The Best Episodes Directed by Tomohiro Matsukawa
#1 - Yes No
Golden Time (2013) Season 1 - Episode 6
In a dream, Banri remembers that right after graduating high school he confessed to Linda that he loved her. When he asked for her response, Linda agreed to tell him the following night on the bridge where Banri would eventually have his accident. That afternoon, Kōko questions why Banri has been acting unusual around Linda, which he denies, when the two are greeted by Chinami, who invites them to a party. Kōko coldly refuses, and Banri questions Chinami on why she insists on being friends with Kōko, to which Chinami simply states she likes her, so Banri promises he will try to convince Kōko to attend. At the party, Banri, Mitsuo, Nijigen, and Kōko watch and comment on Chinami's personality, which soon erupts into an argument between Kōko and Mitsuo, and ends with Mitsuo confessing to Chinami, and her turning him down. On their way home, Kōko mentions Mitsuo, causing Banri to abruptly state his wish to end their friendship. When Kōko repeatedly refuses this, Banri reminds her that he loves her, but because all she thinks about is Mitsuo, it hurts him so he wants to put an end to it, and leaves her. The next day, Linda notices the tense atmosphere between the two, but when she inquires about it, Banri angrily asks her why she never mentioned they previously knew each other, and accuses her of wanting to forget about him. Linda reveals that she said nothing out of fear that it would confuse him and cause him to disappear from her life again, while also explaining her fear that she caused Banri's accident by not responding to his feelings sooner. Afterwards, Kōko meets up with Banri to know what happened, but he takes off running due Linda's revelation that she reciprocated his feelings years ago, which causes him to question how knowing this would have affected his past decisions. Kōko catches up to Banri and tells him not leave her, confessing that she loves him.
#2 - Paradise Lost
Golden Time (2013) Season 1 - Episode 22
Stunned by Koko's words, Banri awaits Koko at the same spot he was rejected by her, hoping Koko would come back for him. Hours passed and Banri meets Koko's father, who drives Banri home. Along the way, Banri deduces that Koko may already had knowledge of Banri taking anti-anxiety medications and is asking her father of the diagnosis that leads to its prescription. Being dropped off, Banri encounters Nana, who Banri confides with for his recent dilemma. The next day, encouraged by Nana's words the other night, Banri plans to confront Koko. Afterwards, Banri is met by Koko, seemingly acting the same whenever the two interact. However, after meeting up with their friends, Koko nonchalantly declares that she and Banri had broken up, much to the shock and bewilderment of Banri and the others. After Koko lashes out on them, Chinami tells Banri that Koko may had seen the clip of Banri in his anxiety attack at his apartment from Chinami's camera the other night. Staying optimistic, Banri later informs Linda and the president of the Festival club of his breakup with Koko and is followed with Banri and Linda having a serious argument, in which Banri reveals to Mitsuo his past relationship with Linda and apologizes for not telling him. Koko then appears as she hands down a letter of resignation from the club to its president until Banri cuts her off, causing her to leave with Banri calling out to Koko.