Negima!? – 21
As she hangs on a rope over a large body of water inside the library, Yue thinks to herself that she’s been hiding her feelings. She knows that in reality, she’s been pretending not to notice because she didn’t want to admit them. Before she can think too much more about it though, her rope breaks, and Yue falls down towards the water. Negi is luckily there to catch her, and he’s concerned when she hurts her arm. Though Haruka suspects that Yue likes Negi, attention soon turns to the juice that Yue’s drinking. Negi has a drink of what turns out to be flatfish juice, and afterwards Motsu points out that Yue using the same straw makes it an indirect kiss. It is Motsu’s accusations that she fell in love with Negi that get Yue thinking about her feelings again. She then finds a four-leaf clover and wants to give it to Negi, but she doesn’t get a chance to get close to him because all the other girls in the class keep approaching him. Things are made worse when Haruka reminds her that Nodoka likes Negi, and Yue feels like she can’t do anything since Nodoka is her best friend.
When they’re reading together in the classroom later, Yue suddenly asks Nodoka why she likes Negi. Nodoka lists off several reasons, but she feels it doesn’t matter because you don’t need a reason to like someone. Yue can’t come to terms with this because it would allow her to like Negi too, and when Nodoka notices that something is wrong and tries to get Yue to talk about it, Yue says that it has nothing to do with her. Nodoka starts crying because of this, and it causes Yue to run away. She ends up heading to the banks of the lake where she sits alone until Nekane comes by to see what’s wrong. Nekane understands the pain Yue is going through because she also cannot tell a secret to someone important to her. On Nekane’s suggestion, Yue repeatedly yells at the top of her lungs that she loves Negi, and then she cries to Nekane. Feeling better, Yue finds Nodoka to apologize for earlier. She also gives Nodoka the four-leaf clover to give to Negi and decides that her feelings will stay a secret.
I thought this would be about Takamichi based on the ramen title, so I didn’t expect to see another Yue episode – especially not one with such relatively good animation quality. And while I’m frustrated that nothing happened again plot-wise, I did at least really enjoy the Yue and Nekane scene, and the Eva/Chachamaru-being-stranded part was amusing. I guess I just have to keep my expectations low, but it’s hard to do when I rewatched the first few episodes again the other night and realized how much better they are than anything recently.