「雅ヶ丘学園生徒会長登場」 (Miyabigaoka Gakuen Seitokaichou Toujou)
“The Miyabigaoka Academy Student Council President Arrives”
I wasn’t expecting there to be another school in this series, but what would an anime about a poor student council president who works at a maid cafe be without some rich preppy boys to act as antagonists. It looks like they come in droves too, after a few of them insult some of Seika’s students by calling them poor scrubs, get punched in the face for it, then demand an apology while threatening to get their whole school involved. With Misaki doing her darndest as the student representative of her school, only to find out that this Koganei fellow is just a silver spoon-fed ass hung up on his high horse of ranking 4th in the country in chess, it was so relieving to see Usui tag along on a self-proclaimed social field trip. Somebody’s got to look into how society is full of arrogant bastards who need to be kick off the pile of money they’re standing on, so who better to do it than the man who can do it all. Whether it’s winning over the tsundere of all tsunderes, jumping off school rooftops and surviving, or owning so-called national level chess players with ease, you can never go wrong with Usui Takumi. It’s cute watching him tease Misaki to no end and continue to confuse her emotionally, but it’s a whole new dimension of fun when he gets under Koganei’s skin and makes him cry and complain like the sore loser that he is. The icing on the cake was that he had to praise Misaki as a beautiful butterfly if he lost. Way to make sure those wounds are salted Takumi. *thumbs up*
The more pressing issue however is that Miyabigaoka’s student council president, Igarashi Tora (Suzumura Kenichi), along with his vice-president Mika Kanade (Maeno Tomoaki), going for an underhanded tactic to get back at Misaki. Under the guise of wanting her to transfer to Miyabigaoka and becoming a member of their student council, along with promises of having everything covered by scholarships, it looks like Misaki’s actually going to transfer to their school and get victimized in some way there. As always, I find it pretty annoying to see schemers get their way, but I’m really not the least bit worried simply because Takumi’s around. He is literally the “Takishima Kei to Hanazono Hikari” when it comes to Misaki, so there’s no doubt in my mind that he’ll end up saving her again. I suspect we’re in store for bumpy ride though, as Takumi’s confused Misaki more by kissing her vice-president Yukimura in an attempt to ease the awkwardness over their kiss, started questioning if she likes a guy like Tora after the nice guy act he put up, and got told off by Misaki for being the “seme” to her “uke” in their yaoi relationship. To make things worse, Tora now knows about Misaki’s job at the maid cafe and will undoubtedly use that to blackmail her.
As for Ladies Day at the cafe, I have to say that “Misaki-kun” looked pretty good in her get-up, though I wish she didn’t end up hiding her curves so well. There’s just something appealing about pretty girls when they go for the suit look now and then, provided that I know it’s actually a girl. The same goes for the meganekko look, which was really hot in that sophisticated kind of way. That said, one of my favorite moments had to be when Misaki was going on about how she’d change her opinion of guys if they’re kind and reliable gentlemen like she is with the female customers, prompting Takumi to suggest that she means someone like him. He was shot down way too fast after all he’s done for her so far, which is why I got a good laugh out of it. Another one had to be when Misaki was confused about the yaoi terms mentioned above and Takumi offered to show her by offering to undress her since they’re both guys. I know the scene stopped there with Takumi backing off, but the alternate version kept playing out in my head and I have to tell you, it was damn good.
On a cast-related note, they sure are recycling a lot of seiyuus in this series, with Suzumura Kenichi being the most notable one. After the Inuyama brothers last episode, he’s now playing Igarashi Tora too. Given his ability to play a wide range of roles, I have no qualms whatsoever, but I can definitely picture Miyano Mamoru as Tora. I’m thinking Fuwa Shou from Skip Beat here. What do Skip Beat fans think?