「揉んでください!」 (Monde Kudasai!)
“Please Grope Me!”
Even though it would have left a larger impression had the series ended with Jirou and Subaru’s kiss, this last episode was strangely interesting. While I can’t support this statement with any concrete details, this episode felt like it wasn’t troubled with the overarching story since the biggest problem was solved last week. Meaning I could fully enjoy all the randomness!
Besides catching Danny Choo’s Mirai all over the place, the little bits and pieces that I love about this show somehow were all bunched together in a single episode. From Kureha’s feats of strength to Masamune just being her tsundere self, I was thoroughly enjoying every moment. However, that doesn’t mean that I wasn’t a little turned off by the last thing I’m going to associate this show with.
Besides just how random it was, I don’t agree with a NakuruxJirou pairing. Sure, the idea wasn’t explored until recently but the last quarter of the episode felt like a giant step back after everything that’s already occurred. Other than providing a concrete example of ironic moe, everything eventually boiled down to Nakuru getting a prime opportunity to grope her beloved glasses wearing senpai.
Had this series ended one episode earlier, or repositioned things in a way that would make episode 12 the finale, I think it would have left a stronger impression on the audience. Seriously, how can you build up everything to that kiss and than just throw in an episode where Jirou is fooling around with another girl!?
Honestly, I think it’s been a pretty interesting run. Ever since the first episode grabbed my attention with its interesting twist, I’ve had high hopes for Mayo Chiki. Especially when the lead roles consist of Iguchi Yuka, Kitamura Eri, and Hino Satoshi being rounded out with the likes of Hanazawa Kana and Ise Mariya; I could almost say that even if the show was downright horrible that the voice acting would make up for it.
In terms of buildup to that final kiss scene, I think that there were some serious problems in how this show built up the drama and then let it drop without utilizing all those trapped emotions. The best example is probably all of those slow episodes padding the middle of series — it felt like a chore to just get through some of them! The thing is, as much as I want to hate on the show for small problems like that, I can’t help but look over these things when there were other factors that kept drawing me back in.
Looking at how much I loved all the characters and how unique they were, I can only imagine how much bigger of a hit Mayo Chiki could have been. Kitamura Eri taking the role of a dubious troll named Kanade, Iguchi Yuka giving Subaru her indescribable charm, and Hino Satoshi using that voice of his that I love only helped in selling their respective characters that much more. Throw in a little bit of Kureha beating the life out of Jirou and Usami getting so close to figuring out Subaru’s secret and there’s more than enough variety to make even the slow episodes interesting.
Even if the series may have stumbled a bit, I think it would have been a complete disaster had Subaru not kissed Jirou. Seeing how it actually made it to a point that most shows rarely arrive at even after multiple seasons, I’d say that it should satisfy the thirsts of anyone looking for a good high school rom-com. In terms of being a good show, I think that watching Jirou deal with Kanade’s antics is more than enough to reel in the comedy lovers. If anything, the only thing this show lacks is something in the “will make you cry” department, which if you look at how well it does everything else, isn’t really all that important.
In the end, if you’re looking for a show that will surprise you with it’s interesting cast of characters and will provide you more than enough laughs, I’d highly recommend Mayo Chiki. From it’s cast to its story, there’s a little bit of everything for everyone who don’t take things too seriously.