Kanon definitely knows how to make the show better.
After the relationship revelations last week, will Servant x Service keep going down the romantic drama route? Or is something different in store this week?
Definitely a family resemblance
The Chief’s quest for what he’s missing will never bear fruit, since what he’s missing is being a human. But I liked the introduction of his daughter Kanon, both for her dealing with her father and her dealing with Tohko. The question arises for me, tho, is she covering for her father the stuffed bunny because she’s embarrassed about him being her ‘dad’, or because she doesn’t want Tohko to cause trouble for him? Or probably both. Either way, Kanon does a good job deflecting Tohko, who is still the bane of the office (and the show).
It’s not nice to compare them
But at least the Chief is trying to be more involved in the day to day operations of the office now. He’s just perhaps not going about it the right way. Hanging on people’s shoulders is sketchy enough, but then to make comments about the view through Yamagami’s chest and randomly scold her, or to backhandedly compliment Miyoshi about things that she’s self-conscious about. And if he thinks that a cottontail is going to make the difference, I think he’s quite mistaken.
Congratulations on your engagement!
Miyoshi’s feeling a bit beat down, since the majority of her ‘work’ is being buttonholed by Tanaka-obaa-san or Tohko. So much so that she feels like she wants to quit.. and says that out loud where Hasebe can hear her. But talking to her in the stockroom we find out that she was actually in grad school until her parents lied about her father’s illness to get her to come home. Well, the lie was that he had one, and didn’t have long to live. So she wishes she could go back to school and finish. But she also feels like she’s not accomplishing much, so getting a chance to compare herself against Hasebe makes her feel better.
Leaving a trail of destroyed men in her wake
The big event for Miyoshi this episode was Tanaka-obaa-san’s suggestion that Miyoshi marry her grandson. He’s very responsible, you know. And a banker. And 22. And Hasebe thinks it is someone that he is ‘allergic’ to. But we find out that Miyoshi hasn’t really had much experience with guys, because she is so self-conscious about her own qualities. That and a big lack of tact when turning down guys, inadvertently using phrases that make them feel bad, even though that’s not what she means. Miyoshi really has a talent for plunging the dagger in, even when she’s trying to downplay herself.
Aw, don’t be so hard on yourself, Miyoshi
I do wonder if Miyoshi will even make it to the end of the show working at the ward office. She’d much rather go back to school, and would she get married just to get the chance to do that? And what kind of person is Tanaka-san if Hasebe has that sort of reaction to him? Probably a hard worker immune to Hasebe’s slacking off, but Lucy is like that and doesn’t raise Hasebe’s hackles. But I guess we’ll see sometime, since Tanaka-obaa-san is going to bring him along.
I thought it was good that they backed off on the romantic pairings a bit this week, giving them time to simmer a little, but still referencing them (like Chihaya’s deathly aura when Hasebe wonders if Ichimiya gets more propositions on home visits). I do hope we get back to them, but giving time to Miyoshi and the Chief makes it so the show doesn’t just turn into the Hasebe and Lucy show.