Having everyone join together in the same class again for the new year seemed a little coincidental, but it figures it was really Ayane pulling the strings. Every romance anime needs its bros to carry the mains, and with Kimi ni Todoke, there’s two to keep everything going. One is Sanada Ryuu, who just knows everything, but doesn’t act unless extremely necessary. He’s the god tier bro. The other is Yano Ayane, a more naive bro, but tries her best nonetheless.
Ignoring Ryuu, Ayane’s the only one with knowledge of Kazehaya and Sawako’s feelings while also rooting for them. Due to her implied long history of relationships, she is completely frustrated over the two not doing anything, perhaps strikingly similar in thought to many viewers. Getting ahead of herself, she decides to nudge Kazehaya to accepting help, but he aptly turns her down with some pretty noble reasons. Hanging her head in defeat, she returns home with new knowledge. Sorry bro, I feel for you, but live to succeed another day. Barring that, the more scenes she gets with Pin, the more my heart sinks feeling this is some subtle message that they’re going to get together. Don’t do it Ayane.
There’s definitely an interesting dynamic with Miura Kento thrown into the equation, and with his forward nature, Kazehaya quickly becomes worried, which was fun to see, but it didn’t last long. Despite his resolve to take things slow, he can’t help but stress over the possibility that if he doesn’t make a move soon, he may lose Sawako to someone like Kento. This leads to the meetup afterschool, and he moves in for what I assume to be a confession, but quickly backs off. While Sawako’s monologue tells us she wants this, she’s way too flustered to say anything, leading Kazehaya to believe his words may scare her off. What a damn shame, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t holding my breath the entire time. “A confession already?! It’s going to happen?! What is she doin- ..oh cruel world.”
And so will begin the regression of their relationship. Kazehaya is afraid to keep going, Sawako is stuck with uncertain feelings, Ayane has backed off, and Kento’s found out about everything. Kurumi hasn’t even shown up yet! Shit just got real. A well done episode to setup the arc of what may be full of drama, crying, and high emotions like never before, which might possibly culminate into the best confession I’ll have ever seen. If there is one. ;_;