Looks like we’ve upgraded from 8-bit Nagi.
Nagi gets a part-time job at a maid cafe to try and make some spending money for herself. Tsugumi coincidentally finds herself working at the same cafe and the Arts Club members also happen to visit all on the same day.
Hurray for Nagi faces.
The episode starts out with Jin calling Tsugumi and asking her if she was free to help out with some shopping. Tsugumi misunderstands this (although it was more of Jin’s fault for not mentioning…) and finds out that she’s shopping with Nagi instead of Jin. Nagi received 10,000 yen from Jin to do some clothes shopping which she soon finds out that 10,000 yen can’t buy you much clothes to begin with. The two girls end up going to an underwear store where the matter of bra sizes come up. Nagi gets depressed over her small chest size while Tsugumi tries not to boast (too much) about hers. However, the two of them are overshadowed by a junior high student who comes in right after them.
We jump randomly to the next part of the story where Takako wants to visit a maid cafe to see pretty girls in cute maid outfits. She asks Akiba to accompany her and the rest of the Arts Club as sort of a guide to the maid cafe. The group meets outside an anime store where Akiba cracks a joke about Takako and Shino being fujoshi (basically female otaku). Unfortunately for Akiba, the rest of the group are totally unaware of the slang he used and are left in the dark.
I like how Nagi doesn’t seem like she cares about the people staring at her.
Once they get to the maid cafe, they soon find Nagi and Tsugumi working there in a special cosplay event for a galge they’re advertising. Nagi receives a lot of attention from the other customers which makes Jin very jealous and almost ignores Tsugumi completely. Meanwhile, Zange finds out that Nagi is working there and plans on working there herself to steal her fans away. Back at the cafe, Takako drags Nagi over to their table where Jin is too embarrassed to get near or even look at Nagi.
Boys will be boys I guess.
Nagi tries to apologize for not telling Jin about getting a part-time job since she thinks Jin is mad at her. Of course this isn’t quite true and Jin spills the beans by yelling that her clothes are too cute and that he’s too embarrassed to look at her. This causes everyone in the cafe to hear the little ordeal including Tsugumi.
Nagi catches up to Jin on his way home and tells him that she’ll quit the job if he wants her to. Jin admits that he didn’t like the fact that people were taking pictures of her and Nagi then decides to simply quit. Tsugumi becomes depressed and Zange finds out that Nagi quit the job right before she got hired. The end.
Despite being sort of a random episode, I thought this episode was quite enjoyable to say the least. They’ve really brought back the side characters into the spotlight which I really appreciate. Takako, Akiba, Tsugumi, and even Daitetsu had pretty humorous roles in this episode. Nagi is awesome as usual of course, but Zange got the short end of the stick this time.
I wonder why no one was concerned that she was banging her head against the wall.
Tsugumi has been mostly a pretty normal character with nothing too interesting about her. However, there are times where they decide to take her away from this normal role and make her much more interesting to watch. This hasn’t happened since episode 3 until now. It seems that Tsugumi’s character really shines when she’s put into comedic situations and it really shows in this episode. Her attempts to resist bragging about her bra size and the time she starts banging her head against the wall were classic moments that will rival her little victory dance from episode 3.
I knew Takako was kind of a perverted individual, but I didn’t really expect her to be into girls as well. It was hinted at last episode when she was taking pictures of Nagi, but they just came out into the open with it in this episode. I thought she was more into the BL thing when she got that extreme head-asplode nosebleed from watching Jin and Daitetsu, but I guess there’s more to her than I thought.
Akiba you are my hero.
I consider Akiba to be the voice of the viewer. Of course, this might only apply to those of us who are familiar with the otaku-culture, but I’m assuming most people who watch this show are anyways. Akiba’s character points out a lot of things in the show that the viewer might be thinking as well. This especially happens when he goes “tsundere?” after Tsugumi’s little “I’m not doing this because I want to” bit. I also laughed my ass off when talked about “moe” mostly because of the way he said it.
I dunno how office ladies dress in Japan, but they don’t really look like that where I’m from.
Akiba’s fujoshi joke was pretty funny to watch as well. I’m not sure, but I think Jin’s comment about Takako looking like an office lady had something to do with the fujoshi joke too. It was just too random of a comment and I think I remember hearing somewhere that a lot of female office workers in Japan are into BL stuff. That’s just something I heard though so don’t take it too seriously.
Daitetsu has gone hard… teehee. Sorry couldn’t resist.
Daitetsu’s role in this episode (and actually every other episode he was in) is probably best categorized as “comedic background character”. Daitetsu doesn’t say much nor do much, but the way he turns to stone and his funny expressions as he stands in the background is always funny to watch. Kind of interesting when you consider that he’s supposed to be God’s gift to art or something like that.
Moe! …sorry Akiba.
I’m not too sure how I feel about the whole thing between Jin and Nagi. I don’t think Nagi has any real feelings towards Jin besides him being the one that provides her shelter and meals. Jin’s jealousy is probably proof that Jin has feelings for Nagi and that he’s not just a boy gawking at revealing clothing and underwear. I also felt that the whole event where Jin was trying to keep away from Nagi was some what awkward, but I guess that’s how it was supposed to feel.
Zange really had a short appearance in this episode and it’s probably to balance out all the screen time she got in the past two episodes. I’m kind of disappointed though since Zange is really fun to watch. The part with the maid cafe’s owner was pretty damn funny too.
Is this another jab at KyoAni? Goku SZS did this too only more blatant.
No, it ain’t Colonel Sanders.
I just had to point this out since everyone blogging the darn show seems to have pointed it out as well. I spotted the “Haruhi” look-a-like probably on my second watching of the episode when I was paying more attention to the visuals instead of the subtitles. What I didn’t notice were the two anime directors in the background.
Pssh. Those aren’t real.
What’s funny/disturbing about the D+ cup size junior high school student is the fact that it’s closer to being true than being some pervert’s fantasy. Especially here in some parts of America, early teenagers seem to be a lot more developed than they used to and it’s not just the girls either. I’ve seen freshmen in high school taller than most adults even hope to be.