I’m starting to think the “girl from middle school” is just a red herring because, as it turns out, that’s not where Yōki first encountered Jōro at all. Once again, during that fateful baseball match, Jōro would leave a lasting impression on yet another girl. This time it was cook at a fried chicken stall. She was so touched by Jōro’s dedication to cheer up his friend and grateful that he bought out her stock for the day that she never forgot his name.
Honestly, Yōki doesn’t develop much in the way of a unique personality during this episode and it looks like Sasanqua has been quickly sidelined after her “transformation” moment at the end of the last episode. With the introduction of the (final?) two girls at the midway point, it finally feels like ORESUKI‘s cast has outgrown its scope. Pansy and Cosmos remain the most fleshed out of the female friend group but it’s safe to say none of the characters have motivations outside of liking Jōro for one reason or another. At this point in the series, I’d prefer a smaller, more fully realized cast. For instance, Jōro and Himawari probably have a bunch of history together but we really don’t know much about it.