While with her friends, Kei tries to avoid talking about what happened between her and Kusuda and changes the subject to the guy who was with Dobashi. She surprises Kei by confirming that this guy is her boyfriend, and Kei thinks that it must be hard on the guy since Dobashi isn’t someone who depends on others. This has in fact been the case since the guy, Terai, finds himself unable to even try to get Dobashi to hold hands when they walk home together. Their relationship started in the tennis club earlier in the year when Dobashi had helped him practice, and after she realized that he had feelings for her, she had suggested going out. Since Dobashi was so good at tennis, Terai had wanted to get better at it as well so that he could have the courage to move their relationship forward. He tried to prove his strength during the athletic festival, but he was disappointed with a third place finish in a race. Dobashi, however, knew that this was a marked improvement over the previous year and had hugged him to reward him for his effort. Back in the present though, Terai questions his relationship with her, and after having a nightmare, he decides to ask out for the first shrine visit of the new year.
Also at the shrine are Koyoi and her brother, and they run into Misaki on the way home. Koyoi once again feels like she can’t match up to Misaki, and she can’t bear to watch her brother lovestruck. Misaki, however, is very friendly and wants to play with Koyoi, and Koyoi can’t help but notice the softness of Misaki’s breasts when Misaki hugs her. Misaki has to go, but before she does, she mentions wanting to talk with Yoshihiko about Yuuji again. Terai meanwhile tries to get Dobashi to do something with him after their shrine visit, but she’s not interested and goes home. What ultimately gets Dobashi thinking is seeing Kei wearing the pink gloves and Kusuda wearing the scarf to school, and that evening, she takes the initiative to ask Terai to get a drink with her out of the vending machine. Terai finally works up the courage to ask her directly to hold her hand, and she responds by trying to give him a kiss. She fails the first time because his glasses get in the way, but after taking them off and thanking Terai for trying so hard, she kisses him.
As much as I hate to say it, this episode wouldn’t have been nearly as much fun without the Koyoi parts that they added in (this shot even reminded me of Queen’s Blade). At first I thought that it was odd that they were switching gears suddenly to Koyoi, Yoshihiko, and Misaki, but that ended up being the most enjoyable part of the episode. The rest of it focusing on Dobashi and Terai was merely alright – the two are not as interesting to watch as some of the others (I suspect that I’ll be saying something similar when Chikura Nao’s story comes up). Terai just needs some more confidence and Dobashi needs, like she said, to work a little harder to keep the relationship going. The highlight of their part of the episode was definitely the final scene, but that’s mainly because I really liked the piano piece that went with it. Anyway, I’m hoping next week’s Chocolate Bomber episode turns out to be better.