Filled with anger at his friend’s betrayal, Tsukasa kicks Rui out of the F4. However Rui doesn’t seem to mind too much and takes Tsukushi out on a date, which has its share of awkward moments including when Rui walks in on Tsukushi on the toilet. Tsukasa confronted Tsukushi about the date before she left, trying to give her one last chance to stop seeing Rui, but she refused. He had followed her and Rui to the mall and they run into each other outside of a cafe. After Tsukasa asks Rui what his intentions are, Tsukushi and Tsukasa start bickering like a couple of little kids. Tsukushi eventually pulls Rui off to the park, where Rui reveals that he already knew about the thing that Tsukushi had seen in a magazine and tried to keep a secret from him: Shizuka’s rumored engagement. Meanwhile, Yuuki is trying to get in touch with her ex-boyfriend Nakatsuka, and finally sees him with another girl one night. He pretends not to know her, which causes her to run off in tears. Sojiro happens to see her crying on a street corner, cheers her up, and offers to help her get revenge. They track Nakatsuka to the movie theater, where Sojiro shows him up by taking his girl, but then goes and calls Yuuki his favorite. He even gives Yuuki the opportunity to return the favor and say that she doesn’t know who Nakatsuka is, which she takes. On the way out, Nakatsuka runs into Tsukushi and calls her weird again, this time to her face. Realizing the truth about Nakatsuka and why Tsukasa hit him, Tsukushi delivers a punch of her own. Meanwhile, the F4 gathers outside and tempers flare, resulting in an all out brawl between the guys. When they’ve finally exhausted their anger, the apple theme comes back to bond the four of them together again. At home, Tsukushi opens the cell phone that Tsukasa gave her and writes an apology mail to him. With him on her mind, she even pushes Rui away when he tries to kiss her the next day. She’s happy when Tsukasa calls her and the two make up, but that happiness is shattered when she learns that her father’s been restructured at his job (right after he got promoted to chief clerk too).
Thoughts for this week:
-Rui walking in on Tsukushi when she’s on the toilet created lots of laughs for that scene.
-Shizuka seems to be engaged now, but I doubt that Rui’s given up on her. That’s part of the reason why I keep thinking that he’s not taking his relationship Tsukushi completely seriously.
-Sojiro and Tsukushi give Nakatsuka what’s coming to him. Sojiro even threatens to pull out his internal organs lol.
-In fact, Sojiro seems to be all over the place in a short amount of time, going from that street corner to home to the movie theater and avenging Yuuki to brawling with the others in the F4.
-Speaking of which, the cheesiness of the fight is incredible. All of those punches looked sooooo fake.
Not a bad episode, but nothing terribly special. The series feels like it’s lost a lot of the momentum that it had in the first few eps. Maybe this back and forth between Tsukushi and Tsukasa is getting a bit old, even with Rui competing for her.
And, if rumors are correct and there are a total of nine episodes, then there’s just two more to go. Like a lot of other people, I wonder how they’re going to end this (or what part of the manga they’re going to end it on).