The summer season is upon us and our head honcho is far too busy testing his ‘high tolerance level for crap’ to add his thoughts on this week’s Kaichou, so you’ll have to make do with just me. And what an episode on which to let this sparkly eyed shoujo-loving fangirl loose…
After a brief set of scenes involving a broken tap, a wet Usui, a towel-laden and blushing Yukimura, a teasing Usui and a pissed-off Misaki, the episode proper begins. Evil girl-hating hoodie, Kanou Soutarou, tries to use his powers of hypnosis to sabotage the student council members from trying to recruit more girls at Seika High. Such misuse of such power includes stealing the accounts book from the treasurer, sedating the secretary, erasing the meeting log and inducing the disciplinary head to turn up late looking like a Yankee. Kanou eventually zeroes in on the Prez herself, but ultimately fails due to intervention from Usui, who manages to hide away the apparently drunk Misaki in the Infirmary. Later, learning about Usui’s intervention, Kanou tries to hypnotise our hero too, only to fail miserably (Usui is too bad-ass).
Soon after, a recovered Misaki hunts down Kanou to give him hell… only to be hypnotized again. This time, the result is that if Misaki falls asleep at any point in the next twenty-four hours, she will wake up hating Usui, and thus the strongest tag-team in the school will be dissolved. Usui, of course, is having none of it and thus ensues lots of kyaarific moments where he tries to keep her awake all night and the following day until the 5pm ‘deadline’. However, five minutes before said deadline, Usui seems to let/ can no longer prevent Misaki from falling asleep. Scene ends as follows: Misaki asleep in Usui’s arms; Usui with an unreadable expression on his face; and evil hoodie with an evil smirk on his.
Never trust hoodies, always trust Usui.
That is all.
Okay, just joking.
I thought this was another terrific, or rather kyaarific (Impz what have you started, gonna use the damn word in rl soon and then I’ll be in trouble), episode. After the awesomeness of the three bakas bringing it on last week, this week’s creepy hoodie stealthily picking off his victims one by one was a change of pace, but one that worked very well. It brought the focus back to the wider goings on at Seika and Misaki’s day job as her royal formidableness, gave us some of the best Usui x Misaki moments so far, and thus developed their relationship further. Good times…
Starting with the evil hoodie, we don’t really know at this stage of the anime why Kanou hates girls so much. He’s clearly not one of those sloppy boys who enjoy being sloppy for the sake of being sloppy. Though, the blush on his face when Usui suddenly threw Trapimura at him before Kanou realised he was a guy might have something to do with it. Awkward teenage boys, eh.
Anyway, next up is the potent comedy Vs kyaa kyaa ping-pong match played out fabulously between our two leads for most of this episode. Highlights included: Usui’s random appearance in a wet shirt; Usui fixing the tap by karate kicking it to oblivion; Misaki slapping and threatening to spank her council members; pretty much every second of ‘drunken’ Misaki being taken care of by Usui in the infirmary; Usui’s dressing down of the evil hoodie in response to evil hoodie’s attempt to stare him into submission; Usui’s rare, wide-eyed look of horror at the thought of being hated by the Prez; pretty much every second of Usui’s subsequent tailing of the Prez for the next twenty-four hours; Usui’s teasingly childlike sing-song voice used throughout said telling off and tailing of Misaki; and, finally, the scene between Usui and Misaki on the stairs by the school roof. I thought all of these moments were suitably hilarious or kyaarific or both.
Finally, focussing on the development of Usui and Misaki’s relationship, I thought phone call no. 22 was particularly pertinent. ‘You like me’, Usui suddenly says, followed by Misaki’s flower-framed blushing moment (if only I could say epiphany) and slamming down of her phone. For, amidst the all the teasing lines and the dry sing-song tone, those particular words came out very differently. He was serious. I mean yes, he was still trying to wind her up, but nonetheless it was forceful and earnest, and thus obviously hit home. So, what does this mean? He’s had enough of her seeing him as some weirdo (in which case continually harassing Trapimura doesn’t exactly help) and wants her to finally acknowledge his previous confession, the obvious chemistry that they share, and thus realise her feelings for him?
Clearly one is in denial and the inner workings of the other’s mind require more analysis than I care to attempt here and now. However, it’s nice to see in this episode, like with the three bakas in the previous one, the switching from chibi to serious faces used to such effect. I mean, we’ve seen Usui’s face-darkened-by-his-overhanging-hair-look used before to indicate his more private, contemplative side, as opposed to his public, nonchalant or teasing (or apparently batshit crazy) sides. However, add the gentlemanly blush, the wide eyed horror and the genuine affection, and you (start to) get a slightly more rounded impression of the guy. Clearly, he enjoys the chase, as we see from the last thing he says to Misaki this epi, but the same words can also be interpreted as displaying his unquestionable devotion to her, otherwise surely he wouldn’t say them in the first place let alone stay up outside her house all night to watch over her… Or would he?
To conclude for now, this was a very fluffy and funny instalment of what is essentially a sweet and innocent shoujo rom-com with a great cast and plot, and healthy dollops of fan-service to satisfy all persuasions. However, it is usually the characters that make a show a cut above the rest of such shows, and I was particularly glad to see, or at least to start to see, more layers to these characters, which rejuvenates these relationships and lays the foundation for more detailed, deeper and no doubt darker layers of character that are yet to unfold. And I, for one, shall certainly enjoy watching them unfold in the latter half of this series.
So, what about you? If you had to just pick one (alright fine, maybe more than one), what was your most kyaarific moment this episode?