When it rains, it pours, and it seems like the world is pouring down on poor Fumi. News of the breakup is matched by news of an engagement. Where now?
What They Say
Fujigaya's school newspaper announces that Kagami Sensei is getting married. Kagami states that he had no prior knowledge of Yasuko's prior experience, after being cross examined by Kyoko. With all this going on, Yasuko has been giving Fumi the cold shoulder, and, unwilling to take any more of this, Akira confronts Yasuko on behalf of Fumi.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
As we come back after the bombshell that Yasuko unleashed at the end of last episode, we have Fumi preparing to go home. She is rather upset (but thankfully not in full-blown tears), and is prepared to walk home in what is now a driving rainstorm (the usual pathetic fallacy). The Sugimotos, though, will have none of it, and eventually Kuri drives her home.
Things get more interesting when it is revealed that Mr. Kagami, the Drama Club Faculty Advisor, is engaged to be married to…Kazusa Sugimoto. So, Yasuko's story is really quite complex.
Fumi confides in Akira about her situation, and it is Akira who confronts Yasuko, but instead of some sort of blow-up or ruckus, Yasuko takes Akira out for cakes and tea. When asked point blank whether Yasuko loves Mr. Kagami, she admits it, and also admits that she never expected that she would take the news of the engagement so hard. Afterward, Akira goes over to Fumi's house to tell her what happened.
Things are in flux now, especially when Kyoko finds out that Yasuko is free again. Kyoko tries to make another move on Yasuko, and is again rebuffed. On the other hand, Kyoko invites Akira to spend time at her summer home during the long vacation, and what's more, she encourages Akira to invite along all of her friends from Matsuoka, including Fumi. Meeting for tea and cakes later (these girls really like to hang out in cafes after school), when Akira steps out for a moment, leaving Kyoko and Fumi alone, they have a brief exchange about Yasuko, which ends in tears for both (though not tears of anger, more like tears of loss).
With the (expected by many) breakup of Yasuko and Fumi, things are now in flux as both try to move on with their lives, and others react to the news in differing ways. Still, I have to give the writer credit for not employing cheap theatrics to react to various kinds of new that are very upsetting. Instead, people are generally fairly calm in reacting to seriously bad news, though that does not mean they are unemotional. Emotions come through, but public reactions tend to be rather reserved, which injects an air of verisimilitude to the drama, as the over the top histrionics we often see on screen, both live action and animated, tends to be a cliche of entertainment more than a constant event in real life. Still, it is hard to see where things are going, especially with only three episodes left to this series.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
Apple Mac Mini with 1GB RAM, Mac OS 10.5 Leopard.