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PurplePeopleEater

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Maid-sama!

Jun 15, 2015

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. 

3/10 story
6/10 animation
2/10 sound
3/10 characters
4/10 overall

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qwerty234 Oct 23, 2021

I have tried the same thing but I personally believe this is an amazing anime, you just have to watch carefully.

babygirlbrea Feb 17, 2020

 I think personally that this review besides the audio and animation quality pretty much sums up this anime. This anime could of easily been 12 episodes but no it just kept dragging on and on. I wished there was more character development as well, it just seems to lack that in this anime. Also them adding in that weird love triangle was weird. I also wonder if the manga is better. BTW if you have Netflix this anime is on there now. 

RoseA23 Nov 22, 2019

The manga has the reasons for why usui was alone( that's where the plot twist comes in) but the anime didn't get to it I think they might have planned for a season 2 but never got to it

Romance0Lover0Life Sep 29, 2019

You didn’t use this website and ur mad about audio even though u watched dubbed and also u can’t get mad at the story line that’s what the shows suppose to be about, her secret

Romance0Lover0Life Sep 29, 2019

People who watch anime dubbed are bad people