There’s a side of me that’s a bit sad to see anything conventional in this show, because cutting against the grain is so integral to it’s appeal. But we’re almost halfway through the run now, and even I was ready for the action to start to heat up. And this was certainly the week when it did. We had not one but two bath scenes, a maid café scenario playing out in the Uryu house, and Sana has made the transition to full-on, textbook anime tsundere. Despite taking by far its most conventional turn, the show still hasn’t lost its charm for me, as the characters are still unusually likable and normal for the most part.
The main focus continues the cliffhanger of last week, as Angie has moved into the Uryu apartment and Miu’s Nuko Club is under threat of closure. It’s still doesn’t appear to me that any of the girls besides Sena are going to have a “route”, per se, but these two are interesting enough. I’m especially fond of Miu, as Angie’s story is pretty absurd to begin with. The cooking contest, followed by Angie and Sakuno joining Shingo in the bath, was one of the first moments that really felt clichéd since the series began. As expected, Angie’s designs on Shingo go beyond simply being his maid, but that’s been put on hold for the moment as she’s shuffled off back to the school after a visit by the principal.
Of much more interest is Miu, who remains my favorite girl in the cast. Her club is indeed in trouble, and naturally Shingo takes it upon himself to try and save it. I still don’t know just what Panyaa is – though she now has the inevitable plushie – but damn, she (he?) sure can eat. With the club needing at least six members to avoid dissolution, Sana takes it upon herself to draw flyers and post them, which leads to the second pretty clichéd interaction of the episode as she vents her tsun on the hapless Shingo. Sakuno and Angie happily join up, but Sena is a problem – as she seems to have a real issue with animals.
The best scenes of the episode involve Shingo and Sena’s walk home in the rain, which leads to them taking shelter at her apartment as both have forgotten umbrellas. There’s an interesting sexual tension between them, and I was really surprised by Sena’s boldness. First she insisted that Shingo take a bath – forceful, but not unexpected – but then she dimmed the lights and climbed in after him. There was no hanky-panky but damn, that was pretty forward. Of course there’s a bit of the tsundere in Sena too, but it’s an usual package of the kind we haven’t seen too often in anime. I still prefer Miu, but Sena is altogether more interesting than many alpha females in series like this. She makes me regret I never joined the student council when I was in high school – it certainly rained a lot…