Another Summer Romance Continues at ‘Minato’s Laundromat 2’ in Episode 1

After many months of relentless pursuit, Shin has finally won the love of the owner of ‘Minato’s Laundromat.’

However, after three months of dating, Shin still feels a desire for more in their relationship. He is content that they are together, but he can’t help but want to deepen their connection as Minato still refuses to be honest with his feelings. As a university student now, Shin is determined to open Minato’s heart further.

 

WARNING: Spoilers alert! Read your own risk.

 

Episode 1: 29th Birthday

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In the scorching heat, Minato runs his beloved coin-operated laundromat, which has been cherished by the community for three decades. While working in the garage, Shin pays him a visit before heading to the university and boldly asks if Minato likes him, stealing a kiss before leaving. Minato touches his cheek where Shin kissed him and reflects on how he has been completely swept away by the 18-year-old guy he’s been dating for three months. At Asuka’s place, his fish-selling father asks about his studies, and though he reassures him, Asuka struggles to focus when alone so he texts Shuu to ask for his help. Shuu replies that he has cram school until the evening but informs Asuka about a special program on architecture airing that night. As Asuka gazes at his fish tank, he recalls Shuu’s suggestion to study fish at university and the offer to assist him. However, Asuka still finds it hard to concentrate. At Shin’s university, a few girls approach him and ask if he’s really dating someone, and he confidently answers yes before leaving. Suddenly, Asuka appears, and Shin reminds him to study but Asuka admits he wants to take breaks from studying sometimes. Shin can tell that Asuka is worried about Shuu, and Asuka admits that he’s jealous of Shin, who seems to have it easy being in a loving relationship with Minato. Shin stops and confesses his concerns that Minato has never even told him that he likes him.

 

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At the laundromat, Shin arrives while Minato is cleaning and asks him if there’s anything he wants. Minato responds that there’s nothing, except maybe a new broom since he notices the broken one in his hand. Shin then asks about non-work-related items, and after some thought, Minato mentions wristwatches as something he used to care about when he was in Tokyo. Satisfied with the answer, Shin appears happy, and Minato suggests he should head home to study. However, Shin insists on going to Minato’s place to stay over instead. As usual, Minato tells Shin that he can’t, but Shin persistently asks Minato if he likes him, making Minato run away to the garage. Shin complains that they’ve been dating for three months, but Minato has only told him he likes him twice. He gently pushes Minato onto the table and leans in for a kiss, only to be interrupted by his phone ringing. Shin suddenly has to go home so he gives Minato one last hug before leaving. After Shin leaves, Minato reflects on feeling nervous since they started dating and that expressing ‘like’ isn’t easy for him. At Asuka’s house, Shuu is trying to help him study, but Asuka is still unable to focus. Asuka questions their relationship, and Shuu responds that they are indeed dating, based on their decision. This upsets Asuka, as he believes it should be about emotions. To console him, Shuu shares that he finds Asuka interesting.

 

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While reminiscing at the beach, Minato receives a text from Shin, saying he won’t be coming to the laundromat. The next day, he receives a similar message. Asuka visits him and vents about Shuu, expressing jealousy over Minato and Shin’s affectionate moments. Minato then asks Asuka if he knows why Shin has been so busy lately, but Asuka has no information and leaves. Minato tries to lure Shin with the hotate Asuka gave but Shin responds that he will be busy this week and the next. Minato is sulking at the laundromat when Shin finally appears after three weeks. He becomes even more agitated when Shin asks to use the garage and requests not to be bothered while he’s studying. Near nighttime, Minato wakes up to find Shin staring at him. Shin leads him to the garage, asking him to close his eyes. When Minato opens them, he is surprised to see Asuka and Sakurako there, greeting him with a happy birthday. As requested, Shin presents Minato with a new broom and wristwatch. Minato is touched but worried that Shin spent too much money on the gifts. However, Shin reassures him that he earned the money from working part-time at the same cram school as Shuu, which is why he hasn’t been able to visit Minato lately. Shin helps Minato with the gift and the celebration continues. While eating, Sakurako shows Minato her new boyfriend while Asuka feels jealous. After the two leave, Sakuma calls to ask Minato if he can coach again this year, and Minato happily agrees. However, during the conversation, Shin unexpectedly kisses Minato on the neck, expressing his frustration that Minato hasn’t told Sakuma about their relationship. Minato refuses to reveal their relationship to Sakuma, leading Shin to reveal that he has nowhere to go tonight and asks if they can live together.

Shin is determined to take a bold approach to push Minato into confessing his feelings. He believes that living together will bring them even closer and help Minato become more vocal about his emotions. This of course benefits him too, but will Minato easily allow Shin to sweep him off his feet?

 

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