Mayo Chiki

August 5, 2012

What is the difference between a butler and a maid? Butlers are usually assigned to males while females usually get the tasks of being a maid. What happens if it is vice versa? Can a female be a butler? If you cross-dress, maybe. From the premise of Mayo Chiki, viewers are told that the butler in question, Subaru Konoe is actually a female rather than a male as believed by 99% of the characters in this anime. However I am alright and would have gone along with this premise except for a little tiny issue. No matter how you look at it, Subaru definitely looks like a girl!!! I know that in anime you have lots of characters that are androgynous but seriously, no matter what manly clothes you put on Subaru to make her look more masculine, she has that girly look! And the worst part is everybody believes she is a guy. I mean, won’t they get suspicious nor have they asked if ‘he’ is really a she? Not to say that Subaru also acts very manly but like the polite butler that everyone expects to. So yeah, I really can’t fathom how everyone else could not see Subaru is not a girl. Even if I didn’t read the premise, I would instantly tell you my first impression that Subaru is a girl. Woman. Female. XX.

Of course when there are secrets, this means there is a chance that someone is bound to discover it. On purpose or by accident. In the case of Kinjirou “Jirou” Sakamichi, it is the latter. A very unfortunate latter. To make things worse, Jirou has gynophobia (fear of women) because his mother is a pro-wrestler and his martial arts sister, Kureha wants to follow in mommy’s violent footsteps. What better way than to ‘hone’ their skills by doing all the submission and painful moves on the only guy in the house (their father died of an illness by the way)? Hey girls, I have a suggestion. Why not use a punching bag? Realism you say? Well, can’t beat that. Good luck Jirou. You’re going to need them all. And thus over the years of abuse and suffering, he becomes ‘afraid’ of woman that the mere touch by them has him nose bleed. Not to be mistaken for sexual stimulation. So when he finds out about Subaru’s secret, they have to work together with the very sadistic master of Subaru, Kanade Suzutsuki to keep that butler’s identity a secret from the rest. Oh, did I mention that Subaru is such a popular butler in school that almost every girl will start fawning at the mere sight of ‘him’? Yeah. That. Man, this is going to be bloody tough. As if life isn’t already tough for punching bag Jirou. What is protecting one’s secret identity without the complicated matters of the heart getting in the way too? Yeah, life is indeed complicated even for high school students.

Episode 1
Right at the start of the episode, we already see Jirou getting his daily morning abuse from Kureha. Such a rude wake up call. As we learn, mother had left the kids all alone because she’s going on a world tour to find ‘challenging’ opponents. She is so strong that nobody can beat her, literally there is no one else left to fight her. Well, nobody said she was a good mother. In Rouran Academy, Jirou observes the oujo-sama-like daughter of the school, Kanade being served wherever she goes by Subaru. Even in school, Jirou’s reputation must be going downhill because his guy friend, Yamato Kurose thinks the reason he isn’t interested into girls is because he is gay! That already has become a rumour in school. So as he runs away to freshen up himself at an abandoned section of the boys’ toilet, he accidentally spots Subaru using a cubicle. Of all the unused cubicles, he had to open that one. First he couldn’t understand why Subaru is wearing girl’s panties. Is ‘he’ a pervert? But that’s the start of his trouble because Subaru is going to kill him as Jirou no longer have any more human rights! Don’t worry, what Subaru meant is that she will take his memories and not his life. Thanks to Jirou’s lifelong abuse, he can take the powerful punches Subaru throws at him. Fight, fight, fight and what do you know? Jirou ‘saves’ Subaru from a falling glass specimen. I don’t know how Subaru’s clothes can come undone so easily because this means Jirou groped her soft breasts and realizes Subaru is a girl. She thinks his nose bleed is him getting aroused and knocks him out with a fire extinguisher. Ouch.

He wakes up in the infirmary bed only to find Kanade sleeping next to him! And he is handcuffed to the bed. Oh dear. While seductively playing with his mind, she says she is imprisoning him because he has discovered her butler’s secret. So the question that many would ask: Why did Subaru cross-dress as a boy? The men in Subaru’s family have for generations served Kanade’s family as butlers. But Subaru is a single child with no other siblings to inherit the job. Being a girl, she cannot be a butler but Subaru insisted she wanted to. So her father gave her a condition that if Subaru can complete 3 years in high school without being discovered, Subaru will be allowed to be Kanade’s butler and the women in her family are not allowed to be one. Since Jirou has discovered that secret, this threatens that very condition and Kanade thought of doing any means to seal his mouth. Jirou realizes he has to be thankful to Kanade too because she was the one who stopped Subaru from going on a rampage to kill him. Kanade shows her sadistic side when she tests his nose bleeding symptoms by seductively touching his body. Due to his allergy to girls and a bastard who is too scared of having girls touch him, she calls him a chicken, derived from his name Sakamichi Kinjirou… Sakami-Chi Kin-jirou… Sakami CHICKEN Jirou. Geddit? Kanade wants to help him overcome his phobia in exchange he will not tell Subaru’s secret. This way, the condition made with her father is considered not broken. Otherwise, it’s death! How does an unidentifiable corpse found at Mt Fuji sound? Better accept the offer! If Jirou thinks his home will be his sanctuary, then he has to think again because on Kanade’s orders, Subaru is now living with him to make sure he doesn’t spill her secret. There’s always that accidental chance of him seeing her naked, right? Right. And he wouldn’t have count on seeing it so soon. Another memory erasing technique in order I presume?

Episode 2
Kurose thinks Jirou-is-a-gay rumour is coming true because he is seen walking to school with Subaru. He warns him about the group called Shooting Star Subaru-Sama or S4 for short. Let’s just say they are an underground fan club of Subaru and you what will happen if they find out about this, right? Why do they wear head masks that look like KKK?! Anyway, true enough there are some s4 members trying to kill Jirou but are taken out by a splinter group of S4 called Watching Over Subaru-Sama (WOSS). Let’s say this club as oppose to S4 who only wants Subaru for themselves, are somewhat a fujoshi fan group who would love to see some yaoi stuff brewing between Jirou and Subaru. Kanade gives Jirou a poorly drawn card (sheep ticket?) but powerful one. With this in hand, Subaru cannot disobey orders given by the one holding this card. Later Kanade makes Jirou go out on a date with Subaru as part of her scheme to help the former cure of his gynophobia. Something tells me this is just an excuse for her sadistic amusement. To avoid suspicions, Subaru is dressed like a girl and what did I tell you? She looks girly enough to be in a dress. They go to the arcade and Jirou plays a crane machine to get her a sheep plushie she likes. Is that blood dripping out from the sheep’s mouth? During the break at the park, Jirou explains his phobia to Subaru. Kanade soon calls Subaru and instruct her to do seductive things on Jirou in the name of curing him. Jirou is allowed to use the sheep ticket and to Subaru’s dismay, she has no choice but to follow every order he says. Jirou feels guilty even making a simple order but I guess Subaru has snapped and wants to ‘warm” him up. Suddenly Kureha lands a double kick on Jirou’s head! Seems Kureha has heard rumours her brother is going out with a guy and tailed him. She thinks Subaru has a perverted fetish to cross-dress! Kureha fights back but is easily defeated by Subaru. Kureha runs away crying in disbelief that she was defeated so easily. So this is the results of her daily training abusing her big brother? So the ‘date’ ends with Jirou leaving for home. He can tell Kureha underwent a huge shock because the teddy bear got ‘butchered’.

This problem though not resolved, there is another one brewing. It’s the physical examinations! Last year Subaru was able to evade it because she was sick but this year as told by Kanade, she must rely on Jirou. So how? For every measurement, Jirou takes the liberty to measure Subaru! I’m sure the other guys will start thinking he is really gay. And since Jirou has this gynophobia, Subaru returns the favour by measuring him. I guess it’s better than having the pretty nurses do it. Due this tiring ‘feat’, they manage to get by. As they eat together on the school rooftop, they talk about friends and Jirou learns Kanade and Subaru was always home-schooled and had private tutors. They only had a chance to attend school during high school so Subaru has never eaten with anyone else before. Jirou suggests that they should start calling each other by their first names since they’re going to be friends. Subaru manages to call him that but soon falls asleep on his shoulder. At least Jirou didn’t nose bleed when she touched him. As usual, sneaky Kanade pops up from her eavesdropping spot. She tells him Subaru probably feels comfortable around him to sleep on his shoulders. Since she has always been guarding her secret, she never got anyone this close to her. With Jirou knowing her secret, they can both be friends, a first for Subaru of course. Kanade dismisses herself as Subaru’s friend because to her, she is nothing but Subaru’s master and doesn’t see her as a friend. They used to be close but that was all in the past. Jirou goes him and Kureha asks him if he is going out with Subaru. He mentions they are just friends. Why is Kureha relieved? Because she had just fallen in love with Subaru!!! OMG! If she’d only know she had fallen in love with a girl!

Episode 3
So imagine when Subaru comes knocking on Jirou’s door only to see naked Kureha coming out from the bath. Kureha confronts Jirou talking to Kanade on the rooftop about Subaru’s reaction in seeing her body. Why is she disappointed when there is no reaction? Kanade fuels the fire by even saying Subaru is madly in love with Jirou. But rest assured, Kanade claims Jirou is going out with her instead! To prove it, Kanade knows a certain birthmark on his body (that gynophobia test). In addition, her smooth persuasion has Kureha believe that this will make them sister-in-laws if the duo get hitched. Thus she suggests a double date at the water theme park. As Subaru goes off to teach Kureha swimming, Kanade explains she and Subaru once came here as children. It was a time when they were kidnapped for ransom. Though the incident was resolved quickly without incident, Subaru felt guilty for failing to protect her. That’s when the distance between them grew and just like Jirou, she too has her own weakness. Later when Kanade sends Jirou and Subaru to get some drinks, Jirou sees a little girl drowning and dives in without second thought to save her. After all that, he passes out. He dreams of his father telling him the meaning of his name. It meant ‘close by’ and in other words, he wants him to become someone strong enough to say “I will protect you, so stay by my side”. So Jirou wakes up with Subaru by his side on the bench, claiming nothing much has happened. Really? Suddenly they get a message from a masked man that Kanade and Kureha have been kidnapped. He wants Subaru to come over to a certain location in 10 minutes. Subaru gets weak when he sees him picking up a metal knife. Jirou realizes this is what Kanade meant by Subaru’s weakness. She explains this has something to do with the previous kidnapping and thus her phobia of any bladed objects. Jirou promises to rescue them and knocks Subaru out with a punch to her gut. That easy?

Jirou arrives inside a building and faces off with the perpetrator whom he realized his target is Subaru. Jirou gets beaten up, enough time for Subaru to catch up and stop the villain from finishing Jirou off with his knife. He is surprised Subaru is no longer afraid of bladed weapons as Subaru gives him a knockout punch. Subaru rescues Kanade and apologizes for her failure. But Kanade notes her loyalty and wants her to stay by her side as her butler and friend. The perpetrator turns out to be Subaru’s father, Nagare, who is also the Suzutsuki family’s butler chief. Looks like another setup by Kanade? Jirou wakes up lying in bed of Kanade’s mansion. You can tell Nagare is not amused and doesn’t like Jirou being close with his daughter. Kanade notes how similar Nagare and Jirou are. Both love their family very much though Nagare can be overprotective and overbearing since Subaru is only his immediate family member. Subaru’s mom died when she was only 5 years old. Though her family members followed this tradition that girls cannot become butlers, Subaru rebelled against it and didn’t need a new mother, probably why she’s so desperate to be a butler. Kanade apologizes for dragging him into this mess as she thought there might be an improvement if she comes into contact with someone similar to herself. Because of him, Subaru can stay as her butler and she did all of this because she loves Subaru, who happens to be her first love. Now it’s Subaru’s turn to come in and talk to Jirou. First she starts crying in his arms. She was scared that she would lose Jirou as her friend then. The touching moment is interrupted when Kureha barges in when she heard her brother is tempting to go out with Subaru despite having Kanade as his girlfriend. This is also news to Subaru and what do you do if you have 2 angry females bent on breaking your neck? You jump out of the window even if it’s the second floor! So happen Kanade was there and he takes her as his ‘hostage’ and makes a run for it. He has had it with her lies and framing of him but she notes that she what she said wasn’t totally a lie. Especially the part whereby Subaru was her first love.

Episode 4
Subaru pleads to Jirou to let him stay at his house and be at his service. Hmm… Something is wrong. Kanade calls him to tell him that she got kicked out of the house. So I guess there is no choice but to let her in, eh? They’ll both be alone since Kureha is on a club field trip. Speaking of which, she’s tackling a bear deep in the forest. After Subaru and Jirou practice judo, Jirou is surprised that Subaru wants to wash his back. Is this part of being a butler’s job? In the midst of the washing, Kureha suddenly comes back! She broke her arm and was sent home. Oh dear. Kureha notices Jirou acting strange. Furthermore, she finds a strange pair of panties in the laundry. Thinking somebody is in the house trying to seduce her brother, she kicks open the bathroom door. By that time, Subaru has submerged herself enough in the bathtub. The sight of Subaru in her bathroom knocks Kureha out. Kureha treats Subaru with great hospitality including liking the ramen cup noodle she hates just because Subaru likes them. To add to Jirou’s misery, Kanade is also here to be part of the amusement. As his maid. Then it turns into a butler vs maid battle to see who can please Jirou. I guess the seductive moves are too much for Jirou to handle so much so he collapses. But this is not a funny matter. Kureha is worried and starts panicking that Jirou is dying. Though he is fine recuperating in bed, I feel he is going to need more time to recover because Subaru is giving him to hot treatment to make him sweat more. Eating spicy food, placing hot towels over him… And he’s chained to the bed…

Jirou could guess Kanade’s presence is to take Subaru back. So she brings him to the river bed whereby Nagare is living in a make-shift tent. Jirou is partly to blame for all this. Ever since the incident at the amusement park, Nagare and Subaru entered a cold war. Kanade’s father couldn’t take it and punished both of them by kicking them out of the house and will not be readmitted if they do not reconcile. Kanade’s plan is for Jirou to forgive Nagare. This will have Subaru’s anger subside and they can all go home. Subaru comes by to drag the sick person back and worse still, she now hates her father. Jirou just wants Subaru to forgive her father and end this crap but she is more worried she is not doing a proper job as his butler. When she saw that look on Kureha’s face, she really thought he might die. It reminded her of her mom’s case and wants to stay by his side. Jirou gives her another scare when he collapses. But soon gets back on his feet to scoffs off that he will die from such a simple illness. He wants Subaru to return to the mansion with Kanade because to make her loved ones worry means a failure as a butler. He dismisses Subaru as his butler. So with things returning to normal, Subaru is glad things turned out for the better and Jirou is his friend. Then off she goes to visit her dad who has gotten sick. Then as Jirou talks to Kanade, she kisses him! A test to see if his phobia is cured? I guess this means their work isn’t done. Oh, that was her first kiss too. Jirou thought Subaru was her first love and though she confirms it, it’s not like she’s confine to it.

Episode 5
While Jirou is on his way to school, Masamune Usami crashes her bike into him! She thought of pretending nothing happened and is shocked to see him alive! Is that her first reaction? Since Jirou notices his glasses stuck on to Usami’s thigh, he subtly tries to hint to get it but she thinks this pervert wants her panties! So he manages to safely get his glasses without touching her but when he puts them on, Usami recognizes who this bastard is and kicks him and stomps on his stomach! He finds himself in the infirmary, courtesy of Subaru and Kanade who happened to pass by in their limo and saw a strange kid sleeping on the road. Subaru seems to have a request for Jirou. She wants him to accompany her for the school festival since Kanade is busy organizing it and wants her to enjoy the festival without worries. As they talk, Jirou thought she was referring to his kiss with Kanade when he realized Subaru also kissed him. At the theme park after he was out cold saving a little girl. Well, some may call it CPR but when you stick your mouth onto others, I guess in some ways you can still call it a kiss. Subaru thought he wanted to do it again and prepares to kiss him when in good timing Kanade comes in. In her seductive style, she tells him their class will be doing a cosplay cafe. Plus, everyone wants to see Subaru cross-dress. Jirou notices Kanade dropped a love letter so she teases them about going out with this fellow and forced kiss. Anyway she plans to turn down the confession.

As Jirou meets Usami on the rooftop, she has a bizarre request of him. Be her boyfriend and accompany her for the school festival. He thought he is screwing with her but she explains she is from S4 and the first time she laid eyes on Subaru on this rooftop, she fell in love with ‘him’. During the school festival, there will be a secret all-out war between S4 and WOSS. So if there is a belief that Jirou is going out with a girl other than Subaru, this will shake up those yaoi fan girls. So if S4 if successful, she’ll convince S4 not to touch him ever again. Since Jirou is still reluctant, Usami gets pissed off and starts calling him chicken (I can she can derive this nickname from his name too) and blames him for the war between S4 and WOSS since he is so unusually close to Subaru (everyone else thinks Kanade is the only person Subaru is close to). She even shows him proof of photos of their ‘date’ and how rumours are spreading that Subaru is getting more feminine. Jirou fears Subaru’s secret may be revealed and no choice but to go along with her plan. It gets complicated when Subaru comes into the picture. She asks who Usami is and she thought Jirou was joking when he said she is his girlfriend. But since he confirms he will be on a date with Usami during the festival, Subaru punches the traitor. Jirou’s torment continues because he has to be Usami’s practice boyfriend after school. Even buying swimsuits for her when it would’ve been better if she had done it herself. So embarrassing. So much trouble. So misunderstood. That sums up what Jirou had to go through. But Usami wants him to believe in her because she believes in him. What?

Episode 6
I can’t believe nobody for a second thought Subaru is a girl in that nearly revealing Chinese dress. I know it’s cross-dress cosplay cafe but… See those small boobs sticking out? Though Jirou pretends to be Usami’s lover, it gets worse when jealous Konoe refuses to leave them out of her sight. It’s obvious they’re fighting over him. Till they see this flyer to patron the Animal Cafe. Kureha class is doing this cafe and she is thrilled to see her Usami senpai as well as Subaru. Usami gives Jirou permission to go with Subaru but he is kidnapped by a sheep mascot. That person turns out to be Nakuru Narumi and is the leader of WOSS. Not only she has this fantasy of Jirou and Subaru together, she has this fetish for glasses! Nakuru can tell Usami’s plan to deceive WOSS during the festival and warns Jirou about the deal he made with Usami because there is no way she can influence S4. Before Nakuru can reveal anymore, Usami kicks her away and admits she had been lying to him from the start and runs away in tears. Subaru insists Jirou tell him what’s going on. They infiltrate a secret location whereby both factions are preparing to face off. But what surprises them both is that Kanade is a representative of S4 and will be hosting this event. This causes their presence to be busted. So to make this cult quiz more interesting, the winner will conquer all the losers, including what should be done to Jirou. I guess if you’re a diehard fan of Subaru, you’d even know the slightest minute detail. I wonder if this is embarrassing to Subaru. Jirou and Subaru are on Nakuru’s side but they notice Usami isn’t on the opponent’s team.

As both teams are neck to neck, the final question as the tie breaker turns out to be who did Subaru gave her first kiss to. With pleas from Jirou and Nakuru, Subaru sums up her courage to point at Jirou. Eh? Kanade even has a movie as proof. Remember that amusement park incident? Yeah, that. The S4 crowd now wants to kill Jirou. He has to do something about this because the sadist is enjoying herself. No choice, Jirou makes a loud confession that he loves Kanade. She plays it cool and rejects/dumps him right in front of the crowd. Outside, Kanade further teases Jirou that she is not happy he made a false confession to protect himself. As revenge, she hugs him and says she loves him. How does it feel to have a taste of his own medicine? He asks about Usami so she explains that she was a bit different from the others and didn’t try to blend in. He rushes off to find Usami alone at the rooftop. He sees a school resignation letter in her hands as she explains how when she first saw Subaru, she thought how lonesome ‘he’ was and thought ‘he’ might be the same as her. That’s why she thought Subaru would be her friend. However after meeting Jirou, Subaru changed. She thought she hated Jirou but realizes she hated herself for being like this. Since Usami has told him her secret, he tells her his about his phobia. Subaru finds Jirou and has heard the truth from Kanade and apologizes. Jirou introduces Usami to Subaru and they become friends. While Subaru dances with Kureha at the bonfire, Usami vows to change and tears up her resignation letter. Later Usami wants to start off her friendship with Jirou by making him call her first name. But she finds it embarrassing and kicks him. And she hopes to get along well?

Episode 7
Subaru has another weird request to ask from Jirou: Elope with her! Guess whose orders this is from? Jirou faints due to the drugged drink Subaru gave him. Now where will Jirou be when he wakes up next time? Why didn’t I think of it? Right next to Kanade in bed in a luxurious hotspring inn owned by her family. Not sure if anything steamy happened last night but it seems it’s Kanade’s turn to run away from her family. Her family wanted to go overseas for the summer holidays but she didn’t want to. So is kidnapping Jirou the same as what her family was doing in deciding her schedule without her consent? Of course the pretext of this eloping is also to help him cure his phobia. As a start, putting lotion over her body. She’s making it sound so horny… You can tell Subaru is upset because she has a spiked club for the watermelon splitting event and has dug a very dig hole to bury him in the sand. Jirou patrons the beach house to buy drinks and is surprised to see Nakuru, Usami and Kureha working part time there. The trio were supposed to swim to their camp but got lost, separated and chased all the way to this beach by a shark. Usami is getting suspicious of Jirou’s purpose here with Kanade. Jirou tries to prevent the inevitable by having Subaru putting on glasses. Did he seriously think he can fool the rest with this disguise? Even Kureha thinks it’s Subaru cross-dressing. But Kanade dismisses this is not Subaru but her cousin, Punyuru Takanashi! Say what? I guess it was convincing enough for Kureha to believe. Except Usami. She confides in Jirou why is Subaru lying. Call it a good thing because Usami misunderstood Subaru’s fetish for cross-dressing going this far. Can’t she see those boobs are for real? And as for Jirou and Kanade, Kanade tells her that they are eloping. Usami doesn’t believe a word she says and even though Kanade admits she was just fibbing around this has Usami blurt out she and Jirou are close friends. Then she explains all the things they had done together although she worded them in an ambiguous manner. Subaru overheard it and got upset and ran away. Jirou catches up to her and explains he was indeed at Usami’s house because she promised to treat him to her cooking. Usami also wanted to help out with his phobia and starts rubbing her body against his in a swimsuit. Subaru punches him seeing it sounded like harassment. When they return, seems Nagare wants Kanade and Subaru to return to the family. Subaru feigns she is scared of this disgusting scary person, sending heartbreak to that poor father.

Episode 8
Nakuru makes Punyuru read out her yaoi manga between her and Jirou. She throws the book out in her embarrassment! Jirou can’t sleep that night and goes to dip in the hotspring only to find Subaru doing the same. Suddenly Nagare comes in and luckily Subaru is small enough to hide behind Jirou’s back. Nagare still doesn’t like Jirou but his words show that he truly cares for Subaru. Nagare leaves but return upon finding a girl’s panty in the laundry. Trying to cover for Subaru, Jirou lies it is his fetish but Nagare can tell this is his daughter’s favourite panties. Seriously?! Nagare is convinced he has an illicit relationship with his daughter and is going to give Jirou a kick he’ll never forget. But Subaru blocks that kick and knocks him out for good. Jirou also gets whacked when he accidentally sees Subaru’s naked body. Is this the second time? I guess this memory erasing technique worked because Nagare can’t remember why he is sleeping in the hotspring and Jirou his head is slanting to one side. After a day playing on the beach, the gang visit the festival that night. Usami can see through another of Kanade’s lies when she says Jirou is her fiancee. Kanade also realizes that Usami knows Jirou’s secret. So as the duo challenge each other at the stalls, Jirou notices Subaru missing and as hinted by Kanade, she is up in those mountains. Jirou treks along the path only to find Nagare standing in his way. Jirou learns tomorrow is the death anniversary of Subaru’s mom. Since a lot of things happened when Nagare eloped with his wife, Subaru is sleeping by her mom’s grave. If Kanade goes on an overseas trip, Subaru must follow and this means Subaru won’t be able to visit her mom’s grave. Kanade comes by and orders Nagare to enlist her for the event. Then she reveals to Jirou that this is a secret she was told that Subaru wanted to keep a secret from him.

Jirou meets Subaru at the grave. Explaining he has heard from Kanade, Subaru continues that her mom always worried if she would make any friends she is unsociable. Subaru becomes emotional so Jirou hugs her despite knowing his phobia can make him pass out again. He doesn’t care about that and wants Subaru to tell him everything about her mom. After she introduces him to her mom, he finally passes out. Then he wakes up in a tent back at the festival. Just in time for the grand battle royale even with the winner getting the grand prize of a sheep plushie doll and a kiss from the Yukata Beauty. Who? Punyuru?! You can guess Nagare will be entering this contest and is hell bent on ‘killing’ everyone to protect his daughter. As the event starts, Nakuru becomes some drunk stripper and has the uncanny skill to strip anyone of their underwear! WTF?! After undressing Usami and violating Kureha (more like tickling her unconscious), it’s a final face off with Jirou. The other last player standing is Kanade. She has singlehandedly taken out all other participants! Including Nagare. She makes a clever move by holding Jirou’s glasses as hostage. Then throwing those fakes into the lake to distract Nakuru and make her go out. Kanade hugs Jirou for being a brave soul but since she can’t let him win, I guess this means Punyuru’s kiss goes to her. Ah well. Saves all those complicated matters. Jirou wakes up to find himself lying on Subaru’s lap. She lets him know Nakuru went on a stripping rampage after she thought Jirou’s glasses were broken so Kanade had to go down and settle everything. Subaru is happy she won the sheep plushie. Then as they watch the fireworks, Subaru tells Jirou she doesn’t them to be just friends.

Episode 9
Usami calls Jirou to help her out in her part time job. But what he didn’t know is that he’s supposed to be working in a maid cafe. Don’t worry, he doesn’t have to cross-dress. The cafe owner, Maria though Jirou is Usami’s boyfriend but he dismisses anything like it. Even so, she hopes he can continue to be her friend. Trouble starts when Kanade patrons the shop as a customer. I guess Maria allows her since she was paid off a handsome sum. What happened to Subaru? I don’t know how Kanade gave her the slip but Subaru is being mistakenly picked up by a butler cafe staff to start serving the customers streaming in. So while Subaru is busy at her end (she had to work to repay the door she busted. If not, repay with her body. Yikes!), Kanade does what she does best, enjoying the amusement of seeing Usami and Jirou serve her to her whims and fancies. After spending such long hours (enough to piss Usami off), she is ready to go home till Nakuru and Kureha show up. They are temporary part timers hired by Maria. Kanade continues her patronage playing a fighting video game when bored Jirou wanted to go wash some plates but accidentally trips and rips Usami’s clothes. Why when guys do this, their hands must grope the breasts? Kanade compounds his misery by making up lies about Jirou’s maid fetish. Kureha believed her and runs out crying. While Nakuru goes after her, Kanade continues her teasing. She warns Usami about Jirou’s extreme fetish for maids with garter belts. Then twisting everything and messing with Usami’s mind if she likes Jirou or not, she convinces Usami to show her garter belts to him as proof if Jirou doesn’t have those fetishes. Unbelievably, Jirou would’ve fallen into that hypnotizing garter belt fetish trap (I guess he really digs it) if not for Subaru finally showing up (must have repaid her debts, eh?). Jirou asks Subaru about what she meant about being more than just friends. She flusters and just says that wasn’t a confession and what she meant was to be best friends. Then she returns to Kanade who has just called Kureha to clear up the misunderstanding. Usami hopes Jirou can come back here and work part time once in a while. Then she gets embarrassed and upset when Jirou mistakenly hears a ringtone that she specifically assigns Jirou’s number to.

Episode 10
Kureha looks forward to her 16th birthday. She parties along with Nakuru at Usami’s place and I’m not sure if her home is haunted with ghosts! After giving Kureha her presents (guess what Nakuru gave? Yup. Glasses), Nakuru and Usami put on a play acting as Jirou and Subaru respectively. I think it’s just Nakuru wanting to play out her fantasies. Kureha’s birthday bash continues at Maria’s cafe as Kanade and Subaru also joins in. This has her remember her 8th birthday whereby she kicked up a fuss of wanting to see daddy. Jirou calmed her down by using all his savings to buy a teddy bear (that she uses to wrestle with it). Then Kanade plays a customized fighting video game with Kureha (she was moe enough to convince a couple of game geeks to design the game in a day!) using Jirou and Kureha as the main characters. It sounds so perverted… Jirou throwing his underwear… As Kureha is being chauffeured home, she remembers during her 10th birthday, she hated mommy for whatever reasons and sulked by herself at the park. She remembers Jirou coming to pick her back and remembered that expression on his face. I hope it wasn’t the expression of her doing submission moves on him. She further remembers how Jirou never failed to remember her birthday. Except for last year. Seems he went out with Kurose after they manage to get some platinum tickets for a live show. So when he came back, Kureha took out her frustrations on her brother and even ripping the t-shirt he bought at the event. I don’t know. At this point I’m hating her for forgetting all the good deeds he has done for her. So what if he happened to forget this important day and that is just once and his first time. Kanade suggests Kureha quit being Jirou’s sister and be hers instead. Because Subaru sounded like she was defending Jirou, Kanade jokes she should be Jirou’s sister instead. Then Kureha remembers the times Jirou had been there for her in place of her mother and forgives him. When she returns home, she is happy to find Jirou has bought her a big polar bear stuffed doll. He has learnt from his mistake never to make her cry again like last year. Kureha is so happy that she hugs him. And by that she means doing all the wrestling moves. Happy birthday Kureha. Finally Usami plays a customized video game by Kanade. I already guessed it. No matter how you look at it, win or lose, it’s to piss her off.

Episode 11
As Jirou and Subaru walk to school together, Usami crashes into them. Their face was close enough to kiss. Usami breaks them up thinking she’s about to see 2 guys kissing in public. Then she scoots off and gives her half eaten bread to them. Jirou bites it and Subaru thinks it’s like an indirect kiss. Wait. She said that? Kanade joins them for lunch at the rooftop and I could see from a million miles that she planned something. Putting white wine into Subaru’s food made her drunk and wanting to strip! Taking advantage of that, Kanade orders her butler to lick the sauce off Jirou’s neck. Subaru is about to confess something to Jirou but falls asleep. Ah, miss the all-important part. Jirou notices Kanade spacing out. After putting Subaru in the infirmary, back in class Jirou thinks he may have heard Kanade making a weird but cute sound. Nyu? He’s not hearing things. Even the classmates heard it but Jirou tries to cover it as his voice. Not working. Taking Kanade away, she reveals she has this secret the entire school doesn’t know and this is her only weak point. Whenever she has hiccups, she can’t help adding “Nyu” at the end of every sentence. I don’t know whether she’s doing it on purpose because it seems so fake but by saying this, she has become cuter and has this tendency to attract guys towards her. Subaru has recovered enough to explain further that it happened once when Kanade was a child and at a party when this happened, the adults find it so cute and even argued to offer to stop her hiccups. Her bodyguards failed to quell the incident so much so the police was called in to take care of it! Similarly the same thing happened 4 years ago but this time Subaru was there to stop it. But I guess things changed because Subaru is also captivated by her cute voice that she wants to monopolize it! Anyway Kanade sends her home to retrieve tools to stop her hiccup. Yup, part of her scheme to get her alone with Jirou and do some seductive stuff. So by the time Jirou runs off and bumps into Subaru who has returned (that fast?), Kanade’s hiccups have already stopped. See? Was she faking it? But she’s not faking this one when she falls down a flight of stairs and sprains her ankle. Though she is hospitalized and her injury is deemed nothing serious, Subaru feels guilty for failing to protect her. She cries in Jirou’s arms when Nagare pops up. I guess he also wants to admit Jirou into hospital but he is here to relief Subaru of her duties. Seeing she let Kanade get injured, it is obvious that as a butler, she must take responsibility. Nagare will take over her duties to tend to Kanade but Kanade won’t allow anyone else to be her butler. However as Nagare mentions, this already has been decided by her father. Though Kanade will talk and convince her dad to overturn his decision, Nagare says that if she stops being a butler, Subaru can stop pretending to be a boy. Subaru accepts her fate and feels honoured to have served her. Then she runs off. With her leg injured, Kanade sends Jirou to go after her. He catches and hugs her. Vowing he won’t let her go even if he falls, Subaru is alright that he doesn’t have to keep her secret anymore and it’s goodbye. Not a punch to his gut but a peck on his cheek. Ultimate nose bleed! Let it flow!

Episode 12
Usami finds Jirou lying around and after learning what happened, she offers him a ride to where Subaru is. I’m sure because of her reckless riding, it’s not that he has nowhere else to hold but her boobs. He finds her at the hotspring inn and she doesn’t feel like going home tonight. Jirou calls to inform Kanade so the latter hopes they can have their very ‘first experience’. This has been bugging Jirou all night that he can’t sleep. Furthermore, Subaru even asks if there is something he wants to do more than kissing. I guess he’s trying hard to hold it in though he says he would prefer to do it with the person he loves. Subaru snuggles up close to him and he got the wrong message and is prepared to do it anyway. He gets punched instead and all Subaru wanted was to sleep together. Nothing more. So they sleep while holding hands and this calms Subaru down because mommy used to do this for her when she couldn’t sleep. I hope Jirou doesn’t lose all his blood by the time morning comes. She thinks she can’t go back being a butler but he is okay for her staying like a normal girl. Next morning Kanade and Nagare pick them up home. Jirou gets his usual from Kureha and she thinks his homosexuality has awakened after spending a night with a ‘guy’. When Jirou comes to school, he learns from Kanade that Subaru has transferred to another school. I guess you know what this means for S4 & WOSS, right? One big gloomy fan group. Suddenly, Subaru returns! Oh wait. It’s Punyuru as a new transfer student in Kureha and Nakuru’s class! Well, I suppose this way Subaru won’t have trouble trying to hide her secret. Of course even if everyone else doesn’t see it, Usami can tell that Subaru is cross-dressing but can’t help wonder why. Kanade makes Jirou carry her around like a princess as he starts to observe her soft and curvy features. If only his nose bleed didn’t get in the way of this enjoyment.

Later Jirou talks to Subaru about her choice of becoming a girl. He knows she wants to be a butler but circumstances have made it impossible for her. Seeing how she really wants to be Kanade’s butler, Jirou vows to leave it to him. He enters the most dangerous place in school. A place filled with crazy S4 and WOSS girls who do not hesitate in attacking and blaming that bastard for making Subaru transfer out. Jirou defends his ground well but instead of fighting back, he begs for them to cooperate for the time being. They start gathering signatures from everyone for a petition to have Subaru back as a butler. Seeing how everybody really wants Subaru back, Punyuru also signs it. At the end of the day, Kanade takes all those signatures back to her father and the result? Subaru is back to being Kanade’s butler! Hooray! Order is restored. Now the fan girls have a reason to continue existing. So if Subaru’s back, what about Punyuru? I can’t believe the rest believed that crappy reason she had to transfer out. Of course Usami is annoyed that everyone didn’t see through that obvious disguise but nevertheless feels happy of how things turned out. That night, Subaru calls Jirou out to the park because she wants to thank him properly. Not as a butler but as a girl. Okay, do you see where this is heading? Since Jirou is hesitating whether he wants it or not, Kanade has to come out of her hiding (those darn plan of hers again) to ‘warn’ that if Subaru doesn’t kiss him, she will. Instantly Subaru nails a good one right on his lips. Too bad his nose bleed had to ruin it all. Better hurry up and cure it or else they can’t go further beyond than this. Woah! Did Subaru actually say that?

Episode 13
This filler episode feels like giving Nakuru’s turn of attention among the main girls. Jirou is browsing through porn mags suggested by Kurose when he finds a BL magazine in the midst. Kurose thought he is really gay! Then Nakuru shows up at his doorstep and his first reaction is to close the door on her! Don’t let the true pervert get in! Call the cops! But he relents since Nakuru threatens to scream kidnap. She’s here not for Kureha but to seek his advice. Huh? Really? This was what happened. Few days ago while Subaru is relaxing in his hot bath, she saw something shiny from afar. Fearing the worse, she instantly dashes out, jumps across every obstacle (including a truck) and up the building to take out the photographer who turns out to be Nakuru, snapping secret shots of her. Nakuru then decided to save her glasses instead of the very expensive camera equipment and finds herself falling off the building. She could’ve been a pancake if Subaru didn’t grab her. Then at the cafe, Nakuru reveals her intention of wanting to sell those photos to the WOSS fan girls so she could make some money to publish her own doujin. However the steam was covering the picture so it’s no good. Kanade overheard this and willingly helps Nakuru out by giving out more pictures of Subaru! In butler form of course.

So Nakuru was able to sell out all the photos to those desperate fan girls but with cash she realized she still had one more problem: She’s in a slump and can’t finish her doujin despite the volume was already so thick that Kureha needed to use her special chop to nail the stapler down. And tomorrow is the convention. She even got Usami to help out. Nakuru gives some of Subaru’s photos to Kureha. She got so excited that she decided to show her Jirou’s room since he is away at Kurose’s place. Cheeky Nakuru starts searching for porn mags and finds quite a few. At least this proves he is interested in woman, right? As reward for ‘letting’ her rummage his collection, she leaves behind a BL magazine as a reward. So that’s how it got there. Continuing her work, she is still in a slump and figured she needed more help and called Subaru and Kanade over too! And when Nakuru is done, Subaru’s super chop like as though she’s using a sewing machine has Nakuru’s volume finally completed. Then she wants to ask Subaru about something. No, not about BL or glasses. What could it be? Seeing her so nervous and shy, Kureha and Usami think something is really wrong. However Nakuru decides not to ask them eventually. Next day at the doujin convention, Kureha and Usami spy on her since they smell something fishy (why are they dressed in Hidan No Aria and Kampfer outfits?). To their surprise, they witness Nakuru’s fans buying everything so it’s an instant sell out. After that they tail her to the bookstore, anime and game shop. Kureha realizes something amiss in all her purchases. She bought boy-girl romance stories instead of BL! Could it be she’s in love?! So shock that their presence got busted by her. So after accompanying her to measure her bust and buy some bras, finally Nakuru decides to tell them what’s bugging her. She wants to know what they think about her bust. Disappointed? Well at least you can see the frustration on Usami and Kureha’s face. After all the trouble they went through… Since she can’t ask them for advice (I figure those 2 are flat, that’s why), so she went to see Jirou for it. And so that is how this came to be. STORY TOO FREAKING LONG!!!!!!!!! But it’s not over yet. Nakuru wants Jirou to date her tonight. Yes, she’s serious.

Surprisingly, Jirou didn’t turn her down and go with her request. So they hold hands (hold your nose bleed there) and even eat her delicious bento. Jirou is trying to restrain himself no matter how cute Nakuru is looking now, underneath that exterior lies a true pervert. Nakuru also seeks his advice on her slump on BL stories. Yeah, why him I wonder… Anyway she’s serious that there’s a reason for this. Asking him his opinion when he sees her breasts, you can’t blame Jirou for putting on a cynical expression because no matter how serious she sounds, maybe it’s just the topic that she’s asking. Nakuru further reveals a while back, a boy confessed he liked her! Shock! Never in anyone’s wildest dreams, eh? Of course she rejected him because she decided to devote her life to BL novels. Knowing that she is not the type that is popular among boys, she started to think about herself. Then another weird request: She wants him to fondle her boobs because she heard rumours that by doing so it will make them smaller. WTF?! Well, she does mention about her complex of her boobs and prefers them small. Jirou gives his honest opinion that everyone has a complex or two and that guys won’t fall in love just because of breasts. Really? Is he that sure? Nakuru wants him to prove that statement with his body! He has to or else she can’t concentrate on her BL novels. What made him said okay? Well, she thought he would be the one who would save her. Yeah, Jirou the hero and all saviour. Now you know why the main girls flock around him. So if he bears and gets through this, she may just be able to get over her complex. As she starts rubbing all over him, Jirou is finding it hard not to nose bleed and manages to do so (oh, if only the rest were here to see this, I can guess what kind of reaction they’ll put and the action he will receive). Nakuru gets motivated that and even thinks he is good BL material. Hell no! He pushes her away and in that instant her glasses fell off. Suddenly Jirou sees how pretty she is! Man, she’s damn cute! Nakuru is relieved to have got over her complex but as she looks at Jirou, she can’t help notice how cool he is. Her heart suddenly skipping beat. But she got so scared at this thought that she runs away from him. Now she doesn’t want him close? So you see now why guys can’t understand women?

Cheesy Turkey…
I just can’t help but feel annoyed at the end. From the way things are going and from my experience of this type of shows (oh sure, I must be a real expert in watching genres like these now), I wasn’t placing much hope on the ending. I guessed that Subaru’s identity will come close to being exposed but since that didn’t happen, it turned out to be her life job on the line. And yeah, Subaru eventually gets to keep her job and be Kanade’s butler in the end but that is all to be expected, right? At least they didn’t use money, power or status to turn that around and instead the subtle power of friendship. So are they saying that if we get enough signatures, we’ll be able to turn things around? If only that ever works in real life (okay, sometimes it does). So maybe it wasn’t really about letting Kanade get injured the reason why Subaru got her job back but I am speculating that it is a test by Kanade’s dad to see if Subaru wasn’t just capable as Kanade’s butler but have her own circle and friends too. You can have the best butler in the world but if that butler lacks the kind of important values between other humans, then I guess you’re as good as nothing. The story flow isn’t anything unique either. You get your usual beach fanservice episodes, the school cultural festival, the maid cafe instalment and the boy-and-girl-alone-at-the-hotspring-inn drama as your expected cuppa. Some episodes give more prominence to a particular main girl and as Jirou goes along keeping Subaru’s secret, he peeks a little more into Subaru’s past and understands the situation better.

So the other thing that I am annoyed is the characters themselves. Perhaps it is the pace and the flow of the series that made me feel this way. For instance take Jirou. It’s mind boggling that he developed this phobia of girls touching him after getting abused by the 2 closest women in his life. I mean they just touch him. It’s not like they’re hitting him or something. And with so many incidents of coming into contact with females, why didn’t his body develop some sort of wacko immunity to cure his nose bleeds just like how he got them in the first place? So each time contact is made, he tries hard to hold it in. If he can’t, he passes out, wakes up somewhere. Otherwise he is just some plain ordinary guy who to his best abilities would help those out in need. Sounds pretty normal for a main character, eh? If he’s really scared and chicken of girls, what is he doing in a co-ed school in the first place? He could’ve transferred out to an all-boys’ school. Maybe being scared of girls doesn’t mean he fears them. See how he is still okay with porn magazines? I guess 2D is okay, eh? Yeah, 2D girls rock! Hopefully that nose bleed phobia will turn into nose bleed of stimulation instead ;p. Or else he will have to live with the reputation of being gay and make some crazy girls go wild and happy. The way this repetitiveness is played out somehow reminds me of a similar anime: MM! Fortunately Jirou didn’t turn into a masochist like what Tarou did and was all along. In both series, they experience getting beaten up. Lots of them. It’s no fun being guys like them. Unless you enjoy these kind of things.

I guess Subaru is the one I could say that undergoes the most change. She opens up her heart to others ever since meeting Jirou and her identity being found out other than members of the household. I feel that Subaru is torn in a lot of ways and in a dilemma between the roles she has to undertake. Though she still does a splendid job as a butler, at the same time there is this feeling that she wants to be a friend. Though she may be acting like a boy, there are times when she needs to be a girl. Get what I mean? Her growing feelings for Jirou is getting pretty obvious so I suppose even Kanade had to back down and give her a chance for Subaru to act like a real girl at least once in front of Jirou. Subaru may have a few other quirks with her and since we know that she has a phobia on bladed objects, how come she overcome them so fast and easily during that fake kidnapping incident? When you develop a phobia, it’s not that easy to just cure it and for Subaru’s case it was just poof! Gone. So why can’t Jirou do the same for his gynophobia? I guess this means with him having a long way to go, it gives a reason for the rest to stay around him. Is this chicken such a fun guy?

Kanade being the sadist is amusing to see how she will toy with those around her. She always stays one step ahead of everybody and will not allow any space for others to step over her. That’s why she’s seen as close to perfect. She’s already got Subaru as her butler, now she’s got Jirou as her personal toy. But her amusement in teasing Jirou too much has become such an annoyance instead. Don’t take this the wrong way that she’s a cold-hearted person (everyone has a little devil in their hearts) as she still cares for others but in her own way. Since you don’t really know what is going on in her mind, you can’t tell whether she likes Jirou for real but my guess is that she does or else why continue to toy around with him? There are many other guys whom she can take out her amusement from or even slap their face with cash with (that’s what she did for the school nurse) but why him? To make sure he keeps Subaru’s secret hidden may work at the start but as the series progresses, that doesn’t seem viable anymore. After 13 episodes, you think that some kind of trust has formed between them, right? Besides, do you think Jirou is the kind of guy who would expose somebody else’s secret just like that? So you think she doesn’t have feelings for Jirou? Not that she would show it even to us.

Muscle brain woman is what describes Kureha best and that is what makes her totally annoying. In her quest to be strong just like mommy, poor big brother has to endure her daily tortures. Doesn’t she have a heart? Doesn’t she know how her brother feels? Maybe too much brute force has made her an airhead and someone who is so gullible enough to believe any weird and false rumours she is being told about her brother. Doesn’t she know or trust her brother well enough? Maybe all she’s interested is just giving him some wrestling moves. But at the end of the day, she still loves her brother very much because she’s the only family member she’s got. You can blame mommy for irresponsibly leaving the house to search for someone stronger. Well at this rate, I don’t think she’s coming home because she’ll be finding none. Usami I can classify her as a tsundere while Nakuru really is a true pervert with her obsession for glasses and BL. Nagare like a good father to Subaru can be too overprotective at times and though he might try to sound or act cool, he usually ends up looking like an idiot. At this rate, I guess he and Jirou won’t be burying the hatchet very soon.

For the romance part, I guess you can say the main characters love revolves around Jirou and Subaru. Kanade may be a bisexual because she did indicate though Subaru was her first love, it’s not like she is going to stick to it till kingdom come. Kureha loves Subaru but still thinking that she is a boy. However even if she did mention that she likes him, I feel it is more towards the admiration sense because you don’t see her flustering like girls do when they’re in love. So what happens if she really gets to know Subaru is a girl? Will she turn yuri then? Usami started out liking Subaru and now she also likes Jirou as far as I can see from her interactions with the chicken idiot. Nakuru’s passion is of course BL stuff between the duo. Whatever happened to S4 and WOSS in the end? I felt that their presence didn’t have much impact in the sense that they may be obsessed over Subaru but I don’t see that passion here. Maybe it’s because they don’t have much screen time. Even so I thought since Subaru is so damn popular, if they are true obsessed fans then they would be stalking to wherever she goes. The way Subaru goes out to town and even on that fake date dressed as a girl with Jirou, you would think that some diehard fan girls would be around and take notice. Even that physical examination should have the guys at least raise an eyebrow but no… They just think how close Jirou and Subaru are. With everyone this ‘dumb’ and not as observant, it’s safe to say that Subaru’s secret is very safe. Even a smart girl like Usami still can’t fathom why ‘he’ cross-dresses. Everybody open your eyes! It’s a girl I tell you no matter how you look at it! Then again, I don’t really want to reveal it either because it’ll shatter lots of dreams and fantasies. Yeah, the truth hurts so it’s better for things to stay as they are now.

There are quite a few trivia to spot in this anime. For example, I thought Maria’s maid assistants look awfully familiar. I thought it could just be coincidence but then I found out they are actually cameo appearance made by KissxSis twin sisters, Ako and Riko despite being named Milk and Choco respectively. I also didn’t realize it at first but there are quite a few scenes with cameo appearance from Mirai Suenaga. Who? The mascot character for Culture Japan created and designed by fellow Malaysian Danny Choo. On a trivial note, I notice the episode titles are taken from a speech that occurs somewhere during the episode. Some of the next episode previews are filled with sexual innuendos that it makes you chuckle in amusement upon realizing what they’re actually doing. For example the one whereby Subaru was worried about doing something properly, how sensitive it would be and how much it hurts but it turns out to be blood donation. For the mid-intermission, the characters sputter random nonsensical words that sometimes do not make sense. I’ve been wondering about that sheep plushie and it still bugs me that people find them cute since it has a drop of blood dripping from its mouth… Maybe it’ll get even more popular if it had its guts spilling out or brain sliced open… Just saying…

After hearing Yuka Iguchi’s trademark annoying high pitch squealing characters such as Index in To Aru Majutsu No Index, Yashiro in Denpa Onna To Seishun Otoko and Maria in Boku Wa Tomodachi Ga Sukunai, it was really a surprise to find her voicing Subaru because she really sounded different using a lower voice as the character. At first I couldn’t recognize her but when Subaru starts squealing in panic, suddenly it occurred to me how familiar this voice was. Then it hit me. No doubt that is the voice of Yuka Iguchi! Looks like I’ve been so stereotyped by her voice roles that I am utterly surprised that she could even voice this kind of character roles. Eri Kitamura is fitting as Kanade like her other sly characters like Rin in Kodomo No Jikan and Ami in Toradora. Kana Hanazawa as usual does her best in a full retard mode as Kureha like how she did for the titular character in Kobato, Rana of Freezing and Shiro in Deadman Wonderland. Other casts include Satoshi Hino as Jirou (Saito in Zero No Tsukaima series), Mariya Ise as Usami (Stocking in Panty And Stocking With Garterbelt), Kana Asumi as Nakuru (Yuno in Hidamari Sketch), Keiji Fujiwara as Nagare (Sven in Black Cat) and Natsuko Kuwatani as Maria (Suisei Seki of Rozen Maiden).

Subaru may not match the all-in-one butler of Hayate and the bishonen demon butler Sebastian but like any butler, despite the gender, financial status or race, butlers do their best to accommodate their master’s needs, whims and fancies. That’s what butlers are for and that’s why they are so handy to come with. So if I ever find myself caught in the same position as Jirou, probably the first thing I would do is to blame the butler because well, the butler always did it! Haha! Enough about butlers already, I prefer maids though.