From a Summer Romance to Forever Love at ‘Minato’s Laundromat’ Episodes 9-12

After Minato rejects Shin, is there still a possibility for them to be together?

There are still many unresolved issues regarding Minato’s situation with Sakuma. Additionally, the question remains whether Shin will truly be able to move on from his feelings for Minato. Find out in the final episodes of the series below:

 

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD. Read at your own risk!

 

Episode 9: The Season is Changing

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After what happened, Shin stops visiting the laundromat, upsetting Minato. Despite this, Minato tries to stay strong, understanding it is his own choice. Shin’s grades improve, securing his spot in an A-grade medical school. Encouraged by the A on his mock exam, Shin returns to the laundromat. Minato is proud and unconsciously pats his head. He expresses his commitment to supporting Minato and Sakuma, sharing the information he gathered in his notebook from their talk earlier. Minato clarifies that he wants to erase the dark past between him and Sakuma but Shin has decided he will be rooting for him. After, Asuka and Sakurako discuss Shin’s decision to help Minato win back his former love, even after facing rejection. Asuka admires Shin’s deep affection and secretly supports him. Encouraged by Asuka’s advice, Sakurako finds the courage to confess her feelings to Shuu, despite Asuka pointing out his flaws. Later, Asuka meets Shuu and learns that their past dating was just pretending to avoid scammers during their travel abroad. Asuka realizes he misunderstood their relationship, and Shuu playfully refers to him as his “cat.” Minato tries to talk to Sakuma, but Sakuma collapses from heatstroke. Shin comes at the right time and calls for an ambulance, and Sakuma is admitted to the hospital for a few days. During his absence, Minato takes over coaching at the swimming club.

During Minato’s visit to Sakuma in the hospital, he’s surprised to see Shin already there, keeping Sakuma company. They were talking about Minato before his arrival. Shin decides to give them some privacy and encourages Minato to confess his feelings to Sakuma. Returning home, Shin finds Sakurako making tonkatsu to wish him luck for the exams. He senses something is wrong as she cuts an excessive amount of cabbage. She confides in him, sharing her rejection after confessing her feelings to someone. Shin consoles her with a hug, acknowledging the pain of love. Asuka discovers Sakurako’s rejection and feels slightly relieved. He looks at old photos of him and Shuu, reminiscing about their past. feeling dejected, Asuka hugs Minato at the laundromat for comfort, unaware that Shuu is witnessed the scene.

 

Episode 10: Love Can Be Painful

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Minato and Shin try to clarify the misunderstanding with Shuu, but he remains dismissive. At school, Sakuma returns and reveals that Shin visited him daily and is rooting for Minato. Later, Minato finds the food Shin made for him in the garage and a university guide for Tokyo Eiwa University, which he had forgotten. The next day, Asuka recalls his confession to Shuu about starting to date again, but Shuu doesn’t understand the reason behind it. Shuu suggests that Asuka should focus on studying instead. Meanwhile, Shin discovers Sakuma’s injured fingers from sewing amulets for the students and offers to help him. He asks Sakuma about Minato’s past as a student, and Sakuma reveals that Minato was initially rebellious but became more open-minded after joining the swimming club. Asuka and Sakurako walk together to school, and Sakurako shares her experience of confessing. In return, Asuka admits that he also has a crush on Shuu. Asuka recalls how Shuu’s thoughtful gesture of giving him lollipops instead of cigarettes sparked his interest in him. He followed Shuu overseas and admired his passion for architecture. Encouraged by Sakurako, Asuka decides to confess his true feelings to Shuu.

Minato finds Shin studying at the laundromat and expresses his gratitude for everything he has done for him and Sakuma. He wonders if Shin is forcing himself, but Shin admits that he is actually very jealous. However, he prioritizes Minato’s happiness above all else. Shin decides to leave, and Minato returns the forgotten book. As Shin prepares to go home, he asks Minato if he will be lonely without him. After a thoughtful pause, Minato assures Shin that no matter where he is, he will always support him. Minato gathers his courage and finally confesses to Sakuma. He starts by apologizing for kissing him on graduation day and expressing his gratitude for the support he received. In response, Sakuma thanks him and tells Minato that he is a precious student and that he is proud to be his teacher. Though he gets rejected, Minato is still happy to have spoken his heart out. Sakuma pats his head in comfort. Minato calls Shin at the laundromat, unaware that Shin is behind him. Overwhelmed with emotions, Minato starts crying, and Shin immediately embraces him to provide comfort, determined not to let him be alone like in the past.

 

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Episode 11: Minato’s Laundromat is Open Despite Forecast Mistake

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Minato is cleaning at the laundromat when he notices Asuka looking troubled. Asuka shares he’s inheriting the fish shop, but he playfully wonders what it would be like to become a cat instead. As they talk, Shin arrives and asks Minato for a favor. He asks Minato to be his guide in Tokyo for an open house event and Minato agrees. In Tokyo, Asuka secretly explores architecture with Shuu on the phone while Minato accompanies Shin on the campus tour. Afterward, they enjoy a date together, visiting tourist spots, trying local food, and taking photos. They make wishes and buy charms for Shin’s examination. However, Asuka loses his phone, causing them to miss the bus and train. They have no option but to stay at an inn for the night.

Minato panics about staying the night with Shin and Asuka, so he leaves to buy underwear from the convenience store. He gets lost and scared, but Shin follows him out of concern so they end up buying the item together. Upon returning, Asuka has already claimed the separate bed to sleep in and ignores Minato’s attempt to switch. Minato tries to avoid looking at Shin the whole night, especially after a heart-pounding moment when he gives Shin a towel while he’s already in the shower. After the trip, Minato comes out of the shower to find everyone asleep, but Shin is actually still awake. Shin admits he can’t sleep knowing Minato is next to him and asks if he can hold his hand. He wonders why he likes Minato so much but can’t be the one Minato likes. Despite that, Shin is happy just holding Minato’s hand. Back in their hometown, Asuka thanks Minato and Shin for the trip and immediately goes to confess his feelings to Shuu. Meanwhile, at the laundromat, Shin announces that he will stop seeing Minato.

 

Episode 12: Maybe Love is A Good Thing

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After Shin’s announcement, Minato is relieved that he’ll return after his exams. Shin promises to face the exams on his own and come back to Minato in six months. At the store, Asuka confesses his feelings to Shuu, willing to become a cat, dog, or any animal to be by his side. Shuu pats his head and tells him to do as he pleases. Later, Asuka visits Minato, who is looking through a recipe book, and teases him about missing Shin’s food. He asks Minato about how Shin approached him, seeking advice as he has started dating Shuu, who is more interested in architecture. Minato, remembering all the heart-pounding moments with Shin, covers his face and tells Asuka to figure it out on his own. After leaving the garage, Minato is greeted by Sakuma and the members of the swimming club. They enjoy their beach time, and Minato inquires about Shin. He shares that Shin is planning on not seeing him until the exams are over because he’s worried about his feelings. Sakuma tells him that Minato and Shin are similar in the way that they care about others. After everyone leaves, Minato thinks about Shin’s confession on the beach and the moment they held hands at the inn.

After half a year, Shin passes his exams and they celebrate at Minato’s place. Minato proudly boasts about improving his cooking skills, and Shin credits the amulet they got in Tokyo for helping him persevere. While washing dishes, Shin asks Minato about his thoughts on staying or leaving for Tokyo. Holding his hand, he asks if Minato wants him to be by his side, to which Minato admits that Shin will have a brighter future in Tokyo. Anticipating this response, Shin thanks Minato for the meal and prepares to leave. Minato, feeling upset, chases after him, not caring about his future anymore, and plans to confess. However, upon seeing Shin packing boxes to move, Minato becomes dejected.

At the laundromat, Asuka and Sakurako inform Minato that Shin is leaving today and give him a letter from Shin. In the letter, Shin expresses that Minato has held a special place in his heart for ten years, and he had hoped to win Minato’s heart through persistence. However, he now understands that it’s not that simple. He wishes Minato a happy life and bids him farewell. Minato rushes to the beach and confesses his deep feelings for Shin, vowing to wait for his return and repay his love. Shin reveals that he’s actually attending a local university, not going to Tokyo, and the boxes were just his father’s things. He had asked Sakurako to throw away the letter, but they played a trick on Minato. Relieved, Minato embraces Shin and they share a passionate kiss. Shin confesses his love for Minato and kisses him even more intensely. In the heat of the moment, they both fall into the water. Minato suggests drying their clothes at the laundromat, and they share another kiss as they fall into the water again.

Writer’s thoughts:

It is highly recommended that everyone watches the heartwarming scenes where Minato reads Shin’s letter and the beautiful confession at the end. The series concludes with a happy ending, as Shin and the person he has loved for over ten years finally get to be together.  Minato overcomes his past struggles and gains the confidence to love Shin wholeheartedly. Minato’s Laundromat will remain open to watch the many moments Shin and Minato will share, now as a couple.

 

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