Friday, July 7, 2017

Manga Review: Maid-sama!, Volume 15 & 16, by Hiro Fujiwara

Rating (Out of 5): ~4
Publisher: Shojo Beat (VIZ Media)
Release Date: May 2017
Volumes: 18.
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1&2. 13&14. 17&18.

Goodreads Synopsis:

A 2-in-1 edition of the romantic-comedy series where a student council president secretly works at a maid café!

As if being student council president of a predominantly male high school isn’t hard enough, Misaki Ayuzawa has a major secret—she works at a maid café after school! How is she supposed to keep her image of being ultra smart, strong and overachieving intact once school heartthrob Takumi Usui discovers her double life?!

Misaki continues to realize just how different her and Usui’s family backgrounds are after witnessing a huge party thrown for Usui’s birthday… And later, a mysterious newcomer appears at Maid Latte—someone who stirs up a lot of mixed emotions in Misaki!


Throughout this volume, Usui's new classmates continue to try and befriend him. It's still rather weird why they're trying, but they are. It doesn't work all that well, because Usui is just not interested. It's nice to see how Misaki reacts around them, too; she doesn't trust them, but she doesn't outright defend Usui, either.
Aside from that, a surprise guest from Misaki's past shows up. Here, it's mostly upsetting how her mother lied about what happened, and how that changed Misaki's views so harshly. There's even more tension between Suzuna and Hinata—they better at least get a side story by the end, or I'll be so upset.
Misaki gets to see what Usui's school is like, and Usui gets to see what happened with his mother. Usui makes yet another big decision in this volume. In reaction, Misaki gets to decide how she's going to be there for Usui, and it's nice to see how strong their relationship has really become. There are several sweet, short moments between them, and I like seeing them stepping away from the chaos to be together for a moment.
I believe the next volume is the last, and I cannot wait to see how it all wraps up.

A review copy was provided by the publisher, VIZ Media, for an honest review. Thank you so, so much!

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