Myself; Yourself – 02
After dreaming of his ideal Nanaka, Sana wakes up one morning and heads for school, meeting up with Aoi outside his apartment. As a testament to her clumsy self, Aoi trips into his arms and then walks right into a pole along the way. The two eventually join up with Shuusuke and Shuri, and Shuusuke usage of the “-san” prefix with Aoi makes Sana realize that his own usage of “-chan” is inappropriate because Aoi is actually a year older than him. Aoi then notices Nanaka approaching them, but after she says hello to Aoi, she completely ignores Sana and keeps walking. Sana isn’t too happy about this even though he recognizes that he screwed up yesterday. Things don’t get much better at lunch when Sana ends up with a less than ideal selection of bread to eat because there wasn’t much left. Sitting outside with his friends, Sana notices that Aoi is wearing her apron, and she explains that it’s so she doesn’t get her uniform dirty while eating.
That afternoon starts with their homeroom teacher asking for candidates to be the class representative. Since no one volunteers, she chooses Nanaka because of her past experience as a class representative, and unfortunately for Sana, Shuusuke recommends him for the other spot. Since Shuri seconds the nomination and the class supports the idea, Sana gets the job and has to follow Nanaka because he doesn’t know where the audio-visual room is. She makes it clear to him that if he follows her to the class representative meeting, he’s following her on his own, and she heads into the library to do some reading before the meeting starts. Sana runs into Aoi there because she’s the librarian, and she reveals that Nanaka came here last year too. However, Sana gets so caught up in his reading that he doesn’t notice Nanaka leave, and it’s not until Aoi tells him about it that he figures out what happened. Luckily for him, another class’s representative who introduces herself as Hoshino Asami overhears him and takes him there.
Nanaka is surprised to see Sana walk into the meeting with another girl, and even though Sana is mad at her, she points out that she hadn’t promised that she’d tell him when she was leaving the library. Later that night, as Sana lies in bed thinking about how Nanaka just left after the meeting, he gets another call from his worried mother. At lunch the following day, Aoi presents Sana with a lunch she made for him and offers to do this everyday. Sana then tells his friends about how he didn’t walk home with Nanaka after the meeting, and Shuri is disappointed to hear this because she was trying to get them to open up a little to each other by making Sana the other class representative with Nanaka. Regardless, Sana is still confused as to why Nanaka has changed so much, and Shuusuke and Shuri – who seem to know more than they’re willing to say – blame it on Sana for not recognizing Nanaka two days ago.
Later that day, Asami shows up in their class and gives Nanaka a book of the meeting minutes to pass on to Sana. He just happens to come back into the room right as she’s leaving, so Asami still gets to chat with him. When Sana goes to get the book from Nanaka, he expects her to snap at him, but she actually hands it to him without saying anything. It’s not until he tries to explain that he’s been asking Asami for information about committee work that Nanaka points out how well he’s been getting along with Asami, though she also feels that it has nothing to do with her. In music class afterwards, their teacher has them listen to a violin piece, and it reminds Sana of what Nanaka played for him before he left five years ago. Sana then discovers at the end of the day that he accidentally left his pencil case in the music room, and when he goes back to get it, he notices the piano at the front of the room. Unbeknownst to him, Nanaka had been asked by their teacher to get some handouts out of the prep room that’s adjacent to the music classroom, and so she hears and immediately recognizes the tune that he starts to play: it’s the piece she had played at his farewell party.
Watching through a crack in the door, Nanaka is surprised to see Asami appear and start to clap for Sana once he’s done. Because Asami asks, Sana admits that it’s a piece of music that is precious to him and was a present from a friend for his farewell party five years ago. He finds it strange that he still knows how to play the song after all this time and after having heard it only once. Nanaka is gone from the adjoining room by the time Sana finishes his explanation, but the next morning, she actually says a quiet hello to him.
So not only is Sana probably hiding something (why he came back), it seems that there’s another secret out there about why Nanaka has changed after these five years. They probably won’t reveal either of them for at least several more episodes, but I guess that gives something to look forward to and speculate on. For now, there appears to be a new challenger in Asami, and predictably, Nanaka gets a little jealous. I think the rule of thumb here is that if someone says that something has nothing to do with them, then it’s invariably got something to do with them.
Nanaka has already begun softening towards Sana, though of course his memory and piano playing of the music piece might have more to do with that than Asami getting close to him. Speaking of which, I’m not sure what this very pretty scene was supposed to represent, but if I had to guess, I’d say that’s the point Asami starts developing feelings for Sana. The only thing I’m left wondering after that is what would have happened if Asami hadn’t been there – would Nanaka have shown herself and made up with Sana?
Next week looks like it’ll be about the group taking a trip, complete with swimsuits and all. Here’s to hoping that they won’t take the obvious path (having one or several of the girls get close to Sana so that Nanaka gets jealous).