Makoto is at school thinking about Kotonoha’s invitation to the pool when Sekai notices his ticket and thinks that he got it from Hikari. As it turns out, Hikari also has tickets, and she wants to invite Makoto’s friend Sawanaga, so they all end up going on the same day. At the pool, Sawanaga is thrilled to see the various girls in swimsuits and is particularly enthusiastic to see Kotonoha’s, but Makoto could care less because his mind still dwells on the time Sekai kissed him. When the girl show up, Makoto apologizes to Kotonoha for the increase in size from just the two of them to this larger group, but Kotonoha doesn’t mind because Makoto is still here. In any case, Kotonoha can’t swim and she wants Makoto to teach her, though in the middle of it she accidentally trips into his arms. He ends up holding her tight for quite a long while, a sight which is seen by an unhappy Sekai. Later, while Kotonoha has gone to the rest room, Sekai teases Makoto about becoming aggressive and suggests that it’s from of her special training. Grabbing Sekai’s butt, Makoto feels that he should get more training, but she slaps his hand away and makes it clear that it was practice – no more and no less.
After Makoto talks about how good she looks in her swimsuit and comments on her breast size, Sekai calls him all sorts of bad names, including idiot, but when Makoto then mentions how it’s easier for him to act stupid with her and starts to say something else, she cuts him off and reminds him that he’s going out with Kotonoha. During lunch, Kotonoha presents everyone with the sandwiches that she made, and Sawanaga finds them delicious. Noticing a smudge on Makoto’s mouth, Kotonoha happily wipes it off for him, which leads to Sawanaga finally learning that Makoto’s going out with Kotonoha, not Sekai like he had originally thought. Watching Kotonoha cling to Makoto afterwards, Sekai admits to the others that she had set the two up, so Sawanaga wants her to find him a girlfriend too. At the end of the day, Kotonoha asks Makoto if he’ll be free the next Sunday because Kokoro wants to see him again. When Sawanaga notices that Makoto isn’t acting particularly happy about this, Makoto denies it, and Sekai and the others then interrupt him. Seeing that Kotonoha looks a bit down after the casual way Makoto addressed her and said that she’s slow, Sekai realizes that something is wrong and drags him off again to talk with him privately.
Sekai ends up scolding Makoto again, but when he feels that she should understand, she realizes that he took their training seriously. Nevertheless, she laughs it off and playfully calls him simple and lewd for liking any person who would let him touch them. Taking a more serious tone, Sekai feels that they can’t pursue a relationship since Makoto is Kotonoha’s boyfriend, and she makes it clear that they’re just friends – no more and no less. That’s why she feels that he should forget about her. Despite this, on the way home, Makoto can’t get his mind off Sekai, and when Kotonoha hugs his arm at her station, he tells her simply that he has to go. However, when his train pulls into the station, Makoto never boards it. Instead, after remembering what Sekai had said, he text messages her to ask if he can call her. She messages him back to instruct him to call Kotonoha first, but that only makes Makoto run for a different train and message that he wants to see her right now. It is raining by the time he arrives at the train station closest to Sekai’s home, and he finds her outside with an umbrella when he emerges. Calling him an idiot, she questions why he came since he’s dating Kotonoha, and Makoto responds by hugging her and confessing his feelings for her.
Nearly in tears, Sekai then asks why he went for Kotonoha first and not her, and she admits that the reason she decided to help him was because he had said that he liked Kotonoha. Makoto apologizes for this, but he also says that it’s useless if it’s not her, and Sekai eventually lets him kiss her, in the process dropping her umbrella so that she can wrap her arms around him. Meanwhile, at the Katsura home, Kokoro finds her sister staring at Makoto’s picture and asks if he will be staying over next time. Kotonoha gets a little embarrassed and feels that Kokoro shouldn’t be thinking about things like that, but Kokoro just wants to play more with him. By this time, Makoto and Sekai have returned to her room in her apartment and gotten on her bed with Makoto wanting to continue what they started before. Although she resists at first, Sekai is quieted by his kiss and soon gives in to him.
Insert Song: 「涙の理由」 (Namida no Riyuu) by 栗林みな実 (Kuribayashi Minami)
ED5: 「Look at me」 by YURIA
They really did a good job with the insert song this week. I thought it was perfect for the scene, though my favorite song is probably still the ED from last week by yozuca*
So I guess Sekai finished Makoto’s special training after all. It only took five episodes for Makoto to get in bed with someone, and it turned out to be actually Sekai instead of his girlfriend Kotonoha. I really don’t know how low of a level Makoto can stoop to, but I think the odds are still pretty good though that he’ll sleep with Kotonoha eventually too, particularly if he starts to lose interest in Sekai now that he’s gotten what he wanted. That being said, despite how distantly Makoto treats Kotonoha and how he cheats on her, I don’t find myself hating either him or Sekai for what happened. I think Makoto definitely should have at least broken up with Kotonoha first if he was so unhappy with her, but in a way, I feel a little sympathetic because he was following his heart towards Sekai. I’ve mostly hated him up until now for the idiotic things he’s done, and while I don’t condone cheating in a relationship, at least he wasn’t engaging in emotionless sex just for the sake of having sex. Of course, that doesn’t mean that he truly loves Sekai either, and so I would guess that Kotonoha still has a chance. Overall, this episode exemplifies what I find attractive about this series: the emotions running high and the romance story realizing its potential without pulling any punches. Next week should be interesting too, if Kotonoha does indeed find out about what happened like the title suggests she does.