Kimi ni Todoke – 20
The night after Tooru leaves with his fiancée, Chizuru finally decides to bring Ryuu his present. When Ryuu sees her though, he comments on how she’s late and how his brother wanted him to tell her that she should show up properly when he visits again. This angers her, and it doesn’t help that Ryuu goes on to admit that he’s relieved that things finally turned out like this because it means that she can give up on Tooru. Chizuru ends up throwing the present in Ryuu’s face before running off, and she avoids him at school the next day. Sawako and Ayane are really worried about their friend, particularly since they feel that they can’t do anything for her, but Kazehaya tells them that it should be encouraging for Chizuru to know that they’re concerned about her.
Things come to a head during lunchtime when Ryuu stops Chizuru in the hallway to make her stop ignoring him. Chizuru thinks that Ryuu should apologize, and when he makes it clear that he has no intention of doing so, she questions if he’s always felt that it’d be better for her to get her heart broken quickly. Ryuu confirming that he did causes her to declare that she didn’t fall in love to get her heart broken and that she didn’t come over to his house yesterday to see Tooru. She admits that she wanted to, but she felt that she couldn’t and had instead come later to give Ryuu his present. What he said then still angers her, and she now storms off again, leaving behind all the bread she bought for lunch. Having witnessed most of this, Ayane and Sawako catch up with her, and Sawako isn’t able to hold back her emotions any longer. Seeing Sawako cry leads to Chizuru crying as well, and she finally expresses her frustrations about Ryuu. However, she realizes that she’s most angry at herself for taking it out on him like this because she had wanted to give him his present cheerfully. Ayane and Sawako support her and urge her to keep letting out her feelings, and Chizuru feels better afterward. Meanwhile, Ryuu calls his brother to tell him about the bread he got.
I had somewhat mixed feelings about this episode. I liked the observation Kazehaya made, and there’s clearly a lot of emotion throughout the episode, but I didn’t actually feel any significant emotional impact from it like I did at the end of last week’s episode. Part of it may be that most of those emotions were coming from Chizuru, yet I found myself not particularly sympathetic towards her character. As blunt as he was about it, I think that Ryuu was ultimately right about her, and that in turn made the extended focus on Chizuru’s frustrations feel dragged out. What she needs is probably just closure on her Tooru crush and the whole marriage thing, and the person who can do that is Tooru himself. Hopefully that’s what will happen next episode since it looks like Tooru will come back to talk to her, and maybe Chizuru will finally realize Ryuu’s feelings as well. Either way, I can’t imagine this arc going on for much longer, if for no other reason than the fact that the series is close to over and likely needs to go back to Kazehaya and Sawako’s relationship for the finale.