Because Nanaka is ignoring him, Sana starts to think she’s mad at him, and inquires her about it. She claims that she’s not mad, and admits that she saw him with Asami. Sana explains that it was an accident, similarly to what happened at the festival with Nanaka. However, hearing that Sana didn’t think anything of that only makes her more upset. Both Sana and Nanaka realize that the other has changed from the person they used to know. Sana reflects on his past with Nanaka, and remembers a secret mailbox they used to use to send messages to each other. Sana had the only two keys, and gave one to Nanaka. They helped solve each other’s problems through their letters. Sana decides to look for the key, leaving his room a mess of porn books in the process. Aoi of course walks in on this.After retunring to the box, Sana is shocked to find it’s full of letters, including one that says “help me” all over it. Needing to know what happened to Nanaka, Sana questions Syusuke. He explains that Nanaka’s parents died in a fire. She was left traumatized for a while. While Sana thinks about his learnings, he’s confronted by Yuzuki-sensei. She gives him more caramel, leading Sana to question why she always does so. She explains to him, and as he’s leaving, realizes that he was the boy she gave caramel to in the past. Later, Sana and Nanaka meet each other by the mailbox by chance, and Sana admits that he knows about the fire. He apologizes for not being able to do anything when she was suffering. Nanaka starts crying, saying that she suffered more because he wasn’t there for her, and running into his arms. Afterwards, during a call with his mother, Sana says that he’s become stronger.
This was definitely an important episode. Nanaka’s past was finally explained. Her vision of fire did turn out to be significant, as it was a fire that killed her parents. I suppose the reason she doesn’t play the violin anymore is because she associates it with the loss of her parents, having it with her when she escaped the fire. I can see how this would’ve been a traumatizing event for her, and I really felt bad for her at the end. Not having an important person to you to help around after losing two other important people must’ve made it even harder on her. It also excuses her behavior towards the beginning more, of going as far as slapping Sana just because he didn’t remember her. It’s clear that she really loves him, so I can see why that would be insulting to her. Syusuke was interesting this week too. I’m surprised by how hurt he was over what happened to Nanaka, mostly because he was unable to do anything for her. That’s the kind of thing I can really relate to, often feeling bad that I can’t do anything for people’s problems. Since Nanaka’s problem was so big, it was probably particularly hard for Syusuke. Anyway, I’m glad Sana and Nanaka have pretty much made up, and hopefully their relationship will work out. Though, I’d be disappointed if there was no more drama between them, and there’s still a few episodes left. Hopefully when Sana’s background is explained, things can become interesting again. Next weeks episode looks like it could be cute, with more Hinako and Syusuke stuff. I thought Hinako would switch harems, but I guess she can still try for him.