Servant x Service – 12
「一寸待て 慣れと油断が 命取り」 (Chotto Mate Nare to Yudan ga Inochitori)
“Hold On A Second, Familiarity and Carelessness Can Be Fatal”
Let’s get this date on the road!
Personally, I found this episode to be both very sweet and slightly infuriating. There are some things, particularly on the part of Chihaya, which I found somewhat irritating, and others (on her part as well) that were downright adorable; of course, the entire episode doesn’t focus on Chihaya, but that doesn’t change how she colored some of what should have been the lovelier moments of the long-awaited date.
What Makes A Good Partner?
Perhaps what annoyed me most was Chihaya’s attitude toward dating and toward Ichimiya. Clearly we know by now that her image of a good boyfriend is somewhat romanticized, and that she’s frustrated that Ichimiya won’t get the hints about what she feels is wrong about the relationship. But I find this to be flawed as well; as airheaded and naive as Ichimiya can be, is it really so hard for Chihaya to open up and talk about what bothers her, rather than waiting for him to get the clues? And even more so, what’s this about “a good boyfriend knows how to treat a woman”? A good boyfriend is a good boyfriend, it’s not about how much he coddles or protects you as a girlfriend, just as being a good girlfriend isn’t someone who waits hand and foot on her boyfriend. Shouldn’t a relationship be about two people who love each other for who they are, rather than how close they come to your storybook romance ideal? I think Chihaya genuinely does love Ichimiya, and that she’s lonely because sometimes it looks like he doesn’t take their relationship as seriously (something I can definitely fault him with, but not one-sidedly), but I think in some ways, she’s missing the point. What she needs to do, more than anything, is sit down with Ichimiya and talk about what upsets her and why.
Cuteness Overload Alert
That being said, Chihaya is also the source of one of the cutest cuddly scenes I’ve seen in some time, which is especially amusing as it’s the aftermath of a failed attempt to coerce her slightly out-of-it boyfriend into sleeping with her. In addition, she’s also the person behind Lucy’s lovely one piece for her date with Hasebe, though this also bothers me a bit; if Lucy doesn’t want to wear a skirt, why does everyone feel the need to coerce her into doing so? But regardless, she does end up looking very nice and the date itself is quite the shipping fest for those of us with vested interest in Lucy and Hasebe’s relationship. Hasebe seems to be quite at the end of his rope when it comes to Lucy, to be honest, and I would find it very pitiable indeed if he did not succeed in getting through to Lucy somewhat. So seeing their date come together fairly well, despite that fact that it’s cut short, is quite smile inducing, whatever else didn’t sit quite so well with me this episode.
The Moment You’ve All Been Waiting For…
Yes, I’m pretty sure nearly every single one of you saw it coming; we all knew it was Hasebe’s father who was responsible for Lucy’s name since episode one, and we were all just waiting for the moment to come when it would be revealed, if indeed it ever would. As amusing as that is for us, however, this really sucks for Hasebe. Lucy’s name complex is definitely severe enough that she tends to attach some of her self worth to it, and it has a huge impact on her confidence in dating at all. Add to that the fact that Hasebe is directly related to her life’s suffering and you have a huge conundrum; will she be able to overcome the history and hatred of her name and allow that spark of attraction she’s finally found to grow into a genuine and obvious interest in Hasebe? Or will poor Hasebe continue to suffer for his easygoing life?
Apologies, I had a test today so was unable to finish the post before the weekend was over.