Asa’s heart is in confusion after one of the most popular guys in school, Takizawa, confesses to her. Though she thinks about Takizawa a lot during the next day, her thoughts always come back to Rin. With a lot on her mind, Asa hurts herself attempting the high jump during PE class. Rin ends up walking her home and staying over for a bit, since her mother isn’t home. After Asa goes off to change clothes, Rin needs to use the bathroom, so he goes to find it. He instead walks in on Asa about to use the toilet, triggering an awkward moment. Afterwords, Asa and Rin talk about when Rin left Kaede in Asa’s hands so that she could learn to cook. Asa says that she feels envious of Kaede for getting so much attention from Rin. The conversation topic switches to Takizawa, but Asa still isn’t sure about her feelings. As Asa tries to get up, her injury causes her to fall on top of Rin. The two get very close to kissing, but Asa’s mother arrives home just in time to interrupt them. The next day, Asa formally rejects Takizawa, giving him back his gift.
I was hesitant going into this episode because of the different art style/character design. Fortunately, I was pleasantly surprised with how it turned out. The only time you could really notice a difference is on a close-up shot (which there were plenty of), but I was very pleased with the way the excellent character designs. I would even go as far as to say I prefer this style over the norm – it feels more detailed.
Bonus points to the production team for telling this story from Asa’s point of view. This episode would not have been nearly as good if we had followed Rin around instead. I definitely came out of this episode liking Asa a lot more as a character, so I think the writers did their job. Asa is no longer just a supporting character in my eyes ; she’s undeniably a contender. If only her mother didn’t interrupt them…Rin was about to kiss her!
It seems that we are rotating through the girls since the next episode preview shows Rin on a date with Sia. I hope we can get as good an episode next week as we did this week.
Closing thought: Rin’s expression when he walked in on Asa in the bathroom was priceless.