Dame na Watashi ni Koishite Kudasai Episode 3 By Ninja
Impressed by Michio's effort to not play the martyr anymore, Michio's co-worker Yuki stops ignoring her and actually befriends her.
In a flash back we see that Haruko was probably either Ayumu's brother's wife or girlfriend. Judging by the slight sadness on Ayumu's face, I wonder if Ayumu's brother is no longer living.
Going on a second date with Daichi, Michio is once again amazed by what it feels like to go a real outing with a man who is not trying to mooch off her.
Apparently equally impressed with Michio, Daichi confesses to her and asks "Would you date me with marriage as our goal?"
Daichi seems perfect on the surface but the show is giving us plenty of clues that the guy is probably a jerk. Daichi had gave Michio a bottle of lotion saying that it was his favorite scent on their first day, but it looks like Daichi had also gave the same lotion to Yuki (Michio's co-worker) and probably many other female employees as well.
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Before Michio was able to completely write Daichi off as just another liar in her life, Yuki (co-worker) wisely reminds Michio that as a single man, there was nothing wrong for Daichi to seek out many possibilities until he settles on the one he truly wants.
After a brief horrifying moment when she thought Ayumu might be having an extramarital affairs with Yuki, Michio soon finds out that while Ayumu is indeed harboring a crush on Yuki but his love can never come to fruition because Yuki is actually his brother's widow and Ayumu can't bring himself to compete with his dead brother.
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Just when the night seems to be going great and Michio is starting to wonder if this is her "big night" for her newly purchased sexy underwear, Daichi gets a mysterious phone call and Michio is soon sent home by Daichi with the excuse of "I don't want your guardian (Ayumu) to worry."
The next day while Michio is still trying to figure out her confusing feelings, Ayumu is thoughtful when Daichi suddenly shows up for lunch. Perhaps realizing his little "pet" belongs to another man now, the next morning, Ayumu says "It's perhaps time for you to move out" just the same exact moment Michio tries to say the same thing.
Overjoyed when Michio tells him that she is planning to move out, Daichi suggests to Michio that she should just move in with him. Surprised, Michio wonders to herself "How soon can I save up enough money to buy more sexy underwear?"
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Ready to take her relationship with Daichi to the next level by moving in with him, some of Michio's excitement wanes when she realizes once again that she will soon be moving out of Ayumu's house.
Instead of being relieved by Daichi's assurance, Michio begins to feel a sense of déjà vu as she listens to Daichi's pitiful story about his ill parents...that sounds exactly like the story her ex-boyfriend used to swindle money from her.
Completely convinced that Michio has fallen for yet another man who is trying to cheat her out of her hard earned money, Ayumu doesn't hold back when Daichi shows up again for lunch. Flustered when Ayumu puts a dish of Omuri Rice with the word "Crook" written right across it in front of Daichi, Michio nervously tells a confused Daichi that the word means something else.
Dragging Ayumu off to the side to give him a piece of her mind, Michio is too busy bickering with with him to notice her own boyfriend. Stiffening as he watches Ayumu and his girlfriend turning toward him in unison when he interrupts them with a question, Daichi hides his displeasure from Michio.
Thankful when Michio rushes around tirelessly to help him when he made a potentially disastrous mistake during a work assignment, Daichi's grateful smile slips when Michio happily informs him that Ayumu had assisted her.
I love the scene in the shopping market when Ayumu just showed up out of nowhere when Michio was desperately trying to buy a vacuum from a bunch of Chinese tourist and started to speak almost perfect Chinese. It was also awesome that in the end the way Ayumu convinced the Chinese tourists was to tell them "This girl is still single at 30 years old and in debt. She is very pitiful."
Out on a late night date with Daichi, Michio is stunned when Daichi suddenly pulls out a ring and proposes to her. Moved by the Daichi's request to spend the rest of their lives together, Michio accepts the very first proposal she has ever received.
Michio had picked up a phone call for Daichi and it was his sick mother calling from the hospital so that's why Michio is fully convinced now that Daichi is not a swindler anymore.
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Going home in a melancholy mood, Michio walks in the door to find a crying Akira. Unable to forget Ayumu even after their break up, Akira had finally gathered up her courage to talk to Ayumu that day but instead of getting back together Akira finally comes to accept that things are really over between them.
Pulling Michio into a hug, Daichi tells Michio that he is not giving up on her but they will start over as two friends.
After a moment of shock when Michio calmly tells her that she is not getting married anymore, Akira puts on a smiling face and suggests that they should get drunk that night. Touched to have Akira being such a supportive friend, Michio nods to all of Akira's suggestions...until she says "Oh, and you need to move out."
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I love the scene where Ayumu is bickering with Michio and she mutters to herself "Everything he says makes me happy! Drat, I think I am done for."
Surrounded by Michio's eager family, Ayumu is lost for words when he is asked "What do you like about Michio?" After some thoughts, Ayumu looks up hopefully and replies "She is very bright, and she has a good appetite." Not satisfied, Michio's family asks again "What else?" Visibly stumped now, Ayumu adds "She...can eat a lot." Ha!
Luckily for Michio, while her monk father had a few choice words for her the rest of her family was actually not too surprised at all.
In a moment of impulsiveness as she walks to the bus stop with Ayumu to go back to "their home", Michio suddenly starts to propose to Ayumu. However, before Michio could even finish her sentence Ayumu had already given his curt reply of "I refuse." Stunned, Michio thinks to herself "Isn't he suppose to be influenced by the mood and just say yes?"
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Daichi does accuse Ayumu later in this episode that Ayumu is purposefully ignoring Michio's feelings.
Ignoring her own breaking heart as she leaves Ayumu to comfort a sick Haruko, Michio works tirelessly to find different ways to help Haruko's flower store. Michio ended up sleeping on the sofa because Haruko is sleeping in her bed.
Visibly hesitating as Michio is about to walk out of the door, Ayumu opens his mouth to say something...but of course Haruko chooses the very moment to stumble down the stairs.
Rushing over to Haruko to help her, Ayumu turns back around when Michio says her last goodbye and walks decisively out of the door. After a brief inner struggle within himself, Ayumu calls out Michio's name and is about to chase after her...but then Haruko's hand stops him. WHAT?! Haruko?!
Tears falling as she looks back at the closed door behind her, Michio smiles.
ps. My absolute favorite scene is the one where a drunken Michio takes Akira's suggestion to just "eat" Ayumu and literally tries to take a bite off him. Poor Ayumu just assumes it's another one of Michio's bad drinking habit.
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Summoned by Ayumu with the excuse of cleaning the last of her stuff, Michio is pleasantly surprised when she arrives to find a birthday party waiting for her. Touched by Ayumu's thoughtfulness, Michio tries to valiantly act like Ayumu's friend and encourages him again to confess his feelings to Haruko.
Turns out, Daichi had run into a drunken Akira the night before and was kind enough to take her home. Her fierceness coming out in full force, a drunken Akira had thrown the poor Daichi into bed and ...well, ate him. Utterly embarrassed when he realizes Michio has heard the whole thing from Akira, Daichi shyly admits that Akira had left a very lasting impression on him. Ha! I love this pairing.
Suppressing her lingering fear, Michio assures Ayumu that he can go home and reminds him that Haruko is probably waiting for him. Taking Michio's hand in his, Ayumu replies "No she won't" then slowly recounts how both Haruko and himself have come to realize that they have been so focused on the past the neither of them really know each other.
Shaking his head when he looks over to see that Michio had somehow managed to fall asleep during his little speech, Ayumu smiles to himself.
Realizing that his boys had lied about Michio's wounds when he calms down enough to notice Michio's puzzled expression, Ayumu smiles as Michio musters up her courage to asks him "Could you please date the useless me?"
Ignoring Michio's dumbfounded expression when he tells her "I have fallen in love with you already," Ayumu decides to prove himself by planting a kiss on her.
Yeah!!! Happy Ending!!!