Mayumi can lounge around in an old bustier all she wants…
We’re moving into the homestretch for all the spring anime, and that means that we should start seeing the shape of how these shows are going to finish.
Work is Not a Refuge
It’s rough when your co-workers have competing made up backstories
Usually for people who live with weirdos, work is a bit of a respite from the eccentric personalities you live with. But when you work somewhere that values that eccentricity… like an Apprentice Period Cafe… you don’t really get a break from that craziness. It’s telling that Kawaisou becomes the refuge for Usa, even as difficult as it’s been for him to live with the crazies there. With two co-workers who have battling backstories, and even make up dual backstories for Usa. It’s hard to decide which of the two other guys are weirder: the guy who completely roleplays as a student from a small mountain village, or the guy who sees spirits following everyone (bringing up bad memories of Hayashi from middle school).
In Then Out
It can really suck when you find out that someone doesn’t want you around. Mayumi finding out that her kouhai at work was planning a mixer without her makes her feel vindictive towards people having a successful social life, so Usa is doomed when everyone learns of his invite to a friend’s karaoke mixer. But when he’s disinvited from the mixer because that same Hayashi who used to follow him around says she won’t go if he does, Mayumi’s mood lightens considerably. That’s pretty rough for Usa, but the chance for Mayumi and Sayaka to extract the real Hayashi from the cute girl with her “High School Debut” was great for us.
That they show up is bad enough, but it’s worse the way they act.
Things are rubbed in even more when the people who went to the mixer come to Usa’s cafe because Hayashi wanted to. Awkward… It doesn’t help that the people she’s with are total dicks, treating all of the staff like crap and, despite Tagami’s assurance that he’ll try to get them out of there fast, much more interested in harassing the waiters, including Usa. And while Hayashi and Tagami don’t really like it, they also don’t step up to stop them, with Hayashi even throwing Usa under the bus rather than admit her own chuuni past.
Ritsu saves Usa
But of course the other Kawaisou residents are going to help him, when they arrive to visit and see him being put down. First Ritsu, in similar period costume, makes everyone else pay attention to Usa by requesting his presence personally, and then Sayaka and Mayumi knock them all down, with Sayaka even knocking down Hayashi with some spare fake eyelashes and her super-innocent act. But Usa’s just floored by Ritsu stepping up to help him out, even given her own hatred of the spotlight. She even tries to cheer him up further by recommending a funny book, but he’s already happy from before, and finally admits to himself that he is in love with her.
Two happy people… for a minute
So he finally did admit that, that he’s not just liking her because she’s his ‘type’, or because she’s ‘lonely’ and he’s trying to be a friend. I think that’s probably an important step, and it seems to be one that Ritsu herself is making also. I think the trajectory of the show heading into the last few episodes is a good one, although I don’t know if Usa will be able to actually confess to her before the end of the series, or if they’ll just try to keep it going for the possibility of future series. Of course I’d like to see a confession, but one has to be realistic. It was also fun to see a little breaking of the fourth wall with Mayumi taking the spotlight for a dig at Usa right at the close, and saying that we get her instead of a good note for the end of the episode. I don’t know about anyone else, but I still like Mayumi’s character.