Maid-sama 4Posted: June 28, 2010
Hiro Fujiwara – Tokyopop – 2010 – 8+ volumes
There are two major stories in this volume, one breaks the school formula but not the manga formula (the employees of Maid Latte go to the beach on a company trip), and the other involves taking care of a problematic student from the previous volume and forcing him to work for the better of the school recruitment rally.
There were lots and lots of Misaki/Usui moments in this volume, and I was slightly taken aback by the hints of progression we were getting. Not only is Misaki right on the cusp of admitting she may not hate Usui (her actions in one story speak louder than her words when she goes to great lengths not to hate Usui forever), Usui is definitely taking his game to the next level. The beach is the perfect setting for such things, and not only does he get to give her a nice, forced, very very romantic kiss while she’s wearing her two-piece swimsuit (as opposed to her school suit… there was some joke that missed me about her wearing it, but everyone on the beach seemed mortified), he also gets a story full of pouting when she doesn’t want to be beach queen to his king. It was ADORABLE.
There’s also still plenty of humor, but the slapstick seems toned down a bit from previous volumes, which is fine by me. That’s a big part of the personality of this series, but all the same, I think the amount that sticks around is just enough.
The end of the volume was filled with… well, what seemed like short gag chapters and filler and whatnot. It wasn’t all that great, but you got to give the mangaka a break sometime.