Elis is in the hospital after her accident, but it appears that she got off with relatively minor injuries. She feels that she’s being a burden, and Hiroki does his best to cheer her up. Her friends come to visit, though Tomoko is noticeably absent because she had something else to do. Kiri also comes bearing flowers. She and Hiroki leave to fill the vase with water, and on the way back, Kiri confesses that it’s her fault that Elis had an accident. Kiri can’t stop saying sorry or crying, so Hiroki pulls her up close and tells her that although he doesn’t know what happened, she doesn’t have to apologize. Elis, who came out of her room looking for something to drink, catches the two embracing. She stays out of sight and wonders why she’s feeling so lonely if she already gave up on her brother. That night, Elis tries to use the color red while painting, but fails to squeeze it out of the tube. When Hiroki makes her go to bed, she tells him that she wants him to sleep beside her. Hiroki joins her in bed only after she says that when she goes to France, she won’t be able to depend on him any longer. Elis takes his hand and holds it to her face because it’s the hand that cooks, the hand that washes her favorite shirt, and the hand that paints.
The next day, Elis gets a visit from Shouta. He brings with him another vase, but notices the one that Kiri had already put the flowers in. Elis tells him that it was brought by the girlfriend of the person that she likes. Seeing Elis’ sad face, Shouta transfers the flowers over to the new vase. He then tells her that his own feelings towards her haven’t changed. After Shouta leaves the room to wash out Kiri’s vase, Elis once again tries to use the red paint. This time, the memories of her accident cause her to have an anxiety attack. It quickly passes because Hiroki shows up, however Elis isn’t happy that Kiri is standing right behind him. Shouta returns with the vase, which Kiri tries to take back. The ever-so-wise Shouta puts two and two together and blurts out his realization that Kiri is the girlfriend of the person Elis likes. This catches everyone off-guard, and Elis runs out of the room in tears. She ends up outside by the Christmas tree, which is being decorated by some kids under the care of Tomoko. Tomoko tells Elis about her own heart problems and hospitalization, but then notices that Elis has been painting because of the red markings on her hand. However, Elis says that she still can’t use red. Tomoko reveals that she’s been running away from her surgery. But she doesn’t feel that way anymore and instead thinks that if she’s alive, she can do anything. Elis feels ashamed that, in terms of her brother and in terms of painting, she’s only been going around and around in a circle without moving on. As night falls, Hiroki finds Elis still outside by the Christmas tree. She admits that she still likes her brother, but her brother is her brother and she doesn’t have any more feelings past that. The Christmas tree lights up at this point, bathing the two in white and red light. Elis feels that the red color is beautiful. She’s ok now.
LOL@ Shouta for screwing things up. That scene seems like it’s supposed to be serious, but I laughed really hard when Shouta blurted out what his bright mind just figured out. Of course the overall episode has a much more serious tone, though I’m not entirely sure I wanted to see another episode of Elis angsting over her brother. I thought we were past that after episode twelve. And it still remains to be seen if she can actually use red to paint. So overall, I feel that this episode is treading over ground that we’ve already covered, serving mainly to recover Elis from her accident (which turned out to be a lot less traumatic than I would have guessed).
Having said that, I did enjoy how the important scenes were carried out, from Hiroki comforting Kiri (and Elis discovering the two) to the final scene where Elis tells her brother she’s ok. Maybe it would have had even more impact if it were actually December instead of March and I was in a more Christmas-y mood to hear The First Noel (that’s the background song playing at the end).
I’m pretty sure now that Elis is going to go to France and that Hiroki will end up with Kiri. All that’s really left for them to develop is how Hiroki gains back his drawing ability. Only two episodes more episodes left!