Suzuka – 21
With his mind still on Suzuka, Yamato struggles with the relay race during track practice. Miki even tries to help by training with Yamato after school, but his problems persist. Miki counsels Yamato on why he lied to Suzuka, and Yamato ends up deciding to tell her the truth. But when he finally tells her one afternoon, Suzuka is understandably angry. Yamato eventually confesses that he is telling her the truth because quarreling with her is interfering with his concentration. The two get another chance to talk when they run into each other at the laundromat. Suzuka is too embarrassed to take out her laundry (underwear and all) with Yamato around, so he gets up to go to the convenience store. Before he can go she asks for the croquettes that he had already offered to her, so he hands them over, but then she wants him to accompany her in eating them. While she’s lecturing him, Yamato realizes that despite all of her shortcomings, he still finds her really cute. Later that night, Yamato gets a call from Miki checking up on him. Suzuka then calls, despite living right next door, to encourage him on running the relay because she doesn’t want their fight to be responsible for him losing a race. Yamato is thrilled and re-energized by her call.
As you might have guessed, this episode, and the next few, will focus on Yamato and Suzuka getting closer and closer. Miki once again comes to the rescue and helps convince Yamato to tell Suzuka about what happened. Yamato ultimately succeeds, but those two really do argue a lot in between. Maybe that means their relationship is lively. Suzuka is still coming to terms with her feelings, which shows pretty prominently during the laundromat scene (she wants him to go, then she wants him to stay, and then she wants him to stay, but then go).
For the most part, the production aspects, including the animation, have been getting progressively better. Some of the Suzuka shots and several of the distance shots still look iffy, but that’s better than the entire thing looking like crap. I guess by now my standards are pretty low for this show. Next week is a track episode featuring Arima (ugh, not looking forward to it).