(Meido wa Mita! Ojou-sama no Midara na (Ryaku) / Ore ni Sonna Kyara Settei wa Nai / Watashi de Yokereba Tsukiau ga)
“The Maid’s Seen It! The Wealthy Daughter’s Dirty (Omit) / I Don’t Have Character Traits Like That / I’ll Accompany You If You’re Fine with Me”
Despite being mentioned in the preview last time, I completely forgot we were having a culture festival episode this week. All I remembered was Aria’s maid, Dejima Sayaka (Tamura Mutsumi), who turned out to be a little dirty-minded herself. It must be infectious in this world. Female perversion. Amidst the usual dirty jokes, this is probably the first time I recall Shino getting scared and reacting just like Mio would. Apparently, Shino’s afraid of painful stories that involve cutting one’s finger, yet is extremely intrigued about ones that involve getting whipped. It kind of puts a new light on exactly how far her masochism or interest in it extends. Aside from our president, the visit to Aria’s house had me wondering exactly how shameless Dejima’s desire is in becoming Aria’s plaything. Or more specifically, how shameless she is in general, after hearing how she’s willing to give the maid outfit she’s wearing to Aria for the school play she’s helping out with and walk home naked if need be. Now is it just me, or is the idea of a maid like that who’s brought to tears over how long it’s been having a long thing in her mouth oddly intriguing?
Compared to just about everything else in this series, Aria busting out the “rare” cup noodles for dinner when everyone was expecting some high-class meal at her place was probably one of the cleanest skits ever. However, it didn’t really do much in terms of offsetting all the ones about masturbation and oral sex. There were times those two topics were just nonchalantly brought too, as if they were just another thing one talks openingly about to their friends and their teachers. Those scenes undoubtedly warranted the typical speechless reaction, whereas seeing the dirty jokes extend to Suzu for a change and work in her sex appeal from her dreams is some new territory I didn’t know how to react to. It felt somewhat wrong given her loli stature, yet oddly refreshing since she’s one of the few normal girls in the series. I’d still like to see someone have the guts to take their dirty jokes to Ranko, who seems completely untouchable in that department given the water bottle she uses to pee in while staking out for a shutter chance. The only person I see who has a remote chance of doing so is Yokoshima-sensei, if the two of them ever get caught in a scenario where they’re alone together.
As for a pleasant surprise this episode, it had to be the hints of romantic interest from Mutsumi and Shino herself. The school culture festival came and went fairly quickly, so Shino inviting Tsuda to partake in the closing bonfire folk dance was a bit unexpected at the very end. It did make her seem like a very innocent girl in love though, which is pretty amazing since it only took a short scene like that to get me to momentarily overlook the dirty-minded person that she is. I’d say it’s unlikely we’ll see anything really develop between these two, but I sure wouldn’t mind if they played up this aspect a bit more in the various skits. Shino looks unbelievably cute when she’s embarrassed by something not sexually related. Next time it looks like we’ll be getting a Christmas episode of sorts, which may just build on what we saw here.