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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?