As Rin starts spending more time with Asa, Kaede’s mental situation gets worse and worse because of how much she devotes her life to him. The breaking point comes when Rin and Asa come home together, and Kaede assaults Asa in an attempt to get her to leave and give Rin back. Asa collapses because of this, and it leads to Rin spending even more time with her at the hospital. He comes home only to rest, and on one of these occasions, he tells Kaede all about Asa’s relationship with Ama. In response, Kaede comments on how Rin always only worried about people who were suffering, and she wonders if it would be better for herself to suffer more. Kaede then takes a shower and goes back to Rin’s room naked in order to convince him to stay with her. He runs out and doesn’t come back until the next day after he’s made up his mind to move out. Still reeling from this decision, Kaede goes out and happens to meet up with Asa. She admits that she had done some horrible things to Rin and wanted to devote her life to him as atonement, but she realized that she only wants to be with him. Since she can’t even forgive herself, Kaede finds it natural that Rin would choose Asa over her. Asa tries to apologize, but Kaede has decided that no matter what happens, she’ll continue to love Rin. She feels that Rin will be happier with Asa, though she still wants to be able to love him forever. After the two girls cry together, Kaede runs into Rin and tells him about the conversation she just had with Asa. Rin makes it clear that although he does love Asa, he like Kaede too, just not as a lover. Kaede ends up crying to Rin and admitting that she loves him.
The second half of Kaede’s story covers episodes 19, 20, and 21, but of course only the Kaede parts. I’m slightly disappointed by the fact that they showed the scene where Kaede was stirring something in a pot as she talked with Primula, but they didn’t add on the extra few seconds showing Primula later discovering it was empty. I think it adds a lot of emphasis to Kaede going crazy, but since they put so much Kaede material together, it might not really have been needed. Also, as was expected, all of Kaede’s nudity was censored out.
Four more episodes of recap until (hopefully) we get to some new stuff…