|Episode 17 - Hotaru's Secret|
A really funny first half of this ep where Natsume takes his slave Mikan to check out the Technology class attractions.. one of Hotaru's attractions nearly caused an accident when a kid snuck onto a jumping chicken vehicle and made it go flying uncontrollably, and Mikan managed to save him... Hotaru's big brother, who is part of some principal group or something, is about to punish Hotaru for screwing up, but then the kid admits it was his fault, and Imai-senpai punishes the kid's big brother instead for not looking after him.. Imai-senpai has both the healing and pain alice. He can take the memories of someone's pain and inflict them on someone else... so he transferred Mikan's pain to that guy.
Hotaru stares at him... he treats her like a stranger even though she is his sister.
the ep starts getting into serious mode when Hotaru starts talking to her brother... asking him why he never responded to or read the letters their parents sent him... Hotaru realizes how cold and distant this guy is, and starts wanting to change herself so that she doesn't end up like him. Mikan disagrees and says she's nothing like her brother.
Hotaru talks to Mikan and Iinchou about this situation.. flashbacks to when Hotaru's mom was crying because her son was taken away at just five years old.
"He left without knowing anything about what was most important in this world... At the least, I want to teach you these things."
Mikan was the reason Hotaru was able to successfully learn the things she needed to know before she left for the Alice school. She confidently told her mom she was ready to go be with his brother...