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Summary:

Valentine’s Day is coming up, and Misaki consults with Yoshihiko about what it means to guys since she’s considering giving chocolates to Yuuji. She ends up buying some expensive ones for him, but on the way home, she gets bumped into by someone and their boxes unknowingly get switched. Misaki then runs into Mamoru, and when he sees the chocolate, she jokes that he might not get any this year. Unhappy that Misaki has someone she likes, Mamoru implies that he’d be content with chocolates from only her – and in this case he calls her by her full name – but he runs off in embarrassment soon after. Mamoru’s feelings trouble Misaki, and she schedules another meeting to talk about it with Yoshihiko. Her friends notice, and since Meguru thinks that Yoshihiko might like Misaki as well, she suggests that Misaki find out by standing him up and seeing if he waits forever for her. When Misaki does this, she discovers that Yoshihiko does indeed wait all evening for her, and that just makes her more conflicted about what to do.

Over at the junior high school, Ayumi is depressed because she had overheard the earlier encounter between Mamoru and Misaki. She talks to Koyoi about it, and the two girls realize that both Koyoi’s brother and Mamoru like Misaki. Koyoi also reveals that Misaki likes Ayumi’s brother, and the two devise a plan to get Misaki and Yuuji together so that Yoshihiko and Mamoru would give up on her. They thus track down Misaki to make sure that she gives chocolates to Yuuji, but Misaki has already decided not to because she can’t see the reason why she likes him and because she isn’t sure if she should confess right now. Ayumi, however, tells her that just liking someone is enough and that it’s love if your heart beats faster because of the person. This convinces Misaki to go through with it, and that night she calls Yuuji to set up a meeting the next day, Valentine’s Day.

When the time comes, Ayumi directs Mamoru to go to the spot where the confession will take place, and Koyoi drags her brother there as well. At around that same time, back at the junior high school, Kei tries to give some chocolates to Kusuda, but she realizes that she’s got the wrong box. It was Kei who had bumped into Misaki previously, and she tries to correct things before it’s too late. Ayumi overhears her on the phone talking about Misaki, and in hearing about the situation, Ayumi gets the impression that the mixed up chocolates are dangerous. Using Misao as a mode of speedy transportation by giving him a chocolate and promising him more, Ayumi is able to get to the spot of the confession right as Misaki is about to give Yuuji the box of chocolates. Ayumi kicks it away, but as everyone finds out afterward, the chocolate that Kei was going to give Kusuda was not a bomb – it merely had a kappa figure inside of it. All this causes Misaki to laugh, and she feels relieved now that the chocolates are gone. She decides to apologize to Yoshihiko and Mamoru who had been watching, and she opts to start as friends with Yuuji.

Preview

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Well that was not quite what I expected, but I think everything still turned out pretty well. There could be a lot of reasons they decided to modify the meaning of the chocolate bomber and take out the actual bomber character, with one of the possibilities being that it allowed everything to fit into one episode. They could have also wanted to emphasize the metaphor of chocolates as bombs, which I thought they did quite well, and replacing the bomber with Kei gave some more development to the KeiXKusuda relationship too. The downside is that there’s a little less action and no explosion, but given the heavy emphasis on romance, maybe this is all for the better.

What bothered me a little was that there was a panty shot in one of the more serious moments of the episode when Misaki was apologizing to Yoshihiko and Mamoru. It was distracting in what was otherwise a very nice scene (once again the music was strong). You can’t blame the production team too much since the same shot was in the manga, but I’ll say that it was less noticeable in black and white. The other thing that came up this episode that bothered me was the fact that Mamoru and Yoshihiko look the same. Kawashita Mizuki drew them both a bit too similarly to a prototypical male lead, and I always manage to get them confused, including in this animated version. Certainly having different voice actors helps a little, but even that blended together at one point in my head.

Anyway, next week’s episode is Chikura Nao’s story, and I’m not really looking forward to it because it was probably the least interesting one from the manga. Still, maybe they’ll be able to pleasantly surprise me.

May 30, 2009 at 7:14 pm
22 comments »
  • May 30, 2009 at 7:25 pmManga-Fan

    First!

  • May 30, 2009 at 7:31 pmEliteF22

    Haven’t read the manga before, but when does the story focus on Misao again?

  • May 30, 2009 at 7:34 pmMinnie

    Nao’s story is actually my favorite one from the manga, but everyone to their own’s taste right? ;) I am pleasantly surprised by the changes but it’s not that bad. They made it work. It’s nice when animation studio takes risks and don’t stick to the source 100% and manage to pull it off correctly. ^__^

    Thank you for your blog entry on Hatsukoi Limited like always Omni!

    http://heysayanime.kokidokom.net

  • May 30, 2009 at 8:07 pmThose3Words

    At first i never noticed the similarity between the two guys, then after you pointed it out i noticed other than their hair, their faces are almost identical. I can still differentiate them by their hair though =D

  • May 30, 2009 at 9:36 pmMaka

    Ayumi ftw

  • May 30, 2009 at 9:45 pmJaberlen

    omg they’re up to nao’s story already… it was so sad T_T

  • May 30, 2009 at 10:06 pmmy heart

    awww…they took away the bomber…
    it was pretty funny when the box actually exploded in the river after ayumi kicked it and Yuuji got super scared of Misaki afterwards for “trying to kill him” haha…

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  • May 30, 2009 at 10:53 pmTJ

    Yeah Mamoru and Yoshihiko look like they should be brothers instead lol.

    Mmmm where can I buy the funny chocolate that Kei was planning to give Kusuda?

  • May 30, 2009 at 11:07 pmcoyo

    hmm good looking visuals

  • May 31, 2009 at 12:38 amAbby

    For me, Nao’s history was the most touching and sad, it really made me cry, and I was waiting for it, because that’s what happen sometimes in our lives, the love comes in a late moment or when you can do nothing and have to leave you.

  • May 31, 2009 at 12:52 amSailor Enlil

    Interesting changes made, and the producers sure have a weird sense of humor replacing the Chocolate Bomb with a prank chocolate having a kappa inside it :D

    So instead of being scared of Misaki trying to kill him, in this case Yuuji must think she has a weird view of him :D

    Man too bad Kei decided to abort her move to give the chocolate to Kusuda – it would have turned out really sweet (or not, given Kusuda’s sarcastic behavor :D).

  • May 31, 2009 at 1:21 amWho

    Poor Yoshihiko. I empathize with the guy.

  • May 31, 2009 at 1:04 pmmahaha

    Its going pretty fast…

  • June 1, 2009 at 12:50 pmStever

    I think they need to turn down their bloom setting. Seriously.

  • June 1, 2009 at 10:04 pmRaj

    Wish they had left the bomber in. Noa’s story then hopefully the part with that theater girl the the guys runaway.

  • June 2, 2009 at 8:22 amOnibaku

    I say it’s good that they left out the bomber. It’s just way too unrealistic to mix your chocolate up with a random person carrying a bomb. When was the last time you dropped your bomb on the way to school?

  • June 2, 2009 at 9:27 amPeter Rice

    misao sure has a lots of guys in love with her mamoru and bessho really thought they meant something to her and she apologised like it was nothing don,t get me wrong i do like the misao charcater but i also think she is being selfish oh yea looks like bessho felt like he wasted his time mamoru might nver speak again in misao presence lol high school love is crazy and bad for your health

  • June 2, 2009 at 5:53 pmtakeshi

    ya, nao’s story kinda sucked ass…

  • June 3, 2009 at 8:52 amfail

    So it wasn’t just me that I keep confusing Mamoru and Yoshihiko…
    man, they’re the same ><;

  • June 4, 2009 at 5:48 pmItAintEazy

    Well, Oniiiii-chan has the same Liz Taylor eyes as Koyoi, so that should help you guys out a bit.

  • June 5, 2009 at 9:20 amSS

    Their hairs are different, what’s so hard to distinguish :s.

    I never liked Nao’s story either, bleh.