Shiki 9, Maid-Sama 23

Shiki 9 shifts away from the threat of the girl with the mannequin and shifts back to Toshio. While I’m more interested right now in Natsuno’s danger, we hardly saw Toshio last week, so it’s only fair.

Toshio’s still working on the vampire theory and so has kept Setsuki, the latest victim, at the clinic. He and Seishin hold vigils every night to see if anything suspicious comes up. I still find it ironic that it’s the trained doctor who has the crazy theory and the priest who’s playing the skeptic. As they talk in the night we learn that Seishin’s latest novel is called “Shiki” and it’s about a cursed man who kills his saintly brother. This will fit into our own Shiki somehow, possibly related to the idea Seishin mentioned to Sunako last week, that she has been rejected by God.

The proof.

The plan is working. Setsuki is slowly getting better, but the vigils are taking their tolls on Toshio, sleepily going about his daily duties, getting visits by his wife and snarky comments by his mother (both with weird hair. Every woman in this show has strange hair, and each style is different). You feel sorry for the man. But it pays off. The next night the vampire Nao comes to visit her mom but can’t come in (they can’t unless invited, another factoid pulled out of nowhere, though I remember it from Buffy. Not that Seishin ever watched it). But now Toshio and Seishin have proof that the vampires exist. But what can they do about them?

Turns out, not much. Tatsumi, somehow, gets in, slugs Toshio and goes out the window. It’s a bloodfest! Toshio is left screaming in anger and I’m wondering if the vampires hold all the cards, here. On the other hand, maybe Seishin’s new novel refers to dissent within the vampires, who apparently have at least some free will. Also, the vampires have not threatened Seishin. Does he hold some sort of power? I have a feeling he’s going to be more involved from here on. But right now I’d really like to know what’s up with that strange girl in Natsuno’s house.

Kaichou wa Maid-Sama 23 has one silly to which leads to a less silly half that threatens to become maudlin but never quite gets there. First we get an eating contest, and one of the other maids accidentally made a promise to date a customer if he wins, which is against cafe policy. Naturally Misa disguises herself, planning to win it herself. Unfortunately, she’s not the only participant.

A rather clever predicament. The winner will get a photo taken along with their favorite maid, even if she’s not there today. Meanwhile, Usui works deviously in the kitchen, producing richer and richer cakes as the contestants get sicker and sicker. It will come as no surprise who wins and which maid he chooses. “She has the same name as a girl I like!”

The second half drops in interest for a while. The plan is for Misa to go to the cafe with Hinata, beg off for an emergency, slip around and in disguise for the picture, which sounds absolutely ridiculous (and is, once you see the disguise). What’s more, Usui has invited himself along. In this episode he shows his ugly, jealous side again, so when Hinata is going on and on about Misa as a child he gets sulky. When put in a situation of describing Misa’s unknown part-time job we don’t actually know if he’ll do the right thing and lie. On the other hand, it’s becoming clear that maybe Misa feels bad about lying to Hinata, anyway (something that makes Usui even more jealous), so when the time comes for the disguise, she refuses it. And, really, it’s the right choice. The only danger in Hinata knowing is that he’s something of a blabbermouth.

It’s nice to see Misa admire Hinata’s basic decency (like soothing a crying baby), not so nice to see Usui act so petty. Now the rivalry is officially set up. Not that Hinata stands a chance, the show likes to demonstrate that Usui has some sort of demonic power over Misaka, but things are too easy for him. I want to see him actually earn something.

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