「学園祭でもメイド様」 (Gakuensai demo Maid-sama)
“A Maid Even at The School Festival”
I had a pretty good indication of how biased Misaki is against guys, but this episode made me wonder if the series should be retitled, “The Student Council President is a Dictator”. Make no mistake here. Misaki rules with an iron fist and is absolutely relentless in doing so. (ALL HAIL MISAKI!) They’re undoubtedly trying to build up the brash side of her character and depict exactly how much she hates men, but damn, she almost made me hate her to a degree when she turned down all of the male students’ ideas for school festival activities and quickly accepted any from the girls. I say “almost” though, as it was a display of feminist supremacy in full force, but the guys brought it upon themselves by suggesting sexual harassment-like events such as a “strip rock-paper-scissors free-for-all welcome tournament”. So yeah, I can’t really blame Misaki for wanting to murder each and every one of them.
The ongoing joke with Misaki dealing with the male students was pretty amusing to start with, but I felt they overused it a bit too much as almost every other scene had Misaki going evil-eyed and laying the smack down. Luckily though (and much to my entertainment), the guys were smart enough to drag Takumi in to try to convince Misaki on their behalf. He was pretty indifferent for the most part, but still left Misaki at a loss on how to deal with him since he knows her secret. It got even better near the end when he willingly took part in war-themed cosplay that the guys secretly planned out of spite, dressing up as a naval captain and getting Misaki all flustered. It wasn’t quite enough to soften her up completely, but it did bring out that other side of the tsundere personality. Regardless, Takumi continues to score brownie points over Misaki, saving her from an awkward situation where she habitually referred to a customer as “master”.
Other than that, it was a pretty quirky episode much like the first one, with my personal highlights being Misaki in her neko-maid get-up and dealing with her three new regular customers (the difficult students from episode one), Takumi flipping Misaki’s skirt to see if she’s wearing flashy pantsu, and Misaki apologizing and asking for help after realizing she went overboard. So cuteness, comedy, and a dash of dramatic character development. Not bad for a second showing. Next episode has Misaki taking part in “Little Sister Day” (at her cafe I imagine) and very reluctantly giving us the twin-tails look. Reluctance is usually the starting point of breaking down a tsundere’s strong exterior, so I’m looking forward to it. Should be fun at entirely Misaki’s expense. =P