I dunno. Climax of this three-episode arc simply didn't work. It felt like the melodrama was bit overdone in this episode. Everything was so obvious this time, we already knew what would happen. Creators were crying for feels yet it all felt written by the book.
Even Beauty Pageant was weird and race for Taiga was cringeworthy. I think this series was rooted in decent and slow character building. But now... I really don't know.
If anything I like how Ami is supporting them now.
I don't blame Ryuji for being a little defensive with Taiga's dad. He just wanted Taiga to get a chance to make up with her dad, since he never got the chance. That and he didn't know what was coming, unlike Minori who didn't even tell him why she was pissed when she heard Taiga's dad was here.
Though on that note: Yeah, Taiga's dad is a prick. Doesn't show, and tries to apologize by text... That's not cool. The festival went really well for the school.
Side note: If only my school let girls wear slave driver clothes like Ami's...
This show blows my mind with how well they execute everything. More and more, Taiga seems to become more attached to Ryuuji and less of a klutz around Kitamura. I feel the feelings that she has toward Kitamura will die, based off of personal experience, yeah, those feelings will subside if they become too long unrequited. She is going to most likely have some sort of love for Kitamaru (as in, she'll like him, but it just wont be the fiery love), but will be madly in love with Ryuuji.
Ryuuji loves Taiga, just doesn't realize his feelings though. He plays it off well, but he will have to confront her at some point. His feelings are also dying as well, just I feel they wont be in sync with Taiga, because I know that heartbreak and troubles will occur between the two (just a prediction, but I'm pretty sure about this)
I wanted to headbutt a wall throughout the episode. Seriously, how the fuck is Taiga's father regarded that badly? With all the foreshadowing and stuff I was expecting some seriously gruesome abuse, but this is.. nothing. You're so brave, Taiga. /s