At school Umehara tells Junichi about his fantasy Christmas date and brings up what could have happened between him and Kaoru.
With school almost over for the day Umehara and Keiko put their plan to get Junichi and Kaoru together, it starts with him faking a paper cut to send Junichi to the infirmary for a bandage. Tsukasa asks about this and Keiko rejects his advances.
When Junichi arrives at the infirmary he meet Kaoru in her work uniform since Keiko offered to fix her uniform, while she fetches the bandage for him he catches another glimpse of her thighs. Once this is done he musters up the courage to ask her on a Christmas Eve date which she had already assumed they would be going on. When he leaves he thinks about what just happened and looks forward to it, Kaoru opens the door and reminds him to ask Keiko to bring her uniform back.
As Junichi reads again Miya tells him about how the price of a lot of things goes up on Christmas which reminds him of the date he’s looking forward to. Meanwhile Kaoru is looking forward to it as well and is picking out her outfit.
During the preparations for the founder’s festival Tsukasa oversees it, Miya and Sae give Ai the gifts they were going to give her later with her offering them some Oden, and some of the members for the tea club ask if Rihoko could hand out fliers while wearing a Rudolf head piece.
When the time for the date is about to begin Kaoru hasn’t shown up yet worrying Junichi that he’ll be stood up again, she eventually arrives so they head off after he tells her that he was worried, however she wouldn’t do something like that to him.
They go to the Port Tower that she had told him about earlier and talk about embarrassing things from the past before heading up.
They eventually head up to the top and Junichi’s fear of heights kicks in, just like last time we see how Haruka is spending her Christmas Eve where she has to enter a Ms Santa contest after the winner declined the title when she didn’t enter.
Once they get to the observation deck in the tower Kaoru teases Junichi while standing on the glass, she manages to get him onto the glass but accidentally mentions that she’s wearing her fancy underwear in doing so. With them both on the glass she takes his hands so he won’t be afraid and outside it starts to snow, after talking about the snow outside Kaoru tells him about how she’s been feeling about him and confesses to him. He laughs for making her say that and takes her hands to ask if he can stay by her side, she accepts and they share a kiss as it snow falls outside.
When they’re about to head home all the buses that Kaoru could have taken home have already gone so he offers for her to stay at his house for the night. They sneak in while being very careful not to leave any signs that she’s there and Kaoru sees his room for the first time, Miya opens the door surprised that he’s home and thinks that he’s going through his video collection. When she closes the door Kaoru opens the closet and asks if this is the tape.
They decide to sleep in the same bed which leads to Junichi being far to nervous to sleep, he takes a glance at her sleeping face only for her to wake up and climb on top of him. She kisses him again and Junichi finds that she’s already asleep.
Sometime in the future they’re still together and looking forward to all the fun they’ll continue to have.
And some screencaps of the epilogue that was jammed into the sponsors segment.
With Kaoru’s arc now at an end things move onto the shy underclassman, Sae’s route.
With Kaoru’s arc over I wouldn’t be surprised if my interest in this series to drop a quite a bit, but considering how it’s been so far and what the show itself is like there’s still a few things that I’m looking forward to, though to a lesser extent and it should still be pretty entertaining to watch.
As for the episode itself I think it was pretty nice really, with things like the date being held at the place she mentioned earlier and the confession, where Kaoru talked about how she had spent her entire life in the city as a lead up to putting her feelings in the open and telling him that she liked him. Along with what note the episode ended on as well. On another note it was kind of a shame to see Umehara be rejected by Keiko, since it simply adds to the idea that the bro characters in VNs don’t really get a girl in the end, but for it to have happened it probably would have needed a bit more build up to set it up.
Looking back on it though I think I preferred Haruka’s arc a bit more than Kaoru’s arc as it seemed a bit slow in comparison due to it focusing a bit more on both Kaoru and Junichi coming to terms with their feelings for one another and the idea that they could like each other more than friends. But with them already being friends before hand this build up was good in itself and overall I preferred Kaoru as a heroine.