Oh Miyoshi, people around here could tell you…
While I liked last week’s episode of Servant x Service, I really like the relationship part of the show. So seeing a return of those plotlines was welcome this week. What’s going on with Chihaya and Ichimiya this week? And can Lucy and Hasebe make any progress?
Chihaya, Super-Troll or Super-Frustrated?
Taishi always looks like this
We do get to see more of Chihaya and Ichimiya’s relationship this week, and it’s not looking good for Taishi Ichimiya. Megumi is definitely getting frustrated with his lack of resolve to do anything to move them forward. She does take some of her frustration out by playing “with” Tohko, first getting her to cosplay (with no realization) as “Mimosa Yellow” as punishment, and then later in the department store with Kanon where she makes it obvious (at least to Kanon) that she’s Tohko’s brother’s girlfriend. And in Megumi’s defense, the reason she’s playing with Tohko is because she really wants to play with Taishi. She was the one who made the first move, and even though it’s been over a year, it really seems like Taishi is still too scared of possible backlash to be forward about it.
Even Momoi-kachou is worried that they don’t get along (in a classic misunderstanding), and engineers some ‘alone time’ for them to work together in the records room. Megumi tries to get Taishi in the mood, but he’s far too worried about everything for that (it seems like there are *other* things they haven’t done as well, given her “This won’t take long… probably”).
I also like that Kanon’s hair ribbons are the same cloth as her dad’s necktie
I actually really like this depiction of them as a couple, and it seems pretty authentic to me. Taishi is a guy who’s too caught up in what they should do to let himself do what he probably wants to do. And he is a nice guy, and I can see why Megumi would be interested in him. The question seems to be getting to whether it’s worth the trouble. But at least Taishi can be honest with his “I’m sorry I don’t know why you’re mad at me!” even though everyone else in the entire world can figure it out, even Kanon, who just met Megumi. And Kanon sure doesn’t disagree with the idea that both Ichimiyas are just too dense to figure it out.
He’s Responsible, But Not Much Else
The thousand-yard stare
We also get to meet the “responsible” Tanaka-san. Stiff, unpersonable, not really very interesting, I think Miyoshi is right that all he has going for him is being responsible. The only thing that gives him any life is Hasebe, who it turns out was Tanaka’s foil as they grew up. And while Hasebe takes a little too much credit for being a ‘genius’, he definitely has the natural ability over Tanaka, who apparently bulls through things with brute force and effort. And it seems like that natural ability generally carries the day.
He comes alive with Hasebe
But there is one other thing about Tanaka-san. He seems to maybe have a bit of a crush on Hasebe. So while Hasebe can’t get anywhere with Lucy, who’s just straight up impervious to everything except being straight up told, it now seems like he’ll have to fight off Tanaka. And he’s definitely not looking forward to that.
Bonus Cosplay Time
Come on Taishi! You can do it! Don’t be like me! Wait, maybe that was too much. *Ahem*… Anyway, I do hope that Taishi can get over his worries about them being found out. Tohko definitely seems like she’s not completely opposed to the idea of him getting a girlfriend, even thinking it’s sad that he doesn’t, and even though she’s got a huge brother complex. And Megumi really wants to move forward. So can Taishi make a breakthrough? I am almost giving up hope that Lucy will learn to recognize some subtlety and realize how much Hasebe likes her, but maybe even that can turn around, especially with Tanaka showing up.