After helping Sae get a waitress job, she continues to want to spend more time with Junichi.
So far this arc has been moving rather slowly I did say the same thing about Kaoruâ€™s arc too, it may just be because Harukaâ€™s route set a kind of hard bar in that there was a lot to fit in. For the most part though this arc being one sided makes the progress slower, but at least itâ€™s still there. I am a bit disappointed in how oblivious Junichi is about Saeâ€™s now apparent feelings. Previously I could understand, as she wasnâ€™t too sure herself and didnâ€™t really show many obvious indications of liking him but the fact she wants to be in a best couple contest with him, let alone all the other stuff sheâ€™s spouting should be a pretty big clue. He didnâ€™t really seem to be this oblivious in Kaoruâ€™s arc so Iâ€™m not sure why heâ€™s being portrayed like this here.
Despite any problems the arc does have, I have to say that I still find Sae and the small things she is doing just absolutely incredibly cute. Itâ€™s a bit surprising but for someone who is so shy she is also in a way rather straightforward, asking to be in the contest, asking to hold hands, and so on. Sheâ€™s shy, but seems to just be trying her absolute hardest to confront her feelings and seeing her do that is very fun to watch, as sheâ€™s quite interesting in her conviction to do something despite being shy when doing it. I was hoping for a bit more from Miya in this arc though. I figured that perhaps Sae could confide in Miya and that she would help her along and so on, as she canâ€™t really fit well in any other arcs. For the most part though, this arc is doing well because despite being a typical shy character, Sae is showing a lot of conviction making her even more cute than normal, but also interesting to watch.