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Too bad it doesn’t change hearts though. That giant omurice ‘cake’ in celebration of the new Kotoko was absolutely hilarious, as were all three girls’ faces. Between Kotoko and Kin though is a really deep and understanding friendship, even if the love will never be there for both of them. I'm impressed with Kin’s steadiness and support, but I think he also brings out a side of Kotoko that we as viewers rarely get to see. Instead of her usual outgoing personality full of laughs and carefree expressions, Kin allows her an atmosphere to be honest about her feelings, and to talk in a very restful manner about Naoki. Looking back at previous episodes, the first real discussion between Kotoko and Kin-chan before graduation day was very similar. Both scenes weren't antic-driven nor were they played for laughs. And they don’t necessarily further the plot along either. Just a few moments that do a world of good for seeing behind the characters’ outer masks.  So Kin-chan, keep on bringing the food.  It’s obviously doing something for Kotoko’s peace of mind.

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Comfort food.  Even guards against meddling second lead females. Speaking of Yuko, I almost feel bad for her. No, not in a ‘she’s truly sad and I hope she finds her own love’ sort of way. The girl is standard fare alright, and I doubt she’ll show much character development as the show progresses.

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No, it just sucks for her that usually in Dramaland, the second female finds a natural ally in the mother of her intended. But what does Yuko have to do with?

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Irie-mama-major-shipper! Who now knows about that first kiss-su!  I’m pretty sure she’s going to be unstoppable. Kotoko is just a girl after her own heart. They even dress alike and have the same [horrendous!] stalking techniques, as Jinko and Satomi are amused to point out.  Poor Naoki has no chance. Be as stoic as you like; the women in your life are going to rule you. That’s just a fact, and as soon as the boy admits it, the better it’ll be for all involved.

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My speculations are that Kotoko will end up back with the Irie family by the beginning of the next episode, and little bro Yuki better just get used to sharing a room again. Kotoko can’t even find her new home. What could be a better sign that she really needs someone to walk home with every day? That was a bizarrely abrupt ending though. Friday cannot come soon enough, and then I can streamline these two episodes together like there was never any pause! By the way, can anyone help me figure out what exactly happened during this scene:

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Any guesses?  First tennis match, and as she’s about to swing there’s a huge “nooooooo” followed by dizzying camera motions, a ball flying innocuously through both players, and Naoki’s holding on to her racket… I don’t get it. Unless he just wanted to make sure she didn’t get hit in the head by the flying yellow object.  If that’s the case, then I’ll put aside my earlier objections to his slave-driver attitude and say he was just genuinely worried about her safety at this moment. Hey, whatever helps me sleep at night, right?   Previous Mischievous Kiss posts… Episode 7 [ Part 1 ] [ Part 2 ] [ Part 3 ] Episode 6 Part 1 ]  [ Part 2 ] [ Part 3 ] [ Part 4 ] Read more from the Drama Club on their own blogs: