An episode of upheavals and confessions.
Shinichiro is still reeling from the revelations of yesterday, and wonders if he’ll have to give up on Hiromi when he realizes that he was intending to do so anyways. At school, he is approached by Noe with a bentou, hanging from his belt, again and declines it.
Surprisingly, Noe tells him she wants to be with him and share his problems, since it will be better that way, but again, he declines it, telling her that she won’t understand it anyways.
This leaves Noe sulking at the chicken coop and she looks for Hiromi at the gym. She offers her bentou to her, and even feeds her. Noe flat out tells Hiromi to apologize to Shinichiro, since she’s the one who’s stopping him from flying. The situation escalates to a catfight, broken up only when Shinichiro appears.
Hiromi runs off, and Shinichiro confronts Noe about what happened, and she tells him, that she wants to understand him more and more. Shinichiro realizes Noe likes him, in a romantic way, and tells her that… which makes her blush up and run off when she realizes it too.
Later at night, Shinichiro is walking back home from dance practice with Ai-chan, when he is confronted by Jun again, asking him if he’s going out with Noe already, since he’s already went out with Hiromi, telling him if he doesn’t keep his end of the bargain, he won’t keep his either.
Meanwhile, Ai-chan is wondering about what Jun said, when a text message arrives from Nobuse. She meets him at the shrine, with Miyokichi acting as if nothing has happened, but she tells him that she isn’t deserving of his feelings. Yet, Nobuse says that the only thing he has is her..
Shin returns home in time to interrupt his mom from confronting Hiromi, and his father asks him if he has heard anything from his mother, which he replies “Nope”. He wonders about the bargain, Hiromi and Noe, especially since today’s events. He realizes he has been thinking about Hiromi too much to notice Noe’s feelings, and decides to go out with Noe.
At the Isurugi’s, Jun returns home to a darkened house, with Noe kneeling at the window. Noe says she’s changed and she is feeling hot all over her body, and she can’t look at Shinichiro’s face at all. Jun assures her that it’s fine, that this change is for the better and essential.
The next day, snow starts to fall. Lunch time comes and Shinichiro invites Nobuse for lunch, but he declines. Nobuse mentions that he’s cool, and if it’s him, it’s fine… which creeps Shinichiro out.
Shinichiro proceeds to look for Noe at the chicken coop, but she runs off when she sees him. Shinichiro finally catches her, asking her why is she running countered by Noe asking him why is he looking for her. Finally Shinichiro asks her out, with Noe telling her to do it properly and also write it out on the ground with stones. Shinichiro manages to complete it, with the help of Noe’s gloves. Noe feels like crying and realizes it’s not because of sadness, but because of happiness and Shinichiro realizes that Noe is truly in love with her.
“Noe ga suki dayo!”
After school, Shinichiro heads over to Ai-chan’s shop as usual, and he tells her about him going out with Noe, which leaves Ai-chan in a temporary shock. She recovers soon however, and gives Shinichiro a shock too, kissing him without warning, and she professes her love for him as well, astounding him.
Giving a temporary respite to Hiromi’s arc, this episode mainly focuses on Noe, with Ai-chan thrown in to the mixer as well.
First thing to say is… Noe was really cute this episode. As I’ve said previously, she didn’t realize what her feelings towards Shinichiro were, and finally finds out, surprisingly from Shinichiro himself. The scenes where Shinichiro says that was really awesome, with her rendered speechless and blushing, running away from him.
The confession scene too was cute as well, and I must say, she turned tsun-tsun-dere-dere for a minute there, lol. Making her blush that hard is really criminal, because it made me giggle a lot.
But that said… Shinichiro’s just trying to find a replacement to forget about Hiromi, which is definitely going to lead for some serious heartbreak in poor Noe, if they decide to fully go down Hiromi’s route.
Another factor to take in place now is Ai-chan as well. Ai-chan’s confession comes on pretty suddenly as well, which really did throw me off for a while there, coming right after the confession between Shinichiro and Noe.
It’s not really surprising since Ai-chan’s been really suffering for all that while, trying to take her step forward with Shinchiro yet still being seen as Nobuse’s girlfriend, but hearing that from Shinchiro definitely pushed her off the edge. Ai-chan’s definitely going to receive some flak here for her indecisiveness.
In terms of what I think of this episode, I’m definitely a bit disappointed of the lack of Hiromi, yet Noe more than made it up for the show. But it also really shows how much this show is dependent on Hiromi, since the sense of “depth” and “drama” comes off rather lacking this episode.
The preview for next week shows Hiromi confronting Mrs. Nakagami, Noe in the chicken coop and Hiromi riding together with Jun. I don’t we’ll discover the truth behind Hiromi’s parentage yet, but it seems she’ll be taking a step further with Jun.