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Summary:

At home by herself, Noe talks to the photo of her grandmother and says that she found a very important person who can help her with her tears. When Jun returns home moments later, Noe tells him about how Shinichirou said that he liked her and asked her out. Happy for her, Jun hugs his sister. Meanwhile, at the Nakagami house, Shinichirou struggles to draw more of his picture book and instead thinks about what’s happened recently between him and all three girls. In Aiko’s case, after she had kissed him, Shinichirou had told her that he couldn’t look at her in that way because he thinks of her as a childhood friend and as Nobuse’s girlfriend. Aiko had been quiet as Shinichirou hurried out of the store, and it’s not until later that night as she’s remembering all this that she really starts to cry about it. After class the next day, Nobuse invites Shinichirou to Aiko’s store, but Shinichirou claims that he has a date with Noe. He finds Noe out in the chicken pen holding Jibeta in her arms, and when he asks her what she’s doing, she explains that Jibeta seemed to be cold. Unbeknownst to the two, Hiromi sees them chatting happily together, and she refutes the idea put forth by her friend Tomoyo that Shinichirou had feelings for her.

After leaving school, Shinichirou and Noe head to the waterfront, and Noe takes a moment to enjoy the ocean breeze. She soon notices that Shinichirou doesn’t look very cheerful, so she has him squat down. To Shinichirou’s surprise, Noe hugs him and explains that he also seemed to be cold. When she then asks him what he sees behind her, Shinichirou observes the sky, and Noe reveals that she wants him to be always looking at that. Shinichirou realizes that he’s never seen the sky in this way, and the sight of it causes him to begin reciting the lines from his picture book. Excited to hear the story of Raigomaru, Noe wants Shinichirou to hurry up with writing the rest of it, so Shinichirou gets to work when he returns home. After he reads her more of it the following day, Noe expresses how happy she is that he’s brought Raigomaru back in his picture book. She feels that both he and Raigomaru will be able to flap their wings eventually, and she even goes as far as to suggest that this will become his wings. Noe then kisses him on the cheek and admits that she’s quickly falling in love with him. As the two continue to get closer, Hiromi sees them together more and more, and it gets to the point where she dreams that she sees them about to kiss. She wakes up from that dream thinking about her younger self crying and not wanting to be left behind.

The next morning, when Hiromi runs into a very cheerful Shinichirou, she briefly comments on how well he’s getting along with Noe. She then speaks with Shinichirou’s father who urges her to talk to him if anything happens because he considers her a child in his family. He also notes that Hiromi’s movements resemble her mother’s a lot, and once she’s out of earshot of him, Shinichirou’s mother tells Hiromi the same thing, except that she treats it in a negative way because she sees Hiromi so easily winning guys’ hearts. Hiromi is actually going out with Jun today, and when they meet, he observes how it’s always snowing when he sees her. She says that she wants to go to a city where it doesn’t snow, and the one place Jun can think of is the one that embodies the only thing the two of them have in common. That thing is basketball, and the place turns out to be the school gymnasium where Jun proposes a free throw game. The stakes are that each basket made means that the other person has to answer a question honestly. Jun is willing to let Hiromi shoot from the free throw line while he shoots from three-point range, but she insists that he shoot from half court.

Hiromi ends up getting two baskets to Jun’s none, and for her first question, she asks him about the number of boys that Noe has gone out with. His answer is zero, and he suggests that she’s got the wrong idea about Noe because of the various rumors. Hiromi thinks that this means Noe is a strong girl, but Jun reveals that Noe used to cry all the time. It was only after a certain event – their grandmother’s death – that she stopped crying and became a strong girl. Hearing Jun talk about all this causes Hiromi to call him a siscon (sister complex), and for her second question, she asks him why he’s going out with her. After Jun admits that it was because of the deal with Shinichirou, Hiromi wonders if this means that if either side breaks up, then the other side will break up too. Jun finds that idea troublesome and suggests that he’ll do whatever Hiromi wants. As the two are leaving the school building, they happen to run into Shinichirou and Noe who had just arrived. Noe is here to see Jibeta, so Hiromi joins her at the chicken coop while the boys sit together off on the side. The smiling Noe reveals that she thinks a little better of Hiromi now and explains that Hiromi was the first person to fight with her. Hiromi, however, coldly comments on how Noe’s cute smile and innocent face so easily won over Shinichirou’s feelings. When she realizes what she just said, Hiromi decides to go home.

Jun follows Hiromi and hears her admit that the words that inadvertently came out of her mouth were her true feelings. When Hiromi says that she doesn’t want to feel that way, Jun comments on how easily life would be if they could control their feelings as ideally as they’d like. All of this reminds Hiromi of how Shinichirou’s mother had treated her the same way she had just treated Noe. At home, Hiromi finds some burnt scraps outside in the snow and identifies one as part of a picture with her parents in it. She confronts Shinichirou’s mother about it, and though she claims that she doesn’t blame Shinichirou’s mother because she’d probably have done the same thing in that position, Hiromi still gets angry because it was her own mother. Hiromi feels that it was a mistake for her to come here and, before running out of the house, she apologizes for everything up to now. The only place she can think of to go is the Isurugi house, and she uses how Jun had said that he’d do whatever she wanted in order to get him to take her somewhere where it doesn’t snow on his motorcycle despite of the hazardous snowy road conditions. The two happen to ride pass Shinichirou and Noe on the road, and Hiromi and Shinichirou recognize each other as their eyes meet for a split second.

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They present here the idea that Hiromi is like Shinichirou’s mother, and it makes me wonder if those parallels have any other implications. Maybe Hiromi will learn from Shinichirou’s mothers’ mistakes and decide to give up on Shinichirou in the end if she sees him falling more and more in love with Noe. That’s assuming that Shinichirou is going to end up with Noe – something that I’m much more willing to believe after seeing this episode where a large part of it was focused on showing the pair growing closer. Still, there’s always the possibility that they’ll come back to the sister thing and reveal that its not true, and that could make things really interesting if Shinichirou and Hiromi still have feelings for each other.

On the other hand, I think it’s pretty safe to say that Aiko has no chance anymore after Shinichirou (predictably) told her that he couldn’t see her that way. Barring any surprises, I think Nobuse’s the only person who can give her a happy ending here. Speaking of which, the biggest shocking moment this week didn’t occur in the episode but rather in the preview for next week where it appears that Hiromi is taking her clothes off. The only hint of who she’s doing it in front of is what appears to be a red colored sleeve, and that would point to Jun. I get the feeling that it’s a red herring though, and that the shot of the police car with flashing lights might be more important. Perhaps there will be a motorcycle accident?

February 23, 2008 at 3:29 pm
111 comments »
  • February 26, 2008 at 12:42 amdx

    Setsuna F:

    I am in agreement with you, beauty is subjective and yes, Ai Chan has the best qualities amongst the 3.

    I also have an inclination or itch that the story between those 2 hasn’t been resolved yet, even with a few episodes left. What makes Ai Chan attractive is her responsible demeanor of having her own resto at that age. She has the capacity to take care of Shin, being older and that you could compare the dynamics of this relationship to why Hiromi looks up to Shin.

    Hiromi might be the best looking, but it’s character that counts. Hiromi;s destructive jealousy was a turn off, and just a “woe is me” tantrum that needed to be done with Jun.

  • February 27, 2008 at 2:54 amesco

    That red shirt looks like shin’s, she may be showing him a birthmark or something that may have left a scar in the past.

  • February 27, 2008 at 12:27 pmMike

    I freaking love this show. The scene where Hiromi realizes she’s talking like Shin’s mom, by the chicken coops, is amazing. Great animation.

    My vote is for motorcycle accident next week, but maybe they just get pulled over or something.

  • February 27, 2008 at 5:23 pmRapser

    la serie esta que promete, muy buen capitulo, nos vemos.

  • February 28, 2008 at 1:37 amdx

    If there was a bike accident, it shows Hiromi in a later scene, BUT Jun is nowhere to be seen so some unfortunate event must’ve happened. The police car also added to the speculation.

    On Shin’s mom, I just can’t feel sorry for her having all that negative emotions pent up after all these years against Hiromi. Maybe the saying “the children pay for their parent’s sins” are true, but she has gotta let up.

    On another note: Moetaku’s translation when Shin finally lets his emotion speak to Noe…

    Moetaku subs say’s it ‘I LOVE YOU NOE.
    Woof (Ayako) subs says it’s “I LIKE YOU, NOE”

    That’s a big difference in translation, and confusing to a lot of non-Japanese speaking viewers.

  • February 28, 2008 at 10:14 amsetsuna f. seiei

    ^ so the subs really misleads the people here… and it shows the difference in emotions of the characters in the anime…

  • February 29, 2008 at 7:02 amiHeartU.!

    i REALLY DOUBT THAT HIROMI IS GOIN TO DO IT WITH JUN> i really doubt it even has to do with sex. i really do. the creators so far have tricked the scenes up in all the previews up to the point where something completely different happens from what they are showing at the end of each ep.

  • February 29, 2008 at 7:03 amiHeartU.!

    OH SHOOT> YOU DONT KNOW WHAT COLOR SHIRT SHIN IS WEARING LOL>>>>>>>> HAHAHHAHAHHAHA. jk

  • February 29, 2008 at 6:08 pmdx

    >>so the subs really misleads the people here… and it shows the difference in emotions of the characters in the anime…>i REALLY DOUBT THAT HIROMI IS GOIN TO DO IT WITH JUN> i really doubt it even has to do with sex

  • March 1, 2008 at 1:18 amdx

    gome…my comments got cut off. The summary is that that looks like Noe’s coat in the Hiromi undressing scene, and that Jun is nowhere to be found in the previews. That could explain the police car.

  • December 18, 2008 at 6:01 amfoxy12

    i know i’m late but this show just keeps on gettin better
    poor aiko-i feel for her the most at this point..she’s a lone(shin ttly rejected her) and she won’t be able to see nabuse cuz of the guilt.she scrifised and wasted haif her life goin after shin and ended up losin everythin..her friend,her brother but mostly her deginity(after offering herself to shin by force)what makes this heartbreaking is that she was even wilin to become a bad person for him(she loves him this much?).why is she insultin and lowerin herself so much?..the aiko part of this episode was honestly depressin just like episode 6 and 7.seein her and nabuse is heartbreakin(him tryin so hard to get her to open up and her not bein happy and not wantin to hurt him anymore)
    she kept on goin after shin for so long and she’s fully a ware of this.it’s her fate,destiny to lose it all(such a sad character)and she has to accept it no matter how painful it is.she knew it was comin all along(her losin everythin)but she was in denial(she knew she was makin mistake)
    somethin hurts her so bad that it doesn’t matter anymore.she was scared of it(losin)and refused to accept her fate .she kept on clingin to that tiny shred of hope such a hopelessly human thing to do that she and shen might get toegether someday even if it’s a rebound love(love sick)if this was school days i couid see going for pity sex(too bad shin is not mokoto LOL)ppl say she has the least problems .i say she’s messed up/screwed/wako even more than noe rlly(her and heromie have too much problems)her love for shin is so unhealthy.heromie and noe are healther.even if aiko got together with shin she’d still not be happy(she’s not happy,never was and never will be happy becausce it’s a gainst her fate) and even if she got together with nabuse she’d still feel guilty ..that confession came out of pure depression (she’s was desperate and frustrated)i’m sure aiko never wanted it to be that way(the confession)she wanted to tell him in a different way and not grab him and kiss him and scare the shit out of him (mayb kiss him)but not by force(what kind of gurl who forces herself on a guy who doesn’t even like her just so he wouid at least look at her where’s her deginity? she was ttly forcin herself on him(she seem passionate)it just shows that she’s been sufferin for so long and was very desperate .it’s like she wanted him to feel sorry for her(she insulted herself)she couidn’t even tell him how she feels and kissed him sneakly behind the towel(she was scared and knew that she’d face rejection)if she didnt manage to put an impact on him all these years then he’s definitly not the one.stealing a kiss is not gonna change all that .as much as she want’s him to he won’t/will never go for her not even a rebound love(pity gurl)not even by force.i’m askin u aiko fans is what aiko doin normal or healty ?and u tell me she shouid end up with shin because she is cute and the one with the least problems?noe is cute too and her love for shin is healther same goes for heromie(only if they’re not siblings)it’s sad because she loves him the most and sarifised so much and did the worst for him she wanted to give all to him(even if it means givin her verginity) and he shut her down so hard without even sayin a thankyou tellin her he’d forget and pretend it never happend (after what’s she done for him all her life gone with the wind)and i don’t blame him for rejectin her(it’s won’t be fair for both noe and nabuse)was wastin her life worth it?aiko’s love for shin is almost forbidden because of the many obstacles they have:
    1-he loves heromie
    2-the brother/sister relationship they have and that he see’s her as a childhood friend.
    3-he’s datin noe and she’s datin nabuse
    4-the friendship between him and nabuse(which is very strong)
    aiko built those obstacles herself (she built so many walls between her and shin)and they kept on growin(tellin him he’s like a brother to her,helpin him undestand heromie,datin nabuse)she was tryin desperatly to forget all a bout shin only to realize that she’s even fallin for him more than before(i don’t think she kept nabuse all this time only to use him)she wanted to give him a chance .maybe because she never expect to get anywhere near shin(she wanted to give up on shin)she doesnt wanna hurt nabuse but she’s hurtin him and herself and seem to hate herself for it that why she asked him to let go of her (she wanted him to hurt her and break up with her first).how can she remove all these obstacles by herself?why shouid she struggle through with it?why go for someone who won’t/will never like her?if she continued to do this she couid end up losin her mind rlly and go school days on him.

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