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Now that it’s October, the girls have switched to their winter uniforms and the student council is conducting a clothes check in front of the school. When Mizuho and company get inspected, Takako notices the ribbon in Kana’s hair is too big. Mariya is the one who stands up for Kana and also the one who later scolds Mizuho for not protecting Kana from Takako after Kana reveals that the ribbon is precious to her. Mizuho’s depression from all this is visible to both Shion and his teacher Hisako during class. Hisako suggests that Mizuho can either support Kana if he believes that she is right or he can persuade Kana otherwise if he feels that the ribbon is improper. Taking that advice, Mizuho invites Kana to eat together and tells her that he doesn’t feel that her ribbon violates their school regulations. With Mizuho promising to protect her, Kana brightens up and returns to normal.
After learning about the situation, Shion thinks that Mizuho is troubled because he feels that neither Takako nor Kana is the bad guy. She believes that there aren’t really bad people and that problems boil down to differing senses of values. As for what Mizuho can do, Shion reveals that the method to lodge a formal objection to the student council is through the third clause of the student supplementary rules. Mariya had the same idea and joins in on the conversation, explaining that they need three people other than the person in question to object to the student council’s discretion. Since the three of them count, they go to the Takako and file their formal objection. With this, the entire student body will be notified and must reach a consensus.
However, the downside of all this attention is that Kana starts getting badmouthed by some of the other girls in the school who see how close she is to Mizuho. Ichiko later notices that Kana has bandaged her hand, but Kana dismisses it as something minor. The next day, however, Yukari rushes to Mizuho and asks him to save Kana. It seems that she is being bullied by a group of girls because of her relationship with the Elder Sister. Mizuho shows up in a grand fashion and sticks up for Kana, shaming the other girls away. When they’re back at the dormitory, he apologizes to Kana for not doing more, but she is still quite grateful. When he finally asks about the significance of the ribbon, Kana reveals the details of her past.
Kana didn’t know her father or mother’s faces and was named by the director at an orphanage. She got the ribbon from the director shortly before the director died, and it has since given her courage and allowed her to do her best. Hearing Kana’s sad story, Mizuho hugs Kana and says that he doesn’t mind her relying on him. The day soon arrives for Mizuho to make his case in front of the student body. The crux of his argument is that everyone gets different impressions, so you can’t judge someone based on only one person’s impression. He demonstrates that by having Kana model the ribbon first and then wearing it himself, showing that it doesn’t look so big when he wears it. Mizuho asks Takako if she would have warned him if he had worn it, and Takako admits that she wouldn’t have. In the end, Mizuho is successful and the students vote in favor of Kana. The consequence, however, is that Takako now questions whether Mizuho is a friend or an enemy.

Since we’re in the second half of the series, they decided to switch to the black winter uniforms, with the OP and the ED having been updated accordingly. The only exception is Ichiko, but she’s a ghost. It does make her stand out more though.
Anyway, this episode’s about Kana’s dilemma, but it also focuses a lot of Mizuho deciding who’s right and who’s wrong. He understands Takako’s point of view, but he also shows that it’s all quite subjective depending on the individual. Honestly though, I thought that this was much ado about nothing since they got the entire school worked up over Kana’s ribbon. What did surprise me about this episode was that Takako got a much bigger role than I thought she would have, and the ending of this episode makes me wonder if Takako will also play a big part in where this series goes. Or maybe I’m just getting this feeling because last episode was also about Takako. In any case, next week seems to be about Yukari.

November 18, 2006 at 5:40 pm
  • November 18, 2006 at 5:48 pmtensai_otaku

    Could anyone here on this blog LEND me a BRA!!?????
    :D :D :D


  • November 18, 2006 at 5:50 pmHermes

    this episode looks like that Mazuhiro-sans first day at job^^

  • November 18, 2006 at 5:55 pmcbhl

    What, now we have seasonal OP/EDs? But surely we won’t go on long enough to see another year pass by with this series… will we? Unless we speed things up a bit… a year goes by so fast though.

  • November 18, 2006 at 6:06 pmtritoch

    Cause it’ll end in a couple more episodes… I don’t want it to end!!!

    Looks like a Kana-centric episode. Boy, they keep alternating the serious and funny episodes.

    The eyecatch is funny too.

  • November 18, 2006 at 6:06 pmFuruba

    AHA! I knew they’d change their uniform :D saw it in one of the pics i got with when i dled the OP or the ED…. one of em lol. can’t wait till it’s subbed ^_____^

  • November 18, 2006 at 6:18 pmNeo Horizon

    I don’t really like their black uniforms, but yay for a Kana-chan episode! I just love her voice. :D It’s so kawaii! *squees*

  • November 18, 2006 at 6:21 pmOskarAnly

    Black uniforms…cool

  • November 18, 2006 at 6:38 pmSyaoran Li

    Last picture of the bunch…. what does that look mean?

  • November 18, 2006 at 6:47 pmCommenter

    kana-chan’s story is sad :[

  • November 18, 2006 at 7:28 pmKiri

    Please don’t bully Kana…>,

  • November 18, 2006 at 7:29 pmKiri

    Kana, be strong!:)

  • November 18, 2006 at 7:38 pmHudson

    Has anyone else noticed that the winter uniforms have a sucpitious similarity to Strawberry Panic’s uniforms? (not as frilly but you get the idea)

  • November 18, 2006 at 7:41 pmYagami Iori

    damn… gotta update mi blog too… blehh -__-
    It’s really sad that spanish fansubs aren’t working on Otoboku right now…
    At least I’m summarizing the episodes for those who have problems with english…
    well…, waiting for the RAW to be released…

  • November 18, 2006 at 8:17 pmAki

    i see a big rabbit whenever i look aty kana lol….

  • November 18, 2006 at 8:25 pmdward

    Well….kana chibi form really do resemble a rabbit..

  • November 18, 2006 at 8:40 pmtritoch

    points to: Sakura from Da Capo

    Both Oto and Da Capo are made by FEEL.

  • November 18, 2006 at 9:57 pmMoondoggiebuiscuit

    With the black uniforms they look like nuns….
    This Kana episode might have been better w/o the black uniforms, it feels depressing seeing black.
    I also noticed Mizuho’s now all feminine. The only thing he’s missing is a sex change and tada! He’s a she!

  • November 19, 2006 at 12:01 amdxanato

    I wonder if there will be more fight battle ahead. I notice that even the OP got change to the Black color outfits.

  • November 19, 2006 at 1:44 amwontaek

    Shion the mastermind. Mizuho should stick close by her.

  • November 19, 2006 at 1:56 amBadger11

    Its good to see more of Shion, hopefully she’s got some more screen time than some of the earlier episodes.

  • November 19, 2006 at 2:12 amGil

    And Takako getting more suspicious each episode.

  • November 19, 2006 at 2:40 amtritoch

    Hey Omni, are you warming up the drama side of things in this series? =p

  • November 19, 2006 at 3:33 amOmni

    It’s not bad, but I still stand by my statement that this series shines more with comedy.

  • November 19, 2006 at 3:50 amDrayen

    “The consequence, however, is that Takako now questions whether Mizuho is a friend or an enemy.”

    Are you serious? That’s just dumb drama -.-

  • November 19, 2006 at 4:05 amDouble

    You forgot to mention how cute Mizuho looks.

    For shame Omni, for shame.

  • November 19, 2006 at 4:56 amMr.P

    Well.. I’m quite don’t understand why they need to decide this little thing with the whole students but since Mizuho in winter uniform is cute, it’s fine for me.

  • November 19, 2006 at 5:18 amSRTargets

    You know after whatching this ep, it gives me more of a reason for wanting a Takako ending.
    Not only does it make it more interesting, but what really makes it more so is that she is not the type to take Mizuho’s true identity kindly, unlike the rest of his harem.

  • November 19, 2006 at 7:28 amKenta

    Shion is holding a pactio card. :o /end joke

    The winter uniforms are really nice.

  • November 19, 2006 at 8:43 amAebliss

    I do wonder where this series is going and where it will end. It’s had marvelously funny bits sofar, but it does tend to wander a little.

  • November 19, 2006 at 8:45 amAebliss

    Sidenote – doesn’t Kana look a little boyish without her ribbon …? Just an innocent observation, probably doesn’t mean a thing.

  • November 19, 2006 at 10:28 am( – . – “)

    doesnt the girl with blue hair in pic 24 look like setsu??? :P ~randomness~

  • November 19, 2006 at 1:03 pmFMira

    Still can’t believe how good that uniform looks on Mizuho…

    Anyway, great show. Thanks again for the blog.

  • November 19, 2006 at 2:24 pmNeo Horizon

    Kana-chan is an orphan?! Aw… I feel so bad for her! (And her cuteness levels just shot through the roof for me. XD)

  • November 19, 2006 at 4:16 pmAebliss

    Japanese culture must be very odd, for older girls to fly off the handle like that. I mean, is it normal anywhere else for groups to assault someone as small and frail-looking as Kana because she seems to have high connections?

  • November 19, 2006 at 5:27 pmChange

    Aebliss. Seems like it. Or it’s just the ppl who made the show that ran out of ideas.

  • November 20, 2006 at 1:32 pmBladewind

    Aebliss, you can probably expect to see a school play next… and Takako would probably get a big part in it. However, I am hoping to see more of Shion, especially the MizuhoxShion ending. :p

  • November 21, 2006 at 1:20 pmAebliss

    A school play … Dear, dear. ^^; Well, the extreme chibis might make that very interesting to see, actually.

  • November 24, 2006 at 3:03 amwinni3bear

    I dont like their black uniforms. It doesnt look very pretty on them

  • November 24, 2006 at 3:58 amAebliss

    I have another question: what is going to happen to the friendship between Kana and Mizuho when Mizuho’s graduated and goes back to living as a man? I assume he won’t want to crossdress for the rest of his life. How is he ever going to explain all of this to that fragile little girl?

  • December 1, 2006 at 8:19 ammimi

    umm wheres all the peisode video i wanna watch them all

  • December 6, 2006 at 7:51 amMelfina_Claire

    what I want to know, is howcome takako didn’t have a problem with the ribbon in previous episodes? just because they changed their outfits the ribbon is suddenly brought into the spotlight? sooo weird…