Kazehaya arrives at school to find a huge crowd gathered around the girls’ restroom because of the supposed fight between Sawako and some girls from another class. Finding out that it’s about the rumors, Kazehaya defends Sawako in front of the crowd, and it just so happens that Ayane and Chizuru arrive just then. The two end up rushing into the restroom just as Sawako is telling the other girls to take back their words. Sawako is surprised when she gets blamed as the source of the rumors, and the girls suggest that Sawako got close to Ayane and Chizuru because her goal was Kazehaya. Sawako denies this and tries to clear up the misunderstanding, and she ends up saying that she loves Ayane and Chizuru. Hearing this, the two girls step in to defend Sawako and force the other girls to back off and take back what they said. As he sees the other girls emerge from the restroom, Kazehaya makes it a point to say loudly that he hates worthless rumors.
Sawako then confesses all her feelings to Ayane and Chizuru, and she states that she wants to be friends with them. To her surprise, the two hug her and reveal that they’re already friends, and the entire situation ends on a happy note. Kazehaya is happy to see the girls getting along, and Sawako is grateful to him because of his encouragement from before. In the aftermath, everyone finishes with their exams, and Sawako’s notes helps improve her classmates’ scores. She spends more time now with Ayane and Chizuru, and when they ask, she reiterates that she loves them, causing them to start calling her by her real name Sawako instead of Sadako.
I was really frustrated at the end of last week’s episode and that only built up more as I watched the beginning of this episode. Even though I knew it wouldn’t happen, I was totally rooting for Sawako to open a can of whoop ass on those girls, or at the very least slap someone. Still, I guess she did a good job standing up for her friends, and I found the scene where Ayane and Chizuru finally stepped in to save her to be very sweet and touching even though I had suspected that it was coming. The two of them speaking in unison for Sawako’s sake was a little on the cheesy side, but I didn’t mind too much because it meant that the antagonist girl was finally backing down and maybe experiencing some fear. Along those same lines, it was very convenient that Kazehaya had so much pull among those girls, and I was glad because it made what he said about hating worthless rumors all that much more devastating.
I should say at this point that a series that can get these kinds of reactions out of me is definitely doing something right. Come to think of it, I directed so much hatred at those random girls that I didn’t really feel any towards Hirano Aya’s character when she showed up at the very end, even though I’m fairly certain that she’s the mastermind behind it all. That’ll probably change once she gets more involved in the story instead of appearing for a single scene here and there, though the preview doesn’t seem to hint at her showing up next episode.