Work on Nyapollon is starting to back up; the idea is to bring in an additional artist. But the only one who can match Mashiro’s work is Rita…
While Sorata works on sketching Nyapollen, Rita shows him how to sketch, and Shiina comes by with some more sketches. Later, Akasaka walks by Sorata's room where Rita is peeking and points that Rita has given up on art. At school and top of the roof, Sorata and the gang eat lunch while discussing about the culture festival. Jin says that they need a representative, and Akasaka reports that they have two days left for their Nyapollen storyboard deadline. In the hallways, Sorata and his company bump into Saori and Soichiro. On the way home, Sorata states that they have to increase their numbers, and Shiina mentions Rita who is a professional artist. Shiina and her group spot Rita at the entrance, and she asks Rita to help her draw the storyboards. Rita declines, yet Shiina reminds her that Rita is a great artist. Rita explains that she has given up art because of Shiina. She states that Shiina only looks at her painting, and she comments that Shiina probably forget the names of her friends. Akasaka asks Rita what did she want, and Rita breaks into tears. With Rita running away, Sorata and the gang except Akasaka go after her.
Sorata asks Shiina if she has ever envied anyone when Shiina asks him a question. He finds Rita and states that Rita is an important person to Shiina since any normal person wouldn't befriend Shiina. Shiina tells her that she had fun with Rita back then. Then, Rita bursts into tears, and Shiina hugs Rita back. After everyone's hard work, Misaki throws a celebratory dinner, and Rita thanks Akasaka who starts to feel uncomfortable. After Akasaka has run off, Rita tells everyone that she will behave until the cultural festival since she wants to see Nyapollen.
Points of Interest
- Rita's background is revealed in this episode.
- Continuity: In this episode, Sorata mentions half of a year has passed since he met Shiina.
- Japanese Name: "Kirai Kirai, Daisuki" (キライキライ、ダイスキ)
- Opening Theme: "Kimi ga Yume o Tsuretekita" (君が夢を連れてきた) by Ai Kayano, Mariko Nakatsu, Natsumi Takamori
- Ending Theme: "Days of Dash" by Konomi Suzuki