President of the Student Council at the almost-all-boys Seika High School, the hard-as-nails Misaki Ayuzawa works every day to make life easier on the small population of co-eds who have enrolled there. Though an unholy terror to all things male during school hours, in order to provide for her impoverished family, she secretly works after school at a maid cafe in Akihabara. However, when campus hottie Usui Takumi wanders into the restaurant during her shift, suddenly she finds her reputation in school at his mercy...
Sound: First things first, I watched this anime dubbed online. I tried four websites and over eitght video players and they were all the same. The audio was bad on every single one and it didn't get better as the series went on. It made me want to stop watching. I don't know if the sub is just as bad or if it's better on dvd but the dubbed version online has a very unclear sound, which since this was made in 2010 and the dub was probably made in 2011 or later, the audio shouldn't be that bad. Animation: As for the animation, it was okay. Again, I only know the quality of the dubbed versions online. Watching it full screen made it a bit less clear and a bit more pixlated. Otherwise it wasn't too bad though. It wasn't top quality, but it wasn't garbage either. The story: The story started out okay. The main character is a 16 year old girl who is class president at her school and works at a maid cafe to help pay her family's bills. She works hard, sometimes too hard, and keeps her job a secret. She also hates men and beats them up. Then the most popular boy at her school finds out her secret and takes a liking to her, but his actions confuse and frustrate her. The beginning was decent. It pulled you in but it wasn't a very strong pull. Still, it kept a good pace up for a while. Then it got stuck. Neither the characters or the relationship moved on. It became mostly filler episodes (episodes that don't contribute anything useful to the main story line, usually more comedic). It went on like that for a long time until the very end. At the very end, the characters and relationship started moving again. It was rather frustrating. The main content didn't even take 20 episodes. They could have made an episode or two about when her father walked out or when the guy came over to her house and saw how run down it was. They could have explored the relationship between the guy and the main character more or taken an episode to explain why the guy lives in a barely furnished place with no parents. It's not like they didn't have any options. Instead they basically used the same idea over and over and over until they got to the end. This is one of those animes that actually SHOULD be 11 episodes. On top of all that, it's a very inconclusive ending. The girl and guy only took a few steps forward in their relationship and certainly aren't on solid ground. The ending basicaly acted like the writers were 100% sure they would have a second season. Even if they did have another season, it would most likely be the same exact problems as the first just continuing and repeating. Characters: We never found out a whole lot about any character. Even the main character wasn't very developed, of course how can a character develop when they just keep experiencing the same thing over and over. "Oh no my secret might be found out", "oh no now the guy is being a jerk again." is basically repeated, so of course the characters don't develop much. New characters kept being added to try to "change things up" but none were well developed. Overall: After reading the summaries online and seeing the cover pictures, I wasn't exactly expecting greatness. It didn't sound like something I would be super excited about, but it had such high ratings and good reviews, I thought it might actually be really good. It seemed to be a well known anime that a lot of people liked and so I thought I would give it a try. I was not impressed. I kept going because I didn't want to go back to searching for another anime to watch. The poor audio may not be a problem for subbed episodes or for dvd's, I don't know, but I'm pretty sure the story is same for all of them and it's pretty amateur. How low of a budget were these creators working with? I'm convinced it was very small. Since I don't know if the dubbed version is the only one with bad audio, I won't give this a two or a three. Still, the story is just poorly written and the animation is average at best. The characters aren't developed either and are repetative. For these reasons, I give this a four.
The journey of Misaki and Usui is a turmoil filled but, very entertaining one.its great to watch as theses two characters who, at first, know very little of each other, get to know one another. The two central characters have very similar but also very unique personalities and it's both frustrating and enthralling to watch. As Misaki balances her school and student leader role as well as her job at a maid cafe, she struggles to keep her two lives separate when Usui stumbles upon her secret. This anime is hilarious and the minor characters within the series are so amazingly weird, you can't help but love it.
While making this review, I was trying to keep it as short as possible, keep this in mind. I personally prefer short reviews, with as few spoilers as possible. If you have any questions, please go ahead and ask or Google your question. Romance/Comedy SynopsisSeika High School, once an all-boys school notorious for its wild students and for generally being a terrifying place for girls, has recently become a co-ed school. With the female population still a minority and living in fear of the over-the-top antics of the males, Misaki Ayuzawa takes it into her own hands to reform the school and allow the girls to feel safe in the rough environment.Training, studying and even becoming the first female student council president of the school, Misaki has gained a reputation among the male students body as an uptight boy-hating dictator and as a shining hope for the teachers and fellow female students. However, despite her tough-as-nails appearance, she secretly works part-time at a maid cafe in order to support her family. Unfortunately, her hard-earned reputation is threatened when the popular, attractive, and somewhat impassive Usui Takumi takes an interest in her after discovering her in a maid uniform after school. ReviewThis anime is (in my opinion) the best non-serious romance/comedy anime. It does not focus on anything particular story-wise (that is why there is no story rating), but there's a guaranteed laugh in every episode and you will be entertained all the way through. The anime follows Ayuzawa Misaki (the brunette girl) and Takumi Usui (the blond boy) with the main areas being their school and Misaki's workplace, a maid café.For more detailed info, check the anime description or Wikipedia, but watch out for spoilers. If you like to laugh and have a good time with some serious moments which always ends with comedy, this anime is The Choice. If you're looking for an anime which is going solely for serious romance, this anime is not for you, but I recommend it regardless. ConclusionRating purely on the fact it's romance/comedy and the amount of entertainment it brings you, it is a definite 10/10.
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