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Summary:

Makoto is at school thinking about Kotonoha’s invitation to the pool when Sekai notices his ticket and thinks that he got it from Hikari. As it turns out, Hikari also has tickets, and she wants to invite Makoto’s friend Sawanaga, so they all end up going on the same day. At the pool, Sawanaga is thrilled to see the various girls in swimsuits and is particularly enthusiastic to see Kotonoha’s, but Makoto could care less because his mind still dwells on the time Sekai kissed him. When the girl show up, Makoto apologizes to Kotonoha for the increase in size from just the two of them to this larger group, but Kotonoha doesn’t mind because Makoto is still here. In any case, Kotonoha can’t swim and she wants Makoto to teach her, though in the middle of it she accidentally trips into his arms. He ends up holding her tight for quite a long while, a sight which is seen by an unhappy Sekai. Later, while Kotonoha has gone to the rest room, Sekai teases Makoto about becoming aggressive and suggests that it’s from of her special training. Grabbing Sekai’s butt, Makoto feels that he should get more training, but she slaps his hand away and makes it clear that it was practice – no more and no less.

After Makoto talks about how good she looks in her swimsuit and comments on her breast size, Sekai calls him all sorts of bad names, including idiot, but when Makoto then mentions how it’s easier for him to act stupid with her and starts to say something else, she cuts him off and reminds him that he’s going out with Kotonoha. During lunch, Kotonoha presents everyone with the sandwiches that she made, and Sawanaga finds them delicious. Noticing a smudge on Makoto’s mouth, Kotonoha happily wipes it off for him, which leads to Sawanaga finally learning that Makoto’s going out with Kotonoha, not Sekai like he had originally thought. Watching Kotonoha cling to Makoto afterwards, Sekai admits to the others that she had set the two up, so Sawanaga wants her to find him a girlfriend too. At the end of the day, Kotonoha asks Makoto if he’ll be free the next Sunday because Kokoro wants to see him again. When Sawanaga notices that Makoto isn’t acting particularly happy about this, Makoto denies it, and Sekai and the others then interrupt him. Seeing that Kotonoha looks a bit down after the casual way Makoto addressed her and said that she’s slow, Sekai realizes that something is wrong and drags him off again to talk with him privately.

Sekai ends up scolding Makoto again, but when he feels that she should understand, she realizes that he took their training seriously. Nevertheless, she laughs it off and playfully calls him simple and lewd for liking any person who would let him touch them. Taking a more serious tone, Sekai feels that they can’t pursue a relationship since Makoto is Kotonoha’s boyfriend, and she makes it clear that they’re just friends – no more and no less. That’s why she feels that he should forget about her. Despite this, on the way home, Makoto can’t get his mind off Sekai, and when Kotonoha hugs his arm at her station, he tells her simply that he has to go. However, when his train pulls into the station, Makoto never boards it. Instead, after remembering what Sekai had said, he text messages her to ask if he can call her. She messages him back to instruct him to call Kotonoha first, but that only makes Makoto run for a different train and message that he wants to see her right now. It is raining by the time he arrives at the train station closest to Sekai’s home, and he finds her outside with an umbrella when he emerges. Calling him an idiot, she questions why he came since he’s dating Kotonoha, and Makoto responds by hugging her and confessing his feelings for her.

Nearly in tears, Sekai then asks why he went for Kotonoha first and not her, and she admits that the reason she decided to help him was because he had said that he liked Kotonoha. Makoto apologizes for this, but he also says that it’s useless if it’s not her, and Sekai eventually lets him kiss her, in the process dropping her umbrella so that she can wrap her arms around him. Meanwhile, at the Katsura home, Kokoro finds her sister staring at Makoto’s picture and asks if he will be staying over next time. Kotonoha gets a little embarrassed and feels that Kokoro shouldn’t be thinking about things like that, but Kokoro just wants to play more with him. By this time, Makoto and Sekai have returned to her room in her apartment and gotten on her bed with Makoto wanting to continue what they started before. Although she resists at first, Sekai is quieted by his kiss and soon gives in to him.

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Insert Song: 「涙の理由」 (Namida no Riyuu) by 栗林みな実 (Kuribayashi Minami)
ED5: 「Look at me」 by YURIA
They really did a good job with the insert song this week. I thought it was perfect for the scene, though my favorite song is probably still the ED from last week by yozuca*

So I guess Sekai finished Makoto’s special training after all. It only took five episodes for Makoto to get in bed with someone, and it turned out to be actually Sekai instead of his girlfriend Kotonoha. I really don’t know how low of a level Makoto can stoop to, but I think the odds are still pretty good though that he’ll sleep with Kotonoha eventually too, particularly if he starts to lose interest in Sekai now that he’s gotten what he wanted. That being said, despite how distantly Makoto treats Kotonoha and how he cheats on her, I don’t find myself hating either him or Sekai for what happened. I think Makoto definitely should have at least broken up with Kotonoha first if he was so unhappy with her, but in a way, I feel a little sympathetic because he was following his heart towards Sekai. I’ve mostly hated him up until now for the idiotic things he’s done, and while I don’t condone cheating in a relationship, at least he wasn’t engaging in emotionless sex just for the sake of having sex. Of course, that doesn’t mean that he truly loves Sekai either, and so I would guess that Kotonoha still has a chance. Overall, this episode exemplifies what I find attractive about this series: the emotions running high and the romance story realizing its potential without pulling any punches. Next week should be interesting too, if Kotonoha does indeed find out about what happened like the title suggests she does.

July 31, 2007 at 6:01 pm
128 comments »
  • August 1, 2007 at 11:02 pmSyaoran Li

    A insist, Makoto deserves to die or at least be unhappy for a while. As Onmi has pointed out, he should at least break up with Kotonoha if he really has started to like Sekai; because if he only had sex with her under the excuse of their training, what a low man is he.

    My guess right now is that Kotonoha will find out and will break up with him; or worst, he’ll want to remain with her but obviously Kotonoha will not accept that.

    Go and die as a pig Makoto. Damn it; I couldn’t keep my mind easy today at work thinking about on this episode. That’s why I hate a little the pure romance/drama series, because they got everything out from me. Guess I need to find something more useful to think until next Tuesday.

  • August 2, 2007 at 2:12 amjeffng9

    it is thanks to the berserk ending they put in the game
    XD

  • August 2, 2007 at 10:01 amAce

    Makoto and Kotonoha never really had much of a relationship imo .. so what they kissed a few times.

    Hmmm … come to think of it, wasn’t Makoto’s first kiss, Sekai? So is Kotonoha the real cheater? lol

  • August 2, 2007 at 11:21 amclarry

    waaaaaaaa…no comment…haha

  • August 2, 2007 at 3:14 pmkotani

    @Ace
    “So what they kissed a few times.” …Does this make the relationship any less real or something?

    Do they HAVE to had sex to be in a relationship or something? I mean yes, that’s Makoto’s character to be horny and what not. Also it is Kotonoha’s personality that’s she’s quiet and shy… i mean is it REALLY her fault that she’s introverted? I mean yes maybe because makoto likes sekai coz she’s more cheerful… but give her a break; some girls take some time for them to warm up. In fact they may have had a nice relationship if makoto was a bit more patient, then he would have enjoyed more of the attention that kotonoha gave him during this episode – don’t you all think she’s trying a bit more in this, trying to smile and not be her ‘cautious’ self? If only makoto was a bit more patient…and not have his heart down his pants -_-

  • August 2, 2007 at 4:00 pmpakxenon

    This guy is such an idiot. He outright refuses huge tits and a loli sister for a bland body. What is wrong with this guy’s head?

  • August 2, 2007 at 4:17 pmZlostur

    Well, the guy is going for whichever girl is willing to put out. Besides, it’s not like Sekai is plain or anything…she is actually pretty good-looking and has decent curves.

    In this picture she looks really good:
    http://randomc.net/image/School%20Days/School%20Days%20-%2005%20-%20Large%2023.jpg

  • August 2, 2007 at 5:21 pmMaru

    don’t know if its said before.. not gonna read ALL comments x’D
    but on crunchyrol there is already a TV sub.

  • August 2, 2007 at 6:33 pmAce

    Well if you look at their relationship, they just sit on chairs and stare into space. Makoto forces all the closeness in the “relationship”.

    Don’t get me wrong, not Kotonoha’s fault, it’s just the way she is. And Makoto tries to rush things with her. But what else is there, they don’t talk much.

    Unfortunately he realises he has more fun with Sekai and can be himself. He is also sexually attracted to her (found out from the tokkun). He also realises that Sekai likes him and is in pain because of the situation. Of course he should officially break up with Kotonoha first, but then I don’t think he is thinking clearly because he has just realised this and has Sekai’s words and kiss echoing around in his head.

    Kotonoha doesn’t have a chance now unless she has a dramatic personality shift and makes it she is more fun to be around than Sekai… unless she uses her body which I predict will happen because it is all she’s got.

  • August 2, 2007 at 9:22 pmbakabakashi

    i’ve watched this story line of anime several times before ( i got tons of anime collections my self)…. one lame guy is dating with timid sexy chick ….. but his childhood friend or best friend (a girl of course) had crush on him….this lame guy realises thet he gets more fun hanging around with his best friend… but he cannot dump his sexy ‘kanojo’… so one night he slept with his best friend….. everything is run smooth…. but in the end he got busted by his girl friend…. bla..bla..bla boooring

  • August 3, 2007 at 1:07 amTwi41

    I’m gonna guess that “Not there, don’t” towards the final scenes = pregnancy.

  • August 3, 2007 at 1:54 amFlameStrike

    I hate Makoto. He is a fag. DIE! Tch, to think he was able to score so easily…

  • August 3, 2007 at 3:47 amTom

    I hope we get the harem ending, I always hate anime making the main character pick one girl in the end. Whats the problem with having them all, as long as you truly love them all then I don’t see a problem, many countries in the world accept polygamy. When someone in a triangle relationship or whatever the number of ppl in a relationship, picking just one lover will always result in others being unhappy, if accepting everyone as lovers will make everyone happy, whats wrong with all of us being happy, why does someone has to end up being sad in a relationship. But don’t get me wrong, accepting everyone for the sake of being a pimp is bad, but if you truly LOVE them all then, hell yeah I say create a harem.

  • August 3, 2007 at 4:49 amZlostur

    I think most people here will prefer to see him end up with no one. I mean, in real life that’s what would probably happen. But then again, in real life, the hot sexy chicks would never fall for a guy like Makoto in the first place, so I guess it’s anybody’s guess right now what will happen.

  • August 3, 2007 at 5:02 amWing Zero ZXT

    (Ive only read the first and the last page)

    What strikes me s the fact that assuming that Makoto and Sekai actually did it there wasnt a singl note of using protection not even in a Safety message i mean the shows prob watch by people aged 12 and up. What i wanna eventualy see is if they make it so Sekai ends up preggars by end of series (continuing to not pull punches) or make it that she doesnt get preggars at all and leave it with them being fortunate and simply moving the story on from this moment.
    (Sorry for nt acting my age)

  • August 3, 2007 at 6:57 amZlostur

    Well, believe it or not, in some of the possible scenarios she does end up pregnant, including the one in which she kills him in the end(the one that seems most likely at this point).

  • August 3, 2007 at 7:36 amSlyzer

    Sekai is the one to blame, she was the one making the trainings, she was using a man’s needs and let Makoto fall for her.

  • August 3, 2007 at 9:04 amAce

    Zlostur, in real life, girls go for the forceful jerks all the time. And cheating is actually quite rampant.

    I think typical romance animes have spoiled viewers into thinking romance is all sweetness and love with shining white knights and beautiful virgins.

    Real life is in the majority of the time, NOT like that. Why do you think the divorce rate is so high nowadays.

    So in this anime, Makoto getting a lot of chicks liking him is actually quite realistic. Also the anime would lend you to believe that he is quite handsome or cool looking (episode 2 when Kotonoha compares him to the guy in the movie)

  • August 3, 2007 at 2:34 pmZlostur

    Yup, most harem anime is in general unrealistic – a bunch of hot girls falling for some lame, wimpy protagonist. In real life, girls fall for guys with self-confidence. It’s as important for a guy as good looks are important for a girl. Indecisiveness is a sign of lack of self-confidence.

    Of course, good looks are also important for a guy, but not as much as for a girl. I find it hard to judge whether an anime guy is handsome or cool-looking(heck, I even have trouble with that in real life), so I guess if the anime tries to convince us that Makoto is such a guy, then I guess you are right.

  • August 4, 2007 at 2:44 amNagasumi

    True that a heart can sway since after all, humans are indeed full of emotions that are both strong and fragile. Still in Makoto’s case it is just pathetic for me, i mean come on, he was head over heels in love with Kotonoha at first and when he finally became her boyfriend, now he wants out cuz she doesnt just give in to him like he wants? That is just pathetic, he denies it yet so obvious it is his true intentions (grabbing Sekai’s butt while denying that he doesnt intend to cheat on Kotonoha in this episode is just the perfect example). I think and probably most people do so that Makoto just wants a girl who will put off and give in to each and every one of his desires and that he doesnt get burden by such relationship. He doesn’t know the true meaning of love. I mean from the coments of Deadlyrain, is true that love can take shape in many forms and the heart sways, but there are also people who are truly committed to their loved ones, that those people will indeed with good values that will keep their promise to love ones no matter what.

  • August 5, 2007 at 6:57 amSlyzer

    I wonder why Sekai actually cried, perhaps the “special training” was so good she fell in love with him.

  • August 5, 2007 at 1:36 pmAce

    She was already in love with him by the end of episode 1 though …

    No girl who didn’t like the guy would ever offer “special training” in the first place!

    Also I don’t think Makoto was ever in love with Kotonoha. At the most he was infatuated by her physical beauty and that was all. I think he had more of a connection with Kokoro! ;)

  • August 5, 2007 at 4:14 pmSyaoran Li

    Officialy; I’m feeling sick right now with Makoto’s actitude. Sekai was right, if he loves her and not Kotonoha, he had to break uo with her first. And for Sekai, what a bitch, she was the one who put them together and now she’s the one turning them apart. After this, Makoto doesn’t deserve Kotonoha’s love anymore… and Sekai made me feel more sick than am I already.

    Please kamisama, grant me just one request… kill Makoto.

  • August 6, 2007 at 6:31 amthenightsshadow

    Just by watching this episode, I’m starting to realize how realistic Makoto is, and where his faults actually lie.

    Positive Quality:

    One of the most notable qualities about him is that his face does not lie.

    Any one of us in Makoto’s situation at the pool wouldn’t frown when teaching his girlfriend to swim…at least, not like that. The frown he sported was one of displeasure rather than of dislike. Perhaps that’s already known…

  • August 6, 2007 at 9:49 amLifeCarrier

    Really nice romantic scene there in the rain, I love the Sekai x Makoto relationship, I think they’re so much better suited for each other.

  • August 7, 2007 at 4:59 amAce

    Yep, Kotonoha was a mistake and Sekai was a fool to get them together then keep them together. Makoto would have never approached Kotonoha by himself, and if Sekai had worked on him from the beginning they would have been a couple no sweat. I mean, everyone already thought they were a couple!

    But then a happy ending at the start does not make for a good story!

    Expect Kotonoha to find out and do something crazy to try and keep him

  • August 7, 2007 at 6:36 pmRyunatta

    Any one ready for Makoto to die yet?
    I know I am.

  • August 14, 2007 at 1:37 pmAkito

    I feel soz for all the Girls. but i guess they are having fun. ^^;

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