Kurumi tries to push onto Sawako the idea of talking to Ryuu, but Sawako is more interested for the time being in watching Kazehaya play softball. Kurumi isn’t done though and emphasizes how much effort she’s put into getting to know Kazehaya, causing Sawako to reflect on her own feelings towards him. She realizes that she wants to know more about Kazehaya and those feelings, including those of love, so she decides to talk to Ryuu after all. What she doesn’t realize is that Kazehaya sees her staring at Ryuu, and after the game, Kazehaya asks him about Sawako. Ryuu admits to liking Sawako in a normal way, but not in the way that Kazehaya likes her. Kurumi meanwhile places a fake note from Sawako in Ryuu’s shoe locker asking to meet him.
Ayane almost catches Kurumi doing so, but instead of asking about it, she brings up the rumors that had been going around. Although Kurumi plays innocent, Ayane implies that Kurumi started them and warns that it’d be bad if Kazehaya found out. After Ayane leaves, Kurumi watches as Ryuu reads the fake note, and Kurumi later points Sawako in the same direction. Sawako thus meets with Ryuu and thanks him for saving her earlier. She also asks him about feelings of love, and Ryuu reveals that he feels that way towards Chizuru. Sawako thinks that the two really suit each other, and she starts peppering him with questions. Unbeknownst to them, Kurumi has found Kazehaya and has suggested to him that Sawako likes Ryuu now. At first, things go according to her plan, and Kazehaya sees Ryuu talking with Sawako. Instead of following Kurumi’s suggestion to support the two though, Kazehaya surprises her by moving towards them.
I thought this episode was a lot of fun to watch thanks to a few great scenes. It actually started out a little slow, but I loved the confrontation scene between Ayane and Kurumi. Ayane played her cards perfectly to put Kurumi on edge, yet Kurumi kept her cool, and you could just sense that sparks were on the verge of flying. I can’t wait to see what Ayane does next. Kurumi, on the other hand, has already put her Ryuu plan into action, and I hadn’t realized what she was doing by sending everyone to the equipment room, so it was fun seeing it all come together. Unfortunately for her (and this made me quite happy), it doesn’t appear that the SawakoXRyuu misunderstanding will hold up. I’m glad that Kazehaya isn’t just backing down and letting this drag out, and the preview makes it look like this’ll even bring him and Sawako closer together, i.e. the ultimate plan backfire. We’ll have to wait an extra week to see it though since there is no new episode next week. Episode 13 will air on January 5, 2010.