「ラテ・マジックでメロメロリン♥」 (Rate Majikku Meromerorin ♥)
“Latte Magic Mellow Mellow Rin ♥”
In an unusual case where I’m actually happy about being wrong, the late introduction of Hinata has exceeded my expectations as to what kind of love rival he would be. Takumi starts acting all gentleman-like around Misaki all of a sudden, which made me almost as edgy as she was. In Misaki’s case, she was worried that Takumi was jealous of Hinata just like Satsuki and all the other Maid Latte girls were thinking, whereas I simply found it weird not having our “perverted alien” around anymore. After Takumi made his intentions clear last time, he’s given up on the teasing and dialed up the cool factor to take Hinata’s earnest feelings and childhood history with Misaki head-on. In a way, his new behavior almost seems forced, due to the twenty-three episodes of evidence indicating that he would much rather be teasing Misaki instead. Compared to the unwavering Hinata and his embellished sunset-setting childhood promise to follow Misaki forever in life, Takumi’s sudden change of personality even comes off a bit insincere as well. What’s more, Hinata and Misaki look like they would be a much cuter couple, seeing as Minako and Suzuna have always known that he likes her. Had Takumi not come strolling into the picture, I can’t really imagine anyone not wanting to see a formerly fat kid pursuing the love of his life get the happy ending he’s been seeking.
As such, it’s a bit sad thinking of how he’s almost certainly going to get the short end of the stick in this story. While I have nothing against Takumi and how cute him and Misaki look together, there’s just this innocence to Hinata’s character that keeps me rooting for him in his losing fight. The plus side as I mentioned above is that Hinata isn’t being brushed aside as easily as I thought he would be. At this rate, it’s even looking like he may be the key factor in getting those two love birds together with the way he forces Takumi’s hand into taking action. Admittedly, my support for Hinata couldn’t even help but waver at the sight of Misaki feeling helplessly reassured in Takumi’s arms yet wouldn’t admit it. To that end, I love how Takumi slyly chanted one of the magical spells Misaki used during the magical girl cosplay event that’s supposed to prevent people from lying, making her feel cheated and unable to pull away. It’s sweet moments like those that remind me of exactly why I enjoy watching this series. They make up the interesting developments in their relationship and emphasize how a romantic comedy is all about the character interactions and not the end result. Continuing on with that thought, I firmly believe that when viewers lose sight of that, the whole romantic comedy genre is wasted on them. If there’s expectation on the two of them getting together rather than growing closer together, then the appeal is completely lost.
In any case, it looks like Seika’s culture festival is up next time. It feels a bit strange for it to show up so late, but the school tour episode did have a culture festival feel to it. Hinata looks like he’ll be around and in good spirits, which is pretty much expected when he finally found the cherry tree he fell down and is convinced he and Misaki are destined for one another. Gah, I really don’t want to see a loser in this, so it’s actually nice knowing that Misaki will probably remain fairly neutral for a long time to come.
* The Russian Roulette drinking game that Misa-chan destroyed Kurotatsu with was absolutely hilarious. I don’t think anyone would be able to hide the fact the got the evil drink when it was literally made in hell.