Omamori Himari Season 1 Episode 03 Review: Maid in Neko

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As the show moves into its third episode, the harem building aspect continues right along now that some of the danger is out of the way, though more does lurk around every corner. The main threat as seen by Shizuku in the previous beach episode stoked those fires nicely as the Ayakashi are intent on making sure that Yuto doesn't threaten them now that he's the known Demon Slayer that will destroy them all. Providing the wind doesn't blow him over first of course

Naturally, Shizuku is curious about whether this young guy is who he says to be when it comes to not wanting to kill anyone, so she ends up appearing in the tub with him to start getting familiar. What this leads to is Shizuku basically moving into the house so she can check him out for the time being and see if he's really being truthful or not. Himari is against the idea as she doesn't trust her while Rinko is simply getting tired of all the competition that's showing up. And while Shizuku may not be competition in the physical/romance sense, she makes up for it in other areas by apparently being highly domestic as she does dishes, laundry and cooking with ease. Both Rinko and Himari have issue with that and don't take kindly to her presence.

Yuto is, of course, a complete and total pushover here.

The situation has Himari being guided by her teacher to take a job at a local maid cafe and that works well for Himari since she can be a true catgirl in there and it pays off for her. What's setting things for some difficulty though is that the woman who seemingly does everything in there in the cute maid outfit, Lizlet, isn't all she seems to be. When Shizuku arrives, it comes out quickly that Lizlet is actually a Western Ayakashi and that starts setting up all sorts of tensions between Himari and Lizlet until it all boils over like a bad cup of tea. Rinko and Yuto get caught up in it until there's a bit of a reveal about the true nature of what's going on here, but it is sadly painfully obvious from the start when we first see the cafe what it is.

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