Facing a hurdle after Minato’s past love returns, Shin and Minato’s developing relationship will be put to the test.
Will Minato finally get to confront his feelings, giving a chance to Shin who has been actively pursuing him? Or will the return of Sakuma complicate things?
WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD. Read at your own risk!
Episode 5: The Toughest Sheets Can Be Taken Care Of
Shin is surprised to find that Sakuma, the teacher, is quite goofy during his introduction to the class. Meanwhile, Minato decides to close the laundromat and go on a trip to heal his heart. When he last encountered Sakuma, he used the excuse of feeling unwell to avoid him. Shin has been texting Minato, but Minato is now questioning his feelings for Sakuma. At school, Shin confronts Sakuma about his thoughts on Minato, but Asuka interrupts and drags Shin away without knowing the situation. Later, Asuka visits Minato’s laundromat to ask about his preferences for younger men, and Shin arrives, feeling jealous and curious. Minato explains that Asuka was seeking love advice, but Shin remains upset as Minato had not been responding to his messages but instantly brightens when Minato promises to get a watermelon shake together. Shin confesses to Minato again, and despite his initial reluctance, Minato decides to visit Sakuma’s store. He meets Sakuma’s nephew, Shuu, instead who gives him Sakuma’s address. Minato feels unsure about what to say when he meets Sakuma.
Shin cooks too much mackerel and gives some to Minato as a thank-you for the souvenir shirt and they decide to eat together at the garage. Shin asks Minato where he went, and in a panicked state, Minato accidentally drops the glass of water. As he reaches for a cloth from his pocket, the paper with Sakuma’s address falls out. Shin encourages Minato to meet Sakuma, but their conversation takes an unexpected turn as Minato fails to confess his feelings and Sakuma misinterprets their discussion as being about the swimming club, just like the first time they met back in school. Shin scolds Minato for his indecisiveness since he accepted being a coach at the swimming club, but their conversation is interrupted when Minato’s freshly washed sheets are done. Minato suggests that Shin smell the sheets, but he trips and falls on top of him. Shin quickly turns the tables and ends up on top of Minato and starts feeling the bed sheet covering him. With Minato’s heart pounding, he sits up with a scream, startled by the situation. At night, Asuka can be seen at the Sakuma store greeting Shuu who has just come back to Japan. The next day, a girl approaches Shin to talk to him and at Minato’s laundromat, Saki shows up.
Episode 6: Clothes Can Be Cleaned, Regardless of Storage Duration
Minato’s former colleague, Saki, pays a visit to the laundromat and asks about his recovery since they previously dated to avoid being alone. It turns out that Saki wanted to have a vacation, and since Minato’s place is close by, she decided to visit him. With the laundry taking some time, Saki asks Minato to show her around his hometown. Meanwhile, Asuka recalls his reunion with Shuu, who shares pictures from his time in Europe. Shuu questions why Asuka came, and Asuka admits that he simply felt like seeing him. Asuka then witnesses Shin with a classmate who questions Shin’s attraction to guys, he responds that he has never really thought about it despite having feelings for a guy. The girl quickly leaves the scene once Asuka approaches and turns out to be a fujoshi. As they go around town, Saki notices how well-liked Minato is by the townsfolk and questions if this was the reason for their breakup. She urges Minato to tell her the truth, but their conversation is interrupted by Shin, who accuses Saki of being a stalker. Minato reveals that Saki is his ex-girlfriend, which surprises Shin. He boldly asks Saki how she made Minato fall for her, seeking insights for his pursuit. Minato clarifies that he no longer has feelings for her, but Shin then questions Minato’s feelings for Sakuma, to which Minato is unable to respond. Realizing his inappropriate behavior, Shin apologizes and leaves.
Shin picks up his sister, Sakurako, who admires her teacher Shuu and expresses her desire to see him again. This conversation makes Shin realize his longing to see Minato, so he goes to the laundromat after Saki leaves. He asks Minato to cheer him up and though initially hesitant, Minato gives him a magic charm by pressing his forehead against him. Shin leaves with a brighter expression, which prompts Minato to stop running away. He chases after Saki, apologizes to her, and reveals that he is gay. Saki expresses her wishes for Minato to find true happiness just as she hopes to find it for herself. The next day, Shin’s younger brother, Yu, visits the laundromat with Sakurako who invites Minato to Shin’s birthday party. Minato feels a sense of familiarity with Yu, and Sakurako explains that it’s likely because Yu looks like a younger version of Shin. For career guidance, Shin is torn between studying in Tokyo or staying in his hometown because the person he has loved since childhood is there. Minato realizes he may have met Shin ten years ago.