There were lots of developments in this episode, both in character’s growth and storyline progression. First, is the inevitable silent war between mother and daughter. I love how Kahoko is still so nice even with a little rebellion, like choosing to wear the other dress that her mom did not choose. In the end, mother daughter made up without too much fuss, and as if nothing happened. Poor dad he ends up getting in the middle of the war, and having to mediate between the two. Dad is quite sweet listening to Kahoko and buying her food when she skipped her meal, even when the mom wouldn’t let him. Dad is star of this episode, as he mediated mom and Kahoko to make up and persuaded Mugino to continue seeing Kahoko. But of course the lion has its limits, as dad has had it with being silent and helping in the background and not getting any appreciation or thanks for his efforts. He had a similarly epic tantrum like Kahoko in the previous episode and walked out of the house. On the other hand, i liked how they showed Mugino rejecting Kahoko nicely. It was funny seeing him practice his speech and for Kahoko to almost hear it. Mugino explained that it doesnt make sense for them to be together since he doesnt like someone who is too sheltered, which would make sense from outside but opposites can attract too. I feel for rejected Kahoko. Such a brave young woman, despite being overprotected, she knows how to handle rejection. She put on her best brave face until she went home and cried her eyes out. And funny to see her google for ways to get over her crush. Makes me wonder if she has any friends at all. Kahoko also tries her very first beer and ended up drinking lots of glasses. She was so drunk she ran over to Mugino’s studio to tell him to never give up being an artist even though she can no longer see him. The next scene with Mugino asking her opinion on his artworks and Kahoko totally trashing everything was just so hilarious, i had to make this gif. This is a complete opposite of Ito when she visited Mugino. I don’t know what her purpose was for visiting him. Was it her thinking that he liked her or was she just being polite since he visited her in the hospital, or was she too confident to think that she is pretty and talented. Either way it didn’t matter since Mugino totally rejected her. Well, not romantically, but he told her how awful she is for blaming everyone else, like her parents who worked hard for her, and that he wouldnt want to sketch her while she is in this “ugly” state. Oh and Mugino also showed her the same paintings and she just kept saying it was good. Ito also needs to be pitied because she might be in the brink of depression and self destructive state, but right now she needs to get a hold of herself, get down from her high pedestal and seek help. Glad to see Mugino is not afraid to say those things as that is what she needs right now. The last scene of Mugino and Kahoko talking with Mugino saying he needs her, not romantically but as friend and critic is just nice. And i love Kahoko’s reaction that this is the first time someone actually needed her and that it’s nice to hear someone say see you tomorrow. I am looking forward to see how they will resolve the issue with the dad feeling unappreciated in the next episode. I also like that the drama is taking it slow when it comes to the romance between Mugino and Kahoko because it looks more believeable and realistic, and much more bittersweet ehen they finally get together. I think they are quite a match. Mugino can teach Kahoko about real life and working hard while Kahoko can teach her to be cheerful and optimistic no matter the trials they face.
Mugino by now should realize that his skill is in sketching life form rather than painting those abstract art. And i also hope Kahoko can start choosing her own clothes (and change her fashion style too).