Mayo Chiki! – 04
「あんまりジロジロみるな・・・」 (Amari Jirojiro Miru na…)
“Stop Staring So Much…”
I can’t shake the feeling that Mayo Chiki has skipped quite a few episodes of development to help explain the closeness in Jirou and Subaru’s relationship, but I am starting to wonder if it’s because I’ve been unconsciously brainwashed into believing that anime characters take an entire season before there are any noticeable changes in them. As someone who still enjoys anime, the last thing I’d want to conclude is that romantic comedies purposely choose to remain stagnant, beating around the same bush and placing the characters in a bunch of awkward scenarios because there’s really nothing else to the plot. However, even if I were to use that taboo-like reasoning, it’s hard to imagine how we got to where we are now only four episodes later.
In Subaru’s case, I can totally understand her fear in Jirou dying after being reminded of her mother when Kureha was crying over him, equally traumatized by the death of her own father. They’ve also made it pretty clear that Subaru’s a lot more frail emotionally than one would initially believe. The one I’m having a much harder time believing is Jirou, who’s shown an almost abnormal amount of concern toward a butler who’s simply following orders to keep her master entertained. There hasn’t been any real indication that Jirou’s started to see Subaru in a romantic sense, thanks to the injection of all the goofy lighthearted moments. All we had were his father’s last words advising him to find someone to protect, which feel rather inadequate in explaining why he’ll go to such great lengths to make sure Subaru doesn’t cry. I could cough it up to self-satisfaction reasons or being moved by how she sided with him over her own father, but Jirou doesn’t seem like the chivalrous type to put up with all the hassle when he’s quick to kick Kanade out of his house. Given everything that’s happened so far, I still don’t really understand why he favors Subaru so much.
There’s little question as to why I favor her though. Her embarrassed look in cat ears and a tail or a bath towel is just one of many reasons. For reasons such as that, I’m still enjoying Mayo Chiki to no end. Kureha’s been an awesome addition as well, and reminds me of Hanazawa Kana’s fiesty role as Rana Linchen in FREEZING. The character dynamic continues to be a lot of fun to watch, which includes Kanade and the impact she makes giving her first kiss to Jirou. There’s pretty much everything that I want to see from a show of this genre, making it one of the more entertaining offerings this season for a romantic comedy fan such as myself. At the same time, it’s a little bit unconventional with the way it tries to inject drama regularly as we go along. The drama aspect hasn’t come together as seamlessly as I would’ve like, but I do appreciate the added dimension it provides.
If I had a better idea where the characters are coming from emotionally, I may start feeling more compassionate toward them. I’m somewhat forgiving about how the build-up hasn’t really been there, simply because this is still a romantic comedy at heart. I can’t imagine it being any easier when Usami Masamune is introduced next time. When she’s voiced by Ise Mariya, I can’t say that I mind though.