Kaichou wa Maid-sama Episode 9 – The reason why a filler-like episode is just wrong

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This is how I feel when I see a filler-like episode in my shoujo series.

Seriously, this is funny but I wonder whether there is a point at all for this episode other than “Ha Ha, this is so stupid?” Anyway, despite the fact that this is a manga chapter, I call this a filler episode. And boy, I hate filler episodes because I usually feel like an idiot watching something that has little to no consequence to any resemblance of a plot As such, this is a public announcement that the episode summary entry of Kaichou wa Maid-sama Episode 9 will be slightly different from the typical post by Impz. Instead of actually giving you a proper episode summary, I will have an extremely awkward discussion on how to make a filler good, so much so that the fans of a certain series will worship you to their knees (while you manipulate and stupefy them).

Anyway, this episode parodies Momotaro, in his quest to hunt down onis. Don’t worry, you won’t have to read an entry on how inaccurate the show is compared to the actual tale. Plus, I rather talk about kyaarific scenes. More fun.

Quick summary

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Misaki is Momotaro and she is trying to hunt down onis that have taken away all the women in a village filled with dirty stinky men. On her trip, she met up with the Three idiots (as animals) and a circus ringleader (Usui). It turns out that Usui is in fact the oni, and his place was invaded by the women as they are sick of the dirty stinky men in the village. He then seduced Misaki (as expected). At the end, we realize that it is a tale in an audio recording to send subliminal messages to Misaki while she sleeps, created by the ever cool Usui.

Thoughts

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This is how I feel about the creators when I see a filler-like episode in my shoujo series.

Number of times I laughed: Once in the peach cutting scene.

Honestly, Sakura as the grandmother is perhaps one of the most hilarious scenes out of this ridiculous and silly episode. Yukimura also works well as the grandfather that is abused. In fact, I was so hoping that Yukimura would cross-dress to a girl and Sakura being the grandfather instead. That will be even funnier. I mean, this is already a fricking filler episode that will have no consequences on anything except losing 20 minutes of my life.

So, make me laugh as much as possible so that I forget that you are actually making a fool out of me by letting me watch something totally random. Give me fanservice of all the characters so that I am distracted from the actual situation.In a way, filler episodes are really for entertainment sake. Animators should think about how to satisfy the key audience group. Kaichou wa Maid-sama is quintessentially a series for shoujo fans to squeal at the awesomeness of Usui and helping Misaki. You already know that, so let us have our fun, and you have your profit.

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Ok, you prove me wrong. For once

Something like the above will certainly help for sure. I mean, traps are always good to have for fanservice, just ask Shin. Throw him a loli trap, and he will transform into some literary poet sprouting love of decadence about traps. Truth be said, he is not the coolest trap out there (Hideyoshi still kicks ass for his boku awesomeness), but traps are a great way to entertain and introduce fanservice for lol-ing effect.

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My favorite idiots!

I don’t know why but I really adore the three idiots. I am not sure what clicks for me with them, but it just works perfectly whenever they come out. It’s like you can slot them into any scenario, make them do the weirdest things out there, and somehow it still works. It’s weird.

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Ok, you prove me wrong. For twice

Just me but I find Misaki’s sister extremely adorable, and in fact can be a shoujo main lead for another story. If you ask me, her quips and her supreme ability to win contests is a bag of hilarious tricks waiting to happen. I also wish to see how they will match her with another guy for a nice comedic shoujo series. She will definitely be an extremely unique shoujo female lead that has some possible character development. Compared to Misaki’s sister, Misaki is really an one-trick pony because she is forced into the damsel in distress role way too much for my liking. The balance is a little off toward the “I am so helpless despite being able to kick ass to 99% of all guys.” I know it is a typical shoujo setting, but can’t a fan of shoujo ask for just a little bit more?

I guess the reason why I complain mainly about this episode is that the filler-like episode did nothing to quench my thirst for extremely happy kyaa kyaa scenes. I didn’t manage to enjoy it because the interactions of Usui and Misaki are so boring. I want to see Usui literally sweeping Misaki off his feet, but Misaki dismisses him so quickly to the level of awesomeness. Now, that will be worth a filler episode, and I will gladly watch something where Misaki causes Usui to lose his absolute coolness and be frantic for just a single moment. I doubt I will get my wish though.

So, tell me, did this filler-like episode work for you or it just fell flat completely?

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28 Comments

  1. rpd
    Posted May 29, 2010 at 6:21 am | Permalink

    …. i’ll go and read the piece later but i have to say just by reading the title.
    You are dead inside!

    • Impz
      Posted May 29, 2010 at 7:42 am | Permalink

      Oh dear, not me. I don’t mind a filler, but I must have one that is overtly ridiculous and hilarious. This one is definitely ridiculous but funny? I don’t think so.

      I am not dead inside, but I sure am bored :>

      • rpd
        Posted May 30, 2010 at 5:00 am | Permalink

        Remember ouran high school host club. It had a alice in wonderland episode. Did you hate that one as much?
        Calling this episode filler is a praise to actual fillers. Fillers are horrible abominations with 5 minutes of recrap, introducing side characters that will never be remembered and are generally uninspired.

        This episode just takes a break from your favourite characters and puts them in a different setting. Sure if you are starving for a kiss and actually want the show to be six episodes where everything goes through bullettrain speed see them get together and then produce 20 more episodes of the realistic side of love than ok this is not for you.
        But if you are enjoying the show and characters it’s really fun to see them in a different setting once in a while. Or at least the should get a free pass once.
        And feeling all important and getting hungover on the fact that the folklore stories told are innacurate… yeah… not really worth pointing out eh.

        It had a great granny, baka three antics, great appearence by shizuna, chaotic random side stories with turtles and a cute explanation why usui was narating the whole story.
        If you couldn’t enjoy this episode for what is was… then yeah something is wrong. Perhaps a masturbation session would cheer you up.

        • Impz
          Posted May 30, 2010 at 5:13 am | Permalink

          Oh, read below, I actually like the Ouran High school filler on Alice because that one is geninuely hilarious (Also, read comment a bit lower where I noted how I actually like it earlier).

          I have to admit that I do not like fillers because I care more of story development than getting a few laughs that has nothing to do with the plot. Still, shoujo anime has this problem in having too much fluffy without substance. Still, if it can make me laugh, I can forgive it. Shoujo’s premise is not about eliciting humor, it’s character development and building on romance. Hence, if they have a filler episode, I expect something way more outrageous.

          I will say that a filler only succeeds ONLY IF it manages to make people laugh. If it does, then it’s all good. Compared to the crappy fillers, this is probably up a notch but that doesn’t make it good at all. That simply means the filler works for you, and I am glad that you enjoyed it. However, it is also noted that a few other commentators didn’t enjoy or find it funny at all.

          As such, I would just like to conclude by saying it’s different strokes for different people. And thanks for the recommendation, I am pretty cool ^^;;;.

          • rpd
            Posted May 30, 2010 at 10:29 am | Permalink

            lol @ different strokes :3

        • Posted May 30, 2010 at 8:13 am | Permalink

          @rdp

          Bothering to defend a stinking filler episode with a TL;DR comment on a blog…then yeah something is wrong. Perhaps a masturbation session would’ve been better use for the time you just wasted on complaining.

          Oh, but I suppose you have all the time in the world unlike most productive members of the society, so you can spend it sitting through 25 minutes of irrelevant banalities and then go whine at people who actually appreciate their lifespan enough to not like it when it’s wasted on shit.

          TL;DR: Your opinion sucks. Shoo.

          • Posted May 30, 2010 at 8:15 am | Permalink

            tl;dr: Nova fails at commenting. And trolling in general. Trolls do not resort to passive-aggressive threats before issuing a threat. They mock his taste and do not allow personal feelings and their worldview or opinions about the person to color their trolling. :3c

            Nothing personal, mate, but you fail so hard I wonder why you even bothered in the first place. :3c

            Also, quick message: Do not feed the trolls unless you can handle the outcome.

  2. Matt
    Posted May 29, 2010 at 6:28 am | Permalink

    I like filler eps like this, my favourite being the one in H20 Footprints in the Sand. Gold standard. Yeah I totally hear you that it accomplished nothing even remotely relevant, but it exists to try and be humorous for humour’s sake. I know I got a kick out of the peach, the trap, Misaki jumping into the cave gun’s blazing. A few good laughs are worth 22 minutes so long as the filler is blatant. Trying to pass of something with the characters in normal roles doesnt work, it needs to be totally ridiculous and off the wall because then you can really say it was all just random and made for purely laughs and no one would go reading too much into it.

    • Impz
      Posted May 29, 2010 at 8:45 am | Permalink

      Well, in essence, I am being tsundere over the filler. I think it is actually quite funny, but I also feel that it can be made even more hilarious and ridiculous. I am not sure why I am acting so tsundere though. Must be the lack of kyaa kyaa moment for the shoujoish vibe. I think that there is really nothing to read too much about in a filler, but sometimes, I wonder if Kaichou will ever be serious about the romance. It hinted a little but it is mostly gags and silly jokes.

      I should re-adjust my expectations for it, I guess.

      • Matt
        Posted May 29, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

        That is a good point, while watching this series too, it seems like a classic– wait until the last ep and then all the romancy ties get done up. I wish it would actually progress a little more as well, but with a space filler ep like this, is it necessary for them to advance the plot any at all? Like this basically took the place of the hot spring/beach type ep, would something like that have more, less or the same amount of plot development in a filler ep? Could be an interesting theme looking at shows filler content and trying to gauge how much is purely totally nonsensical.

        In regards to your other point, In my opinion, this ep was pretty crazy and had lots of ‘lol’ moments. To me, this hit the crazy wall, I’m not sure how much further they could go on this, like I dont want to be a prick and say readjust your expectations, but give me an example, which shows have gone the crazy-over-the-top filler route and had the laughs to back it up in your opinion?

        • Impz
          Posted May 29, 2010 at 8:03 pm | Permalink

          I will say Ouran High’s Alice episode is so insane, stupid and crazy that it made me laugh so hard when I watch it. I think the whole problem of Kaichou wa Maid-sama is really that it is contrived to be underwhelming, so much so that the funny parts are not that funny, and the romantic parts are just rare but very effective. I think that is the crux.

          I think I know why I am so meh about the whole filler. I think I found that the characters have been somewhat stale at the start except Usui, and the lack of awesomeness shown by Usui (other than bazooka) made it even more boring to me. Not sure why.

          • Matt
            Posted May 29, 2010 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

            Ah okay, that makes more sense then, I never did catch on with Ouran, too much bishie for me, but I think that maybe it was more trying to capitalize on the WTF moments for laughs. They would lull you a bit, and then Usui pops out the bazooka and you get caught off guard and laugh at the absurdity.

  3. MrTerrorist
    Posted May 29, 2010 at 7:59 am | Permalink

    I don’t see a problem with this filler. I can’t wait to watch this.

  4. Posted May 29, 2010 at 9:59 am | Permalink

    Kinda disappointed in this filler. It didn’t flow very well to me. The randomness only clicked with me on two or three scenes. The rest just about put me too sleep (watching the episode after work might have added to it).

    Also, there was way too much screen time for those three idiots. They are entertaining to a point, but too much of them and I start sighing more than laughing.

    • Impz
      Posted May 30, 2010 at 12:01 am | Permalink

      If it helps, my wife dozed off on the computer after watching the first five minutes of Kaichou wa Maid-sama. She didn’t even bother to find out that they are parodying Momotaro. She found it too boring.

  5. akani
    Posted May 29, 2010 at 11:33 am | Permalink

    What, you didn’t even laugh when Usui pulled a bazooka out of nowhere? I quite enjoyed this filler, personally.

    • Impz
      Posted May 29, 2010 at 11:59 pm | Permalink

      Well, not really. It’s kinda expected for him to be totally outrageous. You know what will make me laugh? Usui simply blowing a gust of wind to destroy the ship. NOW that will make me laugh. I mean seriously, it’s a filler so all realism should go out the window. :D

  6. Posted May 29, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    I don’t really have a problem with filler if the episode is good enough to justify its existence, but I have to agree that this episode doesn’t really work for the most part. Seemed to be phoned in, and the nature of the story didn’t really give Misaki and Usui’s chemistry a chance to shine. (I did enjoy the three idiots, though.)

  7. Posted May 29, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    I don’t even remember this in the manga, so I must’ve skimmed that episode almost as quickly as a did this one. I agree that it was, for the anime, an unnecessary filler. If it had been genuinely funny or inventive (e.g. like the Ouran version of Alice) then that would have been another matter, otherwise they were trying way too hard with all those pregnant pauses.

    Still, they looked good in the outfits, though Usui was so laid-back he was almost comatose. Or was that just the effect of the epi on me. Hmm. As for the words – ‘And so, the two of them started out on a new journey together, but that will be another story’ – oh god I hope not. Looking forward to them resuming the main narrative next week though… unless they bugger that up as well… hmm…

  8. mythofalice
    Posted May 29, 2010 at 5:53 pm | Permalink

    this particular filler epi FELL COMPLETELY FLAT.
    sigh.

    it felt totally unnecessary. T_T
    well the grandparents were totally cute, but i fast-forwarded thru most of it. -_-

    well at least i have Hakuouki to look forward to this week.

    • Impz
      Posted May 30, 2010 at 12:03 am | Permalink

      I am not sure if you will look forward to Hakuouki episode 9. The ending was so EPIC fail that I just cursed immediately once it ended. You see it when I make a post later today or tomorrow. Sigh. >_<

      I really wish the grandparents will become normal Yukimura and Sakura after eating the peach. At least, that is how the legend went, no?

      • mythofalice
        Posted May 30, 2010 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

        T__________________________T

        well there goes this week.

        aw that would have been nice if the grandparents did.

  9. Van Fanel
    Posted May 29, 2010 at 10:29 pm | Permalink

    This filler episode gets an EPIC FAIL rank for me, and I watched stuff like Lucky Star and K-On! for the randomness and/or the casual nonsense, I watched Sketchbook to the end, this week neither Mayoi Neko Overrun or Kaichou wa Maid-sama got any further in my scale of plot or fun.

  10. ashuri
    Posted June 1, 2010 at 11:53 pm | Permalink

    Maid-Sama usually gets alot of out-loud reactions from me .. i agree that this filler was disappointing.
    Sakura made me chuckle, Suzuna was awesome .. and then i fell asleep =_=

  11. A concerned child
    Posted June 2, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

    Unfortunatly I thought this ep was a boring waste of time :(

  12. Posted June 2, 2010 at 8:26 pm | Permalink

    Ugh, finally got around to seeing this episode and did not like it one bit (with the exception of Suzuna, because I find her personality quirks very humorous). It did remind me of the Ouran High School Host Club “Haruhi in Wonderland” episode, which I didn’t like nearly as much as you did, Impz.

    The problem I have with these types of episodes is that they aren’t as much filler as they are recaps. They reintroduce all of the main characters in a supposedly cute and hilarious way with all of their various character traits and quirks. Unfortunately, at episode nine (or episode 13 for the Ouran episode) we’ve already been watching the series, so unless the recap episode is going to somehow introduce something else new and exciting to the party it’s just boring, like you mentioned in your post.

  13. yura`
    Posted June 6, 2010 at 11:59 am | Permalink

    I have a feeling that if this “filler” might have been more enjoyable if we actually recognize the different strands in the amalgation of myths and folktales… The episode wasn’t too bad for me. I recognized the turtle side story that references the Japanese folktale Urashima Taro, so that segment was amusing for me as the jokes made more sense. So maybe it’s partly a cultural reason as well? The Ouran High School Alice in Wonderland parody was probably more enjoyable because Alice in Wonderland is a well-known classic, as opposed to the localized folktales/myths that were present in this particular episode. After all, parodies are only effective when we recognize the original.

  14. irfaan
    Posted October 1, 2010 at 10:45 am | Permalink

    Yes, a strange filler indeed. Yet I enjoyed one thing – the guitar-based music from 20:30:00 onwards… (1 minute in length)! lol

    Well this is at least something not boring at all :P

    Incidentally, does anyone know the title of this song? I want to practice this music on my guitar.

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