Servant x Service: Episode 5 – “Everyone Has Close Calls. Learn from Them and Keep the Workplace Healthy”

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, Megumi Chihaya is the temp worker who likes to cosplay and create doujinshi, Taishi Ichimiya is a first time supervisor who really doesn’t know how to lead others well, Toko Ichimiya is Taishi’s little sister who drops by the Welfare Department rather regularly and causes problems for Taishi and the others, and Kenzo Momoi is a stuffed rabbit who can walk and talk and serves as the section manager for the Welfare Department.

Episode five picks up exactly where episode four left off. At the end of episode four, Lucy became drunk while drinking with her co-workers and falls asleep before being able to tell Yutaka where she lives. The next morning, she wakes up lying next to a strange woman. It turns out the woman is Kaoru Hasebe, Yutaka’s older sister; Yutaka took Lucy to his sister’s place, because it was within walking distance.

The next day, Lucy visits Kaoru in order to apologize for inconveniencing her, and also brings her a gift. After looking at the gift, Kaoru suggests they go over to Yutaka’s place with it. Yutaka is surprised to see them, and he takes Kaoru into the kitchen to talk to her. Kaoru said she got the impression that Yutaka liked Lucy, and she wanted to see her brother stuck in an awkward position.

I actually enjoyed this portion of the episode quite a bit. This provides some more character development for Yutaka, and it shows that he’s not simply the lecherous slacker that he appeared to be at first. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I’m finding myself wanting to see Yutaka and Lucy end up together. Honestly, I think they would make a good couple.

The episode continues to focus on love when Taishi ends up telling Yutaka that he has a girlfriend. The viewer learns that they know his girlfriend already, and I was actually surprised to find out who it was. Part of the episode helps to add character development to Taishi, Toko, and to Taishi’s girlfriend; I’m not going to provide her name, because I don’t want to provide a spoiler to a reader who may not have seen this particular episode yet.

While this episode had some serious moments in it, it’s nowhere near as serious as episode four had been. Episode five definitely incorporates more in the humor department. It’s also interesting to note that the section manager, after being introduced in episode four, was not involved in the story in any way in episode five; in fact, he was nowhere to be seen outside of the opening and ending credits. But considering that his presence does lower the realism level of this series a notch, I can’t say I’m too terribly disappointed. Right now, the section manager feels more like a “throwaway character” than anything else.

Overall, though, I have to say that I’m still enjoying Servant x Service, and I’m looking forward to watching episode six.

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