Episode 04: “A tearful confession of love sent on Christmas Eve”
BRIEF SUMMARY: Takemoto and company are helping out at the shopping district. Morita runs into another argument with Yamada’s dad. Takemoto tries to break it up but ends up being pushed away, in turn bumping into and breaking 4 bottles of expensive wine and getting beaten up.
After a day’s work, Mayama walks into Shuuji’s office and hears that his friends are starving. He kindly offers that he will treat them to some Chinese takeouts. In his friends’ joy, one by one (led by Morita, of course) they run toward him and hug him exclaiming they love him (“Mayama, daisuki!”). Yamada is left standing a few yards from the group, unsure what to do. Morita notices this and shoves Mayama towards her, causing him to bump into her and fall over on the couch. We also learn that Takemoto is not fond of Christmas.
Later, Mayama asks a favor from Yamada. He’d like to borrow some of her pottery creations since they need a several at some of their projects at Fujiwara Design. There is a lady professor who has been bugging Shuuji to let Hagu join painting competitions. Yamada thanks Morita for what he did earlier (the “Mayama, daisuki!” moment) but they are interrupted by the art dealers(?) who are offering Morita an opportunity in New York for an art exhibit to feature his work. The day before Christmas, Takemoto still comes to the liquor store to work off his debt. Yamada’s dad accepts his assitance but later says Takemoto should be getting ready for the occasion instead, then gives him his pay. Takemoto is surprised to receive this since he was supposed to work to pay for his debt, but thankful for it as well. Meanwhile at Fujiwara, Miwako is impressed with the pottery samples that Mayama brought them. She’d like Mayama to ask Yamada and meet with them the next evening. At Miwako’s request, Mayama gives Yamada a call and asks her if she’s free to come over to their office. Surprised with this sudden invitation, she stutters for a bit but confirms that she’s available, but is a bit disappointed that it’s his supervisors who’d like to meet with her rather than just him. Takemoto gives in and writes a wish for Christmas on the tree (he asks for a watch).
It’s Christmas day. Miwako and Nomiya are having a conversation which reminds Mayama of Rika. Later, a cheerful Yamada is on her way to Fujiwara while Mayama leaves and drops by Rika’s place. Yamada arrives and only meets Miwako and Nomiya. Before she leaves, she manages to ask Miwako where Mayama’s work desk is and leaves a couple of presents for him. She notices Miwako’s and Nomiya’s knowing smile and defensively says she and Mayama are just friends. Meanwhile, Hagu still lacks inspiration for her painting. Takemoto decides to buy Hagu a present but chickens out in actually giving it to her. Over at Rika’s, Mayama tells her that he will work hard so he can come back and work for her again.
Hagu confesses to Morita that she likes him but Morita brushes her off and insists that their rivals in the world of art. He adds that he became better as an artist because of Hagu and asks her to paint another piece that will move him once again. The next day, Takemoto finds a watch in one of his socks. It’s from Morita saying it’s the one he owes him from before, attached is a note that he is off to New York. Takemoto goes after Morita and manages to see him before he leaves, wondering what will become of Hagu’s feelings for Morita. He later informs Hagu of Morita’s departure. Instead of Hagu being all depressed about it, Takemoto is quite surprised to hear that Hagu is okay with Morita leaving and that she hopes he’d do his best there.
~ end of episode
IMPRESSION: Poor Takemoto being bullied in the reindeer costume. Why is it that the middlemen who try to to settle conflict the ones who get beaten up? O_O The “Mayama, daisuki!” part was nice, I think close enough to the same moment in the anime. I really like that there are more moments showing Morita and Yamada’s friendship.
Where’s my cute and funny Nomiya x Yamada meeting?! I was kinda expecting it to be at the festival too like in the anime, but apparently not. =( It was so much cuter and funnier in the anime when Mayama was trying to cover up Yamada as being too busy so Nomiya won’t meet her in person. Oh, well. Nomiya having the image of a “ladies’ man” here was pretty lame in terms of upcoming storyline… I thought the one in the anime with the call of his so-called girlfriend asking him to choose between work or her (he chose work! xD) had more of an impact to letting us know that he seemed to have quite a carefree attitude which Mayama would feel bothered about when Nomiya starts going after Yamada. Mayama, on the other hand, isn’t much of the somewhat creepy stalker that he was with Rika, LOL. It was more of a natural brooding guy with unrequited love, a change which I don’t really mind at all.
Pouty Hagu looks a bit more annoying than usual, but Morita annoyed me more when he merely brushed off Hagu’s confession, saying that they’re rivals. Ouch. Come to think of it, I don’t think Hagu confessed her feelings in the anime, did she? If she did, it would have been later on after the incident with the broken glass (maybe 4 or so more episodes away from this episode). Oh well, I suppose they had to insert this sooner somewhere since it’s only 11 episodes in total for the drama version.
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