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- Tsukushi: "Have you ever loved someone? Is that what love is like? Is it really healthy to repress your feelings? Is it okay to let things end that way?"
- Tsukasa: "No, that'd be stupid. It's like there wasn't a relationship to begin with. That's just common sense. What if you died tomorrow? You will regret it forever."
- — Tsukasa easily answers Tsukushi's dilemma
"Love Beyond the Horizon" (
Tsukushi Makino pleads with Shizuka Todo to stay in Japan for Rui Hanazawa's sake. Though angry with her at first, Rui ultimately decides to follow Shizuka to France. Tsukasa Domyoji later asks Tsukushi out on a date.
At Eitoku Academy, Tsukushi Makino stares into the fountain while thinking about Shizuka Todo leaving for France and its impact on Rui Hanazawa. She then takes out her voice recorder and says "Will I ever be special to Rui Hanazawa?" Tsukasa Domyoji walks up from behind and tells her "Don't you have something to say to me?" She calls him an idiot then a bonehead, before he reminds her about her throwing up on his suit the night before. She tells him that she barely reminds it, just as a group of girls walk by. They are plotting to capture Rui's affections now that Shizuka is leaving. Tsukasa tells Tsukushi "You're just like them!" She is struck speechless and eventually runs off.
Tsukushi is ashamed of herself, having realized that she was "thinking only about [her]self and not about the one [she] cares about." She crosses paths with Shizuka. Tsukushi then surprises her by suddenly asking her not to go to France. Now crying, she pleads for her to stay in Japan "for Rui Hanazawa's sake." Meanwhile, Rui walks by and overhears the conversation. Shizuka eventually says "I can't stay. I just can't." Tsukushi acknowledges what she said, but kneels down and asks her to stay again. Shizuka crouches in order to be at eye-level with Tsukushi. She explains why she has to take this opportunity so she will not have any regrets later in her life. The two shake hands and part as friends.
Once Shizuka leaves, Rui confronts Tsukushi, yelling "Who asked you to butt in?" As he hurls more accusations at her, she is unable to reply for several moments. Tsukushi finally comes out of her shock and answers "You were so sad. You might never see her again." Rui then declares "That's none of your business!," before yelling at her to go away. After Tsukushi runs off, Rui sits on the ground and says "Damn it!" Tsukushi continues running until she finds herself at Eitoku's elementary school playground, where she imagines the young F4 playing with Shizuka. There teacher Urara Aoi gives her advice, saying "Someday, you might treasure even the most painful memories."
At the airport, the F4 and Tsukushi are wondering where Rui is since Shizuka is set to leave any minute. Tsukushi suddenly asks Tsukasa "Have you ever loved someone?" which leads to another question, "Is it really healthy to repress your feelings?" Tsukasa answers "No, that'd be stupid. It's like there wasn't a relationship to begin with." Tsukushi is struck by "how simple" his answer is and how easily he was able to solve the predicament. Everyone bids adieu to Shizuka, who asks them to give her "regards" to Rui. Though sad, Shizuka steels herself for the journey and waves one last time at everyone. Tsukushi reflects on her encounters with Shizuka as she imagines what her life may entail in France.
After watching Shizuka's plane disappear, Tsukushi sees Rui standing nearby. Sojiro Nishikado, Akira Mimasaka, and Tsukasa immediately run up to him, asking where he had been. He reveals that he has been there for an hour already and had watched from behind a pillar. Tsukushi yells at him "If you love her, go after her." Rui then pulls out his airline ticket and kisses Tsukushi on the forehead. Everyone goes outside to watch Rui's plane takeoff. Akira and Sojiro wonder about Tsukushi, saying "Didn't she have a crush on [Rui]?" Tsukasa happily declares that there was "no chance." He then stands next to Tsukushi and says "Let's go on a date." A plane flies by at the exact moment, so Tsukushi does not hear him.
Cast and characters
- Script: Yumi Kageyama
- Director: Ryo Tachiba
- Animation director: Tomoko Ito
- Art director: Tomoko Ide
- The episode is adapted from the manga's nineteenth and twentieth chapters.
- Flashbacks from episodes five, six, and ten are shown in this episode.
- In Viz Media's release, the third DVD of the series was named after this episode.
- The episode aired exactly a day before volume fifteen of the manga was published in Japan.
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