Basically two episodes in one, the first half focusing on Anri girl and the second on the date that we've been waiting a few episodes for.
Anri girl is a hilarious addition to the cast, both for the other characters' comments to her and her comical internal strife and outbursts. She realizes that Haru and Shizuku are very close, and assumes they may even be closer than they currently (openly) are, but accepts that she's in love with Haru and that's not going to change because of that. As much as I love her character already and feel sympathy for her situation, I can't not root for Shizuku. While Oshima's personality may be a little more likely (and in some ways more entertaining), I really love how stoic Shizuku can be in the face of similar issues. Unfortunately, Oshima (should probably call her by her real name once in a while) probably has a slightly better chance than she realizes. However, she's obviously not going to win. Shizuku is the lead, and Haru knows that he loves her to in at least some way at all times, while he clearly doesn't think of Oshima as any more than that class rep that he talks to on occasion.
Then the date. Hmm... kind of disappointing, especially since I've really been looking forward to this over the past few episodes. Shizuku just studies and tells Haru that she's not attracted to him anymore. Not the development I was hoping for, especially since Haru looks downright smitten near the end of the episode. I guess things can work out just yet. Well, the leads in the other shoujo school romance series this season were already (kinda) dating earlier than this. But I do like the way this show has gone about everything far more. I expected a little more leading to the ending, so I was a little caught off guard when it started playing. I wonder how things will progress from here. Hopefully the leads' relationship will go back to developing in a positive direction.
Post-episode scenes are loads of fun as usual. How did Natsume get into this school? Oh also, I absolutely loved the completely random scene of Haru finding a hard-boiled egg under Nagoya. His clueless reaction was gold.
Avatar: Tomoya Okazaki from Clannad/Clannad After Story (courtesy of Jun Kuga/Fudce from The Fandom Post)