Sae and Junichi compete in the best couple contest at school and it leads to them spending more time together.
I really loved this arc in general. There was nothing particularly special about it, nothing that kind of dealt with dramatic issues or transitioning from a long term relationship to the next level like Karou, or dealing with persistence and rejection like Harukaâ€™s did, this was simple, yet fun to watch. It just had this general feel of being a sweet story of two people who fell in love, not dealing with things like existing friendships or drama, just a simple story and it really did work.
It did help that Sae was incredibly cute, but not just I a physical way. She was incredibly shy yet not quite the same clichÃ©d shy you always see. She had a strength to her, the way she continued to work hard at getting a job, at spending time with Junichi. She was a strong person too, and it was endearing to see her do what she did. Thatâ€™s where the real strength of this arc came from was simply that Sae was quite strong for being a shy person, going after Junichi and realizing her feelings, so it was fun to see.
Iâ€™m not quite sure what to expect from the next arc, with Ai. The three girls left were the three I had the haziest idea of what they would be about. Theyâ€™ve already kind of did a tomboyish tsundere character with Kaoru, which seems to also fit Ai so they canâ€™t really repeat that, it will have to be something different. I can only assume that perhaps it will have to do with her actually disliking Junichi at the start, as they havenâ€™t really dealt with that before. Even with Haruka rejecting him it wasnâ€™t because she disliked him, so likely Aiâ€™s arc will be about her having a bad impression of him and slowly changing her mind to realize she has feelings.