|Air Date||November 24, 2009|
|Related Chapter(s)||Chapter 09|
A New Friend
Voluntary Training is the 8th episode of the series Kimi ni Todoke.
Everyone no longer believe that they'll be cursed by Sawako. Instead, they now believe that when Sawako smiles, good fortune will come. Yano, Yoshida, Endo, and Hirano convince Sawako to call them by their first names. Sawako is both very happy and embarrassed. The girls tease her by having her try calling Kazehaya by his first name, although she is unable to call his last name even without an honorific. Later on, Pin forces Kazehaya to be the committee member for the upcoming sports festival. Everyone gets fired up to win, especially Pin and Chizuru (Yoshida). Class 1-D decided to have practice during lunch break, although Sawako is clumsy because she has never played soccer before. She decides to practice on her own, but is not allowed to borrow a soccer ball. While watering the flowers in the school, Sawako starts kicking rocks and practice for soccer. Kazehaya, who is chatting with his middle school friend Kurumi, sees her from a window. He then brings a ball and helps her practice. Kurumi is very jealous.