In school, Asami is wearing the waitress uniform for the café. Immediately, Asami has guys staring at her because it fits her so perfectly. Nakanishi is busy trying to get those guys to look away, especially when the teacher is drooling. Mei is again; glad to know that she doesn’t have to wear one because she’s competing in the contest. Unfortunately the girls in the class asked to see Yamato and Mei in uniform since they were not going to be participating in the café. As Asami and Nakanishi takes pictures, Yamato gets into the moment and makes Mei pose with him as “memory.”
Kai, Yamato, Mei, and Aiko visit the gymnasium where the contest is taking place. The stage and chairs for the audience is set up and the four stands on stage to see how it feels like. Mei gets extremely nervous from imagining herself standing on stage in front of hundreds of audiences tomorrow. Yamato notices Mei and they sit down to rest. For Mei, this is especially difficult since she doesn’t like to be in front of people. But because of that, Yamato thinks that there are people who want to see Mei come out. People around Yamato already know who “Mei” is, but other people don’t. Surely, if they got to know her, they will come to like her. Yamato sweetly reassures her by saying that it’s not as scary because his going to be on stage with her, with Aiko and Kai, always protecting her. On Mei’s right, Yamato will be walking right next to her.
It’s the day of the contest, and Daichi arrives backstage to get Mei ready for the contest. After he greeted Megumi, Daiki starts working on Mei’s hair. The contest starts, and the theme for this year is introduced, which is “first date.” Aiko goes first, followed by two other girls. Then Megumi enters. The crowd goes crazy when Megumi gets on stage. Megumi thanks the audience for letting her be there. She hasn’t entered a contest in a while so Megumi says that her heart’s racing. She explains that she originally started modeling to improve her self confidence. There was a time when she pondered over the difference between how the fans view her and how she viewed herself. From experiencing those times, she was able to realize that she wants to reach a higher level in her modeling career. This contest means a lot to her. She hasn’t entered half heartedly. So she asked the audience to not vote for her because she’s pretty, cute, or because their Megumi’s fan without looking at other contestant. Instead to vote with a reason. Mei is listening to Megumi’s speech and is moved by her. At the same time, Mei feels the increasing pressure. Yamato embraces her then, and reminds her that he’s here next to her, to not forget “this feeling.” (he was talking about the feeling of being hugged by him.) Mei walks onto the stage and the audience is blown away by how pretty she is. She then makes a speech to the audience like Megumi. She explains that this is the first time ever to do something for herself. She never “dressed up” because she never had friends who goes out or the occasion to do so. Those times were so long that she even forgot that she was a “girl.” After coming to this high school, she was able to realize that she was a girl thanks to people around her. But she doesn’t know what the audiences are thinking as she stands there, and she’s scared. She’s scared, but she must be there, for Yamato. After she apologized to the crowd, she got a cheer. Many started to encourage her, and yelled out how cute she is. After that, Mei went backstage to watch the guys. Kai comes back from the walk, and he notices Mei sitting on the floor and her face was bright red. Kai became worried and tried to take her to the nurse’s office, but Mei insisted to stay to watch over Yamato. As Yamato walks down the stage, he creates an atmosphere. Words Yamato said earlier runs through Mei’s head. “I’m right next to you.” Mei realizes that Yamato is on her right, and on Yamato’s left is herself. Mei was always embarrassed, so she never noticed that Yamato was looking at her with such kind eyes.
~end for now! I think Mei passed out after seeing Yamato…