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Summary:

Yorito sees Matsuri lying on the ground bleeding after he stabbed her, but the next thing he knows, it’s daytime and he’s sitting in class. Yorito wonders if it was all a dream and when talking with Mana later, he experiences a brief flash of seeing Matsuri at the convenience store, but his memory is completely fogged up. He is still able to recall parts of his date with Aono, but when he gets to the part where Aono got wet and he went to buy her a towel, he gets another flash of Matsuri’s face and collapses soon afterwards. Mana brings a weak Yorito back home to Aono, and when Mana leaves the room to get a towel, Aono gets some time alone to speak with Yorito. He asks her about what they had for dinner last night and then comments on how he feels like he is unable to wake up. When Yorito suddenly asks Aono if they met someone on the way back home and reveals that he thinks he’s forgetting something important, Aono suggests that he get some rest. By the time Mana comes back with a towel and a plastic basin, Aono is in the process of taking Yorito upstairs. Mana tries to help her, but Aono turns it down and insists that Mana go home. After being put in bed, Yorito tells his sister that they should go out on a clear day next time. Aono responds by saying that she hates clear weather, but Yorito feels that they can see different scenery and colors on a clear day. As she exits the room, he bids her good night and she says the same to him.

That night, Mana’s friend and classmate Sae spots Matsuri and Mayuko together and manages to take a picture of them with her cell phone. It seems that Matsuri is trying to get as far away as possible even though she is in pain from the wound Yorito inflicted on her. To allow Matsuri some rest, Mayuko brings her to the nearby streetcar depot. The two of them are together now after Matsuri found Mayuko burning in the sunlight, and Matsuri is more concerned about how Mayuko is recovering rather than about her own injuries. When Mayuko figures out that Matsuri is a Yaka and questions why Matsuri’s wound hasn’t healed, Matsuri answers that it’s because she broke a promise, so of course she’d get stabbed. The next morning, Koyori and Mana show up at the Morimiya house, but no one initially answers the doorbell. Aono eventually does open the door and claims that Yorito will be taking the day off because of a cold. After the sisters leave, Aono goes back upstairs where Yorito informs her that Matsuri appeared in his dream and he stabbed her. Aono tells him that he’s seeing these dreams because he hasn’t forgotten Matsuri, and if he doesn’t forget her quickly, he’ll suffer forever. Aono then leaves his room and starts crying.

At school, Sae shows Mana the picture she took of Matsuri and Mayuko together. Since this proves Matsuri is still around, Mana has Sae send her the picture and rushes back to the Morimiya house. Aono answers the door again, but when Mana asks to see Yorito, Aono wants Mana to tell her what’s so urgent. Mana reveals Matsuri still being around, but Aono angrily tells her to go home and tries to close the door. Refusing to be shut out, Mana insists on telling Yorito about this because it involves someone important to him. Aono responds to this by pushing Mana out and accidentally getting burned in the process. With Mana confused about what just happened, Aono closes the door and doesn’t answer Mana’s cries and banging on the door. Yorito meanwhile continues to see the nightmare where he stabs Matsuri and she turns to stone before crumbling right in front of his eyes. These visions cause him to scream her name and eventually tumble out of bed even as Aono tries to restrain him. In their struggle, Yorito rips the curtains and lets the evening sun into the room. Aono has to drag herself out of the burning light and desperately tells Yorito that Matsuri isn’t here anymore, which seems to calm him down.

Aono then hugs Yorito and apologizes for dirtying his hands and causing him pain.  She had thought that they had finally been able to become happy, and she had only wanted to live with him. Aono remembers that it had been the two of them living happily together making origami the past, but one rainy day she found the house collapsed, and that led to her suicide. She just needs Yorito and decides now that she has to go do something. Before she leaves, she tells Yorito that when it’s over, they can live together again peacefully. Aono is gone by the time Mana sneaks into the house and finds Yorito laying in bed with his eyes open, repeatedly saying to himself that Matsuri isn’t here anymore. Mana finally snaps Yorito out of it by slapping him and then showing him the cell phone photo of Matsuri with Mayuko. Recognizing the radio tower in the picture, a revitalized Yorito heads out in that direction on a bicycle with Mana. Matsuri meanwhile comes out of the streetcar where Mayuko is sleeping and finds herself under attack by flying pieces of paper. From atop the nearby building, Aono says that Matsuri is no more, and the two girls face off under the full moon.

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This episode answered a lot of questions for me, from how Matsuri and Mayuko ended up together to how Aono lost Yorito all those years ago. They all but confirm that Aono was responsible for wiping Yorito’s memory, and that scene with Yorito screaming got rather intense. I really thought that Aono would kiss Yorito around this point, but that never happened, so I’m starting to think that maybe Aono really does have an unnatural need just to be with Yorito, regardless of what kind of relationship they have.
Now that Aono has now taken it upon herself to get rid of Matsuri so that Yorito can forget Matsuri and won’t suffer any more (even though his suffering appears to be all Aono’s fault), we’ve got a Matsuri versus Aono fight on our hands with plenty of deadly origami. That doesn’t sound as cool as I thought it would, but nevertheless, I find this impressive because this is the kind of showdown that I wouldn’t expect for a couple more episodes when we’re a lot closer to the end of the series (for the record, there are five more episodes to go, not including the DVD exclusive pair). I guess this means there’s still plenty of story left to be told, including probably much more with Takeshi.

May 25, 2007 at 6:45 pm
36 comments »
  • May 25, 2007 at 6:55 pmsencas

    yay!!! go matsuri^^

  • May 25, 2007 at 6:59 pmdarkchibi07

    WOOT, next episode is a cat fight!

  • May 25, 2007 at 7:11 pmMutio

    O_o, those two girls fighting each other, very bad. I smell the drama..

  • May 25, 2007 at 7:38 pmAnacone

    Dream sequence looked odd. Drama around Yorito’s fixed memories/dream was not so suspense because fact was quite clear and discussed quite through in Animesuki forum. Waiting for catfight :D. Let’s take best :).

  • May 25, 2007 at 8:15 pmHarbin

    I hope Matsuri(

  • May 25, 2007 at 8:39 pmSniper

    This is gonna be hot, a cat fight!, oh hell yeah.

  • May 25, 2007 at 8:45 pmNekozama

    They need a gallon worth of sun block for this fight, this might end up till sunrise :P

  • May 25, 2007 at 8:46 pmmango

    aono is being so…ugh = =;;

  • May 25, 2007 at 8:48 pmzoozoz

    is there a chance that aono isn’t yorito’s sister after all? hm…i wonder if their parents will play into this at all. (since there seems to be these weird “flashbacks”

  • May 25, 2007 at 8:50 pmRage

    So now I understand why Matsuri trying to keep it distance.

  • May 25, 2007 at 8:52 pmalexis

    i think that yorito was Aono’s lover… n then he was brought to life but this time she made him believe that he was her brother… that’s just my guess

  • May 25, 2007 at 9:29 pmTotali

    “I really though Aono would kiss Yorito in this scene, but it never happened.”

    Eww…I dunno if Aona’s brother love would go that far. This isn’t Canvas. But yea…I kinda had the same feeling.. xP

  • May 25, 2007 at 9:43 pmDM

    the flash back showed that Yurito was significantly younger than Aono…so I doubt they had a romantic relationship

  • May 25, 2007 at 9:44 pmDM

    the flash back showed that Yurito was significantly younger than Aono…so I doubt they had a romantic relationship…

  • May 25, 2007 at 10:19 pmking

    why cant girls ever fight over me like this

  • May 25, 2007 at 10:58 pmZzz…

    Go Aonno!!! Kick that Matsuri slut’s teeth down her throat and out the other end!!!

  • May 25, 2007 at 11:01 pmaeriolewinters

    I was so expecting this to happen!….lol can’t wait for next week!!!

  • May 25, 2007 at 11:49 pmDeadlyrain

    I’m getting the feeling none of them besides yorito will survive…

  • May 26, 2007 at 12:37 amCreak

    yeah go Matsuri!!! take Aono down!!!

  • May 26, 2007 at 1:53 amTelliamed

    Another cliffhanger? What the hell is this Naruto?

    @Anacone
    Dreams are supposed to be surreal. I got the impression the one with the screaming is how Aono (tries to) wipe his memory.

  • May 26, 2007 at 2:41 amshh227

    well I have got to wait for the subs.

  • May 26, 2007 at 9:27 amXellos-_^

    Maybe the anno and masturi will end fightn in the mud and end teaing each other cloths off and having a big lesbian makeout session :D

  • May 26, 2007 at 9:59 amaeriolewinters

    @Xellos: You’re evil….

    Watched the RAW, Right now, I’ll rent any grass-type pokemon and use Solarbeam on Aono.

  • May 26, 2007 at 4:00 pmlulu

    animation quality dropped this week…
    tho the important scenes are still quite well done…

    awesome story so far.
    hopefully they wont ruin this with a happy ending >.>

  • May 26, 2007 at 10:35 pmRinkun

    lol if this doesnt end happy i will hunt u down lulu

  • May 27, 2007 at 5:43 pmddd

    Zzz… you’re fucking stupid, Matsuri isn’t a slut like u are, Aono is psycho trying to kill anyone who get close to Yorito’s.

  • May 28, 2007 at 12:52 amMana-san… *whack*

    Matsuri used to be my favorite character until the last two episodes in which Aono shows her true colors.

    Now I’m hoping for a Aono ending. Nothing like a psycho envious red-eyed beauty desperately trying to convert the main character into loving her by messing with his mind. You don’t see that often in romance or harem anime…

  • May 28, 2007 at 3:24 amHarouki

    i’m not sure about the loving part but if you want psycho girls messing witha guy’s mind watch ” Higurashi no naku koro ni “

  • May 28, 2007 at 3:39 amgupree_tao

    wait a sec.. didn’t everyone notice that it strange that why Anno appear to know where Matsuri hide?
    anyway,this serie become more crazy woo-hoo!! especially Anno,firt i think she is just another Ayanami’s derive character but now it appears to be totally different.

  • May 28, 2007 at 3:53 amnoxian

    “wait a sec.. didn’t everyone notice that it strange that why Anno appear to know where Matsuri hide?”

    well, Yorito figured it out from the picture Mana had. Mana showed the same picture to Aono. i’d go on a limb and say Aono could figure it out too

  • May 28, 2007 at 8:23 amSeriel

    to begin with: blah to such an intense cliffhanger…

    also a lot of ppl seem to abhor aono;
    so far the series seems a bit unfair in how they portray Aono. Yea the typical response is that aono is a devilish bitch and matsuri is the “dream girl” for Yurito… but in all fairness we need to know a bit more about each character and their exact relationships with each other (though some of it was exaplained in this ep) looking forward to next week :)

  • May 28, 2007 at 9:38 amNeco

    There is a posibility that Yurito is a complete stranger. He could be just some one that looks a lot like the Yorito that Aono knew and shes spent all this time reprograming him in his image (Could also explain why she was hospitalised, erasing some ones complete life and rebuilding it would push anyone to their limits). Yaka live for ever and we have no idea how long ago those flashbacks are from, however by the way they dressed in the flashbacks I would say a hell of a long time and even if Yorito was not dead he would have passed away from old age. But then the real question would be is why would she brainwash him in beleiving she was his sister if its so aparent her feelings are those of romantic love?

    A real twisted idea would be that Yorito didn’t die back then, got married, had children, and the Yorito we know of today is actually a desendent that Aono has claimed as her own. That could give credence to why Aono is taking the sister road instead of the lovers.

  • May 28, 2007 at 10:23 amRage

    Love can be blind and jealous like a rope cannot be break apart.

  • May 29, 2007 at 3:24 pmSakuragi

    Neco: were you not paying attention to the story? The Yorito from the past is long dead. That’s why in one of the flashbacks you see Aono tried to kill herself, and that’s when Matsuri saved her.

  • May 29, 2007 at 3:49 pmNeco

    Sakuragi: Aono does say Yorito died and we do see the glimpses of the colapsed house but we have no solid confirmation that he died, for all we know Aono could have been so ditresed and dead inside that she jumped to the conclusion that he must be dead and ran to Matsuri and commited suicide. He could have just been severly injured but not dead, we just don’t know for 100% and like I said it was “a twisted idea” not a for gone posibility. Personaly I think Aono dumped a tun of her blood on Yorito’s dead corpse or something and reanimated him… but then again thats a hypothesis. The only problem with that idea is why Matsuri didn’t recognise him when they first met since he would have looked 100% the same as he did before he died and was friends with her in the past.

  • May 31, 2007 at 1:57 amGintama

    ohh paper!!! Beware of paper cut matsuri!! (they’re on fire too)