Da Capo II – 05
After a visit to the music store, Koko is walking past the movie theater and sees an advertisement for a romance film. She hasn’t been to a movie recently and notices all the couples around the theater. At school, Akane and Anzu grill her about her relationship with Yoshiyuki, so Koko reveals that they haven’t even been on a real date yet because of how busy they’ve been with the band. Akane and Anzu thus get to work thinking of how to help Koko, and by chance Nanaka overhears them and gets involved. The following day, they present Koko and Yoshiyuki with movie tickets, and Wataru informs the couple that they won’t be practicing this weekend because Nanaka is busy. With their schedules now open, Koko looks forward to a date with Yoshiyuki, but even calling it that gets both of them embarrassed. The day of the date soon arrives, and the two meet at the park before heading to the theater. Along the way, Koko once again notices all the other couples around them who are arm in arm, and she starts eyeing Yoshiyuki’s arm, but they arrive at the theater before she’s about to do anything.
During the movie, Koko feels Yoshiyuki’s hand on hers, however when she turns to look at him, it appears that he had been just grabbing a snack. He is also crying from the film, and Koko later teases him about it when the two head to a cafe. Unbeknownst to them, they’re being spied on by Wataru, Akane, Anzu, and Nanaka who all happened to have met up by coincidence. The four are unable to remain hidden for long though, and after an Akane and Wataru mishap, they find themselves trying to explain to Yoshiyuki and Koko what they’re all doing there. After they admit the truth, Yoshiyuki pretends to be hurt by all this, but it’s all a ploy so that he can grab Koko and run. This reinvigorates the both of them, though when they finally stop and Yoshiyuki realizes that he’s still holding Koko’s hand, he quickly lets go out of embarrassment. Still, he decides that this will be the true start of their date, and the two spend most of the rest of the day visiting the various downtown shops. They eventually pause while Koko gets some ice cream, and it’s sharing one cone that leads to an indirect kiss between them.
The couple’s attention is then turned to a crying child who’s been separated from his mother, and Koko calms the child until his mother shows up. This impresses Yoshiyuki, and it also causes him both to remember how Koko has always adored children and to think that she’d be a good mother. Their date nears its end later that afternoon, but Koko still hasn’t been able to hold hands with Yoshiyuki. She tries her best to touch his hand, and when Yoshiyuki finally realizes what she’s doing, he takes her hand. The two then walk past a dog that starts barking at a cat, and Yoshiyuki instinctively protects Koko. Koko grabs Yoshiyuki’s arm initially out of fear, but she doesn’t let go after the owner quiets down his dog. Able to hold Yoshiyuki’s arm for a while, Koko says that her dream has been fulfilled. She tells the same thing to Akane and Anzu later at school, though those two are disappointed to learn that Koko’s dream was only to be arm in arm with Yoshiyuki.
This was like the most conventional episode of a romance series I’ve seen in a long time. I mean, they essentially spent an entire episode on a date that ends with the two main characters a little closer after a lot of embarrassment. It’s fine if they’re trying to set us up for a surprise later on in the series by developing Yoshiyuki and Koko here, but surely they can think of a more original way to handle this. And while I don’t hate the small advances every episode, this really hasn’t been the most exciting of series, and it could use a little conflict between characters. Perhaps next week’s Minatsu episode will be a bit more interesting in that regard, though I suspect that it won’t be very related to the main YoshiyukiXKoko story.