School Days – 07
Makoto is resting his head on Sekai’s lap one day on the rooftop when she comments on how Kotonoha didn’t come again. He suggests that it’s because she’s busy with her committee work, but Sekai still isn’t comfortable with how they’ve purposefully shifted their morning schedules. Reassuring her that it’s okay and pulling her down for a kiss, Makoto is unaware that Kotonoha is actually watching them from the stairwell. He then comments on how it’s getting cold, and Sekai wonders if their time eating on the rooftop is over. Later that night, Kotonoha is in her room working on knitting and asking herself why Makoto was doing those things with Sekai. She’s not sure if Makoto doesn’t like her and thinks that she has to work harder, but her thoughts are interrupted when Kokoro comes by her room to ask about the school festival because she wants to go and see Makoto.
The following day in class 1-3, Setsuna is showing the costume she got for their festival activity when Hikari runs in with news about the other classes doing a little sister teahouse and a zombie teahouse. Setsuna has her own plan, but Taisuke then barges in with more bad news: Tanaka – the other representative for the class – has been injured and needs two weeks to recover. Since this leaves Setsuna by herself, Hikari suggests that Makoto replace Tanaka. Makoto isn’t entirely willing, so Setsuna wonders if Makoto is worried about Kotonoha being there. This makes Hikari ask if he is having a fight with her, and to clear things up, Setsuna then announces – to everyone’s surprise – that Makoto and Kotonoha have broken up. What’s more, she also reveals that he is now going out with Sekai. This news gets passed along to Otome via Nanami, who suggests that Kotonoha had indeed been one-sidedly involved with Makoto.
Later that day, Kotonoha is happy to see Makoto present during the committee meeting with all the representatives, and she tries to speak with him afterwards. She feels that with him being there, they can now be together after school since they haven’t been able to get together in recent mornings, and she asks him if he as any free time as Setsuna tries to drag him away. Setsuna immediately answers No for him and reminds Makoto that he has to meet Sekai, but Kotonoha doesn’t give up and promises to text message him. True to her word, Kotonoha sends him a message a few minutes later saying that she wants to eat lunch with him tomorrow on the rooftop. Realizing who it’s from, Setsuna thinks that Makoto should block messages from Kotonoha and takes his cell phone to enable the feature. When Makoto objects, Setsuna tells him that it’s for Sekai’s sake.
At the Katsura house that night, Kotonoha realizes that she made a mistake in her knitting and starts to pull it apart. However, she doesn’t stop and keeps pulling until there’s a huge pile of yarn on her bed. The next morning, she tries to text message Makoto, but she finds that she can’t send it. She isn’t able to get through by calling him either. Makoto, of course, still has her blocked, though he continues staring at his phone thinking about it. During gym class, Sekai notices Kotonoha sitting alone to the side, but Setsuna doesn’t think that Sekai should be worrying. Kotonoha then waits for Makoto on the rooftop during lunchtime, but he never shows up, and it soon starts raining. Meanwhile, the classes continue their preparations for the school festival, and Otome and friends bully Kotonoha to get them some sheets.
Kotonoha is on her way to the storeroom when she runs into Makoto and Setsuna, and this time, Makoto wants to talk with her, particularly since he can see through her wet shirt. He offers to help her, but noticing Setsuna trying to pull Makoto away, Kotonoha walks off by herself. Makoto then questions if Setsuna has a grudge against Kotonoha, and although Setsuna doesn’t, she reaffirms that Makoto is now Sekai’s boyfriend. Unable to leave Kotonoha alone, Makoto ignores Setsuna and chases Kotonoha, but he sees her talking with Taisuke down the hall. He then follows them to the storeroom and tries to spy on them, but he’s discovered by Hikari and Nanami who are passing by. When Hikari notices Taisuke is inside, she starts eavesdropping too and hears him invite Kotonoha to dance at the end of the festival.
It seems that Taisuke had heard that couples who dance together at that time will stay together, and he goes on to reveal how he’s liked Kotonoha since they all went to the pool and how he heard that they were broken up now. Taisuke thinks that this is his chance, but to his surprise, Kotonoha declares that she and Makoto haven’t broken up. In fact, she questions why he’d say this, and before he can answer, she excuses herself and runs out. Since Makoto is right outside, Kotonoha immediately runs into him and is glad to see him. However, she doesn’t get to say anything because Nanami steps in between them and accuses Kotonoha of making an advance at Taisuke, causing Kotonoha to cry and run off in tears. Although Makoto doesn’t chase after her, he does later turn off the blocking feature on his cell phone.
At Makoto’s apartment later, Sekai reveals how she had heard from Setsuna that he went after Kotonoha earlier. Sekai isn’t too happy about this, and as Makoto is protesting that Setsuna was being mean to Kotonoha, the doorbell rings. When Makoto answers it, he finds Kotonoha standing there wanting to talk with him. As she hears Makoto apologize for his cell phone from the other room, Sekai recalls how Setsuna had told her about the blocking she enabled. After showing Kotonoha that she can now contact him again by cell phone, Makoto suddenly tells Kotonoha that he’s not feeling well. Kotonoha is about to leave, but she then notices the extra pair of shoes that are at Makoto’s doorstep and realizes what’s going on. Before leaving, she decides to ask Makoto to dance with her at the end of the festival and reveals how Taisuke had thought they were broken up.
Hearing Kotonoha talk about being Makoto’s girlfriend brings tears to Sekai’s eyes, and after Kotonoha leaves, Sekai announces that she’s going home. Makoto tries to stop her because she might run into Kotonoha if she heads out so soon after, but Sekai leaves anyway. With tears still in her eyes, Sekai runs out of the building only to find Kotonoha standing on the sidewalk. Saying that Sekai’s been unfair, Kotonoha raises her arm and slaps her.
This episode was just oozing with drama once again – the screencaps don’t quite do it any justice. Regardless of whether I like the characters or not, I think this series is working towards being a masterpiece by how well it presents the story and how exciting it is to watch. One moment, I’m thinking that Kotonoha is going to go into SEED-mode and the next minute I’m thinking that Sekai will one about to crack. And the entire time, it was clear that Makoto’s relationship with both girls was fragile, so it kept me guessing on which way he was going to lean and wondering what the consequences are of everything he does. I may not be a big fan of Makoto, but his actions sure keep the story interesting, and I keep wanting to see more.
As for the characters, I thought that Setsuna was right to realize that Makoto needed to be kept in line for Sekai’s sake, but it seemed rather futile of her to try to keep him from talking with Kotonoha, and it even might have led to him wanting to talk to her even more. Kotonoha, on the other hand, I find a bit strange because she’ll stand up and declare that Makoto is her boyfriend to the likes of Otome and Taisuke, yet she doesn’t do anything about him cheating on her, even though she’s seen it with her own eyes at least twice now. I guess you could say that that slap at the end is her way of telling Sekai to keep her hands off him, but Makoto himself still doesn’t know that she found out. It’ll be interesting to see which girl fights for Makoto more as the school festival arrives next episode and the dance draws closer.