「鉄板（メタル）マスター」 (Teppan (Metaru) Masutaa)
There wasn’t any further explanation as to why Natsuhi is as upset with Maho as he is, suggesting that his frustration does stem the loss in gym time. That was an oversight on my part last time when I said what Maho decides to do doesn’t have a direct effect on him, so I’ll have to hedge my statement last time about how Natsuhi’s perceives Maho’s halfhearted interest as a denouncement of his basketball religion. He clearly doesn’t have a problem with her playing basketball if she seriously wants to, and even goes so far as supporting them to beat his teammates during the inter-class competition. I almost feel like I owe him an apology of sorts, much like he gave Maho. Almost.
Anyway, with all of that sorted out relatively early in the episode, the rest of it quickly turned to a lighthearted affair. I can’t say that I mind though, when Saki is going all dictator-like when it comes to okonomiyaki and Maho is about to wet herself because she’s scared of the dark. The changeover to the Natsuhi x Hinata side of things was pretty cute as well, and very different from the Subaru x Tomoka type of cute. In the latter case, any cute remarks tends to come with pedophilic strings attached. However, putting Subaru with Natsuhi seems to walk that fine line and turned out rather amusing too, considering that Hinata’s underwear was involved.
I’ll be quick to admit that I found Subaru’s serious tone about returning the underwear unnoticed a lot funnier than I probably should have. It got even better when Natsuhi saved his own butt and left Subaru for dead (the wise thing to do), only for our teenage coach be saved by Tomoka in a very precarious position. It’s no secret that this series absolutely loves digging Subaru’s grave for him, which is why I was actually pleasantly surprised to see Tomoka help him out and save the situation from degenerating into a predictable slapstick one. The same goes for the scene at the end, where we were spared from having to witness the usual (mis)treatment that a male protagonist gets when he’s caught inadvertently peeping on a bunch of underage girls changing.
To avoid all that nonsense, Subaru probably could’ve just asked the school if he could watch and likely would’ve been allowed to. He is their coach after all, so I can’t really say I cared for how the episode got dumber and dumber as it went along. I realize it was for a comedic set up to close off the episode and could also have been for Miho’s personal enjoyment, but there was already plenty of that from Hinata’s underwear incident just before. We could’ve ended up an uplifting note and left it at that, but nope, they had to slip in just a bit more fan-service. Despite my obvious negativity, I actually don’t mind that they did. I simply would’ve been perfectly fine without it, so take this as more of an observation than a complaint. Overall, this was still a good week for Ro-Kyu-Bu.