Genres: Comedy, Romance
Seika High School, a traditionally boys only institution, has recently begun admitting girls. One of these girls, Ayuzawa Misaki, has pushed her hardest and became the student council president. Due to the unbalanced population at the school, 80% of the student body is still male. Misaki has decided she will protect the girls from the boys because they are rude, abusive, dirty, etc… she is labeled a man-hater.
Misaki’s family fell on hard times when her father, in serious debt, abandoned her mother, her little sister and herself. Her mother, Minako, works as a nurse as well as doing odd jobs like crafts. The sister, Suzuna, has a very blank personality but helps support the family by entering contests for food. Together they keep their dilapidated house on the brink of collapse and survive. Misaki’s biggest secret is that to earn enough money to keep her family afloat, she had to take a job in the neighboring town, in a maid cafe.
Misaki’s carefully kept secret falls apart when the most popular guy, a heartbreaker named Usui Takumi, passes her in the alley behind her work. He sticks around to confirm Misaki’s identity, then begins to return to patronize the establishment. He calls this his “secret entertainment” (but seems more like a ploy to stay close to her). Later on, three punks led by Shirakawa Naoya confront her in the same alleyway while she is resting. They threaten to expose her to the school, as well and make veiled threats about other deeds to be performed. Takumi steps in and defends her, while she passes out from a fever, and possibly from having Takumi call her cute.
During a school festival, which Misaki wants to use to draw more girls to the school, things go horribly awry. The boys in one class feel like she never gives them a chance at anything. In her own way she is doing the right thing, but when the boys walk out on her plans, she pleads with them for assistance. Takumi, again, steps in to smooth things out. At the post-festival bonfire, Takumi swiftly pins her to a tree and instead of an intimate moment, he uses it to taunt her about the maid job once more.
While many have called this series bland, it’s because of the lack of ecchi moments that I really find it entertaining. I was laughing many times during the first two episodes and I expect many more to come.
Overall Hook Rating: A