Noe informs Jun the good news about her going out with Shinichiro, while back home, Shinichiro reminisces on the events of the past few days, from Hiromi’s shocker, his confession to Noe and Ai-chan’s kiss. The continuation of the kiss is seen from Ai’s POV; Shinichiro rejecting her feelings and promises to forget about the incident. Ai cries on remembering it.
Back to Shinichiro and Noe, their relationship is progressing well enough, and Shin even reveals the picture book of Raigomaru he is writing, which Noe loves, spurring him to write more.
On the other hand, Hiromi is having nightmares about their relationship. It’s a weekend, and Hiromi excuses herself for an outing, when Shin’s father tells her that she can tell him about any problems she has, as she’s part of the family already. Her spirits are brought down soon after, when Mrs. Nakagami spouts more rudeness about her resemblance to her mother.
She meets up with Jun, and says that she wants to go to a city without snow, but instead, Jun suggests them to play basketball, since it’s their only similarity. Jun suggests a free throw game of 3 rounds and whoever scores will get to answer the same amount of questions. Jun gives her a handicap, by shooting from the 3 point line, but Hiromi insists that he shoots from the center, prompting Jun to remark that she hates losing.
In the end, Hiromi scores twice, while Jun fails to get any points. The first question she asks him is “how many men has Noe been together before?” and she’s surprised to hear that Noe hasn’t had any relationships yet. This prompts Jun to point out that Hiromi has misunderstood Noe and he tells about how Noe was a crybaby but after an incident she became strong… yet she’s still fragile inside. Hiromi stands up and comments “Siscon” to Jun… causing him some shock.
The next question that Hiromi asks is “Why did you decide to go out with me?” and Jun explains everything candidly. This prompts some disbelief from Hiromi and she asks if one side splits will the other side split too, which Jun replies that it’ll be troublesome, so he’ll listen to what she says.
Noe and Shin, who are going out together, come to school as well on Noe’s suggestion. They bump in to Hiromi and Jun. Noe tells Hiromi that she’s changed her opinion of her, but Hiromi replies with the same hurtful words that Mrs. Nakagami used on her, and when she realizes that, she takes her leave. Jun takes off after her as well, and Hiromi reflects back that she couldn’t control her feelings. Jun replies by saying that if humans could control their feelings based on ideals, it would be a much easier world.
Hiromi returns home first and discovers the half-burned photo of her parents and the Nakagami’s. She confronts Mrs. Nakagami and says that she understands her position well… but that person is still her mother. Saying that coming to the Nakagami’s was a mistake, she apologizes for everything and runs off in to the night, as Mrs. Nakagami looks on with an expression of regret.
Hiromi runs towards the Isurugi’s and demands that Jun bring out his bike. Jun initially refuses, but Hiromi threatens him. Jun gives in and asks where she would like to go to, and she replies “A town where the snow doesn’t fall.” As they both head outside town, they pass by Noe and Shinichiro, surprising the both of them… つずく.
Another well-done episode of true tears. Hiromi’s drama just really keeps me in to this show.
Noe and Shin’s relationship is actually pretty cute to watch, and despite the many detractors of her, I find that her ability to heal people’s worries a positive trait rather than a “weird” one. In fact, I think I would be rooting for her, if I hadn’t already decided to support Hiromi all the way. Sure, she might be a little “weird” at the surface, but so far, she hasn’t done anything that actually hurts people directly. I find her eccentricities a breath of fresh air, and it’s not like she’s that far out gone to be troublesome or anything.
On the other hand, Hiromi continues to suffer under her burden of her love towards Shinichiro and the fact that she is possibly his sister, now added with the pain of seeing him go out with Noe. She does show a less gentle side of her this episode, towards Jun especially, and I do think that it was quite a good change of pace for her. It was cute seeing her tease Jun around, and especially when she calls him a “siscon”.
Sadly, Hiromi is finally pushed to the edge, and her jealousy is definitely going to levels where she’s losing control over it, evidenced by her little outburst towards Noe. This however, does bring her to some level of realization as well, and I found it really painful to watch as she apologized to Mrs. Nakagami and ran off. I really feel for Hiromi for having to shoulder the sins of her parents generation.
Lastly, for Ai-chan. Too bad for her *shakes head*. I admire Shin for being straight out honest and rejecting her.