「はじめてのバイト」 (Hajimete no Baito)
“My First Job”
Shinpei is at it again as the architect of him and his friends’ part-time jobs. While I can only assume his plan for Minoru was to get him arrested for a Dateline episode, he gave himself, Keigo, and Junichi their dream summer jobs. Maybe not Keigo, but Shinpei’s stint at an anime/manga store has given him a lucrative spot as a well-respected supervisor at the store. I don’t think we got to see the payoff for Shinpei’s access to weapons during the calendar montage, but considering that the owner of the anime store is Dutch from Black Lagoon, he’s got a good chance at getting an internship in Roanapur.
Junichi got the longer end of the stick with his part-time stint at a cosplay cafe where all of his lady friends are working at too. The cosplay cafe itself was the ideal setting for the part-time work episode to take place in considering how many fanservicey opportunities that cosplay can offer the show. There was something poetic about how they had Ranko dress up as Sayaka Miki given the character’s unfortunate love triangle as well as matching with Yame’s Madoka Kaname outfit. And since the part-time job is for several weeks, our workplace montages give the girls alot of outfits to work with from nurse costumes to maid uniforms.
It all goes downhill for everyone though when their perverted supervisor uses his power as a way to get the girls to have their schoolgirl outfit day be celebrated with them having to read passages from erotic light novels. As Yui gears up to orchestrate the owner tearing the supervisor a new one, the girls all read passages from different books that match their personalities. Nene happened to conveniently grab one that Junichi used to enjoy, which is a nice manga callback to how familiar Nene was with Junichi’s collection when they used to be closer. I laughed hard at Ranko’s performance since she read both the girl’s and guy’s perspective of the novel’s sex scene enthusiastically, putting on a husky guy voice when she had to switch to the male protagonist’s dialogue. Much like in the karaoke episode, Yame happened to choose a book that offered a more sentimental view of intimacy. Although it was awkward for Yame to have to feel blushy and embarrassed about the novels, at the very least Junichi won brownie points from having a deeper issue with the girls reading all of this aloud.
For all the silliness that the comedy and fanservice offers, they make the romantic scenes in the show very heart-warming. The moment where Yame is looking forward to a trip that Junichi and her can share together offered a cute way of having their relationship grow further with how enthusiastic the two are to continue taking every next step in their relationship together. The next episode’s beach episode is shaping up to be the perfect opportunity to get the couple closer, and provide some quality ecchi along the way.