Can a mom that looks like that expect her daughter to not be a tomboy?
This week is a change of scenery for Love Lab, but Riko is still living the lie. Will she finally get exposed to Maki this week?
Where the Boys Are
Riko meets a boy, but who is it?
Perhaps finally realizing that there aren’t going to be any boys to be girlfriends for at an all-girls school, but more just annoyed at being ditched by the rest of the group, Riko takes Maki out to the shopping district for some fun. Of course, they run into Sayo, who twists the knife into Riko a little more. Or she tries to, making fun of Riko’s supposed prowess with boys, challenging her to come up with one of these guys she turned down when, lo and behold, one of them actually does come right up to them. Reputation Saved! For now, even if she doesn’t want it to. But who is it?
The problem is, Riko doesn’t remember. Even though the guy apparently had a pretty big crush on her. And when she finds out that it was her old neighbor and soccer teammate Satoshi, that makes her feel worse, but she finally salvages the chance to say something to Satoshi, who points out that Riko hasn’t changed at all. Riko’s lack of changing was really a theme this week, with her mother and brother discussing that she hasn’t changed since being accepted into Fuji Girl’s Academy, not in the least ladylike, and not very successful with guys. And Riko herself realizes this, seeing that guys don’t see her as a girl, getting her friendzoned by default.
Actual Encounters With Guys
Riko finally gets a chance to apologize to Satoshi (and look girly)
Riko finally figures out who Satoshi is, and Maki tags along with her to find out, setting Maki up for her first encounter with a boy. And since he’s not anything like Dakki, it’s definitely a new experience for Maki, as she wasn’t exactly set up for success by Riko. She and “Yan” get off on the wrong foot right away since she doesn’t have his actual name. She even ends up being accused of mocking him (thinking he was an English speaker since he didn’t respond), and thinking she could get away with it because she’s kinda cute, and called an idiot. Basically, all the things that earnest, hardworking, not-really-thinking-of-herself-as-cute Maki never is. But she actually interacted with a boy, so it’s a step in the right direction!
Maki needs more practice
Love Consulting Trouble
But back on the school front, trouble’s brewing. And the Newspaper Society has gotten wind of the Student Council’s activities, and is working on collecting information on them, including some ‘social engineering’ to get Maki and Riko to spill the info. It’s definitely a scandal, and it might let them get back at their “mortal enemy” Sayo. It’ll be interesting to find out why Sayo is such a bad guy to them, although it will probably turn out to be something dumb like “She denied an increase in funding.”
Hey, some actual boys in the show! And Riko actually dressed up like a girl. But their encounters with them haven’t gone so well to this point, although it might be that any encounter is worthwhile for Maki. But let’s see how much they get in trouble from the Newspaper Society, or if Maki is able to work something out with them to keep everyone out of trouble.