Hiroki tries to play off Elis’ confession, asking if it’s April Fool’s. Knowing that Elis is serious Hiroki tells her that he’s always considered her his little sister. Elis runs to her room crying, and acts quite sullen the next day. At school, Elis tells Kana that she still hasn’t decided whether or not to go to France. Kana’s research of Hokkaido also reminds Elis of the anniversary of her parent’s death. With her thoughts all muddled about, Elis is a bit clumsy during art class. Meanwhile, Hiroki is asked by Kiri to go fishing, which he accepts after she promises to make lunch. At home, he looks for his fishing rod, and notices that Elis there. After she doesn’t come home that night, Hiroki looks in her room and finds a note saying that she went to her grandmother’s place.
There, Elis places some flowers on her parents’ graves. She and her grandmother share several happy memories of her parents, including one time when she made a wreath of flowers for her mother. Elis visits one of the rooms in her grandmother’s house where a painting Hiroki drew hangs, and she remembers watching him draw it when they were young. At home, Hiroki worries about her enough to cancel his fishing excursion with Kiri (who ends up picnicking with the director of the school). He eventually calls his grandmother and then shows up at her place. On the way to the cemetery to find Elis, he receives and sends multiple messages from and to Kiri. At the cemetery, he gets another one asking where he is, but his cell phone’s batteries run out so he can’t reply. He and Elis return home by taxi, but there’s a clear divide and awkwardness between the two.
I really can’t believe that Hiroki tried the April Fool’s line before he actually turned her down. The actual rejection amounted pretty much what you’d expect: Hiroki sees her as a little sister. That ties together again near the end of the episode when Elis remembers
Hiroki’s painting, which leads her to remember Hiroki saying (right before the rejection) that he’s known her since she was little. And Hiroki and his real love interest Kiri share several messages throughout the day, including when Hiroki is rushing to the cemetery to find Elis. It’s a sign that Hiroki holds Kiri more importantly when he stops midway through calling out Elis’ name to answer Kiri’s message. And then he keeps his cell phone on while in the cemetery and even reads Kiri’s message while Elis is praying, which is kinda rude if you ask me.
So for the most part, this episode reinforces that Hiroki cares for Elis as a little sister, but cares for Kiri as a romantic interest. Yes, he does cancel his promise to go fishing with Kiri, but I think that’s more out of brotherly worry.
Anyway, next week is the sports festival and Elis’ birthday. I sense another Elis-centric episode.