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Summary:
Both Hazumu and Tomari notice that Yasuna is watching them kiss. Yasuna says that she trusted Tomari, but Tomari counters back that she also trusted Yasuna. Yasuna runs across the train tracks and comes over to slap Tomari. Yasuna is feeling betrayed because she thought she was becoming friends with Tomari. But Tomari slaps her back and asks why Yasuna and Hazumu were embracing earlier. When Yasuna turns back around, Tomari has turned into a gray haze. From her point of view, even Hazumu becomes fuzzy and gray. Yasuna collapses on the ground, and the girls take her back to the dormitory. The doctor says that she’s experiencing shock symptoms, and Hazumu spends the night at her bedside. Yasuna’s mother picks up the lifeless Yasuna the next day. Tomari comments on how Yasuna seems not to be able to see them and Hazumu realizes that a certain something must have happened.
At the hospital, the doctor tells Yasuna’s mother that Yasuna’s condition is deteriorating. Not only can she not see males, even females are hard to recognize now. Indeed, she can’t even see her own mother anymore. When Yasuna gets home, Hazumu is there waiting. Yasuna confirms Hazumu’s fears: not only can she not see Hazumu or Tomari, she can’t see anyone now. Yasuna starts blaming Hazumu because Hazumu had split her kindness between the girls, meaning that neither was secure about their respective relationships. After Hazumu leaves, Yasuna realizes that she can’t even see anyone’s faces in pictures or drawings. Yasuna desperately tries to draw Hazumu from what she remembers, but her memory becomes a blur and she’s unable to draw in the facial features.
Hazumu returns home to find Tomari waiting for her. Tomari tries to say something, but Hazumu simply says “sorry” and starts walking inside. Tomari stops Hazumu by saying that her feelings haven’t changed and that she hasn’t given up. She likes Hazumu and doesn’t want to hand her over to Yasuna or anyone. But Hazumu has her mind on Yasuna and says that she isn’t thinking about Tomari at all right now. Tomari still wants a straight answer on who Hazumu likes, but Hazumu runs into the house without saying anything else. Tomari runs to the riverside and has to fight back her tears. When Ayuki finds her there, Tomari really starts bawling to her friend. The next day, Hazumu tries to make plans with Asuta because she doesn’t want to be alone. Ayuki sees Hazumu chatting happily with Asuta and gets angry. Even though she didn’t get on the stage, she feels that she still has to do something now.
Asuta notices that two plants are growing in the same pot where normally only one should grow. While Hazumu tries to decide what to do, Ayuki comes and pulls one plant out. She says that Hazumu should know that two plants cannot grow together or both will die. Ayuki paints a story of how Hazumu would raise both plants and watch them die because she couldn’t choose one or the other. Hazumu would blame herself for not choosing and cry. But those tears are not for the sake of the dead flowers but rather because Hazumu is lonely. Ayuki questions why Hazumu didn’t give Tomari an answer even though Tomari is serious, as is Yasuna. Ayuki accuses Hazumu of being afraid of getting hurt or hurting others. Hazumu asks if it isn’t natural not to want to hurt others, but Ayuki responds that it causes deeper wounds. Meanwhile, Tomari is in the infirmary because of lack of sleep.
In Hazumu’s room that night, Sora and Jan-puu are getting ready to leave. It seems that Yasuna was important in Sora’s research because her symptoms were similar to that of the people on Sora’s home planet, who, because of a lack of the desire to communicate, eventually lost their ability to distinguish between people. In order to cure it, the person needs a strong interest in others; in other words, love. Sora’s work here is done because Hazumu caused Yasuna’s condition to deteriorate. At the same time, Tomari has been called out to the mountain by Yasuna. She explains her condition, including how it’s deteriorated to the point where she can’t identify Hazumu or Tomari. When Hazumu sees Yasuna’s appearance, she wants to stay with her, and Yasuna doesn’t want that because it just ends up being mutually painful. However, Tomari doesn’t believe that because she knows that Yasuna wants to stay with Hazumu regardless of how painful or if she can’t see her. Tomari has come to realize that Yasuna needs Hazumu more than she does. Tomari remembers how they had met at that spot both trying their hardest to save Hazumu when she was being beamed down by the aliens. She had known then that Yasuna liked Hazumu. Because of it, she had been mortified, she had been lonely, she had been insecure; but she was also glad that the other party was Yasuna. She holds her hand out in thanks to Yasuna, and Yasuna responds by calling her “Tomari-chan.” The two shake hands, once again friends.
It’s now 4AM, and both Hazumu and Yasuna can’t sleep. Yasuna remembers what Tomari said in conceding Hazumu, but it appears that Yasuna has something planned herself.

Wow, that was a lot of angst in the first part of this episode. Like everyone else, I was thinking catfight when they started slapping each other. Pity the animation went down a notch. The music however, delivered the full force of the angst in all of the scenes. I can’t wait to hear the OST coming out next month.
My favorite character out of this episode (and perhaps even the series) is Ayuki. I love how her words are often metaphors – Hazumu and the butterfly, the plants and Tomari and Yasuna. I was getting kind of angry at what Hazumu was doing myself, so I think Ayuki did a good job telling Hazumu the reality of the situation (caring less about the girls and more about having nothing and being lonely, while also being overall indecisive).
The series seems to be going for a Yasuna ending now with this development in her condition. Tomari basically gave a concession speech to Yasuna (which in my opinion came a bit too easily), and Hazumu is trying to figure out how to make Yasuna better. The hope for a three-girl ending is still with me though.
Next week, the final episode!

March 22, 2006 at 10:20 pm
27 comments »
  • March 22, 2006 at 10:29 pmHaesslich

    Wait, who was that in the blurred shot after Yasuna confronted Tomari? Ayuki? Hazumu? I’m also assuming the person who’s shaking hands with Yasuna is Tomari again…

    Well, time to wait to see who subs this one. :D

  • March 22, 2006 at 11:16 pmHypernova

    Cap 4 and 5:
    Cat fight!!!

  • March 22, 2006 at 11:18 pmSyaoran Li

    Then… we have a happy ending here with the three of them?

    I hope so.

  • March 22, 2006 at 11:20 pmdojikyo

    Haven’t seen the episode yet but I’m guessing its Hazumu. I guess Yasuna’s inability to see or not people is solely a mental thing and not a physical thing. They sort of hinted at in episode 3. Of course, my guess could be completely off base.

  • March 22, 2006 at 11:26 pmJoshua

    It is Hazumu that Yasuna is unable to see in that frame. Once you see the episode things will become much more clearer, you for at least… poor Yasuna. The alien explains what is wrong with Yasuna also.

  • March 22, 2006 at 11:51 pmdoublex

    Did she get brain damage from Tomari’s punch?

  • March 23, 2006 at 1:24 am*Chi*

    Oh noo, Yasuna Isn’t ale to see Hazumo, lets hope zhis will change quick.. Poor girl..

  • March 23, 2006 at 2:10 amKiraTakuto

    I think Tomari made it so she can’t even see girls anymore lol. OMG SHE’S ALMOST TOTALLY BLIND!

  • March 23, 2006 at 2:14 amgolthin

    Oh jeez! It seems Tomari is going to lose after all :(

  • March 23, 2006 at 3:50 amPandaharo

    boo~~ Tomari with her hair down looks better than Yasuna. =)

    I”d like a open ended 3 girl finish over a hazumu x Yasuna.

  • March 23, 2006 at 6:33 amRyouko

    Damn. Isn’t that like playing the pity card or something? No way can it end HxY nicely like this! Nooo…

    Rooting for the HxT… or the three girl ending… Oh well.

  • March 23, 2006 at 7:12 amRasmiel

    ROFL I thought Hazumu and Tomari were getting ready to have sex in the second cap XD

    I find it kinda weak to develop the storyline using misunderstandings. Poor Tomari, 3/4 of my sympathy goes to her.

  • March 23, 2006 at 10:03 amdward

    I hate to see any of the girls sad or something so yeah, I’m sticking with you Omni.

  • March 23, 2006 at 11:46 amZ

    yasuna’s sudden “can’t see anyone” bit reeks of psychological temper tantrum.
    can’t say much good this time for tomari either, giving in to a tantrum. -_-

    of course I just never liked yasuna anyway, so that may be slanting my perceptions here.

  • March 23, 2006 at 1:00 pmHaesslich

    Wouldn’t it be tragic if Hazumu had ended up choosing Tomari after all, after Tomari had given up to Yasuna… and Yasuna ended up not being able to see Hazumu ANYWAYS, despite getting her? :D

  • March 23, 2006 at 1:18 pmmike

    the episode 9 sub is out

  • March 23, 2006 at 2:54 pmNeko

    Really its prety sad… Tomari giving Hazumu up just because Yasuna’s condition got worse cause she can’t handle the drama ? What the hell does that proove, honestly their all crying over Hazumu for it all and realisticly Yasuna has some serious issues PERIOD! Even if Hazumu and Yasuna become a couple out of what could only be termed as pity will not one bit solve Yasunas problem. So today its the angst between Tomari x Hazumu x Yasuna that flared up her condition… what will it be tommorow ? maby her and Hazumu will have a bad fight, break up and she will have a relapse. Honestly Yasuna should get herself a good sphycyatrist before she gets into any type of relationship… sure Hazumu has troubles desiding but Yasuna’s problem is like mount everest in comparison. I bet some where in her past some male did something so shoking to her that she just couldn’t accept and she screwed herself up mentaly over it. Please take some responsibility over your own condition and try to find out why your like that so you can get it cured hopefuly… living with it then blamming others when it gets worse is prety dispicable… if you yourself don’t know what causes your affliction how do you expect others to know.

  • March 23, 2006 at 3:11 pmgolthin

    Neko, you are analizing too much. It is just a plot . I still have hopes that real love wins over pity.
    I have rewatched the episode many times, I find Tomari attitude stupid, and noble at the same time. She is not giving up Hazumu per say, she is just aknowleding that Yasuna needs him more than her. I suspect Yasuna is going to do something similar to Tomari.When Yasuna remembers Tomari words and then she says “thank you, but….” has a lot of importance. The previews also show Yasuna packing things, including her precious picture of all the people during the beach episode. So Even though I overracted myself after watching the episode. Watching it again has giving me some new insights and hopes it will not be a H+Y end. I just had a thought, remember that whenever Yasuna and Hazumu are
    together without Tomari, Hazumu always think of Tomari. When Hazumu and Tomari are together, we never hear anything about Yasuna. I’ll be glad when this show is over, It is giving me chest pains. :)

  • March 23, 2006 at 3:19 pmmike

    it happens in Kimi Ga Nozomu Eien at least week think it does

  • March 23, 2006 at 3:20 pmmike

    but that show’s drama made me watch a funny anime it was so depressing

  • March 23, 2006 at 3:23 pmmike

    i hear the manga has something very different to it something huge disaster

  • March 23, 2006 at 3:33 pmgolthin

    in the manga’s last chapter i have read

    Show Spoiler ▼

  • March 23, 2006 at 9:01 pmRyouko

    I guess the problem with the manga/anime conflict is that the anime is slotted to end in one more episode. Up until about an episode or so ago, it was filling in for parts of the manga nicely IMO.

    I don’t think Tomari has “given up” either persay – it took her about five episodes to really realize her feelings and Hazumu telling her that she’s not thinking about her at all and not answering her in this episode delivers an emotional blow… I’d be frustrated too. Like what golthin was saying a couple posts up, she realized that Yasuna “needs” Hazumu more… but I feel like it was for all the stuff she’d been through, more concerning her illness, males and whatnot. IMO it’s hard to compete for someone that won’t be decisive and wants to be together with both people. Not to say that Tomari will not like Hazumu anymore… but it sure doesn’t help her position, especially when Hazumu is short of ignoring the issue at hand concerning their feelings. Yay for Ayuki!

    The next episode is IT, obviously… but it gives a feel of Yasuna possibly leaving… maybe just packing up those things only? Maybe it’s just being interpreted wrong. But what is everyone else doing in that episode? ^_^ Did anyone else notice that the lyrics slightly change since Ayuki’s seiyuu started singing the ED? It’s a nice touch.

  • March 23, 2006 at 9:09 pmmikoi

    it could be the last one they could have a 13th dvd episode or another season in the fall

  • March 24, 2006 at 3:07 pmmike

  • March 24, 2006 at 3:09 pm,mi7kh

    a few new people are in the game

  • May 16, 2007 at 10:53 pmNNOBHACK

    i’m just glad those two didn’t resolve things the school days way, either one commits suicide, one stabs the one they’re fighting over with a knife, or swipes a machete past their neck so they die in a pool of their own blood