A few stories were dedicated to Rina's attempts at proving that Meimi is St. Tail and Meimi trying to convince her of the opposite. How did that ended? Well, Rina had finally caught St.Tail and showed her face to Asuka Jr... Only to freak out when she touched St.Tail's manly moustache! Planning to be caught, St.Tail had knocked out a burly and moustached male cop and dressed him with her costume and a wig for a last-minute swap, so she'd convince Rina that St.Tail was a man, and traumatized both her and Asuka Jr. in the process. She later explained what she had done to Asuka Jr. because she felt sorry for him, but Asuka Jr. went on saying Rina that St.Tail was a male...
The prequel manga chapter showing how Meimi first met Seira and Asuka Jr. and started going around as Saint Tail.
How Seira realized Meimi could help her recovering the stolen key of a confessional? Easy: Meimi couldn't resist the temptation to perform and summoned a kangaroo dressed with a tuxedo in spite of her father forbidding her from doing it in public until she's a professional, and Seira (and the kid who would be peer-pressured into stealing the key) saw her.
Later in class, Meimi was having her very first fight with Asuka jr., this one over stage magic being a scam or not... And Seira terrified Meimi by praising her, before being recognized her as the nun who saw her.
Asuka Jr. had found out about the kid stealing the key because his friends would otherwise call him a coward for saying he had seen a kangaroo with a tuxedo. Asuka Jr. told him that doing something like that was the mark of a coward, and that kangaroos don't wear tuxedos... Cue him witnessing an horde of tuxedo-wearing kangaroos. Dancing.
When the still unnamed Saint Tail has left, having recovered the key, scared the kid into not doing it again and showed Asuka Jr. that stage magic is not mere tricks and scamming, the kid had marked her as a Phantom Thief, and Asuka was crying in despair because he couldn't understand what had just happened.
The day after, Seira shows Meimi the school journal with a bad picture of her (presumably taken by Asuka Jr.) dubbing her a Phantom Thief, and, in an instance of Sure, Let's Go with That, told her she would go by Saint Tail and steal stolen things and give them back to their legitimate owners, and that she would pass her the information in the confessional whose key had been recovered by Meimi (Seira had kept it to 'reserve' the confessional for themselves). Seira is smiling all the time. Meimi is less than amused.
How did the chapter end? With Asuka Jr. reading about kangaroos to make sense of Saint Tail's trick while his father (in hisonlyappearance in the manga) threatened to disown him if he tried to breed kangaroos.
In one occasion, Saint Tail wrote her 'warning note' on Asuka Jr.'s face as he was sleeping. His reaction when he saw it in the mirror made it even funnier: first he freaked out, then... "I'm not washing my face".
Episode 2: a balloon exposed right out of the school.
Episode 3: Asuka Jr. has been caught sleeping in class, and is forced to read out loud from the book... And reads out loud Saint Tail's message sneaked in the book. After a few seconds of silence, Asuka Jr. realizes what he had just read and freaks out;
Episode 4: as detailed above, it was written on Asuka jr.'s face;
Episode 5: written on the back of a theme park flyer and given to him by Saint Tail dressed as a giant plushie;
Episode 6: an arcade screen after Asuka jr. gets a game over thanks to Rina's dubious help;
Episode 15: a note that exploded out of Asuka jr.'s mail;
Episode 16: posted on an outdoor giant television screen;
Episode 17: posted on the gallery wall of the art classroom. Made funnier by Asuka jr. freaking out when he noticed and accidentally altering it, so the note doesn't state the target as a notebook anymore, but as the heart of the school's Chick Magnet;
Episode 18: written on the back of Asuka jr.'s ticket for a concert he was supposed to go with Rina (mean chosen specifically because Meimi had been about inviting him to that same concert but her shyness prevented her from saying it until the more direct Rina butted in and invited him);
Episode 19: written on a note found in the snow. It says she's gonna steal a comet;
Episode 20: partially recycled the egg one, only this one was in a chicken coop Asuka jr. was cleaning;
Episode 21: written on a note that Asuka jr. had to follow directional street signs to find. Asuka jr. being Hot-Blooded, he immediately started running, and smashed his face on a wall after the last turn;
Episode 22: parachuted down from a toy UFO;
Episode 23: appeared written in chalkboard on a blackboard as Asuka jr. was cleaning it;;
Episode 24: left in Asuka jr.'s mail. This one is a fake;
Episode 25: written on a note that pops out of Sawatari's camera;
Episode 26: explodes out of a soccer ball hitting Asuka jr.'s face again, only this time Asuka jr. himself kicked it (with a double take to assure us that yes, Asuka jr. really did it). And he wasn't even playing;
Asuka sr. *pissed, at the theft victim*: "Well! What is this all about?! Shall we hear your explanation?!"
It was present in the first manga chapter too, but the absence of the police made it less funny.
How did Meimi get permission to buy and keep her pet hedgehog Ruby? Easy: she proposed the name Ruby after her mother's engagement ring, and took advantage of her parents' attack of romanticism.
About Ruby... Meimi's crush on him. To her, going at the pet shop to see her was a date (her words).
From that same episode... Meimi's hedgehog-themed trick. She was so crushed when the villain bought Ruby before she could and made the hedgehog eat a diamond... And really happy when she found out the latest caper involved stealing Ruby.
Asuka Jr. and the villain were chasing Saint Tail, and at one point they were on an elevator and Saint Tail on another next to it, and capable to see in the other. Asuka Jr. mentally begged for Saint Tail to turn so he could see her face... And she did, hiding the face with Ruby while blowing a raspberry at them, before saying bye bye: her elevator stopped, theirs went on.
In episode 5 and the manga chapter it's taken from, Asuka jr. meets Meimi after receiving a note from Saint Tail. He talks to her about the clocktower with statues that bring happiness to couples that see them, Meimi wonders if he's going to ask her out, and then...
Asuka jr.: "Is it true that they're very expensive?"
Meimi: "I suppose so..."
Asuka jr.: "Why would shenote Saint Tail. Asuka jr. misunderstood the note and believes she's going to steal one of the statues do something so villainous?! I got it. Never mind, see you!"
Rina's debut, from her failed attempt at helping Asuka jr. with a game at the arcade to him noticing she's One Head Taller.
Even funnier in the anime, where Asuka jr. decides to run away to plan to capture Saint Tail after a warning received from the Game Over screen of the arcade game and Rina gives chase to find out who Saint Tail is (she has just arrived in town). He refuses out of spite, but Rina convinces him thanks to her very persuasive Octopus Stretch and Boston Crab.
During Saint Tail's caper, Rina butts in with the excuse her family has loaned paintings to the targeted museum. At one point as they chase Saint Tail, Rina reveals she lied... And Asuka jr. ends up hitting a wall face first before declaring that Rina is a thief because she lied
Rina meeting Asuka jr. in class for the first time. Just that. That, and Rina's moment of awesomeness parody when people tell her that Asuka jr. has been ordered by the mayor to arrest Saint Tail and she replies that the mayor is her uncle.
After Rina's tear gas attack, Asuka jr. protected her and breathed in all the gas. Saint Tail couldn't bring herself to escape, even knowing that this way Asuka jr. would see her, but then...
Asuka jr.: "My eyes are so teary, I can't see!"
From the anime version of the baseball glove chapter:
Meimi: "The truth is... I have tickets for Sunday's game!"
Meimi produces a maths test gone really bad.
Meimi notices what she has produced and starts searching for the tickets.
Also, the reason she has those tickets: after the last bad grade in maths (the very same she produced in the anime), Meimi was told to get tutored by Asuka jr.... Who promptly used this to blackmail her into treating him to that game. Too bad she lost them during a caper, and Rina found them...
From the anime version of that episode: Asuka jr.'s reaction to finding out the baseball glove targeted by Saint Tail had been stolen from his favourite pitcher by a child, and Rina's face when Saint Tail stole back the tickets.
In episode 9 and its manga counterpart we have confirmation that Meimi's Transformation Sequence in Saint Tail is not just fanservice but something she actually does. Why is this funny? Because this time Rina is hounding Meimi, who is desperately trying to transform quietly, and is out of the dressing room.
In the episode there's a wedding gown contest being held, with Saint Tail's target being one of the gown and the stolen design it was made from. How did Saint Tail reach the stage? Hidden under the skirt of another contestant.
One of Meimi's problems with this caper is that she's one of the models, and so Rina knows where she has to be to make sure Meimi doesn't change into Saint Tail. She gets away thanks to Seira, who disguises herself as Meimi for the duration of the caper... And keeps an incredibly funny embarrassed face all the time, after giving herself a What the Hell, Hero?because she's a nun. Oh, and this scheme was her idea to begin with.
Saint Tail had to steal the gown while the model was wearing it... So she replaced it with a ridiculous dinosaur costume.
The caper of this episode happens during the school festival, so Seira suggests to take advantage of the presence of one or two Saint Tail cosplayers to move more freely. The day after this suggestion, Meimi's classmates try and get Meimi to cosplay as Saint Tail. She only gets away from it because Asuka jr. protests them ruining Saint Tail's image by using Meimi as a model.
Later during the festival, Asuka jr. is chasing fake Saint Tails for all the school, until he barges in a particular classroom:
*Asuka jr. runs out chasing Saint Tail's indication*
The target of this heist is the film of Sawatari's camera: to document the school festival's tradition of girls getting a boy's locker's lock and hanging it on the east fence of the roof in the hope to dance with him, Sawatari took a picture of a girl obtaining one such locker on a friend's behalf, and is set to publish it in spite of the misunderstanding it would cause. Upon learning of it being Saint Tail's target, he decides to hide it in his own locker... Only for his fanclub to add a dozen locks, as Sawatari is really popular with girls but has only one lock.
After noticing Asuka jr.'s locker is open, he decides to hide the film inside it, as no girl wouldwant to dance with Asuka jr. He can barely hide the film inside that Rina shows up and scares him into accidentally closing the lock, before she complains that now she can't get Asuka jr.'s lock. Sawatari's face is priceless.
The 'Tama caper'. Saint Tail's target was a pet named Tama, that she knew was black with a ribbon. She expected a cute little cat, but, to her immense and amusing horror, found a large lizard. In the anime, she even failed the first attempt because she was too scared to touch it (in the manga, she resorted to levitation)...
Also, Asuka jr.'s reaction to Saint Tail not sending a note. Especially in the manga:
Asuka jr.: "Why? Why did she make a lizard fly without telling me?"
In the anime version, Asuka sr.'s chase of Saint Tail, ending in a midnight bath in the river. In winter.
After being summoned by Asuka jr. on pain of having her identity revealed, Saint Tail shows up to the park and does her best to terrify him into revealing what he actually knows while he's in a phone boot. Asuka jr.'s reaction? Call her on the cell phone he placed for her use and cry to cut it out, before revealing it was a bluff.
In episode 13, Sawatari blames Saint Tail for the theft of a mirror, and publishes it on the school newspaper. Two seconds after they find out, Meimi and Asuka jr. rise up at the same time, grab him for his arms and haul him away for interrogation.
In episode 14 (first of the various Fillers, Meimi, pumped up by a movie, was really enthusiast about helping John, an American tourist who had fallen in love with a local woman, biker get back his bicycle and help their love.
Right at the start of episode 15, Meimi's chase of the dog who stole her snack.
Later in the episode, Saint Tail appear flying hanging to some balloons. Asuka jr. gives chase, grabs her... And has an Oh, Crap when realizes it's a decoy that, as usual, promptly explodes.
The target of Saint Tail's caper in episode 16: the Chinese Iron Chef. As in the best cook specialized in Chinese dishes of the whole town.
To pull it off, she needs to distract both the police and a group of gangsters (as the owner, and boss of the chef, is a smuggler of poached animals, and had a sale just that night). What does she do? She transforms all the meat dishes in cartoonish versions of the live animals and has it attack police, gangsters and chef to create a distraction. And when Asuka jr. runs with the chef, she replaces the chef's arm he was holding with a rubber arm.
The chef hanging from Saint Tail's balloons.
At the start of episode 17, Asuka jr. telling Meimi that for Valentine's day he'd prefer some takoyaki to the Chocolate of Romance.
Later, Tohru finds out Saint Tail is supposedly after his heart (as Asuka jr. accidentally altered the warning, as detailed above) and he tries to understand the note with Asuka jr. Given they're both Oblivious to Love, Hilarity Ensues:
In a Brick Joke on the Brick Joke, at the end of the episode Saint Tail dupes the scientist of the local observatory into believing a piece of a comet is about to hit them by showing them that movie through their instruments' screens. Made funnier by Asuka jr.'s face when he notices the VHS player linked to the instruments.
From episode 20:
Meimi is sitting under a tree, fantasizing about being an explorer. Cue terror when a lizard fell on the book on her lap.
Professor Hyuga brags he has no need for the Asukas to help him stopping Saint Tail, for he has a secret weapons: his assistants making a bad Ghost Busters shout-out. Sure, the backpack are actually tranquillizer guns, but they look ridiculous.
Before the confrontation, Hyuga swears his technology will allow him to either capture Saint Tail or reveal his identity or he'll shave his head bald. Near the end of the episode we see Asuka jr. cackling as he reads a newspaper showing a picture of Hyuga with his head bald.
Asuka Jr. has been taken off the case and replaced by Kaede Kitamura, an inspector from Tokyo Metropolitan Police who uses electronic trackers to chase Saint Tail. As Saint Tail is committing a caper, Rina is bugging her uncle the mayor to get Asuka Jr. back on the case, but the mayor replies that by then Kitamura must have already caught Saint Tail... Cue Kitamura breaking in the room, accusing Rina, of all people, of being Saint Tail (cue hilarious WTF face), and engaging her in an epic contest at throwing each other across the room, with the mayor and Kitamura's sidekick wondering what the hell is happening and Saint Tail's pet hedgehog (that had brought the tracker there) laughing its ass off. Needless to say, Asuka Jr. got back the case by the end of the episode.
After meeting Kitamura, Sawatari decides to tell the class everything about her. Down to her three measures.
Ryutaro has fallen for Meimi, and shows up at her school requesting the headmaster's permission to date her. The headmaster has no problems with it (especially because Ryotaro, being the son of a very rich woman, has offered a generous contribution to the school in exchange), and makes pressures on Meimi to make her go with it... With her being late for school that morning.
To try and get rid of him during the date, Meimi decides to ask Ryotaro the impossible, namely going to a very expensive restaurant, a very expensive musical, and then the Wonder Garden amusement park, all in a single day. To Meimi's increasing annoyance, Mrs Tomikoji is a sponsor of the restaurant and has reserved seats at the theatre of the musical, so they get in cutting the line again (Meimi still manages to get away. For now).
Of course, Meimi decides to not go at the party, and leaves from the window to go and sneak in. The butler intercepts her. At least Meimi gets a nice dress out of it...
How does Saint Tail escape Asuka, this time? By dropping Ryutaro on him.
For recovering the necklace (actually the same fake she had given to the real owner), Madame Ranko decides to give him anything he asks. Ryutaro, not being a complete idiot, takes the chance to refuse the Arranged Marriage she wanted for him, because he wants to marry... Saint Tail. According to the butler, it happens with depressing regularity.
During the caper of episode 27, Sawatari managed to take a picture of Saint Tail. He and Asuka jr. run to process the picture... And get one of themselves in an embarrassing position during the caper. Turns out, Meimi switched the film...
Genichiro's freak out when Eimi tells him that middle schoolers may have boyfriends and girlfriends and his 'idyllic life' (his words) crumbles around him because Meimi has a boyfriend (she doesn't have one). Then Eimi reminds him that Meimi didn't tell him she likes a boy:
Sawatari had entered Meimi in a contest to choose the new image girl for a shampoo, and for the sake of the caper Meimi went on with it. Her shyness and Luminescent Blush made it fairly amusing, but it became truly funny when she was asked a certain question:
One of the judges: "What is your idea of the perfect man?"
Sawatari: "This I've got to hear!"
Meimi: "*embarrassed gibberish* SOMEONE LIKE MY FATHER!"
Saint Tail: "Number 51, Saint Tail! I'm a thief! How is it?"
In episode 30, Asuka jr. and Saint Tail are both captured by the villains, who lock them in a room. As soon as Asuka jr. and her decide to collaborate to get back the stolen object of the episode, Saint Tail opens the window and jumps out. Asuka jr. jumps behind her to save her, as they're at the second floor... Except he misses and Saint Tail is flying on her balloons.
A short after, Asuka jr. has taken back the stolen crystal swan and is escaping with a flying Saint Tail, when one of the villains, Yabe, grabs Asuka jr. by the leg. He gets a kick in the face, but he says he didn't feel a thing. Cue a few dozen kicks and two broken teeth.
Sawatari's attempt at courting Meimi right at the start.
Sawatari's cry when he accidentally dropped a candid picture he snapped of Meimi, and Asuka's reaction when he heard him calling it a "special picture". Then Asuka jr. notices Ruby in the picture, and asks about it:
Sawatari: "I don't know. Unfortunately I only have eyes for the beautiful Haneoka."
The episode's villain, a man named Soma, managed to cheat his way into taking the thoroughbred horse Billy from his owner by scaring said horse into (allegedly) breaking the leg of one of his own racehorses (a lie, but backed by a medical report). But how did he scare Billy? Easy: he took off his hat and showed off his shining bald head. The scene is played for dramatic, and the hat served as a signal for a guy with a slingshot, but still, before we're shown the slingshot part later...
Asuka jr.: "I'm going to catch you next time for sure..."
As they were cleaning the school's park, Meimi and her friends said the words 'great' and 'nice' in the same sentence, causing Sawatari to start rambling about his coolness and Asuka jr. to throw a bucket on his head, when something unbelievable happened: Rina saw a bagworm and was utterly terrified. The onlookers were too surprised to laugh at her crushing Asuka as she hugged him in fear... Except for Meimi, who was too busy bending her broom in rage. The scene was concluded by Meimi's friends trying to distract her by asking her what insect she didn't like... Prompting Asuka jr. to try and scare her with a lizard. Cue slap.
The wisdom of Asuka jr.'s great-grandfather, as told by Asuka sr.:
Asuka sr.: "We're a family that has trouble with women."
Asuka jr.: "Shut up!"
*Asuka sr. is forced to catch a platter with his teeth*
Asuka sr. getting motivated in catching Saint Tail to try and impress visiting Fair Cop Tomoko Nagata.
Later in the episode, Asuka jr. is supposed to show Tomoko around the town, but Asuka sr. is still trying to court her, and shows up declaring he'll show her an adult's hospitality. Then, to Asuka jr. and Tomoko's embarrassment, he produces a bouquet of red roses, but before Asuka jr. can properly scold him the bouquet explodes and produces a warning note from Saint Tail.
At one point the villain declares at a press conference that Saint Tail has been misinformed about him having the painting "Wings of Freedom" (that he had bought and then switched with a fake to cheat a lot of money from the art dealers, Tomoko's parents), and swears to God he doesn't have it. Then he notices that Saint Tail has hung the painting right behind him.
Ryoko and Kyoko have decided to try and arrest Saint Tail before Asuka jr. can do it... So they recruit Meimi to help. They had tried to recruit Seira too, but she was able to talk her way out of it...
Ryoko and Kyoko's first plan is to catch Saint Tail as she delivers a warning note. And tell Meimi after preventing her from delivering it. They then mistake a boy for Saint Tail, and catch him (that's when Meimi hides the floating ball in Asuka jr.'s pocket).
Ryoko and Kyoko's second attempt has them butting in when Saint Tail actually attempts the caper (Meimi had managed to get there on her own by faking a cold). They do so by jumping in so obviously that all the presents (including Sawatari) were embarrassed. Then they started throwing raw eggs at Saint Tail-shaped balloons.
Sawatari being smitten by the sight of Meimi and Seira, and his mental rambling, concluded by a prayer to the Lord of showing him the way to not risk breaking their friendship. Cue Asuka jr. and Rina inviting themselves in the outing Sawatari planned to ask to Rina and Meimi.
Sawatari: "Hey! Hold on for just a minute! First of all, there's only five free tickets!"
*Beat moment in which Sawatari realizes that Meimi, Seira, Asuka jr., Rina and him are five.*
Rina: "Wow, perfect! *threatens Sawatari with a punch* Did you have something to say?"
To reach the aquarium they need to take an elevator... But it's so crowded that Meimi going on it set off the weight alarm. Asuka jr. takes her on it anyway, saying they can still squeeze one more in... And omitting he just pushed another guy out.
The situation in which Sawatari switches his crush to Seira for good. It's too absurd for description, and the Only Sane Woman of the situation was Rina.
While conforting Meimi on Asuka jr.'s disappearance, Rina declared she was sure Asuka jr. was still eating when it was mealtime and sleeping when he had to sleep. The following scene goes to showing us Asuka jr., prisoner of Rosemary... And sleeping until lunch, and then eating, barely slowed down by his situation and the reveal of Saint Tail's identity.
And Asuka jr.'s reply (after finally realizing that yes, Meimi is in love with him, has been for a long time, and he's an idiot for not noticing earlier):
Asuka jr.: "Don't play with me! I am... I am not a princess locked up in a tower!"
Ruby attacking Maju. Made funnier by Ruby realizing he looked ridiculous and having a Sweatdrop for it.
The ending of the final episodes has a video that starts showing pictures of the various characters. At one point a picture of Rina pissed off and Sawatari looking smug appears... And they're promptly replaced by one of Rina having just punched and Sawatari holding his head in pain.