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"Two Ways to Love" (
Tsukasa Domyoji makes one last attempt to win over Tsukushi Makino, but she rejects him. The match goes on as scheduled. In order to win, Rui Hanazawa implements a strategy that uses Tsukasa's temper against him.
Late at night, Tsukushi Makino is walking home when she is suddenly met by Tsukasa Domyoji. She immediately thinks he is trying to intimidate her and tells him "You're not getting an easy win tomorrow." Tsukasa ignores her words, hugging her tightly instead. He promises her "If you'd just say you love me, I'll cancel tomorrow's showdown." For a brief moment, she is lost in his embrace until he tightens his grip. He tells her to "Say it" several times, but she remains silents. Tsukasa then pushes her against a wall, saying "How big a fool do you need to make out of me?" He leans in to kiss her, which she resists. She yells at him to stop as tears sprout from her eyes. He finally lets her go, causing her to sink to the ground.
Feeling dejected, Tsukasa says "You hate me that much?" Tsukushi thinks "If I let him kiss me, I don't think I could forgive myself." He then questions why she has to like his best friend before calming down. His tone becomes lighter and he tells her "The great Tsukasa Domyoji declared his love for a nobody like you." He stands up and warns her that he will not be "pulling any punches" in the match. She responds "That's fine with me." He turns away with a smile. As he walks away, Tsukushi thinks "Maybe someday, I'll deeply regret this night," but she reconciles herself to it, thinking of Rui Hanazawa. The next morning, Tsukushi brings her fortunetelling toy for good luck and yells loudly to gather her courage.
At school, Tsukushi walks towards the basketball court which is surrounded by a large crowd. She meets Rui, who is acting like everything is normal. Kazuya Aoike then runs up, bruised from having practiced all morning. Tsukushi is touched by his efforts to keep her from getting expelled. Tsubaki Domyoji blows her whistle signaling that the match is about to begin. She informs both teams of the rules. The team with the most points will win and the losers will have to accept their demands. On the sidelines, Sakurako Sanjo, along with Yuriko Asai and her friends, cheer loudly for Tsukasa's team. Seeing this, Tsukushi thinks to herself "If I'm expelled, all my fighting to stay in school will have been for nothing."
Tsubaki flips a coin to decide who will start on offense. It is Tsukasa's team and the match officially begins. Kazuya tries to get the ball from Tsukasa, though makes no headway. At the same time, Sojiro Nishikado easily blocks Tsukushi due to his tall height. In the blink of an eye, Tsukasa passes the ball to Sojiro who throws it effortlessly into the basket. Tsukasa's team quickly racks up point after point, despite all of Rui's efforts. Out of breath, Tsukushi wonders "What'll we do? At this rate, we'll lose!" Tsubaki announces that it is seven minutes down. Rui tries to get pass Tsukasa. He tells him "I'll do anything to protect Makino," causing Tsukasa to become irrational. Rui slips past him and scores his team's first point.
Noticing how annoyed Tsukasa has become, an idea pops into Rui's head. He asks Tsukushi "Will you do whatever it takes to win?" and then kisses her on the forehead, catching everyone's attention. The game begins again and Rui has the ball. Tsukasa slams into him and Tsubaki calls foul. He fouls himself a couple more times, allowing Rui to gain points through free throws. Sojiro and Akira Mimasaka catch on to Rui's plan and beg Tsukasa to calm down. With less than a minute left, Rui tells Tsukushi his next strategy. She manages to catch the ball, but narrowly misses the basket. Kazuya picks it up and scores one point. Now Tsukasa's turn, he declares "I quit!" He tells Tsukushi "It's over. Do what you like," just before leaving.
Cast and characters
- Script: Genki Yoshimura
- Director: Akinori Yabe
- Animation director: Yoshihiko Umakoshi
- Art directors: Yuki Yukie, Kunihiro Chida
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