The episode opens with heightened tension as Soyo confronts the band about their choice to play “Spring Sunlight,” pointing out Saki’s emotional reaction. Taki, however, remains detached, asserting that Saki’s emotions aren’t her concern. Why does it matter? She isn’t a part of the band.
Back in school, Tomori finds herself surrounded by classmates praising her performance, but Anon notices Tomori’s underlying sadness. Their attempt to approach Saki at school is met with cold indifference as Saki walks straight by her. Meanwhile, at Taki’s school, a classmate’s gesture of congratulating her with a milk drink does little to lift Taki’s spirits — it seems that she’s worried as well, despite wanting to put on a cool attitude. Concern grows as Soyo remains incommunicado for three days.
Tomori and Anon’s visit to RiNG reveals Taki’s nonchalant attitude towards Soyo’s absence, asserting that Soyo should return when she’s ready. Tomori’s fears about the band’s potential disintegration become evident. Their attempt to visit Soyo at her school ends in vain as they learn she’s absent.
A visit to Tomori’s house offers Anon a glimpse into Tomori’s world of collectibles. Their conversation drifts to Saki, with Tomori reminiscing about the warmth Saki brought to CryChic and her gratitude towards her. This only hurts Tomori even more, who is sad she’s upset Saki.
Soyo’s emotional turmoil is evident as she bombards Saki with apologetic texts. An encounter with an old friend, unaware of CryChic’s disbandment, further deepens her anguish. Soyo’s subsequent cold treatment of Mitsumi, her close friend, showcases her internal conflict. Later, a heart-to-heart with Mitsumi reveals Soyo’s guilt over CryChic’s breakup and her desperate need to reconcile with Saki.
Raana’s initiative to practice is met with hesitation from Anon and Tomori due to Soyo’s absence. Tomori’s internal conflict about the band’s direction is palpable. Raana, frustrated by their indecision, especially Tomori’s, departs from RiNG without a practice session.
The episode reaches its emotional climax as Soyo finally confronts Saki. Soyo’s plea to revive CryChic is met with Saki’s firm refusal. Saki’s revelation that she no longer wishes to be part of CryChic, coupled with Mutsumi’s reluctance, shatters Soyo’s hopes. Saki’s finality on the matter and her accusation that Soyo is self-centered leaves Soyo devastated, kneeling in shock. Mutsumi’s pitying gaze on Soyo adds to the episode’s somber conclusion.
Opinions / Analysis
I cannot stand Soyo. Saki doesn’t wanna be there. IT’S NOT ALL ABOUT YOU AND YOUR WANTS.
Soyo literally cannot let go of the past; and based on the ending scene with Soyo’s pitiful plea to Saki, Mutsumi’s expression shows me how sad it was.
And Saki — if you don’t wanna be back in the band, then why on Earth are you acting like a baby when they move on with their lives?!
Jesus. Both these girls annoy me so bad.