Celebrating the Summer Festival Together in ‘Minato’s Laundromat 2’ Episode 3

Minato invites Shin to celebrate the summer festival with him, leading to both of them wearing yukatas for their first date after living with each other.

Shin, who’s always upfront about his emotions, and Minato, who is still struggling to verbalize his feelings, now share the same space. With Shin’s wish for the spare key being granted, he’s thrilled about the upcoming weeks he’ll get to spend with Minato while their house is being renovated. With their time together is limited, the couple needs to make the most of it. Meanwhile, we’ll discover if Asuka finally gets the date he wants so much in this episode.

 

WARNING: Spoiler alert! Read at your own risk.

 

Episode 3: Summer Festival

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Morning arrives and Shin wakes up and stretches while looking at the window, his gaze traveling to the framed photos of him and Minato. Spotting Minato vacuuming in the living room, he greets him, but the noise drowns his voice. So, he approaches Minato and wraps him in a hug, taking him by surprise. Shin comments on Minato’s early rise, and Minato jokingly blames it on hitting the age of 30. However, the real reason is that he was too nervous to sleep well now that he is living with Shin. As they share breakfast, Shin becomes distracted by Minato’s presence while mixing his natto. His inner voice slips out, commenting on Minato’s charming bedhead and adorable pajamas. Minato interrupts Shin’s blank stare and informs him that the voice in his heart has unintentionally slipped out. At Shuu’s store, Asuka rushes in to share the results of his practice exam. Since he got a B grade, Shuu strictly tells him that they can’t have the date since a promise is a promise, he has to get an A grade. Asuka argues that having the date would motivate him to improve, but Shuu stands his ground. He reminds Asuka of his previous statement about being content just being together and advises him to concentrate on studying first, postponing their date for later consideration. On the way home, Minato spots a poster for the upcoming annual summer festival. Meanwhile, at school, Asuka approaches a preoccupied Shin, who grumbles about him bringing up Shuu again. Asuka notices Shin’s troubles and Shin reveals that he’s now living with Minato, surprising Asuka. He expresses his happiness about spending more time together, but he yearns for them to become closer and for Minato to confess his love. Shin shares his desires, which irritates Asuka and in frustration, snaps at Shin for appearing needy—resulting in a heated exchange and Shin storming off. Asuka reflects on his reaction, realizing he didn’t intend to snap at Shin when he completely understands his feelings, that he too is wanting the same thing with Shuu. Out of nowhere, Mizuki, Asuka’s friend who studies there, comes up to him and asks if they can chat for a bit.

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Returning to the place he now shares with Minato, Shin gazes at the spare key in his hand—designed in his name in Hiragana—before unlocking the door. Minato greets him from the kitchen, clad in an apron. Shin takes in Minato’s outfit and expresses gratitude for the meal, enjoying the sight. They share dinner, and Minato asks Shin if he’s available next Saturday. Shin confirms his availability, and Minato invites him to the festival in the shopping district, which Shin eagerly accepts. The idea of seeing Minato in a yukata at the festival brings a smile to Shin’s face. Minato admits he doesn’t own one, prompting Shin to suggest they buy one together tomorrow, using his recent paycheck. Despite Minato’s initial refusal, he ends up being tricked into agreeing, and they make plans to buy the yukata. They try on a few for Minato, going through each one till Shin approves. Minato can’t decide which to pick, as Shin finds them all cute. Eventually, they settle on a light-colored yukata that pairs well with Shin’s blue one. Getting ready to leave, Minato can’t help but admire how well Shin looks in the yukata and he finds himself staring at Shin near the entrance door. Shin catches him in the act and teases him about it. They have a great time at the festival, capturing moments with photos, indulging in cotton candy, and offering prayers at the shrine. At Asuka’s place, Shuu is tutoring him, but Asuka gets distracted and ends up holding Shuu’s hand. He tells Shuu that he likes him, and though Shuu appreciates the sentiment, he quickly shifts the focus back to studying. Asuka explains that holding hands is a way to show affection, and Shuu reciprocates, making Asuka blush. Understanding he’s causing a distraction, Shuu leaves, encouraging Asuka to study on his own for the date they promised. Asuka follows him outside and experiences a pang of jealousy when he sees Shin and Minato on their date knowing Shuu is less interested in dates and more in studying.

 

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Walking back home, Minato and Shin come across a watermelon shake stand and decide to get one, enjoying the drink while taking in the beach scenery. Minato notes how the shake is even sweeter than last year, and Shin happily remarks that he’s glad to share this experience with Minato again this year since the drink brings back the memory of Minato telling him they couldn’t be in a relationship last year. Shin jokingly adds that the watermelon shake is now traumatic for him, but expresses his wish for Minato to treat him to it again next year. Minato agrees, placing his hand on top of Shin’s, and they hold hands. As they begin to head back, a group of people walks past them, and Minato suddenly withdraws his hand from Shin’s—something that doesn’t go unnoticed by Shin. They pause at a supermarket, and Shin questions whether Minato was embarrassed or if he still feels guilty about being in a relationship with him. Shin points out that he’s already a university student and directly asks Minato if he truly loves him. Minato responds by saying that he chose to be with Shin, and that should be enough to understand his feelings. Once home, Minato takes charge of the barbecue and cheers up a sulking Shin by feeding him. Despite Shin’s comment that the food is delicious, he sighs, admitting his overwhelming feelings for Minato sometimes make him question if their relationship is just a dream. To verify, Shin playfully pinches Minato’s cheek, but Minato pinches his back. Shin apologizes for his behavior earlier, understanding Minato’s unease about others watching. He acknowledges their differences, recognizing that this contrast makes their attraction stronger, and it’s why he loves Minato. Slyly, he suggests sharing a bedroom due to their differences. Minato responds initially but soon realizes what he meant and declines. He warns that if Shin keeps pushing, he won’t grill meat for him anymore. Realizing his mistake, Shin promptly apologizes and asks him to grill meat for him again. The next day, Minato sees Shin off at the entrance. Just as Shin is about to depart, he pretends to have forgotten something and surprises Minato with a sneaky kiss, playfully comparing them to newlyweds. Blushing, Minato disagrees and urges Shin to leave. After Shin leaves, Minato’s legs give way in surprise. On the way to school, Shuu spots Asuka holding hands with a girl. They enter a cafe, and Shuu overhears Asuka saying they’re dating now—leaving him puzzled and quickly leaving.

 

Minato might come across as immature to some, displaying hesitance towards affection and awkwardness in various situations. But underneath it all, there’s a battle he’s fighting—a decade spent in the closet, wrapped in the fear that often comes with it. That’s why I appreciate that Shin doesn’t push him and is patient and understanding, just as how he has always been when Minato came and choose him on his own. Meanwhile, Asuka and Shuu have completely different romantic needs and are working on forming a relationship but because they currently don’t communicate regarding this, their relationship is not improving. How will these two overcome such obstacles?

 

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