If there's one reason I dislike this week's episode, it's because Nanaka barely showed up and didn't even utter a single line of dialogue. Then again, this episode is all about the new loli and Shuusuke. On the way home from kendo practice, Shuusuke stumbles upon some boys bullying a girl. Being the gentleman, he intervenes, and immediately has her swooning all over him. While lending a hand, he accidentally drops his student handbook, to which the girl picks up with intention of returning it to him. In the afternoon next day, she approaches Shuu who is going home with the rest of the gang and gives his handbook back. She introduces herself as Mochida Hinako, and from that point onwards, promises to show up every afternoon.
In one of the nights after that, Sana forgets to put the rice to boil and decides to eat out instead. Sana then runs into Hinako at a family food joint. Questioning her, he finds out that she comes out to eat alone whenever her mom is busy with work. She follows up by telling him that since she is 10 years old already, she's no longer a child(whut) Right after that statement, the waitress brings her the child's meal that she ordered which had Sana in stitches. Explaining herself, she tells him that she merely ordered the set meal for the purpose of collecting the Yeti-kun toy that comes with it.
The next day after school, Hinako approaches Sana who is with Aoi, for advice and they return to his apartment. There, he begins taking off his shirt, which had Hinako making a big fuss over. He stops to listen to what Hinako had to say and it turns out she wanted to talk about her feelings towards Shuusuke, to which he responds with a laughter. Hinako gets upset about it and decides to leave. Attempting to apologize to her, Sana trips on the table and falls on top of Hinako, and at this exact moment, Aoi shows up at his door with some cake. Oh boy. After clearing things up, Sana tells Aoi about Hinako's crush for Shuu. Aoi then tells Hinako that the first thing that needs to be done is to find out what type of girl the target likes. Like your average guy, Shuu tells Sana who approached the latter about it, that he likes girls with with huge breasts. This prompts Hinako to seek advice from Aoi about her secrets for having such ample bossoms. In a bind, they both go to Aoi's mom instead and asks her about it. Aoi's mom then suggests to Hinako that she eats well, sleeps well and play a lot, and concluding it by telling her that a woman's breasts has a lot of dreams. Aoi must dream very often then, hehe.
Since it didn't go as planned, Sana approaches Shuu again to ask him about features he wants in a girl apart from being well stacked. Shuu thinks about it for a moment and after looking at his sister across the classroom, he tells Sana that he wants girls that can cook. Again, Aoi offers to help Hinako learn how to cook, with disastrous results. As a final measure after the fact Shuu still treats Hinako like a kid, Aoi tells her that she should confess to Shuu directly. The plan was for Sana to take Shuu to the aquarium and "bump" into Hinako. Things proceed smoothly and Sana lets the two be, while he wanders elsewhere but is soon found out. Seeing the expression on Hinako's face, Sana figures out the outcome of the confession and suggests to go home. Alone with Sana, Hinako admits that she got rejected flat out by Shuu, but tells him not to sympathize with her and is not sad, since she was treated like an adult this time around. Just as Hinako was about to cry, Sana embraces and comforts Hinako, telling her that even adult weep from a broken heart.
Despite the lack of Nanaka, this turned out to be a decent character introduction episode, and we get to to find out Shuu's preference in women, which taking his two perquisites into mind, describes Aoi perfectly. So does this mean that he actually likes her? Well, maybe not, since he is telling Sana those things as they are also precisely his sister's shortcomings, so I guess he wants someone completely different from her. Also, the part where Shuuri narrates the preview for the next episode put a smile on my face, as it was a nod to Rika from Higurashi, as she does it in a similar fashion. Sana confirms this when he asks if Shuuri might have gotten the wrong show. Speaking of next episode, it looks like it's going to be fully dedicated to Nanaka and Sana, so perhaps we'll see some progress between them as well some new revelations. Shin out.