Episode Five opens with Kazunari and Ritsu arriving home and finding Sayaka harassing Mayumi. After Sumiko-san breaks it up, it ends up evolving into a discussion about dating and experience and Ritsu not having any experience. When Sayaka teases Ritsu by trying to kiss her, Kazunari jumps in between; Ritsu’s lips end up touching his arm. Both of them are flustered, and Ritsu hurries off to her room. Kazunari tries going after her, but she makes it into the girls’ area of the dorm before he can catch up to her.
Another day, Kazunari returns home on a hot day and is shot with water from a water gun. Mayumi and Shirosaki are playing with water guns that Sumiko-san found while she was cleaning. Mayumi is soaking wet, and she says that Ritsu really got into it. Ritsu comes out, wielding a large water gun and wearing a raincoat.
Afterwards, Kazunari thinks that Ritsu was in high spirits. As he walks past a room, he sees a book that Ritsu had been reading. He takes a look at the book and starts flipping through it. Ritsu finds him, and she says he can borrow it because she’s finished with it. Later, they start talking about the book together and it looks like they might have something in common to talk about. However, as they talk, they discover they have differing opinions on almost everything.
This episode sees Kazunari starting to recover from how badly he fumbled things in Episode Four. The discussions about the book, even if they don’t agree on anything, are still a step in the right direction. And the audience gets to see when Kazunari isn’t looking is that Ritsu is starting to smile a little more around Kazunari. The interactions between the two of them were very enjoyable during Episode Five. To me, it’s starting to look more and more like these two could somehow end up together by the end of the series.
While Sayaka did help instigate something that got the events of the episode going, I still find her to be a rather annoying and an overall unnecessary character. Oh well. She’s going to be around for the long haul, and no amount of complaining is going to change that. I’ll just have to grin and bear it when she shows up, I guess.
Hopefully, the progress we saw for Ritsu and Kazunari in this episode will continue as the series progresses. I’m looking forward to watching Episode Six and seeing what happens next.
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