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Short Summary:
Still recovering from the breakup, Yamato and Honoka have an awkward moment when they bump into each other before class. Over lunch, Yamato tells Yasunobu what happened, and later, the entire track team, including Miki, learns of their breakup after Honoka doesn’t show up for practice. Miki feels bad for Yamato, but Suzuka says that Yamato is just suffering the consequences for what he did. Meanwhile, Honoka tells Nana of the breakup, and notes that Yamato still has Suzuka in his heart. However, she blames herself for what happened, and wishes she had more self-confidence. Nana cheers her up by saying that Honoka is cute and that there’s someone else out there for her. Feeling better, Honoka arrives at practice the next day, believing that when she gets more self-confidence, she and Yamato can start over again.
During practice, Yamato is chosen to be a member of the relay team. Miki is happy for him, but Suzuka is still angry from their last conversation. Miki waits for Yamato after school, and asks him about what really happened. Yamato admits that the breakup was because they fought over if he still liked Suzuka, but he doesn’t want Suzuka to know that. Seeing Yamato talking like that, Miki decides to invite him out to dinner. When the two are walking home afterwards, Miki is glad that Yamato is looking more energetic, and encourages him to continue with track and field.

With this episode, we learn more of what Honoka and Yamato are thinking. Honoka seems to still like Yamato, but wants more self-confidence first. Yamato, on the other hand, still likes Suzuka, but doesn’t want her to know that that’s part of the reason he and Honoka broke up. Boy this is sounding more and more soap operaish. Anyway, I think Yamato redeems himself somewhat this episode, but the character who gained the most points is Miki, who helps raise his spirits.
I’m a bit surprised that they only covered two chapters worth of material (54 and 55) this episode, but the pacing was fine. Animation was also good, though for some reason the eye blinking of a few characters stuck out (have they always blinked like that and I just haven’t noticed?). I’m glad that these episodes are getting better, but I wish that this was also true for all of the past episodes which looked horrible. Next week’s gonna be more Miki, Yamato, and Suzuka, and based on the preview, it looks like they’ll be going back to three chapters next week. The main reason chapters are important is because the manga readers have a feeling that the animated series will end at a certain special point in the manga, but the anime will only get there if it covers roughly 3 chapters a week.

November 16, 2005 at 5:57 pm
  • November 16, 2005 at 6:45 pmtunemeister

    wait is he geting with miki now? that’s just not right

  • November 16, 2005 at 6:58 pmkaito

    he is geting with miki? o_O”

  • November 16, 2005 at 7:00 pmBlah

    Miki was great in the manga chapter and now this ep.

  • November 16, 2005 at 7:15 pmfisherman horizon

    nah, it’s just her helping yamato to get his spirit back. she’s encouraging him only.

  • November 16, 2005 at 8:37 pmFury

    well most likely the anime will end after yamato and suzuak get together as a couple. so thats around 73-6 ish

  • November 16, 2005 at 9:06 pmDan

    I must say, Miki look very charming in the middle picture of the last row.

  • November 16, 2005 at 9:07 pmOmni

    She looks even better in the manga :P

  • November 16, 2005 at 9:15 pmcleanwater

    i wish i could read the raw manga >_

  • November 16, 2005 at 9:28 pmfisherman horizon

    I think probably end around chapter 72-73. Sort of calculate, they are now aiming at 2-3 chapters per episodes. by the way, they are adding a new character to heat things up in the manga, but definitely wont appear in anime. :)

  • November 16, 2005 at 9:30 pmDan

    AH…Suzuka’s beyond chapter 80 now…

  • November 16, 2005 at 11:31 pmDan

    Oh nevermind, I misread fisherman’s horizon. Yeah, I’d think the anime may end around 72 as well. We’ll see.

  • November 17, 2005 at 12:40 amfisherman horizon

    that’s ok. at least the anime “should” have a good ending. the manga, at this rate, who knows what would happen… dont really like the way they are heading..

  • November 17, 2005 at 1:38 ambj0rN`-

    Yeah!!! Miki Miki Miki MIKI!!! She’s cute!

  • November 17, 2005 at 5:33 amKira Takuto

    Does Miki tell Suzuka the truth about why Yamato and Honoka broke up? I saw the raw chapters but I can’t read Japanese =P.

  • November 17, 2005 at 5:43 amRasmiel

    This is so wrong. Honoka is still attracted to Yamato? Wrong, I tell you, it’s all wrong!

  • November 17, 2005 at 6:04 amBlah

    Honoka is too dense/stupid to realise she’s never in Yamato’s heart in the first place. But hey, if she wants another good stab in her heart, just read chapter 74, when she see Suzuka and Yamato holding hands and going home together.

  • November 17, 2005 at 7:13 pmSuginami (rus)

    The real idiot is still Yamato-chin, I guess in last life he was a loser-boxer… =)
    Miki sure is cute, more than that, I like her the most from all girls of this series) *sign*

  • November 17, 2005 at 9:53 pmJustinstrife

    Miki fan forever!

    Same with Satsuki from Ichigo 100%. Too bad they never get a happy ending. :(

  • November 19, 2005 at 12:55 pmSei

    Hmm it seems like this epi its gonna be very interesting.. ^^ hope the next one would be aswell
    THo…i dont think this is any of honoka or suzukas fault for all this feeling mixed up its all Yamato he’s getting confusing about his TRUE feelings its all his fault that he changes side *tsk tsk*

  • November 29, 2005 at 8:29 pmAznSoulBoy

    LOLL ya miki is like satsuki. very similar LOL. what they hold their hands T_T? i want yamato ends up with miki LOLOL