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With Matsuri getting settled down in his home, Yorito is ready to go to school again, but he panics when Mana drops by to pick him up. Fortunately, Matsuri hides herself, so Mana still doesn’t find out that Yorito has a guest. After school, Yorito goes to see his sister in the hospital and presents her with another doll that she doesn’t like. He doesn’t stay long because he wants to get back home, but this causes Aono to be unhappy. When Mana tells him that he’s acting strangely, Yorito denies it and hurries off. Mana meanwhile heads to her job as a waitress at a family restaurant, and she runs into Tsujidou and Mayuko eating there again. She assumes that they are a family, but Tsujidou reacts with surprise to being called Mayuko’s father. Back at home, Yorito finds that Matsuri has bought a ton of avocado-flavored ramen. Their conversation is eventually interrupted by the doorbell ringing because Mana is here to cook for Yorito. He tries to keep Mana out, but she’s concerned about him and forces her way in. Matsuri again manages to hide herself before Mana can see her, though Mana does find all the ramen in the kitchen instead. After Mana starts cooking nikujaga, she discovers that Yorito’s is out of numerous kitchen staples including sugar and salt, all of which Matsuri had spilled earlier. After making Yorito leave to go buy more, she heads upstairs to see if he’s hiding something. However, she doesn’t find anything strange in Yorito’s room or any of the other rooms.

The surprise comes when she returns to the kitchen and finds a hungry Matsuri eating at the table. By the time Yorito gets home, the two girls have already started getting acquainted with each other, but that doesn’t prevent the subsequent dinner from being awkward. Having a hard time coming up with excuses, Yorito tries to tell Mana that Matsuri is his cousin. When Mana asks who Matsuri really is in relation to Yorito, Matsuri thinks about the question for a long time, but doesn’t come up with anything. Mana ultimately concludes that Matsuri is something like a stray cat, and when she presses Yorito for the truth, he admits that he didn’t tell Mana because she’s a blabbermouth and he didn’t want to worry his sister. Mana agrees not to say anything about all this and accepts Matsuri, though it’s Matsuri who then leaves the room to give Yorito and Mana some alone time. Wanting to talk more with Matsuri, Mana goes after her, but finds the girl gone. Mana becomes very worried because of this and tries to make Yorito go look for Matsuri. He never manages to get past the front door because Matsuri soon returns with all her luggage. She thinks that the two of them are going on a date, so Yorito and Mana have to clear up her misconception that they are lovers. The next day, Yorito arrives in time for school and greets only Mana, causing her friend Sae to get suspicious that something happened.

Well the first half of the episode wasn’t that interesting, but the second half after Mana discovered Matsuri was much more fun to watch since the two girls and Yorito interact in a very amusing way. This episode is the first one so far not to have any action scenes (which I suspect we might not be seeing again for a while), so it comes off feeling much more slice-of-life and less mysterious (though there was the oddity of Matsuri staring at the sky from inside the house near the beginning of the episode). Overall, I don’t consider that a bad thing since they pulled it off pretty well, though I do feel that Mana finding out about Matsuri could have taken less than an entire episode.
Next week’s episode looks to be about Aono and Koyori, and the preview had a very cute tongue twister by the two of them.

April 20, 2007 at 7:16 pm
  • April 20, 2007 at 7:42 pmCyrusbunny

    looks good :D!wow i’m the first comment

  • April 20, 2007 at 7:45 pmZzz…

    …2nd row 3rd column…

    …BAD PEDO…BAD!!!

  • April 20, 2007 at 7:53 pmHarbin

    Amazing!! http://randomc.net/image/sola/sola%20-%2003%20-%20Large%2011.jpg
    this is great, only more complicated

  • April 20, 2007 at 8:17 pmAsahina-san

    sola = win. Keep blogging this for secks!

  • April 20, 2007 at 8:19 pmGStrike-

    Sola ftw!

  • April 20, 2007 at 8:40 pmKaito

    I hope this series isn’t going downhill…

  • April 20, 2007 at 9:14 pmmaglor

    More and more, this anime series gives me a feeling that it is just a big promotion scheme for upcoming Bishoujo Renai Simulation Game. I hope that my feeling is wrong.

  • April 20, 2007 at 10:04 pmSabas

    There’s a PS2 game and manga series that are being codeveloped with the anime, IIRC.

  • April 20, 2007 at 10:25 pmiRoar

    well every “sad” anime seires (assuming it will be a sad ending) need a couple of light hearted eps..or else it will be too tragic and not balanced enough..well thats my take on it…ne ways i do hope that this series wont dissapoint…since it started out fairly strong…

  • April 20, 2007 at 11:38 pmtensai_otaku

    YES As you all could imagine a FAT OTAKU(not me of course ) like the satou san from NHK saying :

    T_T -> :P

  • April 20, 2007 at 11:41 pmFuruba

    Ho~ sweet, i can’t wait till this is subbed :3 but to dl… its always so big T__T i really like matsuri’s char design XD

  • April 21, 2007 at 4:34 amMutio

    So cute…
    So she finaly found out, hmm. Guess next two/three episodes will focus more on character development etc. than on mystery or action. However that’s just a prediction ;)

  • April 21, 2007 at 6:29 amshh227

  • April 21, 2007 at 7:22 amAnacone

    Matsuri just haven’t seen the sky “underneath” it… It haven’t said that she haven’t seen it behind the glass or something.
    So nothing odd there I think…

    Hilarious…completely hilarious…jokes felt so natural to me here…no nerve breaking characteristics or mannerisms…

  • April 21, 2007 at 9:49 amTaro

    This anime’s concept is made by Naoki Hisaya (main writer of Kanon).
    My expectation will not be failed to live up to.

  • April 21, 2007 at 11:16 amShinn

    I hope this ending is good

  • April 21, 2007 at 1:56 pmFlok

    Dude, this anime looks like something for sisi’s, is it a womans anime or what? -.- just like kanon

  • April 21, 2007 at 5:33 pmshh227

    No this is a senin mean for guys age 15 and over I think.
    After all this is the daioh and the are famous for making BIshoujo mangas.

  • April 22, 2007 at 1:51 amglacier

    “This anime’s concept is made by Naoki Hisaya (main writer of Kanon).”

    He was the sub-writer, actually. Kanon’s main writer is still in charge of operations at Key (Air, Clannad, Little Busters).

    “No this is a senin mean for guys age 15 and over I think.
    After all this is the daioh and the are famous for making BIshoujo mangas.”

    Yes, there’s kind of a culture clash here.

    Over in Japan, there’re plenty of romantic stories aimed at male otaku who aren’t bound to Western perceptions of masculinity. Remember that these products are often criticized for being exploitative (i.e. sexualization of schoolgirls + any associated character stereotypes), so female audiences aren’t even part of the marketing plan.

  • April 22, 2007 at 9:16 amJS

    I hope this turns out well in the end, cos’ it rather interesting at the moment.

  • April 22, 2007 at 11:52 pmPucci

    totally loved the laid-back feel of this episode^^ had some terrific dialogue as well, Matsuri-san is WIN.

  • April 23, 2007 at 6:49 amWim

    I love this series allready.

    But advocado ramen!?!?!?!?!? WTF.

  • April 28, 2007 at 5:58 pmDarklynerZ

    can anyone please post the tongue twister or know where to find it? i feel the urge to learn it!