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I'm Not Criticizing You or Anything

Following her conversation with Aoi, Ema had encountered Yumi while returning to work; Yumi noticed something wrong with Ema and advised her, "Ask, and be a fool for a minute. Ask not, and be a fool for life." In the present day, Midori and Kaori go on a tour across Tokyo. Midori notices Kaori's quick fascination with the city and learns about her dull office life back in the country. Meanwhile, Ema continues to struggle with her cuts, and Sugie continues to try and motivate her, although she does not feel capable of following his suggestions. Elsewhere, the entire production desk discusses what their goals are for the future. While driving over to Kisa's house, Aoi laments about how she seems to be the only one without a dream in mind, then imagines a conversation between her dolls Mimuji and Roro, who have opposing views of the situation. While delivering Kisa's cuts to Segawa, Aoi talks with her about Tatsuya's transfer to Studio Canaan, before Segawa expresses her concerns about Ema's work. When Ema begins to stress out over her cuts, Yumi decides to take her on a walk. While eating at a café, Midori tells Kaori about her ambition to write a story. Elsewhere, Yumi brings Ema to a secret spot in the local park to clear her head, and reveals that Sugie and Rinko also use the location for similar purposes. There, Yumi encourages Ema to learn from copying previous works in order to eventually develop her own style, while a cat they encounter gives Ema some better ideas of how to animate cat movement. With Ema once again motivated with her work, Aoi rejoins Midori, Shizuka, and Kaori for a drink at Shizuka's workplace, where Midori reminds Aoi of the promise all five girls made together to collaborate on an anime some day. The next day, Kaori returns home, determined to do her best too.

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