On her way to school one rainy day, Sawako finds an abandoned dog in a box and decides to leave her umbrella for it. As a result, she arrives at school drenched, and coincidentally, so does Kazehaya. When he sees her like this, he gets Chizuru to lend her some clothes, and he also gives her a towel to dry herself. While she’s gone, Kazehaya has to clear up his friend’s misconception that he rejected Sawako during the summer. They just had a misunderstanding, and Kazehaya had realized that she really respected him. Later in the day, Kazehaya, Ayane, and Chizuru find drinks on their desk from Sawako in thanks for their help. In talking with her, Kazehaya finds out that both he and Sawako had seen the same abandoned dog, so they go visit it together. Kazehaya decides to keep the dog, and when he sees that it doesn’t like Sawako, he suggests that the dog could come to like her if it sees him and her getting along.
This motivates her because she wants to get along with everyone as well as he does, and she feels that there’s no wall between them. The next day, Sawako tries to clear up some of her classmates’ misconceptions about her, but they don’t stick around to listen to her. It also happens to be the day that the entire class is switching seats, and no one wants to sit beside Sawako. Kazehaya, however, makes it a point to take the seat next to her, and Ayane and Chizuru take the ones in front of her. Surprisingly, even the seat behind her gets taken by a guy named Sanada Ryuu, and Sawako ends up feeling quite happy and sharing the cookies she baked with all of them. After school, Kazehaya catches her on the way home, and his smile makes her realize that she’s developing feelings towards him greater than admiration and respect.
I didn’t think much of the first half of this episode since it served mainly as setup, but the second half was much better. What Sawako’s friends do for her is very sweet in that heartwarming sort of way, and I again loved how the episode ended. The story as a whole is doing a very good job of showing how Sawako and Kazehaya’s feelings for each other are developing, and we’re already at the point where the two resemble a couple, though I suspect it’ll take a while before anything becomes official. The pacing here didn’t seem too fast or slow either, and the only complaint I can think of is a pretty minor one (the way Kazehaya laughs feels awkward to me). Things are getting more interesting too as they add more characters, like Ryuu and the girl at the end who I assume is going to be Sawako’s rival starting next week, so I’m looking forward to seeing what happens.