Every girl must own a maid outfit?
What They Say:
Yuya and Mitsuki have recently become brother and sister because of their parents remarrying. Mitsuki is having a hard time opening up to her new family, but their parents leave for a foreign country right after getting married before that can get any better. As Mitsuki is troubled by her new life living alone with Yuya, a amnesiac ghost girl, Hiyori, appears before her, and she is forced to help her pass on to the next world…
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Mitsuki hasn’t exactly been standing up for herself in a lot of ways when it comes to dealing with Hiyori, largely because she knows what’s needed in order to get all of this resolved without losing her own life in the mix. But she’s pushed back a few times and we saw a bit of that in the last episode at the aquarium. Hiyori can definitely get pushy along the way and that makes for some difficult times for Mitsuki since she sees her body and her relationship with Yuya used in so many uncomfortable ways. But she did make some moments of struggle with it that were good to see since she doesn’t want Hiyori to go too far, which is amusing considering some of the things that have happened.
This episode reminds us that Mitsuki is a pretty normal girl in some ways as we see her getting home as Nanami lets her know that an important thing has just arrived for delivery with a kotatsu all set up. That makes for a very happy Mitsuki since it hits all the right sweet spots for her since she’s so cold lately, but we get the cute fanservice moment where she crawls under to get something, her skirt rides up and Yuya walks in. He’s surprised, but I like that he doesn’t overreact and she doesn’t do that either, making for a more restrained and in many ways more realistic way of handling it. What becomes interesting is that when Yuya comes back later to check on her, she’s fallen asleep as has Hiyori by her side. But Yuya can still see Hiyori and is just surprised by her being there, which makes for an interesting little twist in events. You can see how Yuya could take advantage of this in some ways, but instead he does a little in her math book before falling asleep under the kotatsu himself. It’s so relaxed and mellow that you really have to love it, especially since for Yuya it brings back pieces of his memory of his mother.
The second half goes in a mostly different direction as we get Yukina coming over with a bit of food for Yuya and that has Hiyori taking over Mitsuki’s body, dolling it up with a maid outfit, and looking to provide some good service to gain a bit more attention from him. She gets to be impressed by Yukina and her skills though, which comes from her being a bit older and handling things on her own a lot by being a latchkey kid, something that often happens. It’s an interesting point in Yukina’s favor that kind of nudges Hiyori to realize that she was taking the easy route early and often before without thinking about it. Naturally, there’s a little problem along the way that involves some skin, a serious slap and some embarrassment, but it’s pretty minimal overall. Events are largely kept to the character side of things here and it’s interesting to see that they do keep the fanservice so minimal compared to what it could be.
The series continues to move along in its merry way and form and you can see how it’s pretty open-ended in what it’s going to do in order to keep it from actually providing any real closure, at least in its original form. What we get with this episode is a touch of expansion with Yukina and that works out rather nicely since fleshing out the supporting cast is important. I liked the dynamic we got between her and Hiyori as Mitsuki since it made Hiyori realize the shortcuts she was taking and how it was impacting her own larger goal. Mitsuki makes out the best in the first half with the kotatsu material and that was actually quite pleasant and simple, the kind of light and minimal material that can help to make some characters more likable.
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