof in order to save both her photo and her straight-laced (no corset-puns intended) rep. Ah, but I used the ‘s’ word again. Well, clearly the show wouldn’t be shoujo if it didn’t have at least one version of the knight in a shining hairstyle trying to save the damsel in a maid dress (and might I point out that she had the situation fully in control when he tried to save her from those stalkers a couple of weeks back while he ended up breaking the windows for no reason instead, so there!). I will concede, though, that Misaki could benefit from being a bit more trusting in her friends’ and future hubby’s capabilities. And yes, she could also do with being less slow on the uptake when it comes to recognising the obvious romantic interest shown in her by hot bishies.


Hard-hitting analysis:

Who wouldn’t be?

So, in a time of global recession, increased tuition fees and high unemployment and job insecurity, are we to admire and learn from the example of Misaki’s penny-pinching, her demonic study regime and a willingness to work any friggin job she can get? Or should we vehemently condemn the suggestion that no family is truly complete or happy without a father figure, or no woman without a future husband to jump off rooftops for her?

Or perhaps we should look more closely at the quirky-but-seemingly-harmless cosplay elements. Is Maid Latte simply a temporary haven for those who can’t afford cute serving staff, but will be satisfied with their working class lot if they can have a habitual portion of moemoe omurice served with a smile amid lashings of black and white lace? Or does the growing popularity of such establishments betray a deeper and increasing frustration with said working class lot, which one is nonetheless stuck with , thus rendering such portions as satisfying in the long term as, say, a fix to an addict?

So. Are we talking catharsis? (‘You think you’ve got it tough – look at the state of her house!’) Or damning social critique? (‘Who needs men and money anyway? Oh crap, maybe we do!’) Or simple fairytale fun? (Another hardworking Cinders who probably gets her Prince in the end and all we gotta do is fan-girl/ -boy squeal and kyaa kyaa and daw during the ride). Hmm. Clearly this analysis isn’t as in-depth, well-researched or indeed as hard-hitting as I might have preferred. Then again this is a potential blog post and not a Masters dissertation. So, despite more questions than answers being thrown up, perhaps it’s best to leave others who are more qualified than me to contemplate such issues while the rest of just sit back and enjoy the shoujo.


Final thoughts

Er, I’m not sure you want her to do that.

Well, as a shoujo series, the anime ticks most of the boxes I’d look for amongst the better ones. As others have observed elsewhere, the pace might become an issue though (but I doubt it’ll ever get as glacial as something like ‘Kimi ni todoke’, though that’s one of my faves from the Winter ‘09/’10 season). However, seeing as this would spoil the dramatic irony resulting from Misaki’s romantic myopia and thus the overall FUN of it all, it’s probably no biggie. So, though it may not be perfect (e.g.: a bit more detail and a broader palette for the backgrounds wouldn’t go amiss folks), it’s certainly an entertaining series with a strong female lead, a satisfying bishified male counterpart, a decent supporting cast, and lots of romance and comedy to justify a rom-com tag. Thus, I look forward to seeing how these characters and their relationships develop in the coming weeks. And the Misa-chan-service.

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32 Comments

  1. Posted May 29, 2010 at 11:32 am | Permalink

    Looks like Impz finally let the new recruits loose. Welcome to the anime blogosphere, a fairly stagnant front on the constant warzone known as the Internet. Glad to see new faces around here.

    • Posted May 29, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

      Thanks super Nova. In exchange for helping to keep the stagnant front regularly irrigated, Impz is going to teach me HTML. Though clearly he’s getting the short end of that stick.

  2. Posted May 29, 2010 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

    Haha that was awesome. Great post. I love the way you write.
    I definitely remember that Vampire Knight fansub. I think the font really added to the ‘fancy wannabe’ feel of it.
    And thank you for mentioning the boring backgrounds! I was really annoyed when I saw them even reuse the same ones for different shoujo effects.

    • Posted May 29, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

      Thanks TS. And lol, yes there was so much (no doubt unintentional) hilarity in that fansub – I particularly enjoyed the Kaname line that went something like ‘and how am I supposed to feel when my precious girl has been pierced by another’ – LOL!

  3. KayDat
    Posted May 29, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Permalink
    • Posted May 29, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

      Would like to say I was the cute one, but I was the one who packed away the snacks while Bill Clinton played the sax.

  4. Matt
    Posted May 29, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    Great post, well, ive quit lurking, might as well join the commenting community.

    I like your analysis, and it is a good point, I would think that something like this, is going to be taken as shoujo by mostly everyone, with a few people trying to grab at some more indepth aspects to it. I don’t know about you, but critical analysis of something involved in a maid cafe is just not going to work, but I would say that all three points you label are correct because they all work hand in hand with each other.

    Everyone wants to know there is a story sadder then their, it creates a small uplifting feeling, it is socially critical and shows how women get taken advantage of in these situations by men, so all the feminists are happy, and then there is probably the majority of people who arent watching for any reason other to oogle maids and enjoy a light-hearted, yet kinda cliche-y anime series.

    Sorry if any of that sounded off base, in short, i like your point, hope to read some more good things from you in the future. Best of luck in the blogosphere.

    • Posted May 29, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

      If anyone I’m probably gona be more off-base with this stuff, I tend to over-analyse and get carried away with my enthusiasm. Part 2 of my confessions (at the risk of sounding like an RnB wannabe) focussing on Arakawa will be up later in the week (was too long to include here and don’t wana outstay my welcome on the top of the front page before I’ve barely begun). But thank you, my fellow former lurker!

      • Matt
        Posted May 29, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

        Im not sure overanalyzing is ever really a bad thing. I think people, myself included, when I watch anime I tune out the analytical self that I save for books or movies etc. So when you get into that zone of looking for things in every media you subscribe to, you more often then not are going to hit on a few things that have a real merit for a debate. So if anything, its good to kick off discussions.

      • Posted May 29, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

        What is the threshold for over-analysis? I hear the accusation thrown about by people who I think are unwilling to think through a show using the methodology or approach of the subject author, rather than having a plausible objective metric of analysis.

        In the context of your post, over-analysis would sound like,

        “This show exemplifies the post-war/post-bubble/post-recession/post-culture cultural attempt at hegemony of Japan by subverting western concepts such as slavery and servitude and at the same time sublimating it via sexual percolation.”

        Inorite?

        • Matt
          Posted May 29, 2010 at 10:32 pm | Permalink

          Okay, maybe over-analyze is the wrong word which invites too much deviation. But maybe this makes sense: certain shows have that certain feeling, like it was put together for a purpose more then just 22 minutes of entertainment, they feel like they are governing their work to convey a message, or demonstrate something that is a little more abstract or intellectual. Like EVA, since its hot and is a good example. When I first watched it, it felt like it was trying to say something else then just be a mech show. When I watch Kaichiou wo Maid-sama, I get the feeling that its aimed at service otaku’s who have a maid fetish, now, i cant totally say that this is the case in Maid-sama, because there are clearly some gender conflicts, relationships between roles and statuses, relationship of the work of the underclass has to put up with to try and meet ends, how the higher classes can affect those of the lower classes, how their is women’s empowerment, etc. These are all, mostly sociological thoughts and ideas, but Im sure there are more of them in there, that was just off the top of my head. Now its all well and good that i can see all that, but am I really on the right track or should I be debating which colour ranger Misaki’s is better in? White? Pink? Am I missing that point? If im talking EVA, Im worried im skimming the surface, when Im talking Maid-sama, Im worried Im digging the Mariana trench. I think subject matter plays a big role and the attitude of the show. You just get the feeling that you are digging to deep or not digging deep enough.

          • Posted May 30, 2010 at 8:23 am | Permalink

            Yes, I do think that there are shows that are more familiar to analysis — Eva is a great example (to keep it shojo: Revolutionary Girl Utena vs. Yamato Nadeshiko Shichihenge) ; it feels like it demands you to look past the surface and hunt for associations within and externally.

            However, this only says more about us, the contemporary viewers and commentators on the subject media. I’m willing to grant that there will be someone who comes along who is wholly devoted to harem anime and treats it as an ocean of meaning the same way I’m used to treating some mecha anime shows, seinen manga, &c.

            To us, that person would be the outlier or deviant — and it’s quite easy to accuse that person of over-analysis. But consider this: Film studies is pretty much a new phenomenon in the academe, meaning it’s only lately that people legitimized analysis of the film medium.

            Before that, films were just entertainment, not worthy of the kind of scholarship/analysis that ‘literature’ merits.

          • Matt
            Posted May 30, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

            Good choice on the word Outlier, do we have a fellow Malcolm Gladwell fan? I can only hope. Great author, best pop-sociologist ever.

            I would agree with you, books have always been the foundation, but in this day and age, with the changes in the world today, literature just doesn’t have the same staying power as film. Our ADD generation can’t take classic works and interpret them, as well, not sure if this is a minor or major points, but I feel like we have ran out of things to say with alot of these works literature wise. You can only do Shakespeare for so long before you have said it all, there are a finite amount of reasonable interpretations before you really start stretching it. With the decline in print media and the rise of the internet and film culture, there is something that is ‘younger’ that can be delved in and critically analyzed with some new to say, or maybe a fresh angle to take.

            But your point goes good with mine, in I think we are in agreement, me more recently buying this argument, that we dont know if we are over analyzing because the idea of these being critical works is so new that critiquers have yet to find the borders to doing it.

    • Posted May 29, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

      This is also the first blog where I’ve quit lurking and started commenting, and I’ve realized since that regular commenters have one foot in the waters of writing their own blog posts whether as part of a team blog like this, as a guest on another blog (you should check out We Remember Love’s tradition of guest bloggers), or striking out on their own (as I did in 2008, when Impz supposedly never received my applications LOL).

      • Posted May 30, 2010 at 1:48 am | Permalink

        Dude you lost me at ‘plausible objective metric of analysis’. But my facetious comments aside, thank you, that makes me feel less paranoid. And thanks for coming out of the lurking closet on this post, will keep an eager eye peeled for more of your stuff comrade!

        • Posted May 30, 2010 at 2:30 am | Permalink

          I take part in EO’s Ho5L posts here, but you can always find my new (and old) stuff on WRL.

          I only meant that I find that there really isn’t an objective threshold that tells us that ‘too much analysis’ is going on. You can tell if an attempt to analyze has lost its way though, but it isn’t necessarily a case of ‘too much.’

          • Posted June 3, 2010 at 10:41 am | Permalink

            Cool, will check ‘em out when I get back from my holiday (hadn’t been online for 4 days til now, inbox was a scary sight earlier!). And that makes sense, I guess it’s just the filter(s) people use to ‘read’ the world, but I also agree that one should be wary about reading ‘against the grain’ too which might lead to losing one’s way.

  5. Posted May 29, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

    Great post! I agree that pacing issues could arise in the forseeable future, but luckily Misaki is one heck of a character (as you reiterated in this entry) who seemingly will be able to carry the show if the plot slows to a snail’s pace.

    I eagerly await your Arakawa entry. Arakawa Under the Bridge is one of my favorite series of this Spring season, and having now experienced your writing style I’m looking forward to what you have to say about it.

    • Posted May 30, 2010 at 1:52 am | Permalink

      Thanks! Yes, I am looking forward to sinking my teeth into the bridge village! Muhaha!

  6. mythofalice
    Posted May 29, 2010 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

    this deserves an omedetou right? omedetou~☆

    i was pretty psyched for this anime since i was hooked on the manga, but
    (side note – my new bff! Fruits Basket forever~ i must say Sailor Moon kinda jumped started me it was Fruits Basket that took me in and drowned me. )
    the latest epi left me sad. next week better back to the story. *shakes fist*

    anyway looking forward to your future writings and recommendations. ♪

    • Posted June 3, 2010 at 10:46 am | Permalink

      Thanks new bbf – though I had to Google what that was lol! Recommendations would be cool in both directions, as I’ve only been watching anime for the last 4-ish years, but my big sparkly shoujo loving eye is always peeled!

  7. deaky
    Posted May 29, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

    Good post :) But please don’t fall into the trap of over-analyzing the anime, just bring out whatever inspiration or memory it evoked for you (and analyze that instead if inspired to do so).

    Maid-sama’s just a simple shoujo romcom, like a “B Gata” for girls (with possibl y enough appeal to the opposite gender to keep them watching). Don’t try too hard to inject meaning where there isn’t any to begin with.. next you’ll be telling us that Usui or Misaka are “excellent, atypical characters” or something ;)

    But I do welcome it when a blogger has the courage to cover shows that are potentially under-blogged, so keep it up!

    PS: are you Dot? I know otaku quite like Yakko and Wakko, but I’ve yet to meet someone like Dot. Or were you some other Animaniac? ;)

    • Impz
      Posted May 30, 2010 at 8:12 am | Permalink

      True, but if there is one thing in my opinion that can be analyzed about Kaichou wa Maid-sama, it is really the mind of Usui. Honestly, I cannot for my life understand how his brain works. Maybe that is why he is so darn awesome.

      Well, if there is a show that is potentially under-blogged and actually half-decent, you should expect me or perhaps Hana to blog about it. That one can be assured. :P

      • Posted June 3, 2010 at 10:52 am | Permalink

        @ deaky – Thanks! And don’t worry, I doubt that most of my posts will have that much analysis, I’ll prob be more of an epi-summarizer/commentator with only the occasional editorial-ness…

        @ the Boss – er I mean Impz – Agreed! Completely forgot to mention the lack of access to Usui’s inner workings, it’s more interesting in the manga of course cos it’s further along, but hopefully the anime will give us more soon enough. And yes will look forward to doing some proper blogging when I get back from my hols…

  8. Posted May 29, 2010 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KA0TS9l_nJE <– These are Animaniacs. You are not an "Animaniac".

    • Posted May 30, 2010 at 1:55 am | Permalink

      Thought it sounded better than ‘animeniac’, plus I have fond memories of 90s Warner Bros cartoons too :)

  9. Kherubim
    Posted May 29, 2010 at 9:58 pm | Permalink

    Well, HELLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO NURSE!!! (Just kidding!!!) :D

    Anyway, on Kaichou wa Maid-sama, it’ll be lulz-worthy if Misaki and Suzuna’s deadbeat dad shows up and he’s voiced by the King of Hearts (Seki Tomokazu)…

    • Posted June 3, 2010 at 10:54 am | Permalink

      DADDOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! (Kidding too!)

      OMG having Seki Tomo join the cast would be AMAZING, but dunno if I’d want him as the deadbeat dad, hmm…

  10. Posted May 29, 2010 at 11:15 pm | Permalink

    For some reason, your blog posts remind me of Sparknotes…. Not that that’s a bad thing though! I haven’t bothered actually watching Kaichou so I can’t really comment much on it though, but your posts are really thorough and well formatted. Can’t wait to see what you say on Arakawa! (which I actually am watching :))

    • Posted May 30, 2010 at 1:56 am | Permalink

      Haha, yes I’ve used a few of those in my time! Thanks comrade, can’t wait for your stuff too!

  11. Micchon
    Posted May 30, 2010 at 8:26 am | Permalink

    Always a lurker, I am now in the commenting pen. This post certainly was a giggle :)

    For me, both uniforms represent Misa-chan. At school she stomps loud and proud in her garish green, orange and red school clothes. And she gets into her comfort zone when she takes over as Prez-chan. Only because she would much prefer herself to play the role than any other boy there. And while she works her loose socks off at school, she also works her loose ribbons off at the maid cafe. Not to mention having to find and put together the jigsaw pieces at home.

    So where do her true colours lie? At school, where working means everything to her. Work, where being embarrassed by her future husband mean more pennies in the jar. Or home, where she can hide away from everyone. Unless Usui is hiding in her wardrobe. Wouldn’t be surprised if he was. *happy sigh* Tis almost like Hana Yori Dango again.

    A serious joy to read; well done! :3

    PS. By the way, one of my classmates did just the same trying to use Facebook like that, so I sympathise.

  12. Posted June 3, 2010 at 10:59 am | Permalink

    I know the feeling, but thanks Micchy! Very interesting what you say about the uniforms/ colours (*takes notes for future posts*), and I love HYD too, was toying with having ‘Hana Yori (Home)work’ as a nickname, but realised that was just plain stoopid.

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