Although Matsuri is prepared to die, Aono spares her life due to the fact that Matsuri once saved her. After the fight, Mayuko returns, questioning who Aono is. While Takeshi continues his search for Mayuko, he meets up with Sae by chance, who offers him an umbrella. He denies and starts to walk away, until Sae mentions that she’s seen his “daughter.” Takeshi immediately wants to know where. Mayuko continues hiding with Matsuri on the bus, until Matsuri spots Yorito. Not wanting to see him, she decides to leave. Yorito starts to have another breakdown, but Mana finds him and takes him back home. She also notices origami paper. When Aono calls her, Mana tries to hide the fact that Yorito is at her house. Mayuko buys some food for Matsuri, while they wait for a bus. One finally arrives, and Mayuko gets on, only to notice that Takeshi is coming. Takeshi only finds Matsuri, and is prepared to kill her. Aono goes over to Mana’s house herself. She calls Mana a liar and tries to get in to see Yorito, but is refused entry. She stays out in the rain, crying. Meanwhile, Takeshi fights Matsuri, in order to keep a promise. He remembers a time in his past, when he was with his friend Mayuko. It was almost her birthday and he wanted to get her a present. She asked for a new stuffed rabbit. Takeshi gets one, but when he returns, he finds that she was murdered. He leaves in agony, but later meets with Mayuko again. She explains to him that she’s not human anymore, but a yaka. Being in the sun causes her to burn up. Takeshi promises to make her a human again. In the present, he fights harder against Matsuri, needing her dead to fulfill his promise. However, Mayuko appears, preventing him from making the killing blow. He wants to know why she did this, because he wanted to fulfill his promise, but Mayuko explains to him that he already did. He had also promised to stay by her side, and he did this. She remembers all the time they spent together. In the meantime, Yorito, seemingly in better condition, stares out the window.

And so, this episode motivated me to actually write a real post again. It was completely worth the wait, and I waited for it very impatiently since the last cliffhanger. I’m so happy with the way Takeshi and Mayuko’s story works out. I thought they made an adorable pair and so I’m glad that they can be happy… for now at least. With the way this show is, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if one or both of them died by the end. For now, I got a truckload of cute moments between them, so I won’t mind if that happens. I wonder if this means that Takeshi is going to stop trying to kill Matsuri. Since Mayuko and Matsuri are friends now, maybe he’ll even help her. That could be an interesting twist. I wonder who the villain is now, if there even is one. Aono doesn’t seem to want to kill Matsuri anymore. While I had mixed feelings about her last week, mostly negative, I felt really bad for her in this episode. I hope she’ll at least get to be somewhat happy in the end, even though I suspect Yorito and Matsuri will somehow get together. There’s still a bit left to be resolved, and some mystery to be explained (such as why the yaka tend to enter these psycho modes) so I’ll be waiting excitedly for the next episode.


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