REC – 07
Being separated has made a big impact on both of Aka and Fumihiko’s lives; she is sleeping at the office while he can’t help but be reminded of her at every turn. The “ha” campaign is taking both of them to Niigata for a night. They two get to see each other again on the train, but are too embarrassed to even make eye contact. In the inn at Niigata, Manager Yoshioka has to inform Fumihiko about Aka living in the office. Aka finds herself in the hot springs thinking to herself about how much she enjoyed being with him. It turns out that Fumihiko is on the other side of the same hot springs thinking about how much he misses her too. Not knowing that she’s there, he swims over in frustration over his situation and bumps into her. She doesn’t believe him when he tells her that it’s mixed bathing after ten o’clock. Unfortunately, Fumihiko’s co-worker Hatake interrupts the two before they can talk about what’s on their minds. Aka then learns from her manager about all the work that she’s going to be doing. She can’t help but think that she’s missed her chance at talking with Fumihiko and starts crying. Once again, it’s Yoshioka who tells Fumihiko about the situation. He goes into her room and tells her that he wants her as the voice for the next campaign. Aka responds by saying that anyone could take her place. Fumihiko doesn’t want to get in the way of Aka’s dream and says that he’s only trying to help. Aka quotes War and Peace with a line about how thinking you’re unlucky will make you lucky. Though her apartment burning down was bad luck, Fumihiko taking her in was good luck. He responds to her earlier statement by saying that he doesn’t think anyone would be ok for the part and it needs to be her. At this point, he asks her to return home and she accepts. After the campaign, Fumihiko welcomes Aka back home.
So after spending most of the episode missing each other, Aka and Fumihiko finally make up. I thought the black-and-white/color part at the beginning was a nice way of showing how everything Aka-related stood out for him. Without Aka’s manager meddling, the two would have taken forever to make up, if they ever did. Speaking of the manager, I like Yoshioka’s character more and more although Hatake is getting more and more annoying. Anyway, Aka and Fumihiko really just need some alone time to nurture their relationship and finally be able to admit that they’re in love with each other. It probably won’t happen that way considering how popular of a seiyuu Aka is becoming, but I can’t see this show not firmly pairing the two together by the end. Only two more episodes left!