Strawberry Panic! – 13
With the summer ending, Hikari is thinking about her promise with Amane. That promise finally comes true when Amane asks Hikari out this Sunday. However, Kaname overhears their plans and has plans of her own to interfere. When Sunday comes around, Amane leaves for the train station ahead of Hikari. After getting some help getting dressed by Yaya, Hikari leaves too. However, Hikari gets stopped by Momomi and then kidnapped by Kaname. In the brief struggle, one of Hikari’s buttons comes off her dress and falls to the floor. Right after Hikari left their room, Yaya notices that she forgot her handkerchief. She goes looking for Hikari, but the girl is nowhere to be found. Turning back, she notices Hikari’s button in the hallway and picks it up. Hearing Hikari’s cries from a nearby room, Yaya bursts in and interrupts Kaname. She urges Hikari to go chase after Amane, and then turns around to face Kaname. Yaya accuses Kaname of scheming, but Kaname claims that she’s only in love with Hikari. Kaname asks if Yaya has the right to obstruct love and says that a love that is stopped is only love.
The train that Amane and Hikari were supposed to take arrives at the station, but only Amane is there. Hikari comes right after the train leaves the station, but finds Amane still waiting for her. They take a train in the opposite direction and wind up at the beach where Hikari finds a pink seashell. However, it soon starts to rain and the two have to take refuge in a cave. Hikari tries to apologize for being late, but Amane’s mind is thinking about something else. When the weather clears, the two return to the beach. Amane notices that there’s a button missing on the back of Hikari’s dress and realizes that something must have happened with Kaname. Hikari says that it was alright because Yaya saved her. Amane feels at fault for causing Hikari trouble, but Hikari disagrees; Hikari just wants to be with Amane. Amane puts her hands on Hikari’s shoulders and says that she’s glad she and Hikari were able to come here. The two hold hands on the way back home, and Hikari even falls asleep leaning against Amane on the train ride.
Hikari returns to her room and hugs Yaya, thanking her. Before Yaya can return the button, Hikari takes out the cherry-blossom-colored shell and presents it to her. Overcome with emotion, Yaya kisses Hikari. In shock, Hikari drops the shell on the floor.
Yay! The Lesbian Duo is back :) They continue their plans to get Amane out of the Étoile race by again going after Hikari. Fortunately or unfortunately, Kaname doesn’t succeed because of Yaya. Not quite the same as cheesy entrance Amane made on horseback to save Hikari last time, but it works. At this point, I’m much more in favor of YayaXHikari over AmaneXHikari because Yaya is so much more of an interesting character to me than Amane is.
And we can’t forget that it’s Yaya who strikes first and gets Hikari’s first kiss. Watching the episode again, I found it a little strange that Hikari is lifting her feet up even though Yaya is supposed to be pushing this kiss onto her. Now that this has happened though, I wonder how they’re going to be able to live with each other in the same room since I doubt Hikari is going to return Yaya’s feelings. That seems to be what next episode is going to be about.