Servant x Service: Episode 2 – “Don’t Panic, Make a Scene, or Throw Away Your Job”

Servant x Service is an anime series set in a government office building in Japan, and most of the main characters are new employees in the Welfare Department. Lucy Yamagani takes her job seriously, Yutaka Hasebe is a slacker, Saya Miyoshi is a nervous person, and Taishi Ichimiya is a first time supervisor who really doesn’t know how to lead others very well.

Two new characters are introduced in this episode. The first is Megumi Chihaya, who is a temp worker in the Welfare Department. She is a major fan of a magical girl series called Magical Flowers (which is obviously a parody of Puella Magi Madoka Magica), and she likes to cosplay and create doujinshi. She spends a bit of time with Lucy in this episode, and tries to get Lucy more interested in fashion and what she wears. Megumi seems to have cosplay on her mind a lot, though, since she seems to think the best way to solve a problem is to have someone cosplay.

At one point in the episode, Yutaka mentions that he’s heard that Magical Flowers is also a game, and he rattles off some games that he’s played. I saw a couple of obvious parodies in his list, and I’m sure there may have been some that I missed. For the parodies that I recognized, I found myself chuckling at them.

The other new character who is introduced in this episode is a high school girl named Toko Ichimiya, and she has a short temper and can often be in a bad mood. If you couldn’t guess by her last name, she is related to Taishi Ichimiya, the supervisor for the new employees at the Welfare Department. Toko’s appearances at the office start to cause problems for Saya so Megumi tries to find a way to help her out.

While this episode did introduce two more characters, there’s a lot more going on in this episode than there was in the first episode. The inclusion of these two new characters helps to add new dimensions for some of the characters who have already been introduced, and they also add some new quirks to the series as a whole.

I have to say that I enjoyed watching this episode of Servant x Service just as much, if not more than, the first episode. I will definitely want to continue watching this series to see what other situations and hijinks these employees at the Welfare Department get into or find themselves in.

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