「戦争を始めましょう」 (Sensou wo Hajimemashou)
“Let’s Start a War”
I know Subaru’s secret is hidden under the guise of a cross-dressing cafe, but who the heck is she fooling wearing a cheongsam that shows that much cleavage and with a side slit that high? There isn’t any room to hide anything… (not that I’m complaining of course). The more she wants to show, the more I’m willing to look at. I just don’t understand how anyone can mistake her for a guy when she’s dressed like that, including the leader of the Mimamorukai, Narumi Nakuru (Asumi Kana), after she got an up-close and personal look. I guess I’m supposed to chalk that up to being blinded by homosexual fantasies…?
Whatever the case, I’m really glad Subaru didn’t spend the episode depressed over Jirou breaking his promise with her and instead got right in his face after suspecting something was up. While it does sort of take away from her tears last time, I still think this is better than the alternative where she only shows up at the very end after everything’s been cleared up. It wouldn’t have been the same without Jirou pimping it out with a girl in each arm, pressing up against him for some inadvertent feels. Best of all, that led to Subaru at odds with Masamune right from the get-go, which snowballed pretty quickly after Nakuru was brushed aside. Granted, it was only as serious as the whole war between the S4 and Mimamorukai (i.e. not very serious at all).
I’ll be quick to admit that I find overzealous fan clubs in anime pretty stupid. They’re particularly bad in Mayo Chiki — even more so than MM — so I found most of this episode pretty idiotic. The two factions were mildly amusing when they were first introduced, but the same can’t be said about making them central players in influencing Jirou’s relationship with Subaru. The one saving grace was Kanade, since I do enjoy her meddling. I probably would’ve been more okay with the fan clubs’ antics if Kanade founded S4 just to tease Subaru, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. Instead, it looks like she just hopped on the opportunity to mess with Jirou again. Seeing as we’re left with the revelation that Subaru’s first kiss was with Jirou when she gave him mouth-to-mouth CPR, it was definitely a worthwhile “venture” though. The embarrassed look Subaru’s face when she was put on the spot made it even better.
As for Masamune, there was little doubt that she’d come around when this was all said and done, but I didn’t see it being over her inability to make friends. Judging from her flustered reaction last time, there was little reason to believe she’d have a much more understandable ulterior motive in mind. With all the cleared up now, it’s probably safe to assume that she’s going to end up liking Jirou for real now and really force the issue between him and Subaru. On paper, Masamune probably isn’t necessary when a sadist like Kanade’s already on top of things, but I do like her character and want to see the different type of scenarios that only she can bring about. To that end, it looks like we’ll be off to a great start next time with Subaru in an actual swimsuit.