Canvas2 – 17
One day, the director announces that Hiroki has been formally accepted by the school as a teacher. When Elis and her friends learn of it, they decide to bake him a cake as a present. Seeing Elis gloomy, Tomoko realizes that Elis is worried about Hiroki straying further and further from the path of an artist. She basically tells Elis to go down her own path because parents – in this case Hiroki – dream of their children being successful. The girls head to Sumire’s house to bake the cake, but fail horribly. At home, Hiroki is unwrapping the painting that won Elis the France opportunity. She tells him that she is still thinking about going, and upon seeing Hiroki admire her work, she goes to her room and starts work on a birthday present for him.
At school, the girls get the entire class involved in planning a celebration for Hiroki. As preparations get underway, Elis continues to work on her painting. She even starts to think about using an unopened tube of red paint. The morning of the party, Hiroki sees an envelope sitting in his box and finds out the results of his civil servant exam: he failed. But the director still wants him at Nadeshiko and says that he’s essential to the school. Hiroki returns to the art room and finds no one there but Hikari. It’s her job to delay him until the class has finished setting up the Kamikura apartment. When he gets home, Hiroki is definitely surprised by everyone gathered there. Kiri arrives late because of a meeting she had with Yanagi where he had once again expressed how guilty he felt and where she had once again started to thinking about how little she understood about Hiroki. Kana and Tomoko finish singing their version of Plastic Smile, and then the girls present Hiroki with the cake. After everyone leaves, Hiroki goes to Elis’ room where she shows him the painting she did of him. He spots the unused red paint on her palette, and starts to realize that Elis is confronting her problem.
Yanagi appearance seems more to be of the cameo type and serves mainly to remind Kiri of her relationship with Hiroki. It’s hard to say what they have planned for his character, but I still think that he’s going to be the factor that finally brings Hiroki and Kiri together. As for Hiroki becoming a teacher, both Kiri and Elis aren’t too happy about it for basically the same reason – because they think he should still be an artist. I guess the point of the show now is to have them get him back to painting again. Meanwhile, Elis is progressing through her fear of red by herself. I thought it would come about in a more dramatic way, but they’re on the right track. Hopefully Hiroki will have some hand in it eventually, and Elis just doesn’t get over it on entirely on her own (which I doubt will happen). From the preview, that looks to be what next episode is about.