And we continue with the “Love Story”…
Warning: Spoilers ahead!
Finally, the girl has a name. Can’t calling her Yamato forever, right? Her full name is Rinko Yamato.
A message startled Takeo out of his reverie and it’s from the same girl he had fell in love with. The message is colorful and so cute that you can’t mistake the fact that she likes him. But since he decided that he will cheer both Suna and Rinko together, he squashed his feelings when he saw that message.
Wanting to know what Suna likes in a girl, Takeo decided to be blunt about it and ask it outright. Apparently, Suna doesn’t have a specific type of girl and all that Takeo asked of him, he doesn’t understand the references. However, Suna knows Takeo’s type, which really emphasize that Takeo is a blockhead in terms of reading people.
Honestly, this makes my fujoshi senses tingle. Suna, do you really like girls or you just like Takeo?!
One day, while in class, Takeo got a message from Rinko asking him to taste another of her cakes. Takeo noticed that her messages are colorful. After Takeo agreed on a date, Rinko replied asking him if she can call him Takeo-kun — which is a big deal honestly. It means that she wants to be familiarized with him but of course he had made up his mind to be in the sidelines and push both Suna and Rinko together.
So, when the fateful day arrives, Takeo brings Suna along to meet Rinko. Waiting by the fountain, Rino saw Takeo first and her smile is so big, and it deflated when she saw Suna with him. While they are eating the cakes (honestly, it was only Takeo who was eating), Suna bought drinks for them. Meanwhile, Takeo regaled some stories of their childhood trying depict Suna as the cool guy. Unfortunately, he was only successful in telling his embarassing tales.
After finishing the cakes and withough Suna in sight, Rinko asked Takeo if she could bake more cakes — which Takeo readily agreed. And all the time while they were hanging out, Takeo is still picturing them as a great couple.
GAH, I WANT TO STRANGLE TAKEO. HONESTLY, CAN’T YOU SEE THAT RINKO LIKES YOU, NOT SUNA?!
And while they were saying their goodbyes, Rinko almost got into an accident (does she have bad luck or what?), where a heavy strip of metal falls on her. Takeo reacted fast enough to stop it and Suna ushered Rinko away.
This is the saddest scene so far as Takeo sees their backs as they rush away from the scene, that it was the correct thing to do, that he was there to support the relationship, not to be part of it. But before his strength gave out, Suna returned with Rinko behind him, helping him to support it. This scene was so figurative as well, that it emphasizes that both Suna and Rinko care for Takeo in a different way and all they want to do is help with the burden he is carrying. /cries
Rinko called Takeo up to ask when they can meet again and if they can meet alone, without Suna. Instead of interpreting it that She wants to be alone with him, Takeo interpreted it that she wants advice on how to get Suna to notice her.
DID I MENTION THAT I WANT TO STRANGLE AND SHAKE TAKEO?!
Gah, while I understand the feeling of being not be the first choice when it comes to love relationship, this episode is so frustrating! I get that Takeo doesn’t think that he deserves to get the affections of a nice girl and that really saddens me. He was conditioned to think like that because he’s friends with Suna, and I can’t blame Suna for being the bishie and cool guy in the friendship.
I do wonder if Takeo will consider his meeting with Rinko to be a date. They are alone together with she baking him cakes, what more could a guy ask for.