I’m… still crying now.
Shinichiro watches Noe from afar, who just sets down Jibeta and urges him to fly, but of course, Jibeta won’t fly. Noe tells herself that if she doesn’t decide it by herself, she won’t be happy or crying or flying, and unlike Jibeta, who decides NOT to fly, but to live facing forward instead, which is the same as flying.
Reassured, Shin returns home, calls Hiromi to tell her that Noe will be fine and she’ll be coming back home, and to tell Jun about that. Shin thinks back about Noe’s words, realizing that he himself, hasn’t decided on anything yet, whether if it’s his dancing, his picture books or even Hiromi and Noe. He gazes strongly at his somewhat-finished picture book, and flashbacks of his moments with the 3 girls of the series play back.
Back at the Isurugi household, Noe has just returned and Jun has just finished preparing her dinner, and Noe hugs him, saying “Thank you” repeatedly. In the trashcan, a brown document enveloped addressed to Jun can be seen.
The next day, the Mugiha Festival finally starts. The Nakagami household is a hive of activity. Hiromi helps Shinichiro put on his outfit and they exchange banter about the incident yesterday, and about where best to watch Shin’s dance. It brings back memories of Noe to Shin, and he comments to Hiromi that she shouldn’t force herself to find the best spot, since it’s crowded.
Noe is cramped up at home, clutching the chicken-tissuebox Shin gave her, while deciding whether or not to go for the festival.
The festival finally begins with the dance procession lead. Ai-chan arrives late to the Nakagami residence to help out, and exchanges greetings with Hiromi. Both of them notice Noe peeking at the tent area and she runs after she notices them, and Ai carelessly comments that Noe came to watch as Shin’s girlfriend. Hiromi sharply replies that “I’m the girlfriend” and runs after Noe, leaving Ai to comment that she doesn’t know many things herself.
Hiromi chases after Noe, catching up to her and she faces off with Noe, asking her not to jump in between them, now that they’ve finally been able to be honest to each other about their feelings. Hiromi sheds tears and Noe comments that her tears are beautiful, running off after that.
Yes, her tears are beautiful…
Noe returns home again, trying to shut out the sounds of the festival. A phone call interrupts her, and she rushes to see Jun after that, telling him that a Tokyo printing company called. Noe asks him about his change of plans. Jun starts to tell her about the past, after Noe started to shut herself upon her grandmother’s death and Jun decided to protect her… but his feelings blossomed beyond that.
Jun tells Noe that he likes her, and Noe replies she likes him too, but Jun likes her beyond that. Jun asks Noe for a kiss, and Noe agrees. Jun starts by kissing her on the forehead, then the cheek and then he aims for her lips… surprising Noe. Jun finally makes Noe understand about his feelings, saying that it’s painful for him to stay with her already. Noe is surprised at this development and takes off for the cape again, in soliloquy that she doesn’t notice onii-chan’s nor Shin’s and nor Hiromi’s true feelings.
The final dance of the day is being performed at the shrine. While dancing, Shin thinks of his picture book’s new ending, and the reason he drew the book was because of the person who believed that he could fly. Hiromi is watching Shin’s dance, and notices Noe also watching Shin, but she disappears as soon as the dance ends.
After the dance ends, Shin heads off to look for Noe, and bumps in to Hiromi, who tells him that she told Noe to leave them alone. Shin takes off after hearing that, heading straight for the school, where Noe is climbing the tree, wondering how does the sky look like. Shin finally reaches the tree, only to witness Noe jumping down from it…
First off… Hiromi!!! QQ
Sigh… victory declaration was just so near, but yet so far.. har har….. TT.TT
Despite all that has been said about Hiromi, I will still continue to stick with her to the very end… damn, what am I saying. My screen is kinda blurry somewhat….
So anyways, much dramatic developments again in true tears, and Shin’s choice is made clear. I did feel disappointed, but I’m not mad at all for him choosing Noe, as she has her own merits.
Noe, on the other hand, has perhaps suffered the most emotional impacts in this episode, with her realization of her own shortcomings, Hiromi’s declaration of her true feelings, and most shocking of all, Jun’s revelation that he loves her more than just a sibling. In fact, it’s pushed her far enough to actually make her to uh, try to “fly” off from the tree. I really didn’t expect that at all. She looks set to be in the hospital. A running joke now is that we’ll see Noe running around, stealing Imagawayaki and giving out Raigomaru wood sculptures…
As for Hiromi… she’s done all that’s she’s capable of doing, and if Shin decides not to choose her, I can just only hope she’ll live past the pain, and that the creators don’t turn her in to a yandere or something. PLEASE. But damn, she looks so damn beautiful in her kimono. Especially in this shot…
…. so beautiful, it makes me cry… TT_TT.