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「スイーツ大盛りメイドラテ」 (Suiitsu Oomori Meido Rate)
“Maid Latte with Lots of Sweets”

As luck would have it, Hinata’s not going down without a fight! Just when I thought he would get written off as a quick and ineffective stepping stone towards Misaki and Takumi’s relationship, he comes back with a strong showing of childhood proportions that even has Takumi pulling out the stops. The best part of all that was that I wasn’t really expecting much at this point. I was happy just to see some focus on Maid Latte and Misaki in her maid uniform again, which hasn’t really happened for the past while with the school tour, beach house, footman audition, arrival of Hinata, and the outdoor school. I had almost forgotten how good she looks with that slightly off-the-shoulder thing going on.

Anyway, we were tipped off about Hinata arriving at Maid Latte thanks to the preview last time, which turned out to be for a full course sweets challenge. With Hinata’s seemingly bottomless stomach, it was pretty much a shoo-in that he’d take the championship with ease; however, the added twist with Erika unknowingly agreeing to go on a date with a regular customer if he should win saw Misaki go undercover to prevent that from happening. She sure has a knack for helping those in need and an impressive stomach to boot in that little frame of hers. It looks like Takumi enjoyed making the sweets a bit too much knowing Misaki’s there though, with his surprise full-size cake as the dessert of choice for the finals. Leading up to Misaki’s early exit in the finals, Shiroyan, Kurotatsu, and Ikkun pretty much stole the show. Mainly Kurotatsu for almost hurling and then willingly tapping out early in anticipation of the punishment he’d receive. I wasn’t sure what was going to happen, so Subaru’s mind-blowing head flick was too funny. Who needs a one inch punch when you can do much more damage with a flick of a finger!

Quite honestly, with the short break in between the two halves of the episode, everything looked like it was all green in the Misaki x Takumi shipping lane. Misaki was trying to recover from all the food she ate and struggling to do so, and Takumi swept in all nonchalantly and teased her about using his lap as a pillow or preparing for worse punishment. It wasn’t exactly the two of them hitting it off, but Takumi kissing the coat that Misaki was hiding under did have a nice feel to it. All of that proved to be a nice lead-in to Hinata catching on to Misaki’s disguise and asking her about it, before all three of them went to Maid Latte to cash in on his prizes — his two free lunches and a commemorative photo with the maid of his choice, Misa-chan. During her attempt to keep her job a secret, Misaki showed how she has a soft spot for Hinata’s earnest nature, which was significant because that’s one area where Takumi can’t take him head-on in. He just doesn’t have the same history that Hinata does with her, with the biggest blow to his candidacy for Misaki’s heart being her inability to lie to Hinata after seeing his bandaged fingers from working his part-time job at a gas station.

From the looks of it, Takumi recognizes he can’t do anything about the history aspect either, but I get the feeling Hinata’s straightforwardness about his feelings towards Misaki without forcing them upon her also comes into play. Because of that, I almost thought Takumi was going to back down after Hinata told him how he fell for Misaki after his parents died in an accident, and she got him to stop acting tough and suppressing his real feelings of sadness. As such, it was actually relieving to see Takumi not waver at all and simply ask if making his feelings clear is a declaration of war over Misaki’s heart. I still think Misaki voluntarily revealing her secret job as a maid to Hinata struck a pretty big blow to Takumi, but he did do a good job covering it up by following her lead and snatching Misaki away from him instead of feeling down about it. He even declared his stance on not handing over Misaki, which is exactly what I wanted to see from this type of rivalry. Isn’t Misaki lucky having two good-looking guys vying for her heart? I think it’s about time she realizes how serious both of them are!

Note: Kobayashi Yuu voices Hinata when he was a child, on top of her role as Shizuko.

 

Preview

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September 4, 2010 at 2:20 am
23 comments »
  • September 4, 2010 at 2:33 amDragonite88

    I really do wonder what takumi means when he say he say he dosnt want a relationship. Even in the manga it doesnt say why? I cant wait for the next episode this is getting better. I hope they show the manga bits in order this time.

    • September 4, 2010 at 3:01 amStereoman

      Sometimes I also wonder about that.

      Show Spoiler ▼

    • September 4, 2010 at 4:37 amEliteF22

      I think part of it is because of his mother and how she fell in love with another man. The bigger part is… Show Spoiler ▼

    • September 4, 2010 at 9:35 amJules

      There are actually legitimate reasons to way Takumi says he doesn’t want a relationship.
      Show Spoiler ▼

  • September 4, 2010 at 3:23 amSulik

    Great next will be Misaki birthday :D

  • September 4, 2010 at 3:31 amPao

    Aw dude. That preview makes me smile. XD Hopefully it plays out the way it does in the manga. Ahh.. please let the Hinata stuff be over already.

  • September 4, 2010 at 5:37 amGekokujou

    I don’t which one I like better, younger Misaki or the current one, they’re both so cute.

  • September 4, 2010 at 6:21 amKinny Riddle

    Maybe because we haven’t been seeing Misa-chan in her maid uniform for so long, when she comes back in it, she just seems to much cuter.
    ttp://randomc.net/image/Kaichou%20wa%20Maid-sama!/Kaichou%20wa%20Maid-sama!%20-%2023%20-%20Large%2001.jpg

    The laughs were on constant supply this episode. Usui dressed as a butler in order to save Misaki from too many blushes in front of Hinata was just funny like hell.

  • September 4, 2010 at 8:32 amCan’tTouchThis

    I really hate the maid in the last screen cap. I’ve hated her ever since she said that she hated Misaki because she’s a better maid than her.

    • September 4, 2010 at 9:53 amAshen

      Couldn’t agree with you more, comrade.

    • September 6, 2010 at 1:32 amKinny Riddle

      Sheesh, cut Honoka some slack.

      It’s not like she “hates” Misaki as to really want to do evil to her, her “dislike” is more like the kind of emotion you’d find in healthy sibling rivalries. Besides, it doesn’t seem like either Misaki or Satsuki are really that bothered by her at all.

  • September 4, 2010 at 9:46 amgawrshness

    next episode seems to be a set up for the last two seeing as Misaki looks really angry at Takumi for some reason

  • September 4, 2010 at 9:52 amAshen

    I can’t wait to see this episode. And own this friggin’ series!

    Thanks again for continuing to cover Maid-sama! I absolutely love this series.

  • September 4, 2010 at 10:50 amoutcast

    I noticed black honoka is but a mere shadow of her old black self.

  • September 4, 2010 at 11:40 amL3g0la5

    ahh~ its good to see Misaki in her meido-outift once again. She really takes it to a whole new level :P
    The park bench scene was also very nice~ I’ve got a suspicion that Misaki actually knew that Takumi did give her a kiss through the coat, she juz chose to be ignorant about it cuz of her embarrassment.

    3 more episodes to go. I really wonder how this will pan out.

    oh and can the manga readers point out @ which point does this episode take place in the manga? The next episode preview kinda left me scratching my head abit too. Though it probably has something to do with Mahou Shoujo day or something.

  • September 4, 2010 at 2:50 pmRika

    I know Usui is represented as an attack dog but what dog is representing Hinata? Oh now that Hinata knows about Misaki’s secret I wonder if he will work at the maid cafe too. Love triangle fights are so intense…I like. :D
    Face-palm! LOL
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    • September 4, 2010 at 3:22 pmrufe

      Hinata is probably a Shiba or an Akita dog. They’re Japanese dog breeds and some of the most primitive actual dogs in the world (closest to wolves). They tend to be extremely loyal dogs and are distinctly Japanese, thus…Hinata.

  • September 4, 2010 at 2:53 pmPikachu

    http://randomc.net/image/Kaichou%20wa%20Maid-sama!/Kaichou%20wa%20Maid-sama!%20-%2023%20-%20Large%2037.jpg
    I’m not sure but there is something wrong with paw of that dog. Great episode. I can’t wait for the last three episodes.

  • September 4, 2010 at 8:31 pmsnap

  • September 5, 2010 at 12:08 amYosei

    The declaring stances at the end made me laugh really hard.

  • September 5, 2010 at 11:44 amstarburst-chan

    hopefully they don’t skip the climatic chapter and go straight to the chapter the episode preview plays…because it wouldn’t make any sense.

  • September 6, 2010 at 5:42 pmvirox

    I think they introduced Hinata too late… It would seem rushed if they are going for chapter 32 to end this season, but I still hope for it. After all, there has been a hint in the first ending for that chapter, but I wonder how they want to pull it off, now that they are in the middle of that Hinata thing. Also, next episode’s preview doesn’t seem like they are heading for ch. 32. Well, we will see. The anime is quiet popular (I think), so we will have another season for sure, after all, Usui’s story is just starting in the manga.

    (Tried to keep it spoilerfree)

  • December 19, 2010 at 7:54 pmzeroherrera

    I think what struck me the most of this episode was Usui calling Misaki cruel at the end. It really showed how much he likes her, and how much it would affect him if she left with anyone else.