Otome wa Boku ni Koishiteru – 11
Mariya is having a dream of her past when she and Mizuho were climbing up a hill towards a spot that overlooked the city. However, upon reaching that spot, the ground under Mariya’s feet crumbled and she started falling. Mizuho tried to save her, but in Mariya’s dream, he is actually reaching out to Takako instead of her. After she sees the two kiss and herself fall into the black void, Mariya wakes up and sneezes. The next morning, Mariya is wearing a surgical mask to school because her cold has worsened, causing everyone to be concerned for her health. When Mizuho tries to feel the temperature of her forehead, Mariya recoils back in embarrassment and runs away with Yukari in tow. During the day, Mariya is unable to concentrate on the lesson and spends class time playing with her mask. She happens to run into Mizuho along with Shion in the hallways, and both are still very worried about her. Mizuho is going with Shion to the library right now and suggests that they all go home together after that, but Mariya remains too embarrassed and runs away again.
In the library, Takako and Kimie are hanging up posters for the Nativity Dance Party when Mizuho and Shion enter. Takako immediately gets flustered at the sight of Mizuho, but regains her composure when he asks about the poster. It seems that their school holds a student council-sponsored dance party every year after the Nativity memorial service. Most girls participate in pairs, but there are some that come by themselves. The role of the Elder is to escort and dance in the male role with those single students. Mizuho immediately agrees to do this and asks Takako also to do her best, which gets her flustered all over again as she stumbles out of the library. Returning to the student council room, Takako wonders to herself why she hasn’t been able to control the throbbing of her heart every time she’s seen Mizuho ever since that day. Mizuho meanwhile returns back to the dorm and tells the news to Kana, Yukari, and Ichiko, all of whom want to dance with her. Kana asks if Mizuho knows the male part’s steps, so Mizuho shows her by dancing with her.
When a sick Mariya comes down for some tea, interrupting them, the girls tell her to get better soon so that she doesn’t miss the dance party. Mizuho thinks that Mariya would of course attend, but Mariya looks away and walks back out without saying anything. Noticing that something is wrong, Mizuho chases after her and asks if she’s angry, but Mariya continues up the staircase without answering him. She stays home instead of going to school the next day, and Mizuho suspects that it’s got to do with something more than just the cold since she is avoiding him. He decides to confront her about it head on and visits Mariya’s room that night. She hides under her sheets when he comes in and wants him to leave, but he refuses to go until he’s had a chance to talk with her. Mizuho then rips the sheets off of her and insists on wiping her down. When Mariya calls him an idiot, Mizuho makes her realize that she’s the one who’s been angry without revealing why and that she should take better care of herself. All of this causes Mariya to remember how she had injured her leg after that fall when they were young and how Mizuho had insisted on carrying her on his back. From this, she gains the courage to suggest a date with him this Sunday.
By the time Sunday comes around, Mariya has recovered from the cold and she’s able to go out with Mizuho. Watching the two walk away, Kana gushes over how dreamy Mizuho is and Ichiko comments that they look like a real couple. As they go into the city, Mariya is at first embarrassed to be with Mizuho, who is wearing pants and a jacket at her request. However, she soon warms up to him and the two have a lot of fun together shopping and enjoying the day. By late afternoon, they’re finished and have found a bench overlooking the city to rest on. Mariya asks if Mizuho remembers the time when she fell and hurt herself. Back then, he hadn’t had any self-confidence and had followed Mariya around. But during that incident when he had been carrying her, he had refused to put her down because she was injured and because he wouldn’t allow her treat herself recklessly. Mariya then reminds Mizuho that he wanted to say something to her, but to her surprise, he doesn’t anymore. After seeing her today, he feels that it’s fine because Mariya is Mariya. As she hugs his arm and jokes around with him, Mariya thinks to herself that she likes Mizuho, but since long ago, this has been a natural distance between the two of them.
Meanwhile, Takako is walking home after a day of being unable to concentrate on her work because of her feelings for Mizuho. Along the way, she’s stopped by a pair of shady guys who know who she is and are looking to kidnap her for a ransom. By chance, Mizuho and Mariya are approaching along the same path and hear Takako’s scream. Mizuho races into action and takes out one of the thugs with a kick. The other thug pulls out a knife and slashes the front of Mizuho’s shirt, but he responds by throwing the guy over his shoulder. After the two thugs run away, Takako rushes into Mizuho’s arms and is worried about him being hurt. However, in looking at where Mizuho was slashed, Takako sees a bra and padding covering over what’s clearly a man’s chest. Takako takes a few steps away from him, in shock over the fact that Mizuho is really a guy.
The secret is finally out! Two different secrets in fact. One of them is that we now know that this is how Mizuho has breasts. But the arguably more important and inevitable-to-the-plot secret about Mizuho being a guy has now finally been revealed to Takako. Her initial reaction is shock, but the question is how she’ll act afterwards. All signs still point to a Takako ending, and I don’t think Mariya has a real chance unless they decide to pull something really big on us. With the dance party next week, I’d guess Takako and Mizuho dancing together would make for the grand finale. One more episode left…I almost can’t believe that this series is nearly over already.
Incidentally, the insert song during Mariya and Mizuho’s date is Again by Sakakibara Yui. She also sang the ED, and you can find both songs on the ED single.