Presenting the net idol, Aoi-chan/kun (take your pick)
It appears that she is Manager’s niece (junior high student), who wants a job at the café to her chagrin. Disowned by her brother, Aoi-chan wants to stay with her aunt.
Man, I feel hungry after seeing this! The sequence of starry eyed females watching a male cook was giggle worthy indeed.
Aoi slinks around Usui but to no avail. Even the next day, on offering to sit together in the café, he refuses, deadpan looks in place.
She corners Usui in the locker room, trying to seduce him. Usui, cornered, needles Aoi of her immatureness of not actually knowing the meaning of what she’s doing.
Misaki walks in on them and punches Usui away and slaps Aoi to come back to her senses.
While Misaki lectures, it’s finally revealed that Aoi is really a boy – HUH?! Now liking cute things and being laughed at seems quite plausible. Everyone is quite shocked (I’m reminded of Seiko from Lovely Complex).
Anyway, Usui maintains his deadpan expression but he too was aware of Aoi’s true identity from the beginning. They are not quite surprised by him dressing like a girl (poor otoko’s who fawn over him). He wears the wig again and goes back into the cute character of Aoi-chan.
The next day, while Misaki is leaving for home, Aoi arrives in his school clothes to borrow some throw-away dresses from his aunt. Who in turn becomes doe-eyed looking at his changed appearance.
Looking at the bad clothes Misaki is wearing he takes her for finding out clothes that are feminine and suit her. On the way, he figures out why Misaki is not fashion conscious because she saves money with super-cheap clothes.
On the way back, it’s raining and Misaki shows her kickassness by stopping a purse-snatcher. Aoi-kun is quite aghast yet fascinated with Misaki.
Aoi swears that he won’t acknowledge someone who dresses so badly. Very soon she would be ditched if she keeps this up. Misaki is quite clueless, by whom? (facepalm) Usui Takumi, who else? Naah, he’s just playing; he’s an alien. No Misaki, he’s not. :sigh
Last line would always be Usui’s at the expense of Misaki’s embarrassment:
Conclusion: Another cute episode. In a way, a very typical character introduction of Aoi-chan in case of shoujo: identity crisis fe/male. In the beginning Aoi gave a very narcissist aura but that changed to a shroud of cuteness below which he hid his identity crisis. He definitely can be good friends with Misaki.
Misaki’s different face expressions keep me going while Usui’s antics keep the fangirl in me happy. I’m grateful that I didn’t go too deep into the manga that’s why I enjoy the development rather than resenting character designs or even story development. I like how things are going and would keep watching it as a light and funny shoujo series.