Trigger warnings: mild violence
About the Author: Hiro Fujiwara is a manga artist who once went by the pen name, Izumi Hiro, but abandoned that name after winning the Best Rookie award in 2005. Fujiwara’s series, Maid-Sama!, was originally posted anonymously by her older brother, but later went on to become a serialized story.
“People yell at me a lot and tell me to act more feminine. But I believe it’s best to be the way I am.“
Maid-Sama! is an eighteen-volume series surrounding Seika High’s class president, Misaki Ayuzawa. Seika High used to be an all-boys school until a few years ago when it started letting girls in.
But the boys never did change their ways to accommodate their female classmates and so Misaki took on the responsibility of changing Seika High in order to make it a better place for girls. Misaki, however, has gained a reputation among the male students as a strict boy-hating demon dictator and a shining hope among the teachers and female students. Despite this though, Misaki secretly works part-time at a maid cafe in order to support her ill mother and sister after her father left them with a huge debt. Takumi Usui, the school’s most popular boy, discovers Misaki’s secret but chooses to keep it to himself, instead visiting her at work all the time, much to Misaki’s chagrin. Maid-Sama! is a hilarious and silly series about young love, hard work, and being true to oneself.
Rating: 4/5 stars
PRR Writer, Meghan Reinholz