We all get to peep in on their moment of glory
Sometimes I really hate writing that [END] up there on the last episode’s post. I actually don’t know of any show I’ve been happy to be finished blogging, even with the promise of new shows coming in the next week. But too many good things must come to an end, and this time it’s Servant x Service.
Lucy’s Already Insecure Enough, and Then…
Lucy’s not sure of what to do now. I think it’s natural to be afraid a little bit that the guy you dated is acting completely differently toward you after your date. But with Yutaka acting completely differently toward her, she’s having a really hard time figuring out what she did. But she’s sure it’s her fault. And it’s really tough seeing her be so hard on herself. She’s done nothing wrong here, and Megumi makes sure she knows it… while throwing Yutaka under the bus.
Dad is the one to blame. And that’s all we see of Hasebe’s mom
But we learn the truth of the most obvious twist of the show: That Yutaka’s father is the one who approved her name. And even worse, the blame can be traced to Yutaka because he was sick that day, and distracting his father. So now he’s sure that Lucy’s going to hate him. But it’s bad enough that he’s treating her differently and making her feel weird. The real question is whether he’s actually going to confess this news to her.
“Save yourself, don’t worry about me!”
Finally, with the encouragement of Taishi (who impressed Megumi with a cool line about telling Lucy sooner than later, even as she wondered who he’s talking about while hiding his own girlfriend from Tohko), Yutaka tries to tell Lucy, but ends up just blurting out the whole thing. And Lucy takes it a lot better than he could have expected, admitting that she likes him calling her “Lucy” but she won’t agree to go out with him yet.
Lucy can definitely be cute
This was a pretty satisfying finale, and it’s really good that they didn’t put off the confession to Lucy about Yutaka’s dad. So even if there wasn’t any progress in Megumi and Taishi’s status, the way seems clear for Lucy and Yutaka, even if she’s putting him off for now. Even more, there’s definitely some mutual interest there now, and she’s not just putting up with him because he’s nice, or because she feels obligated.
Taishi just needs to try harder
When I finished the first episode of Servant x Service, I thought it could be a fun series, but worried that a series that just focused on character quirks could get a bit stale fairly quickly (like some other series this season eventually did). And when they introduced Tohko, it kind of felt like the ship was sinking. But then the series launched a couple of its own ships, and becoming a romantic comedy was really the way to go. I felt that both couples in the show were fun to watch, for different reasons, but they felt nicely authentic to me. I did see some complaining throughout the season that folks didn’t quite get why Megumi would be attracted to Taishi, but, to me, the same ‘nice guy’ status that keeps him failing with her is really what draws her to him, so the couple works.
Maybe the first look of them like a couple?
But the real draw of the series is the Lucy x Yutaka pairing. With naïve, even oblivious, Lucy having a hard time realizing that Yutaka is sincere, and Yutaka hamstrung by his early impressions, these two took a while to get anywhere, but it made for a nice end to the series, especially with their date (with Lucy’s cute dress) and the drama of her name. These two were a nice adult couple, showing that romance isn’t just for high school kids, and that it doesn’t go super easy for anyone. And also unlike so many anime couples, especially in comedies, these two actually made progress towards being together, even though Yutaka didn’t really confess, just continued to ask Lucy out. But Lucy as good as confessed to Yutaka, having him ‘take responsibility’ for her liking him calling her Lucy so much. If there is a second season, the development of this relationship further should definitely be on the front burner.
Tohko wasn’t as bad as she could have been
I also want to mention Tohko. I know that most people felt she was as welcome as a fart in church, especially on her first introduction, but I really do think that her character improved through the series, both as we learned her motivations for doing things, and we explored her internal conflicts. Far from being a typical tsundere loudmouth brocon imouto, she recognized both the amount of support she got from Taishi, and how much of a burden she has been on him, and expressed a desire to stop being that burden, even if it does move her away from the one she likes. She could still be irritating, and I think that’s on purpose, but she certainly wasn’t the show wrecker that she could have been.
Big assists from Saya, Taishi and even Chihaya
On the technical side of the show, there really isn’t too much to talk about with a show like this unless it’s obviously bad, and this one wasn’t. A-1 Pictures did a great job keeping it consistent, with no obvious QUALITY moments, the OP and ED were bright and catchy enough (a friend of mine admitted he finds himself thinking of the OP throughout the day), and the ED was fun to listen to, especially with the three different versions (Kayano Ai, Nakahara Mai, and Toyosaki Aki all took turns being the lead singer). It was also fun recognizing all the guys’ VA’s from other shows I blogged this season. Overall, the technical side of the show supported the story adequately.
From a show that everyone expected would be like Working!!, I think that Servant x Service really made its own way. It was a lot less ‘crazy’ than Working!! and had a more realistic feel, even as the characters had their own quirks and troubles. I’ve really enjoyed watching and blogging Servant x Service, and I’d definitely put this on my “should get a second season” list. Maybe if anyone has any money left after buying the Shingeki no Kyojin BD’s, they’ll buy this and we can get a second season. So I hope you’ve enjoyed watching as well, and thanks for reading!