One morning, Kobato comes across a girl in front of a church who is staring up at the falling leaves and crying. When Kobato asks why, the girl thinks that it’s because the leaves are pretty. Kobato then introduces herself, so the girl reveals that she’s called Kohaku, and this triggers Ioryogi’s memory. He recognizes her as being from Heaven and is fine with speaking in front of her, and she eventually recognizes him as Iorogi. After Kohaku excuses herself, Kobato heads to the nursery school and spends the day staring at the trees because she wants to understand why Kohaku was crying. She doesn’t figure it out though and decides to go see Kohaku again the next day. Instead of running into Kohaku, Kobato overhears Kohaku with a doctor named Shuuichirou, and the two seem happy together. She follows them home, and after Shuuichirou leaves again, Kobato watches as Kohaku uses her powers to water her garden. Once Kohaku realizes that they’re there, Kobato tries to find out again why Kohaku had been crying, and the way Kohaku describes her feelings makes Ioryogi conclude that it’s love.
Eager to heal Kohaku, Kobato tries to figure out what’s troubling her, and Kohaku thinks that it’s the fact that Shuuichirou is always busy. Since Shuuichirou and Kohaku haven’t been on a date, Kobato decides to help them out by getting them tickets to an amusement park. This proves to be harder than expected though because Kobato has no money, but as it turns out, Kiyokazu happens to have a pair of tickets. Kobato is able to convince him to give them to her if she helps him with his newspaper delivery job, and she brings the tickets to Kohaku. Kohaku doesn’t accept them because the bigger problem is that Shuuichirou is busy, but Shuuichirou then returns and asks for the tickets. He ends up taking Kohaku to the amusement park, and Kobato watches from outside the park. In the middle of this, a flying rabbit from Heaven appears, and it conveys a message to Ioryogi that Kobato has to fill the bottle in four seasons’ time. Unfortunately, Kobato finds out later that she didn’t get a konpeitou from Kohaku because Kohaku didn’t actually need healing, but she doesn’t let this faze her and remains determined to do her best.
This wasn’t a bad episode, but I didn’t like it as much as last week’s. Certainly it was nice to see characters from another CLAMP title present, but the story here didn’t feel as satisfying because Kohaku and Shuuichirou were already in love, and Kobato’s helping didn’t get her any closer to her goal. It’s also partially disappointment about how it doesn’t look like these characters are going to be used as part of a larger story arc, at least not in the immediate future if the next episode preview is any indicator.
On the other hand, I did find this episode intriguing in terms of the overarching story. The fact that Ioryogi is implied to be from Heaven seems rather important – particularly since we don’t know much about Kobato’s origins – as does the fact that Kobato has only a year to fill up the bottle. Given the time limit (both in series time and in total episodes) and given how I don’t think there’ll be hundreds of separate stories of Kobato healing people, I suspect that at some point she’ll either get a ton of konpeitou at once, or she’ll end up falling well short of the goal.