ef – a tale of memories – 06
When Kyousuke had found out that Hiro was a mangaka, he agreed to keep it a secret under one condition. This involved Hiro inviting Kei over so that Kyousuke could ask her to go out with him, and it results in her slapping both of them for teasing her. Kyousuke then shows Kei a movie that she finds boring, and he questions why she feels that way. Upon figuring out that she has good judgment, he asks her to appear in his movie. He wants to film her life without a script, but Hiro questions if he can do it without some sort of vision first. The two get into an argument about this and about their own artistic motivations, but Kei ends it by pointing out that she hasn’t agreed to appear in the film yet. While walking Kei home, Hiro warns her to be careful about Kyousuke since he’s quick in forming relationships with women, and she takes that to mean that Hiro is worried about her. Changing the subject, Kei asks Hiro if Miyako comes to his room often, and he reveals that it’s only been a few times. She then wonders if he finds her annoying, but he denies it. After getting a message from Chihiro about Renji, Kei asks Hiro to come to her basketball game on Sunday. She’s confident that they’ll win and vows to tell him something important when that time comes.
Renji meanwhile goes to see Yuu at the church and wonders why Chihiro wrote what she did. Yuu explains that writing is the same as surviving for Chihiro because of how her future self is a different existence from her past self. Her trying to convey her image accurately to another existence is the same as what a writer does. When Renji then questions who Yuu is and why he’s always at the church, Yuu answers that he’s waiting for someone. Returning to help Chihiro, Renji hears the next part of her story with the girl on the island starting to paint. The problem is that Chihiro can’t imagine the castle’s storehouse where everything is kept, including the books. Recognizing that she needs source material to draw from, Renji thinks of the library at school, so he suggests that they go there. To do this, they need a uniform for Chihiro, so Renji asks his mother, and she points him to his neighbor Kuze. Indeed, Kuze does have a spare uniform, and Chihiro is excited to be able to wear it. When they get to the school library, Chihiro is further delighted to see all the books, and she thanks Renji.
While this is going on, Kei meets with Miyako beside some train tracks and reveals her past connection to Hiro. As a child, he had no friends, and because she couldn’t bear to watch him be alone, she brought him home with her. Kei had a lot of shoujo manga in her room, and he got quite absorbed in them, though she didn’t think that he’d become a professional mangaka. She then explains that she feels that people who make an effort don’t acknowledge those who do nothing, or at the very least, they won’t like them. As a train passes between them, Kei declares that she’s always had and always will have feelings for Hiro. She refuses to lose and vows to erase Miyako’s existence from his heart. For once, these words actually have a huge impact on Miyako as she worries about disappearing again. With this in mind, Miyako brings Hiro lunch the next day and asks him to go out with her on Sunday. When he claims not to have time to play with her, she calls him a liar because she thinks he’s actually going to the basketball game. As it turns out though, Hiro had merely forgotten about the basketball game. He doesn’t think that he promised that he’d go, so Miyako jumps at the chance to get him to promise to go on a date with her.
When Sunday comes around, Kyousuke films Kei as she plays basketball, but she injures her knee. He continues filming her depressed look in the infirmary afterwards, despite her threat of hitting him, because he knows this is a moment that can be filmed only now. Kyousuke feels that if he lets it slip by once, then he won’t be able to ever get it back again, and so he wants to capture what he considers to be an irreplaceable moment. He also addresses her fear of failure by declaring that it’s not over if he doesn’t give up. To Kei’s surprise, Hiro then shows up because Kyousuke had called him, and Hiro carries her home on his back. Along the way, she notices that he’s wearing his good clothes and deduces that he was going on a date with Miyako. This causes him to realize that he stood Miyako up, but he knows that he can’t leave Kei alone. Hiro also remembers that Kei had something she wanted to tell him, but as she holds on to him now, she doesn’t want to say it anymore. Back at home, Hiro’s cell phone is ringing and has 99 missed calls.
I really liked this episode, and admittedly that’s largely because it focused on Kei, Miyako, Hiro, and Kyousuke rather than Chihiro and Renji. The battle lines have now been drawn, and there’s going to be a lot of tension between the two girls from now on, but I’m still having a hard time deciding which of them is better for Hiro to end up with. Kei had all kinds of harsh language for Miyako during the train tracks scene and looked almost evil at one point, but Miyako responded by trying to steal Hiro away from attending the basketball game (though he probably would have forgotten about it if she hadn’t said anything). What’s disturbing is the 99 missed phone calls on Hiro’s cell phone at the end of the episode, most likely from Miyako. Having stalker tendencies like that make me think that she’s liable to crack at any moment (probably not to that degree), though from what we know, if might be her fear of disappearing talking. Regardless, the drama is ramping up now and hopefully they’ll be able to keep it going.