Episode 19: “Sudden Downturn!! The First Date is the Beginning of Misfortune”
Summary: Koizumi is getting ready for school and is wearing the rabbit necklace Otani gave her as a birthday present last episode. She is in an extremely good mood and happy. She arrives at summer school and greets Otani and Nakao who are already there. As Otani is returning the greeting, he notices that she is wearing the necklace and suddenly panics and tells of Koizumi about wearing it. Nobu and Chiharu then arrives and greets them. Nobu notices the necklace and exclaims that it’s cute then asks Koizumi where she got it. Koizumi was about to tell her it’s from Otani when she notices Otani has a scary look in his face that’s seems to be threatening her not to tell she got it from him. She then lamely replies to Nobu that she got it as a gift from God. Confused, all Nobu can say about this was “Huh?”
Otani then drags Koizumi down the hallway stairs and talks to her. He tells her not to tell the guys anything unnecessary about “this and that” as he blushes and asks Koizumi to just keep her mouth shut about it. Koizumi tells him that she’s just so absolutely happy about it and she can’t keep the feelings to herself and that she’s so happy she feels like yelling it out loud to the whole world about “this and that.” Otani tells her she’s an idiot. Koizumi says she is indeed. Otani gives up and tells her to do whatever she wants and walks up the stairs to go back to the classroom. As Otani rounded the corner, he suddenly stops in his tracks and is surprised to see their friends with big smirks on their faces. Apparently, they were eavesdropping on them and heard what they were talking about. They then start interrogating them for what exactly happened. Otani is evasive about it and Nakao can’t seem to get a decent answer from him. Nobu then knowingly asks Koizumi if the necklace was from Otani. Koizumi acts surprised to hear this then asks how did Nobu know. Nobu then asks when did Otani give it. Koizumi replies that Otani gave her the present while the gang was watching fireworks. She then proceeds to tell Nobu that Otani told her he’s just no good without her and then “that” happened, blushing deeply as she tells them. She says she’s been trying really hard and it seems it has paid off since she dream came true and she’s just so happy. Nobu and Chiharu are happy for her as Nobu says it’s good to know Koizumi and Otani are finally a couple. Koizumi says they are not going out yet. Nobu and Chiharu are surprised about this and asks why Otani hasn’t asked her out yet. Kozumi says she doesn’t mind and that she’s just so happy about “that” referring to the kiss. Nobu and Chiharu have no idea what she means by “that.”
On the way home, Koizumi and Otani are walking together. She bids him goodbye as she skipped about in happiness on her way home. This puts a smile in Otani’s face prompting him to ask her if he wants to goi somewhere else first before heading home. She agrees. They stop by a fastfood restaurant where Otani gives her a ticket to the World Athletics Championship. Koizumi gladly accepts this and congratulates Otani for being able to get a hard-to-find ticket. Otani says she’s making him uneasy with her behavior so he’ll hold onto the ticket for safekeeping. Suddenly, someone recognizes Koizumi and greets her. Koizumi gladly greets her back when she recognizes it was her old friend, Ake-chi, from middle school. Ake-chi says hello to Otani then asks Koizumi is he’s her boyfriend. Otani and Koizumi are taken aback by this as Koizumi replies that they’re just friends while happily thinking to herself that tomorrow he might be her boyfriend. Otani seems to suddenly be in a bad mood now. Ake-chi then remarks that she thought Otani and Koizumi were just friends since Koizumi said before that she’d never go for a shorter guy than her then says goodbye. Otani seems to be pissed off about something. Koizumi is bothered by this and feels bad that she might have said something that offended him.
The next day, Koizumi is late in arriving at their meeting place. Otani tells her off for being late 1 in 3 times everytime they decide to meet. Koizumi says she’ll make it up to him by treating him out then realizes she forgot her purse in the house since she was in such a hurry. She says she has some change in her pocket but all her other stuff are in her purse and wants to go back to the house to get it. Otani says not to bother since they’d be late for the World Athletic Championship so it seems he’d be the one to treat her this time and that it’s a good thing he he onto her ticket. Some old ladies who are in a hurry bump into Otani who got a little cut on his finger as he fell down. Koizumi asks him not to worry as she has band-aids with her, then sadly remembers that it’s in her purse which she forgot to bring. While watching the competition, she sadly sits and thinks to herself that if it was Otani’s ex-girlfriend, she might have had a band-aid to offer and wouldn’t have acted like an idiot as Koizumi did today. Otani then notices that she seems gloomy. Koizumi denies this and says she’s having fun. Otani doesn’t believe her and asks her to come with him for a bit.
They go to down one of the stadium hallways where it’s more private as Otani asks her what’s bothering her since it’s just a purse that she forgot. Koizumi apologizes for crying. Otani then tells her that he’ll say what bothered him the last time when they met Koizumi’s old friend Ake-chi. He then asks Koizumi if they’re friends then asks, “Couldn’t you have paused for a second before saying we were just friends?” then adds, “Would friends do that?” referring to the kiss they shared previously. Koizumi is a bit confused and is a bit taken aback by this. Otani proceeds telling her “I would never kiss a girl who was just a friend!” This prompts Koizumi to ask him if they’re not just friends anymore then “What am I to you?” Otani replies by saying that she’s really an idiot. Koizumi angrily says he never told her clearly so how should she know. Otani says she should know. Koizumi tells him the kiss alone was enough to make her happy. This shuts Otani up for a bit then tells her that he wouldn’t have done something like that for no reason and that it made him happy too. Koizumi then starts to cry again. Otani asks her to stop crying and gives her his handkerchief. Koizumi then tells Otani that she likes him a lot. This makes Otani red in the face and tries to run away from Koizumi. She catches up with him as he ran up the stairs towards the stadium sidelines, and tells him repeatedly that she loves him. Otani says he gets it and he knows that. Koizumi asks if Otani loves her too. Otani bashfully nods his head and says yes. The stadium crowd suddenly burst into cheers and applause. Apparently, that moment of confession was caught on the big screen. This makes them both panic and embarrassed causing them to run off inside the building.
Otani asks Koizumi what’s wrong with her saying such things in front of so many people. Koizumi replies she was just really happy and that she can’t help it since Otani stole her heart and that it’s not fair, so she wants to steal Otani’s heart too. Otani tells her his heart isn’t so easy to steal then tells her to get him a drink with those spare change in her pocket saying, “You want to steal my heart don’t you?” This cheers Koizumi up and goes off to a vending machine to buy some orange juice for Otani. Otani sees her off with a smile. Koizumi thinks to herself that Otani is a such a nice guy and that she’s falling for him even more, wondering if he is really happy with her, then remembers that he did say yes when she asked if he loves her too. She happily thinks to herself that this is her first time to experience her love being requited. As she cheerfully runs back to where Otani is, she sees that he is talking with his ex-girlfriend, Kanzaki. This makes her sad and she starts to run off crying again. Kanzaki notices her and goes after her. Koizumi then suddenly stops on her tracks in pain from a blister on her foot as she wasn’t used to her slip-on shoes.
Kanzaki helps her out and puts a band-aid on her blister. This confirms Koizumi’s earlier thoughts that Kanzaki is such a sweet girl. This makes Koizumi start to cry again. Otani then appears and asks what’s going on. Kanzaki proceeds on telling him that Koizumi got a blister. Otani then says Koizumi should have told him and goes to her. Koizumi is sadly thinking to herself that she hates this as she is so embarrassed right now and thinks Otani can’t possibly like a girl as embarrassing as she is and that he would probably prefer someone like Kanzaki over her. Otani thanks Kanzaki for her help and tells her that he’d take it from there. Kanzaki says okay then tells Koizumi she’s sorry and asks for her name again. Otani answers Kanzaki’s question telling her that her name is Koizumi and that she is his girlfriend. This surprises Koizumi. Kanzaki then bids them goodbye and goes to her boyfriend who was waiting for her, apparently they got back together and came to the stadium together. Koizumi then asks Otani if he is really okay with having a girlfriend like her. Otani asks her what she’s going on about now and tells her off for getting carried away and wearing clothes and shoes she’s not used to that’s why she got a blister on her foot. Koizumi tearfully replies that since this is their first date, she just wanted to look cuter for him even just for a while. This makes Otani blush and murmurs to himself, “I think my heart was just stolen a little” as he clutches his heart. Koizumi asks him what he was mumbling about. Otani says he was just talking to himself.
Because of that, Koizumi says she cried all the way through the end of the World Championships and couldn’t watch the events through her tears. On the way out of the stadium, Koizumi is still crying and Otani gives her his handkerchief again to dry her tears with. Koizumi replies that her heart has been stolen again, prompting Otani to ask just how many hearts she has. This makes Koizumi smile as Otani smiles back.
A pretty girl suddenly calls out to Otani from behind. Koizumi asks Otani who she is. Otani says she is his neighbor, Mimi. Mimi says hello then asks Otani who is the girl he is with. Koizumi then looks at Otani with bright eyes eagerly anticipating how he would introduce her. Otani is a bit annoyed at Koizumi’s reaction but introduces her anyway as his girlfriend. This surprises Mimi who gave quite a fierce reaction to this saying she this is the first time she’s heard of this news. Otani and Koizumi then leave together as Mimi looks on with fiery disdain saying to herself she can’t accept that a lame girl like that would be Otani’s girlfriend.
~ end of episode
My Impression: Another cute episode and more interesting stuff happening between Koizumi and Otani. Lots of funny stuff in the beginning; I especially liked when Nobu was asking Koizumi where she got the rabbit necklace, Otani glaring at her so she won’t tell it’s from him then ending up telling Nobu it’s a gift from God! ~Lol. In the latter part of the ep, I really liked that part where Otani clutches his chest and mumbles that he thinks Koizumi stole his heart a little at that moment. Kawaii! Then later Koizumi says her heart got stolen by Otani again, causing Otani to ask just how many hearts she has. ~Lol.
Koizumi is quite a crybaby in this episode, which annoyed me a little bit. Haha. But it’s okay, it’s probably because her feelings were too overwhleming for her since she’s extremely happy and quite confused and insercure at the same time. It’s really sweet of them to finally get both their feelings all sorted out and decided to take the step to be more than friends this time. That big screen incident was funny but also quite embarrassing and sweet at the same time.
However, it looks like there’s a new hurdle standing on the way of this new couple’s happiness. Mimi looks quite scary and seems to be determined to have Otani for herself and took an immediate dislike to Koizumi. It appears trouble is on the way!
Next episode: Mimi is absolutely not friendly with Koizumi and seems to let her know that she is against Koizumi and Otani’s relationship. Koizumi gets to know Mimi a bit more and might suffer her wrath!