Much to Kurumi’s surprise, Sawako feels that she’s unable to help or offer her support because Kazehaya is special to her too. Kurumi doesn’t take this well and questions the meaning of special, implying that for Sawako, it’s just someone being nice to her. Kurumi ends up running off in frustration, leaving Sawako to think about all this. The two don’t see each other again until the next day, the day of the athletic festival. During the girls’ soccer game, Sawako helps Chizuru score a goal, but she loses a shoe in the process, and that shoe falls on Kurumi’s head. Kurumi brings it to her afterward, and Sawako tries to apologize, but Kurumi just doesn’t want to talk to her anymore. Sawako misinterprets this as Kurumi wanting to be called Ume, but Kurumi hates that even more and is envious of Sawako’s name. Realizing that Kurumi has always called by her real name, Sawako then invites Kurumi to go watch the guys’ softball game together since it will feature Kazehaya. Kurumi goes along, but she doesn’t stop scheming and realizes an opportunity when Ryuu saves Sawako from getting hit by an errant pitch. She thus encourages Sawako to talk to Ryuu more.
Like last week, I found this week’s episode to be pretty entertaining. I didn’t think Sawako would actually turn Kurumi down, but it’s great that she did because, as I’ve said previously, I’m loving it whenever Kurumi doesn’t get her way. It was also very amusing to watch the end of the episode because you could practically see the gears turning in Kurumi’s head after Ryuu saved Sawako. She’s getting pretty desperate if she thinks that pairing Sawako off with Ryuu is the answer to her problems, particularly since it seems obvious that Ryuu is destined to be with his childhood friend Chizuru. Unfortunately, it looks like they’re moving down the path of having Kurumi actually becoming Sawako’s friend and rival rather than enemy, so the days of Kurumi getting thwarted might be numbered. At this point though, I’m more curious to see if Kazehaya will feel threatened by the attention paid to Sawako and if it will force him to make a move finally.