Servant x Service: Episode 13 – “Now We’re Set, a Fun Workplace Leading to Tomorrow”

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, Kenzo Momoi is a stuffed rabbit who can walk and talk and serves as the section manager for the Welfare Department, and Kanon Momoi is Kenzo’s daughter and Toko’s friend.

Episode 13 begins with a slight recap of the end of the episode 12, where Yutaka admits to Taishi, Megumi, and Saya that he learned that the civil servant who was responsible for approving Lucy’s name was his father. He found out when he went home after his date with Lucy in order to meet his sister’s fiancé. Not only that, Yutaka found out he had a fever and was in the hospital the day his father approved Lucy’s name, so his father was distracted from his work; because of this, Yutaka feels it’s his fault that Lucy has the name she hates so much. They debate whether or not Yutaka should tell Lucy. After this takes place, Lucy notices that Yutaka is acting differently toward her, but she doesn’t understand why he’s acting that way.

After work one day, Taishi sees Yutaka putting his head down on his desk. Yutaka ends up getting encouragement to tell Lucy the truth from an unexpected person. And to top it off, Lucy’s reaction to the news isn’t what Yutaka had anticipated.

All in all, I have to say that this was a nice ending for Servant x Service, because at least one of the secrets in the series have been revealed. While I figured out that Yutaka’s dad had been responsible for the name rather early on in the series, I hadn’t guessed whether Lucy would find out by the end of or not, and I also didn’t guess what her reaction would be if she did find out.

I thought the way the episode ended was done in such a way that it works as an ending for the series, but it also leaves enough doors open to be able to continue the series with another season if the anime studio ever decides to produce one. As a writer, I can see how the various storylines in the series could be continued and maintained for more episodes.

For me, Servant x Service was one of the highlights of the Summer 2013 season, and I will miss watching it every Thursday. It was a series that had just the right mix of humor and character interaction and development to keep me interested in it. Servant x Service is a series I would be more than happy to add to my anime home video collection at some point in the future.

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