The cat is out of the bag and everyone knows about Kotarou and Akane’s relationship. In typical Tsuki ga Kirei fashion, we’re made to feel as if this could be really difficult for the pair, when in fact, of course, their interactions with everyone else are quite mundane.
Most of this episode focuses solely on the main couple as Akane comes to Kotarou’s taiko practice before they go to a shrine festival. If you haven’t enjoyed Tsuki ga Kirei up to this point, this episode won’t change your mind with its romance/slice of life genre continuing along with some fairly questionable animation (what is with that run?!). However, if like me, you’ve become fully invested in the overtly normal development of Akane and Kotarou’s middle school relationship, then this is another episode to be savoured.
Kotarou neglected to tell Akane about his birthday so she goes a buys belated gifts; Akane hurts her foot, but can’t reach it wearing her yukata so Kotarou puts a plaster on for her; the two write good luck charms. Do you see what I’m getting at here? Everything is very sweet and normal, just like young relationships often are. With four episodes left, I’m not sure how feel. are intending to end this show, but up to this point they’ve done a stellar job and it remains comfortably my favourite show of Spring 2017.