「結びの伝説 1日目」 (Musubi no Desetsu: Ichinichime)
“Legend of Fate: Day 1”
It wouldn’t be a proper love comedy without our scantily clad heroines in the water! But because this arc is centered around a school camping trip in the winter, we’ve got an onsen episode this time around. Since the sisters take Fuutarou along without taking the first bus to the campsite, they are slowed down by heavy traffic and snow to the point of needing to stay at a luxurious lodge over-night. With Fuutarou’s presence and the responsibilities they have for the camping trip, however, it’s not all relaxation and steam censors.
This was an eventful episode for Ichika as she grapples with her feelings for Fuutarou. Miku’s arrangement to disguise herself as Ichika whenever she’s busy landed her in a sticky situation where she ended up confirming that she was dancing with Fuutarou by the bonfire. The romantic story that comes with the bonfire pairing up whoever dances beside it puts Ichika between a rock and a hard place. At the moment, she’s been trying to support Miku in trying to be her wingman, but now that the opportunity has arrived for her to get closer to Fuutarou, she’s having conflicting feelings. Does she go with her conscience and try to continue acting like the mature sister who looks out for everyone, or does she go with her heart and try to get with the guy who’s been helping her remain confident about her dream? If Miku gives Ichika her blessing to dance with him knowing what it could mean, does that give Ichika carte blanche to make a move? Temptation ends up taking hold when she ends up waking up next to him and leans in for a closer look. Itsuki caught her leaning close to his face, but with the possibility of having to switch schools for her music career combined with her conflicting feelings about whether to rock the boat and make a move on Fuutarou, Ichika is confronted with multiple dilemmas that will prove to pose deeper issues for her for the time being.
Miku’s split-decision to diffuse a confession she received in her Ichika disguise by saying Fuutarou to dance with her has also caused Miku a great deal of stress. Currently, she’s been faced with the issue of being more open with Fuutarou and upfront about having a crush on him. Her confidence issues have been the crux of many of her problems as the other girls are finding themselves enraptured by Fuutarou. She spends time grappling with the fact that she wouldn’t be able to dance with Fuutarou as she would’ve liked, but while she’s at the lodge, she has to confront her insecurities further when she has to consolidate having to share him for the time being. She wants to keep Fuutarou to herself and channel her emotions towards asking him out, but with the combination of the disguise circumstance and staying overnight in a room with Fuutarou, there is a lot on Miku’s back that she has to contend with if she wants to set her feelings in stone.
There were other notable moments in the episode as well with the other sisters. Unlike the other girls, Yotsuba is the paragon of positivity, aiming to make sure that Fuutarou has the time of his life just by the fun he’ll have at the camping trip rather than trying to sweep him off his feet. Nino had her trademark wit on display by flipping Fuutarou the bird in a quintuplets guessing game. Itsuki is also a wild card considering that she just caught Ichika in a compromising pose over Fuutarou. What it means for the sisters should prove to be interesting as the next episode hones in on the events and consequences of the camping trip and bonfire dance.