Don’t mess with Sayaka! (also notice the nose thumb rub…)
As we move into the second half of this series, I think a lot of the questions are going to turn to more of a “will they or won’t they?” Well, even more than they have been.
An Unwanted Addition
He might think like a stalker, but at least he doesn’t act on it
There’s a pervert hanging around the town… and it’s not Shiro, although Shiro doesn’t get off the hook for his behavior either. This guy’s a molester and flasher, and even with all the bravery all the girls show in how to deal with him, there’s still worry about it. And Ritsu thinks she hasn’t run into a molester before, but after hearing Sayaka and Mayumi’s stories from the bookstore, she realizes that she has encountered that, and just didn’t realize it. So good thing for Usa that he’s available to walk with Ritsu and protect her while she isn’t paying attention to the rest of the world. And Usa gets to play boyfriend, waiting for her after school at the gate to walk with her. Well, at least Usa doesn’t act like a stalker, even if he thinks like a stalker when Ricchan is involved.
Ritsu realizes what happened
Of course, Ritsu has to run into the real flasher after they think they’ve caught him, and is saved by everyone else’s quick response. I can understand Usa’s inability to criticize the guy’s size too much, that’s a tactic that really only ladies can pull off, because if a guy tries it, he’s gotta have a definite advantage or he’ll just think about it too much. Mayumi wasn’t much help except for giving Usa a hard time, but Sayaka took down the flasher and Shiro immobilized him. Usa even got thanked by Ritsu for his concern about her… and a little retribution for giving her a hard time.
Usa to the rescue
What to Do When You’re Bored
Some people just have a talent
Summertime and not much to do, so Usa’s considering a part-time job, but doesn’t want to give up his time creeping around and watching Ritsu. But he’s spotted by Sumiko’s friend who needs a manager for her Japanese restaurant, and he has the unique qualifications for it: being able to handle a bunch of ‘unique’ people, also known as troublesome weirdos. I think we can give Usa a pass on not wanting to have to deal with another group of troublesome weirdos, so his refusal is fine, but noone else is giving up. He even has the embarrassing nickname of ‘henshori-kun’ brought up, and has to explain that he was a magnet for the chuunibyou people in middle school, and found out that he was known as the ‘weirdo handler’ by all the girls.
Dirty tricks are afoot
But Sumiko’s not giving up that easily, and brings her friend over for a uniform fitting at Kawaisou… on purpose. It’s pretty dirty pool to make Usa wear a traditional apprentice uniform when Ritsu’s around, because she loses about as much as she’s ever going to lose when she sees him. With all her cuteness, he’s got no chance but to accept the job. Who knows if it’ll translate into anything more with Ritsu, tho.
Another fun episode, and a pretty good look for Usa, even if it comes around as a result of his history of hanging around the weirdos. And he is getting some consideration from Ritsu, who still is thinking about him enough to bring him some books to read when he asks. He might not have much time to read them now, tho, if he’s going to be working. I don’t know if this show will end up with them together, but it’s still fun to watch and really pretty to look at, especially the sunrise and sunset scenes with all the purple and orange coloring.