Lately, wherever Sawako turns, Kurumi is there waving to her. Since Sawako is finding it harder to talk with Kazehaya, she talks with Kurumi about her problem. Kurumi feels that talking with Kazehaya is nothing special because of how he treats everyone, and she suggests that it might be easier for Sawako to talk with someone more like herself. Sawako takes this as motivation to become more like Kurumi, and unbeknownst to her, Chizuru is telling Ayane about how Kurumi back in junior high school brought a lot of girls to her to introduce to Kazehaya. When he rejected them all, Kurumi was the one who brought about the idea that Kazehaya belonged to everyone. Back in the present, Kazehaya runs into Sawako watering the plants, and the two find themselves smiling and talking normally again. Kurumi sees them together and interrupts them, but in the process Sawako finds out that Kazehaya actually calls Kurumi by her family name Kurumizawa, and her given name is actually Ume. This makes Sawako feel relieved, and it causes Kurumi to have a private chat with her. In it, Kurumi reveals that she has a person she likes, and she wants Sawako’s help. The person she likes, however, is none other than Kazehaya.
Well this was a fun episode. I enjoyed watching Kurumi’s real intentions emerge as she saw Sawako as more and more of a threat. Or rather, I should say that I enjoyed watching Kurumi getting thwarted and pissed off thanks in part to Sawako’s relative cluelessness. They also did a good job on bringing out the impact of the ending of the episode (I loved the look on Kurumi’s face), predictable as it may have been. I feel though that Kurumi might have been a bit too hasty with an all-in declaration like this, and her doing it after seeing Kazehaya and Sawako getting along so well together made her seem pretty desperate. That being said, hopefully her trying to get Sawako’s help will backfire, and I can’t wait to see her face if and when Kazehaya finally rejects her.