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「…いい…」 (…Ii…)
“…Good…”

Forget Shiina, Haruka better watch out for her maids — they’re going to steal Yuuto if she’s not careful. He’s just too smooth with the ladies. As such, this week gave me flashbacks of season one when Yuuto could do or say no wrong.

This means that we have our sappy love story series back if you’ve been waiting for it. Oddly enough, I don’t mean that in a bad way, given the overly fan-service direction this season had taken. This week was pretty shocking actually; there were no pantsu in sight! The fact that I’m thrilled about that has to say something about (how messed up) my expectations are here. However, there is a huge upside to their approach here. While Yuuto may be seen by some as “lame”, he can really teach kids some life lessons with the way he handles situations. To put things in a real world perspective, I have teacher friends who tell me dreadful stories of how uneducated teenagers are nowadays. By that, I don’t mean they’re plain stupid, but that they lack proper family/friendship values and common sense (which could be interpreted as dumb). While the shift towards reality TV shows and localized shounen anime are probably to blame, we could definitely use more “value-teaching” shows like Nogizaka Haruka to balance things out.

So for our life lesson this week, we have douchebag Shuuto Sutherland making a reappearance to the series (why god, why?). As you probably recall, he’s the one that stirred the shit pot at the end of the first season. This time, things are all about the 95th annual maid and butler year-end party, which Yuuto gets invited to because of his previous job with Touka. In the process, we’re introduced to the other top ten Nogizaka maids for the very first time. There’s an air of mystery around the missing rank #2 maid, but the rest are: #4 Kusamoto Minamo (Mizuhara Kaoru, Yomi in GA-REI -zero-), #6 Nagikawa Koayu (Igarashi Hiromi), #7 Rokujou sisters Ayame (Moriya Satomi), Sara (Ishikawa Momoko), Juri (Yahagi Sayuri), #9 Munakata Rio (Iguchi Yuka, Index in To Aru Majutsu), Hinasaki Iwai (Hikasa Youko, Mio in K-ON!). Hazuki, Nanami, Maria, and Alice round out the group as #1, 3, 5, 8 respectively. The appearance of the other maids was undoubtedly a big part of the episode, but they were overshadowed by Yuuto protecting Alice from Shuuto’s asshole behaviour.

As punishment for what he did at Haruka’s birthday, Shuuto’s been forced to understand people better by working as a butler. During the party, Alice accidentally bumps into him with a drink in hand, causing him to lash out at the poor girl. He goes as far as shoving Alice over, trampling on the frog toy Yuuto won for her in bingo earlier, and even spitting on her. Instead of knocking Shuuto out right there and then, Yuuto actually gets on his hands and knees to apologize on behalf of Alice. However, he makes sure to let everyone know that maids are much more than just servants to him and questions how Shuuto can consider himself a master with the way he treats them. Unsurprisingly, Shuuto resorts to violence in response, but the Nogizaka maids step in to put an end to his crap. Minamo gets Shuuto’s father on the phone, who apologizes to everyone and tells them to punish his stupid son however they see fit. Afterwards, Alice says a few words of Japanese, thanking Yuuto for the frog and protecting her. She even goes on to call him “bruder” (“onii-chan” in German).

As the maid who specializes in security, Alice could’ve killed Shuuto and his escorts, but probably felt guilty about bumping into him. I mean, she’s able to take out Gentou singlehandedly, so those scrubs woud’ve been nothing to her. However, it was nice to see Yuuto’s mature way of handling things, where he’ll protect others even at the cost of his own pride. It was also nice to see him pick the frog bingo prize over the rice cooker for Alice, even though he obviously wanted the latter. See where I’m going here? Take it from Yuuto on how to be a better person!

 

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November 2, 2009 at 11:55 pm
32 comments »
  • November 3, 2009 at 1:08 amciq666

    agreed, very educational; perhaps we al need to be more like Yuuto so the world can be a better place :D
    I can’t believe Haruka actually wore a naked apron o_O anything for Yuuto :P

  • November 3, 2009 at 1:10 amgarfield15

    “The fact that I’m thrilled about that has to say something about (how messed up) my expectations are here”

    No way. That just made the episode better. In fact, the fact that we are happy about episodes like this just prove how much the studio has turned.

  • November 3, 2009 at 1:37 amMaximatum99

    This was not as bad as the previous episode but the directing was terrible. Not that the generic prince returned but that Yuuto did NOTHING while Alice was bullied. Seriously? You can’t learn anything from Yuuto because any intelligent person would react faster. He did not protect his and everyone’s honor until the last moment which was obvious to stall the episode. Realistically, if he did give his crappy speech before, everyone would back him up anyway.

    Ironically, I hate him and everyone else for not protecting their honor as maids and butlers because that’s part of their being! It’s common sense. You don’t need to watch Hayate the Combat Butler to know this. Alice is the only good character in this episode.

  • November 3, 2009 at 1:43 ammuchan

    Wow…Shuuto really is an idiot…I mean, what person in the right mind would insult maids and butlers (who, according to anime law, are some of the most skilled and deadly individuals ever!)

  • November 3, 2009 at 1:53 amEx14

    yay back to the Haruka series i know and love

  • November 3, 2009 at 2:06 amdivine

    ciq666:
    That was just Yuuto’s dream though. :\

    garfield15:
    Yeah, I guess I shouldn’t have added the “how messed up” part. I was just trying to get at how less fan-service is better for this series, which I believe you’re saying as well.

  • November 3, 2009 at 2:19 amPhosphatide

    “… there were no pantsu in sight!”

    Oh, you.

    Also hurrah, we’re finally back from a strange turn into fanservice world. I wonder if we’ll return to the plot about, you know, Haruka’s secret.

  • November 3, 2009 at 2:20 amMegas

    Not that I really care or anything, but I have no idea what they’re trying to do in this series. Maybe they’re just trying to put together a bunch of one-offs. Oh well, it was a nice little episode & they just had to put that Haruka naked apron dream in there or otherwise it would have been just way off the other episodes with no fan-service at all.

    But this episode did serve a purpose. That Shuuto kid is a dumbfuck, plain & simple. If it was me, I would have beat the living shit out of him the second he walked in, but the maids & butlers had to wait for his father’s permission to laid the beat down. Yeah, Yuuto is a much better person than me. He doesn’t need pride to be a man (not that he had any from the get-go). But Shuuto is so much of an ass that he couldn’t take away anyone pride even if he tried (oh yeah, he did try didn’t he – & failed miserably) :P

  • November 3, 2009 at 2:36 amSplash

    Was a very satisfying episode. I really enjoyed it. I hope the missing maid #2 mystery has a place in the story and future episodes deal with what happened. In the Bleach/Naruto world of anime of course Yuuto would have powered up and punched a hole in his chest with a Rasengen and let the wind out of him. But this is the world of professional maids and butlers and you don’t one shot masters. It was only AFTER he put his hand on Nanami that they used violence to resolve the situation. I think the way Yuuto handled it was fine. He showed that Oaf what class and dignity of a professional maid or butler really is.

  • November 3, 2009 at 2:37 amSplash

    Oh and Alice is WAY TOO CUTE. A good addition to the cast.

  • November 3, 2009 at 3:01 amSilver

    @ Maximatum99

    I don’t totally agree with you. The way Yuuto wants to deal with Shuuto was by first apologizing to Shuuto then “attacks” him. There are many ways to deal with these types of bull but the way Yuuto chose was actually still very mature. I think many people would just right there insult Shuuto which actually in a way, is not very “classy” and more cheat just like how Shuuto behaved.

    @ Megas

    You could think of it this way. Yuuto have enough pride and knows his pride that he is willing to do what he did in this episode because he is someone who is prideful. It’s hard to explain it. The fact that he apologizes and then stood up, reprimand Shuuto shows that he has a backbone and pride.

  • November 3, 2009 at 5:17 amMesousa

    YES! YES! YES! FINALLY!

    This has the markings of awesomeness!

    Barely any Haruka, again, but a character development episode for the maids, and Alice actually says stuff?! I’m pretty excited for this one…!

  • November 3, 2009 at 5:45 amVandsy

    …Did Purezza suddenly finish with the fan-service and get back on track? I’m impressed with how he handled everything. Going to watch the anime again. I actually stopped but kept reading your blogging (saves time). If it’s as good as I hope, I’ll resume the series =D.

  • November 3, 2009 at 7:15 amNeo_NMO

    This was a really cute episode… but why is that the lead male in most of these series either has to be really fucking dense, or excessively too smooth for their own good? where’s the normalish person?!

  • November 3, 2009 at 7:34 amMegas

    @Silver:

    I know what you’re saying. BTW, I’m never savvy when it comes to anime, I’m mostly sarcastic. Whenever I think of Yuuto’s pride, I’m reminded of http://randomc.net/image/Nogizaka%20Haruka%20no%20Himitsu/Nogizaka%20Haruka%20no%20Himitsu%20Purezza%20-%2003%20-%20Large%2002.jpg

    But to get on the political correct side for once, what Yuuto did meant that he pretty much knows his place. In order to take up for Alice, he had to comply with whatever whatever “Shiito” wanted. It wasn’t as much of a matter of swallowing his pride as much it was a position of purpose that he had to portray: protecting people of importance to me in all forms is what is most important to me. Yeah it sounded corny but its very Yuuto-ish. He also had to reprimand “Shiito” in order for to finish the job, sorta speak. Turning his back on “Shiito” & walking away would have had the opposite effect.

  • November 3, 2009 at 9:31 amBayonette

    I guess we’ll never forget that Shute Sutherland is the real douchebag in this anime…

  • November 3, 2009 at 10:14 amSeedStriker

    Alice didn’t lash out Shute because she’s a maid, and as such, she never reacts agressively towards a “master”, unless told. That’s also the reason why Yuuto didn’t deck him inmediately (lessons leaned by serving Touka)

    In a season with under-the-norm male leads (certain Natsuru Sendou comes to my mind), Yuuto is making a BIG difference in all aspects. Is good to have a real man in the house.

  • November 3, 2009 at 1:44 pmSeedStriker

    Another bonus point for Yuuto: the man is making his own harem without much difficulties and he doesn’t know! And by his own standards, he can pretty much sail free of accidents and please all the girls. Eat your shorts, Ken Suginami (for the 2nd time)!

  • November 3, 2009 at 1:48 pmMesousa

    SeedStriker, it’s Sugiseki. And I doubt the maids will want him, I’m guessing it’s just a one-time joke, with Hadzuki saying “Sorry, Haruka.”

    So yeah, just a joke.

  • November 3, 2009 at 2:03 pmKinny Riddle

    In 7:03 – Hazuki is heard announcing over the mic: “Now begins the 59th Maid and Butler Party” (she said “gojuu-kyuu kai”, but the Arabic numerals on the large banner clearly revealed this to be the 95th party (kyuujuu-go kai).

    I think either Shimizu Kaori, Hazuki’s seiyuu, made a mistake during recording, or the writers didn’t double check when they handed the script over to her.

    This probably counts as the series SECOND Kugimiya special, no? ;)

    @SeedStriker, if female Natsuru is counted, then she isn’t too bad. :)

    LOL at the post-credits section, with Haruka and Yuuto introducing Mikos. Haruka first asks Yuuto what he thinks of mikos, and then proceeds to ask “Hatano-san” (Yuuto’s seiyuu).

  • November 3, 2009 at 2:31 pmdivine

    Mesousa:
    Actually, it’s “Sugisaki”, but that’s beside the point. Anyway, I also think that Hazuki and the others are just kidding about stealing Yuuto. My opening line of the post was intended as a joke as well, so I hope no one took it literally.

    Kinny Riddle:
    I noticed that as well. I thought Hazuki was just nervous on stage since she was fumbling around afterwards. It could also be that they were dubbing before the scene was completed (which is pretty common), so the writers made a mistake in the script and fixed it in the actual episode without having Kaori re-record that line.

    The Hatano-san bit was kind of funny as well. His natural voice doesn’t seem that different from the one he’s using for Yuuto.

  • November 3, 2009 at 4:44 pm[s]gregor

    Divine, you never mentioned anything about
    http://randomc.net/image/Nogizaka%20Haruka%20no%20Himits/Nogizaka%20Haruka%20no%20Himitsu%20Purezza%20-%2005%20-%20Large%2016.jpg
    “Kaiser, the legendary customer Asakura Nobunaga”. Once again the overlord of Akihabara strikes, or something. :)

    Having the idiot Shuuto turn up again was quite painful if you ask me… At least the maids and butlers gave him an appropriate punishment.

  • November 3, 2009 at 5:24 pmfish_sauce

    now im more intrigue on knowing whos no.2 in the nogizaka maid list?

  • November 3, 2009 at 6:37 pmMesousa

    Kinny Riddle has a point of the mistake, since no one even corrected Hadzuki when she said that it’s the 59th annual party.

    Also, why was she randomly wearing that costume? She never explained why she was wearing it, nor nobody questions why she was wearing that or even mentions it after that. You know what this means…

    A BIG LIPPED ALIGATOR MOMENT!

  • November 3, 2009 at 7:31 pmMike

    The way he handle the situation might be mature but I also think is kind of being a wuss.
    Apologize is one thing but don’t gets on his hands and knees, just stand still bow his head and say he is sorry plus saying he will take care of the cleaning expense and that should be it. For he to get on his get on his hands and knees is just pathetic have no pride and a wuss.
    But if the other guy wanna be an ass now is the time to drag the guy outside and beat the shit out of the him till he have to be in the hospital for 3 month.

  • November 3, 2009 at 9:32 pmSilver

    @ Mike

    I kind of don’t agree with that. He’s being a wuss for the sake of others. I don’t considered that being a wuss. Being a wuss for your own sake however is a real wuss.

  • November 3, 2009 at 9:34 pmSilver

    Actuall, I don’t agree with that. Sorry, it’s a habit of mine to use “kind of” when I’m saying something. Anyway, either way, Shuuto is just going to be a “Shiito” so he’s going to get his butt handed to him. Can’t believe he considered himself high class when he bad mouths someone, spit on someone, and even acted so rudely. That’s just plain cheap. Even if Yuuto is much much poorer than he is, Yuuto is far above what Shuuto is.

  • November 4, 2009 at 8:20 amKinny Riddle

    @[s]gregor, I noticed that small section showing Nobunaga as well, though I’d wager he’s no where as legendary as “Legendary Girl A”. XD

  • November 4, 2009 at 8:28 amKinny Riddle

    @Divine

    Speaking of Hatano, he was also the host of a seiyuu TV talk show called “Ani-Song Cafe Yume ga oka” (アニソン☆カフェ ゆめが丘), which just finished airing a few months ago.

    Needless to say, it’s mainly interviewing and chatting with the seiyuus of the day. Guests for the first series include Takahashi Mikako (Nishizawa Ayumu), Katou Emiri (Hiiragi Kagami), Koshimizu Ami (Horo from Spice and Wolf), Mizuhara Kaoru (Isayama Yomi), Nonaka Ai (Ibuki Fuuko), Shiraishi Minoru and Seki Toshihiko.

    The Japanese wikipedia article for that programme
    http://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E3%82%A2%E3%83%8B%E3%82%BD%E3%83%B3%E2%98%85%E3%82%AB%E3%83%95%E3%82%A7_%E3%82%86%E3%82%81%E3%81%8C%E4%B8%98

    Check out YouTube, that’s where I learned about it, since I was just randomly searching for any seiyuu interview I could find and stumbled upon it.

  • November 4, 2009 at 8:15 pmAlex

    This is a very education series indeed. Shame that they run out of budget by around 19m40s… (after the following screen:)

    http://randomc.net/image/Nogizaka%20Haruka%20no%20Himitsu/Nogizaka%20Haruka%20no%20Himitsu%20Purezza%20-%2005%20-%20Large%2038.jpg

  • November 14, 2009 at 8:05 pmHell2uall

    I just realized something. Shuuto’s a snotty, spoiled, noble. When he steps on the frog stuffy, it leaves a shoe print on it. I thought that his shoe would be clean, considered that he’s a noble.

  • November 15, 2009 at 12:36 pmHarold

    I think Yuuto took a better and more subtle route in handling the situation while ruining Shuuto’s image in the long-run. Afterward, it will be rather hard for the Sutherland heir to find maids and butlers to employ in the long-run after his dad kicks the bucket and he takes over. After all, maid and butlers communicate on occasion and the topic on who to work for had large importance.

    The scenario provides some substance to the phrase: “Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted.” Matthew 23:12.