Takemoto has to wake the extremely tired Morita
for his all important class the next day. And Hagumi,
a new female student, arrives to attend college,
but she soon ends up being terrorised by Morita.
Morita's motive for his terrible treatment on Hagumi
is revealed on his website, and the stressed out Hagumi
is enraged by what he did. However, Morita soon
repays Hagumi for her troubles.
Takemoto, Morita and Mayama are invited over to the
Hanamoto's for a dinner party after Hagumi
brings back some soba from her summer vacation in Nagano.
However, Morita and Mayama fail to attend.
Takemoto offers to help Hagumi with something but
soon finds that he has bitten off more than he could chew.
And Mayama's job puts a serious strain on Yamada.
Mayama's love life remains difficult.
Hagumi feels the stress of being different from everyone.
And Morita organises a Christmas party for the Christmas Eve.
Takemoto reluctantly returns home for the New Year and meets Kazuo, his step-father.
In the second part of the episode, the gang takes a road trip to a hot spring using
the money won from a lottery ticket.
The group visits a rather eerie zoo.
Shuuji reveals to Mayama his history with Rika and her husband.
In the second half of the episode, the students are hard pressed
to complete their final term art work especially Morita.
Shuuji Hanamoto has to be away for a year for a job assignment
and he is having second thoughts whether he should bring his niece, Hagumi, along with him.
Intending to give her uncle a good luck charm for his trip,
Hagumi searches for a four-leaf clover.
Hagumi and Ayumi hold a dinner party and invite the guys over but it
soon turns out that it's a special day for one of them.
And in the second part of the episode, Hagumi has to spend a night alone
in the apartment when Yamada has to return home to her family.
Everyone is working late preparing their exhibits for the school festival
including Hagumi, who has trouble with her wax work. She later finds a white broach that someone had made for her.
The broach is quite similar to the one she had doodled on her notebook.
Hagumi also gets a job to help Yamada sell Christmas goodies at her family store
but they have to compete with a new supermarket that has opened nearby.
The five friends decide to take a ferry ride over the Sumida river and visit the Kasai Seaside Park. The gang rides the ferris wheel and
their friendship becomes ever closer.
Shuuji returns unexpectedly from Mongolia. And Hagumi goes on a shopping trip with Morita.
It's the sakura season and the gang are absorbed in the array of
activities celebrating the sakura festival.
Hagumi catches one of her wisdom fevers. And Takemoto meets Kaoru Morita and
learns the news regarding Shinobu Morita.
The gang ponders over the news of Morita's sudden plane departure.
Yamada decides to take Hagumi on an evening of fireworks with the gang.
Rika sees Mayama at the park but Mayama doesn't know. He acts hysterical.
Takemoto is having a hard time looking for a job.
Nomiya develops feelings for Mayama's friend, Yamada.
Nomiya and Mayama visit Yamada's workshop. Nomiya invites Yamada over for dinner.
After falling asleep in Nomiya's car, Yamada ends up with Nomiya at Tateshina.
Mayama becomes concerned after knowing what happened. He confronts Yamada.
Asai-san, Rika's assistant, gets hospitalized. Mayama visits him.
In the hospital, Mayama comes across Rika.
Fujiwara Design splits. Takemoto is still looking for a job.
Takemoto wonders what's wrong with him and builds a tower called Tower of Youth.
Meanwhile, Yamada doesn't know how to reject his childhood friends' confessions.
There's still no progress regarding Takemoto's job hunt.
In the process, Takemoto becomes exhausted.
After coughing up blood, Takemoto gets hospitalized.
At the hospital, the gang becomes very shocked while watching
the Mochademy Awards on the TV.
Morita shocks everyone when he appears on national television and wins the
Mochademy's Special FX Award in Hollywood.
The whole picture becomes even more confusing when Morita shows up
in Takemoto's hospital as one of the patients residing inside Takemoto's room.
It's almost the due date for Morita's final project at school.
Also, Yamada runs away with Nomiya hoping that Mayama would chase after her.
After being with Nomiya and explaning Yamada's feelings for Mayama, she comes
home in one piece. Nomiya finds another side of her and develops feelings that
a playboy wouldn't have. Shuu-sensei, concerned of Hagu,
enlightens her to a path that would suit her. But Morita objects Shuu-sensei.
Takemoto's problem of finding a job goes from bad to worse, wasting his hopes down
the drain. He sets out on a soul searching quest to find out what he actually
wants to do. Meanwhile, Mario and Luigi, co-owners of Fujiwara Designs, reconciliate
and bring the office branch back to Tokyo. Nomiya and Yamada would have to work together again.
Takemoto soul searches away as he ends up in Sendai, a shrine and a tourist spot, after his
bike chain breaks. When a group of repairmen happened to pass by, Takemoto asks if
he could join them to eat. He also asks if he could work for them. Everyone, especially Hagu, becomes
worried of Takemoto. Last but not the least, Rika and Yamada meet.
Takemoto works as a cook for the group of repairmen. He gradually loses his interest of
searching his calling, until the acting foreman, Shin,
takes him back to the right track and tells him not to stop looking. Also, Rika and Yamada meet again. And Hagu
continues to pursue his aspiration, even if Morita opposes it.
After arriving at the northern tip of Japan, Takemoto comes back to Tokyo. He feels better
and much mature than before. During a festival, Takemoto finally confesses his feelings to Hagu.