Go ahead, call me ‘genius’! I’m Nishikata, the talented guesser of price tags! I’m such a whiz at guessing the prices of things, this could finally be the showdown where I defeat Takagi-san! Then again, everything else about her is so baffling. If only I could guess what she was actually saying when she mouthed those words to me… She couldn’t possibly be saying that she… li-likes… me… right?!
Hi, it’s Yukari, and yes, we’re second-years now. Everywhere I turn, it’s either Mano and Nakai being lovey-dovey on White Day, or Takagi and Nishikata playing some unknown (naughty?!) game in the empty classroom. Yet, I’m still stuck here with my two dingbat friends. Unlike some other weirdo boys, Nishikata seems sweet and sensitive, if a little jumpy. Takagi-chan is so lucky! When will my prince come?!
Hello again, it’s Mano, the woebegone girlfriend. I suspect Takagi-chan thinks I’m a bit hysterical, but not everyone’s as confident as she is, okay?! She always has Nishikata-kun in the palm of her hand, and now they’ve even been assigned as library rep partners! They get to spend lunch break together, alone in the library! Can’t I be a little envious? Nakai-kun won’t even ask me to walk home with him!
It’s been a while, huh? Takagi here! April Fools’ is such a fun day, because a certain dummy
thinks it’s the perfect chance to outwit me. But with all the ‘Am I lying, or am I not?’ shenanigans, he’s about to be out-outwitted! The thing is, lately, when he unintentionally does those sweet things like writing me letters (as a prank), or making me cookies (for home-ec class), it’s getting harder to keep a straight face myself!
Oh, hi, Nishikata here again. Sorry if I seem preoccupied, but it’s the end of the year. If I don’t come up with a foolproof showdown and claim at least one victory, it would mean my entire year has been a washout! These days, even texting Takagi-san can be a minefield. All I wanted was to tease her with some lame meme, but if I’m not careful with how I reply… it suddenly sounds like I’m confessing a crush…?
Uh– Ahem… Yes, I’m Tanabe, homeroom teacher of these rascals. Discipline is what they need, especially that Nishikata! Of course I understand young love; I’m not completely heartless after all. Those two, Nagai and Mano, you get a pass this time. But everyone else, don’t say I haven’t warned you already: any and all Valentine’s chocolates I see will be confiscated! Confiscated! Confiscated!
Heya, it’s Nishikata again. You know, I’m beginning to think the reason I can never defeat Takagi-san is because of how we met on the very first day of middle school! From then on, it’s been one fiasco after another; like, I couldn’t even trick her with the souvenir snack I bought her on my family trip! I’ve been led around by the nose so much… so why am I now risking my pride to ask her out to the summer festival…?!
Summer greetings, Takagi here! Please pardon my friend Mano-chan. She may seem kinda angsty, but you know how it is when the boy you like is a little dopey. We’re in a water park! In swimsuits! And the two boys go running off by themselves?! Good thing I have a co-conspirator in Mano-chan. I swear, the tricks we have to pull just to spend some time with our sweethearts. But wait, maybe Nishikata’s finally getting the picture…?!
Nice to meet you, my name is Mano. You could say Takagi-chan and I are kindred spirits, what with us both trying to get the attention of two complete boneheads who haven’t got an inkling of the situation whatsoever. Nishikata doesn’t know it, but he’s a pretty lucky guy, not just now, but maybe in the future too…! Now I just have to steer my clueless boyfriend away from their ‘dates’ so he doesn’t ruin everything!
Hi peeps, it’s Takagi again. Summer’s coming to an end, and what d’you know, maybe Nishikata will finally get the hang of tandem-riding after all! You’d think the silly boy will start wising up a little; what with the one or a thousand hints I’ve thrown his way, visiting his house, the rumours about us dating… But, it’s okay! That only means I get to watch him squirm a little more, while wiggling my way into his life!
I’m surrounded by IDIOTS. Oh, hi—it’s Yukari. You may remember me from Takagi-san’s class as the girl with two idiotic friends. It’s so obvious something’s going on between Takagi and Nishikata. They’re always coming and going together, and she even scored a seat next to him again after the class seat shuffle! If only my stupid friends can get a clue and stop barging into their little tête-à-têtes!
Nice to meet you, I’m Nishikata. So… It’s not like I hate school or anything. I get to hang out with the guys, show off my prowess at arm-wrestling (don’t ask me why I’m so strong; it’s not a pretty story). Yet, I keep getting into trouble with the teachers, no thanks to Takagi-san! It’s now summer vacation, but she still wants us to meet up and practise tandem cycling every day?! Will I never be free from her torture?!
He sits next to me in class, and if there ever was an adorkable potato who blushes more easily than a girl, it would have to be him. He thinks he’s so smart, wracking his silly brain for ways to prank me back, but I’m always three steps ahead of him! Why am I teasing him, you ask? Well… a girl’s gotta have her secrets!