Lucy’s Seeing Double
Oh yeah! I honestly didn’t even imagine that Servant x Service would go in this direction, but it has! And it was great, even with appearances by Toko! So what happened?
It’s a (Reverse) Trap!
Better than an Admiral Ackbar picture.
Hasebe-san is a woman! And waking up with Lucy in her bed, she can’t help but tease her some more… Ok, that’s misleading. But really, Hasebe-san is a woman… Hasebe’s older sister. Who looks almost exactly like he does, but has a bigger penchant for practical jokes. When Lucy fell asleep, rather than go to a hotel, Yutaka (that’s our usual Hasebe) remembered that his sister Kaoru’s apartment was nearby, so he went there and begged for a place to crash with Lucy. Better than going to a love hotel, as they finally drill into Lucy’s head. How can she be so smart, yet so oblivious?
Kaoru’s having too much fun with this.
Even mischievous Kaoru figures out what the deal is, tho, so when Lucy tries to give her a gift to repay her, she has the bright idea to share the cake with Yutaka. This is more to cause trouble for Yutaka, tho, since she knows he’s not comfortable with dealing with Lucy. It’s pretty obvious that his cool guy act breaks down because he actually likes her a lot, yet she can’t pick up anything about it. Heck, Lucy’s more happy to think that the presence of a manga showing ninjas with big boobs (oh yeah, “Boob Ninjas” makes an appearance as “Senran Kaguya”!) since that might mean there are some similarly sized ladies in the country.
Lucy isn’t alone!
Not the Only Office Romance
Chihaya drops a bombshell
Ichimiya is concerned about the budding office romance, tho, and grills Hasebe about what happened after they left. Somehow they start talking about Ichimiya’s relationships too, and Ichimiya claims that he isn’t in love with Toko, and has an actual girlfriend… but he tends to lose them around Christmas time. As Chihaya says, what girlfriend would like their boyfriend to spend Christmas Eve celebrating his imouto’s birthday? But how does Chihaya know about that? Oh yeah, she’s his girlfriend. But they’re keeping it secret from everyone, even Toko.
Given that Ichimiya is like this, how did he have the guts to ask Chihaya out in the first place?
I found this part of the show hilarious. The office romance thing is something that you’re always warned not to do. And yet, at my office, we’ve had something like 8 couples end up with marriages (and they’re all still married) from people who met at my office. Heck, one guy actually married the boss’s daughter (that’s gotta take some, er, “large attachments” to even think about doing)! Of course, there have also been other people who make bad decisions about who from the office to date, so there are always risks. So remember: “Don’t fish off the company pier” is a good rule of thumb.
But it’s too late for Ichimiya to put that into practice, so he’s gotta deal with Chihaya. But the biggest problem in the relationship is Ichimiya, not Chihaya. She works out times to come visit him (like when she hears Toko is going out with Miyoshi). She works out excuses for being there (she makes Toko clothes). She keeps it quiet and professional at the office. And what does she want in return? For Ichimiya to say he likes her. Really, Ichimiya acts like he does want to break up, like being in this relationship is too much of a hassle. Even though Chihaya is the first girl who’s accepted that he spends Christmas Eve with his sister (since they’ve been dating over a year), and seems like a great girlfriend. The biggest problem, as usual, is Ichimiya’s lack of self-confidence. Can he get it together enough to tell Chihaya “Suki da”?
This got so convoluted, and I loved it! I really didn’t expect them to go down this kind of road, especially with Ichimiya and Chihaya. There were no clues at all they were a couple before, or even any interest. So can their relationship progress? And of course, Hasebe will keep going after Lucy, because he can’t help it, he’s pretty much smitten with her. Will Lucy ever catch on? And will her problem, the same self-esteem problem as Ichimiya, ever let her think she’s worth a boyfriend? And finally, did anyone figure out the fifth difference in this week’s Servant Quiz? I got Lucy’s ahoge, Lucy’s glasses, Lucy’s mouth shape, and Hasebe’s tie, but I can’t find a fifth. Who did find it?