Even for a series that soft-pedals the conflict as much as this one does, what passed for drama this week was really a tempest in a teapot.
It looked for a while as if we might get a Miu-centric episode this week, as we found out in the beginning that her animal rescue club was in danger of being axed by the school because it was encouraging students to keep pets on campus. That would have been nice for me as Miu is my favorite route here, but alas things shifted to the likable but much less interesting Angie for the rest of the episode. At the very least, I love hearing Japanese actors pronounce “Angie” and I could listen to it for hours. As for the content of the episode itself…
More so than in quite a while I find myself honestly, genuinely confused by what was happening for much of the episode. I don’t really get why Angie was so distraught when she bumped into Uryuu and lost her little maid tiara. I don’t really understand all the talk of a maid competition and how that got started, and just exactly what got Angie off on a bender about Shingo-san being her “rival” as a maid. So the payoff at the end felt a little forced, though I think the implications are obvious enough – when Angie says she wants Shingo-san to be her master, she wants more than a master.
Much more obvious were the continuing allusions to Shingo’s character from Sena and Angie. He’s in a little bit of danger of getting a halo the way things are going, but it is refreshing to see a male lead in one of these things who’s genuinely kind, smart, mild-mannered and not oversexed. I thought the little scene where he gently nudged the desks together before Mukunashi (himself a pleasantly normal and considerate lad) walked in and slammed his desk into the group was a nicely subtle way for Sena to notice just how different Uryuu is from the others guys. That was really the theme here, how Uryuu is special, and though Sena and Angie were seeing it in different ways I think they were both ultimately seeing the same thing.
I’m still not sure if the anime is going to go through the motions of exploring the other girls as serious possibilities, or simply acknowledge the inevitability of the Sena route and let things runs their course. We got a tease of an Angie route this ep, and it looks like a tease for a Sana route will come next week, but I don’t know that they’ll ever be explored as real alternatives.