Episode 21: To Protect You
Kimi o Mamoru Tame ni
Hotohori learns of what Tamahome has done under the influence of Kodoku. Miaka is depressed at the thought that Tamahome might never return to Konan, and still feels the pain that the encounter has left behind, for Mitsukake could only heal her physical wounds. Tamahome is perpetually disturbed by images of Miaka in his mind and by the ribbon she had left behind, and resolves to kill her. Chiriko tries to comfort Miaka with his music, and Hotohori, Nuriko and Chichiri visit her as well, but Miaka prefers to be left alone. Later on, Miaka ventures around the palace, and comes upon Tamahome's empty room. When Nuriko visits Miaka's room, all he finds is a note saying "Sayonara". Miaka comes to a raging river and tries to drown herself, having lost the will to live. Hotohori, however, saves her. When the unconscious Miaka regains consciousness, Hotohori opens up to her about his feelings and kisses her. Miaka is at first reluctant to accept him, but after she gets some rest, she finally agrees. Suddenly, they are disturbed by news of Tamahome's arrival. Hotohori takes Miaka to an unused room and locks her there, and goes to the courtyard where Tamahome is waiting to fight with him.