|Her Smile And Flash Are Annoying, That's My So-Called Older Sister|
|Kaiten Butō Densetsu Ahiru-tai|
|Animation Director||Takahiro Sasaki|
|Japanese Air Date|
October 10, 2015
|←||The Ash-Colored Rabbit and the Ash Princess →|
Cocoa decides to send some photographs back home of her life working at Rabbit House, but Chino's refusal to smile causes her perfect image to be ruined. Meanwhile, a magazine publishing an article on Cafe fails to mention Rabbit House, causing Chino to become depressed.
One day, Chino returns home from shopping to find Rize and Cocoa inside waiting for her. As they prepare for work Cocoa discusses her plan to get some photos of everyone to send back home and she makes an attempt to surprise Chino, but disappointingly she won't smile for her. Chino suggests they hurry before Rize gets angry and runs off, leaving Cocoa confused.
Cocoa tries again but only manages to get Tippy and a few blurs. She settles on this and moves onto Rize, who gladly poses for an image, and Cocoa takes a handful, each more shiny than the last. Rize becomes flustered after taking a moment to observe them and she demands Cocoa delete them, but Cocoa tries to change the subject by getting Chino to smile again. She comes up with excuses to leave and runs after Rize warns her not to be too pushy.
In the main room of Rabbit House, Chino pauses by a window and looks at it. She attempts to smile but feels strange, so she makes herself forget about it while Tippy watches.
Later, Chiya and Cocoa make their way home while they discuss her plans. They take a few scenery pictures of each other, and Cocoa compliments Chiya, who brings up that she feels pretty good after seeing the magazine article she contributed to earlier. They temporarily separate and Cocoa returns to Ama Usa An to resume taking some more. She wants the pictures to be realistic and her mother likes to look at kimono, so she thought this would be a great setting.
As she finishes, Cocoa brings up that its almost been a year since she met Chino. She still won't smile for her. Chiya suggests that she shouldn't try to rush or force Chino, but she will lend her a hand if she needs any help in trying. Cocoa heads to Lapin next but Sharo is very flustered over her pictures, with Cocoa offering her some tips to try to help her. During break, she enjoys some tea and cake and brings up her concerns to Sharo, who recommends she try going for a candid picture, so that she wouldn't have time to feel awkwardly with the camera. Cocoa is sure she would notice, and Sharo can tell that Cocoa tried to force her earlier. Cocoa begins to beg Sharo to try in her place, even offering her money and a photograph of Rize if she can. For a moment Sharo is tempted; but she ultimately declines.
Back at Rabbit House, Chino continues to refuse to cooperate. Even when Cocoa begs her, she refuses until Rize manages to ease her mood and convince her to give it a try. Chino hesitates and gets flustered, so Rize offers to take a picture of Chino and Cocoa together. Chino agrees, with Cocoa offering to pose like Chino so that she won't have to smile. But this leaves the girls with a somber feeling as they observe it. Cocoa resumes begging Chino and to their surprise Chino smiles while observing the picture Rize took. Rize tells Cocoa to hurry up and get a shot but in all the excitement, Chino quickly takes off before she can. After finding her again, Rize tries to tickle Chino to make her smile- but she is quick to stop out of concern she did something strange. Chiya joins them, so Cocoa and her put on a comedy routine to try to perk her up; but they only get a tiny smile from her. The girls feel good until Rize remarks that it looks like she is sneering.
Later, the girls observe the magazine Chiya brought up earlier and they read over what it says to see if they get mentioned at all. Sharo doesn't see a point in that since its only relevant to Chiya, who was too anxious to look at it herself. She then spots Fleur de Lapin is also in the magazine, which surprises Sharo and causes Chiya disappointment that it's article is larger. However, Rabbit House isn't featured at all.
Suddenly, Aoyama steps into the Cafe to comment that she does gourmet reports as well as write books, and reveals her article, and to their surprise they find an image of Rize out shopping. She admits that she forgot about it, and they spot the bakery that belongs to Cocoa's family. She is shocked, but suddenly they notice Tippy has begun crying. As this is going on, Sharo longingly observes the picture of Rize and Chiya offers to cut it out for her since she knows she can't waste the money to buy the magazine for herself. Sharo is accidentally embarrassed after she incidentally shows the wrong image to Rize while speaking of her feelings.
Aoyama has a seat at one of the tables, but a chair suddenly breaks after she sits down. She fears she is being punished for not working and Chino is alarmed upon realizing how run-down the cafe is and worries that this is why it may not have gotten featured like the others. Sharo claims this isn't the case though- because everything has history and precious memories in it. Aoyama and Chiya assure her that these words are true, when suddenly Rize's phone goes off. She heads into another room to take the call, then returns to explain that if they are running low on customers her fathers subordinates offered to stop by.
The next morning Chino speaks with Megumi and Maya, who are convinced she will someday be published in the magazine. However, they start to worry that something bad might happen to her until they change the subject by asking if she would get to have an interview with the magazine people. Chino is sure they would speak to her father, but they decide to act out various reporter roles for Chino to practice with.
Later that day, Cocoa is approached by Chino's father. He starts to speak to her about the magazine and Chino's troubles while Chino sadly observes a picture Cocoa took earlier. She wonders if maybe her smiling may effect things, and using the window she attempts to force a smile again. Suddenly, Cocoa comes in with a rabbit hand puppet, and she uses this to converse with Chino in hopes that she will feel better. She brings up what Chino's dad told her and assures her that something will lift her spirits very soon.
The following day the girls open a magazine to find an article about Chino's grandfather, and how hard he worked to open Rabbit House. Rize is frustrated as she reads on to find out that she, Cocoa, and Chino have been confused as a trio of sisters and Cocoa hurriedly tries to deny having said anything to cause the mistake. Chino observes the large article and feels much better.
As the sun sets, Cocoa mails the letter to her parents and heads home. She changes and gets ready to work, but stops to show the girls the photo frame she found earlier from the back shelf. Chino remarks on how silly it looks because she made it when she was little, but Cocoa convinces her it doesn't matter. Taking the frame, Chino heads up to her room and changes for bed. She slowly smiles as she remembers giving the frame to her parents and sets it aside.
By order of appearances:
- All three Cafe are published in a magazine.
- Cocoa's home is revealed.