Oh god, the cat has left the bag. Sometimes I hate how right I can be.
Despite Ai-chan’s protests, Shinichiro opens the door for Miyokichi, who gets excited seeing the half-complete sweater. Ai gets visibly irritated and kicks them both out. Walking back in the rain, Shinichiro reproaches Miyokichi for being busy the last weekend, to his surprise. Back at the store, Ai-chan reminisces on how she got together with Miyokichi under Shinichiro’s persuasion.
The next day at school, Hiromi is publicly approached by Jun, who asks her to meet him at a park nearby after school. This becomes a hot topic, and Shinichiro is visibly irritated, walks out alone to the lunch spot. Noe appears and shares her bentou with him, and he chomps it down with a sour face. When Noe reprimands him for not enjoying the food, he tells her to leave him alone, as he’s confused when he’s with her. Noe tries to stop him from leaving but fails, getting his belt as a “souvenir” in the process.
Hiromi meets Jun at the park and he asks her for a date the upcoming Sunday. Commenting it might snow, he asks her if she likes it, and she replies… “I like it…but I hate it too.” Jun replies cryptically with, “It’s hard when you love someone to the point of breaking.”
Back at home, Hiromi has a flashback of a snowy day where she is at the Nakagami’s household and she is told something shocking by Mrs. Nakagami, and after that day she has hated the snow. Hiromi’s thoughts are interrupted by Shinichiro’s arrival. She tells him about Jun’s invitation and leaves angrily after that.
Sunday arrives and Hiromi leaves for her date. Jun is also leaving, and spots Noe holding a belt and he’s taken aback when she says it’s Shinichiro’s, but is relieved when she says she is holding on to it for a while. Noe asks where is Jun going and he replies it’s a date, sparking her curiosity, but it’s dampened when he says it’s with Hiromi.
Hiromi and Jun watch a movie on their date, with Hiromi commenting that it’s the first time she’s watching one with a guy. Jun explains about their family situation and says it has always been him and Noe together until he understands her feelings clearly… even the ones that she herself doesn’t realise yet.
Miyokichi and Ai are also on a date that day, with Miyokichi deciding to buy a sweater for her. He chooses one but Ai refuses and storms off. Miyokichi explains that he wanted to buy a better looking one for her, since Shin’s choice was a bit plain. Ai tells him that it wasn’t his choice, but something that he picked up for a look, so she decided to buy it. Miyokichi dawns on realization and he’s taken aback by it.
Hiromi and Jun’s date end with him sending her back. Jun asks her to tell Shinichiro to hurry up with Noe, and when Hiromi inquires why, he replies that they’re both going out, putting her in a state of shock. Jun takes the chance to touch her face, but she snaps out of it in time.
Later at night, Hiromi is helping out on the computers when Mrs. Nakagami enters and tells her to take care of her conduct, since she’s been coming back with a guy lately. Hiromi bursts out for the first time, saying that it is because that she’s her mother’s daughter that’s she’s suspected like that. Hiromi tells her that she hasn’t forgotten that incident, not even once. The heated exchange is overheard by Shinichiro and he asks his mother why is Hiromi treated so badly.
Hiromi storms out from the room and catches Hiromi at the courtyard. Hiromi reveals that Shinichiro might be her brother, to his shock. Hiromi runs back to her room, crying. Shinichiro goes in to one of his “picture book” phases, saying that the tears left behind by the girl who left was so deep, that he feels crushed by it.
The episode ends with Noe, cooking with Shinichiro’s belt tied around her.
Yes. My theory is proven correct, but sometimes, I really do hate it when I am proven right. /me sighs. Somewhere in my heart, I wanted my theory to be proven wrong :(.
In any case, the tension of the series has truly risen up, with bubbling feelings reaching the simmering point and the shocking revelations made in this episode.
There is still an uncertainty to the truth of Hiromi’s statement of her being Shin’s sister, but undoubtedly, this will definitely put a stopper towards both their burgeoning feelings for each other, with Shin realizing what burden that she had been carrying for the past year or so (or since that day when Mrs. Nakagami revealed it).
Coincidentally, the situation is also similar somewhat to Jun, since he has hinted that he has a deep love for Noe, which could transcend more than just feelings of sibling love. Jun has also proven himself to be rather perceptive to the feelings of Hiromi, perhaps in part because they share the same situation as well.
Noe, meanwhile, provides the comedy and comfort of this episode, especially with the belt. But god damn, that scene of her cooking with the belt wrapped around her just had some really (but probably intended) bad timing. Yet, she herself is still clueless on her true feelings for Shinichiro.
Lastly, the development between Ai-chan and Miyokichi is expected and it does throw another spanner in to the works. I wonder how will Miyokichi accept the news and Ai-chan’s true feelings that are not for him, but for Shinichiro instead.
In any case, the next episode will prove to be an interesting one, based on the preview of Noe and Hiromi duking it out, Noe crying and Ai with Shinichiro together.