「メイド イン ジャパン」 (Meido in Japan)
“Maid in Japan”
When Shinichi and Myuseru take a trip to Japan all the old tropes are fresh and fun, because they’re done well and because I love these characters. This show is simply hilarious week after week!
This episode was #&%$*&in’ hilarious, but the two jokes that got the biggest laughs out of me were a couple of staff in-jokes that were simply sublime. The first one was when they were talking about Minam–sorry, Manami-ke, where Shinichi complained about getting the Okaeri season instead of the original. I totally lost it when he blamed it all on the director!! Don’t get the joke? The director for Minami-ke Okaeri was Oikawa Kei. The director for Outbreak Company? OIKAWA KEI!! This glorious son of a gun has either enough confidence or self-loathing to make themselves the butt of a huge joke like this!! No beating around the bush, no equivocating, just “I’m the asshole, let’s all have a laugh!” I totally lost it. Whether confidence or insanity, I love the sheer cojones it takes to rip yourself down like that. What a great joke, well done Oikawa-san!
The other one? I’m skipping ahead a little bit here, but Myuseru’s lines during the end credits. Having her (at the instruction of the staff) say those things some of us were thinking and/or wishing dearly – “You shoulda gone for it Shinichi!” “Myuseru was doing ecchi things!?” – slew me again. I’m not a big fan of referential humor or playing with the fourth wall, but when you do it with such aplomb like here I just can’t resist! Here here!
Myuseru Is Best Girl
Earlier in the season some people were worried that Petrarca would be the end girl because the ED features her – ignoring of course that Myuseru’s seiyuu sings the OP – but I think we can lay the doubters to rest. Petrarca isn’t out of the running, but Myuseru is so far ahead it’s crazy, and how!
First though, Myuseru worrying about whether Shinichi would come back is very much in line with her character, and very endearing. Her life has taken a radical shift for the better since knowing Shinichi and she’s clearly in love with him, so the very thought that he might disappear – perhaps not even of his own volition, he works by the leave of his government after all – is… I can very much see why she would worry. What’s hilarious is that her plan to stow away in Shinichi’s bags actually worked (seriously JSDF, oldest trick in the book, c’mon!), and how Shinichi found out about it. Surprise, meido in a bag!
Myuseru’s entire stay in Japan, from learning about the bidet to falling asleep that night, was megaton-grade moe. I could go line by line and point out everything that was amazing, but that was everything so I won’t hyperventilate trying to comment on every part of the episode. What struck me most was that the old fish out of water tropes (speaking of, trope!) were so hilarious and welcome! I credit this to all the effort they’ve put in building these characters. The bits weren’t fresh – Myuseru not knowing how to get on a train, being surprised about running water, not recognizing the ecchi store, etc. – but because they’ve developed these characters so much it’s fun to see because it’s them doing it. It doesn’t matter if we’ve seen them before, it’s great to see Myuseru having such a great time and Shinichi dealing with her unfamiliarity. It remains that they do every gag well, but without that love for the characters it just wouldn’t work. Fortunately, it does.
Also Myuseru is weapons-grade kawaii. Her waving goodbye to the train? Hng~. Offering to let Shinichi take pictures of her in buruma? OH GODS. Out meidoing the other meidos? YES more please! Being unable to eat Shinichi’s face on omurice for 30 minutes? YES YES YES Myuseru is best!! Don’t mess with the pro, meido kissa girls. Myuseru is the real deal!
Don’t Do It, Shinichi!
The preview jokes aside, I’m glad Shinichi didn’t attack Myuseru when she was asleep. What? Don’t look at me like that! Wait a second, just hear me out.
Before that, I very much enjoyed how awkward Shinichi suddenly got. He’s exactly like someone who can talk to their preferred sex when they’re on vacation, but come home and they’re abysmal. It’s more real in a way, you know? It’s no longer play time in this other place, this is his place, and it reverts him back to the awkward doutei outaku he used to be. Seriously though Shinichi, buying pantsu is only weird if you make it weird. You made it weird. Also, HAH!
Onto my point. While I’m usually all for progress in anime relationships because we so seldom get it, it would have been a shame if Shinichi violated (hur hur hur) Myuseru’s trust by going the sleaze route and peeking when she’s defenseless. He has so far never done anything to violate that trust, so it’d be a shame to see it happen. I want to see Shinichi get together with Myuseru and all that rabu-rabu that would entail, but its gotta be right, you know? Or she should at least be conscious. That’s just good manners.
Looking Ahead – The Melancholy of Petrarca Ann Eldant III
Another thing Outbreak Company does well is make use of mood whiplash (trope!) to make serious scenes more effective and poignant. This time it was Petrarca walking away sadly that snapped me out of my full-throttled enjoyment of Myuseru x Shinichi and reminded me of this lonely girl at the top. She doesn’t want him to leave either, and she wants to be with him more, but her responsibilities won’t allow her to do that nearly as much as Myuseru or Elbia can. I bet it’s this we’ll be tackling next week. Myuseru may be ahead, but don’t count Petrarca out quite yet.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Myuseru on a daito in Japan is the most hilarious & hyper-moe thing I’ve seen in a long time! Myuseru is best girl, no arguments #ob_c 07
- Jinzaburou, no one but Shinichi would believe your they-can’t-breathe-the-air thing. So good job for picking your target well, I guess?
- Petrarca had to take days off due to soccer-related muscle pains? Holy hell girl, you need to get some exercise.
- NAKED APRON MEIDO SUBMISSIVE LOLI NEKOMIMI WEREWOLF IMOUTO NAKED KNIGH— godsdammit Galius, you ruined it.
- Loved how Myuseru was smitten with suddenly being the ojou-sama. Meido to ojou-sama? It’s like a fairy
tailtale, but with more meido. Just how I like it!
- Good try, Zahar. I mean okay, not really a good try, but it’s cool that you cared? I hope your military tactics are better than that, because if not I know a meido skilled at infiltration that may be available to take your place.
- But seriously Shinichi, and I know I keep saying this, but we need to have a talk. I’m going to list three things: Buruma play. Out-meidos all other meidos. Be true to your desires. Waifu Myuseru right now godsdammit c’mon!!
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