Ep 23 – “The Road That We Must Advance On” / “Susumu Beki Michi” (進むべき道)
As Valentine’s Day approaches, Ryūji and Taiga get called in concerning their future ambitions form, though Taiga seems uninterested. Ryūji encounters Ami refusing to model the school uniform and talks with her. Ami tells him that she originally planned to stay at school temporarily, but she stayed to help Taiga. Ryūji gets a call from Taiga saying Yasuko had collapsed due to anemia from overworking. Ryūji blames himself, but they both decide to fill in for Yasuko’s part-time job of selling chocolate and use Ami’s celebrity status to boost their sales. Taiga decides to make everyone some chocolate as thanks for the things they have done for her. However, when Minori notices that Taiga believed Yūsaku rescued her from the ski trip instead of Ryūji, she becomes angry. She confronts Taiga, with Ami and Kitamura blocking the exits, trying to get her to show her true feelings. Taiga says she only wanted Minori to be happy, but Minori says that happiness is something only she can decide for herself. Taiga runs off and Minori decides to go after her, asking Ryūji if he will go after her too.