「おおかみさんとおつう先輩の恩返し」 (Ookami-san to Otsuu-senpai no Ongaeshi)
“The Wolf and Otsuu’s Repayment”
Ryouko’s a maid! If this were Kaichou wa Maid-sama, the title would’ve easily been, “A Maid Even as a Wolf.” Incidentally, this was only a side effect of the actual story involving Otsuu and her obsession with repaying debts, which even had the guys in French maid outfits before it was all said and done. I would’ve much preferred Liszt coming out as the mysterious beauty at the very least, but he chose to go with the half-assed cross-dressing look along with Ryoushi and Tarou. However, I did get a good laugh out of Tarou huddling up with them and commenting on all the noises coming from Otsuu as the other girls forcibly undressed her and changed her into some comfy pajamas. It would’ve been more or less the equivalent to “That sounds so hot” in English, along with a big perverted smile from ear to ear. For the maid get-ups and seeing Ryouko fumbling her keigo alone, the scene at the end with everyone pampering Otsuu with special treatment to make her realize that they’re friends who don’t need to be repaid was my personal highlight of the episode.
The setup towards that finish wasn’t too shabby though, as it entailed the Otogi Bank spin on the Japanese folktale, Tsuru no Ongaeshi (“A Crane’s Repayment”). The story doesn’t have an English take on it, but involves a poor man saving an injured crane and the crane returning in the form of a woman to be his wife, who secretly weaves him beautiful cloth to sell using her own feathers. As I mentioned before, “Tsurugaya” Otsuu is modeled after the crane and goes into super repayment mode after Ryoushi snipes a wild baseball out of the air that was about to hit her in the face. The humor kicks in when Otsuu starts staying at Ryoushi’s boarding house to serve him as his personal maid and reveals she’s willing to accommodate his needs in bed too if he so desires. Quite a bold move for a girl who’s inexperienced herself, but I didn’t call it “super” repayment mode for no reason. This in turn prevents Ryoushi from sleeping a wink for the next while and him fearing he’ll die from sleep deprivation, which was amusing to me because no one seemed to be overly concerned about his well-being over Otsuu’s.
Along the way, it was nice seeing the “dere” to the tsundere in Ryouko when Ryoushi’s aunt and landlady Murano Yukime (Nabatame Hitomi) turned out to be her favorite romance novelist “Yuki”. In fact, Ryouko gave quite a few good looks this time around, plus she didn’t hit Ryoushi when Ringo put two and two together about him not taking advantage of Otsuu because he only has her in mind. To top it off, Yukime was pretty quick to see through Ryouko’s interest in Ryoushi, making for some good development in the romance department even when the two of them weren’t the main focus this episode. Other new characters briefly introduced included Yukime’s husband Wakato (Miyasaka Shunzou), the student council president Hansel (Okamoto Nobuhiko), his twin sister/secretary Gretel (Iguchi Yuka), and a mysterious female student named Shiratori Mahiru (far right). Out of that bunch, the Hansel and Gretel twins easily raise the most eyebrows with their overly loving relationship.
Amidst all of the above, I did appreciate how the story took a slightly more serious turn when Otsuu collapsed from overworking herself. Surprisingly, it was a tragic traumatizing experience during her childhood that caused her obsession with repaying debts, where an older boy from her neighborhood died after saving her from getting hit by a truck. In a way, the story almost got a little too deep after seeing the flashback of the one debt she was never able to repay, and the silence from rest of the members who didn’t know about it reemphasized that notion. i.e. Everyone except Liszt and Alice. It wasn’t quite enough for me to be terribly moved — especially with the way things shifted back to a lighthearted mood soon after — but it did put a serious spin on the series that I wasn’t expecting. It sure helps balance an evil-faced Ringo who knows about Ryouko’s secret stash of romance novels, so it’s a welcomed change of pace. Based on the next episode title, I gather next week is going to be about the public morals committee member Kibitsu Momoko (Kaida Yuuko), who’s modeled after Momotaro. If anyone needs a reminder, Maid-sama did its own take on the hero born from a peach not too long ago.
Majo is certainly better without her Halloween costume.
Indeed she is.
yeah better when naked
Heeeeyelll yeah. When I first saw her, I thought, ‘Who is this cute blonde chick?’ then I go, oh snap, it’s the witch girl!
She is definitely a cutie without the witch outfit.
yaiks… i like Ookami san in maid, and when she looks dere dere….
@Katz Yes, definitely, and her costume seems to have changed between image 30 and 37… Nice racks XD
Wow you have sharp eyes , i didn’t even see that…i wonder why, do the animator forget to color it? or because her racks push her shirt? LOL
it looks like her huge bust pop out of her outfit XD
wow… for a light-hearted comedy series, that incident regarding Otsuu’s past is rather tragic…
tragic but pretty cliche mind you, haven’t felt any sadness from this episode,and not a laugh either.Since we’re talking about french maids outfits btw I’m french and I never saw one.But you probably know this already.So yeah.
And about Majo costume nice job seeing it guys,the animators probably wanted to show her rack more and they forgot that it wasn’t the same costume.
You know… I never realized that Otsuu VA is Saber’s VA as well as well as a number of others. That’s a ridiculous take on not being able to make up a favor. I understand it a little… but that girl can get into so many problems with that kind of hindsight that make me glad that this kind of things or people don’t exist in real life. At least I hope they don’t cause… oh boy, the troubles you would have dealing with this kind of person, let alone with all the bad things around the world.
If you look carefully, it’s the same outfit. It’s just that her boobs got bigger and forced the black “vest” part of the outfit down in the second picture.
It’s probably poor animated or animated by a different person, and not meant to be a new outfit as all of this happened in a single day, and it makes no sense for the animator to design a new outfit for the maid.
I am not sure why but I am enjoying this series. I find the silent attraction between Ryouko and Ryoushi to be very cute, done much better than similar relationships between main characters (Mayoi Neko Overrun comes to mind) I enjoy how Ryoushi is a complete badass on the inside, and I am glad that they recognized this in the scene between Yukime, Ringo, and Ryouko.
On a side note, Yukime was smokin hot. I have a thing for mature, older women, 2-D women included 😛
no comment for me yet. let the story go on
Lol, 2 jealousy scenes right there. When Ryoushi spoon-fed Otsuu, Ryouko seems anxious and when Tarou gave her a bouquet of flowers, Otome barged in then made off with him by grabbing him by his neck.
Holy crap. It didn’t even register with me that that was Majo until she talked.
The one thing I look forward too when I watch each episode;
Roukou and Ryoushi RELATIONSHIP LEVEL UP.
Ayako Kawasumi was Mahoro Ando in Mahoromatic.. and she was a robotic battle maid.
Loved the extra info on the crane story.
The back story spoil the episode for me 🙁 After I couldn’t laugh or enjoy the rest grrr boo
This anime is getting pretty good. I sometime dislike when the narrator speak over parts of the dialogue
I also think Maio i is way better without that costume 😛
It may be slowly, but at least the anime’s improving. In particular, Arai Satomi didn’t seem to narrate as annoyingly (ie. speaking over people) as much in this episode, so that can’t be a bad thing. 🙂
Anyone who could exlain what that preview picture is about?
We need more Ryoushi pwnage and developement.
I want moar costume-less Majo!