Kaichou wa Maid-sama! episode 22: Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the manliest bishie of all?

Pwned.

A bit of a silly epi this week. On the one hand, we have random shenanigans at Seika’s ‘Outdoor School’ where the second year boys and girls promptly go nuts following a bit of spiritual training in the countryside. On the other hand, we get some much anticipated character development for the new bishie weirdo in town. And for the old weirdo. And for the object of his stalking, of course.


Episode Summary:

The epi begins with Seika’s second year students looking forward to spending a few days at the scenic ‘Outdoor School’. Until they get there. There, their enthusiasm is soon replaced by meditation, manual labour, cold showers, small portions and hunger. And not just for food. The boys soon snap and try and relieve their stress by going after the girls, but Misaki, Hinata and Usui beat them away. Meanwhile, Hinata swiftly comes to appreciate Usui as a superior specimen among the Seika males and then, after an interrupted sort-of-confession to Misaki, acknowledges ‘Takumi’ as his rival for the fair lady.

After things die down, Usui, who has been jealously sulking over Misaki’s attentiveness to the troublesome Hinata, corners Misaki and confronts her about their past, demanding to know if Hinata is ‘special’ in her eyes. Misaki is suitably flustered, but replies that they were childhood friends and that she can’t help looking out for Hinata, since he is still very troublesome, adding, though, that she also finds Usui extremely troublesome. Usui seems happier after her response, before he realises how tired he is from disciplining the other boys and fending off Hinata’s challenges, and he takes a moment to rest against Misaki. The epi ends with the three bakas discovering that Hinata has eaten all the remaining food and then looking wolfishly at the unsuspecting Yukimura, who is fast asleep.


Thoughts:

Firstly, WTH kind of Outdoor School not only anticipates, but almost allows its male students to sexually assault its female students?! I’ve seen my fair share of crap teachers/ guardians, but this just takes the piss. Which, for a romantic comedy is probably the point. However, and you can accuse me of over-analysis and/ or lacking a SOH, but multiple threats of friggin gang rape isn’t the subject of comedy gold in my book. No matter how many uber bishies there are to diffuse and sanitise the situation. Nuff said about that.

Moving on, at least all this allowed for some character development for Hinata, which in turn allowed for some of the same for Misaki and Usui. Hinata was still as puppyish as he appeared last week, but, albeit slightly predictably, some alone-time with Misaki seemed to bring out his manly side. Or should that be confused side?

In Misaki’s later words, just what kind of manga has he been reading?!

I suppose the joke here was that Hinata is just as much an innocent maiden as Misaki, however, he is clearly frustrated that Misaki treats him like a kid/ doesn’t (yet) see him as a young man, especially given that he seems to now see her as a young woman and (thinks?) he’s in love with her…

Okay, I probably am over-analysing things now, in that Hinata is primarily a clown-like figure who is more of a catalyst for the development of other characters and their relationships. However, seeing as he clearly ain’t going anywhere any time soon, it would be nice if he is developed a bit more in the coming episodes (for example, like Kanou has been developed), rather than leaving him as just a one-trick pony.

As a catalyst, though, Hinata’s character has certainly been precipitating a bit more development on the Usui x Misaki front. In a sadistic kinda way, it was refreshing to see so many annoyed faces from the usually unflappable Usui, who seemed genuinely worried by the end of the epi that Misaki might see Hinata as more dear to her than he ever could be in her eyes. However, before Misaki sort of assuages Usui’s fears on that account, he is clealry not going to roll over and give up his position as top-stalker-dog.

Another ambiguous comment.

Troublesome. A word that’s been popping up a lot in the last few epis. Hinata is troublesome. So is Usui. Usui would find it troublesome to get serious about Misaki. And yet he is doing such troublesome things anyway to prevent her from paying so much attention to another guy. And sulking a hell of a lot when she’s not paying any attention to him.

Dude.

You can’t have it both ways.

At least, that’s what I hope he realises soon, because he’s running out of epis in which to do so. (Unless they make a second season, of course. Though, I’m guessing that would be a long time coming, if they even made one that is, as the anime seems to have covered at least two thirds of the manga so far, I think, and it’s still on-going.)

Overall, it was a weaker epi than last week’s, as already discussed, especially with regards to the comedy. Certainly the ‘oomph’ of last week’s epi, with all its funky camera shots, transitions and the delightfully domino-ing humour vs. drama scenes that we had there were more watered down this week. Regarding the romance, well, there were a few decent kyaarific moments this time, notably when Usui tells Misaki that he’s been jealously sulking and during the scenes in the storehouse, but especially at the close of the epi, between Usui and Misaki as the rain subsides while they talk and rest beneath the trees. Speaking of which, it was also nice to see that sneaky (relieved?) smile of Usui’s over Misaki’s shoulder. Content Usui certainly makes a nice addition to the nonchalant/ deadpan/ pervy/ stare-y/ jealous/ annoyed/ pwnage repetoire. After all, if the strength of this show is its characters and the various quirky and not so quirky things they get up to as they develop and grow with each other, then hopefully the series will hold on to that vibe, even if (hopefully) it hikes up the emotional tension in the last four epis, as it draws towards the conclusion of the final arc.

[BTW: just to let you lovely people know, my summer hol is over and I’m back at work now, so apologies in advance for any erratic scheduling of future blog posts on my part.]

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10 Comments

  1. ectholion
    Posted August 30, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

    im glad that you also thought this school trip thing is very bizarre… But then again the show has a if only trapkimura is getting assulted all is well thing going so im not suprised. that aside here is hoping for a better last arc filled with lots Kanou and very little Hinata, and the manga is still ongoing and its going quite will says I.

    • Posted September 1, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

      Lol, very good point about Trapimura. However, would it be unfair of me to say that I don’t mind the running Trapimura gag, seeing as that is actually quite funny (er, when it’s used sparingly, of course) and that he’s never really in any danger because the guys who are ‘interested’ in him never really intend to do anything about it? I dunno, you could say that sounds like double standards, but I really found the above depiction of the male-on-female violence (even though it was so swiftly averted) to be (at best) as you say bizarre, and (at worst) in very poor taste. Oh, and I hope we get to see more Kanou too, though!

      • ectholion
        Posted September 2, 2010 at 7:16 pm | Permalink

        i say bzarre because they kinda made it sound like the boy were planning on eating the girls and the images suggested that they planned to rape the girls so either the trip made the boys wanna revert to canniblism or led them to want to rape the girls. now im not sure which would be worse but the fact that there was a planned trip which bred such results that was repeated for every class i found bizarre. i mean WTF talk about bad educators, lets guide our students to comit crimes against humanity. It seems the writer hold a very low opinion of teachers, well more like adults in general. misa niave mother, her dead beat dad, all the teachers at the school, usui nonexistant parents… but yea aside from that after watching the preview i dont think were getting anymore Kanou this season. :(

  2. Posted August 30, 2010 at 11:05 pm | Permalink

    I actually enjoyed this episode quite a bit. The best part of the episode was Misaki telling Usui that he is even more troublesome than Hinata, to me, that was the classic tsundere “still don’t understand my feelings” confession. I didn’t really rage like you did, but that might have more to do with the fact that I don’t work in the education field and never really look at this anime (or most anime’s) in a serious light.

    • Posted September 1, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

      Ah, that moment was both very funny (Misaki’s innocent words) and sweet (Usui’s interpretation and response). Interesting that you refer to it as like a ‘confession’ on Misaki’s part, though, as this would imply that she also has the same kind of feelings for Hinata, which Usui would surely still have issues with. Unless he was just happy that he is at least more of a presence in her heart/ eyes after all, which probably is enough for him, for now. And lol, I wasn’t really raging at the unrealistic nature of that scene, rather I think I just found it both really stupid and really offensive. I agree that it’s not the kind of anime that should be taken too seriously and I love the fact that it doesn’t take itself so seriously, however in this instance I felt that the not-so-subtle underlying messages (e.g.: ‘scratch the surface and most young men are just raging rapists waiting to be unleashed’) stank too much to ignore.

  3. Posted August 31, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    I agree the episode was rather weak, notably due to the “boys gone wild” vs trio and Hinata being outrageous. I did like that Hinata and Usui sparked, since their chemistry was funny, although I don’t think Hinata is serious enough about it all considering he was primarily searching for food the entire time. As for Usui, he is beginning to ware and approach an almost negative perspective with his methods… I guess, we can see where this is going to fade out; Usui coming to a refreshed assertion towards wooing Misaki and Misaki being slightly more accepting of herself and Usui’s feelings… maybe.

    The sad part is that Usui hasn’t been fleshed out that much, and I think that’s where the core of the story should be, but idk :\

    Cheers

    • Posted September 1, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Permalink

      Hinata and Usui do have a good chemistry don’t they? Of course, I don’t mean that rather heavy-handed bit where Misaki is laughing at them in that ‘gosh-don’t-they-get-on-so-well-after-all-teeheehee’, but rather moments like near the beginning where Hinata is seriosuly gushing over how awesome Usui is while everyone else looks horrified and Usui looks bemused/ pissed-off, lol. Completely agree that Usui has not been fleshed out as much as he should have been by this stage. I appreciate that his mystery is such a huge part, if not the biggest part, of his appeal, but seeing as he is the other main character… Hrrmm…

  4. fathomlessblue
    Posted August 31, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

    Mostly a decent episode but the crazed boys section was pretty offensive and felt like some sort of militant-feminist scaremongering, or at least to someone who’s never had the desire to commit sexual abuse after a few days of hardship; but hey maybe i’m the odd one out. Patronising would be the mildest term i’d use for that particular plot development.

    I know theres a fairly small male cast and all but one of my big gripes with this series is that after the love-interest, rival, comedy extras, effeminate guy, trap and non-existant teachers every other man seems to exist as some vague roving penis with a body attached for good measure. I don’t much care for that system of classifying non plot characters.

    I agree that Hinata seems to exist mainly as a catalyst to advance the plot. You just can’t take him seriously as a love rival unlike in, say Peach Girl (only other shoujo romance i’ve seen, unless you count Kimi no Todoke). Seriously though, Usui needs to step up and bring his A game pretty soon. The vaguely suggestive comments are wearing a bit thin.

    But yeah, moans aside the best part of this episode were the three baka’s on top form. It’s a shame they never appeared during the ‘battle’ scene seeing as they’re mostly handy in a fight.

    • Posted September 1, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

      You know what, ‘offensive’ is probably fair; ‘in poor taste’/ ‘patronising’ would be letting them off way too lightly. Either way, and in spite of the primary demographic, of all the opportunities they could’ve picked to lay on the feminist overundertones, eh?! Though, paradoxically, the vague roving penis theory may also be part of the whole shoujo-esque wish-fulfilment side of such series; the assumption that every girl secretly longs for all that male attention, in all of its forms.

      Interesting that you mention Peach Girl, as that was probably the only shoujo romance where I was rooting for the other guy, the one she didn’t end up with. Probably because, as you imply, he was more of an actual, developed character and less of a caricature. And speaking of character development, Usui’s kyaarific comments are starting to lose some of their kyaarific sparkle aren’t they – hopefully all this build up and jealous tension will deliver something truly worth going kyaa kyaa over in the final episodes.

  5. Posted March 8, 2011 at 2:30 am | Permalink

    i lovethis anime hindi akomagsasawakahit paulitulitko itong panonorin and iwantseason 2

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