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- "It was a mistake that I entered the small, elite world of Eitoku Academy. I'd better forget it, before I get serious. Before I feel even more miserable. I'll stay away from the F4 and return to my old self. Bye-bye, Rui Hanazawa."
- —Tsukushi decides to go back to her old life
"The Ordinary Duo!" (
After Tsukushi Makino resolves to avoid the F4, a childhood friend, Kazuya, transfers to Eitoku Academy. Tsukasa Domyoji becomes jealous and gives Kazuya a red card. A new wave of bullying ensues until Rui Hanazawa steps in.
Having just arrived from France, Shizuka Todo greets Rui Hanazawa at Eitoku Academy by jumping into his arms. Tsukushi Makino watches the exchange from a balcony above as the two kiss. She is stunned by Shizuka's beauty. The rest of F4 arrive seconds later to meet Shizuka. She greets them all with a peck on the lips, shocking Tsukushi as she wonders "Who kisses just to say hello?!" Shizuka and the F4 leave the school to go celebrate her return. Tsukushi continues staring at Shizuka, saying to herself "I thought women like that existed only in novels or movies." The thought depresses Tsukushi since it causes her to think that she does not stand a chance against Shizuka at winning Rui's heart.
That night at dinner, the banter between Tsukushi's family reminds her of the wide gap between herself and the students at Eitoku Academy. She decides that she should forget about her crush and resolves to stay away from the F4. Tsukushi takes her voice recorder and says "Bye-bye, Rui Hanazawa." Meanwhile, Shizuka is happily chatting with the F4, while Rui looks sullen. Sojiro Nishikado comments on this, before Tsukasa Domyoji says "He always gets moody when he's happy." Rui blurts out that her modelling photos of her "practically naked" have been bothering him. Shizuka assures him that it is just a part of her job. A few minutes later, Rui does not seem satisfied with her answer as he watches her dance with the others.
The next morning, Tsukushi unconsciously braids her hair into pigtails before heading to school. Tsukasa teases her about her hair, calling it "The perfect style for a pauper." Despite his goading her, Tsukushi remembers her decision and runs away instead of responding. She later runs into Kazuya Aoike, an old classmate from elementary school. Tsukushi is happy to see him again, but hesitates due to her status as the school pariah. She, however, cannot say no when Kazuya tells her "You're the only one I can rely on!" The F4 sees them. Tsukushi promptly runs off with Kazuya and warns him to avoid the F4. At lunch, she and Kazuya talk about light-hearted topics. Tsukasa sees them, causing his anger to mount.
Kazuya opens his locker and finds a red card. Tsukushi stares in silent horror. Kazuya mistakes it to be a welcome sign from the other students, whom immediately disperse. They return with eggs, which they fling at Kazuya. Tsukushi leads him away, but they are met with more bullies at every turn. She spots Tsukasa watching them from a balcony and goes to confront him. When she questions his reasons for targeting Kazuya, he becomes angry and yells "Because you don't understand a thing!" Their argument grows more intense as neither understands the other. She eventually shouts that she likes Kazuya. He slaps her, which Tsukushi retaliates with a punch. She then runs off to help Kazuya.
Tsukushi and Kazuya run off to hide. She advises Kazuya to transfer schools. He rejects the idea, telling her "If I'm with you, I can take it." Yuriko Asai and her friends find them and notify the other students of their hiding spot. They are forced to run again. A teacher trips one of the bullies, before noticing a flyer for the school's summer trip which makes her sigh. In the university's cafeteria, the F4 and Shizuka are having lunch when Tsukushi and Kazuya burst in. The bullies catch up and hit them with brooms. Tsukushi is embarrassed to be seen by Shizuka like this. Rui hits one of the bullies with a broom and picks up Tsukushi, before declaring "Quit acting like kids!"
Cast and characters
- Script: Yumi Kageyama
- Director: Ryo Tachiba
- Animation director: Tomoko Ito
- Art director: Toshikazu Ishiwata
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