Komi and Tadano had grown closer in the previous few episodes of Komi Can’t Communicate, but Episode 10 took it to the next level.
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Shoko Komi and Hitohito Tadano grew closer during Komi Can’t Communicate, and Komi even confirmed their feelings at least twice. Up to this point, Komi has not competed with Tadano’s affections, partly because he is not popular with girls and partly because of several female friends that he has no romantic interest in Tadano. Himiko Agari worries too much about people and Ren Yamai only cares about Komi emotionally. However, Episode 10 shakes things up a bit.
In the second half of Episode 10 of Komi Can’t Communicate, a new classmate named Nene Onemine is introduced as the vice classmate. Since Tadano was elected class president in an earlier episode, he was tasked with the paperwork. Since his homeroom teacher realized he was a bit too cocky, she didn’t restrain herself to increase his workload. This caused Onemine to sympathize with Tadano and offer to lend him the papers.
With Tadano feeling increasingly burdened by his responsibilities as class president, he finds comfort in Onemine’s job. Her help not only eases his anxiety, but her awareness makes Tadano realize that he is being taken advantage of by their homeroom teacher. However, unbeknownst to both Tadano and Onemine, their time together makes Komi uncomfortable.
One day when Komi caught Tadano and Onemine walking down the hallway together, she caught a glimpse of their conversation and hid behind the school stairs, not knowing what to say about her feelings. From the look on her face, it was clear that part of her felt hurt when another girl was monopolizing Tadano’s time. At the same time, her blushing face shows that a part of her also feels embarrassed when she has to experience jealousy. From the end of Tadano, he feels as if he is being watched by someone, which makes him feel insecure.
On another day, Komi observed Tadano and Onemine walking down the hallway together, she was discovered by them, both of whom noticed that she was uncomfortable around each other. Onemine tries to ease the tension by greeting Komi, who has run away, leaving Onemine feeling flustered. It is not until she helps Tadano with the paperwork again that she learns that Komi has feelings for Tadano, especially since she decides to stay and help after being told to go home. Then she goes out so they can be alone. Komi tries to apologize to Onemine for her behavior the next day, but Onemine confirms that she is aware of Komi’s feelings and is very supportive of her. This made Komi blush, and she ran away in shame.
After this flash of jealousy, Komi found herself expressing an interest in trying new things with Tadano that she had never done before, such as going to a photo booth. Najimi Osana and Ren Yamai overheard Tadano reacting to the idea and invited themselves to the booth photo session. Komi does not object to this opinion and goes with her friends to a video game.
At the game booth, Komi notices a hair straightener with a cat keychain but continues with her friends to a photo booth, where they choose the types of photos they want to make. Although Komi doesn’t change her facial expression for any of the photos, she’s thankful she took part in a fun activity with her friends. On the way home, Komi once again examines the claw machine with the cat keychain, but this time, Tadano notices that she wants to take one home.
At some point, Tadano returns to the game to get the key for Komi, although he doesn’t give it to her until three days have passed. When he told her his reason for getting her the key, he was immediately embarrassed by his own actions. These feelings are not helped by the fact that Komi asked Najimi to return to the game with her in order to retrieve a key. However, instead of letting Tadano’s efforts go to waste, Komi suggests that they exchange the keys as gifts; Komi gives what she bought to Tadano and accepts what Tadano takes for her. Later that day, Komi is seen falling in love with Tadano, which further solidifies her romantic progress.