「確かめて 思わぬ問題 かくれんぼ」 (Tashikamete, Omowanu Mondai, Kakurenbo)
“Make Sure, An Unexpected Problem, Hide and Seek”

Saya!

The amusing surprises continue this week as we get a Saya and Momoi-centric episode, as well as some genuinely hilarious moments on their behalf.

Chief Momoi and His Circumstances

As utterly bizarre as Momoi and his stuffed animal body are, I can’t bring myself to dislike his character in this otherwise down-to-earth show. His presence is completely fantastical, in that I can’t decide if this is a robot or a spiritual thing we’re talking about, but it’s not at all detrimental to the quality of the comedy. In fact, he rather rounds things out nicely with his quirkiness, and it’s obvious that his staff isn’t quite sure how to deal with him either. There are moments where they grudgingly accept his presence (such as when they allow him to observe their work or tie his necktie), and there are others where they clearly can’t quite come to terms with working under a rabbit, stuffed though he may be. Then there’s the humor in the fact that no one wonders how the heck he ended up in such a body, or the fact that his very normal human daughter, Kanon, is around, even though Momoi remembers working years ago with Hasebe’s father (just how long has he been in this body anyway?). Whatever weirdness this is, I don’t think we’ll get an answer soon, if ever, but it is amusing to think about nonetheless.

Saya and Her Circumstances

My favorite part this episode, however, comes courtesy of Saya, a character we haven’t really had too much time to get to know yet. We’ve known that she feels inadequate for her job and that she’s the type people trust with their problems, but until now we’ve had precious little time to get in her head somewhat. I personally relate a bit to Saya, in a way differently than I do to Lucy, in that she’s a bit insecure about herself and that she tends to regret things. It’s clear that Saya wanted to go to grad school and regrets losing that opportunity, and it’s also clear that she tries to avoid telling people what she thinks because she’s not very good at getting her thoughts across. While for her, it’s a matter of insecurity and poorly worded kindness, it ends up hurting others, and as hilarious as that is, it can also be a little sad. She doesn’t mean any harm after all, but her propensity to do so regardless makes her even more insecure, and thus makes addressing others difficult for her. Refusing Tanaka’s proposal turns into a headache, for one thing, though she clearly isn’t at all ready for such a thing (unless it’s to go back to school, ha!). However, it seems like this might be an even bigger thread in a larger story, if Hasebe’s reaction is anything to go by.

(Props if you get the very old title references.)

Note: Instead of writing this the usual way, I’m going to go ahead and institute a new format for my future SxS posts; it’s inspired a bit by Stilts-senpai’s style, but instead I’m going to be splitting the post into the mini-episode contents and analyzing them all separately, with some larger context at the beginning and end; somehow I find that blogging a series like this one in portions is a lot more efficient.

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34 Comments

  1. https://randomc.net/image/Servant%20x%20Service/Servant%20x%20Service%20-%2006%20-%20Large%2018.jpg
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    I want to work under Chief Momoi! He’s possibly the most easy going boss I’ve ever seen!
    And how did he managed to drink using that stuffed toy?
    I’d love to know what’s the relationship between the grandma’s grandson and Hasebe. Could be one of his ex-classmates or maybe an annoying cousin ?

    Radiosonde
    1. It would be really hard to take your boss seriously if he’s a stuffed doll, as seen by Chief Momoi struggling to even get noticed.

      Worse still, he runs the risk of getting stomped on, whether accidentally (by Hasebe this week) or intentionally (by Chihaya last week).

      echykr
  2. The ending changes as more girls are featured in the story 😀 I haven’t read the manga but I wonder if more girls will be featured in it.

    Now that I think about it the current ending is pretty much 5 beautiful girls plus one 50 year old man who is naked and wearing nothing but a tie as pointed out in this episode.

    Drift
  3. isn’t it pretty obvious that Momoi is a remote controlled robot stuffed toy though? what with the introductory lines from episode 4 and the CPU in the OP. i don’t know what all the confusion is about.

    Nitro
  4. Masters of tact. Masters of tact everywhere.

    Wait, is that a screwdriver Kanon is holding there in the ED? Just what are you, Boss?
    By day Kanon’s just a normal high-school girl, but that just a cover for her super robo-engenieering skillz?

    Patsuan
  5. Haha, I can so relate to Saya:
    1. It’s hard for me to say no
    2. I’m also unintentionally blunt (a.k.a people misinterpret what I want to say)
    3. Most importantly, I do not know how to end a conversation

    paulrenzo
  6. Miyoshi, the unfortunate master of hurting people without even meaning to. LOL at her “take a look yourself in the mirror” Must be her inner Nakahara Mai going subconsciously yandere whenever a threat (i.e. new suitor) arises.

    Judging from Hasebe’s reaction at Miyoshi’s description of Tanaka’s grandson, that grandson may just be the very source of Hasebe’s “Tanaka Allergy”.

    Now to see how Miyoshi cruelly rejects Tanaka’s grandson, all without her realizing.

    https://randomc.net/image/Servant%20x%20Service/Servant%20x%20Service%20-%2006%20-%20Large%2017.jpg
    Kanon-chan HNNNG. Lately this is what Hidaka Rina characters do to me.

    echykr
  7. somehow I felt that the person Lucy is looking for might be Hasebe’s father. The hairstyle looks kinda familiar. Maybe his personality became too carefree after meeting his wife?

    echo
  8. Kairi, was that a Kare Kano reference?
    And I think the writers missed an opportunity when it was revealed that Momoi has a daughter. For some reason I thought Hasebe was going to say something like, “You have a daughter? But you’re so shy, how do you even have sex?” in front of everybody :p

    Kurama
  9. I’m under the impression that it is a robotic bunny. In the OP, right after the bunny is shown sitting on the desk, an internal shot is shown with what looks like a ripoff of the “Intel” sticker, which I think implies that it is robotic.

    taiakun
  10. What am I lacking?…A tail. (LOL and wipes tear) That is the biggest difference and I didn’t think him missing the tail was the problem. A toy story come to real life and better.
    And two scenes with his stuffing punched out of him is classic stuff animal abuse.
    To Saya: “Oh Honey~” You really know how to burn peeps. Your choice in words – beneath and unfulfilled – are encouraging? -_-
    Episode liked…*click.

    random viewer

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