Yamato goes to school with Suzuka, but is left out of both Suzuka’s and Yasunobu’s circle of friends. He’s feeling alone when a beautiful girl approaches him. She introduces herself as Sakurai Honoka and claims to know Yamato from long ago. Before he can ask her more, the teacher comes in to start class. Off to the side, Suzuka notices that Honoka was talking with Yamato. After school, Yamato asks Suzuka to go home together, since she asked him earlier to help her carry sports drinks, but she brushes him off. Instead, he gets acquainted with Honoka and learns that he helped her out in the past and the two made a promise to keep a secret. After Yamato remembers, Honoka asks to walk home with him. Suzuka, after practice, finds Yamato waiting at the school gates. Apparently, he turned down Honoka so that he could keep his promise with Suzuka. However, because he waited for her, Yamato develops a cold the next day. After noticing that Yamato was missing, Honoka visits him at home with Yasunobu’s help. They talk, and as she’s about to leave to get some groceries, she catches Suzuka about to ring the doorbell. Suzuka walks off without going inside. Dinner that night is cooked by Honoka, but is crashed by Yasunobu and Saotome. After everyone is gone, Suzuka brings over some honey and lemon drink and eggs. The two have another moment together.
Yes I know I keep saying that I’m doing this subbed, but I apparently have a lot of free time on my hands on Wednesdays.
We are introduced to one of my favorite characters, Sakurai Honoka. Unfortunately, I really don’t like the voice actress they gave her. She just seems to deliver the lines rather flat. I really hope that Hosono Yumiko-san can ease into the role a bit more, else I’m going to have a really hard time liking some of the more dramatic episodes involving Honoka in the future.
I am beginning to like the music of this series more and more. Just has a quaint slice of life feeling. The animation quality varied quite a bit, and I hope it gets more consistant as we go on.
This episode covers up to the end of volume one of the manga, which I think is a pretty good speed; plus they’re following the manga pretty closely. That means they’re on pace to get through some six volumes, but I suspect they’ll throw in some original material, so we’ll see. I’m looking forward to next episode as it has a very good SuzukaXYamato scene.
Edit Several Hours Later: Made a correction thanks to what Mentar pointed out.