Episode 1 -
[details=spoiler]I also agree that this is a little like Special A. Especially for the fact that Misa placed second in the exams and is determined to outdo the number one – Takumi. Reminds me a lot of “Miss Second Place”.
I can see why Misa doesn’t like men that make women cry. Her father disappeared and left the family in debt and her mother is also ill. This probably happened in her second year of junior high school when Takezawa tells Takumi she “changed”. And now she’s supporting her family with a job she really doesn’t like because it pays well.
Takumi keeps pretty much to himself and doesn’t seem to like girls - at least the ones that like him. He bumps into Misa at work one day and discovers her reasons for working at Maid Latte. I think he admires her for being so dedicated and hard working and maybe there is a little sympathy in there too. He keeps her secret but starts to show up at the café as a customer. I think he comes to care for her rather quickly, since he seems to be watching over her now.
Misa, as the Student Council President, has a lot on her plate too. Not only is she trying to keep the male students in line, but she’s also researching acceptable magazines for the student body and now she’s taking care of the budget too. In addition to this, she has to study to keep her grades up. She is showing herself to be a strong character that thinks she can do it all without help from any one else. But she can’t. She really does need to take Takumi’s advice and take things easy.
Going at this pace, of course she gets sick. Unfortunately, it’s at work and the three “idiots” that she goes after the most for breaking school rules are the ones to come across her in this state. I find it very funny that although Misa works in another town, the back alley behind the café is a pretty busy thoroughfare for people that know her! Anyway, the “idiots” try to take advantage of her and she is just too feverish to fight them off. Takumi shows up just in time to protect her and chases the other guys off. Misa apologizes to him and passes out in his arms. I think he likes this feeling of taking care of someone that is dependent on him. I’ll be interested in seeing his background story.
So, Takumi gets the other boys to keep Misa’s secret as well, but tells Misa that her job doesn’t change who she is. Misa wants to thank him for taking care of her and doesn’t want to be indebted to him. She can’t think of anything and tells Takumi to come up with something. I think he was a little too ready with his answer when he said that he’d like Misa to be his personal maid for a day. Loved the look on Misa’s face! Can’t wait to see how this situation is going to work out![/details]