WHITE ALBUM – 07
Yuki successfully finishes recording her song after Rina advised her to put more spirit into it and promised to take her to a store with delicious cheesecake. Misaki meanwhile moves in with Touya’s father because he can provide her with a sewing machine and a place to work. She and Touya then start working, and Touya doesn’t go home for the night. When he wakes up the next morning, he remembers that he has to go tutor, so he rushes off to Mizuki Mana’s home. He doesn’t realize until he meets her that she’s the same girl that tried to help him back when he was trying to meet up with Yuki, and he initially thinks that he’s her sister’s tutor. Mana, however, reveals that she’s an only child. When Touya tries to give her a test to determine her proficiency, she refuses to take it at first and claims that she won’t go to college. Touya tries to convince her otherwise by telling the story of how he worked hard after his mother died, and she eventually just takes test. While she’s doing so, she asks him about meeting Yuki and brings up how she saw him with a girl the other day. Touya explains that it was a senpai from his university and tries to explain what was going on, but Mana calls him unfaithful. The conversation then turns to the entertainment world, and Mana comments disdainfully on some of the artists out there. She also still refuses to believe that Touya is going out with the idol Yuki, but she does manage to impress him by getting all the answers correct on the test he gave her.
Misaki picks Touya up that night and the two head to Echoes for some food, and while they’re there, Rina comes in. She’s looking for Touya, but when she sees him with Misaki, she walks off into the back of the cafe. Touya goes after her to clear up the misunderstanding, and the two descend to the basement area where Eiji is. Rina tells her brother about what she just saw and is concerned about how it’ll affect Yuki, but she goes on to suggest that if Touya were by her side all the time, then she’d be able to watch over him. Eiji is against the idea and gives his reasons why, but they put off making a decision because they have to head to the studio. They take Touya with them, and even though he thinks that he has to help Misaki still, she’s already gone home without him. While in the car, Touya tries to call her, but she doesn’t answer the phone. Meanwhile, at the TV station, Yuki passes by the female idol group that messed up her outfit a while back, and this time, they pull her hair and elbow her. Yayoi is ready to do something about it, but Yuki calls her back and doesn’t create a commotion. Over at Touya’s apartment, Haruka has come by to see him again, but he’s not there, and the neighbor yells at her for continuously ringing the doorbell. Haruka ends up crying and wishing for Touya and her brother, however she eventually leaves, and by chance, Mana sees her on the road. Touya by now has arrived at the studio with Rina and Eiji, and as he listens to Rina sing, he realizes that she’s on a different level.
Well that was an interesting episode. I still think they could speed up the pacing a little, but I’m enjoying the series more now that all the girls are active in the story, especially Mana. Well, enjoy might not be the right word in all cases. It was rather frustrating to watch Yuki keep Yayoi from doing anything to those girls – I mean, I understand that Yuki doesn’t want to cause an incident, but those girls really deserved to be slapped. Hopefully Yuki will get her revenge in a different way, but knowing how passive her character can be sometimes, she probably won’t. It was also frustrating watching Misaki, but that was a different kind of frustrating. I said last week that I don’t really find her character interesting, and those feelings didn’t change – I wouldn’t mind if we didn’t see her or any of the drama club stuff again. On the other hand, I did enjoy Mana’s playfulness, am curious about what’s going to happen to Haruka (I don’t quite sympathize for her yet though), and the end of the episode made me wonder again if anything is ever going to happen between Touya and Rina. We’re already halfway through the series, so if something is going to happen, it’d have to happen fairly soon or else there won’t be much time left for that kind of drama.