Otome wa Boku ni Koishiteru – 05
In contrast to how Mariya easily accepts Ichiko, Yukari faints when she comes to Mizuho’s room and sees Ichiko halfway through Mariya’s body. With Kana watching over the unconscious Yukari in the other room, Mariya decides to reveal to Ichiko that Mizuho is actually a guy. Ichiko looks surprised at first, but she is actually overjoyed to hear this. In fact, she wants to become Mizuho’s bride. Ichiko explains that it’s her dream to marry her Elder Sister, but back then, that Elder was a real girl, so Ichiko had wanted a guy in the role. While Mizuho is in class thinking about all this, Ichiko is back at the dormitory trying desperately to leave the building, but an invisible wall is stopping her. Unable to go see Mizuho, Ichiko notices that Yukari’s room is open and Yukari is in bed. Of course, Yukari freaks out when she opens her eyes to see a ghost floating at her bedside. All those tears and screaming causes Ichiko herself to start crying and apologizing for being a ghost. This makes Yukari calm down, and by the time the other girls return to the dorm, Ichiko and Yukari have become friends.
Although the days that follow are quite happy, Mizuho can’t help but think about how he’s substituting for the Elder Sister that Ichiko wants to see again. When he asks her directly about the previous Elder Sister, Ichiko recalls that she was gentle and mysterious. Back then, Ichiko had been running late and had bumped into her along the road. With a gentle smile, the Elder Sister told her that it’s all right because the world wouldn’t be ruined if Ichiko was late. Ichiko also remembers how the Elder would comfort her when she was feeling down by patting her on the head under the shade of a tree. This surprises Mizuho because he has memories of his mother doing the same thing. He later goes to the library to look up the past Elder from past graduation albums and runs into Takako there. Takako thinks that Mizuho is studying past Elders and school traditions, but freaks out again when Mizuho reveals it’s related to a ghost. When Mizuho is alone again, he finds the page that confirms what he had started to suspect. At that exact moment, he sees a familiar person walk by, so he chases that figure – his mother – all the way outside until she disappears. Mizuho realizes that he’s studying at a school that his mother studied at, walking the road that his mother walked, and living in the room that his mother lived in – that’s why his grandfather put him in that room.
Having returned to the dorm, Mizuho finds Ichiko crying in his closet. It seems that Ichiko slept for a while, but woke up scared that her Elder Sister was gone again. With Ichiko wanting to be together forever and someday to become his bride, Mizuho can see how lonely Ichiko has been all these years. He decides to take her out that night, which is made possible if the two of them are touching each other by holding hands. Knowing what Ichiko’s previous Elder Sister wasn’t able to do, Mizuho carries her to a church. Ichiko’s dream was to become her Elder Sister’s bride here, so Mizuho hugs her and strokes her head, just like his mother did. He explains that these are the memories of his mother and also Ichiko’s memories of her Elder Sister, which makes Ichiko realizes that Mizuho is Sachiho’s son. He even kisses her on the forehead, just like she remembers Sachiho doing. A crying Ichiko suddenly starts glowing and rising up above the altar, which she thinks is because her wish has been granted by what Mizuho did. Filled with gratitude towards him and his mother Sachiho, Ichiko goes through a tearful goodbye before she disappears. On the way home, Mizuho encounters Mariya who has figured out that Ichiko is gone. She tries to cheer him up and takes him home where a big surprise is waiting: Ichiko. It seems that she has returned and is back to stay.
Well that got resolved pretty quickly. I had thought that Mizuho’s mother might have been a central character to the overall plot, and although she still may be, her relationship with Ichiko was pretty much entirely explained in this episode. Actually, I’m not sure what the overall plot is, aside from inserting a boy dressed as a girl into an all-girls school. I guess that in itself is entertaining enough to make a show out of, though this episode was again heavier on the drama than it is the humor. That’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy this episode though. Heck, like last episode, Yuuko Gotou’s voicing of Ichiko was enough to make this enjoyable.
Next week, a Takako and Mariya episode.