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Summary:

During one of their make-out sessions, Sekai stops Makoto because they’re doing it outside her workplace, so Makoto suggests that they continue afterwards. Justifying it as more practice, Sekai lets him kiss her again. Around the same time, Kotonoha attempts to call Makoto, but he just puts his phone in his pocket without answering. The next morning, Makoto prepares some breakfast for himself and Sekai, and on the way to school afterwards, he tries to kiss her again. She pushes him away because she feels it’d be bad if someone saw them here, and right as he’s about to grab her butt anyway, she reminds him that Kotonoha is waiting for him. When Makoto does see Kotonoha on the train later, he barely pays any attention to anything she’s saying. At school, he arrives at his classroom at roughly the same time Sekai and Setsuna do, and when Sekai tries to act normal and asks him about his sleepiness, he complains that it’s because this is the first time in many years that he’s had to make breakfast for two people. Sekai gets embarrassed because Setsuna is standing nearby, and after Makoto goes into the classroom, Setsuna questions Sekai about being with Makoto this morning. Because of this, Setsuna concludes that Makoto must have broken up with Kotonoha, and Sekai doesn’t deny it.

In class, Sekai writes Makoto a note suggesting that they tell Kotonoha about what’s going on between them. She feels that they can’t keep going like this, and when Makoto tries to stop her during lunch, she tells him that it’s not practice anymore. Makoto points out that Kotonoha will be angry, but Sekai knows this already and feels that it’ll get worse if they don’t say anything. However, on the rooftop, neither of them can bring themselves to say anything after Kotonoha so cheerfully serves them her hot lemonade. Kotonoha thinks that Makoto’s silence means that he doesn’t like it and starts apologizing, so Sekai speaks up for both of them to say that it’s delicious. Upon returning to class, Makoto gets a text message from Kotonoha asking him to go shopping with her once school ends, and he ends up turning her down with the excuse that his little sister is coming to play. In truth, Makoto is with Sekai that afternoon and admits that he lied about his sister. Sekai doesn’t like the fact that they continue to lie to Kotonoha, but Makoto feels that they can’t tell her yet. After getting Sekai to agree with him, Makoto hugs her and quiets her. Kotonoha meanwhile has decided to buy some red yarn and is on her way back home when her train passes through the same station that Makoto and Sekai are in. She catches sight of Sekai kissing Makoto, but she isn’t positive that it’s them and tries to think nothing more of it.

The following morning, Makoto leaves Sekai’s apartment with her again and messages Kotonoha to tell her that he overslept. Kotonoha is waiting for him at the entrance to the when he arrives, but she doesn’t get to talk to him because Otome calls out to him first. It is not until after school that she’s able to get a message sent to him asking him to go home together with her. Makoto actually is ready to go home with Sekai, but when Sekai sees the message, she tells him that his girlfriend is Kotonoha and runs off by herself. With no choice but to go home with Kotonoha, Makoto walks with her but doesn’t say anything to her. Along the way, Kotonoha gets accosted by a costumed person handing out flyers for cell phones. When she realizes that it’s giving a couples discount, she wants to get matching phones with Makoto, but since he’s less than willing, she even offers to buy it for him as a present. Makoto, however, still decides not to and starts walking off by himself. Kotonoha trips as she tries to follow him, and the yarn she was carrying flies out of her bag. After a brief sigh, Makoto turns back around to check if she’s okay and notices the knitting stuff on the ground, so Kotonoha admits that she was trying to make something by Christmas.

That night, Setsuna checks Sekai’s room and finds her already in bed with the covers pulled over. After Setsuna heads home, Sekai emerges from the sheets and reads a message from Makoto saying that he prefers her. Kotonoha meanwhile tries to call Makoto, but he doesn’t answer. During class the next day, Setsuna is taking suggestions about what their class should do for the culture festival and rejects everything Taisuke says. In Kotonoha’s class 1-4, there is only one suggestion on the board – a haunted house – and no one is paying any more attention. Otome’s friends are trying to get her to tell them who she likes, and she finally hints that the guy went to the same middle school as her, meaning that she’s liked him ever since then. Otome then notices Kotonoha looking at them and starts picking on her, eventually accusing her of casting flirtatious glances at guys and citing how she was clinging to Makoto. When Otome tells Kotonoha to stop bothering him, her friends realize that Makoto is the one Otome actually likes. Hearing this causes Kotonoha to perk up and question if this is true. Since Otome thinks that it has nothing to do with her, Kotonoha makes it absolutely clear that she’s his girlfriend already.

An unhappy Otome then messages Nanami to confirm what Kotonoha said. At the same time, Kotonoha messages Makoto to say that she won’t be able to make it to lunch because of committee stuff, and Makoto forwards the message to Sekai, touching her leg at the same time. He then leads her up to the rooftop, but unbeknownst to them, Kotonoha gets done quickly and rushes towards the same place. Unfortunately, she arrives right as Sekai says that she loves Makoto, and hearing this stops Kotonoha dead in her tracks. As Makoto says that he likes Sekai too and kisses her, Kotonoha drops her bag of yarn and can’t believe it.

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I just love the way this episode ends. None of it was unexpected, but I thought the way they executed it was excellent. It seemed obvious how things were going to come together at the end of this episode, yet I couldn’t keep my eyes off of it and could really feel all the emotion flying around, especially with their use of the yozuca* song. It even seemed like the red colored yarn could symbolize the red string of fate or something.

As for Makoto, I just don’t understand what the girls see in him. Not only do Kotonoha and Sekai like him, we find out that Otome does too. I wouldn’t question this in any other show with one guy and lots of girls, but Makoto is a special case given how he acts. For all intents and purposes right now, he’s choosing the girl who puts out over the girl he started a relationship with and subsequently got tired of. Maybe now that Kotonoha has seen him cheating on her – which has to hurt at least twice as much because she had just stood up to Otome about being his girlfriend and was all happy to go see him – she’ll realize that he’s not worth it and dump him. Given how this is a love triangle story only half-way through though, that seems pretty unlikely to happen.

My biggest question now is how Kotonoha is going to respond. The music at the end of the episode was pretty eerie and could hint at future violence, but I’m more inclined to believe that Kotonoha will end up using her body to lure him back. Otherwise, I just don’t seem him separating from Sekai who has a hard time saying no to him and seems to do whatever he wants. Next week’s title 「前夜祭」 (the Eve) doesn’t give away as much as this week’s title did either, so it’s hard to say what’ll happen.

August 7, 2007 at 5:59 pm
227 comments »
  • August 9, 2007 at 5:34 pmRednights

    This was probably the saddest 200 comments i skimmed through ….

    feelings .. emotions …

    riiighttt ….. what are we watching again? … some horn dog nailing some girl every day while keeping it underwraps till this episode ….

    anyone else with me or am I just not getting the picture here …..

  • August 9, 2007 at 8:38 pmSakura

    Yes yes Makoto is a stupid loser… but I can’t help but demand to know why couldn’t Sekai say something like ‘hands off till you Kotonoha knows the truth’ just to relieve her guilt. It’s like “no” is not firmly in her vocabulary. Both are pretty weak willed– one weak to hormones and the other weak willed. Makoto doesn’t feel that awesome having Kotonoha as his baggage but as childish as he is, he just wants his problem to just go away. Ignore it and it will go away, kinda.. or out of sight, out of mind.
    The game aside, Kotonoha mentions on the way up the stairs “even if you go out with someone else…” so it doesn’t look like she will logically dump his ass any time soon.

  • August 10, 2007 at 8:46 amed2k

    High comments :-)

  • August 10, 2007 at 9:29 amMaxmilian

    Poor Kotonoha. First standing up to Otome and then hearing those two at the roof. This could turn up pretty messy like the game. And the music at the end was creepy. Man wonder what will be the next episode about.

  • August 10, 2007 at 9:53 amAbe

    @Sakura
    >The game aside, Kotonoha mentions on the way up the stairs “even if you go out with someone else…” so it doesn’t look like she will logically dump his ass any time soon.

    no, the one who says that is Sekai.

    I feel sad for Kotonoha. Watching this episode was painful: Kotonoha being ignored after she was starting to change for good, she even recognized her relationship in front of everyone…and then she discovered Makoto was cheating on her.
    And unfortunately, she will probably try to lure him back with her great “assets”

    A BAD END would only involve more sadness for Kotonoha, so I don’t think Makoto should die. But he MUST NOT get any girl in the end.

  • August 10, 2007 at 11:13 amChan

    Jesus, what do the girls see in this guy, anyway? A good example of a decent ‘harem’ protagonist is Rin, from Shuffle!, who’s a pretty nice guy, or the dude from Nursery Rhyme, who’s a cool guy- Or Shiki from Tsukihime, who pretty much defines the term *badass*. Makoto, however, is severely unlikeable- They really played it up from the game.

    Go for it, Kotonoha~ Stab! Stab! STAB!

  • August 10, 2007 at 3:12 pmKev015

    BURN MAKOTO! BURRNN IN HEY DEZE!!

    Yeah he deserves to die. He’s already got Kotohona, and he’s going after Sekai as well?!? Well, I understand Kotohona and Makoto weren’t working out, and Sekai was beter, but don’t you think you could have at least said goodbye before you slept with Sekai? OMFG this guy deserves to burn in hey deze.

    Quote Chan: “Go for it, Kotonoha~ Stab! Stab! STAB! “

  • August 10, 2007 at 7:52 pmVerbatimEx

    Oh well, I was really rooting for Sekai anyway.
    Watching this episode lets me smell blood in the water.

  • August 11, 2007 at 12:12 amJoel

    here come the blood!!!

  • August 11, 2007 at 5:53 amSyaoran Li

    Oh my God, oh my God. I need to hit something right now…

    Come on, that asshole doesn’t deserve Kotonoha after everything he did to her on this episode. First of all, he never answered her calls, neither sent her SMS. Then he practically ignore her in every chance he had, whereas alone or with Sekai. And finally, the most despicable of all things, he didn’t say anything about Kotonoha wishing to knit something for him on Christmas Eve. I don’t care if Sekai or Makoto have to pay the price with their lives, but Kotonoha can’t committee suicide for those two idiots.

    Man, I’m still pissed off about this episode. Now everyone on Kotonoha’s class believes she is a lair thanks to that asshole; and surely will make her life miserable from now on. That’s it, that asshole don’t deserve to live.

    I’ll try to calm down with Byōsoku Go Senchimētoru…

  • August 12, 2007 at 12:00 amg-money

    Just a question… where is all this patheticness I hear about Makoto come from? From what I see (and read… ugh), this guy sounds like a total jerk no matter what side of the sexes we’re talking about rather than being a complete dork. Unlike the standard harem male lead with the spine stiffness of wet cardboard, this guy completely circumvents that stereotype and grows into the king ass of the universe, which is pretty original even if it comes from an eroge. The bottom line is that this anime is meant to shock, meant to turn our thinking 180 degrees, meant to break the convention of the harem animes that are out there. And when we need to ask “why?” about why Makoto is such a ass or why Sekai is so hooked on Makoto, the answer is, “Because it’s anime, and the directors can do whatever the fuck they want to rake in the cash.”

    200+ comments about “Die Makoto!” or “I want a bad ending! Kill, kill, kill!” or “I feel sorry for Kotonoha,” is pretty lame and tiresome.

  • August 12, 2007 at 1:00 amhao-addict

    Why can’t Makoto die in his episode instead? xD

  • August 12, 2007 at 4:04 amSyaoran Li

    You know g-money; you answered your own question before anyone does…

    Being ANIME the key word in your last comment. Is because of that, and because we can learn to love it or hate it, that all this commotion has begun. Let me ask you something? Can you see a show on TV, a baseball game on the park or a competition in your school without feeling or thinking anything about it? I guess you can’t. The same goes here with School Days and every single anime series you’ll ever found. Because every single person who has shared its opinion in here has found something that they liked, hated or just want to point out something that maybe others couldn’t see at plain sigh. If you enjoy an anime series in other way, please forgive us for not being in your league.

    Come on, if you felt is lame and tiresome after 200 comments, what are you still reading it? Make up your mind. We’re here because we want to…

  • August 12, 2007 at 9:17 amFireaznboy

    Wow, this was a good trainwreck episode, and made me hate the guy even more.

    On another note, did anyone think of “Higurashi no naku koro ni” type of eyes when kotonoha said “USODA”

  • August 12, 2007 at 1:06 pmSyaoran Li

    Jejeje everyone syas that… but if I hear correctly, she only say “USO” and not “USODA”. In any case, maybe her path into madness was open with just that little action jus there. If that’s true, the asshole will recieve the same Fate as Keichii.

  • August 12, 2007 at 5:11 pmg-money

    @Syaroan Li – You want to read through 200 comments and find the same thing over and over again? “Makoto’s a jerk, die!” or “Poor Kotonoha,” is annoying after being repeated 100 times each quote. I read through the comments because there were some people who were actually discussing the episode and relating to real life experiences. And no, I was using rhetoric.

  • August 12, 2007 at 9:24 pmDarklord

    @Syaoran Li

    “If that’s true, the asshole will receive the same Fate as Keichii.”

    Which arc are you referring to, since Keichii’s fate in every arc is different. Every time he ends up dead, it’s usually because of his own paranoia(suicide, heart attack), he was never killed by anyone else.

  • August 13, 2007 at 12:52 pmBilly DArk

    OMG!!!!!!!!

    how can this be possible???… is it possible that any man could be like makoto??? i think that he doesnt know the true meaning of the word “love”… why a sweet girl like katsura-chan must suffer for a piece of !”$#%% like him?…
    And sekai-chan… why did she fall in love with that guy?… i mean… there’s a lot of nice and good guys at her school… why him?? I would be really happy if another guy would confess his love with katsura-san and make her happy at the end… also i wanna be there…. to make justice with my own hands… maybe break some limbs off him…. XD

  • August 13, 2007 at 5:59 pmD-Guy

    I would hope to have the girls turning and ganging up on Makoto. It would give it an unexpected turn because, so far, the girls have been used by this guy.

  • August 13, 2007 at 10:57 pmCitingSublimity

    Yeah, I really wonder that too Omni. What do the girls see in Makoto anyway? Almost all male leads in harlem anime has one similar quality. They are honest, loving, caring, and is faithful to the dear one he loves (even though their feelings may sway a little bit, but they tend to always find the way back). But what the f#@k is Makoto? The guy lies, doesn’t do shit, didn’t stick with the lovely/sweet/beautiful/well-endowed girlfriend HE confessed to, instead, he goes around screwing her friend. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a guy and I’m no player hater, but this guy is a fag, especially in a pure love romantic anim, for being dishonest and unfaithful to a wonderful girl who has done nothing wrong. A totally flawed character, realistic though, a man should at least have a system of morals and lines that he should not cross. And this guy did, plain and simply pathetic.

  • August 14, 2007 at 1:03 pmSyaoran Li

    @Darklord
    Well, maybe that applies to teh fisrt arc, when Keichii reaches madness and kills Rena and Shion, then he kill himself. Makoto wouldn’t commit suicide here, but his actions could lead to both, Kotonoha or Sekai, to commit suicide instead of him.

    Today is the “DAY”. Five more hours.

  • August 14, 2007 at 1:42 pmAkito

    no it cant end!! T_T oh man….

  • August 15, 2007 at 9:56 amFireaznboy

    @Dark.

    You’re right except for the part where it says he never got killed by anyone else. Shion ends up killing him remember?

  • August 16, 2007 at 11:54 pmDarklord

    @Fireaznboy:

    No she does not. If you are talking about Watanagashi/Meakashi hen, both sisters are dead while Keiichi was still alive in the hospital. Shion fell from the balcony to her death, while Mion was already dead in the well. The part when Keiichi gets hit by a hammer in the end is only a hallucination. Actually, the anime did not make it quite obvious whether he died or not, but I think in the game TIPS it was revealed that he died of heart attack after seeing that hallucination.

    Watch the end of Watanagashi hen(episode 8) and you’ll see that I’m right.

  • August 17, 2007 at 1:36 amDarklord

    Damn, I was trying to say episode 8 but it turned into a smiley face 8)

  • August 17, 2007 at 2:08 amanna

    For me, it’s up to here. I’m ditching this anime. It’s really degrading for Japanese and for girls. That ass makoto gives men a bad name too. I know I won’t be sorry not watching this anime.

  • November 23, 2007 at 8:33 pmxninox

    wtf? gotta be kiddin me. now makoto loves sekai? thats messed. he’s been cheating kotohana! i can foreshadow what will happen, and its not gonna be good!!!

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