Asako Kurumi... Rival in Love!
Season 1, Episode 7
Kodocha 7
Air date May 17, 1996
Episode guide
Crazy Stew Family Crisis
A Fruit Juice Soaked First Kiss

At the Hayama household, things have improved dramatically. Akito is sick with the flu, and his sister Natsumi is now cooking for him, helping him to feel better. His dad now also says he will be home more often, and that they will all eat dinner from now on. Hayama realizes this is all due to efforts on Sana's part, and is secretly thankful, as well as realizing that she understands more about emotions than he thought.

Sana believes that now that Hayama's life at home is better, that she will no longer need to blackmail him. As such, she hands back the naked picture of him, which he takes angrily. He is briefly tempted to return to his old ways, but Sana's will overpowers his, and he resorts to removing blind frustration on a desk. While talking to Tsuyoshi later on, he asks what he thinks about Sana. He admits he likes her, but Hayama tells him about her relationship with Rei, causing him great strife.

Meanwhile, whenever Sana meets her drama co-star Asako, her manager Rei always disappears. Asako asks Sana to do an interview with her, and Sana agrees. Rei tries to get out of driving her by pretending to have a stomach ache, but is found out. During the interview, Sana reveals that she found Rei as a homeless bum before he became her manager, and Asako realizes that Rei was her ex-boyfriend. As they are leaving, Rei disappears again, leaving Sana alone with no one to drive her home. She goes out looking for him, finding him with his sunglasses thrown off by Asako.



  • When Sana believes Rei is sick, she thinks he might be possessed by demons. In the moment she begins a basic ritual, implying she's Buddhist.