At last, Misa and Rin finally obtained enough money to get their jet ski updated. Even with the upgrade, their times are not improving. I wonder why.
At last, Misa and Rin finally made it to the finals. They had a celebration with their club members. The advisor seems very happy that they made it. Not only that the girls finally getting the upgrade they needed for their jet ski.
However, things don’t look good underneath it all. Even with the upgraded jet ski, Rin’s times are not improving at all. Also, Misa seems have feelings of uneasiness. In a flashback, we learn that Misa has an older sister, Risa who is skilled at shooting. Misa wants to become as good as her older sister.
Sadly, things didn’t work out as she lost her first race and people were putting her down. In a way, Misa is in the shadow of her older sister’s fame. This gotten so bad that she wants to attend the less prestigious Asa Girls’ High School with the intention of giving up on jet racing.
It’s understandable that the pressure of matching her older sister’s talent was great and Misa expected instant gratification. Sadly, the harshness of other girls talking her down took a toll on her on her self-esteem. Thankfully, she manages to find some resolve in regard to this. More on that later.
Aside from that, the participants in the finals are now announced. Of course, Rin is not giving up on convincing Misa to use that friendship seal that she made. As always, Misa is not having it. I wonder when she will give in.
Either way, Misa notices about Rin’s racing. Obviously, Rin is trying to be like her mother and following her techniques. However, jet skis have improved since then and Rin is not taking full advantage of the modern jet ski.
In other words, Rin and Misa go on their own soul searching. Rin returns back to her hometown while Misa trains with Fuka and Inori. What is interesting is their interactions with their rivals. Rin meets Diyu and Ziyu. Apparently, they are doing idol activities there and they ran into Rin. Apparently, they got into jet racing because of Rin’s mother.
With that, we take a glimpse of a flashback with Rin and her mother. Apparently, Rin’s mother meant by “copying her skills” is to follow her skills and then branch out. Diyu and Ziyu mentions what Rin’s mother said which says something similar. It’s about being yourself.
As you know now, Rin is trying to be like her mother. Of course, this puts her at a disadvantage. I guess she didn’t learn that emulating someone is a bad idea. A certain idol group tried doing that, but it doesn’t give them the results they hoped for. In a way, Rin is limiting her potential instead of improving on her skills and use them to her full potential. With those words, Rin finally realizes that copying her mother won’t be enough to become like her.
On the other hand, Misa learns another lesson of not being afraid of herself. Fuka shares her experiences where she hid her true self. As you know, her hot-headed personality turned her former partners off. When she suppressed it, she couldn’t reach her full potential. It’s not until she revealed her real self that Inori accepted her she is. With that, Misa realizes that she can’t hide her true self in order to get closer to Rin.
In the end, it’s good that Rin and Misa finally realize the issues they have with their relationship that is holding them back. With Misa telling her secrets about herself and Misa deciding to change things up, is it enough to win the final round? Will Misa finally accept the “embarrassing” seal that Rin desperately wants to use on the jet ski? We’ll find out in the last episode. ¶