‘The Student Council President is a Maid’ is the token shoujo series of the season, and anyone who thought this was otaku-bait fails at research. And we all know what to expect from shoujo series by now. No, not button-less bishies falling of buildings. We expect the backgrounds to be full of-
You get the picture. Kaichou no Maid-sama is another shoujo that acts in pretty much the same way as any other shoujo. It comes in the same line that brought Kimi ni Todoke, Skip Beat, Itazuru na Kiss, Lovely Complex and so on. It’s got the same sense of humour, same character archetypes and pretty much everything you’d expect from a shoujo series. If you like that sort of stuff then great. JC Staff have clearly put effort into this. The animation is great, the directing is spot on and hey, I found myself moderately amused by the main characters reactions to the guys blank stares. But no, shoujo just isn’t for me. It’s teenage girl wish-fulfillment, rather well made teenage girl wish-fulfilment I must admit, but something I have learned through painstaking hours of sitting the entire way through Fruits Basket and Itazuru na Kiss as something I will just never like. Call me back when they make a shoujo series that truly breaks beyond the boundaries of its genre.