Otome wa Boku ni Koishiteru – 03
At breakfast, Mariya is excited because today is the first day that she’ll be working to recommend Mizuho for the Elder role. For Mizuho to become Elder, he needs 75% of the student body’s votes. As Mariya, Kana, and Yukari start spreading the word throughout the school, Mizuho gets uncomfortable with all the Elder talk. However, it’s obvious to Shion that despite being a boy, there’s no mistake that Mizuho is worthy of being the Elder. Mizuho is still worried about Takako, and by chance, the student council president is in the same elective world history class as him. After formally introducing themselves to each other, the two start talking while the teacher is lecturing. Their cordial conversation includes Takako asking why Mizuho is taking world history, and Mizuho answering that it’s because he thought looked interesting. At the end of class, Takako makes it clear that she doesn’t like the rumors spreading around and she won’t let Mizuho become Elder.
After the votes are tallied and the students all gather in the auditorium, Hisako-sensei gets up on stage to announce the results: with 82% of the vote, this year’s Elder Sister is Class A’s Miyanokouji Mizuho. However, as soon as Mizuho gets on stage, Takako does too. She takes control of the microphone and announces that her objection to this Elder selection. Takako is not so much objecting to Mizuho assuming the Elder role, but rather the process by which the girls elected him. The student council president reminds everyone that this isn’t a not a popularity contest – they are supposed to be electing someone to succeed the school’s tradition. Takako asks everyone to reconsider, but then a voice from the audience stops her. Takako is the most shocked out of everyone that Shion was the one who spoke up. Shion tells everyone that the qualifications to become Elder aren’t complex. The driving forces are student recommendations and aspirations, and the truth remains that Mizuho got tremendous support. Everyone loves Shion’s impassioned speech, but soon afterwards, as she is giving the microphone back to Takako, she collapses. Mizuho acts quickly and leaps off the stage with Shion in his arms, rushing her out of the auditorium.
When Shion eventually wakes up in the infirmary, she finds Mizuho watching over her. Claiming that she’s ok, Shion urges Mizuho to go back to the auditorium, telling him that she feels he is truly the one who should be the Elder. Upon her return, all the girls in the auditorium surround her with admiration for what he did, and Kana even compares him to Prince Charming. Hisako-sensei agrees that all that matters is that Mizuho was chosen by everyone, just like Shion said. Watching from onstage, Takako accepts this as the will of all the students, but she also thinks of Mizuho as a mysterious person. By the next morning, everyone greets Mizuho on his way to school, and Shion even waits for him outside. Thus, Mizuho’s days as Elder begin…
This episode wasn’t quite as amusing as the first two, though I attribute that mostly to the lack of pseudo-yuri. I guess you could count all the girls squealing for Mizuho as a light form of pseudo-yuri (or just admiration). And if there was any doubt, Shion standing up for Mizuho and Mizuho returning the favor by rushing Shion to the infirmary would seem to put us further down the ShionXMizuho path. Something with Shion’s health will probably complicate things in the future though. Anyway, they advanced the story a lot faster than I thought they would, and Mizuho is the Elder Sister by the end of the episode. It’s probably better that they didn’t put off the election as the climax point at the end of the series like Strawberry Panic. I don’t know where they’re going to go with the story now, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want more comedic/yuri episodes – those are just more fun.