As Mariya prepares to go to school, the thought of what Takako asked her last time about Mizuho makes her smile. The other girls have been concerned about her, but are relieved when Mariya appears to be back to her normal cheerful self. At school, preparations are being finalized for the festival, and Mariya’s class’s planetarium is up and running. Mizuho finds the cafeteria is full of people because, as Takako explains, the classrooms are full of preparations for the festival, so all the students have to come here to eat. Takako then invites Mizuho outside and gives him some sandwiches that she made. She gets embarrassed by his compliments on how delicious it is and continues to think about it after she returns to the student council room. Later, when they’re walking through the halls together, Takako and Mizuho get pulled into Mariya’s planetarium. When Mariya shows them a scene of shooting stars, Mizuho prays for the success of the play. Takako also prays for something and looks at Mizuho as she does.
After class, Takako warns Mizuho that it’ll get cold tonight, and he thanks her for her concern. On the way home, Shion tells him that she thinks Takako has changed since she decided to do this play. She feels that Takako probably likes him. Later that night, Mizuho is so into reading over his lines as he’s walking through the dorm that he almost falls down the stairs, though fortunately Mariya stops him in time. She gets him to practice a scene with her – a kiss scene – but when it comes time for the actual kiss, Mariya panics and pushes Mizuho away. On her way out, Mariya hurts herself running into the wall and has a bandage on her nose the next day – the day of the festival. Mariya’s job is to stand at the door and attract people to the planetarium, but she doesn’t do it very energetically until Hisako comes by and says something about it. Mizuho is meanwhile visiting Kana and Yukari’s classes, but soon it’s time for Kana’s play. With all the practice she got with Mizuho, Kana gives an impassioned performance in the love story. Watching it reminds Mariya of her own relationship with Mizuho, and by the time the play is over, Mizuho finds that Mariya is already gone from her seat. Mariya has actually gone returned to work at her class’s planetarium.
Next up is Romeo and Juliet. Backstage, Kei tells Mizuho to use his own judgment on the kiss scene, though she also reminds him not to forget what the audience wants to see. Mizuho then spots a nervous Takako, so he goes over and gives her a little push as a good luck charm to get rid of those uneasy feelings. The play starts without a hitch and progresses to the kiss scene where Mizuho fakes a kiss by landing it on Takako’s cheek. However, during the later bedroom scene, Takako doesn’t notice that her dress gets caught on a part of the bed, and it causes her dress to rip wide open on the front, exposing her underwear. Acting quickly, Mizuho shields her from the audience’s view with his cape. With Takako ready to scream from embarrassment, Mizuho kisses her on the lips at the same time that he uses the bedspread to cover her up. This kiss is seen by Mariya, who had decided to return to the auditorium. By the time the scene ends, the audience is cheering wildly and Mariya is gone again. Once it’s all over, Mizuho visits Takako in the dressing room to apologize, but she tells him that she’s not angry as she walks away. Her true feelings are more apparent when she returns to the student council room flustered and breathless from everything that happened.
Once the festival draws to a close early in the evening, Mariya finds herself back in the theater, sitting alone. She doesn’t like Mizuho surpassing her and being kind to everyone; she wants Mizuho to be kind to just her. Mariya is left to wonder if this means she likes Mizuho.
Well, from the looks of this, the end will definitely have Mariya vs. Takako as Mizuho’s choices. I think the series has been leaning Takako more than Mariya, so I think the ending will be like that too. Still, that doesn’t mean Takako is guaranteed to be the one. If there’s anything I learned from Canvas2, it’s that things can be turned upside down pretty quickly. Assuming we do go a Takako route though, she still needs to find out about Mizuho’s real gender and Mariya’s feelings also need to get resolved. Who knows, maybe Mariya will get a kiss too, and that’ll even things out. Still, I’m inclined to believe that the first girl Mizuho kisses will be the one he ends up with (if anyone). The problem is that they don’t have much time left because there are only two more episodes before the end. That’s assuming they don’t go with an “ano ne…” ending that leaves us hanging, waiting for the DVD original.
By the way, did you know they sell OtoBoku Chocolate Crunch?