Otome wa Boku ni Koishiteru – 09
The upcoming school festival is on everyone’s minds, but Kana is worried about her play. Seeing Mizuho subsequently cheer Kana up, Mariya is proud of how he’s grown up, yet she feels lonely at the same time. At lunch, the group learns from Shion that the festival has a student council organized entertainment, which this year the students have voted to be a play. What surprises them is that Mizuho is supposed to be in it with Takako because everyone wants to see them co-starring together. Mizuho remembers how he had a supporting role as a tree in an elementary school play, and isn’t sure he can do a leading part. His decision isn’t made any easier when Takako personally approaches him and talks to him about it. Afterwards, Takako encounters Mariya who suggests that this is revenge for what Mizuho did at the students’ general meeting (concerning Kana’s ribbon). Takako denies it and then points out that Mariya shouldn’t be pleased about what happened at the general meeting because it was all Mizuho’s own doing. This pisses off Mariya greatly because she feels that she was the one who taught him everything.
Back at the dorm, Kana admits to Mizuho her own uncertainties about performing. After thinking about it, Mizuho decides to take on the student council organized play so that he and Kana can work hard together through the uneasiness. When he goes to Takako’s office to tell her the next day, she gives him a copy of Romeo and Juliet. They’ll be performing this with him as Romeo and her as Juliet. After Mizuho leaves, Takako flips through the script – courtesy of Kei – and soon realizes that there are not only a ton of kiss scenes, but also a bedroom scene. She remains embarrassed through practice, though Mizuho, on the other hand, has no problem running through his lines. Mariya meanwhile happens to walk past the room, sees him, and gets angry. After school, Mizuho tries to go home together with Mariya, but she doesn’t act like her normal self. In fact, after Mizuho makes her realize that she had originally told him to do whatever he wanted, Mariya starts avoiding him.
One morning, after Mariya goes ahead to school along, Mizuho finds a planetarium book that she left behind. He manages to catch up with her, but she treats him very formally, as if they weren’t friends. He tries to grab her hand to stop her, but she breaks free and yells for him to leave her alone. This creates quite a scene in front of the other students, and Mariya ends up running into the building. Mizuho has Mariya’s planetarium book and tries to find her between classes and during lunch, but isn’t successful because she is still actively avoiding him. It is only after she finds out that she forgot the book that she runs into Mizuho again and he is able to return it. Mariya realizes that he’s been looking for her to give her the book and comments on how she and he are reversed now. He doesn’t quite understand what she means by that, so Mariya embarrassingly drops the subject. Looking over childhood photos later, Mariya knows that what she had meant was that their roles had reversed. She had thought that it would always be Mizuho walking behind her, yet that’s not how it is anymore.
Practice for the Romeo and Juliet play eventually reaches the point where Mizuho and Takako have to kiss. Kei thinks that it’s ok because they’re not a guy and girl, though Mizuho knows better. She decides that doing it on the cheek for practice is alright, so Mizuho does just that. This kiss, however, still causes Takako’s face to turn completely red and then causes her to faint. On the way home after practice, Shion and Mizuho are talking about what happened, and Shion suggests that Takako likes Mizuho because a cheek kiss between girls wouldn’t normally have caused as much tension as it did in Takako. Mariya is meanwhile running alone on the track, trying to clear her head. She knows that Mizuho couldn’t have initially done anything without her, but she also knows that it’s different now. He is kind and worries about everyone – when she didn’t get near him, he was concerned for her. Before she knew it, the Mizuho who was walking behind her had surpassed her. As Mariya is feeling lonely that Mizuho has grown up, Takako comes up to her with something on her mind. She wants to know about Mizuho: whether he is an enemy or an ally and whether he is helping her or looking down on her. Takako cannot get a hold on her feelings and wants to know his true form.
Alright, someone explain this one to me. Ignoring the Popsicle, why does young Mizuho have on a girl’s bathing suit? I swear this series hasn’t done anything to show that Mizuho is really a guy other than through what the characters say. Which I guess means that there’s always the chance that Mizuho really is a guy…
Putting that aside, it really seems that they’re aiming for a Takako ending now. I had started this series out thinking that Shion would be the female lead, but that has clearly not been the case. With the Romeo and Juliet roles, some potential upcoming kisses because of the play, and Takako confused about her feelings, it’s becoming harder and harder to see Shion (or even Mariya) be the one Mizuho ends up with, if anyone at all. Yay for pseudo-yuri!
We’re got three more episodes until the final one to be aired on TV, and then it’ll be waiting for the 13th episode to be released on DVD…