I've just realized - we're four episodes in and none of the male characters has cross-dressed yet. But don't worry - an episode like this proves we're solidly in Okada's hands.
boys he thought had defiled their Ojoshi-sama. As she follows him an octopus swims between them and she exclaims "Oh - an octopus!" and "Chi, chi, chi..." calls to it like a land-dweller would to a dog or cat. What I love about this is it's a wink at the audience, effectively saying "Yes, I know this is silly and totally unrealistic - but I bet you're sort of buying it." Of course Manaka then goes on to compare Hikari to an octopus, but that mostly works too - it's one of the less tense and dramatic moments those two have shared since the premiere.
breakdown and apology just felt like forced theatrics. The stuff between Hikari and the two guys he thought had trashed the idol was better, largely because it showcased both the good and bad sides of Hikari. He was quite right to be furious at the two boys for treating Manaka's kindness with racist scorn and pushing her to the ground, and quite wrong to assume they were guilty and to physically assault them. Hikari continues to be driven by his passion, literally to a fault - his instincts are generally good but he never pauses long enough to give himself time to figure out the right and wrong way to pursue them. That's not entirely uncommon for a kid his age, and he does seem to be showing the ability to learn from his mistakes - and even more importantly, to act based on empathy rather than selfishness.
Manaka and is actually unhappy in the end that Hikari manages to work things out with both Sayu and the bully boys - because she wasn't the one who helped him to do so, Manaka was. She, too, is still living in a child's world where her emotions form the boundaries.