On Christmas Eve, Sawako had explained to Kazehaya the truth behind his present, but he had decided to keep it anyway. The two had then gone to karaoke with some of their classmates, and Sawako had actually sung a song before leaving. It is now Christmas Day, and everyone has to attend school for the closing ceremony before they’re free for winter break. On the way to the ceremony, Kurumi passes by Sawako and sticks her tongue out at her, causing Sawako to reflect on everything that’s happened so far. She worries about not seeing Kazehaya over the break, and since she’s too tongue-tied to say anything to him, he’s the one who initiates a goodbye before heading off. Sawako later shows Chizuru and Ayane her new cell phone, and after learning that Sawako’s birthday is December 31st, Chizuru decides that they should all make the first shrine visit of the new year together. They get Sawako to call up Kazehaya and invite him, and he agrees to go, making Sawako quite happy since it means she’ll get to see everyone on her birthday. December 31st soon arrives, and Ayane and Chizuru come to Sawako’s house that night. They surprise her though by first giving her a makeover, complete with a special hairpin, and they then intentionally abandon her once they get close to the rendezvous point so that it can be just her and Kazehaya. When Sawako meets with Kazehaya and tells him that the others aren’t coming, she worries that he might be disappointed and want to go home, but he’s taken aback by her beauty and is fine with it just being the two of them.
For an anime nearing its end, this episode progressed a bit slower than I expected. That is to say, it felt entirely like a set-up episode sandwiched between the relatively major events of last week and (I assume) next week. That’s not a bad thing of course; I just thought that more would happen this late in the game. The episode did, however, have a bunch of funny moments, like Sawako’s email address, her various reactions, and especially the forcing-back-tears scene. It was also very sweet what Chizuru and Ayane did for her – post-makeover Sawako is very cute and looks almost like a different person – and I wouldn’t be surprised if Kazehaya finally gets the courage to confess his feelings to her next episode. Then again, the fact that there’s still two whole episodes left means there’s time for all sorts of things to happen, and the preview doesn’t seem to give many clues.