While Himeno didn’t win an award, she moves on as Fall arrives. Of course, one of Touko’s rivals decides to issue a challenge.
As expected, we start off where we left off. I find it cute how her father notices that Himeno used part of the broken cushion as a keychain. Not too surprising since the finish looks pretty. Obviously, he had to ask her what she plans to make next.
Of course, Himeno says that she can’t think of anything. Yep, she got her grandmother and father excited for nothing. She also does the same to her friends. Hopefully she will come up with something eventually. After all, that stuff takes time to come up with.
As expected, it seems that Touko’s rival, Matsuse Rio decides to pay a visit. Believe it or not, Touko was best friends with her before she moved away. While she saw Touko’s piece at the exhibition, which won a reward, she doesn’t believe it would win a grand prize. Yep, she tries to issue a challenge by asking Touko to submit something for the exhibition.
Of course, Touko turns it down and Rio rans off. Yep, while Rio is too intense, it’s obvious that Touko wants to do do her own thing at her own pace. Still, I guess Rio gives good advice as pottery is not all about technical skills as it’s not the real core of it. Still, it seems that Himeno doesn’t know what it means.
When Himeno returns home, Mami was there with one of the judges Himeno saw at the competition, Kusano. Kusano and Mami were Himena’s classmates. Still, it’s kind of interesting how Kusano recalls the moment when Himena made tons of mugs to find which one is the best for coffee. Even after making the best mug, she went to various coffee shops. This can explain how Himena met Himeno’s father. Yep, she is hard core in trying to make the ideal coffee cup.
After Kusano left and took one of the mugs Himeno’s father offered up, it gives Himeno some inspiration. With a new empty spot, she can make something that is worth displaying. I wonder what she will make this time. I guess we’ll find out eventually.