WHITE ALBUM – 08
After hearing both Rina’s perfect performance and a tape of Yuki’s raw vocals, Touya heads to the roof of the recording studio, and that’s where Rina finds him. The two talk about how he didn’t want to hear Yuki in that way and how Eiji and Yayoi are trying to tell him that Yuki doesn’t have time to waste on him, and Rina in the process reveals that she’s no longer her brother’s favorite. She tells Touya how her brother quit being a singer because he was sick of it and how he lost interest in the himself who couldn’t change anymore. That led him to put his sister out into the entertainment world, but now, two years later, she’s reached a similar point, and he’s moved on to Yuki. Rina tells Touya to believe in Yuki’s talent like her brother does, and she also asks him about Yuki not being a goddess. Touya’s answer is that he sort of found Yuki around him, so Rina claims that she’s not envious but a little frustrated. Rina feels that Yuki is still in a place where Touya can reach her, and she jokingly tells him not to think of herself as a goddess anymore because she could become a devil the next day. She also gives him her schedule and invites him to come see her whenever he wants.
Meanwhile, unbeknownst to Touya, Haruka is being accosted by a couple of thugs on the street. Mana fortunately saves her, but one of them still gropes Haruka before running off. Afterward, Mana tries to talk to the Haruka about the person Haruka refers to as her brother, and Mana herself ends up talking about the person she refers to as her brother, except that the details she gives are from Touya’s life story. Haruka stares at her but doesn’t respond, and that leads to Mana questioning if that person is really Haruka’s brother. Mana accuses that person of being her boyfriend, but by the time Haruka says clearly that Touya isn’t, Mana has already disappeared. Touya – who spent the night helping Misaki – finds Haruka in his bed the next morning, after apparently having entered his apartment via his balcony. Regardless, Touya goes about his life for the next several days, not taking Yuki’s phone calls and helping Misaki whenever he can. Yuki eventually decides to call Touya’s father’s house, and when Misaki picks up because Touya is out, Yuki assumes that Misaki is helping take care of Touya’s father.
Touya is at that moment out with Haruka in order to search for a birthday present for Rina. Haruka wonders about Yuki, but Touya knows that Yuki’s own birthday isn’t until the following month on Christmas Eve. Neither of them notice that they’re being followed by Mana. The next day, over at Ogata Production, Eiji is on the phone with a rival company’s president and has to allow them to take an arena as a venue because he lost a TV ratings contest. While he’s in the middle of then telling Yayoi that the stage has been set for next month, Rina interrupts him, so he tells her what he was about to just say about Yuki. Yuki meanwhile is still unable to get in touch with Touya, and she’s not able to talk to him until she accidentally runs into him at the studio giving a birthday present to Rina. There’s a stark silence between the two when given some time alone, and Yuki finally asks Touya what he’s doing on Saturday, the day of the school festival. Touya thinks that he’ll probably be on school campus, so Yuki suggests that they go, and she then leads him to the recording studio. Touya is subsequently confused to see Yuki at Rina’s recording session and wonders why Yuki is singing Rina’s songs. Yayoi ends up taking him home, and when she tries to make a move on him this time, he embraces her back.
There were some more new images for the ED, this time much prettier than the previous ones thanks to the snow effects and other animation combined with scenic photography. The song’s been growing on me as well – it’s probably one of the better songs from this season.
I found this to be a much more interesting episode than the past couple of weeks, partially because there’s less Misaki and more of everyone else and partially because big things actually happened this week. After all that distance between Yuki and Touya and the silence when they finally did meet by accident, I don’t really see them as a couple anymore, and Touya unconsciously or not probably realized something similar. Yuki didn’t even get all that jealous when she caught him giving presents to another girl, or at least she didn’t show it. In other words, there’s a question of how much they really love each other. That’s not to say that Touya is justified in finally giving in to Yayoi since he’s technically hasn’t yet broken up with Yuki and since he’s more at fault for not doing anything to save the relationship than she is, but at the same time there have been a lot of forces working against him, and I find it hard to really hate him (at this point anyway). I still wouldn’t mind if he somehow ended up with Rina instead, and Rina might be open to that as well.
In any case, it looks like this might be the start of a lot of the big angst and drama, and I can’t say that I’m not looking forward to it. Any type of song competition between Rina and Yuki would probably be pretty fun too.