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「アタシと付き合いなさい」 (Atashi to Sukiainasai)
“Go Out With Me”

It only seemed like a year or two ago that Ise Mariya wasn’t really on my seiyuu radar, and now I’m looking forward to just about every role she’s in. It never hurts when she voices a character who can kick high either, much like we have with Usami Masamune. The best part of it all is that Masamune wedges herself between Jirou and Subaru, giving us some drama that I’m more accustomed to seeing in romantic comedies. Granted, it’s nothing but a huge misunderstanding on Subaru’s part as Jirou is blackmailed into pretending to be Masamune’s boyfriend, but it’s already led to a fair bit of backlash on Subaru’s part. Common sense says that Jirou should just tell her that he has to break his promise of going around the school festival with her in order to protect her secret, but that’s evidently too easy of a solution when an all-out war between S4 and Mimamorukai is at stake.

I’ll be quick to admit that I’m often torn over these type of developments to spice things up. On one hand, it went from a very cute Subaru reluctantly asking Jirou for something to a tear-filled Subaru with the most sparkling eyes I’ve ever seen in an anime, providing more of her girlish side that I love seeing. On the other hand, it comes off as a very convenient (and cheap) way to do it, which one short explanation from Jirou could easily rectify but we won’t see until maybe an episode or two later. A lot of unnecessary angst will almost surely result between now and then, with Subaru getting even more depressed and Jirou getting smacked around. It’s an all-too-familiar formula that shows of this genre seem to bank on, so ultimately what it comes down to is the execution. If the enjoyment in the scenarios that result far outweigh the misunderstanding that led to them, then the latter will generally be forgotten before long. Luckily, Mayo Chiki has been doing just that.

Anything with regards to Subaru is always a plus in my book, especially when she gets into kissing misunderstandings without Kanade’s direct involvement, and Masamune is shaping out to be a mini-Kanade of sorts, albeit with much more glaring weaknesses. I see them as a case of tsundere meets unconventional tsundere, so in that sense, the entertainment value far exceeds the stupid misunderstanding that got us here. There’s very little doubt in my mind that Subaru will feel bad about giving Jirou a hard time when she finally learns that he had her best interests in mind. Until then, it’s all about reveling in Masamune’s swimsuit cafe (nice touch with the mirror in that shot) and Jirou/Subaru’s gender bender one. I’m quietly holding out for the sight of Subaru in some cute clothes again, and for her relationship with Jirou to grow stronger when this is all cleared up. It looks like we’ll be finally seeing more of Nakuru too, which is never a bad thing when she’s voiced by Asumi Kana.

* Full-length images this week: 03, 04, 08, 12, 31, and 33.



August 7, 2011 at 1:50 pm
  • August 7, 2011 at 1:57 pmKurisu Vi Britannia

    Got interrupted half-way through this ep.

    I’m liking Usagi (LOL) alot, she’s not as tsundere as I thought she’d be. That swimsuit shot is HAWTZ.

    Not a fan of the catgirls character design, maybe she’ll win me over with personality.

  • August 7, 2011 at 2:14 pmMedoi

    as much as mayo chiki is being clichée (like in this episode with the misunderstanding and etc) i am still enjoying this show.
    i don’t think it is just becuase of the visuals but still…it is more enjoyable than hidan no aria, which consisted a lot of clichées too.

  • August 7, 2011 at 2:21 pmEtopen

    Mayo Chiki’s still a good and fun watch, but it suffers from being overshadowed by the big ones this season. Oh, and I finally got that Chicken joke :D

  • August 7, 2011 at 2:26 pmxcswmboy

    What about Usagi’s entrance? I though that was a nice rehash of the old classic.

  • August 7, 2011 at 2:28 pmAex

    Way to be vague and cause a few hundred misunderstanding, Jirou. Way to be vague…

  • August 7, 2011 at 2:48 pmvirox

    The most sparkling eyes? You probably didn’t watch Denpa Onna, then.
    Anyway, the moment Usami mentioned the fair, I could already see where this is going. Not sure if I like this development, as it seems to be a bit of a cliché, and I don’t want to see Subaru hurt, either. Jiro better turn the tables soon

    • August 7, 2011 at 2:57 pmKurisu Vi Britannia

      Erio didn’t have sparkling eyes. She had inbuilt neon lights in there lol!

    • August 7, 2011 at 2:58 pmDivine

      I don’t think I could’ve written final impressions about Denpa if I didn’t watch it. :)

  • August 7, 2011 at 2:53 pmx

    Fun episode as always.

    Masamune is kind of like a cross between Kanade and Kureha.

    I get the impression that there are more students from the school that already know about Jirou’s and Subaru’s “cross dressing” date.

  • August 7, 2011 at 3:18 pmClick

    I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of this show. And that’s really saying something.

  • August 7, 2011 at 3:20 pmBreedo

    For the first time watching this series i got a twinge of the cliche cheapness when Jirou told Subaru he’d be going on the date exclusive with Usami, I thought he might have told her was going to make a bit of time for her while Usami was at her cafe. Maybe something to do with following source material. I haven’t read any of it. At any rate I’m very happy over all with this series. The part that got me with the swimsuit was the soft shine they put on it….well placed! I just had a feeling the pink haired lady would be my favorite at the first sight in the opening. I’m hangin on her motives now…the way she reacts toward Jirou makes me wonder if she really is S4. Or maybe just jealous of friendships she doesn’t apparently share.

  • August 7, 2011 at 3:47 pmstarss

    Is this show trying to break the Guiness record for Most Camera Once-Overs In Anime?!

    • August 8, 2011 at 1:06 amDivine

      I think Yuruyuri has an edge in that regard. Episodes four and five had me slaving away to put them together.

  • August 7, 2011 at 4:14 pmOmega

    LOL @Jirou for almost awakening to FemDom fetish after his “encounter” with Usami. However, between her and Kanade-chan, i dare say Kanade-chan can awaken Jirou’s FemDom fetish faster than her. After all, Kanade-chan’s S-mode is just the tip of the iceberg that we are seeing all this while.

  • August 7, 2011 at 5:18 pmjrj

    twin tails are fine, but here we go with another tsundere… :( not that I really mind it, it is just a bit over used… hopefully things will clear up soon. I would rather see Subaru’s cute form than her “killing rage” on Jirou :3
    and what in the world is that animal ear on the glasses girl, whatever her name was…?

  • August 7, 2011 at 5:20 pmBaka-Yuusha

    So technically, Jirou’s first kiss was Subaru (and vice versa), even if it was for CPR purposes. Kanade was his first conscious one.

    Not enough sadistic Kanade this episode. Something about the evil, twisted ojou-sama really rubs me the right way.

  • August 7, 2011 at 5:32 pmRukia

    What happened to the helmet and goggles Usami had on? They just disappeared after the crash!

    • August 8, 2011 at 1:08 amDivine

      “The goggles! They do nothing!”

  • August 7, 2011 at 5:39 pmRukia

    NVM. Rewatched that part of the episode.

    I agree about sadistic Kanade being awesome though.

  • August 7, 2011 at 6:12 pmRelic

    Masamune ehhh? If I’m not wrong, that too is the name of the legendary blade Sephiroth weilded… Ohhh I see the connection…. Should be one action packed episode as Jirou fights his gynophobia aka “geo-stigma”against Masamune! The parallels are astounding!!! Almost….illegal lol on another note as soon as Subaru finds out it was all for her sake, and she was so mean, now she forgives him, and somewhere in there a bigger love polygon will form. I hope they keep the delivery of the story as good as they have.

    • August 7, 2011 at 10:10 pmShiden

      It isn’t a reference to FFVII.

    • August 7, 2011 at 11:08 pmDivine

      Gorou Nyuudou Masamune is the name of a Japanese swordsmith who’s renowned as the country’s greatest. He was a real person and created several katanas. His work is used in various fictional settings, such as Final Fantasy.

      Date Masamune, a.k.a. The One-Eyed Dragon, was a famous warlord during the Sengoku Period.

      Neither have any bearing on Usami’s first name.

      • August 7, 2011 at 11:40 pmewok40k

        Masamune pretty much = badass :)
        with high kicks and all, I’m sure this Masamune is fitting the name

  • August 7, 2011 at 6:25 pmfragb85

    More cliche this episode, but at least its entertaining cliche. I’m not that fond Usami, but at least her protagonist beating isn’t too over the top. Probably because Jirou getting beaten has been a running gag on this series. It’s so blatant that she will eventually warm up to Jirou anyway.

    Still Kanade once again steals the spotlight with her constant trolling.

    • August 7, 2011 at 7:36 pmSerapita

      Kanade really made my day with her epic trolling. I wish this show is more about Kanade trolling everyone and less about Jirou and Subaru…

      • August 7, 2011 at 11:38 pmewok40k

        it’s amazing the impact Kanade has with even so small amount of screentime

  • August 7, 2011 at 7:36 pmdeafvader

    He should just say the reason why he is friends with Subaru is that he is dating his master. Kanade won’t mind, maybe even happy about it. And the clubs won’t go after him anymore. At least not the Subaru’s fanclub. If there is a Kanade fan club…

    • August 7, 2011 at 10:25 pmTheM0onDOgg

      And I think Subaru’s too possessive of Jiro. She might not want to share her first love to even her mistress.

      • August 7, 2011 at 10:55 pmdeafvader

        I think you are wrong there. A “So what have you been doing with my Ojou-sama behind my back all this time?! You KISSED Ojou-sama desu ka?” plus her own jealousy = Subaru’s innocent smile with a i wanna kill you aura behind her.

      • August 7, 2011 at 11:13 pmTheM0onDOgg

        That’s why I said that she doesn’t wanna share. There’s no reason for her to get angry with Jiro locking mouths with her mistress if it isn’t that.

      • August 8, 2011 at 6:37 pmDeafvader

        Didn’t understand it the first time across. My bad.

  • August 7, 2011 at 9:51 pmShirt

    I think the reason I enjoy anime so much is because I tend to unconsciously throw what I know out the window before watching it. So every show has a fresh feel to it despite the re-used story progressions. I enjoy this show a lot. Especially for the consistency in the artwork. (And Subaru. <3)

    Here's to the angst.

  • August 7, 2011 at 10:26 pmcybersteel

    I wanna a Kami-No-Ryu-Ya version of Kanade!!!

  • August 8, 2011 at 12:27 amShirt

    Thank you for the full shots. #08 is normal though.

    • August 8, 2011 at 1:13 amDivine

      I linked the wrong image. 08 is a full shot.

  • August 8, 2011 at 5:27 amCroos

    man Divine. This is pic really hard to caputure.

    My thoughts:
    I wish I could have watch this along with episode 6.

  • August 8, 2011 at 10:49 amargus88


    Falcon punch!

    On a more serious note, while the show really doesn’t bring anything new to the table, it still manages to be entertaining, which is completely fine by me. I guess having appealing characters (mostly Subaru) goes a long way in making it watchable.

  • August 8, 2011 at 10:43 pmomeganx

    MY fav part was when he punched her and went to be man!
    …… Wait….wrong episode