WHITE ALBUM – 06
After Misaki informs him about what she has to do for the drama club, Touya calms her down by offering to help her. He then heads out to Yuki’s apartment like he had planned, but when he sees Yayoi in her car at the entrance, he decides not to go up. The next day, Touya learns from Akira about how Misaki had rejected the head of the drama club a long time ago and how that guy is using her now. Touya remains resolved to help her, but for the time being, he has work at Echoes. Yayoi finds him there around closing time and offers to take him home. She knows that he’s been keeping himself from seeing Yuki, and she kisses him to reward him. He pushes her away though and gets out of the car, only to find another girl waiting for him in front of his apartment: Misaki. She’s finished the designs for the costumes and wants him to look them over. Misaki isn’t feeling too well however, so Touya tries to make her some coffee. When he realizes that he’s out of milk, he heads out to buy some, but by the time he returns, she’s already asleep on his bed. He takes the chance to go through her designs, and he likes what he sees. As he’s writing some comments in the sketchbook though, his phone rings.
The caller turns out to be Yuki, and Touya doesn’t tell her about Misaki – he even lies to her about what he’s been up to. Despite this though, the two apologize to each other for everything that’s gotten in their way. Yuki eventually has to hang up the phone because Yayoi walks by, and she ends up feeling so bad about making the call that she reveals to Eiji while in the recording booth that she called Touya. The next day, Touya wakes up to find Misaki gone, though she left a note of thanks. He tracks her down later at school and learns that the designs were approved, so he decides to help her buy materials. While they’re shopping, Misaki almost falls, and although Touya catches her, it reminds her of a traumatic incident with the head of the drama club two years ago. Unbeknownst to Touya, he’s spotted by the high school girl he met at the train station back when he was trying to find Yuki, and she decides to follow him and Misaki. Meanwhile, Yuki’s recording session hasn’t been going well, but Eiji isn’t ready to give up. They are interrupted when Rina comes by for a visit. By this point, Touya and Misaki have returned to school and are trying to get some room to work along with access to a sewing machine, but they’re turned down. Touya, however, has an idea.
For someone who I was originally told was a bad/unfaithful male lead, Touya so far hasn’t been all that horrible. He’s not great of course and lies to Yuki a lot, but now that I’ve seen more of him, I don’t think he’s in the same class as Makoto from School Days and Takayuki from Kiminozo (the two characters I’ve seen him often lumped together with) – at least not yet anyway. He’s been able to more or less hold off Yayoi’s advances, and he hasn’t made any real moves on Misaki. If anything, his downfall will be being too considerate to Misaki – that might come back to bite him in the ass since Mana saw him with her. In terms of Yuki, he’d probably be better off making a decision once and for all about where he wants to take their relationship at this point (i.e. not be so unresolved that he’s turned back by the sight of Yayoi’s car). Yuki needs to be a little more assertive as well, and the two really just need to communicate with each other better. Given that we’re only halfway through the series though and in a setting without cell phones, that’s probably not going to happen.
As for this episode, it didn’t do much for me overall. To be honest, I don’t really care for Misaki’s character or what she’s going through, and I’d much rather see more Rina involvement, good or bad. I did find the question mark on Mana being a goddess pretty amusing though, and now that I think about it, I wouldn’t mind more Mana screen time either.