Sawako is still getting used to how so many people are now friendly with her, and she attributes it all to Kazehaya. On this particular day, he asks her to help him think of a name for the dog they found, but before she can answer, their substitute homeroom teacher Pin suggests Pedro Martinez. As it turns out, Sawako actually likes this name. She also learns from Ayane and Chizuru that Kazehaya has always been popular, and back in middle school, all the girls decided that he belonged to everyone. Later, Pin wants someone to work on the attendance records, so Sawako volunteers, but Kazehaya volunteers with her, and everyone else wants to help after that. This doesn’t sit well with Pin, so he calls Kazehaya to the staff room after class, leaving Sawako to work on the attendance book by herself. Fortunately, Kazehaya is able to sneak out of the staff room while Pin is in the bathroom, and he surprises Sawako by taking over and writing her name in the attendance book. After Pin calls Kazehaya back to the staff room, Sawako is able to meet and talk to two more classmates who came on Kazehaya’s encouragement.
When she runs into him again, she thanks him because she feels like he’s always giving her the strength to do things. Kazehaya, however, feels that everyone was inspired by the effort Sawako was putting in and that she’s the one who moves him as well. Sometime afterward, Kazehaya passes Sawako a note asking her to come with him to walk the dog. She agrees to go, and the two meet by the riverbank. They end up talking about how Sawako likes to approach studying in terms of helping the person sitting next to her understand, and Kazehaya also decides to keep the dog as their secret. The following day, he gets Sawako to tutor him, and soon all of their classmates are gathering around to get her help. The experience causes her to smile in front of everyone, surprising them. Afterward, Sawako thanks Kazehaya again, and he in turn admits his own selfishness and desire to keep all of this for himself. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to those two, bad rumors are being spread about Ayane and Chizuru, and the supposed source of those rumors is Sawako.
I was going to comment on how the relationship between Sawako and Kazehaya has been developing so smoothly (almost too perfectly), and really it still is, but now there’s finally something to cause some conflict. Or so it appears anyway – Ayane and Chizuru might not believe that Sawako is behind the rumors, and it wouldn’t surprise me if they found out quickly that the new girl was actually responsible due to jealousy over Kazehaya. In that regard though, the story is proceeding a little slower than expected: after she was shown last week, I thought that that girl would have a bigger part to play in this episode instead of just a couple of short appearances. There’s only so much you can show about the development of a pure relationship without some sort of conflict coming into play. At least we got to hear her voice this time, though I’m not thrilled that it’s Hirano Aya. In any case, the next episode preview looked promising, and maybe things won’t be so smooth for Sawako and Kazehaya anymore.