At the hospital, while Asa is recovering, Ama asks to speak with Rin. After asking him if he likes Asa, Ama confesses that she’s responsible for Asa’s suffering. Asa wakes up sometime during the night and sees Rin holding her hand. At home, Kaede is regretting everything she did and cries on Primula’s shoulder. Kaede gets a phone call from Rin saying that he’s not coming home, but she stays up all night anyway watching over his dinner. When Rin gets home, he tells Kaede that he’s not going to school, deciding to sleep instead. Kaede visits home in the middle of the day, and catches Rin as he’s leaving. She starts asking why Rin is still going to the hospital. She runs upstairs crying after Rin says that she’s acting strange. Eating a boxed lunch together at the hospital, Ama suggests that Rin and Asa should go to college together. Rin and Asa are generally acting a lot like a couple these days. Meanwhile, Kaede is once again losing it partly because of her lack of sleep and constant crying. Hearing Rin talk about Asa later, Kaede mentions how Rin is always worried about Asa, but doesn’t notice that she is also suffering. After a bath, Kaede goes straight to Rin’s room and climbs into bed with him while still naked. She doesn’t want him to go anywhere, and promises to always take care of him. She leans over to kiss him, but Rin runs out despite her pleas for him to stop. He runs to the park, angsting about what to do. It starts raining by the time he finally makes a decision. Rin returns home the next morning to announce to a shocked Kaede (and Primula) that he’s leaving this home.
For a little while during the episode, I actually though Kaede was going to recover, but then she loses it all over again. Rin’s pretty all-about-Asa these days, and the neglect for Kaede clearly shows. I honestly thought she was going to try to kill Rin again or something, but she surprised me by instead jumping (naked) into bed with him. Rin resists the temptation and runs out; at least that incident finally shocked him into thinking about what he needs to do. Moving out may not be the best idea, but we’ll see where it takes him. Ideally I think he should take some time out and sit down with Kaede to work things out, but there’s no suspense/drama/angst in doing that. And aside from Kaede, the other big loser here is Primula, who, as Zyl has noted before, is seeing her perfect family image being shattered.
However, there is no more doubt in my mind that Rin likes Asa, especially since they were talking about their future in the hospital. All that’s left now is how they’re going to show her ending while weaving the conclusion of the Kaede story in. That is unless they go and pull a fast one, showing something completely unexpected. But, since they’re evil and not giving us a preview, I have no idea what to expect from the next episode.
Closing Thought: I got DCSS vibes when Rin angsts about everyone’s happiness.