We learned why Ayano lost interest in badminton this episode.
We started the episode with a flashback of a younger Ayano playing badminton with her mom, giving us a clue to the cause of her grief. Elena was also there and had her own emotional obstacle.
Not gonna lie. She’s funny.
Like Harukana most of the ladies on this show are hot. Moving ahead Elena suddenly left the club and joined boy crazy megane at the movies. After megane left Elena saw Nagisa jogging. After her third round (I think) she talked to her about Ayano. We got a clue about what was upsetting Elena when she showed a small bit of her jealousy toward the other club members because they got along with Ayano quickly. Basically Elena wanted to be relied on by Ayano deep down contrary to what we saw at the start of the show. Nagisa asked her why Ayano quit. She didn’t know but assured her she’d find the answer. However, when Nagisa told her she wouldn’t be able to find the answer she quietly took offense to that and left.
Next day the ojou-sama from the end of the previous episode, Kaoruko along with her sidekick, arrived to challenge Ayano. To the surprise of everyone the pink haired babe who looked like my favorite character from High School of the Dead, Cranky Pinky, dominated the match with her tricky play style. That and Ayano’s head wasn’t in the game. Also as we briefly noticed last time it was confirmed that Kaoruko beat her in their first encounter. Losing to her again made her want to quit the club.
Moving ahead a bit Ayano didn’t come to school after that. Elena had a feeling where she was, a playground she went to whenever she felt sad. After finding her she told her what her problem was with Kaoruko. In the aforementioned first encounter Kaoruko had a cold. She tricked Ayano into the storage closet, tied her up and infected her. Her excuse was to “even the playing field”. It’s still cheating. Her dirty trick worked and apparently that was enough for her mom to abandon her.
Ayano tried winning as many matches as she could after that in the hopes her mom would come back…but the last straw came when she saw the above picture.
Oh and she won 10 National Championships in a row throughout her career. Most of us sense there’s more to the story than that but for now Uchika abandoned Ayano because she doesn’t have an undefeated streak like her…so let’s boo this hot mama.
After hearing her story Elena was at a loss but then remembered how much Ayano enjoyed badminton so she went to the one person who felt the same way she did for help. It worked. Thanks to Nagisa being more chill she was able to help Ayano lighten up during a friendly game at the playground. We then learned that Elena envied Ayano due to her having found a life passion. Even so she wanted to stay by her side and help her get to the top of the badminton world. The AyaLena ship is still going strong. Let’s hope it keeps going.
A certain someone almost gave up on the show. I thought it was because of the Euphonium-esque drama but in actuality it was because of a certain criminal saving the day. I brushed it off myself because I thought Nagisa was a lost cause and accepted it. However, there might still be hope for her. Also here’s hoping Coach Criminal won’t be saving the day as often as the ladies from now on.