「仁義なきスイーツ」 (Jinjinaki Suiitsu)
“Sweets Without Honor”
I’m loving the show — but where are the other two girls?!
After last week’s fantastic opening episode, I was a little afraid that this week’s episode was going to fizz out. Luckily, through a combination of the story finding its pace and some fantastic interactions between Mafuyu and other characters, I feel pretty comfortable saying that this second episode may have even been better than last weeks.
Starting on the slightly more serious side of things, I really appreciated that the story took the time to tackle some of the real life struggles a small themed cafe would have. Big props to Dino for actually being a good manager and opening up a dialogue between him (as the manager) and his staff. While we could argue about just how efficient the ensuing conversation was, it’s nice to see that Cafe Stile isn’t ignoring the issue of how to keep itself alive and running.
Switching gears to the lighter side of things, never did I expect Akizuki to be a closet weeb. Seeing how I thought he was supposed to be the secondary straightman to all of Dino’s crazy outbursts, I nearly lost it when he accidentally brought up his yuri-fantasies. Between watching him lose himself as he thought about some ideal situations to frantically trying to backtrack after remembering that Maika was a normie, knowing that Akizuki was more than a simple cook left me feeling quiet content.
Last but not least, let’s talk a little about Mafuyu this week. A true otaku who is willing to trash talk and get her hands dirty when a precious figure is at stake, I loved how we got to see a little more of her true personality this week. Specifically, I was really enjoying how she dropped some good onee-san level tidbits to the wishy-washy Maika. From what we’ve seen, it’s clear that Mafuyu is a pretty serious person who isn’t afraid to do what needs to be done and it’s nice to see her character stay true to those ideals — even when dealing with someone as innocent and sweet as Maika.
Overall, not too bad of a second episode. With how things are now, I think the story would be able to easily keep things fun and upbeat with just the interactions between the main cast. But seeing how there are still two new characters (and a good boy!) waiting to be introduced, I can’t wait to see just how hectic things get. Hopefully we’ll get to see one of the two maids by next week!