Kotomi reveals her past out to Tomoya. They first met when Tomoya got lost into the Ichinose garden, and Kotomi, who was distant from her other schoolmates, first had a friend in Tomoya. Kotomi’s parents later had to leave on that fateful trip, with her father promising to buy her a birthday present but they never returned.
Kotomi then believes that her father’s work was the reason why they were taken away, and burns the only copy of his work left at home, thinking that God will return them for that. But she realizes she did a bad thing and decided to study hard to atone for that sin.
Tomoya leaves the Ichinose residence, but Kotomi doesn’t appear at school at all after that, and he hears about Kotomi transferring to America for her studies. He decides to restore the garden to its original state, with Kyou, Ryou and Nagisa plan a surprise party for Kotomi’s upcoming birthday.
Hmm… what can I say? This was merely a placeholder episode before the real deal of the Kotomi arc comes in next week. I rather feel that KyoAni’s weakest points are always the episodes right before the conclusion of any particular girl’s arc, but I just can’t seem to pinpoint why.
Nothing much else to say for this episode apart from Noto-sama’s wonderful performance as Kotomi, especially when she recites the famous lines in the preview for this week. ’tis rather sad to know that Kotomi will be leaving in so soon.