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School President is a Maid Episode 13 – Delinquent Dreams

It’s no secret that I’ve been disappointed with School President is a Maid for some time now. Ever since Misaki resisted the temptation of Miyabigaoka and escaped from the clutches of Igarashi, the show has not only failed to advance the plot in any meaningful way, it has only occasionally touched about the basic formula that, predictable as it is, made this worth watching. We’ve gotten slight hints of Usui’s backstory and a character study of Sakura, but little of the drama or romance that made this show worth watching.

The latest episode does not address any of my concerns—no Usui/Misaki development, no return to the basic formula, nothing like that. And yet, I didn’t mind at all. For this episode manages to be something we haven’t seen School President is a Maid be in very long time: consistently funny.

Once upon a time, Naoya was the meanest fighter on the streets. How the mighty have fallen

It’s a good thing I mentioned off-hand the idiot trio in the last episode review (the show’s whipping boys, whose purpose in life is to have all their attempts at worshiping Misaki shot down or otherwise ruined), because they finally get their time in the spotlight. Although all of them were trouble makers before coming to adore Misaki the maid, some were apparently worse than others. Naoya Shirokawa, the blond one who serves as their informal leader, used to run a gang of delinquents back in junior high. When the new leader of his gang, who also deeply admired him, comes to see how Naoya is doing now, he’s shocked to find the uber-tough role model he remembered turned into a happy-go-lucky student spending all his time and money at maid cafes.

Unwilling to accept this state of affairs, he kidnaps who he thinks is Naoya’s girlfriend, hoping to force a confrontation. (The “girlfriend” is actually Yukimura, once again in drag for reasons we don’t need to get into.) Sure enough, Misaki and Usui find out and set off to rescue him, meeting almost every named character this show has introduced along the way.

The main difference between when Aoi dresses as a girl and Yukimura does is that Yukimura isn't trying to be feminine, and he still pulls it off

There’s a long stretch in between kidnapping and confrontation as the rescue team comes across Aoi (who is perhaps disappointed at his recent lack of screen time in favor of a newer trap), who then convinces them to dress as delinquents  to avoid incriminating their high school should things go south and they start publicly fighting in public. At least, I think that was the excuse given, but the real point was probably to give Misaki her mandatory wardrobe change this episode.

Getting a wardrobe change is basically the only thing Misaki does do during the show, as she and Usui are mostly bystanders. The action centers on Naoya as he alternates between reminiscing over his past life as a delinquent and having a heart-to-heart conversation with his successor by beating the crap out of him (suggesting that he actually might be a very gifted fighter). It’s like the character focus on Sakura a few episodes before, only with less heartbreak and more laughter.

I get the feeling this is what the Japanese version of West Side Story would look like

And this episode is funny, although I can’t exactly pinpoint why. It might be through the easy recourse to super deformity, particularly in depicting the trio; in the way that even during the “dramatic” moments, the tone stays firmly tongue in cheek; how Yukimura’s misfortune is prolonged throughout the episode; or the rapid nature with which things keep happening, even if none of it is really important at the end of the day.

The sight of some of the long absent supporting cast is also pleasant. Aoi may not have had much chance to serve as a foil for Misaki this episode, but I’m happy he’s back and properly integrated into the story. The Inuyama quintuplets cameo is less interesting, but they are another part of the cast we should expect to see reasonably often.

The trio spend the vast majority of this episode in super deformed poses, particularly midget mode (chibi, as it's known in Japanese)

I won’t pretend this episode is anything more than filler for the main plot. Unlike just about all the other filler episodes we’ve seen thus far, however, this one is actually enjoyable. It may not touch on all (or any) of the things that made me start watching the show in the first place, but it has a certain charm of its own. Perhaps my complaint about the Sakura-centric episode was that, while it did highlight her character sufficiently, it had just enough Misaki in it to make me annoyed that her plot wasn’t advanced more. This episode, by sidelining Misaki entirely, avoided that problem.

I still want to see Misaki and Usui do something to further their relationship, even of the “two steps forward, one step back” variety. I’d like to see the show demonstrate some of the sophisticated character development it displayed in episodes three and four.  I’d be terribly disappointed if, with such a strong opening start, School Preisdent is a Maid never again reaches above the level of wacky comedy.

Ikuto feels left out as Naoyo and Ryuunusuke's reminisce about their gang days. It wouldn't be a proper episode if someone in the trio didn't suffer

But, let it be said, the show has just proven it can do wacky comedy, and that by itself is an improvement over much of what we’ve seen lately. So, for the moment, I guess it will have to do.

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