After a few episodes of rampant emotion, misunderstanding and worry, I suppose we were actually rather overdue a simpler and more relaxed instalment of Kimi ni Todoke, and that's exactly what we get as of episode seven.
Of course, the last episode finally gave us the reconciliation between Sawako, Yano and Yoshida, with the promise of some after-school ramen for the trio of new-found friends. However, come the start of this instalment, we learn that this never happened properly due to the ramen shop being closed - However, the good news is that Sawako gets invited to eat out the following Saturday, much to the delight of her parents, astonished as they are that she's finally found a friend.
So, off goes Sawako to eat with her friends, and as the episode progresses so they are joined by Ryuu, before the girls suggest that he invite Kazehaya along so that he doesn't feel left out. Eventually, this all-important phone call is left to Sawako to make, and needless to say Shouta wastes no time in coming to join the festivities.
While this might all feel like a bit of an anti-climax after the raw emotion of recent episodes, this was another wonderful instalment of Kimi ni Todoke, albeit in a very different way. Most notably, the dynamic between the set of friends portrayed here is genuinely fun to watch, from Kazehaya being teased mercilessly (and struggling with his jealousy) through to Ryuu's deadpan delivery and all the way onwards to Sawako's naive yet adorable excitement and enthusiasm when it comes to all of the new experiences she's taking part in. Quite simply, it's enough to leave you with a big grin on your face, and that's exactly what I was left with come the end of this episode. This might not be the kind of episode you think back upon and remember with fondness (I've found myself thinking about the past couple of episodes of this series and getting a lump in my throat a few times of late), but in its own right it's a beautiful and gentle thing - Once again, it seems that Kimi ni Todoke can do no wrong in my book.