Not satisfied with letting him stay up all night to watch over her in the previous episode, our favourite maido gives our favourite goshujin-sama the run around in this epi as well… but ’tis all in good fun!
This week’s episode begins immediately where the last one left off. However, evil hoodie’s evil smirk is soon wiped off when the narcoleptic but determined Misaki rises and declares that she is too pissed-off to fall asleep. Meaning, ‘You lose, Kanou’. And by lose, she means ‘are about to be punished’. I.e.: ‘tortured’. Misaki style. Soon, girl-hater Kanou is taken charge of by a particularly girly group of girls lead by Sakura and Shizuko as they do their bit for the School Open Day for prospective new students. And by ‘their bit’, meaning a maid café. With a bespectacled bunny in a waiter suit complete with a hood with bunny ears. And fluffy white pompom-ended drawstrings. As the rest of the Open Day is in full swing, Misaki spots Usui as she leads a tour group and promptly donates him to the sports clubs. Cue a series of shots of Usui impressively befriending first the football, then the baseball, then a table tennis raquet/ ball and, finally, the kendo equipment. Before the poor bishie declares that he’s had enough.
Meanwhile, turns out – shock horror – that evil hoodie is not so evil after all. Meaning Kanou’s girl-hating is the result of having suffered the childhood trauma of having his mum walk out on him and his dad, while his ex-pro-wrestler dad declared that girls are ‘too fragile’, which was in turn interpreted by ickle Kanou as ‘I should stay the hell away from ‘em’. All this comes to a head when a tour group containing his female counterpart turns up, and her friends comment that she, having gone to an all girls middle school, is afraid to try for the Seika entrance exam, given its high boy-content. Kanou thus helps her out with a little ‘magic spell’ (i.e. hypnosis, of the more congenial kind) and we get smiles all around.
Finally, Usui grabs Misaki (literally) at the end of the day and poutilly gives her hell for leaving him alone all day without once checking up on him. Meaning, he is exhausted and want a reward. Misaki style. The flustered Prez tries to get away with merely a formal thank you, but eventually gives him a head-ruffle and a blush. Usui then happily offers to violate her. Then Misaki calls him retarded. Then another brief shot of Trapimura. And all is well again in Maid-sama land.
Another kyaarific episode (I could get used to these, plus next week’s one looks set to follow suit ), with lots of laughs too. To be honest, it’s probably more fillerific than anything, given the only real conflict in this epi is the Kanou Vs the Prez thing, which is diffused in the first five minutes. On the other hand, the ensuing Kanou-trying-to-wriggle-his-way-out-of-his-punishment comic moments were not only pretty funny (especially with the beserker-eyed, shadow-cloned Misakis following his every wrong move), but clearly help in Kanou’s character development, which was probably the aim of this episode. Bunny-hoodie was certainly a treat, and finding out the reason for his girlphobia, and seeing him overcome it, was also very satisfying.
The moments in the middle with the three bakas were also very good and very funny. The scene where they (in their chibi forms of course) were complaining that they were being treated as unimportant characters was particularly enjoyable, not least of all due to their ensuing remembrance of their favourite memories of Maid-Misaki, which are all of her giving them hell of course. Though Ikkun’s comment that it would be nice if she were, well, nice to them for once was also rather sweet, and I found myself agreeing with them. Even though that would probably defeat the purpose of their relationship with her, but meh.
And finally, the Misaki x Usui interaction, even though we had to wait ‘til the very end of the episode for it, was pretty satisfying too. Even after the pure kyaarificness of last week’s episode, that shot of him walking off with her over his shoulder (*she says, then pausing to relive it again for the Nth time before squealing again inside*) in this epi was pretty darn awesome. And then pouting over being worked to death. And then wanting a reward with Misaki’s personal touch. And then… Well, you get the idea. I just hope they don’t overuse Usui’s wide-eyed look too much, as we saw so much of it last week and I think it works best in small, habitual doses. I feel he needs to keep up his awesomely mysterious side (just what is he thinking half of the time??), as that is a large factor in keeping our interest in him and differentiates him so well from any other bishified shoujo love interest.
Probably because it’s such an awesomely odd mysterious side.