I’ve decided to post about both episodes together, since I’m really kinda late.
After taking off on Jun’s bike, they both crash when Jun swerves to avoid a bunny, and the scooter erupts in to flames. Both Jun and Hiromi are unhurt, and when Shinichiro and Noe arrive at the scene, a relieved Shinichiro hugs the unsuspecting Hiromi, in front of Noe.
All of them return home, where Mrs. Nakagami is awaiting for them and pulls Hiromi inside first. Shin tries to stop them but his father stops him instead. Mrs. Nakagami, in a surprise show of kindness, helps Hiromi change her clothes, and tells her that she had been lying all along.
The next day, the accident gets both Hiromi and Jun in to trouble with both of them getting suspended from school for two weeks. In another rare display of affection for Hiromi, both Mr. and Mrs. Nakagami turn up at school, as Hiromi’s guardian to assure the principal that they will take responsibility and that Hiromi is now their child. This finally melts the ice between Hiromi and Mrs. Nakagami, and they start to get along.
On the other hand, Noe has finally realized that Shin’s heart belongs not to her, but to Hiromi and she tells him that “his place to fly” isn’t with her, but somewhere else. But still… the fact is hard to swallow, and she is depressed.
Shinichiro and Hiromi’s relationship has returned to warmer states and they both visibly enjoy each other’s presence.
Back at school, Miyokichi asks Noe, who is still depressed, to cast a curse on him so that his heart will not be moved by another girl anymore, in an attempt to get over the fact that Ai-chan doesn’t like him. After Noe obliges, Miyokichi decides to officially part with Ai-chan, using the curse as the excuse.
Back home, Hiromi has reached a conclusion herself, and asks for Mr. Nakagami’s help. The next day, she looks up Jun, who’s working part-time to repair his scooter, and tells him to stop the lovers’ play already, but Jun refuses to agree to it.
At school, Miyokichi spills about his breakup to Shin, who questions himself if it was his fault. He looks for Noe afterwards, and invites her to watch his dance practice, which she gladly accepts and enjoys. Noe and Ai are also officially introduced to each other.
At home later that night, Hiromi tells Shin that she’s moving out to her relatives’ apartment. Shin tries to persuade her otherwise, but she doesn’t budge. Over the next few days, Hiromi prepares his stuff, with the full help of the Nakagami’s and on the day itself, she has a chat with Shin about why she decided to live at the Nakagami’s in the first place, recalling the events of the festival that she claimed to have forgotten.
Recalling happy memories.
Finally leaving… Shin doesn’t say goodbye to her, but soon after decides to chase after her on his bike, realizing he could’ve “wipe off Hiromi’s tears” all this while, but didn’t do it. He manages to catch up with the truck but crashes, and a touching scene plays out between them both, with Shin promising to do his best.
I’ll definitely wipe off your tears.
Being a Hiromi x Shinichiro fan, I cannot deny that this two episodes definitely brought a smile to my face, especially the ending of episode 10, while undeniably cheesy, but still touching. Ah, I guess it’s dramatic moments like this is what gets me hooked so much on this series.
With such, this two episodes definitely give a satisfying conclusion to the Hiromi plot thread, with her relationship between the Nakagami’s, especially Mrs. Nakagami, normalized and in fact, for the first time, an acknowledgment of being a family. Yet, Hiromi hasn’t given up her romantic feelings for Shinichiro, and she, in my opinion, made the right choice to move out and become independent, and it opens up a smoother road for them to embark on a real romance.
Still, we have Noe and Ai-chan’s stories to finish yet, and I definitely feel sad for Noe, especially since I’ve seen this development coming from the time when Shin confessed to her. Noe is definitely a very sensitive person, despite coming off as aloof, and she instantly read out Shin’s real feelings on the night of that accident.
I feel even more sad for her when she pushes Shin away, telling him that his place to fly isn’t with her, but somewhere else. Still, she managed to get a final respite (or maybe not, depending on the next episode) with Shin, watching him dance, and I guess she’s ready to say goodbye to her first love.
As for Ai-chan, it seems that Miyokichi’s painful breakup with her has opened her eyes to who actually loves her the most, and her “graduation” from Shinichiro is definitely a good sign for her. Miyokichi, despite his lack of airtime, has come off as a very nice guy character, and I would definitely love to see him happy in the end.
But however, it seems from the preview, that the character with the major conflict up ahead is Jun, with his feelings for Noe and his desire to see her happy. I hope he doesn’t do anything drastic.