During one of their make-out sessions, Sekai stops Makoto because they’re doing it outside her workplace, so Makoto suggests that they continue afterwards. Justifying it as more practice, Sekai lets him kiss her again. Around the same time, Kotonoha attempts to call Makoto, but he just puts his phone in his pocket without answering. The next morning, Makoto prepares some breakfast for himself and Sekai, and on the way to school afterwards, he tries to kiss her again. She pushes him away because she feels it’d be bad if someone saw them here, and right as he’s about to grab her butt anyway, she reminds him that Kotonoha is waiting for him. When Makoto does see Kotonoha on the train later, he barely pays any attention to anything she’s saying. At school, he arrives at his classroom at roughly the same time Sekai and Setsuna do, and when Sekai tries to act normal and asks him about his sleepiness, he complains that it’s because this is the first time in many years that he’s had to make breakfast for two people. Sekai gets embarrassed because Setsuna is standing nearby, and after Makoto goes into the classroom, Setsuna questions Sekai about being with Makoto this morning. Because of this, Setsuna concludes that Makoto must have broken up with Kotonoha, and Sekai doesn’t deny it.
In class, Sekai writes Makoto a note suggesting that they tell Kotonoha about what’s going on between them. She feels that they can’t keep going like this, and when Makoto tries to stop her during lunch, she tells him that it’s not practice anymore. Makoto points out that Kotonoha will be angry, but Sekai knows this already and feels that it’ll get worse if they don’t say anything. However, on the rooftop, neither of them can bring themselves to say anything after Kotonoha so cheerfully serves them her hot lemonade. Kotonoha thinks that Makoto’s silence means that he doesn’t like it and starts apologizing, so Sekai speaks up for both of them to say that it’s delicious. Upon returning to class, Makoto gets a text message from Kotonoha asking him to go shopping with her once school ends, and he ends up turning her down with the excuse that his little sister is coming to play. In truth, Makoto is with Sekai that afternoon and admits that he lied about his sister. Sekai doesn’t like the fact that they continue to lie to Kotonoha, but Makoto feels that they can’t tell her yet. After getting Sekai to agree with him, Makoto hugs her and quiets her. Kotonoha meanwhile has decided to buy some red yarn and is on her way back home when her train passes through the same station that Makoto and Sekai are in. She catches sight of Sekai kissing Makoto, but she isn’t positive that it’s them and tries to think nothing more of it.
The following morning, Makoto leaves Sekai’s apartment with her again and messages Kotonoha to tell her that he overslept. Kotonoha is waiting for him at the entrance to the when he arrives, but she doesn’t get to talk to him because Otome calls out to him first. It is not until after school that she’s able to get a message sent to him asking him to go home together with her. Makoto actually is ready to go home with Sekai, but when Sekai sees the message, she tells him that his girlfriend is Kotonoha and runs off by herself. With no choice but to go home with Kotonoha, Makoto walks with her but doesn’t say anything to her. Along the way, Kotonoha gets accosted by a costumed person handing out flyers for cell phones. When she realizes that it’s giving a couples discount, she wants to get matching phones with Makoto, but since he’s less than willing, she even offers to buy it for him as a present. Makoto, however, still decides not to and starts walking off by himself. Kotonoha trips as she tries to follow him, and the yarn she was carrying flies out of her bag. After a brief sigh, Makoto turns back around to check if she’s okay and notices the knitting stuff on the ground, so Kotonoha admits that she was trying to make something by Christmas.
That night, Setsuna checks Sekai’s room and finds her already in bed with the covers pulled over. After Setsuna heads home, Sekai emerges from the sheets and reads a message from Makoto saying that he prefers her. Kotonoha meanwhile tries to call Makoto, but he doesn’t answer. During class the next day, Setsuna is taking suggestions about what their class should do for the culture festival and rejects everything Taisuke says. In Kotonoha’s class 1-4, there is only one suggestion on the board – a haunted house – and no one is paying any more attention. Otome’s friends are trying to get her to tell them who she likes, and she finally hints that the guy went to the same middle school as her, meaning that she’s liked him ever since then. Otome then notices Kotonoha looking at them and starts picking on her, eventually accusing her of casting flirtatious glances at guys and citing how she was clinging to Makoto. When Otome tells Kotonoha to stop bothering him, her friends realize that Makoto is the one Otome actually likes. Hearing this causes Kotonoha to perk up and question if this is true. Since Otome thinks that it has nothing to do with her, Kotonoha makes it absolutely clear that she’s his girlfriend already.
An unhappy Otome then messages Nanami to confirm what Kotonoha said. At the same time, Kotonoha messages Makoto to say that she won’t be able to make it to lunch because of committee stuff, and Makoto forwards the message to Sekai, touching her leg at the same time. He then leads her up to the rooftop, but unbeknownst to them, Kotonoha gets done quickly and rushes towards the same place. Unfortunately, she arrives right as Sekai says that she loves Makoto, and hearing this stops Kotonoha dead in her tracks. As Makoto says that he likes Sekai too and kisses her, Kotonoha drops her bag of yarn and can’t believe it.
I just love the way this episode ends. None of it was unexpected, but I thought the way they executed it was excellent. It seemed obvious how things were going to come together at the end of this episode, yet I couldn’t keep my eyes off of it and could really feel all the emotion flying around, especially with their use of the yozuca* song. It even seemed like the red colored yarn could symbolize the red string of fate or something.
As for Makoto, I just don’t understand what the girls see in him. Not only do Kotonoha and Sekai like him, we find out that Otome does too. I wouldn’t question this in any other show with one guy and lots of girls, but Makoto is a special case given how he acts. For all intents and purposes right now, he’s choosing the girl who puts out over the girl he started a relationship with and subsequently got tired of. Maybe now that Kotonoha has seen him cheating on her – which has to hurt at least twice as much because she had just stood up to Otome about being his girlfriend and was all happy to go see him – she’ll realize that he’s not worth it and dump him. Given how this is a love triangle story only half-way through though, that seems pretty unlikely to happen.
My biggest question now is how Kotonoha is going to respond. The music at the end of the episode was pretty eerie and could hint at future violence, but I’m more inclined to believe that Kotonoha will end up using her body to lure him back. Otherwise, I just don’t seem him separating from Sekai who has a hard time saying no to him and seems to do whatever he wants. Next week’s title 「前夜祭」 (the Eve) doesn’t give away as much as this week’s title did either, so it’s hard to say what’ll happen.