|Title:||Ai Yori Aoshi|
|Episode:||9: One Night|
|Miyabi and Aoi [image1] have to leave for a day to take care of family business leaving Kaoru in charge of the house. The other two male members of the photo club come by and nab Taeko for some cos-play photos [image2]. This leaves Tina and Kaoru alone for the night [image3]. A storm comes along and knocks out the power causing scarety-cat Tina [image4] to insist on being allowed to spend the night with Kaoru.
Surviving the night, they spend the whole next day together [image5]. In the evening, Tina and Kaoru start drinking and Tina trashes the place. Miyabi and Aoi return; Miyabi is tricked about the mess [image6] and forces Kaoru to clean it up while the culprit Tina gets taken to bed.
This was an interesting episode in that the temptation card is played seriously for the first time. Tina and Kaoru have known each other for some time and Tina is a cutie. So having the power go out and her spend the night with him could have lead to other things. Fortunately, they did not.
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(2004-02-27, Devil Doll:)
The intro is tricking the audience already: You might think something really serious is happening when Aoi asks Kaoru to "not forget about her".
And then, they played most of this episode rather mechanically: Remove the other characters, let "tough Tina" be a coward (we'll see more of that later in the series...), make the scenario gloomy and frightening (a thunderstorm in an old house with fading lights would always work...), and you'll get the girl into the boy's arms - yawn.
The next day, when they both have a lot of fun together and talk about memories from the past, was much more interesting: They both know a lot about each other (Aoi has already become aware of this in episode 5 of Ai Yori Aoshi when Tina arrived).
When I first watched this episode, I wasn't too impressed: Tina seemed just too playful, so you couldn't ever get what she was actually thinking. But after having watched the Ai Yori Aoshi ~Enishi~ sequel this show became a different meaning to me.