One shouldn’t smooth out one’s kouhai’s hair.
Servant x Service continues to make the mundane life of working in an office funny. The only problem with the show so far was the overbearing presence of Touko in the second episode, but would that be the start of a trend, or just an introductory overexposure?
Yamagami-san on Point
Lots of pointing going on
Well, we didn’t get much of Touko this week, but we did get a lot more of Yamagami-san. She experiences one of those rare occurrences that can strike fear into everyone at the office: A wardrobe malfunction. Specifically, she breaks her bra hook. The last one, too, since she’d already broken the other ones. Mortified at the thought of the others finding out, she tries to do what she can to minimize the effect, but this is Yamagami, and what do most people notice about her? Yeah, that’s right. So it’s not anything like a secret even if she tries to hide it with the ugly uniform blazer. Chihaya and Miyoshi figure out that she must have broken the hook, and actually have a plan to help fix it, but don’t want to bring it up because they don’t want to embarrass Yamagami. Hasebe notices right away, and gets punched by Ichimiya for his outburst about it. Finally, Hasebe comes up with the solution: Yamagami should go home because she’s obviously not feeling well. Everyone else joins in to buffalo her into going home to change clothes and rest.
Hasebe’s Harassment and Help
An actual good move from Ichimiya
Some of the interactions between Yamagami and Hasebe are turning into amusing running gags. Hasebe’s constant efforts to get her email address, Yamagami’s obliviousness to Hasebe’s sexual and general harassment, focusing instead on her relief that her usual hangups aren’t what he notices. But we also see that Hasebe has talents at being a civil servant: dealing with kids and irate clients, learning sign language because it will help some people, coming up with solutions to problems. When he actually works, he does a good job.
One of the bigger fears I think everyone had about Servant x Service was that it wouldn’t have the ability to keep going, that it would just be about the quirks of the characters. We can see that most of the humor does have to do with the characters and their reactions to odd happenings, but there’s not any sign of them running out of material for laughs yet. And with just one Touko scene this week, it kept her amount of TSUN to an acceptable level.
This was just about right for Touko