Whereas last week we spent a lot of with Akane, this week equal time is given to Kotaro. We see what he does in order to have time to do his writing and the reason why he doesn’t let anyone read it.
It’s the sports festival at the school and, just like it wasn’t for me, its not for Kotaro. As I watch this show I find so many similarities between my school life and what these two go throigh. The memories of those crushes, the teasing by friends, the pressure of not embarrassing yourself, the laughs when you inevitably do. It makes the characters feel so real with their reactions.
The story between Kotaro and Akane is moved along in this episode. Not too much that it feels unrealistic but enough to feel sure that something will happen in the next few episodes.
Another enjoyable episode and I really want to take a moment to praise this series for the careful handling of Akane. When Kotaro starts seeing her body differently, the camera shows what he is beginning to focus on. Not once did it feel like a Akane was being sexualised, instead it was respectful and still comfortable to watch.
It’s the third year of middle school. Kotaro, a bookish boy aspiring to become a novelist, and Akane, a track girl who loves to run, meet in the same class together for the first time. They’re put in charge of the equipment for the sports festival, and slowly grow closer via LINE. How does Kotaro deal with his growing feelings for her? Meanwhile, Takumi has been in love with Akane since first year, and Akane’s friend, Chinatsu, becomes interested in Kotaro. A refreshing story of young love set in Kawagoe
It’s the last sports festival of middle school. Kotaro gets put in the relay race. He becomes friends with one of Akane’s friends who bandages his scraped hand.