You’d think that by 10 volumes, this manga would become repetitive or slow down. But it is within these two volumes (9 and 10|) that the main arc finally begins and so the story continues to surprise with new twists. Usui, the perverted alien, has a past that is finally catching up to him; it will ensnare both Ayuzawa and Usui in ways they had not expected.
Story: The student government elections are up and Misaki finds she has an odd running mate: shy, girl-phoboic Kanou?!? She will give it her all in order to make sure the girls are protected and the school doesn’t slide into embarrassment. But she will find hidden strengths and pathos in Kanou and soon recognize that perhaps he wouldn’t be such a bad president if he won. Meanwhile, a beautiful but naive new teacher appears and all the boys are all over her. But in trying to protect her. Misaki runs smack into Usui’s mysterious past. The teacher and Usui have a connection and it stirs feelings in her she’d rather not admit.
Ayuzawa is frustrated that she knows next to nothing about Usui. There are hints that things are very different for him but she hasn’t been able to pin down the annoying guy about it at all. And is she in a relationship with him or not? When she finally gets him to tell her his history, she realizes there is a lot more going on beneath that quiet surface. When a new teacher appears – a very attractive one who has an intimate relationship with Usui, Ayuzawa begins to recognize just how much she cares about Usui.
The story continues to be very different from the anime; where the anime went for lighthearted humor, the manga stays focused. I have to admit that I could only watch the first few episodes of the anime and never appreciated Maid Sama until I read the manga. The anime does have its appeal, I’m sure, but it really feels like it gave the series a lobotomy for the sake of humor.
In all, the story now begins its large arc of Usui’s family and how the couple will deal with it. I look forward to the continuing volumes. Reviewed from an advance reader copy provided by the publisher.