This episode picks up right after Kurumi thanks Sawako for being able to help her with Kazehaya, but Sawako grabs her arm and tells her she can’t help her with Kazehaya. Well, Kurumi goes on about her liking Kazehaya, but Sawako says since she can’t support her with all her heart, so she can’t help her. Kurumi asks Sawako why she’s not feeling inferior and backing down, why she wants to go out with him, why is he special to her, is it just because he was nice to you. Kurumi even goes as far as asking Sawako if someone else was nice to her would it be the same way. Kurumi goes on to tell Sawako that it’s not fair that everyone is afraid of her, and she doesn’t have to do anything to get his attention while popular and cute girls have to work hard (I almost fell out of my chair).
Later that night, Sawako thinks about what Kurumi said to her; would she feel the same about someone else. At school, the class is getting ready for today’s sports competition, Ayane does Sawako’s hair and Sawako gets much love as a good luck charm. During the girls’ soccer match the boys talk about how well Sawako is fitting in, and Sawako displays incredible speed on the soccer field, saving a goal, and assisting Chizu on a goal. In the process of assisting Chizu with the game winning goal Sawako loses her shoe and it happens to land on Kurumi’s head (LOL).
At that moment, Kurumi sees Sawako celebrating with her classmates and Kazehaya, and she’s not happy. After everything breaks up, the guys head off to their softball match, Chizu invites Sawako to watch their volleyball practice but Ayane tells her Sawako will being watching the boy’s match. As Chizu and Ayane are walking away, Ayane tells Sawako not to lose. Cheering?
While looking for her shoe, Sawako runs into Kurumi who is about to go off on her until she sees other people watching, so she stays in “good” Kurumi mode. As Kurumi is walking off, Sawako calls to her and Kurumi says not to call her Kurumi. So, Sawako calls her Ume-chan. Well this sets her off, and she says don’t call her Ume; she hates that name even though Sawako thinks it’s cute. As Kurumi is getting all emotional Sawako invites her to watch Kazehaya’s softball match with her, Kurumi reluctantly agrees.
Kurumi lets Sawako see her true colors while waving to some of her male fans, she tells Sawako that she lets her true colors show when she gets irritated with her. As the boys are getting ready to play they start talking about Sadako and Kazehaya goes into blush mode as the boys praise her. Ryuu buts in telling the boys that her name isn’t Sadako, Chizu made him remember it properly, her name is Sawako. The mention of her real first name sends Kazehaya into overload and he breaks up the conversation by telling them to start practicing.
While the boys start to practice, Sawako tell Kurumi that she looked up the word “special” in the dictionary and she says that she’s always felt that way about him, and she can’t compare him to others. Kurumi tells Sawako that’s because she hasn’t come in contact with other guys, if she talks to other guys like the ones who sit near her. Like Kazehaya? No, others. Like, Ryuu.
While all this girl talk is going on, a ball gets past Kazehaya and heads right towards Sawako’s face only to be caught in the nick of time by Ryuu. Here it is, the shipping moment; Kurumi tells Sawako that Ryuu saved her. Oh, that’s right, he saved me and I haven’t even thanked him. Yes, you should thank him and talk more with him……you two, together. That’s all for episode 11.
Well, the next episode begins with Kurumi continuing her suggestion that Sawako talk with Ryuu alone, of course. Since Ryuu saved her and doesn’t avoid her doesn’t that put him on the same level as Kazehaya? Sawako tells Kurumi that the game is about to start and she asks Sawako if she was even listening to her, but Sawako points out that Kurumi wanted to watch Kazehaya play baseball and she does too. Sawako wants to see a side of Kazehaya she never knew, and Kurumi tells her to not put their feelings for him on the same level since she’s been stalking watching him since middle school. She’s always been stalking watching him and snatch blocking making sure he didn’t get a girlfriend. Well, due to Sawako’s lack of common sense that comment slips right by her, and Kurumi thinks that was a close call. Well, the girls continue to talk about feelings, and Sawako wonders if there’s an even greater feeling orgasm than the one she experiences thinking about Kazehaya, so she’ll try and talk to Ryuu. Kurumi thinks to herself that Sawako has accepted her challenge, and she tells Sawako that she going to play this her way from now on. Sawako comes to the conclusion that Kurumi has romantic feelings for Kazehaya and she thinks she understands what “from the bottom of your heart mean”. After the boys win their first match, Sawako’s friends invite her to watch the girls volleyball match with them. As Sawako is walking away she thinks how important everyone is to her and how it was all possible because of Kazehaya’s help. Well, Sawako thinks that she doesn’t understand her feels toward Kazehaya but she wants to learn about them so if she talks to Ryuu that might help. Later, Kazehaya sees Sawako looking at Ryuu and asks him if he has romantic feelings towards her. No, I like her as a friend, and Kazehaya asks him to not use her first name, and he also wishes that he was the one to save her.
Later, Kurumi goes into the teacher’s office and gets the sports committee schedule from Pin so she can track down where Kazehaya be later in the day. While Ayane is getting some drinks she sees Kurumi off by herself doing something near the lockers and she stops by to say hello. The girls have a little talk and Ayane lets Kurumi know in a very subtle way that she thinks that she started those rumors about her and Chizu to get them away from Sawako. Ayane says she wonders what Kazehaya would think of a girl who did something like that, and she also tells her that Sawako is pretty tough before she walks off.
Once the boys return to the building we see what Kurumi was up to (Ayane also noticed), she planted a fake note in Ryuu’s locker that says that Sawako wants to meet him by the equipment shed (damn, all the best things in life happen in or near those sheds). After the girls’ match, Ayane and Chizu invite Sawako to lunch but she tells them she has to thank Ryuu for saving her and confirm her feelings, and she asks them to hear her out later. Ayane tells her to not be fooled and follow what your heart tells you. Also, Ayane tells Chizu that they got something to take care of later. Kurumi directs Sawako to Ryuu who she heard will be by the equipment shed.
Sawako finds Ryuu napping near the equipment shed and he tells her she’s finally here. Ryuu uses the note to remember her name and Sawako is amazed that her thoughts appeared on paper (no one could be that dense). Well, Sawako thanks him for saving her life and gives Ryuu a drink in appreciation for his help. After a while Ryuu asks her if that’s all, and Sawako asks him about romantic feelings. Ryuu tells her that he does, and he loves Chizu, keep that to yourself. Sawako says she thinks they’d make a great couple. Just then, Kurumi ambushes Kazehaya while he’s on his way to the equipment shed and offers to help him. Well, Kurumi asks him if he really rejected Sawako, and he tells her no. But, he goes on to say that she hasn’t confessed anything like that, and besides, she doesn’t like me that way.
Kurumi blasts Kazehaya by saying that Sawako told her that she didn’t want to date him, and that she only had eyes for Ryuu since he saved her, so let’s encourage them for Sawako’s sake. Meanwhile, Sawako is talking with Ryuu about when he knew he loved Chizu. He tells her that it didn’t happen at once but he just knew she was special and he can’t compare her to others. At that very moment Kazehaya and Kurumi walk up on Sawako and Ryuu, Kurumi tells Kazehaya that’s its true and they should do their best to support Sawako and Ryuu, Kazehaya looks absolutely destroyed. That’s all for this episode.
Kurumi’s shipping war.
So, here we are, all of Kurumi’s schemes and machinations are laid bare, and her master plan is finally reveled. In an earlier review I had speculated that Kurumi would probably be Sawako’s greatest enemy or threat when it came to her relationship with Kazehaya, and this prediction looks about right. Kurumi is trying to use Sawako’s emotional immaturity when it comes to boys to try and shift Sawako away from Kazehaya and direct it towards Ryuu.
Also, Ayane seems to have come to the conclusion that Kurumi was the source of the rumors concerning Sawako, Chizu and her. It seems that when Chizu told her about how Kurumi used her to sow dissention amongst the junior high school Kazehaya fan girls she put two and two together and came to the conclusion that Kurumi was the source. Using this logic, Kurumi’s rumor attack made perfect sense; separate Sawako from her only two friends making her easier to destroy or at least ruin her chances with Kazehaya. I’m really interested to see what form Ayane’s and Chizu’s counterstrike against Kurumi will take because I can’t see them letting that vicious attack on them go unpunished.
So, since the “rumor” attacked failed it seems that Kurumi is going to play the “bitch in cute girl clothing” attack on Sawako; she’ll pretend to be her friend while doing everything possible to undermine and destroy her relationship with Kazehaya. What Kurumi fails to realize is that Kazehaya actually has a choice in the matter, just because he can’t get what he wants doesn’t mean that he’ll fall in to her “loving” arms.
Sawako naivety stretches the bounds of believability.
OK, I get it, Sawako is emotionally immature, but her reactions to Kurumi’s attempts at friendship and Sawako’s own lack of understanding about her own feelings really have me pulling clumps of hair out of my scalp right now. Sawako may be emotionally immature, but she’s not retarded, I can’t believe that any girl Sawako’s age (around 16), no matter how emotionally immature, can’t tell the difference between just being able to speak with a guy, and having those heart palpating moments of desire/longing/sexual attraction. Sawako has to have read some romantic novels or manga, seen some romantic TV shows or movies, and have had some moments of romantic self-fulfillment while lying in bed at night. When I was a young lad of sixteen, I was no Jon Juan or Casanova, but when I had my first moment of real desire for a girl, I knew it because it hit me like a nuclear bomb, so I can’t buy the thought that Sawako can’t tell the difference between her feelings for other guys and Kazehaya.
Kurumi, you fail at life.
While my frustrations with Sawako’s behavior are large, my feelings of distain and disgust for Kurumi dwarf any problems I have with Sawako. I’ve seen some commenter’s on other blogs and message boards make an attempt to defend Kurumi behavior by giving the excuse that she’s just a young girl in love, and all I have to say is that both you and Kurumi fail at life. Kurumi’s behavior is as bad as those real life freaks who insist that Nagi from the Kannagi manga has to be a virgin; if I can’t F that 2d girl then she doesn’t deserve a 2d boyfriend. Kurumi is as bad as those real life freaks over in Japan who search through the photo data of their favorite idols to make sure they really stayed home alone on Christmas Eve, get a life.
What I’m trying to get at here is that Kurumi is as bad as any pitiful drooling stalker, I really don’t have a problem with the idea that she’s longed from Kazehaya since junior high school and goes to sleep every night seeing his face. But, I do have a major problem with the fact that she goes about her life ruining other peoples’ lives, including Kazehaya’s love life, because she’s a coward who lacks the courage to tell him she likes him and take her chances on being rejected. In effect, Kurumi even more emotionally immature than Sawako is; while Kurumi may be beautiful on the outside, on the inside she’s a pool of self-loathing and meanness.