Fu learns that Riho is staying at Hoboro’s and becomes curious about the relationship between the two. The girls head to Hoboro’s to investigate (and to eat) and find out that the two are very close, with Riho even giving a “quiz” about Hoboro to the girls. Later, Fu shows Riho some of her pictures, which Riho thinks are good. Riho then suggests to Fu that she accompany her and Hoboro to see Hoboro’s sempai who runs a cafe in Kure. However, some comments Riho makes starts concerning Fu that she may be losing interest in photography.
Unexpected old friends
So this time we get a kind of background episode on both Riho and Hoboro, which includes learning Hoboro’s real name (Chimo Yakusa). This episode was ultimately about, I think, the trip each person takes through life, and how what they want to do is up to each person. Hoboro used to do illustrations, but quit to run a restaurant because she liked seeing the town and the children in it grow up. Her sempai, Chimo, also runs a cafe, but still does a lot of illustration work. Riho has moved on from taking pictures of the sky to taking pictures of lot of other things.
Really, this episode explains the symbolism behind the train ticket with no destination that Riho sent Fu back in the first episode: that life is a journey and you never really know where it will take you, as long as you follow what you want to do.
One night at home, Souta realizes that Nazuna is now as tall as he is, depressed, he begs Poplar to act as his little sister for a day to cheer him up. This leads to everyone thinking he’s about to go crazy. This attention makes Mahiru jealous, so Hiroomi tells her to show Souta a picture of her when she was little, which causes Souta to say she’s cute, something she records on her phone and plays over and over. Kirio then shows up at the restaurant, and Hiroomi goes to great lengths to try to prevent him from finding Aoi.
Yes, I feel sorry for you too, Mahiru
Normally when Hiroomi hides information that would clear a situation up, he’s just doing it to see how things play out, partly because it amuses him, and partly because I think it helps him learn about what everyone else does and thinks. But in this case, I’m not sure if it’s the case, or if it is, he’s willing to go to some rather great lengths to hide Aoi. It doesn’t seem like he has any specific knowledge about Aoi’s situation, but I suppose part of it is that he feels that Aoi ran away for a reason.
Meanwhile, it really does seem like Souta is about to have some sort of breakdown. His last hold to being “big” was that he was taller than Nazuna, and now he’s lost that. Maybe having a picture of Mahiru when she was little will start softening his view toward her. Or at least one can hope, I suppose.