Elis has trouble sleeping and instead talks with Tomoko about her brother and Kiri and how she feels alienated. Tomoko asks the important question of whether she likes him as her brother or as a man. The next morning, Elis has to be woken up by her brother. He doesn’t stay for long, and Elis ends up alone by the waterfront. Shouta shows up and invites her to eat some chipped ice, so she goes with him. Hiroki comes and scolds the two for sitting around, but Shouta stands up and takes responsibility. Later that day, Elis goes to the same open air bath that Kiri is in. Elis tries to figure out what happened back then and learns that Kiri got rejected in her confession.
Elis remembers when they were young and Hiroki taught her how to swim. She recalls how her brother liked Kiri back then. When night comes around, it’s time for the test of courage. Elis gets paired up with an easily frightened Shouta, and Hiroki ends up going with Kiri. Elis is fairly immune to all of the scares, that is until a costumed monster approaches her and causes her to faint. After Shouta leads Elis away with his arm on her back, Misaki tells Kana that Elis was frightened because the costume was red. Kiri is just about as scared as Shouta was, so Hiroki takes her back down the mountain, but the two accidentally see Shouta confess to Elis. Elis starts crying, so Shouta apologizes and the two return back to the hotel. Hiroki and Kiri are reminded of Kiri’s confession, and then a sudden noise causes Kiri to jump into Hiroki’s arms. The two embrace and both seem ready to kiss, but Kiri pulls away at the last second when she remembers Hiroki rejecting her back then. Kiri changes the subject, acting as if nothing happened, and the two also go back to the hotel.
Two big events happening in one small spot: first, Shouta confesses to Elis, and though she doesn’t directly turn him down, she does start crying. And unbeknownst to her, Hiroki and Kiri saw it all, and even have a moment of their own afterwards. And since I prefer the KirixHiroki pairing over the ElisxHiroki one, I was really cheering Kiri and Hiroki on at the end there, but it just didn’t happen. Hiroki’s rejection of her back then must have made a REALLY big impact if she can pull out of a kiss at the last moment there with the mood right and everything.
So what impact does this have on Hiroki? If he had more-than-brotherly-feelings for Elis, than someone else confessing might have made him jealous or depressed. But he mostly seemed surprised and it felt more like a parent watching on than a love interest. So at this point, it feels like Hiroki is only romantically interested in Kiri. But if Elis is supposed to be the female lead, then where does that leave her? I guess there are 19 more episodes to develop that. Next episode is the summer festival! And that means yukata 😀