Takemoto remembers back to the time when the group searched the fields for the four-leaf clover, a time that they won’t forget. The important things from back then include:
-meeting Hagu for the first time
-Yamada’s one-sided love for Mayama
-Hagu’s trip to the art shop with Morita that ended in tears
-Morita giving Hagu his scarf and kissing her
-Morita leaving for America
-Nomiya trying to win Yamada over
-Mayama’s relationship with Rika
-Takemoto’s soul-searching journey on his bike
-Takemoto returning home and confessing to Hagu that he likes her
It seems that in the present, Takemoto has been learning to drive and has received his driving license. To Takemoto, they have started to turn again.
ED: 「スプリット」(Split) by スネオヘアー (Suneohair)
Watch the ED! Mirror 1 Mirror 2
So I’ve honestly never been much of a YUKI fan, but the OP song isn’t bad – an average YUKI song. The animation sequence this time doesn’t involve food but rather has a spinning statue of a unicorn, a lion, a poodle, and a bird. That statue changes into various forms, from being made up of money to flowers to honey. The honey drips down onto a pancake labeled Honey and Clover. It’s keeping true to the honey and clover theme, much like the PV for YUKI’s Dramatic from last year. 🙂 The ending sequence meanwhile is very reminiscent of Waltz‘s, but with the character’s outlines featured. I like the song Split, and I want to hear more of it.
So this turned out to be mostly a recap episode with some new material at the end where we see Takemoto getting a drivers’ license. I honestly didn’t have much of a problem with the first episode being recap, despite my high expectations. I was still excited to see the new OP and ED, and the recap meant that I didn’t need to rewatch the first series again lol. I really liked Takemoto’s line at the end saying that they’ve started to turn because one of this series recurring themes is things turning (the bicycle wheels, the rooster weathervane, etc). It gives a sense of “some things haven’t changed” along with “and here we start again.”
There was an insert song this episode, played during the scene showing Takemoto’s soul-searching journey, Spitz‘s 「仲良し」 (Nakayoshi). It’s been uploaded at its usual location (if anyone still remembers from last year). The song is originally from Spitz’s 「運命の人」 (Unmei no Hito) single from 1997.
And so next week starts the new material. The preview during the credits makes it look like it’ll be focused back on Yamada, Mayama, and Rika. Something to look forward to in another week 🙂