|Baton Touch of Love|
|Rōmaji||Koi no batontacchi|
|Air Date||April 16, 2008|
|Previous||Living Together is Dangerous|
|Episode||Itazura na Kiss #3|
|Next||Throbbing Summer Vacation|
|Manga||Chapter 3, Chapter 5|
|Animation Director||Choi Yeong-Hui|
|Opening||Kimi, Meguru, Boku|
Baton Touch of Love (恋のバトンタッチ Koi no batontacchi) is the third episode of the Itazura na Kiss anime, which aired on April 16, 2008.
Kotoko falls asleep with a confession letter in her hand. When Irie walks in to tell her it's her turn in the shower, he impulsively decides to read the letter. Later at the school sports festival, Kotoko and Irie end up competing against each other in the relay race. Just as Irie sprints across the finish line, Kotoko gets pushed and falls in front of him and she gets run over. Kin steams as Irie carries her to the nurse. Irie embarrassingly recites the letter she wrote to him; before he gets to the last part where she had written that she loves him, she jumps up and slaps him. Then Kin jumps in the room and proceeds to boast of his passion for Kotoko. Irie replies that people's feelings can change, the person you hate might become the person you love.