EDIT 01/11: Changed a minor mistake I did.
Nanaka-centric episode this time. Looks like she has had something traumatic happen to her in the past 5 years as well.
Nanaka has been chosen to perform a dance for the Sakura Festival organized by the Yatsushiro shrine, Nanaka’s uncle’s place. While Nanaka herself isn’t really enthusiastic about it, the rest of the gang are excited about it, especially Sana.
Later on, Sana is walking around town, when he coincidentally stumbles on Hoshino-san, who asks him to help her choose a bell for a cat that recently came to the local old folks home, where Hoshino is a volunteer there. She invites Sana to help out as well, while as luck would have it, Nanaka walks pass the shop and spots them both together (Incredible timing… really) Well, long story short, she decides to follow them to the old folks home as a volunteer as well.
Couldn’t resist myself on putting this cap in.
At the old folks home, Sana is surprised to see Syuuri there as well. Sana is forced to play fighting games with one of the residents. One of the residents there, mistakes Nanaka for her dead granddaughter, which resembled Nanaka in a number of ways, including her playing the violin as well. Sana asks Nanaka to play a piece, but she starts to freak out and flashes of a fire appear in her memories. After that, Sana walks her back home and apologizes to her.
Time skips again, and it’s the day of the festival. The gang have fun around, and Sana wins a big plushie, that Nanaka wants, but she is cut to the chase by Hinako, who had been collecting the merchandise of that mascot character. Nanaka gets a bit jealous but cools down and performs the dance admirably. Syuuri also explains a lot about the legend behind the dance, and it’s apparently a very brutal ritual in the past.
After the dance, Sana meets up with Nanaka behind the shrine, and invites her to walk around the festival with them, when suddenly something brushes past Nanaka and she freaks out, hugging tightly on to Sana. It turns out to be a raccoon (what?) and Nanaka calms down, and they both head towards a nice atmosphere, when Hinako interrupts them (wow, her timing is awesome. 2nd time of the day already).
The episode ends ominously, with a shot of the grandmother who mistook Nanaka for her granddaughter earlier, watching the TV report about the Sakura Festival. Hey… wait! Isn’t this a romance comedy show?!!
Mmm.. finally a Nanaka-centric episode. Finally, we get some hints on how she managed to turn from the shy-osananajimi type to the current bipolar tsundere. Seems as she has had some bad experience sometime in the past 5 years as well, which seem to have lead to her stopping the violin and having a phobia
for the dark of fire.. Well, it’s good to see she’s getting less and less bipolar and trying to open up back to Sana. I mean, there’s a big difference from being tsundere and being bipolarly jealous.
That being said, is it me or are the timings of the characters here godly? Hoshino bumping in to Sana, then Nanaka bumping in to them both, then with Hinako interrupting Sana and Nanaka twice…. man.
Next week, Hinako episode again. Will Sana fall to “that” side?