One day, Ami is telling the other girls how she doesn’t diet because she’s naturally predisposed to not getting fat. This prompts Taiga and Minori to grab her and start feeling up her stomach flab for the sake of what they call the dieting warriors. Pissed off at this treatment, Ami lets her true personality shine through for a moment before turning to fake tears. Later that day, while Ryuuji is heading home with Taiga, Ami runs up to him in a panic and wants him to accompany her for a while. Ryuuji realizes that Ami is being followed by a strange guy who had earlier been loitering around the entrance of the school, but it’s a pissed off Taiga who subsequently scares the guy away by throwing a garbage can. Ami explains afterward that this was a fan, and she asks Ryuuji to hide her at his apartment for a while. Taiga, however, claims that her own apartment is safer and convinces Ami to go there instead.
The following day, Ryuuji finds Ami looking extremely tired because Taiga had made her go through countless hours of monomane (impersonations). Kitamura is encouraged from hearing this and asks Taiga to take care of Ami since Ami has a hard time making real friends. This leads to Taiga coercing Ami to join her, Minori, and Ryuuji for lunch. When Ami notices that Ryuuji and Taiga have basically the same lunch, Taiga rectifies the situation by eating all of Ryuuji’s side dishes, leaving him with only rice and nori. Ami shares a meatball with him so that he can have something else, though she also asks why he lets Taiga do what she wants. Before Ryuuji can really answer, Taiga claims that it’s because he was her dog in a previous life.
Kitamura later asks for volunteers for a neighborhood cleanup, and Taiga forces Ryuuji to participate because she’s interested in coming along too so that she can spend time with Kitamura. Unfortunately, Kitamura splits off into a different group, leaving Taiga, Ryuuji, Ami, and Minori to collect trash on their own. Since she doesn’t get along with Ami, Taiga drags Minori off in another direction, and so Ryuuji and Ami go collecting trash by themselves by the riverside. Ami initially puts on her nice act for Ryuuji, but it disappears after she steps in some mud and sees a frog on her shoe. When she tries to go back to being nice, Ryuuji questions why she forced herself to come do such troublesome work and reveals that he knows about her true nature. Ami, however, claims that she’s useless without her fake personality. She then notices something and runs off, so Ryuuji follows her, and after she stops, he realizes that the strange guy from before is back. Ami finally admits that this guy is a stalker and had messed up her life, causing her to move here.
To Ami’s surprise, Taiga and Minori then appear looking for her and Ryuuji, and when the stalker starts taking pictures of Taiga and calling her a cute mini-sized youkai, Taiga gets pissed off and starts chasing after him. Ami is shocked that Taiga isn’t scared of the stalker since this is the same guy had ruined her life, and when she realizes that she’s losing to both the stalker and Taiga, she decides to take Ryuuji’s advice and stop putting on her nice act. She declares that she’ll live with her bad side and then takes off after the stalker as well. Ami is the one who ultimately tracks him down – passing by Taiga in the process – and destroys his camera, shattering his illusion of her. It’s all over by the time Ryuuji catches up with her, and although Ami is happy to have done this, she admits that she was very scared. In the aftermath back at Ryuuji’s apartment, Ami comments on how Taiga is selfish and reckless yet still has friends and Ryuuji with her. She then asks what Ryuuji would do if she showed her true self to him, and – getting really close up to him – she wonders if he’d like her. Before Ryuuji can answer, Taiga walks in on them and is surprised to see them in that position.
Well, Minori was once again the vehicle for a lot of the humor this episode, and it finally occurred to me that she’s the true airhead. She’s probably my favorite character out of the bunch right now. Still, the humor wasn’t quite as good overall as last week, but I think that’s mainly because this was a more story/character-focused episode with Ami finally deciding to stop with her nice act. Incidentally, I really liked the part where she makes up her mind and chases after the stalker – the music there was uplifting and great for the scene. I do have to say though that the whole stalker thing seemed a bit on the weak side to me, especially since the stalker himself seemed like just some feeble otaku kid who was in over his head. The other interesting part of the episode was at the end, and it made me wonder if Ami actually developed feelings for Ryuuji. I’ve been under the impression that her getting close to him was all part of the act and that she really actually liked Kitamura, but maybe not. In any case, it looks like the swimsuits are coming out next week for the requisite pool episode.