「海の家でもメイドラテ」 (Umi no Ie demo Meido Rate)
“Maid Latte Even at The Beach House”
A new ending sequence with a lovely shot of the cute couple and a beach episode to boot. This week sure delivered, as Maid Latte kept the aprons but ditched everything else for swimsuits to help Satsuki’s younger sister Nagisa (Kobayashi Sanae) try to re-spark their beach house business. I should probably be grateful that Aoi wasn’t allowed to take part despite how much he wanted to, because the last thing I would’ve wanted to see is him in a girl’s swimsuit with his junk hanging out. It was much better when he behaving like a jerk saying how the business should just go down under so he can go home, than when he was lecturing the girls on how they should be worry about protecting their skin from UV rays. Odd, how I prefer an asshole over a cross-dresser. I even amaze myself sometimes when weighing options. Interestingly enough, Aoi did “feel” something when Misaki slapped his ass and took over the shower cleaning duties for him. That is, before he called her an old hag and ran off of course.
Seeing as Misaki only had her school swimsuit (with speed cap and goggles) and wasn’t the least bit embarrassed about it like everyone else, I wasn’t that disappointed about her not taking part in the Maid Latte Guerrilla Event at the beach. The same couldn’t be said about Takumi though, as it looked like the world shattered before his very eyes when Misaki didn’t come out in some sexy two-piece. That disappointment he bottled up exploded into a burst of sexual desire later on, when Misaki finally decided to help serve customers and got another swimsuit from Satsuki. Takumi literally ran up right behind Misaki after she just got finished changing, grabbed her arm with one hand, placed another over her EYES, and planted his lips square in her lower back to leave a huge hickey. That was some pretty hot sexual harassment to say the least, but the fact that Misaki doesn’t try to pound Takumi’s face in right after must mean she’s okay with it at some subconscious level. At least, that’s the way I’m going to interpret her simply coming out in a t-shirt to hide it and her swimsuit appearance from unsuspecting eyes just like Takumi wanted.
At this point, it’s probably safe to assume that Misaki’s reached a very, very high level of tolerance towards his sexual advances, even when he insists on being the one to give her CPR if needed. In any case, we all know she secretly wants some Usui love, so the last part of this episode involving a trip up to the hot spring was surprisingly good even without any actual bath scenes. I know that sounds crazy, as it even amazes me how I can say something like that without following it up with a ton of sarcasm. However, it all started off with Honoka and her awesome ghost story scaring the daylights out of Misaki. It’s not always the case that a tsundere is afraid of ghosts, but it sure as hell works better when there’s a guy around to capitalize on it to his own benefit. I probably should have felt bad for Misaki passing on the rare opportunity to go to a hot spring for free, especially when she was bawling her eyes out in front of Takumi for giving her the hickey she doesn’t dare show the the others, but she was so cute when she was scared that I was enjoying it more than anything else. She somehow mustered enough courage to try and bring everyone the free passes she thought they left behind, which led to Takumi scaring the crap out of her when he went after her.
It was at that point that I really did feel bad for Misaki. By the look of it, Takumi quickly realized that it was no laughing matter too. It’s one thing to scare her when other people are around, but it’s not so cool when she’s scared to death and about to cry. He wasn’t intentionally trying to scare her though, hence why the hug he gave her to try and calm her down was really cute to see. Seeing Misaki shaking and clinging onto him helplessly is what made this hot spring portion of the episode better than any bath scenes would have. To top it off, Aoi showed up, figured that Misaki likes Takumi, and told her to just admit it already. It was like music to my ears to finally have someone tell her that straight-up, which got her pondering about it as well. Ultimately, things ended off on a lighthearted note, with the free passes Misaki brought being extras and Takumi dragging Aoi off to the men’s side of the hot spring. Still, the humor there didn’t overshadow that awesome Takumi x Misaki moment one bit. The next episode looks like it’ll take place at the beach again and involve a volleyball tournament (woohoo!), along with some big moment between Takumi and Misaki.
As curious as I am about that, the new ending sequence hinting at more of Takumi’s childhood, his seemingly wealthy roots, and who I imagine to be his mother leaving him, has me hoping they’ll cover it in the anime at some point. I’ve purposely refrained from reading up about it, but I already have some ideas based on what’s been shown. I wouldn’t mind a hint on who the other guy shown is though!