Episode Title - "The Stars are Far"
Original Air Date - January 15, 2009.
Yūsaku declares to the class that he does not want to be student council president and flips out in the middle of class. He shows up to school the next day with his hair dyed blonde, which gets him in trouble with the teacher. While everyone tries to figure out what is wrong with him, Ryūji walks home with Minori; they have a conversation about Ami's odd reaction towards Yūsaku's behavior. When Ryūji arrives home, he is surprised to find Yūsaku there. Yūsaku had run away from home, much to Taiga's delight. He spends the day with them full of excitement, but runs off when Ryūji's mother attempts to dye his hair back to normal. At school, Taiga is competing to be the next student council president.