Otome wa Boku ni Koishiteru – 12 (END)
With Mariya and Mizuho not home yet, Kana is telling Yukari about the plot of the next drama club play where a princess went out to meet her beloved. She found this person in the forest, but was surprised at his appearance. At that very moment, Takako is shocked by the fact that Mizuho is a guy, so she grabs her bag and runs away. In the day following the incident, the students are abuzz about how Takako was going to be kidnapped and how Mizuho saved her. Takako again has a hard time concentrating on her student council work because of all the memories of Mizuho coupled with what she now knows. That afternoon, after classes, Takako is headed home under guard of the other student council members when she runs into Mizuho. He wants to talk with her about yesterday, but Takako just acts formally and thanks him, referring to him specifically as “Mizuho-san” (instead of the normal “onee-sama”).
Mizuho is later staring out at the night sky from the balcony of the dormitory when Mariya comes and tries to figure out what’s on his mind, though she knows it’s probably about Takako. Mariya reassures him that Takako won’t tell anyone else about it, and then asks what he is going to do. As Mizuho is thinking, Yukari, Kana, and Ichiko suddenly call out to her with good news. It seems that Ichiko will be able to come to the dance party because she’s recently been able to leave the dorm with both Yukari and Kana. She and the other girls want to practice dancing with Mizuho, and Mariya feels that it’ll be refreshing for him to do so. Afterwards, once everyone has gone to bed, Mizuho finds himself thinking about graduation and what he should do.
The next day, Kana is telling more of the drama club’s play to the other girls over lunch: the princess had found out that her beloved was actually an angel… At the same time, Mizuho heads to the student council room and knocks on the door. Takako is the only one there, but she pauses at the door when she realizes that Mizuho is on the other side. He tells her that he understands she wouldn’t forgive him no matter how he explains it because what he did was deceive her. However, he wishes that she would allow him to participate in the dance party so that he could distinguish it as his final duty as the Elder. Shocked, Takako goes for the door, but can’t turn the handle to open it and instead starts crying. In Kana’s story, the angel started his journey in the sky, never able to meet the princess again.
When the night of the dance rolls around, everyone is waiting on Mizuho to finish getting ready. He almost puts on lipstick, but then looks around his room and decides not to. On the way there, they see that it is starting to snow. At the party, the girls who are in male roles are wearing the black uniforms while the girls in female roles are wearing the white ones. Shion in particular is wearing white because she wanted to dance with Mizuho. However, Mizuho’s first dance is actually with Kana, during which she tells him that being with him makes her feel like doing her best with whatever comes up. Mizuho is touched to hear this and with how Kana asks him to take care of her from now on. Noticeably absent from the festivities is Takako, who is actually sitting alone outside in the snow thinking about Mizuho. Mariya finds her there and claims to want to reconcile with her.
During Mizuho’s second dance with Yukari, she tells him that she probably would have regretted coming to Seiou if she hadn’t met him and that it’ll be lonely because he is graduating soon. Mariya is meanwhile telling Takako that she noticed something important recently: the two of them are alike. Although Takako tried to make everything her enemy and Mariya tried to make everything her ally, both ways weren’t honest. However, Mizuho was honest in his feelings, and at the time, he seriously wanted to save Takako without even having thought that he would get exposed. As she smiles, Mariya calls Mizuho a fool, but she also feels that that’s who he is. He’s not a guy or a girl, but rather Mizuho is Mizuho. Along those same lines, Mariya is Mariya and Takako is Takako, and Mariya feels that Takako needs only think to think about what she wants to do now. Having heard all this, Takako feels that Mariya has changed, though Mariya feels that Takako has too, and the two laugh about it.
When the time for the final dance comes, the spotlight turns to Mizuho to choose someone. Having already danced with both Ichiko and Shion, Mizuho looks around and finally sees Takako, now wearing the white uniform. As the two dance in front of all the students, Mizuho thanks her for granting his wish and says that with this, he has no regrets. Takako, however, tells him not to go deciding things on his own. She had been shocked when she found out about him, but he was still the one who saved her, and no one here wants him to leave. And besides, he saw her naked and kissed her, so he’ll have to take responsibility. At that moment, the spotlight on the two goes out and leaves them in darkness. Takako feels someone – she thinks it is Mizuho – take her hand, so she starts to confess her feelings. But right before she can finish her sentence, the lights come back on and Takako realizes that she’s holding hands with and about to kiss Mariya.
Mariya calls it regrettable because Takako’s dance ends there. Of course, the two start arguing and everything seems back to normal. Everyone again wants to dance with Mizuho, especially Mariya who hasn’t gotten her turn yet. In the aftermath, Mizuho and the girls have lots of fun through the rest of the school year, including Hatsumoude, Valentines Day, and a school trip. Eventually, Mizuho graduates and leaves his diploma on the same desk that his mother used.
Given that there was only had one episode to conclude all this, I thought the production team did a decent job. I liked the parallel with the story Kana was telling and wish that they had extended that through the entire episode instead of just the first half.
The latter part felt a bit rushed, but maybe that’s just because I wanted more TakakoXMizuho since Takako got cut off on the su part of suki in her confession. I had hoped this would be a bit more conclusive than it was, but it was still very much a Takako ending even if Mizuho didn’t explicitly end up with her. I guess the point was to show that Mizuho was loved by everyone. On that note, I’m also surprised that everyone didn’t find out that Mizuho was really a guy. If you had asked me at the beginning of the series, I would have been sure that Mizuho wouldn’t be able to keep up this charade all the way through.
Final Thoughts: In retrospect, OtoBoku was a decent harem/romance series with an gimmick: the main character is a guy who can pass for a girl. This gimmick was clever and amusing enough to hook me on the show at the beginning, and I certainly don’t regret it. Taking the Takako path was a little surprising because I expected Shion or maybe Mariya, but in a way that also made it more interesting. The show had its highs and lows, and the ending from this episode wraps things up fairly well, even if it wasn’t quite what I hoped for. It’ll be another four months until the fourth DVD is released and we can see the DVD-original episode, which could be a side-story or maybe something more. I guess we’ll find out in April….