My Love Story!: My Christmas (2015)
In this episode, it's Christmastime, and Yamato suggests having a party with her friends from her all-girls school and Takeo's friends. This isn't the first time they have all gotten together, and Takeo's friend Kurihara confesses to Takeo that he wants to date Yamato's friend Nanako. At the same time, Nanako confides in Yamato that she and Kurihara have been out together, but she's not sure if he wants to be a couple.
This setup is a good example of how Christmas, especially Christmas Eve, is celebrated in Japan: it's seen more as a romantic holiday for couples.
Takeo and Yamato decide that it would be great to help their friends' love story happen, and they find plenty of excuses to push the two together at the Christmas karaoke party. This backfires when Kurihara is too scared to tell Nanako how he feels, brushing her off with a "We're friends!" She leaves the party soon after, but when Yamato and Kurihara come after her, the girls are hassled in the hallway by a group of tough guys. Kurihara turns and runs to get Takeo for backup. This is the last straw for Nanako, who can't believe he didn't stand up for her.
Takeo and Yamato feel bad that they made things more awkward for their friends, and the episode highlights how both of them have trouble understanding people who don't feel the kind of uncomplicated, earnest love they have for each other.
The episode closes with each seeming completely different to their friends now that they have a significant other, so both Takeo and Yamato seem to wonder whether it will work out after all.
This isn't the best episode of this show; it has some awkward gender dynamics and the relationships don't make much sense without the background. I do think the show overall is a funny and sweet experience despite a few awkward jokes here and there.