Don't trust wieners
Instinctively, Shinichiro looks for Noe at school after being asked by Jun to go out with her. However, he turns down her offer to have lunch together as well as walking home together, using his dance practice as a reason. Noe is surprised by the fact he dances, although Shin sees it as something pretty ordinary. Deciding to bug someone else instead, Noe goes over to where Hiromi is and has lunch with her, to the latter's surprise. Funnily enough, she also begins trading dishes with Hiromi as a gesture, something friends were supposed to do. Even more amusing is Hiromi's face when she thought Noe was going to take her tako wiener away lawl.
Just like the changing of seasons from summer to fall, Hiromi also begins to show a warmer side which we've not seen. She goes home together with Shinichiro, where they take a stroll by the waterfront, having the kind of conversation that made all that animosity between them almost non-existent. Elsewhere, the ever clueless Nobuse thought he'd scored with Aiko when she agrees to make a sweater for him, although I personally feel it was meant for Shinichiro. The cheerfulness of how everything has unfolded thus far takes a dive when Shin's mom spots him and Hiromi walking home together, as she bitches at her, telling her not to get so close.
The next morning, both our heroines are gloomy from the what happened yesterday. Noe, down from being lied to by Shin, goes to meet Hiromi at the eating spot, although the latter is nowhere to be found. Hiromi on the other hand, takes that time to train, trying to forget Shin's mom's hurtful words. With her untouched bento box, Noe visits Shin at his dancing class. She praises him, comparing Shinichiro to her cock. She offers the food to him, but just as he was about to put a tako wiener in his mouth, Shin is stopped by Noe, as she considered it to be a fake food that will make him into a liar. What? She proceeds to talking to him about how she felt he was someone that would shed wonderful tears. Asking how she had intended to collect his tears, Shin is suddenly licked by Noe on the face, which took him by surprise.
In the evening while working on his picture book, Shinichiro is paid a visit by Jun. Instead of a straightforward reply, Shinichiro unwittingly tells Jun, that if he were to go out with Noe, Jun must in turn ask Hiromi out. Strangely enough, Jun does not know who Shin was talking about, until he was reminded. Jun just mentions that she was cute and takes his leave. The now frustrated Shinichiro is unsure of whether or not Jun was being serious, until he decides to speak to Hiromi about it. For the very first time ever, Shinichiro enters her room, telling him about what happened earlier with Jun. The visibly annoyed Hiromi tells him to mind his own business, angry that that he had entered her room just to tell her this.
Shinichiro leaves Hiromi alone for the time being and bumps into one of the workers, carrying stuff including an old photo album. Shin flips through it, only to notice that in certain pictures, a woman's face has been cut out of them. The next day after school, Shinichiro heads over to Ai's restaurant, only to find it closed. Aiko then shows up, and they both enter through the back door. Shinichiro takes note of a bag full of knitting tools, mentioning how lucky Nobuse is. Aiko takes this opportunity to measure the unfinished sweater against his shoulder, only to be interrupted by his best friend knocking outside. However, just as he was about to go open the door, Aiko suddenly pulls Shin back, asking him not to open it.
Stupid Shin is stupid! He basically lost all the love points he gained with Hiromi for the past few days by being a smartass trying to set her and Jun up together. He now has a possible rival to contend with, Then again, Mrs Nakagami clearly does not take a liking towards Hiromi, as it seems she had some form of conflict with the latter's mother, to the extent of cutting out her face from the photo album. On the plus side, Noe and Shin seem to be much closer than ever before, as it seems for once, she did not like the fact she was turned down in favor of Hiromi. Aiko on the other hand seems to be torn between picking Nobuse or Shin, as despite claiming to make the sweater for the former, she quite obviously wanted to give it to Shinichiro instead. Judging from the preview, it does look like her feelings towards him will be made clear, so it would be interesting to see if Aiko will be the first to directly confess to Shinichiro, turning this love battle wide-open, as at this point, who Shinichiro will pick is anybody's guess. Shin out.