WHITE ALBUM – 09
Touya and Misaki have managed to complete all the costumes and props, but when Misaki brings them in to school to show the members of the drama club, their leader Tamaru insists on monotone colors. That doesn’t give Misaki much time to change things, and both Touya – who is already so exhausted that he fell asleep while tutoring Mana – and Touya’s father have to help. They manage to get things done on time though, and Misaki delivers the stuff by herself because she wants to let Touya sleep. While he’s out of commission, he misses both Mana and Yuki at the festival. Mana runs into Haruka – who she still thinks is Yuki – and cheers on the real Yuki who makes an appearance on stage. When Touya does finally get to school, he first runs into Akira who’s in costume and asks about Misaki. Touya then finds out that Yuki at the festival, and he remembers how she had asked him what he was doing on Saturday. Given that he’s missed her, he goes to watch the rehearsal of the drama club members instead, and he calls up Misaki afterward to give her an update. What Touya doesn’t realize is that Yuki is trying to reach him from the TV studio via his apartment phone, and he instead goes to her apartment building and yells from the ground floor to no avail.
The following day is the day of the play, but Tamaru refuses to let Misaki have seats. Touya wants to just go buy a ticket, but Misaki doesn’t think that’d be possible for the two of them because of Tamaru. Instead, she leads him around a passage through the auditorium warehouse to a spot where they can watch the play, but it starts before they can get there. Given this, they take a break for some drinks and reminisce about the past, and Touya eventually says that he thought that she’d be with him and Yuki forever. He uses this to start talking about Akira’s feelings for her, but Misaki doesn’t want to hear it and moves further down the dark hall. She accidentally loses her footing though and falls, in the process causing a bunch of metal rods to fall on top of her. Realizing that Misaki hurt herself, Touya wants to go get help, but she stops him and insists on him staying there. Misaki admits all the jealousy she’s gone through over him and nearly confesses her feelings, but he stops her by kissing her. Eventually pushing him away, Misaki reminds him that he has Yuki, and she takes responsibility for everything by claiming that it was all a lie. She calls herself tainted and evil, and when Touya tells her that he loves her, she claims that she doesn’t return those feelings.
Misaki yells for him to leave, so Touya does, but he sends someone back in his place: Akira. Akira chooses this moment to confess to Misaki, and he accompanies her as the paramedics eventually carry her away. With his own emotions still in turmoil, Touya wonders what to do and thinks about Yuki.
So as I watched the end of this episode, particularly towards the end, I could sense that Something Big was happening. However it all transpired without evoking a single emotion from me other than maybe some confusion. I mean, it’s clear that Misaki had some feelings for Touya and perhaps him for her, but I didn’t think it was nearly to this level yet, and even if this was a reflection on Touya’s state of mind with regard to his relationship with Yuki, the entire scene just felt so very forced and artificial. And I’m not even going to go into the inclusion of Akira at the end. My view is basically that they tried too hard for a big climactic scene for a girl who’s not either of the female leads.
Of course, it doesn’t help either that, as I’ve said a couple of times in the past few weeks, I’m not a fan of Misaki’s character. I still think should have just given her screentime to Rina, who along with Mana are probably the only two characters I care about at this point (the Mana scene this week was cute). As that implies, I’m hoping they don’t go for a TouyaXYuki ending, There are still four episodes left though, so it’s probably too early to be talking about that.