Strawberry Panic! – 22
-Kaname corners Hikari in the woods again, but this time Hikari calls Kaname cowardly. She suggests that Kaname fight Amane in a more dignified way.
-Yaya isn’t showing up for choir practice.
-Shizuma finds Nagisa watering the withering flowers in the greenhouse. Nagisa thinks that the flowers will bloom beautifully again.
-Shion reminds Amane again that she needs to decide on the Étoile entry. Amane remembers what Shizuma told her. Noticing that Amane might be reconsidering, Shion tries to get Hikari to persuade Amane to enter, but Hikari refuses.
-That night, Yaya refuses to talk to Hikari about why she’s not coming to choir practice.
-The next day, Kaname challenges Amane to a tennis match. Kaname surprises Amane by serving an ace to start. Amane gets serious and the two have a heated match.
-Hikari finds Yaya sitting by the fountain. She once again asks Yaya why she’s not coming to choir practice. Yaya declares that she’s not singing because her song and feelings can’t reach Hikari’s heart anymore.
-Kaname claims to hate Amane since she’s always losing to her. She’s wanted to win, so that’s why she tried to take something of Amane’s – Hikari. Their tennis match starts attracting quite a crowd of girls. Kaname wants to know why Amane isn’t trying to be Étoile, and Amane replies that she has no interest in it. As it turns out, Kaname actually thinks that Amane should enter to become the Étoile. She tells Amane (in English), “You are the chosen one.”
-Hikari starts crying and apologizing for causing Yaya pain. She says that she’s worried about Yaya, she doesn’t want to see Yaya in pain, and that she likes Yaya’s singing. However, Hikari also admits that she likes Amane. Yaya knows this and says that that’s why she can’t sing anymore. Hikari refuses to let Yaya stop singing. She remembers how Amane had held her hand to Amane’s chest, so does the same with Yaya’s hand, explaining that her chest is warm because it’s filled with feelings for everything including Yaya and Yaya’s singing. Hikari thinks that Yaya’s singing is not just her thing, but as something that would warm everyone else’s chest too.
-Kaname makes Amane realize that she should become the Étoile not for her own sake, but for the sake of all the girls who admire her. Momomi has since joined the crowd and now realizes that Kaname has feelings toward Amane.
-Amane wins the tennis match and finally decides to try to become the Étoile. Hikari and Yaya had been called over by Tsubomi, and now Hikari enters the tennis court to take Amane’s outstretched hand. Yaya sings for everyone.
-Shizuma learns from Miyuki that Tamao and Nagisa are Miator’s candidates to become Étoile.
-This episode was like the Prince of Tennis, Strawberry Panic style. Especially fitting since Amane is portrayed as a “prince.”
-I can’t listen to Kaname tell Amane “You are the chosen one” (in English) without laughing.
-The whole Yaya angst thing was just a bit too much for me. Those parts started bordering on corny.
-Kaname may not have been so much a bad guy after all, but I still don’t like her character.
-I’m betting that Amane and Hikari will become the next set of Étoiles, not Tamao and Nagisa, especially not if Nagisa is supposed to be with Shizuma.
-More ShizumaXNagisa next week.