「初めてのお留守番」 (Hajimete no Orusuban)
“First Time Staying Behind”
Misaki was sooo cute this week with Usui getting under her skin to the extreme by playing make-believe stalker. Except in his case, aside from actually sneaking up behind her grabbing her, he more or less is a stalker already. In any case, I found Usui’s nonchalant comment about how it was supposed to be make-believe absolutely hilarious with the timely comedic pause in that scene. It was also pretty funny hearing Misaki tell him that if it was anyone else but her he’d have a lawsuit on his hands. Those were probably the highlights of this week, but Usui giving Misaki the tongue for no particular reason was right up there as well. It was actually a bit surprisingly how light the mood was for the most part, given the somewhat gloomy foreshadowing at the beginning with Satsuki suggesting that they take some precautionary measures for the recent string of attacks by perverts. Unsurprisingly, that ended up being an attack from two of their regular customers, who turn out to be masochists intent on getting a scolding from Misa-chan’s true sadistic self.
While I did enjoy seeing Misaki vulnerable for a change with her hands cuffed and her mouth taped up, there’s clearly no way to contain the beast within her. She may be a practitioner of aikido, but snapping handcuffs in a fit of rage is still pretty ridiculous. In short, don’t mess with the prez. Despite how predictably all of that played out, the silver lining to this episode was Usui’s continued attempts to break that tough tsundere exterior of Misaki’s. After he told her she’s still a girl no matter how tough she may be and busted into the cafe to save her if she hadn’t beat up the perverts herself, I could just sense how close he was on both occasions. I can’t help but wonder what Misaki’s reaction would’ve been if she realized how serious Usui got as soon as he realized she was in danger. Needless to say, he was definitely a man out on a mission to protect the girl he loves (…to tease). Anyway, I have to say I’m pretty jealous of Usui, because Misaki’s a cutie pie who is absolutely adorable when she feels embarrassed.
Next week looks like the teasing will continue as we have bunny ears (win) and Usui making use of his cafe point card to get Misaki to do what he wants. I just love seeing that reluctance in her face, so I can’t wait.