Mao is hiding a deep, dark secret of her past. Her constant and unwavering aversion for studying has continued to confuse those around her, especially those that knew of her intense study habits years ago. She’s not stressing over the upcoming college entrance exams, she’s not stressing over the next set of midterms – hell, she’s spending all her nights cooped up in front of the television playing some crappy racing game! She’s not even good.
Which is why it becomes a topic of interest. After being duped by Kouichi to go with him to the library where everybody was waiting with their textbooks, we find out the true reason behind Mao’s fear of studying – after studying for weeks for an important test, she became sick the day of the test, eventually bombing it.
That’s it. That’s her trauma. She got sick and it screwed her over. Went from a top student to super slacker cuz she got a cough for a couple days.
Still, she relents to the peer pressure like every good teenager does, eventually getting her a good grade on the test.
In other news, Mao makes zero headway with Kai, Kazuki makes zero headway with Eriko, Kouichi makes zero headway with Yuumi, Asuka and Mao get friendly, and Asuka bitches out Eriko for being a cold bitch. And the frogs are working on kiss #49340 and 49341
And finally, watching how happy and innocent Kouichi and Yuumi are together, Mao starts to feel… what is it, remorse? Jealousy? Considering her bubbly personality and what a dumb oaf Kai is, she’s probably wanting just some of what Kouichi and Yuumi have, which is to say, not much, but at least they like each other. Mao and Kai? Kinda tough when you’re trying to compete with a freakin saxophone.
Some shows take risks with their material, and it either goes well or ends up sucking. Kimikiss takes zero risk, so while it never actually sucks, the fact that it’s incapable of being good makes it unbearable on an entirely different level. This ep had people stressing over their exams. And explained why Mao didn’t like studying anymore, even though she was an egghead in middle school. Don’t get your hopes up – it’s a totally retarded reason.
Yaawwnnnnnn. Something tells me nothing will come of this Mao uneasiness. At the most, she’ll bitch out Kai, go emo in her room for a few days while demanding attention from Kouichi, then Kai comes around and takes her back after half an episode of persuasion. Meanwhile, Kazuki finally gets Eriko to open up, if just a tiny little sliver. As for Kouichi and Yuumi – even holding hands seems like a long way away at this point, doesn’t it? Props to the writers for having the balls to let it drag out this long.
But seriously. Something HAPPEN already.