「バカと不良とヒーローと」 (Baka to Furyou to Hiiroo to)
“An Idiot, A Delinquent, and A Hero”
Oh how the mighty have fallen. To think that the once renowned and feared “Tornado White Demon” of Seisen Middle School would become nothing more than the happy-go-lucky “Shiro-yan” after entering high school. While mostly due to his fear of his mother and his new-found interest in Misa-chan, Naoya left his delinquent juniors utterly speechless strolling into Maid Latte with his bubbly otaku-like personality. I can’t really blame their new leader Aratake (Kakihara Tetsuya) for being disappointed about the “Shironi” he once looked up to and is out to challenge in a one-on-one fight is nothing more than a figment of his former self. Interestingly enough, this episode didn’t go the way I was expecting it to after Yukimura was forced to cross-dress so that Hagimoto would have a girlfriend to show his mom and get her off his back.
Yukimura’s subsequent kidnapping due to a misunderstanding that he’s Naoya’s girlfriend was right along the lines of what the preview showed last time, but everyone getting completely sidetracked because they can’t locate Aratake’s secret base resulted in some unexpectedly quirky humor. This includes Ikuto’s disbelief that the Shiroyan he knows was some gang leader in middle school, Misaki’s remark about how Seisen’s full of weakass delinquents, and Aoi’s return where he gets everyone to dress up as a bunch of gangsters so Seika’s image isn’t affect by this. None were hilariously funny, but I found myself amused by the subtle humor that comes at our three idiots’ expense. At the same time, they surprised me with how cool they can look smoking their Pocky and getting back to their roots, without the typical cocky attitude to go along with it. After being bored to death by Suzuna‘s lengthy explanation on all things gyoza and further delays by Satsuki, Shizuko, Sakuro, and even the Inuyama quintuplets, I did get a good laugh out of Usui wondering if Yukimura’s still alive.
Anyway, I thought it was rather odd or just plan stupid that Naoya and Ryuunusuke didn’t figure to check out the secret base that was once theirs, but when they finally stumbled there, a conversation with fists helped settle things “peacefully” between Naoya and Aratake. I didn’t care too much for Aratake’s backstory about being weak and picking fights to become strong hero like Naoya is in his eyes, but I am surprised by how well Kakihara Tetsuya portrayed him here. Even with Aratake in tears and happy about Naoya realizing he’s the kid he saved before, he didn’t come off as the whiny characters I’m accustomed to hearing Tetsuya play. That turned out to be a big relief, as things wrapped up on a comedic note with Misaki seen as the female “Maid President” gang leader that Naoya now answers to. That was funny to see simply because everyone misunderstood “meido” as 「冥土」, which has the same pronunciation but means Hades or “the underworld”. Ikuto being all emo about feeling left out gave me a good chuckle too, only because he got a good slapping from Naoya for losing focus on the Speed training to win a photograph with Misa-chan.
Unsurprisingly, everyone forgot all about Yukimura in the end. However, with the way Naoya, Ryuunosuke, and Ikuto have become nothing more than cheap comic relief in this series due to their obsession of Misa-chan, it was nice to see them get some semi-meaningful attention for a change with an episode of their own. Incidentally, they’re getting outed just as quickly based on the preview, as a new hooded character will be introduced next time, which I believe should’ve made an appearance much earlier from if my memory from skimming through the manga serves me correctly.