As Honoka recovers from her fever, she becomes depressed when the others tell her they've withdrawn their entry from Love Live, which is inevitably won by A-Rise. After Honoka recovers and is eventually cheered up by the others, the group are pleased to learn that the school has gathered enough applicants to stay open for another year. Meanwhile, Kotori still hasn't brought herself to tell Honoka about the decision she had made. Unable to let her keep it a secret any further, Umi announces to the others that Kotori will be leaving in two weeks to study fashion abroad. As Honoka questions Kotori about why she never told her, she learns she was intending to tell her following the live performance, but got put off following her accident. Honoka then becomes deperessed, feeling guilty for not noticing her feelings due to her focus on Love Live. The group suggest putting on one more live performance before Kotori leaves, but Honoka doesn't see the point in continuing and says she wants to quit being a school idol, prompting Umi to become angry and slap her.