Introducing the trap character of the series, Totsuka Saika!
RECAP: Another day of school passes and we meet our next classmate that specifically asks Hikigaya for help, Totsuka Saika. Yui even brings Totsuka to the Public Service Club for a formal request to assist the Tennis Club. During Totsuka’s training, Yumiko and her cronies of popular kids want to use the court for the lunch hour, but not if the Public Service Club has anything to do about it. In the end, they end up challenging each other with the goal of usage rights of the Tennis court.
Totsuka-kun’s very feminine mannerisms fill in the cliché anime rom-com slot for the trap character. There is no doubt about that, Hikigaya mentions it himself. What is nice though is that he proactively corrects those who get his gender wrong.
Anyways, his request is rather legit, at least compared to Zaimokuza’s case last episode: Help the Tennis Club by helping Totsuka get better. While the overall status of this request goes unchecked at the end of the episode, the tennis match challenge opens up our cast to become closer as friends.
First of all, the challenge Hayato and Yumiko practically force onto our Public Service Club has no merit at all, aside from pride issues. By technicality, the Tennis Club and Public Service Club have official permission from the faculty to use the tennis court during lunch time. The faculty permission card could have been waived at any point to remind these kids of the rules of society. Nevertheless, without some sort of conflict, this episode would be rather boring, right?
In the end, the duo of Hikigaya and Yukinoshita win. But Hayato’s “heroic act” of saving Yumiko from crashing into the fence (which wouldn’t have hurt, BECAUSE IT IS A FENCE) debunked the notion that our team won at all.
But like I mentioned earlier, this event opened up a friendship between Totsuka and Hikigaya. It also revealed more of Yui’s “friendship” affecting Yukinoshita’s attitude. You could say that the same goes for Hikigaya as well.
Just as I hoped, Zaimozuka is play the part of the random comedic character.