「男・鮎沢塾！」 (Otoko / Ayuzawa Juku!)
“Ayuzawa School of Guys!”
Takumi finally steals a kiss! The timing couldn’t have been any better either, as Misaki was freaking out like crazy after she knocked his prized photo out of his hands, causing it to fall from the rooftop towards her new faithful followers — the Inuyama quintuplets. Credit goes to Takumi for locking lips with Misaki and saying that he likes her, so it’s a shame that didn’t sink into the student council president’s head by the end of it all. After seeing him jump off the rooftop after the photo and seemingly to his death, she was way too distraught to think clearly about anything, including the kiss itself. But damn, I have to say that if you need someone who knows how to woo a tsundere, Usui Takumi is your man. Hands down, no contest. Like seriously, I don’t know how a girl tsundere or otherwise can possibly deal with a quick confession and a kiss on the lips before a guy puts his life on the line for something that’s not life-threatening but simply important to her. Now throw in the fact that Takumi’s supposed to be the most popular guy in school too. That scene was unquestionably the moment to watch for, but it actually came as a complete surprise to me since the episode was already really good leading up to that point with the Inuyama brothers. It just became utterly awesome after it. 🙂
So as the episode title suggests, this week we have the Inuyama quintuplets becoming Misaki’s new disciples and adopting a new way of life they like to call, “The Ayuzawa School”. With all five brothers played by Suzumura Kenichi, they were an absolute riot and really fun to watch due to their overzealous yet completely loyal and respectful personalities. Even the male-hater Misaki couldn’t help but like her new junior followers as they aspire to be like her. She was even going to tell them about her secret part-time job at a maid cafe at the end — after spending the majority of the episode trying to conceal it — which to me speaks volumes about how Misaki feels about their earnest nature. It was somewhat cute to watch them follow her around like a pack of dogs who absolutely adore their owner, but the real laughs came from Naoyo putting the hopes and dreams of Ikuto and Ryuunosuke in his hands when he tried to beat Misaki in a game of Speed and land them a photograph with her. It was evident that Naoya put a lot of blood, sweat, and tears (mostly blood) in preparation for this one chance after filling up their point card, so it was hilarious seeing Misaki destroy him before he could drop a single card. Quite a drastic difference from Takumi to say the least, who beat her with ease since he seems to excel in practically everything.
Anyway, if there’s been a moment I’ve been looking forward to the most in this series, it’s this first kiss between Takumi and Misaki. I actually like how I was totally caught off guard for it, as it made the shock value so much more prominent. Next time, it looks like we have some male cosplay going on at the cafe, along with a bunch of new characters to be introduced. The preview shows Misaki blushing with Takumi pinning her against the wall though, so that’s already a win in my books. Misaki is the best!