Honey and Clover (2005)
|01||"... ...I just saw the moment when a person falls in love for the first time. Oh boy... ..."
"... ...Hito ga koi ni ochiru shunkan o hajimete mite shimatta. Maitta na... ..." (... ...人が恋に落ちる瞬間を初めて見てしまった.まいったな... ...)
|April 14, 2005|
|Yūta Takemoto, a second-year student at an art school, desperate tries to wake up sixth-year student, Shinobu Morita, for school, in order to prevent Shinobu from repeating yet another school year. Later on, Yūta and Takumi Mayama, a fourth-year student, are introduced to Hagumi "Hagu" Hanamoto by Shūji Hanamoto, her father's cousin. However, Shinobu also meets Hagu, causing him to constantly take pictures of her.|
|02||"I panicked a little when I saw Hagu-chan... ...hey, wait / The two affections start to turn"
"Hagu-chan o mite sukoshi, asetta... ...tteiuka / Futatsu no koi ga mawaridasu" (はぐちゃんを見て少し、焦った... ...っていうか / 2つの恋が回り出す)
|April 21, 2005|
|Yūta and Takumi soon discover Hagu's artistic talents. They, as well as Hagu, discover Shinobu's website which contains a collection of pictures featuring Hagu. Hagu gets upset and throws random objects at Shinobu, which included her wish list. Meanwhile, Yūta plans to throw a teppanyaki party. Later, after his job, Shinobu spots one of the items from Hagu's list, a pair of patent pink mules, in a store and buys it as a present for Hagu. Shinobu arrives back in a drowsy state and gives two bags of meat for Yūta's party, as well as the mules for Hagu. Hagu is delighted and Shinobu faints from exhaustion from his job. Yūta offers to carry him home and suddenly notices his feelings towards Hagu on the way back.|
|03||"Hey. Why me? / These were two unrequited loves"
"Ano sa, omae. Nande ore nanda? / Sore wa futatsu no kataomoi" (あのさ、お前.なんで俺なんだ? / それは2つの片思い)
|April 28, 2005|
|It is late summer. Yūta, Takumi, and Shinobu are coming back from an evening bath when Yūta receives a phone call from Hagu inviting them all over for dinner the next evening. Takumi and Shinobu decide not to go, leaving Yūta to have dinner with Hagu and Shūji. Meanwhile, Takumi has developed feelings for Rika Harada, an older woman who is good friends with Hanamoto, and is also Takumi's boss. Ayumi Yamada, a friend of Takumi who has a crush on him, finds out about this and publicly chastises him for it. Later, Ayumi approaches Takumi and asks why he works for Rika without mentioning his feelings for Rika. However, Takumi coldly tells Ayumi that she should find another guy. Ayumi is deeply hurt and cries about it to Shinobu.|
|04||"Actually, I don't like Christmas all that much... ... / They boy and girl are swayed"
"Honto wa anma suki janai. Christmas... ... / Kare to kanojo ga yureugoku" (ホントはあんま好きじゃない.クリスマス... ... / 彼と彼女が揺れ動く)
|May 5, 2005|
|Takumi continues to battle over his feelings for Rika and his feelings for Ayumi. Meanwhile, Hagu is overwhelmed by other people's expectations of her artistic ability. The next day, Shinobu invites Yūta, Takumi, Hagu, Shūji, and Ayumi to a Christmas party. Yūta and Hagu go Christmas shopping, and it is revealed that Yūta does not really like Christmas. Takumi visits Rika and learns that she is going out with Shūji. The night of the Christmas party comes, and everyone has a good time. Takumi arrives late, and the party has become a little crazy. Takumi steps out to meet Shūji, and asks where Rika is. Shūji replies that she is at her husband's, meaning that Rika is visiting the grave of her husband. Hagu interrupts their conversation, and Takumi and Shūji join the party. At the end of the party, Takumi stays to clean up, and Shūji takes everyone else home. Takumi stands by the window and thinks wistfully of Rika, and then Ayumi. Shinobu startles Takumi out of his reverie, and the two drink. Yūta is asleep, dreaming of a happy Christmas with himself and Hagu.|
|05||"Yeah... ... ...I'm home... ... / Thinking of mother back home"
"Un... ... ...Tadaima... ... / Kokyō no haha o omou" (うん... ... ...ただいま... ... / 故郷の母を想う)
|May 12, 2005|
|Yūta goes home to visit Mitsuko Aida, his mother, for the first time in a while. Yūta's father died years before, and Yūta does not like Kazuo Aida, his mother's love interest. While visiting, Yūta realizes that Kazuo is not a replacement for his father, but someone to care for Mitsuko. He finds a respect for Kazuo. Later, Shūji takes Yūta, Hagu, Shinobu, and Ayumi on a trip. Takumi is invited as well, but comes later.|
|06||"... ...Hey, Yamada, how come you fell in love with a guy like me? / The past, the tears, the confession"
"... ...Naa Yamada, nande ore nanka suki ni natchimattandayo / Kako to namida to kokuhaku to" (... ...なあ山田、なんで俺なんか好きになっちまったんだよ / 過去と涙と告白と)
|May 19, 2005|
|Yūta, Hagu, Shinobu, Takumi, Ayumi, and Shūji go to the zoo. Shūji talks to Takumi and tells him about Rika's husband. Shūji lived with Rika her husband, and was very close to both of them. When Rika's husband died in an accident, Shūji took care of Rika, as she suffered major injuries in the accident. Shūji also tells Takumi that Rika is hiring someone to replace Takumi. This is because Rika believes Takumi will get the job he applied for, but it is also because she has feelings for him, and it is too painful to have him around her. Later, Ayumi decides to stay at the school as a graduate student. Takumi is notified that he has received a job at the place he applied to. Yūta, Hagu, Shinobu, Takumi, Ayumi, and Shūji have a party to celebrate. Takumi carries a drunken Ayumi home on his back and tells her that he thought she would leave if he turned her down. Ayumi begins crying and tells him she loves him.|
|07||"Hagu, let's go together / We look for a miracle"
"Hagu, issho ni ikō / Bokutachi wa kiseki o sagasu" (はぐ、一緒に行こう / 僕たちは奇跡を探す)
|May 26, 2005|
|Shūji is offered to travel with his old teacher for one year to gather research and survey material for a new book, and offers to bring Hagu along for the trip. Hagu refuses, stating she won't be lonely because she now has friends, which is a stark contrast to Shūji's recollection of Hagu's life prior to coming to the art school. Meanwhile, Takumi bids Rika farewell when she learns he has been hired and started working at the Fujiwara Design Office, promising he would be back one day. Before Shūji's farewell party, Hagu tries to find a four-leaf clover to give Shūji as a good luck charm, to which everyone coincidentally passes by and helps out to find. Ultimately, they are unsuccessful, although Shūji's appreciates the effort and Yūta cherishes the memory of that day.|
|08||"Yeah... ...that's far... ... / I couldn't leave you alone"
"Aa... ...tōinā... ... / Kimi o hōtte okenakute" (ああ... ...遠いなぁ... ... / 君を放っておけなくて)
|June 2, 2005|
|Ayumi has moved in with Hagu, and the two invite Yūta, Shinobu, and Takumi over for a strange dinner. It's shown to humorous effect that Hagu and Shūji greatly miss each other. After dinner, Takumi asks why they are gathered together, and no one seems to know. Yūta replies that it's his birthday, and everyone is very embarrassed. They all attempt to make up for it. Shinobu makes a Twister mat and cards with too many colors, and he and Yūta become hopelessly entangled in it. Shinobu makes a joke about Takumi's stalking, and Takumi leaves. Ayumi sees him off. After Takumi has left, Ayumi looks up at the sky and wonders how to give up on Takumi, and whether it's worth it. Takumi, meanwhile, sits and stares at Rika's window. The next day, Ayumi has to leave Hagu alone in the apartment for a night. Yūta remembers that he made it through his first night alone because of his friends, so he goes to visit Hagu. The two sit and talk late into the night.|
|09||"Did she notice? Why is it that I don't tell her? / That brooch was so heavy"
"Kanojo wa kizuita darōka? Naze ore wa oshienaindarōka? / Sono burōchi ga omotakute" (彼女は気付いただろうか? なぜオレは教えないんだろうか? / そのブローチが重たくて)
|June 9, 2005|
|Shinobu makes and discreetly gives Hagu a brooch she wanted, while Yūta fights feelings of jealousy and whether or not to tell Hagu who gave the brooch to her. Ayumi also thanks Shinobu for bailing her out of a situation where she awkwardly tried to casually say that she loves Takumi. Christmas arrives, and Hagu begins her first part-time job by helping Ayumi in the local shopping district. Yūta is asked to help with decorations when Hagu and the shopping district try to win back business from a competing supermarket chain, and Yūta has a change of heart over how he feels about Christmas. He also attempts to tell Hagu about the brooch during the ensuing Christmas party, but is interrupted by Shinobu who tells Hagu herself that there's no deep meaning to it.|
|10||"... ...It's not something you can just throw away that easily, is it? ... ... / We cross the sky"
"... ...Sonna kantan ni hōri dashitemo iimon janaidaro... ... / Bokutachi wa sora o yokogiru" (... ...そんな簡単に放り出していいもんじゃないだろ... ... / 僕たちは空を横切る)
|June 23, 2005|
|After the school festival and Christmas passes by, the entire group goes on an outing by going on a water taxi ride along the Sumida River. On there, Takumi reveals to Yūta he knows about Yūta's feelings toward Hagu and tells him to not give up. Their day continues when they arrive at the Kasai Seaside Park, only to find it largely deserted due to the season. They ride the Ferris wheel there, but end up in awkward seating arrangements due to Shinobu's antics. On the water taxi ride back, Yūta ponders about the group's situation and how the new year will be like.|
|11||"That... ...wasn't fun at all... ... / Love pushes us around"
"Ta... ...Tanoshiku nakatta... ... / Koi ni furimawasarete" (た... ...楽しくなかった... ... / 恋に振り回されて)
|June 30, 2005|
|Yūta and Ayumi talk about Takumi's future and how Hagu has grown before they are interrupted by Shūji's sudden and early return from his trip to Mongolia. Everyone then gathers at night to hear about Shūji and his teacher's trip. The next day, Hagu goes out shopping with Shinobu for art supplies due to everyone else being busy. Hagu wrests with her feelings for Shinobu as he treats her coldly the entire day. Eventually, Hagu returns and cries to Shūji, nearly regressing to the past where she only trusts Shūji.|
|12||"You idiot, what are you thinking?! / The sudden kiss, the unexpected parting"
"Bakkayarō, nani kangaetendayo! / Totsuzen no kisu, tōtotsu na wakare" (バッカヤロウ.何考えてんだよ! / 突然のキス、唐突な別れ)
|July 7, 2005|
|It is spring again. The whole group attend the annual school festival. Some of them tell stories about what happened recently to them, while others think of their loved ones. Later on the next day, Hagu is still in an uncomfortable mood. She went out to buy tobacco for Shūji and took a look of cherry blossoms for awhile. Shinobu suddenly appears in his eccentric behavior, giving her his scarf and kissing her unconsciously. He ran away the moment he realized what he had just done. Hagu was quite shocked after that and she got a fever which, according to Shūji, is often caused to her by stress. Shūji told Yūta about Hagu's uncomfortable feelings while going out with Shinobu last time, and he said she did not realize that was because she liked him. Yūta, feeling depressed, comes back home, finding the person responsible for summoning Shinobu to work, who is seen breaking into Shinobu's overly secured room. The room shockingly resembled that of a master control room. This mysterious person then finds Shinobu's passport, in order to be delivered to the airport. He then tells Yūta that Shinobu is about to go to Los Angeles for six months for a job. Yūta jumps into the car with him to go to airport but he could not make it in time to bid Shinobu farewell. The person is later revealed to be Shinobu's older brother, Kaoru Morita, who also portrays eccentricity. Yūta asks Kaoru whether Shinobu will return or not. In turn, Kaoru asks Yūta whether or not he wants Shinobu to return.|
|L||"We're face-to-face with a legend... ... / Rōmaiya-senpai SPECIAL is this sort of story"
"Bokutachi wa, densetsu to mukiau... ... / Rōmaiya-senpai SPECIAL wa konna ohanashi" (僕たちは、伝説と向き合う... ... / ローマイヤ先輩SPECIALはこんなお話)
|Yūta, Shinobu, Takumi, and Shūji all reminisce about Lohmeyer, a friend of theirs. In a flashback, it is revealed that he is a large, bulky guy, and known for his generosity and his kindness. He brings tons of meat to them, as the four happily ask for more. Until one day, Lohmeyer disappears, leaving the four in major depression and sorrow. In the present, Yūta and Takumi go to an amusement park. Takumi explains the history and design of the amusement park as well as its mascot, leaving Yūta in total shock. The suit of the mascot, ironically, was worn by Lohmeyer at the time. Takumi says that Lohmeyer as the mascot attracted many of the adults more than the children, because of his personality. Yūta then wonders about Lohmeyer as the mascot of the amusement park. However, Yūta, Hagu, Takumi, and Ayumi are surprised to discover that Shinobu is the new wearer of the suit of the mascot.|
|13||"... ...What was I expecting her to say? / All I wanted to hear was that little thing"
"... ...Kanojo ni ... ...Boku wa ittai, donna kotae o kitai shite itandarō / Sono, tatta hitokoto ga kikitakute" (... ...彼女に... ...僕はいったい、どんな答えを期待していたんだろう / その、たった一言がききたくて)
|July 14, 2005|
|Yūta later announced the news about Shinobu leaving to Los Angeles to Hagu and the rest. Later, they all went to Shinobu's room, since the door was destroyed by Kaoru. Yūta asked Hagu whether or not she wants Shinobu to return, but her stern and straightforward answer before was really hurting him. The story mainly talked about Ayumi and her feelings later on. To save money, Takumi asked Ayumi to help making some artwork for his firm's project. Yūta, seeing Hagu all fired up creating her latest work, reminded him of Shinobu's dedication in his work. Ayumi invites Hagu along with the gang to the fireworks display that will be taking place that evening. Both Hagu and Ayumi choose their yukatas for the event. Later that evening, Ayumi, being conscious with her look, revealed that she just wanted Takumi to compliment her on her yukata.|
|14||"I met with her in my dream... ... / I touched her in my dream"
"Yume no naka de, kanojo ni atta... ... / Yume no naka de, kanojo ni fureta" (夢の中で、彼女に逢った... ... / 夢の中で、彼女に触れた)
|July 21, 2005|
|Takumi dreams of Rika. One of his co-workers, Miwako Teshigawara, says that when one dreams of another, it is because the person in the dream wants them to meet so much that the soul escapes the body and comes to the dream. Takumi was in doubt about that, but on the way back home from a meeting, he and his other co-workers, Takumi Nomiya and Kazushi Yamazaki, passed by a park where Rika was just behind a fountain watching him passing by. Takumi didn't notice until later on. However, when he ran back to the fountain, she was not there anymore. Later, everyone at Takumi's workplace began talking about Rika's deceased husband, seemingly making Takumi realize that he was the only one who did not know Rika's husband personally. Nomiya mentions Ayumi, implying that he wants to meet her. Takumi then leaves the office, only to go to the festival with Yūta, Hagu, Ayumi, and Shūji. He was followed later by Nomiya, Yamazaki, and Miwako, much to his chagrin.|
|15||"... ...Rika-san. Is it possible that Harada Design might still have work for me? / An unfair me begins to run"
"... ...Rika-san. Ore o mata Harada Dezain de tsukatte moraemasuka? / Hikyō na boku ga, hashiridasu" (... ...理花さん.オレをまた原田デザインで使ってもらえますか? / 卑怯な僕が、走り出す)
|July 28, 2005|
|Takumi's work is going well with his co-workers. Miwako noticed how well Takumi and Nomiya potted bowls. But this leads to Takumi discussing to his co-workers about his feelings toward Ayumi. Yet he still misses Rika. Takumi and Nomiya head over to Ayumi's room, after they had finished their work for the day. They start gathering Ayumi's pottery to display at an art exhibition. However, Miwako calls Takumi to urgently come back to the office, concerning a scale model for a meeting the next day, as it has been accidentally broken. After noticing that Takumi left his coat at her place, Ayumi reminisces with her time with Takumi. Nomiya comes in, as Ayumi is in deep thought, which, in turn, startles her. Nomiya takes Ayumi out in the evening to eat. Furious, Takumi develops jealousy, as he finds out that Nomiya went out with her last night. Yet Ayumi becomes frustrated for his jealousy. Takumi converses with Shūji about Rika, but Takumi ends up walking back home, disappointed. He starts to reminisce about Rika again, when suddenly he gets a call that Asai, Rika's current assistant, suddenly has health problems and needs to stay in the hospital. Takumi meets Asai in the hospital, and he finds out that Rika is also in the hospital. He asks her if he can come back to him, but she rejects him. However, Takumi reluctantly offers her a ride home.|
|16||"The third answer doesn't even reach my lips... ... / The moon is calling her"
"Mittsume no kotae o, boku wa, kuchi ni shinai... ... / Tsuki ga kanojo o yonde iru" (3つめの答えを、僕は、口にしない... ... / 月が彼女を呼んでいる)
|August 4, 2005|
|Nomiya tells Miwako that the firm will split into two locations. One will stay in Tokyo, while the other will move to Tottori. Nomiya intentionally wants Takumi to go to the firm in Tottori. At the same time, Asai is still in the hospital and Rika hasn't been able to find a replacement for him. Hence, Takumi decides to leave the firm and comes back to work with Rika at the Harada Design Office, without much of asking for her permission. Ayumi was acknowledged about this two weeks later through Nomiya, resulting in her depression. Later on, Ayumi tells the others that four guys, who were childhood friends of hers, proposed to her at a shopping district, but she chose to run away from them. Shūji later on explained to Ayumi that her situation with Takumi was similar than that of the four guys who proposed to her. Shūji tells her that in the case of one loving someone who doesn't love another, people could just choose either to try or give up. He advises her to tell the four guys her true feelings. When Ayumi leaves, Shūji's thoughts reveal a third choice, but he would never speak it out.|
|17||"What I don't have is a destination... ... / I don't even know how I feel"
"Ore ni nai no wa, mokutekichi nanda... ... / Jibun no kimochi mo wakaranai" (オレに無いのは、目的地なんだ... ... / 自分の気持ちも分からない)
|August 11, 2005|
|Having lost Takumi from the Fujiwara Design Office, Miwako expresses her depression by buying a massage chair for their new office. Ayumi, who was brooding over the proposal of her childhood friends, confronts them and turns them down properly, later wishing for their own happiness while selling cakes with Hagu. Meanwhile, Yūta is being depressed from the fact that he has not realized yet what his goal in life really is, giving him trouble on his job applications. He then took down the artwork he made for the art exhibition, much to a surprise for the others. His depression made the opening of their Christmas party a little dull, but Shūji's antics made things lively. Rebuilding another artwork for his graduation art project, Yūta suddenly collapses and is brought to the hospital to be diagnosed for an ulcer. Visited by Mitsuko and Kazuo, he decides to stay and study for another year. Yūta was about to confess his feelings to Hagu when they were interrupted by Shūji, who has brought him a handheld television. What they saw on television totally surprises them.|
|18||"If Morita-san came back... ... What would she...? Then... / He came back"
"Morita-san ga modotte kitara... ... Kanojo wa? Soshite... / Ano hito ga kaette kita" (森田さんが戻って来たら... ... 彼女は? そして... ... / あの人が帰ってきた)
|August 18, 2005|
|Shinobu, airing on television in a startling appearance, is given an Academy Award. After making a ruckus on the hospital ward, they were shocked to see Shinobu on the bed right beside Yūta. The next day, they return to the hospital, only to see Shinobu well. After Shūji drags Shinobu away for his thesis, Ayumi asks Takumi about his work, realizing that she herself is being hurt from the fact that only Takumi and Rika are working together. Later, Shinobu was given a heavy lecture by Professor Tange, but still ends up graduating due to his graduation thesis being finished and submitted in time, being that his work was a self-portrayed hand-made sculpture made of gold. But he returns later, enrolled as a third-year student in the Japanese painting department.|
|F||"You are the king of fashion / Fujiwara Design SPECIAL is this sort of story"
"Kimi ga, oshare banchō / Fujiwara Dezain SPECIAL wa konna ohanashi" (キミが、お洒落番長 / 藤原デザイン事務所SPECIALはこんなお話)
|Before Takumi starting working at the Fujiwara Design Office, Miwako becomes upset to see Yamazaki in a fashion magazine. It is explained that Miwako bought a shirt for Yamazaki as a practical joke device. However, the shirt seems to suit him well. Each day, Miwako attempts to give Yamazaki another shirt as a practical joke device, but she again fails to humiliate him, seeing him displayed the same fashion magazine. After Shinobu returned from America, Takumi plays shogi with Shūji. When Yūta and Hagu arrive, they all converse about Ayumi in parties. It is explained that Ayumi is the most attractive girl in every party, but she experiences love sickness after becoming drunk. Moreover, Takumi becomes responsible for caring for Ayumi after every party. They then talk about Takumi time in the office. It is explained that Yamazaki was invited to a party. Miwako still becomes obsessed in trying to humiliate Yamazaki, only for him to be invited to many parties due to his popularity. Takumi and Shūji, not realizing that Yūta and Hagu both departed, ended up calling it a night, only to see Shinobu right in front of them.|
|19||"Mayama loses sight of me, every time this happens / Time begins to move again"
"Kōyatte itsumo, Mayama wa watashi o miushinau / Tomatta jikan ga ugokidasu" (こうやっていつも、真山は私を見失う / 止まった時間が動き出す)
|August 25, 2005|
|Takumi arrives at the Fujiwara Design Office, only to found out that Ayumi is there. After she leaves abruptly, Takumi mistakes Nomiya's business interest with Ayumi for his love interest. Takumi then goes to the apartment to meet up with Yūta and Shinobu. When the three gather to eat dinner prepared by Shinobu, Yūta reminicses over the time when Shinobu departed to America. The following night, Takumi meets up with Yūta, Shinobu, Ayumi, Shūji, Yamazaki, and Miwako at the annual school festival. Later after the festival, Ayumi agrees to go with Nomiya, after she had an argument with Takumi. However, Ayumi begins to have second thoughts about going out with Nomiya, as she faces the truth about her relationship with Takumi told by Nomiya. Meanwhile, at the Fujiwara Design Office, Yamazaki and Miwako talk with Shinobu and Takumi about Nomiya. Miwako explains to Takumi that he and Nomiya are alike in personality, which makes Takumi frustrated. Nomiya and Ayumi bought food at a pastry shop. Nomiya brings her to the sight of a Ferris wheel at his place, while Ayumi reminisces over her time with Takumi in the Ferris wheel. Ayumi then admits that Nomiya was right about her relationship with Takumi, causing her to cry. The next morning, Ayumi is shocked to have slept overnight with Nomiya, but Nomiya calms her down by offering her a ride on the Ferris wheel.|
|20||"Isn't it your job to care for that!? / I pray to the moon hovering in the night sky"
"Sore o kea sunno ga anta no yakume darō! / Yozora ni ukabu tsuki ni inoru" (それをケアすんのがアンタの役目だろう! / 夜空に浮かぶ月に祈る)
|September 1, 2005|
|Nomiya calls Yamazaki and Miwako to the office early in the morning to assist a drunken Ayumi to her father's house. Later on, Shinobu meets up with Takumi, and Shinobu tells Takumi that he wants to visit the office again sometime. Takumi views pictures of Ferris wheels taken by Nomiya, noticing how much Ferris wheels meant to Nomiya. Shinobu finds Ayumi, having great concern over her. Shinobu then walks her to her house. The next day, Shūji explains to Yūta how he became a teacher. Yūta then tells Shūji that everyone except him has their future planned out, including Hagu. Shinobu becomes surprised that Hagu doesn't want her paintings to be displayed and shown in museums and art galleries. Shūji tells Shinobu that it is up to Hagu to do what she wants with her art, but Shūji questions himself if that is the right thing to do. At the office, Yamazaki and Miwako accuses Nomiya of having a perverted personality. However, Nomiya recalls that he was trying to change his ways until Takumi started working at the office, since Takumi had the same personality as him. Ayumi is seen by Professor Shōda, making pottery. She had made too much pottery, which Professor Shōda realized that something was troubling her.|
|21||"... ...It's empty... ..."
"... ...Karappo da... ..." (... ...空っぽだ... ...)
|September 8, 2005|
|Yūta meets with Shūji and a businessman. The businessman offers Yūta a job, and Yūta quickly accepts the job. Yūta celebrates this occasion with Shinobu, Takumi, Hagu, Shūji, and Ayumi. However, the businessman had declared bankruptcy. Meanwhile, the Tottori firm joins back with the Tokyo firm, resulting in some unfinished work in the Fujiwara Design Office. Ayumi catches Nomiya before he walks out, dropping off some pottery at the office. Miwako tells Ayumi that Nomiya is headed over to the Tottori firm, which surprises Ayumi. Yūta disappears and hasn't returned to the apartment in a few days, causing the others to be worried. Shūji concludes that Yūta wanted to be away for a while to find himself and that he will return within a few days. It is revealed that he went away for a while to find himself in the past, ending up at a beach. He begins to worry about the others. Shinobu, Takumi, and Shūji set out to look for Yūta. Yūta seems to fear what his future will turn out to be.|
|22||"... ...When I got out of the tunnel, the view was beautiful."
"... ...Tonneru o nukeru to totemo kirei na tokoro ni deta" (... ...トンネルを抜けるととてもキレイな所に出た)
|September 15, 2005|
|Yūta travels to many houses to get water to drink. Miwako text messages for Ayumi to Nomiya, as she wonders how he is doing. Hagu believes that she is selfish for not displaying her paintings. Yūta is uncertain to return to the apartment. Unfortunately, his bicycle breaks down when he passes by a temple. He meets with carpenters who restore temples and shrines. He decides to help them until he is able to buy a new bicycle. Shūji reveals to Hagu that Yūta reminds him when he was younger. Ayumi meets Rika for the first time, and she eventually starts to feel sorry for Rika.|
|23||"... ...And once again, I begin to run... ..."
"... ...Soshite, boku wa mō ichido hashiridasu... ..." (... ...そして、僕はもう一度走り出す... ...)
|September 22, 2005|
|Yūta cooks for the carpenter, and they seem to like the food he prepares. Yūta calculates that he will work for ten days until he is able to buy a new bicycle. Meanwhile at the Fujiwara Design Office, Rika ask if Ayumi could work with her, since she takes an interest in Ayumi's pottery. Takumi becomes worried when he hears the news. Yūta reluctantly wants to stay with the carpenters, since they love his cooking. He gradually starts finding himself after bonding with the carpenters. One of the carpenters lends Yūta his bicycle as well as a map, giving Yūta quite a surprise. The carpenters say farewell to Yūta, as he starts to ride back to the apartment.|
|24||"... ...I'm here"
"... ...Tsuita" (... ...ついた)
|September 26, 2005|
|Yūta views the map the night before he starts traveling the next morning. He comes across a store near a school, and ends up eating sweet rolls. The store owner talks to him about her time in America, offering him some corn for the trip afterward. Yūta reminisces about the time he wished he could go to America with his father. Not paying attention, he falls off his bicycle, but manages to get back on and continues on his journey back to the apartment. When he arrives home, he goes to see Hagu. Shūji goes to see Hagu shortly after, but finds out that both Yūta and Hagu are asleep. Yūta wakes up the next morning and receives a warm welcome from everyone. Yūta explains to them that he was simply trying to go on a journey, meeting people along the way. It is revealed that Yūta has been away for two months. Everyone goes to a harvest festival, and they all see the fireworks. After realizing that what he leaves behind can mean so much to him, Yūta admits his love for Hagu. As Yūta spends the night with all friends in the apartment, a four-leaf clover is secretly shown next to his bicycle.|
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