Could this be – モシカシテ
Or, this episode can be titled Izumi grows up and returns home.
Picking up from the cliffhanger of the previous episode (not so much of a cliffhanger for those manga readers though), we continue with a brief blue-clouds scene before Ryouma runs out of the room. The blue-clouds scene was shorter than how I remembered it to be in the manga and less sensuous then the the first pink scene but still a treat for the eyes. Ryouma decided to stop with his seme-ing of Izumi when he realised that something was amiss. It definitely won’t feel right when your partner doesn’t feel the same way as you do, and it does feel like Izumi was making light of Ryouma’s feelings for him. But our spoiled brat fails to understand that he has hurt Ryouma and goes to sleep in a huff. It was rather amusing to see Ryouma regret giving up the “once-in-a-lifetime” chance to have a buffet of Izumi, but don’t worry Ryouma, you did the right thing.
Izumi wakes up in the evening (this boy sure knows how to sleep!) and finds Ryouma’s note of apology on the table, along with neatly folded clothes and food in the fridge. WHERE can you find such caring and sensitive young man who cooks delicious breakfast and does laundry for you? In Love Stage!! of course. Izumi finally realises what a spoiled brat/ nuisance he had been and decides to go home. Immediately after he switched his cellphone on, two days worth of Rei’s texts came flooding in, once again reminding Izumi of how childish this whole “running away from home” idea was. I’m repeating myself, but running away from home, imposing on Ryouma and worrying Rei to death really isn’t the most mature thing to do. Izumi was blinded by his own emotions but I’m glad that he realised how selfish he had been. Although I liked the moments in the previous episodes where Hirakawa loses his cool and gets violent, his gentle and worried voice here (probably the only time you’ll hear this in Love Stage!!) sounded better than how he usually sounds in Drama CDs. Awww poor Rei~ Izumi, you selfish brat!
I believe in Izumi-kun-ruru!
Before returning home, Izumi gets one last gift from the loving and forgiving Ryouma – a personal review and message from THE Saotome-sensei! It wasn’t easy for Eyouma to get to meet Saotome-sensei, he did it anyway, by getting down on all fours in front of the editor like how we’ve seen him done to Izumi. This is almost like the final quest Ryouma completes to get the “Shion’s Best Boyfriend of the Year Award”, taking into account all that he has done for Izumi till now, I’m declaring him the best boyfriend-character of this season and the role model of all future boyfriend materials! All shall be compared against THE Ryouma while judging their worth!
Izumi finally returns home and Rei was more relieved than anything else. Right before Ryouma leaves the Sena residence, Izumi thanked him for being such a wonder brotherly figure. The thought of being compared to
DAIGO Shougo got Eguchi Ryouma so disturbed that he surprises Izumi with a kiss. *Triple-kyas* That was one of the coolest line I’ve heard Eguchi said so far.
Take a good look, I’m not like your brother.
No, nobody is going to compare you with DAIGO, so don’t worry Eguchi! Izumi wasn’t disgusted by the kiss and starts blushing instead. Could this be…?
I didn’t find this episode of Love Stage!! to be as funny as the usual, but it was still a good episode which brought us closer to seeing Ryouma and Izumi get together.