Myself; Yourself – 07
After Sana and Nanaka bring their teacher Yuzuki some homework notebooks one day, she gives them each a caramel as a reward. This jogs Sana’s memory of a similar scene from his past, but it’s too foggy for him to remember clearly. During lunchtime, the group finds out that Shuri is collecting signatures to oppose a plan to turn a park into the new city hall. It’s a place where they all have fond childhood memories of, including Shuri and Shuusuke’s memories of being with their mother. That afternoon, Sana stays late to clean the classroom, and Yuzuki gives him another caramel. On his way home, Sana notices some horizontal bars in a playground and decides to try to play on them like he did as a child. Although he falls down, doing so causes Sana to remember how a girl had given him a caramel when he was younger after he had struggled with swinging around the bars. He realizes now that this girl was Yuzuki. Sana then gets spotted by Asami, and she invites him to go to the nursing home again.
The following day, Shuri and Yuzuki get called into the principal’s office because of the petition Shuri was passing around. Although Yuzuki tries to stand up for Shuri, the principal knows that Shuri’s father is pushing the city hall proposal and wants her to stop. Afterwards, Yuzuki is so pissed that she takes Shuri out to eat and to have some fun. When Shuri gets home, her father yells at her because he had heard about her petition, so Shuri points out that this park is an important place for her, her brother, and their mother. Her father thinks that she’s talking about her current mother, but Shuri counters by saying that she’s talking about the mother that gave birth to her and Shuusuke, not the woman that her father is merely having sex with. Knowing that her current mother within hearing distance, Shuri claims that she and Shuusuke have never thought of the woman as their mother and even accuses her of coming into the family just for the money. This earns Shuri a slap from her father and leads to her storming out. She ends up not showing up to school the next day.
At the nursing home, Asami notices that the cat is missing, but the lady there thinks that it’ll come back when it gets hungry. She and Sana spend the day keeping the residents entertained, and before they leave, they visit Kajii’s room because she had a request. It turns out that she wants them to bury a box underneath the biggest sakura tree on one of the two hills. When Asami questions what’s in the box, Kajii says that it’s a secret and laughs. On the way out, Asami thinks she hears the nursing home cat’s collar bell, but the cat is nowhere in sight, so she and Sana continue on to the hill with the shrine on it. After Sana spots the particular tree, they proceed to bury the box as requested. When Asami tries to stand back up, she gets lightheaded, so Sana holds her for a moment. By chance, Nanaka catches sight of them as she’s passing by, and seeing them together like that causes her to let go the shopping list she was carrying. Sana and Asami never see her because she’s gone by the time they turn around.
Well it’s safe to say that the story is picking up pace again. I’m not sure if the Yuzuki stuff will lead anywhere, but the Shuri and Sana plot-lines were more than enough to keep this interesting. Tamura Yukari saying “sex” caught me off-guard because I’m not used to her loli-sounding voice with such a mature word, but the more important point is that she’s estranged from her father and absolutely hates her new mother. I thought they did a particularly good job creating the high degree of tension in that scene. We don’t get to hear Shuusuke’s point of view though, so I’m curious to see if he truly feels the same way or if it’s just Shuri.
As for Nanaka, her eyes at the end of the episode are creepy, but I highly doubt that she’s going to completely lose it. Asami hasn’t really made any advances on Sana, so I’m beginning to think that she’s only a rival in Nanaka’s mind, and thus isn’t competing for Sana – not yet anyway. This will more than likely turn out to be just the kind of misunderstanding that gets cleared pretty quickly, and the perfect chance will probably come next episode since the preview shows that it’ll be centered around Sana, Nanaka, and a mailbox from their past.