This is more of a Mariya episode actually, as the episode starts with her dreaming about a past event where she fell down a cliff and Mizuho saves her, she wakes up at the climax and starts to sneeze. The next day, she’s come down with a cold which obviously worries Mizuho, but Mariya starts to avoid him as her feelings are getting more and more stormy.
In the meantime, Mizuho bumps in to Takako in the library, where an overexcited Takako asks Mizuho to take the part of the male partner of those who don’t have one in the dance night to be held soon under the supervision of the Student Council, to which Mizuho easily agrees.
Attack from the front!
In the end, Mizuho takes Kei’s “Shoumen toppa” advice and confronts Mariya in the form of wiping the sweat off her body which results in Mariya asking him out for a date on the upcoming Sunday. The date comes and they both have fun the whole day, ending with Mariya realising her true relationship with Mizuho.
At school, Takako is returning home late after a day’s worth of hard work and Hisako-sensei, passing by, warns her to be careful since some untoward events have been happening lately. On her way out, Takako is assaulted by two men who want to kidnap her, but luckily, Mizuho and Mariya, coming back from their date, saves her. However, Mizuho’s shirt was ripped at the chest area during the encounter leading to Takako’s realisation of Mizuho’s true gender….
So finally, the secret’s out. I can safely say that Mariya’s out of the running with this episode and the show is heading towards a Takako ending, but it depends on how Takako’s going take the fact that “Onee-sama” is a guy and has been disguising all this while. From the looks of it, it seems that the secret will be made public and Mizuho’s going to leave the school after the dance night, from what the preview says. But logistics-wise aside, I’m more interested to see how would Takako take the fact that her crush and rescuer is a guy who’s been pretending as a girl all this while.
Other things I’d like make note of is how Mizuho seems to be actually not interested in both girls romantically, as he treats them more of friends rather than looking at them in a romantic light. One could say he’s quite a bit clueless about this things. Nevertheless, he still cares for them in his own ways and I was impressed at his martial arts skills when he fought off the two kidnappers.
Mariya is also an awesome character as well, and I’ve finally come to like her a bit after this episode. I can’t deny I felt a bit of springing towards the Mariya camp fo a bit throughout the episode. Kudos to the writers for wrapping up her character quite well in the final closing curtains of this show.
Anyways the final episode is on Christmas Eve… how fitting. Expect me to spend Christmas blogging about this, XD.