Elis has been working very hard on a painting of a ringed planet for a contest. Unbeknownst to her, Hiroki meets with Kiri at a restaurant to trade a fluorescent light for an exam prep book. Elis emerges from her room in time to see Hiroki come home. Since Hiroki is holding the education specialty exam book, Elis assumes that he’s been studying, and Hiroki goes along with that excuse. At school the next day, Hiroki learns from the director that he got an “A” on his teaching evaluation, and is even invited back to the school once he graduates. During lunch, Kiri gives Hiroki a boxed lunch that she made comprised of the stuff he had wanted to eat at the family restaurant the night before. Mad, Elis leaves the lunchroom after realizing that Hiroki had lied to her about studying the night before. Elis angsts until Kana makes her buy a copy of her own book about a girl confessing to a boy. Elis reads it, and even makes Hiroki read it. The next night, after discussing the book a bit, she joins Hiroki in bed, hugging him tightly from behind. But when Hiroki turns around, coming within inches of her face, Elis panics and quickly leaves the room.
Elis later learns that she won a special award from the contest and now has the opportunity to study abroad in Paris for one year. Everyone seems to be happy for her except Elis herself. At home, Hiroki and Kiri throw her a party, but Elis blows up on Kiri, asking why she is there with them and telling her to go home. After Kiri apologizes and leaves, Elis accuses Hiroki of regarding Kiri as more important. But Elis doesn’t want to leave him for Paris, and confesses that she likes him.
A decent episode, but I’m not a huge fan of Elis (which is who this episode focuses on) or her angst. I’d be very surprised if Hiroki doesn’t reject her in some way. His look of surprise is most likely from the suddenness of the confession and not from him not having figured out that Elis has liked him since way back when. I almost hope that Elis would actually go to Paris, so that we can start developing the HirokixKiri relationship more, but I doubt that’s gonna happen. Don’t get me wrong, Elis isn’t a character that I hate or anything – I’m just getting restless waiting for Hiroki and Kiri’s story to get going.
Having said all of that, I also admit that I wanted something to happen between them when Elis was in bed with Hiroki (the same way I felt when she did that before). And I rather did enjoy the confession scene if for no other reason than my favorite BGM was playing during then. Next week looks to be a lot of memories of the past, so I’m not exactly looking forward to it (though young Elis is kind of cute).