It appears that Aisia still has not been successful in reviving the tree, and she can only think about what Sakura had said the previous night. At school, Junichi notices Aisia’s absence, but Moe, Nemu, and Sakura all show up in school uniforms to distract him. Miharu is especially working hard to push Nemu onto Junichi, though Akishima-sensei soon interrupts them. Soon it’s pool time and the entire gang dresses out and has a lot of fun. Nemu catches Junichi ogling at Moe, who’s writhing into a fence after being hit in the head with a ball. Junichi makes his escape, and spots Aisia walking past the front gate. He invites her to join them in the pool, but she leaves after hearing Sakura call for him. Worried about her, Junichi follows Aisia to the lighthouse by the sea and tells her to go home. When she refuses, Junichi surprises her by asking where she wants to go then.
That night, Nemu tells Junichi about a test of courage, and he decides to go with her and Aisia. Miharu meets them there and sends them on their way after putting Junichi and Nemu together and pulling Aisia aside for scare duty (despite the fact that Aisia wanted to be with Junichi). Junichi can tell pretty quickly that all the scares are really his friends, but Nemu is frightened anyway. They work their way through the checkpoints on Miharu’s list, but when they get to C-Point, they discover Kotori talking with Moe in the bushes, which doesn’t make for a very convincing scare. The girls give Aisia a Frankenstein mask and send her towards the two, which does end up scaring them and causes Nemu to run off scared, with Junichi in tow. Aisia, obviously not amused, questions if this was supposed to be fun and walks off. Junichi and Nemu reach an opening where Sakura finds them and tells them that everyone has been doing this for their sake. She shows them the meteor shower that’s just starting, and then quietly leaves the two alone. Meanwhile, a frustrated Aisia reaches the old sakura tree. Under a sky of falling meteors, she begs for everyone’s happiness. As the next morning dawns, we find Aisia sleeping in that same spot, but it appears that the tree has started to sprout something distinctly pink.
This episode really emphasizes how much Aisia has been missing the point. Her ideal for happiness centers around love, and she’s blind to the fact that everyone is quite happy as is. But despite this, she’s actually successful at reviving the tree, which ends up being the only real plot progression of the entire episode. Don’t get me wrong though, I enjoyed all the humor since we’ve had quite a lot of drama/angst recently. They used in some of the more comedic animations too for several of the scenes.
Since the tree has finally been revived, I expect next week to be a pivotal episode. The Newtype spoilers specifically mention that the girls’ feelings are starting to change little by little. I hope that they will focus on Kotori in particular, but I’m more inclined to believe that the story will continue to center on Aisia, Junichi, Nemu, and maybe Sakura. In any case, D.C.S.S. has been slowly getting better, so I hope that the upcoming climax doesn’t disappoint, however it ends up working out.
Closing Thought: A hint at the future? Episode 25 is simply called 「ダ・カーポ」 (“Da Capo”). Remember folks, Da Capo literally means “from head” and is a musical expression that means “from the beginnning.”