School Days – 10
In the aftermath of her encounter with Taisuke, Kotonoha emerges from the school building with her shirt unbuttoned, and she sees Sekai kiss Makoto to end the folk dance. The following day, Kotonoha runs into Makoto on the train and is surprised when he immediately apologizes for not coming to see her yesterday. Makoto, however, almost screws up and refers to Otome by her given name when he mentions that he heard about the lounge from her. Regardless, Kotonoha is overjoyed that Makoto said this to her. In class, everyone notices Taisuke acting quite cheerful, though no one is quite sure why. When Taisuke goes to see Kotonoha to ask her out to a Christmas special dinner that he had tickets to, she immediately says that she doesn’t know what he’s talking about – she still firmly believes that she’s going out with Makoto and insists she’s his lover. Telling Taisuke not to be concerned about what happened yesterday, Kotonoha then excuses herself. This rejection causes him to go running to Makoto, and he demands to know if Makoto still going out with Kotonoha. Taisuke accuses him of two-timing, but Makoto denies it and claims that Kotonoha saying that they’re still going out is a misunderstanding. He asserts that there’s nothing going on between him and Kotonoha, and he then goes along with Taisuke’s conclusion that Kotonoha lied because she hated him.
Kotonoha meanwhile is carrying out some wooden and bamboo poles by herself when Otome’s friends stop her to bully her about how her boyfriend didn’t show up yesterday. Denying that she was rejected, Kotonoha again insists that she’s Makoto’s girlfriend, but when she tries to excuse herself, Natsumi trips her and the others laugh at her. Outside, Makoto is taking out the trash when he hears his cell phone ring with a message from someone. As he’s typing a response about meeting that person in the physical education storeroom, Makoto’s suddenly ambushed by Setsuna with a costume head, and she scolds him for standing around. She picks up his dropped cell phone and returns it to him, but she saw the message that he was writing and thinks that it was for Kotonoha. Makoto denies this, and when pressed, he says that he’s broken up with Kotonoha because he didn’t go see her during the festival. Setsuna, however, insists that he properly break up with her and wants him to promise to only look at Sekai. It turns out that Setsuna is leaving the next day, so she wants to get this settled because she believes Sekai needs someone to support her. Makoto isn’t sure if he can do that, but he nevertheless pats Setsuna on the head and reiterates that there’s nothing going on between him and Kotonoha.
The two are interrupted when Kotonoha shows up at the garbage pile, and seeing Kotonoha carrying all that stuff by herself, Makoto helps her. Kotonoha then tries to invite him to her family yacht, but before he can answer, Setsuna steps in and claims that Makoto had promised to do something with her tomorrow. When Kotonoha attempts to reschedule for a day the follow week, Makoto finally says it’d be better if they didn’t see each other anymore. In disbelief, Kotonoha thinks that Setsuna made him say this because Setsuna is conspiring with Sekai, but Setsuna tells her that this has nothing to do with Sekai. Because of this, Kotonoha wonders if it’s okay for her to reveal what she saw Setsuna doing during the festival to Makoto, and she suggests that it’d be troublesome for Setsuna if Sekai found out. Kotonoha thinks that Sekai had Setsuna breaking her and Makoto up because Sekai didn’t know Setsuna’s true feelings, but before she can finish her sentence telling Makoto about the secret kiss, Setsuna suddenly kisses him. Indicating that she has such a relationship with him and that Kotonoha shouldn’t get close anymore, Setsuna says that her and Sekai’s business has nothing to do with Kotonoha.
When Kotonoha tries to bring up how Makoto had talked to her this morning, he claims that he only wanted to apologize for not coming yesterday. Kotonoha is so shocked that she falls to her knees, and, after a moment of trying to find the right words, Makoto also admits that he doesn’t love her anymore. He then frees himself from Setsuna’s grasp and walks off. Later that afternoon, Sekai is having trouble getting in touch with Makoto over the phone when Nanami comes to talk with her about the girls’ basketball team’s party the next day. Sekai can attend, but when Nanami asks Setsuna if she’ll come too, Setsuna claims that she can’t. Since Sekai now has to head to work, Setsuna volunteers to look for Makoto for her. Around this time, Makoto and Otome are finishing up their rendezvous in the physical education storeroom, and Otome mentions that Makoto seems to be lost in thought. Remembering the kiss from Sekai, the kiss from Setsuna, and how devastated Kotonoha was, Makoto comments on how things are troublesome no matter what he does. Otome wonders if that includes her too, but Makoto says no and holds her hand. This leads to Otome resting her head on his shoulder and telling him that she’s fine with how things are because she had thought for a long time that he didn’t even see her as a girl. She’s therefore actually happy that he wants her in such a way. Makoto uses this as a chance to kiss her, and the two soon go at it again. Unbeknownst to either of them, Setsuna is standing outside the storeroom listening.
Later that night, at the Katsura house, Kokoro finds her older sister standing over a running faucet holding a glass. Kotonoha’s gaze is fixed downward toward a set of knives hanging on the side of the cabinet, and she doesn’t immediately respond when her sister calls out to her. Setsuna meanwhile is at her apartment taking a bath and thinking about what she should do. When she makes up her mind, she heads over to Makoto’s apartment and wakes him by calling him on his phone. After letting her in and serving her some tea, Makoto comments on how he had thought that her spending time with him was just a lie she had told Kotonoha. The actual reason Setsuna is here is because she has something to say to him, and she gets to the point by asking him what he was doing in the storeroom. Makoto tells her that it has nothing to do with her, but he has a hard time explaining himself even though he says he doesn’t hate Sekai. Setsuna demands that he break up with Otome and is worried about what would happen if Sekai found out, though Makoto realizes that this means that she intends to keep it a secret. He then asks her why she’s going to such lengths and suggests that it’s really because she likes him. She tries to deny both this and his assertion that she put feelings into the kiss earlier, but Makoto kisses her and forces her to lay on his bed. Although Setsuna resists at first, she soon embraces Makoto and – in tears – offers to let him do what he wants if he promises to break up with Otome like he did with Kotonoha. Unsure of what to do, Makoto pauses and starts to say something.
The next day, Sekai and Nanami head to the girls’ basketball team party going on in the audio-visual room at school. Sekai wasn’t ever able to get in touch with Makoto, so Nanami jokingly suggests that he and Setsuna are having an affair. As Sekai is then turning the tables on Nanami about her relationship with her boyfriend, Otome walks in and recognizes Sekai. After Nanami formally introduces them, the other girls start the video that they’re showing. Unfortunately, it turns out to be secret camera footage of the lounge during the festival, and the first person exposed is Nanami with her boyfriend. Nanami thus starts crying, and as Sekai comforts her and suggests that they leave, the video switches to Otome with Makoto. Shocked to see this, Sekai quickly hops on a train to go see Makoto and desperately tries to call him at the same time. Though she’s unable to reach him, Sekai does run into Kotonoha as she’s trying to cross a pedestrian bridge a short while later. Kotonoha asks about Setsuna and thinks that she should be with Makoto. Since Makoto isn’t at home, Kotonoha suspects that they’ve gone off somewhere, and it is at this point that Sekai notices that Kotonoha’s eyes are completely lifeless.
Meanwhile, Setsuna arrives at Narita, and although she notices that Makoto is there looking for her, she ignores him and heads to her gate. As she rides the escalator down, she remembers how, at the start of the 2nd semester, Sekai had wanted to trade seat assignments so that she could sit next to Makoto. It was then that Setsuna had realized that Sekai had liked Makoto, and she agreed to the switch. Setsuna now cries to herself and says goodbye one last time.
Wow, I thought it was pretty insane how many things happened this episode. It seems like every major character got some form of development, and things are starting to come crashing down. Kotonoha’s obviously the one who causes the greatest concern, as the knives shot seems to heavily imply that she could be going down a violent path. She didn’t lash out at Sekai though, and seems more occupied with Setsuna, but since Setsuna appears to have left for France, chances are low anything bad will happen there. I can, however, imagine that she’ll go crazy on Otome if she ever sees the video of the lounge or catches Makoto with her.
As for Setsuna herself, I can understand why she offered herself to Makoto if he promised to break up with Otome, but she can’t have reasonably believed that he’d actually do so unless she was there hounding him every step of the way. For that matter, it’s unclear whether Makoto actually slept with Setsuna, and I’m reminded of that one Setsuna ending to the game where she returns to Japan and declares herself the wife. I’d say that’s still within the realm of possibility.
To be honest though, I really can’t figure out what kind of ending they’re going for, and the drama and suspense they’ve built up is part of what I love about this. Next week’s episode title is 「みんなの誠」 (Minna no Makoto – Everyone’s Makoto) which is the title of one of the harem endings of the game. However, with Kotonoha looking about ready to kill someone, I’m not so sure it’ll be like that. Maybe it means that Kotonoha will chop Makoto up so that everyone can have a piece. :D