Myself; Yourself – 10
On a night when the Wakatsuki home is quiet, Shuri and Shuusuke’s stepmother is out drinking with a male companion. She complains to him about the twins and later goes into a love hotel with him. The next day, Shuusuke and Shuri visit their mother’s grave, and Shuri taking Shuusuke’s hand as they’re about to go home causes him to get embarrassed and pull away. Shuri points out how she used to hold his hand when they were kids, and this makes her remember the feelings of when their mother was still alive. Shuusuke notices that Shuri is rather quiet on the train ride back home, and after eating together, he almost takes her hand, but can’t quite do it. When they pass by a specialty store that’s still open, Shuri goes inside and finds some misanga for sale. Shuusuke offers to buy one for her, so she decides that she’ll buy one for him in return, and the two return home hand-in-hand wearing the misanga on their wrists.
At school a few days later, the two are called to the principal’s office and are accused of having gone to a love hotel together because an anonymous letter sent to the school had stated as much. The twins deny it because it’s not true and reveal that they were visiting their mother’s grave on that day, but the vice-principal points out that they don’t have anyone to verify their alibi. This causes Yuzuki to get angry at him for suspecting the students and believing in a letter that could be a prank. The principal decides that the letter is indeed suspicious, but this matter must still be reported to their parents. This leads to their father punching Shuusuke when he gets home because their father is angry about a possible scandal before the city assembly elections. The following day, the twins arrive in their classroom to find a love umbrella with their names written under it. Shuri is so embarrassed that she runs out of the room crying, and this only makes Shuusuke angrier at whoever did it, but no one fesses up.
Shuri later explains everything to Asami and Sana while they’re on the bus to go visit Kajii in the hospital, and Sana is irked that the teachers believed in such a letter. At the hospital, they present Kajii with some apples which Shuri offers to peel, but in doing so, she accidentally cuts her finger. The sight of the blood on the knife terrifies Sana so much that he has to leave the room, but even in the hallway, the image of the knife lingers on his mind. Asami leaves Shuri alone with Kajii to go check on him, and while Asami is gone, Kajii brings up the legend of the twin hills again. She reveals that she made a wish to the sakura tree for her grandchild Motoko – whose death she believes to be a mistake – to be returned to her. However, the sakura tree didn’t bloom, and she thought sacrifices were necessary, so she buried the bird and the cat. She now thinks that it has to be a person, and her target is Shuri.
Fortunately, Sana and Asami return just in time, and Asami runs to Shuri’s aid, but she ends up getting hurt in the process and lays bleeding on the floor. She’s quickly taken into surgery, and, to everyone’s relief, the surgeons report that Asami is okay once they’re done operating on her. At home, Shuri finds out that her father wants her to go study in London because of what happened. He tries to be nice in order to convince her, but she knows that he’s only thinking about his own election and vows not to go to London. From his own room, Shuusuke overhears Shuri slam her door, and he’s shocked to find her crying on her bed when he checks to see what’s wrong. She tells him about what happened to Asami and about their father wanting her to go to London, and even though Shuusuke wants to oppose it, Shuri knows that their father’s mind has been made up, just like with how he was when their stepmother came into the family. Seeing how his sister doesn’t want to be separated from him, Shuusuke decides that they’re going to go somewhere far away where they father can’t reach them. Shuri starts to protest, but Shuusuke declares that if she’s feeling uncertain or scared, he’ll take her hand and lead her out of it.
Yes, that’s blood and yes, it’s black now. I didn’t think they’d change it after they showed red blood on the knife back in episode three, but maybe that was different because it was fish blood and there was less of it. I’m also surprised that Asami was the target since I thought that if Kajii was going to go after anyone, it’d be Nanaka. But Nanaka barely showed up this episode, and I guess is just another way for Asami to get involved in Shuri and Shuusuke’s story.
As for the twins, watching the vice-principal talk like the accusations of the love hotel against Shuri and Shuusuke were true was so incredibly frustrating. That really made me want to punch him. Anyway, it wouldn’t shock me if the accusations were concocted by their stepmother since we found out in this episode that she’s nowhere near the victim that she looked to be when Shuri said all those things about her back in episode seven. All of this just serves to push the twins closer to each other, and I’d almost say we’re in store for an incest ending (I kept thinking that the two were going to kiss or something in that very last scene this episode), but my gut tells me it won’t happen. The preview seems to hint that something bad is coming, but it’s titled 「告白」 (Confession), so who knows…