Ep 20 – “Forever Like This” / “Zutto, Kono Mama” (ずっと, このまま)

Following Ryūji’s rejection by Minori, Ryūji is bedridden with the flu. Taiga runs into Yūsaku at a shrine and makes a wish to him, the Saint of Broken Hearts. Taiga decides not to come over to Ryūji’s house anymore and tells him not to give up on her. The teacher informs her students that the field trip to Okinawa is now going to be a ski trip due to their previously booked hotel burning down. Taiga points out to Ryūji that this would be his last chance to confirm Minori’s feelings before classes are rearranged. Ryūji catches up with Minori, who is still a bit disheartened from Christmas, and Taiga provides an opportunity for the two to start talking again. Later, Ryūji, Minori, Yūsaku, Ami and the other students go to Taiga’s apartment to discuss plans for the trip. Ryūji and Minori talk in the kitchen, where she constantly praises Ryūji for the way Taiga has become. She wishes that things would stay the way they were forever, while Ryūji knows that it would not be possible, and becomes determined to confess properly.