Hiroki and Kiri are sent to Sendai for a first-year teacher training conference. Yanagi had called Kiri wanting to do something on the weekend, but she turned him down because of work. Everything seems to go smoothly in Sendai until the Kiri and Hiroki get stuck in traffic on their way to the train station. They end up missing the train and are forced to stay for the night. They find a traditional inn to stay in, but the old lady running it at first mistakes them for a married couple. Although they clear it up and get separate rooms, Kiri gets freaked out by the doll in hers. She gets so scared by the place that she has Hiroki stay in the changing room keeping watch while she’s in the bath.
Back in her room, something almost happens between the two, but a well-time phone call from Elis interrupts them. Kiri goes to bed after Hiroki returns to his own room, but she wakes up in the middle of the night to the sound of a crying girl. Hearing her scream, Hiroki comes and comforts her. He takes the doll back to his own room, but when he comes back, he finds Kiri asleep again. Sugihara, who Kiri had tried contacting earlier, returns the phone call at this time. Because Kiri is sleeping, Hiroki picks it up. Having figured out who Hiroki is, Sugihara makes it clear to him how important he is to Kiri. After hanging up the phone, Hiroki gets up to leave the room, but the sleeping Kiri keeps him there by holding his hand. She wakes up in the morning to find Hiroki next to her in bed, and her hand resting on his hand. Though the two are closer now, the trip back on the train is still a bit awkward.
Canvas2 meets Jigoku Shoujo…well, not quite, but it’s fun to think about it like that. I kept expecting the doll to come to life or something, but this is the wrong show for that. Anyway, this is a KirixHiroki episode, and while they do technically end up sleeping in the same futon, their relationship didn’t really advance that much. Though he knows how she feels, Hiroki still seems to be playing it safe, which is a bit frustrating for those of us viewers who want to see them get together.
But….next week will Yanagi makes his move. I, like many of you, still believe that Yanagi is the key to getting Hiroki and Kiri together. If he does indeed confess to Kiri like the preview hints at, then maybe it will finally force Hiroki to do something big.