Kaichou wa Maid-sama! episode 26 [final]: For never was a story of more Kyaa! / Than this of Usui and his Misa.

Pick a blob, any blob… for you too will surely turn into one such pile of goo by the end of this kyaarific epi. *Sighs in warm fuzziness.*

And so, dear reader, we finished it. I.e.: arrived at the end of Kaichou wa Maid-sama! series one. It’s been an emotional past six months, which have prompted our fair share of lol, LOL, kyaa kyaa, gar, doki doki, hmm, hrrmm, RAGE and daww-filled moments. And that was just from me. So, for the last time, here are some of my observations and thoughts on what is, overall, surely one of the best shoujo animes of 2010 so far.


Episode Summary:

Continuing from the previous epi, Misaki and Usui spend the rest of the day together at the cultural festival, while they wait to be reunited with Sakura and Shizuko who are at the concert. Soon, most of Misaki and Usui’s time is spent participating in a ‘Love Trial’, the proprietors of which promptly mistake the two to be a couple and persuade/ challenge Usui and Misaki to test their long-term compatibility and compete to win a ‘special prize’… as long as they don’t let go of each other’s hand while taking part in the various challenges along the way. Soon, the two are taking part in: a speed eating/ feeding contest; playing card games; playing table tennis; and a hidden object-seeking/ balloon-bursting task. Naturally, they beat the other couples and win. Meanwhile, Sakura and an increasingly annoyed Shizuko are amid the front rows of the concert crowd, waiting for the crappy warm-up acts to finish and for the band to begin. So, naturally, Shizuko takes the opportunity to lecture Sakura about her crap taste in men. To which Sakura insists that the post-hospitalised-Kuga (lead singer and object of her googly-eyedness) is the best thing since sliced bread and, once the band gets the music and Sakura’s smiles going, Shizuko seems to be happier (for her).

Once the concert ends, Misaki briefly bumps into an incognito Kuga, who is on his way to meet Sakura and Shizuko with his bandmates for a stroll around the festival. Having just got off the phone to Sakura who has apologetically blown Misaki off in order to spend the evening with the band, Misaki gives Kuga the third degree, to which he replies that he is serious about Sakura, and that Misaki should stop being such a bothersome scold and go and spend time with her longsuffering ‘boyfriend’ instead. Usui then turns up after Kuga goes and senses that something’s up, at which Misaki asks him if he has, indeed, been putting up with her. To this, Usui ambiguously replies that he has been doing so, but, concerned that she is not her usual self, suggests that they go home. Misaki then seems to think better of it and asks Usui to spend the rest of the evening with her at the festival, reminding him that they should claim their special prize.

The prize turns out to be an invitation to watch a fireworks display after getting kitted out in some rather fetching Romeo and Juliet style outfits. After getting changed, they wander into a nearby empty, darkened classroom and decide that this will be a better place to watch the show, rather than by the originally-suggested-on-the-invite campfire. However, Misaki has been getting increasingly red-faced and worked up about how Usui has been behaving around her and how all his attention has in turn been making her feel, before finally admitting to Usui that, for some apparently inexplicable reason, he makes her both annoyed and her heart race and that she’s in fact wanted to hold hands with him for a long time. At this, Usui seems to give in and takes his time telling her that she too makes him lose his cool and that, basically, she is precisely his cup of tea… and initiates a kiss with her. As the fireworks go off in the background and light up the night sky visible through the windows behind them, the kiss ends and Usui tells Misaki that he loves her. To which Misaki mumbles that she hates him. While holding his hand. The epi ends with the two of them walking away together, still holding hands. [ XD ]


Thoughts:

Two words: ‘KYAA!’ and ‘Daww’. :D

Or, perhaps, just ‘Kyaaaaawww!!’ :D :D

Yes, the moment we’ve all been waiting 26 epis for finally arrived, giving us the long hoped for kiss and confessions. From both of them. Sort of. But hey, that’s good enough for me. Plus, it was a rather neat way of selecting the source material to provide a satisfying ending to the series without having an anime original ending, given that the manga is still on-going, but still leaving things poised for a possible second series that can easily carry straight on from the manga chapter that these last two epis were adapted. In short, a Good Kyaarific End for our favourite shoujo couple of the Spring/ Summer 2010 season.

*KYAA!*

Though, sure, Misaki following up Usui’s ‘I love you’ with ‘I hate you’ may seem pretty lame on the one hand, however it was hardly surprising and is in keeping with her personality. In addition, the build-up to it, including Usui’s observation that this is the kind of situation in which Misaki usually lies (to herself) before he apologises for pushing/ challenging her, kind of predicted that type of response from her. The kiss scene was thus satisfying in the use of timing and the holding-hands imagery, and also due to Usui’s surprisingly long (for him) speech, in which he confessed his feelings to his beloved Kaichou. With the fireworks in the background providing the somewhat cheesy, but nonetheless very sweet icing on the kyaarific cake. Which was also a nice mirroring/ ‘completion’ of the final image in the original ED sequence where, I think, we just saw the top of their heads while, it turns out, the same moment must have been going on.

*Daww*

So, while most of this epi was, in essence, just Misaki and Usui’s unofficial first dayto, it also allowed the two leads to showcase their best traits, and thus reminding us how much fun they are to watch while they are in bantering, competitive, collaborative and rabu-rabu (etc.) modes. The framing plot device of the cultural festival also, of course, allowed most of the other key cast members to make cameo appearances amongst the various other goings on in the backgrounds, including a brief but fabulous ‘…and life goes on…’ style snapshot the three bakas in their element at Maid Latte.

And I’m feeling more and more guilty about enjoying watching you do so. Ganbatte, Shizuko!

Out of these other cast members, though, the focus was of course on Sakura and Shizuko, waiting with various levels of (im)patience for Kuga’s band to get ready to rock. These scenes were very well played out as counterparts to the main story/ romance, with Sakura’s lesser romance nonetheless highlighting the budding feelings of genuine love that Misaki realises she has developed for Usui. Even the return of Kuga, as small as his role was in the series so far, played his part in unintentionally pushing Misaki in the right direction.

Overall, the epi was gently paced, focussing on in its development of the ‘date’, but there were still plenty of random but welcome comedy gold moments, before we got that emotional climax, which certainly delivered. For example, in addition to the kiss, I particularly enjoyed Usui’s ‘I made their flowers bloom’ comment, the three bakas not only in chibi, but blob mode, and the final sequence where all the main characters assemble in front of the school gates ending with the three bakas randomly crying, ‘Misa-chan moé!’

LOL.


Final Thoughts:

Not a great deal to add here, without repeating myself, except to emphasize how much I’ve enjoyed watching and taking over the blogging of this series from RV and Impz and conversing with all the cool commenters on these posts. In particular, the show will always hold a special place in my heart because it was the main subject of the entry that I submitted when Executive Otaku led the call for new writers to apply to join T.H.A.T. earlier this year, which became my first post on here. Thus, while Kaichou wa Maid-sama! has its faults (*cough* a few dodgy middle epis including two pointless omake and, yes, that bloody second ED grr *cough* *cough*), it’s a strong and incredibly fun example of the rom-com genre with a fabulous, well-fleshed out ensemble cast and which has provided some of the funniest and kyaarific anime moments of the past two seasons, if not the past year, so far.

And, yes, Usui is pretty freaking awesome.

Is that even possible?!

Thanks for reading!

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62 Comments

  1. 100dit
    Posted October 1, 2010 at 7:24 am | Permalink

    is this the end of maid sama? Is there a season 2???

  2. Posted October 1, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

    Usui is so cute !!!! I love him omg kakoii!! ✿◕‿◕✿

    • Posted October 3, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

      Well, I won’t argue with that.

  3. Skizzit
    Posted October 1, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

    “however it was hardly unsurprising and is in keeping with her personality”

    Don’t you mean it was hardly surprising? I think hardly unsurprising is a double negative.

    • Posted October 3, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

      Oops, well spotted (will change it in a mo’). Unfortunately, though, it won’t be the last typo of mine that you’ll spot. Orz.

  4. gt
    Posted October 2, 2010 at 12:38 am | Permalink

    the manga is on going. but they covered close to 30+ chapters, and they’re on 50 or 60 something now i think. there could be a season 2, but they’ll probably leave it as is. its a good ending for the story arc as is now.

    • Posted October 3, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

      Yes, it could go either way, couldn’t it: on the one hand, the series has been hugely popular with it’s target demographic in Japan (esp., apparently, sales of the girly spin-off merchandise), so there is defo a demand for it; but, on the other hand, it’ll take a while as I don’t yet see anther suitable place where they could end the second season in such a satisfying way and, as you say and I agree, this is a really good ending, all things considered.

  5. fathomlessblue
    Posted October 2, 2010 at 6:39 am | Permalink

    While the middle parts were pretty uneven, the final run of episodes (bar one) defininitely boosted the series up again. I’m really hoping for a second season in a year or two as i’m too busy/lazy to read the manga. I just hope the relationship doesn’t turn into a ‘are they/aren’t they’ quagmire for ages, which I can honestly see happening.

    At least it was great to have a resolution of sorts at the end. If I was teased with another Kimi No Todoke finale I may have packed up on Shoujo. So yeah, yay for the kiss.

    The rest of the ep was great. The ‘power couple’ section was brill, i’d love to see more of that if they actually start dating.

    Only negative for me was the inclusion, even if slight, of those annoying quintuplets, I hate them so much, grrrr…. Then again i’d say that was instantly negated by Misaki in cat ears = win, win win.

    Anyways thanks a lot for blogging this Hana, your posts have been a lot of fun to read so keep up the good work! Any ideas what you might be covering next?

    • Posted October 3, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

      By ‘bar one’ I assume you mean that dodgy outdoor school epi, lol. Ah, the glacially paced KimiTodo, well, from what I remember, each epi was such a feel good bundle of fuzziness, I think I could almost forgive the lack of a Kazehaya x Sawako kiss, a very different shoujo, eh. Or, in other words, more ‘daww’ rather than ‘kyaa kyaa’, maybe.

      The Maid-sama! kiss scene was rather lovely wasn’t it, not least of all hearing Usui say so damn much in one go without breaking into a chibi face or making some random sing-song or deadpan (etc.) comment, but still staying believable. Such a smoothie, eh…

      Eugh, those quintuplets were so pointless, weren’t they. Even that bratty little Ruri (at least, I think that was her name, I mean Trapimura’s lil sis) was more bearable than they were. Yes, they defo did not provide me with any LOL moments, or even lol ones. Loved the power couple sequence too, even if it wasn’t as memorable as some of their other tag-team sequences of past, though I guess that wasn’t the main focus this time.

      And no worries, fb, it’s been a pleasure, not least of all engaging with commenters as thoughtful and witty as yourself. Not sure yet, but I’m interested in (co-)blogging Kuragehime, Psychic Detective Yakumo and Arakawa II, but I’ll also be watching Hakuouki II and checking out Otome Youkai Zakuro and Soredemo. Realistically, I’ll probably only have time to regularly blog 1-2 shows, so I guess we’ll see… :-)

      • fathomlessblue
        Posted October 3, 2010 at 11:17 pm | Permalink

        Aw shucks, flattery will get you fan mail XD

        Also, good choice on Kuragehime and Arakawa II, I’m especially looking forward to those two. The only new show i’ve seen so far was panty and stockings (due to everyone raving about it). Seriously, the appeal of that show was as lost on me as HSofD was last season, bleh!

        • Posted October 4, 2010 at 5:30 am | Permalink

          Woohoo! :D

          And yes, I just really hope Arakawa II doesn’t get Shafted. I saw P&S too, it was pretty entertaining I guess (I was feeling Stocking’s love of desserts. Nuff said). Howeveer, I doubt I’ll see any more epis of it, unless I’m in an extremely bored and perverted mood. Kinda like how I imagine a sexed up ‘Powerpuff Girls’ crossed with ‘Ren and Stimpy’ would be. For those with low boredome thresholds, that is.

  6. Posted October 2, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

    It’s finally over – Kaichou wa maid-sama the anime..
    It had its ups and downs, some episodes were executed not as well as it should be, and sometimes the d’awwness and kya-ness overwhelmed me a bit too much, but it did finish strong – although I do wish there was a second season because I want to see how the later parts of the manga in motion.
    For me, the character that was executed the best was Aoi, he was more alive than any other character in terms of transition from the manga to the anime.
    As for the 2nd ED, it gave the watchers who already read the anime the wrong impression that the anime was going to continue until the point of the date, which is later on in the manga.

    Awesome post! We shall remember maid-sama forever for the next few months?

    • Posted October 3, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

      I agree with pretty much everything, but I’d like to emphasize what you said about Aoi; I think his development was very well portrayed indeed, I particularly enjoyed all his waspish barbs at Misaki (Black Honoka ain’t got nothin’ on him).

      Well, the less said about that second ED the better, eh.

      Thanks, though, and lol – a few months, as opposed to forever, is probably about right, but what a past few months of kyaarificness it’s been, eh!

  7. Posted October 2, 2010 at 9:44 pm | Permalink

    Well, now that I’ve seen the kiss screenshot, I guess there’s no point in watching the show.

    • Posted October 3, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

      Actually, they had their first kiss back in epi six. Before he promptly made a badass death defying leap off the frigging school rooftop.

      If that isn’t manly enough for you, then I don’t know what is.

      • ectholion
        Posted October 3, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

        he lacks well defined side burns… lol

        • Posted October 3, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

          What he lacks in side-burns, he more than makes up for in throat-rippingly good guard-dog skills…grr!

      • frezle
        Posted January 3, 2011 at 5:22 am | Permalink

        that was fav part…………….. wish you make an anime of season 2.. plsssssssss
        all of your fans are counting on it plsss…………… dont dissapoint us :)

  8. ectholion
    Posted October 3, 2010 at 8:19 am | Permalink

    loved the episode even if it was trapfree…. :(

    • Posted October 3, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

      Lol. Well, you never know, ectho, they might make a spin-off series called, ‘The Adventures of Trapimura and Trapaoi’. Or, as someone once commented, ‘A Tale of Two Traps’. ;-)

  9. maidsamaFAN
    Posted October 9, 2010 at 1:27 am | Permalink

    I dont like the ending so much dissapointing even, well misaki confess to usui and they kiss I dont get…..becoz…. you-kun or the childhood friend of misaki didnt know at all…and……also they didnt show also the ending of Uxmusic or what is the name of the leader in that band and the girl(the sister of girl w/ glasses) I wish there’s SEASON 2~!

    • Posted October 10, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

      Disappointing because Hinata (a.k.a. You-kun) didn’t know that they kissed? I don’t think anyone knew that they kissed, as that was just when the epi ended, when they were walking away from the scene of the kiss. Also, they couldn’t have shown the development of Kuga (a.k.a. Mr lead singer) and Sakura’s relationship because this was only just starting (or should that be restarting) and it would have been just one of the too many side-plots/ ‘lesser’ loose ends to tie up. As it stands, regarding the main narrative and romance, it was probably the best place to leave it. However, I suggest that you read the manga if you want to see more of Hinata and the Sakura x Kuga relationship, plus it’s even more kyaarific than the anime. :)

  10. Nagato
    Posted December 7, 2010 at 11:13 am | Permalink

    Hmm maybe a lot of people asked this but i need to confirm it if someone knows… Is it sure that there wont be any more than 26 episodes of Kaichou wa Maid-sama episodes? :)

    • Posted December 17, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

      According to ANN, this is all we’ve got; there has been no confirmation of a second season.

  11. LuvnSF
    Posted December 7, 2010 at 11:39 pm | Permalink

    It would be great to see a second season revolving around Usui’s family and it’s impact on their relationship. *Sigh*

    • Posted December 17, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

      Yes, there can never be enough Usui. More Usui! MOAR!

  12. Posted December 13, 2010 at 5:43 pm | Permalink

    I thought it was awesome. I want more! lol I really hope that they will do a second season. Does anyone where i could get in contact with someone in charge of created the anime show, so I could ask them or beg them to do another season? Also, does anyone know if certain places sell anime’s on dvd?

    • Posted December 17, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

      Lol, loving the name! No idea, but good luck with the petitioning!

  13. Ganesh
    Posted December 27, 2010 at 7:02 am | Permalink

    Hey! there :D
    Your summary was nice to read. XD And especially liked, (im)patience & the comment below Usui’s do you hate me pic. ( ^ __ ^ )

    But could you tell me, what these words/terms mean:
    1. Gar
    2. Kyaa
    3. Doki Doki
    4. Daww
    5. Omake

    • Ronell
      Posted December 27, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

      1. Gar = MANLY
      2. Kyaa = feminine version of omg! <3
      3. Doki Doki = sound of heartbeat
      4. Daww = scene that makes you go aww
      5. Omake = extra

      • Ganesh
        Posted December 29, 2010 at 5:31 am | Permalink

        Hey! there Ronell :D
        Thanks for the info’s. ( ^ __ ^ )

        Btw what does this stands for:
        <3

        • Posted December 29, 2010 at 8:16 am | Permalink

          It’s a (sideways) heart.

          Thanks for the comments, both of you!

  14. Posted January 1, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Permalink

    i have a question… what did Usui mean when HE SAYS. ” …i made there flowers bloom” in episode 26??

    • Posted January 23, 2011 at 11:16 am | Permalink

      Lol, it refers to an earlier otherwise terrible filler episode where Usui has reluctantly agreed to go on a one-off ‘date’ with Yukimura’s bratty little sister, during which he shoots a smoulderingly (/sparkly /flowery) look at Misaki, who is hiding in the bushes watching on with Yuki and Kanou, and Kanou says, ‘All the flowers that hadn’t bloomed yet, just did’. :)

  15. frezle
    Posted January 3, 2011 at 5:11 am | Permalink

    pls….. dont make mangga just anime cause in our country we dont sale manga here thats why i like anime better………………. hope season 2 is the best ………………….. i love maid sama i got totally obsess w/ it i even make my classmate obsess w/ it.
    1 question is usui love for misa chan have been long time already or just then when he found out about the maid thing?

    • Posted January 23, 2011 at 11:20 am | Permalink

      Er, pretty much all anime is adapted from manga!

      In answer to your question: I’d say Usui is certainly intrigued by the Kaicho Vs. maid thing, but swiftly grows to like her more. Though, I suspect the outfit can’t have hurt. ;)

  16. Tonia
    Posted January 5, 2011 at 5:48 am | Permalink

    What bout You-kun??? will they tell us what happens to him? I dont know who I support! Hintata and Usui are both kl but I cried at every scene of flashbacks of Misaki and Hinata together… What will happen to Hinata?! someone please tell me!

    • Posted January 23, 2011 at 11:21 am | Permalink

      Well, you could always read the manga…

  17. LORI :D
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 10:30 pm | Permalink

    ave a question… what did Usui mean when HE SAYS. ” …i made there flowers bloom” in episode 26?? it was when he had all that food in his hands and misaki asked him were he got all that food.

  18. Posted January 15, 2011 at 10:13 pm | Permalink

    this is so wonderfuul ,
    usui is handsome and misaki is so pretty
    the two of them is so compatible……

  19. jo_Z13
    Posted January 19, 2011 at 8:25 am | Permalink

    Thanks to Maid Sama for bringing me to your blog!!! I will be a faithful reader from now on!! That being said, I’ve watched about 15 full anime series’ so far and Maid Sama is, by far, my FAVORITE!!! Absolutely many many doki doki and dawwwwwwwww moments – i think I teared up a little on the last episode. If they don’t make another season, a little piece of my heart will die….or i’ll just have to spend hours in front of the computer reading the manga. For the record, if they don’t make another season I do think this episode wrapped it up nicely, even if not in an obvious way, we all KNOW that Misaki and Usui are destined to be together ;D

    • Posted January 23, 2011 at 11:24 am | Permalink

      Thank you! I defo recommend the manga for more kyaarificness. Happy future reading!

    • frezle
      Posted January 30, 2011 at 10:26 pm | Permalink

      SUPER…… AGREE!!!!!!!!
      i just started reading the manga by this month of january

      and my friends who love kaichou wa maid sama is waiting for season 2!!!!!!!!

      i even make a speech about maid sama using “kyaa,omake,duki-duki,daww, moe moe flowers, etc.”
      as my project in english
      no reaction from my teacher yet but my friend like it :)

      another question what is the meaning of kaichou wa maid sama?

      P.S. hope season 2 has a prome :) and more dawww and kyaaa

  20. frezle
    Posted February 4, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Permalink

    is there a kiss to chapter 51 page 30?

  21. babes
    Posted February 12, 2011 at 4:08 am | Permalink

    i really get confusse with misaki’s maid dress
    like where the heck the apron connected too or in the middle of her dress where is it connected? and so on
    can you help me pls………
    i just want to add it to my collection plss……
    i want to make the perfect dress
    plssss help me :)

  22. jaymarie
    Posted February 15, 2011 at 3:50 am | Permalink

    wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    usui so cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and the story was so kilig!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)

  23. Posted March 30, 2011 at 7:36 am | Permalink

    I love this . its oh god i can’t express my . usui , misachan were so cute . & the story is interesting & romatic

  24. kaichou wa miad sama
    Posted April 18, 2011 at 11:41 pm | Permalink

    hehe~i love tis anime so much~<3~so romantic n so funny~usui very handsome n his lover, misaki is a pretty girl~^^

  25. Posted May 4, 2011 at 2:25 am | Permalink

    SO ROMANTIC MY FAVE ANIME

  26. suchitra
    Posted May 11, 2011 at 6:31 am | Permalink

    i really like maid sama alot ….i wished it would continue forever. i enjoy watching it some hilarious & some romantic scenes…:)

  27. Gogo
    Posted July 30, 2011 at 11:36 pm | Permalink

    hyaaaa…..is this really teh final?!!? i want moar moar mmoar!!!!!!!

  28. chloe
    Posted October 6, 2011 at 5:34 am | Permalink

    so what chapter did usui and misaki kissed? im finish watching the show. help?

  29. mea
    Posted October 23, 2011 at 1:12 am | Permalink

    i’d sure want to see season 2 of maid sama!!!!!!please can u make one!!!???

  30. margot
    Posted November 25, 2011 at 8:44 pm | Permalink

    soooooo cute! is this the end? i hope not!

  31. Posted December 27, 2011 at 12:49 am | Permalink

    is there only 26 ep or more???

  32. Posted January 1, 2012 at 5:19 am | Permalink

    Wow!!!!maid sama is very romantic anime i ever watch!!!!i wish that there was a season 2 of this!!!or a movie or anything!this anime make me addict on it!Misaki-Chan is very cute,strong and kind and Usui is serious,sometimes he is idiot but a lovable person

  33. babes
    Posted January 9, 2012 at 12:09 am | Permalink

    its been a year since i comment at this blog.
    but can i ask one last thing
    Is it now impossible to have a season 2?

    everyone is waiting and asking for season 2
    we really want it

  34. Aries 293
    Posted February 2, 2012 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

    I think there is season 2… I remember people’s comment about this maid-sama.. they said season 2 will come out soon. but I don’t know whether it is true or not…

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