Firstly, some of the things I did over the last three days to put off blogging this epi: pretended that I had another wedding to attend; watched a gay ninja show even though I was told not to; did an inventory of how many Bakerboy hats I own; ate some dessert (this is on-going); practiced guitar; planned an editorial post; did laundry (was getting desperate here); and told myself I wasn’t allowed to watch Occult Academy episode 7 until I’d posted this (finally admitting defeat). *Sigh.* Well, now that that’s out of the way, here’s the post, which is unofficially subtitled, ‘I Watched Kaichou wa Maid-sama Episode 20, So That You Don’t Have To’…
Part I: We meet Yukimura’s
adorable bratty delusional devious little sister, Ruri, who, believing herself to be a princess, is unashamedly ashamed of how un-princely her big bro is. Especially after she sees ‘Prince’ Usui, with whom she promptly thinks she’s fallen in love and decides that she will marry. But first comes the forced first dayto. This doesn’t go so well. However, in the end, and after a bit of help from several disguised stalkers, the little princess learns to appreciate her big bro. (No doubt helped by the realisation that she never had a hope in hell with Usui because he loves Misaki anyway, plus he’s not a paedophile. Call him perverted, but he ain’t that bad.)
Part II: Trapaoi, in his/ her full traptastic glory, is trying to film his first PV/ DVD. Until he decides that he needs at least one other person to help with the filming. Enter three random lecherous hoodlums, chased away by Yukimura(!) and Kanou, who are promptly drafted in to help with the filming, as are, the more willing, three bakas. This doesn’t go so well. However, after Trapaoi gives everyone hell, then almost kills himself, then is saved by a
passing running-past-while-chasing-a-mugger-as-you-do-if-you’re Misaki, then loses the memory card that was in his camcorder (which is saved by the very bishie he-who-has-nowt-to-do-with-this-nonsense-but-must-have-his-screentime-here-too, of course), and had a hysterical laughing fit, the little trap learns to appreciate other people around him a bit more. (No doubt helped by the realisation that said people would also make good cheap servants. Call him traptastic, but he ain’t stupid.)
In short: All filler, no killer.
See you next time.
Okay, just kidding. Even though I’m not smiling. *SIGH*
Well, firstly, for a second there I wearily thought that it was going to be another instalment of the Adventures of Trapimura. Then, after I realised who I was actually looking at, I increasingly more wearily wished that it had been. Unfortunately, it was another pointless omake. Not that all omake are bad. For example, the one featuring the three bakas was one of the best epis of the series. On the other hand, the peach flavoured snore-fest that came earlier was universally acknowledged (well, by you lot) as Epic Fail. So, the difference between Misaki and the Giant Peach compared to the Three Bakas Bring It On? In short, the first was lame and the second was awesome. And this week? I thought it was more a case of the former. That is, for a rom-com show with the odd bit of drama, each epi surely much be funny, romantic or moving – or, ideally, a mixture of all three. Whatever the combo, it can’t have none of the above, right?
So, in light of said above, this week majorly Failed on the comedy front. I usually lol, if not LOL, more times than I can count when I watch this show, then leave feeling warm and fuzzy and wanting moarr. This time, I could actually count the number of times I LOL-ed.
On one hand.
There were four.
1) Firstly, in the above scene (big pic no. 2), where chibi-faced Usui is randomly munching a giant lollipop while staring at Misaki. No need to wonder what he’s thinking about this time.
2) Secondly, when Misaki is wondering where Usui got his Princely accoutrements from and then Aoi coolly pops out of the bushes basically saying, ‘From me, and what?’
3) Thirdly, when Kanou observes that all the flowers in the flower garden that hadn’t yet bloomed, now in the face of Usui’s creepily smouldering stare at Misaki, just did. (Actually, Kanou, and his brief, but apt observations, was one of the few saving graces of this epi, but more on this later.)
4) And (alas) finally, in part two when that random alien with the ‘pheromone’ sign flashed up momentarily after the three bakas bump into Trapaoi.
Now, out of 24 minutes of what is usually romantic-comedy gold (or at least bronze), to have LOL-ed for, I estimate, 8 seconds is just not good enough. Granted, I might have lol-ed a couple more times too, which would certainly raise the grand total of LOLs + lols to = ‘several’, as opposed to ‘a few’, funny moments. However, such an increase is clearly negligible and insufficient enough to refute my irrefutable evidence and detract from my powerful point: It. Was. Lame. And creepy. Seriously, paedophilia mixed with enTrapment is no laughing matter.
Next, let’s look at the romance. By which, I mean the kyaarific moments. On this front, the epi fared slightly better. We had some nice
sidelong glances full frontal blasts of Usuimones and some rather fetching cosplay moments for Usui, Misaki and Kanou. Speaking of the latter, this one-time bespectacled bunny has clearly come a long way. Except for the bit when he ran away from Prince Usui in a stuttering blur of make up and fake leather (who wouldn’t?). I did love his random deadpan comments, though (e.g.: the one about self proclaimed internet idols being just normal people, and suggesting that Yukimura would make a good soft toy substitute in part two, as well as the blooming flowers comment in part one).
Finally, let’s consider the drama. Um, there was none. Okay, having implied that the second part was even more pointless than the first (oh WOTEVA with Aoi apparently going from being a brat to learning to ‘laugh from the bottom of his heart’ around other people; he already learned all that with Misaki and the Maid Latte crew), let’s focus on the first part. My head is telling me that this was finally the chance for a bit of character development for Yukimura. But my
heart bullshit radar is telling me otherwise. In fact, it’s telling me than Japanese parents really need to beat their kids. If they don’t, it’s clearly their own bloody fault if their little cherubs grow up to become bratty manipulative monsters the likes of whom even Supernanny can’t cure. And if this epi and my thoughts aren’t enough to convince you, then observe what happened to Russell Peters‘ friend Ryan.
So, what did we learn from this epi? Don’t make omake epis of rom-coms that aren’t funny, kyaarific or moving. And certainly develop the plot or characters enough and in a relevant manner if you are going to include omake. Seriously, what’s the point in adapting manga if you don’t pick the best bits and leave out the crappy ones? I know they’ve got 26 epis to play around with, but come on, now you’ve only got 6 left and Hinata hasn’t even been introduced yet.
And who the hell is Hinata, I hear some of you think? Well, if you saw the preview, then he’s ‘Usui’s Rival’. I.e. I ain’t a spoiler so go read the manga if you can’t wait. At least that epi should throw some much needed gas into the Usui x Misaki fire; the sadistic side of me reckons things were getting a little too cosy at the end of last week’s epi, what with yet another one of those confession-but-not-quite-confessions.
Bring on the jealousy! Bring on the manly rivalry!! And bring on the eating of more sweets!!!