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「東堂・狩野」 (Toudou / Karino)
Toudou / Karino”

Episode at a Glance:
Still upset about how Tadashi fails to recognize her feelings, Akira ends up running into Sakura and forming a male harem with her out of spite for their failed relationships. Having seen Akira crying though, Megumi suspects that something’s wrong, but Tadashi tells everyone otherwise, even though he knows it’s due to what happened earlier. Noticing that something’s up, Kei recommends that Tadashi go to the top floor bathroom, where he knows Akira is throwing a marriage meeting party. With Tadashi picking up on Kei’s help, Hikari is left to fill in for him.

Meeting with Akira, Tadashi apologizes, but she feels that she should be the one apologizing instead. Unable to say so though, Akira breaks down in tears, inadvertently slaps Tadashi when he reaches for her hand, and runs away. Seeing this, Sakura takes it upon herself to beat Tadashi up, sending him flying outside, where Yahiro finds him and helps him out. While tending to his wounds in the infirmary, Yahiro reminds Tadashi of how he sneaked out with Akira during his birthday party to show her the night sky. Meanwhile, Akira is reminscing about the same thing—how she freely explored the outside world for the first time, and how she started liking Tadashi. Believing she’s always been in an unrequited love, Akira blames herself for acting so selfishly and not saying anything to Tadashi when he finally apologized, but Hikari soon arrives and suggests apologizing in return.

During the cultural festival wrap-up bonfire, Akira finds Tadashi in the garden, so he takes her on a motorcycle ride to see the night sky. Back at Kokusen, Jun brings Sakura some food and tells her that her dress suits her, much to her delight, while Kei saves Hikari from burning herself to death. At the same outlook as before, Akira decides to give up her wish and asks Tadashi if he remembers the form of gratitude she gave him. Taking his hand like before, Akira teaches Tadashi some more dance steps before deciding to go buy some juice. At the vending machine, she decides to clearly say her feelings before bottling them all up, which Tadashi happens to overhear. Embarassed, she punches him and runs off, but after contemplating about covering it up, she runs back and tackles Tadashi, saying that she does like him and is sad that he told her to go find a partner at a marriage meeting. In tears, she apologizes, so Tadashi says there’s no need to lie anymore, hugs her, and tells her not to go to the marriage meeting. Feeling that these were the words she’s wanted to hear, Akira is finally relieved, while Tadashi recalls how he confessed to her when they were kids, but Akira didn’t hear it because she was half asleep.

Back at the Hakusenkan greenhouse, Kei is rubbing it in Hikari’s face how he earned the most proceeds at the host club, while Akira is outside with Tadashi and hesitent to enter. However, Tadashi takes her hand and suggests going in, but gets hit for not being embarassed at all.


Next Episode:
「歌声・悪者」 (Utagoe / Warumono)
“Singing Voice / Bad Fellow”

Wow, Megumi speaks for the first time ever! Granted, it was only in her thoughts, but at least they were words this time rather than just sounds. Series firsts aside, this episode mainly revolved around Tadashi and Akira as the title indicated, but there were some brief moments between Jun x Sakura and Kei x Hikari as well. For a rather “mushy” episode, the main source of comedic material was undoubtedly Hikari, but Sakura definitely helped stir things up too.

For Tadashi and Akira in particular, I enjoyed watching the two of them get together in a similar manner to their childhood, which included a bike ride and a subsequent dance lesson. Despite his goofiness most of the time, Tadashi is surprisingly dependable, so I actually find that they make a good couple. Up until now though, I was a bit uncertain about whether or not Tadashi ever saw Akira as more than a friend, but the flashback showing him confess to her when she was half asleep quickly revealed that he always has. For keeping his feelings bottled up all this time, Tadashi isn’t so different from Yahiro, who was probably the most influential in getting him and Akira together. Speaking of Yahiro, it was first helping Kei and Hikari and now Tadashi and Akira (the latter couple at his own expense), making me wonder who will come along and make him happy. The preview hints that it might be Megumi, but that pairing seems quite odd to me, so I’ll hold off on any premature conclusions for now.

Finally, I’m wondering what the insert song in this episode is, as it wasn’t listed in the credits. I have a thing for well-placed insert songs as they really help set the mood, especially in romantic scenarios, so hopefully it gets released in an upcoming single/soundtrack.


- Hanazono Hikari (華園 光) / Gotou Yuuko (後藤 邑子)
- Takishima Kei (滝島 彗) / Fukuyama Jun (福山 潤)
- Toudou Akira (東堂 明) / Nabatame Hitomi (生天目 仁美)
- Karino Tadashi (狩野 宙) / Shimono Hiro (下野 紘)
- Yamamoto Megumi (山本 芽) / Takagaki Ayahi (高垣 彩陽)
- Yamamoto Jun (山本 純) / Yonaga Tsubasa (代永 翼)
- Tsuji Ryuu (辻 竜) / Horie Kazuma (堀江 一眞)
- Saiga Yahiro (雑賀 八尋) / Taniyama Kishou (谷山 紀章)
- Ushikubo Sakura (牛窪 桜) / Kuwatani Natsuko (桑谷 夏子)
- Nagai Mamoru (長井 まもる) / Matsuo Daisuke (松尾 大亮)
- Kokusen female student A (黒泉女生徒A) / Nishino Youko (西野 陽子)
- Kokusen female student B (黒泉女生徒B) / Nanase Ami (七瀬 亜深)

August 5, 2008 at 3:45 am
  • August 5, 2008 at 3:46 amwell

    first comment

  • August 5, 2008 at 3:47 amSack

    I can’t wait to watch this, i’m so excited!!

  • August 5, 2008 at 3:54 amSwiftyfire

  • August 5, 2008 at 3:59 amstella

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  • August 5, 2008 at 4:37 amdivine

    I edited your post with spoiler tags. Please use them in the future if you’re going to reveal such information. Thanks.

  • August 5, 2008 at 4:46 amhobli

    i find megumi and yahiro pretty cute together. can’t wait for the next episode XD Since its a megumi centric episode she’ll most likely talk more (hopefully)

  • August 5, 2008 at 5:19 amkagebutsu

    Lets just hope it doesn’t take a week + to sub this time.

  • August 5, 2008 at 6:52 amGP

    Oh man, they’re moving faster now, or it just seems like that to me. Tadashi and Akira don’t get fully together to kinda later in the manga after some stuff with Hikari takes place first (which hasn’t happened yet).

    I dunno, maybe it’s just me, but are they trying to rush up the pairing and thus end the anime with it’s own original ending? This just feels like we won’t get an s2 at this point. And we’re talking about a manga with 14, maybe 15 now, volumes of story and still going.

  • August 5, 2008 at 10:21 amMan0warr

    They will probably just do all the pairings and relevant episodes. Maybe they will do the Golden Week trip…

  • August 5, 2008 at 10:27 amkp-chan

    I really loved this episode far more than the others.. Maybe it’s because that it focuses on Tadashi x Akira(my fave couple) and the events are heart-taking TwT plus comedic.

  • August 5, 2008 at 10:57 amfiori

    …….I still prefer Yahiro x Akira.

  • August 5, 2008 at 11:09 amstargazer

    I really loved this episode! This episode was Akira’s Character song which is already on Youtube (if anyone’s interested). If I remember correctly, episode 10 had Ryuu’s character song, episode 11 had Tadashi’s character song, and episode 16 had Jun’s character song. They still haven’t done Megumi, Kei, and Hikari’s character song. I just can’t wait for next weeks episode!!!

  • August 5, 2008 at 12:33 pmPhantomX

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  • August 5, 2008 at 1:05 pmdivine

    Hmm, I thought the singing sounded like Nabatame Hitomi…

  • August 5, 2008 at 1:44 pmGP


    Well the scanlated manga isn’t that far yet so I don’t know how it plays out but why is it random? Isn’t the Jun x Sakura just as well? Yet that comes off as fine after a bit.

  • August 5, 2008 at 2:00 pmPhantomX

    Yes, a lot of the pairings are fairly random, only KeixHikari and TadashixAkira really feel fleshed out (and if they’d done it, Akira x Yahiro)

  • August 5, 2008 at 2:31 pmconfuzed

    when will they get back on hikari and kei????? i wanna see hikari realize her feelings for kei!

  • August 5, 2008 at 2:34 pmPhantomX

    @confuzed There’s a turning point in the Hikari x Kei relationship starting either next episode or the one after.

  • August 5, 2008 at 5:13 pmShadow_Strider

    Anyone else feel bad for Yahiro, if he would of been honest about everything in the beginning he would most likely of been a couple with Akira. But since he didn’t want Akira to feel the same pain he did when he found out a kid only liked him for his money, he took all the malice from the one he cared about most just to save her from the same feelings.

    And now that everythings out in the open he wants he to be happy at the cost of himself yet again and doesn’t let her know his feelings…

    His naivety (thinking that becoming the bad guy would save her heartbreak) has cost him a lot.

  • August 5, 2008 at 5:36 pmjns2

    No worries cos megumi will definitly talk next episode!!

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  • August 5, 2008 at 6:13 pmGP


    If he can take that, then it’s a match made in heaven! :)

  • August 5, 2008 at 8:06 pmlily

    I want see megumi x yahiro……

  • August 5, 2008 at 9:22 pmjeffng9

    yahiro x megumi would be like big bully pairing with a timid. thats my view…
    if megumi were to go with yahiro and jun x sakure would that leave ryuu be lonely? >.<

  • August 5, 2008 at 9:29 pmPhantomX

    No one is lonely in this series, haha.

  • August 5, 2008 at 9:40 pmjeffng9

    you sure so far no one is guning for ryuu yet…
    rather than megumi x yahiro i would have my bets on yui (is yui right? the girl who got involve in stealign the jewels from akira…)

  • August 5, 2008 at 10:21 pmPhantomX

    I won’t spoil it, just be patient, haha.

  • August 5, 2008 at 11:17 pmNinja297


    Why don’t you blog Naruto Shippuuden on this website, it’s a pretty great anime. ^_^

  • August 5, 2008 at 11:31 pmPhantomX

    Naruto Shippuden is horrible… I’m amazed he’s even managed to stomach blogging Bleach through the fillers XD

  • August 6, 2008 at 12:09 amdivine

    I do watch Naruto Shippuuden, although it’s been temporarily dropped now due to fillers. I have no plans to ever blog it though, because it would be a ridiculously long commitment.

    While I watch Bleach as well, Omni’s actually the one that blogs it here. Like Naruto though, I’ve also put it on indefinite hold for now.

  • August 6, 2008 at 4:16 amGP


    You’re not the only one, I’m skipping the fillers for both naruto and bleach. I think later on at some point I’m just going to follow the manga because the anime for both adds up to too many episodes, and I keep shows I like around. So that’s alot of HDD/DVDR space heh.

  • August 6, 2008 at 8:16 amEri

    hmm…as much as i’d like an akiraxyahiro pairing, an akiraxtadashi isn’t so bad. akira’s a sadist while tadashi’s a masohist. come to think of it, yahiro’s sort of a masochist but isn’t he a sadist too considering the pain he inflicts to others in some instances? oh well, love makes people do weird things. lol. there’ll be someone for yahiro. he must have a happy ending!

    can’t wait for this episode to be subbed!

    ~ Eri ~

  • August 6, 2008 at 9:53 amyont

    manga is still better even if it kinda follows it….

  • August 6, 2008 at 2:45 pmKillerB

    Man I wish to see Ryuu’s ‘person’ as well.
    Maybe they’ll make another season.

  • August 6, 2008 at 10:27 pmkagebutsu

    Ya naruto is bad, and bleach is catching up with the constant stream of garbage fillers.

  • August 9, 2008 at 2:20 amWestlo

    Ryuu’s one is hilarious…

  • August 11, 2008 at 3:14 amicer1

    I feel sorry for Yahiro he is the forgotten hero in this series. I hope he develops to a main character his story a bit deeper. I wanted to see Yahiro have to… a must.. drop akira for Hikari or Kei. Kei/Hirkari needs a rival.

    How would you expect a kid to act? in Yahiro case the misunderstanding happened when they were kids and then after Akira told him not to go near her after and he hasn’t ever since. So from being a kid to high school. Thats a long time for a choice he made to protect her.

  • August 11, 2008 at 11:16 pmshuffleair

    Hikari is a trap!!! O_O

  • March 12, 2009 at 12:13 amJAIRA

    I REALLY LOVE THIS SHOW WISH THAT hikari and takishima were married and also megumi ang yahiro.

  • December 5, 2009 at 10:48 pmtara

    i really like this episode..
    so sweet..

  • February 6, 2011 at 2:25 amrose_anime08

    …i love this episode!!!
    …akira and tadashi only!!

  • March 15, 2011 at 8:44 amK_K

    i hated this episode