While Kazehaya is off shuttling Sawako away from Ryuu and Kurumi, Ayane is telling Chizuru about her suspicions that Kurumi was behind the rumors because of her feelings for Kazehaya. Ayane gets further confirmation when Ryuu brings by the note he got and after Sawako’s friends Tomoko and Eriko reveal that they saw Kurumi spreading the rumor. Sawako meanwhile starts to understand her own feelings, and when Kazehaya asks her directly if she likes Ryuu, she’s able to deny it. Given the opportunity, Kazehaya tries to broach the subject of going out, but Sawako is too flustered to give a good answer, so he lets it go for now. He then returns to the equipment room where he left Kurumi and happens to overhear her talking with Pin. Pin is under the wrong impression that Kurumi likes him and is in the process of rejecting her, and Kurumi is horrified that Kazehaya now misunderstands as well. She doesn’t get a chance to explain herself either because Pin drags Kazehaya away. Shortly thereafter, Kurumi finds herself being confronted by Ayane and Chizuru, and in the middle of this, the three of them are found by Sawako. Due to her newfound understanding of her feelings, Sawako had wanted to tell Kurumi that she likes Kazehaya, and she’s surprised now to hear from Ayane that Kurumi was behind the rumors.
I loved this episode, and it continues the streak of great ones that we’ve been having recently. I kept expecting that there would be some sort of misunderstanding between Kazehaya and Sawako, but they were actually pretty clear with each other, even without a true confession (it seemed like the perfect spot for one). I’m relieved to see that things haven’t gotten screwed up between them, however what I really enjoyed this episode was Kurumi’s misfortune. I loved the expression on her face when Kazehaya took Sawako away, and her later scene with Pin was hilarious, made even better by the fact that Kazehaya overheard. I also had a good laugh at all of the Ayane and Chizuru scenes (I love their characters now), and it’s nice to see them finally confront Kurumi about the rumor stuff. I really want them to strike some sort of blow against her, like telling Kazehaya about the truth or ruining her image, but I suspect that Sawako is much more forgiving than them. Either way, it looks like next episode is going to be focused on Kurumi.