「ある風邪の日に…、いつもと違うワグナリア」 (Aru Kaze no Hi no…, Itsumo to Chigau Wagunaria)
“A Different Wagnaria than Usual on a Sick Day”
I’m still having a hard time liking Mahiru’s character outside of her ability to give Hiroomi the punishment he deserves. There’s really been little to no improvement in her androphobia as Souta can attest to. Because of that, I found it rather befitting when Souta had to call in sick to take care of Nazuna and everyone saw Mahiru as a pet dog without her owner for the day. The immediate thought that popped up in my mind was that she should probably be on a leash as well with the way she indiscriminately attacks guys on sight. My opinion of her didn’t improve any either as she proved to be utterly useless when there were large swarms of male customers coming into the restaurant, which forced Popura to pick up all the slack alone. I realize that Mahiru’s fear of men is supposed to be an ongoing gag in the series, but I just can’t stand people who don’t pull their own weight on the job, so any potential humor from Kyouko telling her not to destroy the walls and Hiroomi getting the ass-kicking he deserves was soured.
On the plus side, it was pretty neat seeing Jun and Hiroomi fill in as servers as a result, even though it was short-lived via a few quick scenes. Most of the material that I actually found funny was in the first half of the episode when Souta was actually around. From with his analysis of how all the girls at Wagnaria have a correlation between their height, age, and oddball levels, to his minicon true self showing up at the sight of the kid’s meal toys, this episode really opened my eyes on the importance of having a relatively normal guy like Souta as the voice of reason. Without him, I think I’d be banging my head against the wall a lot while watching this series. Other than Souta’s involvement, the whole Jun x Yachiyo bit ended up being the next best thing. I got a good laugh out of Yachiyo densely asking if there’s something bothering Jun on a daily basis when she’s obviously the cause with the way she’s always at Kyouko’s beck and call. It’s just too bad for Popura that he ends up taking out his frustration on her, but I have to agree with Souta that she’s awfully cute when she’s being teased. Jun’s ability to restyle her hair on the fly should probably be considered an art of sorts now that I think about it.
As you can probably tell, I’m not a huge fan of these Mahiru-centric episodes, which is why I’m really looking forward to next week’s where it’ll be mostly about Souta and his four sisters. I already went on a bit about them last time, so I’m glad we’ll get to see more of them so soon. As they’re also an odd bunch, I’m expecting a lot of the comedy to come from Souta’s voice of reason as I mentioned above, which should be good times.