What a delicious scene… my mind is wild with explosion. What if Usui is seeing this POV?
Kaichou wa Maid-sama decides to be a less fluffy at the start with pretty serious heavy stuff (well, at least for this series anyway). Honestly though, let me go back to the picture at the top. It’s almost impossible for me not to replay this in my head and think how it will be like if this is a hentai show. Oh my god. This is becoming way more explicit in my mind than I want to. Maybe, I should ask for a request from a certain someone… or not.
This episode revolves around the A-academy’s attempts to get Misaki for their school. First, the vice president of the school tried to lure Misaki with gifts. They also dangled the funding for Misaki’s sister, and she slightly wavered. However, as they ate mock seafood (made by tofu), her sister noted that rather than going to such a good school, she would rather eat real seafood. Misaki decided to pay the president a visit. On the other hand, her friends are starting to feel guilty that they didn’t listen to her when they are troubled.
Misaki was set up by Tora, the student president, and was forced to wear a maid costume. The president then went on a huge tirade about how women would throw themselves at him. Obviously, Misaki is not taking that laying down, but struggles to fight against the physical strength of the president. At the point where she was going to be forcefully kissed while being pinned down, she called out for Usui’s name. Then, it became happily ever after with the hero rescuing our damsel in distress.
To be honest, I found the first part of the episode to be dry and boring. Of course, there is the slight highlight of the mock seafood through the great use of tofu. Nonetheless, I feel that the serious mode of the show needs a bit more work because it didn’t feel right at all. I cannot even describe why but I guess that it does not manage to fully capture my emotions. I do not feel like Misaki is truly taking it seriously. I think the lengthy deliberation is simply saying that it is expected that she will not accept the offer. The conclusion is way too clear for it to build up any emotional tension. As such, that is perhaps why the serious part of the show just did absolutely nothing for me.
I was also pretty amused at Yukimura’s reaction at Usui. It was almost like he liked it. Seriously, just re-watch the whole scene where Yukimura recoiled in shock before blushing like a little girl. I mean, what is that all about? I also found myself adoring Misaki’s sister for her awesome ability to use tofu to make all that awesome stuff. I would pay my wife if she can do that kind of stuff. Nonetheless, I cannot remember. Misaki can’t cook to save her life, right?
However, who cares about all that boring stuff. When Usui comes barging in with all guns blazing with the nonchalance of a deus ex machina hero, all hell in me broke loose. Then, he went with the words, “This is a woman you cannot touch easily.” That, in essence ladies and gentleman, is what shoujo is all about. In Tvtropes terms, it is the crowing moment of win, as the hero moves in to literally demolish the fabric of realism and re-assure every single antagonist that the darn girl is mine! MINE!
It also teaches that lecherous Tora that Misaki’s holy body is only to be defiled by Usui and no one else. Still, I applaud his effort to provide some fanservice of Misaki in sexy cute maid costumes. I mean, this is just so hot when the sexual tensions are hitting boiling point, and the desperate nature of the president’s attack required Misaki to feebly mouth out “Usui.” My god, that is so kyaarific. Yes, I just created a word, kyaarific, which cues a specific moment for all shoujo fans to kyaa the living lungs out of them.
Moreover, I really think that the episode once again shows the message that “the rich only flaunts their money to gain power” and inherently moves people. It’s a sad and overly abused story plot where the rich uses all their might to seize control, only for the indomitable main lead to resist all these temptations. All that sounds good, until you look at it from an objective point of view. It makes the idea of rich/elite people very empty. It is as though their whole life is about trying to control others using money, and a very empty soul inside. Perhaps it is the fact that I am very conscious of the subliminal messages that presents a reflection of the perceived view of things through roleplay/media. I just find it worrying that I never noticed such things until now.
Do you? Do you actively notice things like that when you watch your anime?