Ep 19 – “Christmas Eve Festival” / “Seiyasai” (聖夜祭)

On the night of the party, Taiga gives Ryūji a suit to wear to the party while he still attempts to convince Minori to come. The party begins with a special Christmas song performed by Taiga and Ami. Following the song, Ami informs Ryūji that Taiga has left the party. Taiga decides to go home in order to wait for Santa Claus, stopping by Minori’s house on the way to convince her to go to the party. At home, Taiga is surprised when a large bear dressed as Santa Claus appears. Taiga reveals that she knows it’s Ryūji, and urges him to return to the party to wait for Minori. Hesitantly, Ryūji leaves, but Taiga soon realizes that she and Ryūji will no longer be able to be together. Crying uncontrollably, Taiga realizes that it is the outcome she does not want and chases Ryūji, but he is already gone. Unbeknownst to her, Minori is standing nearby and finds Taiga crying out for Ryūji. When Minori meets Ryūji at the school, she tells Ryūji that she no longer wishes to see UFOs and ghosts — referencing their conversation at the beach house. Understanding that this means she has already rejected him, Ryūji collapses shortly after Minori leaves.