On this very rainy day, Sayaka brings Kobato to her friend Chitose’s apartment building so that Kobato can have a place to stay. After Kobato sees her new room, she rushes to go help at the nursery school, and in the process she accidentally bumps into a girl. This girl is nice enough to clean off the dirtied Ioryogi, and afterward Kobato continues on her way. The next day is a day off, so Kobato decides to try to collect more konpeitou, but it turns out to be raining again, and Kobato neglects to bring her umbrella. Fortunately, the owner of a bakery lends her one, and Kobato is able to go look for people to heal at a convenience store. She isn’t able to find anyone though, and to make things worse, the borrowed umbrella is gone by the time she emerges from the store. By chance, Kobato runs into the girl from before, and when Kobato explains her situation, the girl decides to lend her an umbrella. The girl then runs off after a boy who likes to tease her.
The next day, Kobato waits at the girl’s school to give back her umbrella, and finds out that the girl’s name is Tadokoro Mutsumi. She runs into Mutsumi again later that afternoon when it’s raining again, and she also finds the umbrella that had disappeared. While together, the two girls see the boy who teased Mutsumi sharing his umbrella with another girl, and Kobato notices how sad Mutsumi looks. She thus wants to try to cheer Mutsumi up, and her method for doing so is to track down the boy the following day to directly ask him to share his umbrella with Mutsumi. By chance, Mutsumi overhears them and interrupts, so Kobato tries to explain everything and encourages them to share an umbrella. The boy is actually willing and reveals that he isn’t going out with the other girl – he was just helping her because she had just forgotten her umbrella. Mutsumi and the boy thus walk off together, and in the aftermath, Kobato discovers that her bottle now contains another konpeitou. Unbeknownst to her, she’s sensed by a certain someone nearby.
This was a really nice episode, and I liked it a lot more than last week’s. I didn’t think Kobato’s direct approach to solving Mutsumi’s relationship problem would go well, but it did, and the scene with Mutsumi and the boy turned out to be very sweet in the end – they make a very cute couple. It was icing on the cake that Mutsumi was voiced by Inoue Marina, though I suspect that, given how the plot appears to be set up for a bunch of stand-alone stories as Kobato collects konpeitou, Mutsumi might not show up again.
On the other hand, it was nice to see some familiar scenery and some familiar faces in the recurring cast, namely Chitose, Chiho, and Chise from Chobits. I will say though that it was sort of odd to hear Nakajima Megumi voicing Chiho and Chise, mainly since I can still vaguely remember how Tanaka Rie voiced the original Chii. Kohaku and Shuuichirou from Wish also showed up at the end, though I’m not sure if they’ll be recurring characters or how they’ll be involved. I guess we’ll find out next week since Kohaku is in the preview.