WHITE ALBUM – 05
Touya takes a shower after Yuki does, but by the time he comes out, she’s already asleep. Deciding to let her be, he tucks her into bed and leaves. He finds Yayoi waiting for him downstairs, and she offers him a ride because she wants to talk with him. Claiming that she’s not telling him not to see Yuki, Yayoi explains how her concern stems from an incident back when Rina had just debuted. They had been betrayed by a production head, and Rina had gotten photographed buying cigarettes from a vending machine for him. Yayoi attributes Rina and Eiji getting through the scandal to their own strength, but she isn’t sure if she could protect Yuki in a similar situation. With all the work Yuki has to do now for her debut single, Yayoi doesn’t want Touya getting in the way, and she offers herself as a replacement. Touya is shocked when she puts his hand on her chest, and he makes her drive him home. Not giving up so easily, Yayoi shows up at his door later and convinces him to accompany her to a movie and dinner. At the end of the date, she kisses him and offers him some money, but he doesn’t take it.
When Touya gets back home, he finds a manuscript written by Misaki waiting for him. Misaki wants his opinion on it, so he starts reading, but he’s interrupted by a phone call from Rina. She wants to talk to him about something, however since he’s not available when she is, the two have to put it off. Later that night, Touya gets a call from Yuki, but he doesn’t pick it up and feels sorry the entire time the phone is ringing. At school the next day, Touya tries to meet with Misaki, but he’s late and misses her. He talks instead with Akira and informs him about the manuscript, but Akira ends up telling him to stop forcefully trying to bring him and Misaki together. What Touya doesn’t realize is that Misaki wanted his opinion before presenting the manuscript to the drama club, and although the members ultimately decide to go with it, they force her to make the costumes and props for it despite her objections. Yuki meanwhile finishes her vocal practice with Eiji and has Yayoi take her home, but along the way, the car passes by Haruka, so Yuki gives Haruka a message to pass to Touya: she won’t sleep tonight and will be waiting. After getting the message, Touya thinks it over and remembers everything Yayoi’s said to him. He ultimately decides to go see Yuki, but before he can get out the door, he gets a call from Misaki. When he hears her say that she doesn’t know what to do and ask for his help, he thinks to himself that he’s the one who doesn’t know what to do.
The song didn’t change, but the images that went with it did. I’m not sure if this set has any more significance or meaning than the first set though – if it did, it went over my head.
Well if there was anything eye-opening this episode, it was Yayoi’s advances. Right as I was starting to think this might be a slow episode since Touya and Yuki didn’t end up doing anything, Yayoi puts Touya’s hand on her chest and later kissed him. That’s certainly one way to spice things up. What I don’t understand is why she’s so motivated to protect Yuki like this. I mean, she clearly wants Yuki to succeed without Touya getting in the way, but it’s a bit extreme to be selling her own dignity and body in exchange. For the sake of Yuki and Touya ending up together though, it’s a good thing that Yayoi was so lifeless and business-like in doing it because I suspect that if she had turned up the charm and really tried to seduce him, she could have succeeded.
Of course, it still isn’t so easy for Touya and Yuki to get together, and the newest obstacle looks to be Misaki. My impression from the first episode was that Misaki would be a stronger character than this, almost like an older sister type, but this would seem to disprove that. Now if only Touya was better about knowing when to ignore the phone and when not to ignore it. As someone who’s entrenched in technology (as I’m sure many folks out there are), it’s very frustrating for me to see something like communications in the 1980s get in the way of things. But I guess if Touya and Yuki are ultimately able to get through it all and end up together, they’ll be stronger because of it. The question is if they will be able to.