This episode begins with Chiaki’s school preparing for a sports festival, and Chiaki gets put in charge of the first aid part. We also get to see Kana training some of Chiaki’s friends for the sports festival, and we get shown how Chiaki gets along with Fuyuki. She keeps getting frustrated with him because he never really says what he wants to really to say. Then later the next night Kana and Chiaki find out from Haruka that Fuyuki and his father will be moving away soon.
As the sports festival approaches the kids continue to get ready for it and Chiaki tries to get Fuyuki to break his habit of always agreeing to help everyone. Both Kana and Haruka tell Chiaki that they will attend the festival the next day, Kana tells her that she’ll cheer her on. The next day, both Kana and Haruka show up along with Fujioka whom Haruka invited watch the events, Kana’s special training seems to have had no affect on the girls and they do poorly.
During the scavenger hunt event Chiaki grabs up Fujioka because she drew a slip of paper saying father, and Kana gets a load of laughs out of this.
Then the next event is the costume parade with Makoto representing Chiaki’s class dressed as a girl and at this point Yoshino kind of makes the connection that Mako-chan looks like a cross-dressed Makoto, but Uchida tries to blow it off.
Later at the lunch break Chiaki sees that Fuyuki is going to eat alone so she grabs him and brings him to eat with her family where he admits that this is the first time he’s eaten with a group. Later when talk of the family event comes up Kana volunteers to participate with Fuyuki, because Haruka with be with Chiaki, but he doesn’t do it because his father has picked him up and he leaves the school for good. Later when Chiaki finds out about this she seems a little sad, and she wishes he would have just said something.
The next day at school Maki sees her teacher removing the overseas exchange poster and asks him if it’s been filled and he tells her that he’s decided to let Minami-san go. Later as Kana is walking home from school she sees Maki and Atsuko eating and they call her over, Maki and Atsuko have been talking about a farewell party for Haruka, and when Kana finds out about this she goes into total shock. Well, that’s all for this episode.
Well, episode 12 was a very interesting episode with a slight taste of melancholy too it, this episode mainly focuses on Chiaki and her relationships with school, friends, her sisters especially Haruka, and her strange dance she does with Fuyuki.
At school and with her friends Chiaki is the calm, no nonsense voice of reason and responsibility that helps organize and ensures that most things run smoothly. Over the past two Minami-ke series Chiaki has changed greatly, in the beginning she was blunt almost to the point of rudeness with her friends, and now it seems that she takes into account their feelings more often.
At home Chiaki is a loving sister to both Kana and Haruka, don’t laugh when you read this, I really feel that she loves Kana deeply but she understands that Kana can be a thoughtless and selfish person at times. But the one Chiaki adores is Haruka, while Haruka might be her sister she really Chiaki’s loving and caring mother figure. What I also found sweet was how Chiaki grabbed Fujioka during the scavenger hunt when her task was to find a father, while this embarrassed Fujioka I found it really sweet.
Now to Chiaki’s strangest relationship, her relationship with Fuyuki, I think that she actually felt something towards Fuyuki, call it a mothering feeling, or call it compassion, I really can’t say. But I think that she realized he wasn’t stupid, he just had problems dealing with people. His biggest problems were not being able to say no to anyone, and not saying how he truly feels, and Chiaki many times tries to get him to say no, and to say how he truly feels, but alas no dice.
The thing that I think that Chiaki missed about Fuyuki and his life is how truly lonely he was, and that would explain why he never turns anyone down and why he never says what he feels. In this episode he tells the girls that this is the first time he’s ever eaten bento (boxed lunch) with anyone else, Fuyuki and his father move from place to place with his father picking up work where he can, so this leads to Fuyuki having no real friends other than his dad who seems to work all the time. So, Fuyuki never says no and he never says what he wants because he needs the human contact that helping everyone brings, and he’s afraid that saying how he really feels might drive that contact away from him.
Chiaki’s constant attempts to get Fuyuki to say what he feels reminds me of how Kyo from Fruits Basket tells Tohru that it’s all right to say how she truly feels, if your frighten, sad, or lonely say it and don’t try and hide your feelings because it almost becomes a lie.
Now for the cliffhanger, Maki and Atsuko telling Kana about Haruka’s impending departure, and it’s only a matter of time before this gets back to Chiaki and it causes a big stir. But I think that it’s a load of BS, Haruka would never leave her sister like that, but it makes for a good final episode.