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"The cut inside my mouth is still there. I wish it would hurry up and heal. Whenever I feel it, my heart hurts. I should feel better after saying that, but I don't. I didn't even get mad when he hit me."
Tsukushi Makino

"The Turning of Love's Tide" (恋の引き際・分岐点 (こいのひきぎわぶんきてん) Koi no Hikigiwa Bunkiten) is the fortieth episode of the anime adaptation of Boys Over Flowers. It first aired on June 15, 1997 in Japan. The episode was followed by "The Dawning of a New Day" on June 20.

Tsukushi Makino breaks things off with Tsukasa Domyoji. He later wonders whether it is time for him to give up. The next day, Sojiro Nishikado and Akira Mimasaka go on a date with Shigeru Okawahara to get her away from Tsukasa.


Tsukushi Makino glumly stares at the water, thinking "Just because Domyoji's fiancée has shown up. Why should my heart skip a beat over Rui Hanazawa again?" She grasps the toy that Rui Hanazawa gave her a long time ago on their only date. Tsukushi is nearly going to toss it into the river, when someone calls her name. Shigeru Okawahara runs up to ask if she is busy. Tsukushi stuffs the toy in her pocket, quickly answering "Not at all." Shigeru drags her to go shopping, saying "I want to dress a bit better when I go on dates with Tsukasa." Tsukushi hesitates about going with her, leading Shigeru to remind her "You said you'd help me out, right?" She has no other choice but to go with her.

At a store, Shigeru emerges from a dressing room to ask Tsukushi her opinion. She says "not bad," but has to concede that she is unsure of Tsukasa Domyoji's tastes. Shigeru goes to find more clothes. Tsukushi watches her, thinking "Any guy would fall for her if she told him she liked him." She then turns her attention to an outfit she likes, but gasps at the price. After shopping, Tsukushi and Shigeru stop for tea. She thanks Tsukushi for her help and offers to help her with the person she likes. Rui's face pops into Tsukushi's head, but she denies liking anyone instead saying "He's just someone I can sit and relax with." Just before parting ways, Shigeru hands Tsukushi a bag containing the outfit she had admired earlier.

Tsukushi is walking home, when she finds Tsukasa waiting for her. She tries to run the other way but he stops her, asking "Why do you keep avoiding me?" She then accusingly claims that he "left [her] behind at that hotel and ran off with Shigeru." He counters that he "mixed up" the two of them, which she still does not believe. She then tells him "I don't want to be involved with you anymore," leading Tsukasa to say "What are you saying? You're the girl I love." Tsukushi responds "I think Shigeru, someone like her, is a better match for you." Tsukasa slaps her automatically. In shock, he stares at his hand. It starts to rain as they look at one another. Tsukasa slowly walks away. Tsukushi touches her cheek and starts to tear up.

Tsukasa walks home in the rain. There Sojiro Nishikado, Akira Mimasaka, and Rui are all waiting for him. Sojiro declares "I think it's up to us to do something about this," which Akira agrees with. Rui instead feels that they should not get involved. Tsukasa then opens the door, startling the guys. They quickly rush to his side, but he walks past them and into his bedroom. Sitting on his bed, Tsukasa stares at his hand and thinks "I did it again." He then curls up, telling himself "Maybe I really should end it." The next day, Tsukushi is distracted while working with Yuki Matsuoka. She recalls what she said to Tsukasa, thinking "I should feel better after saying that, but I don't." Tsukushi then spots Shigeru walking by.

Tsukushi discovers Shigeru with Sojiro and Akira. They are on a date, though Shigeru reveals that she knew they were trying to make her "give Tsukasa up." After Shigeru leaves, Sojiro and Akira take Tsukushi to a restaurant. She asks "Why did you do all that for Domyoji?" They both voice their frustrations with her for "taking [her] sweet time," before asking what happened with Tsukasa. She reveals "I broke it off with Domyoji," upsetting the guys. She criticizes them for not considering her feelings. Now understanding, Sojiro and Akira comfort her and make her laugh. That night, Tsukushi finds Shigeru outside her home. Crying, she reveals that Tsukasa has asked her out. Tsukushi holds Shigeru and congratulates her.

Cast and characters[]

Character Voice Notes
Akira Mimasaka Yuta Mochizuki
Rui Hanazawa Koji Yamamoto
Shigeru Okawahara Emika Sato
Sojiro Nishikado Yoshihiko Akaida
Tsukasa Domyoji Naoki Miyashita
Tsukushi Makino Maki Mochida
Yuki Matsuoka Kanako Tobimatsu



  • Script: Yumi Kageyama
  • Director: Takao Iwai
  • Animation director: Mitsuru Aoyama


Chapters covered:
Arc: Tsukasa's Fiancée, Shigeru
106, 107


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