|Release Date||December 22, 2008|
|Volume ISBN||978-4-06-365517-9 (Japanese)
Chapter 2 →
This is the first chapter of the Sukitte Ii Na Yo series.
Mei Tachibana, a plain and gloomy girl, kicks the school's most popular boy, Yamato Kurosawa, by mistake. Trying to make amends Yamato suggest they become friends but Mei refuses. Later on, Mei notices someone stalking her, so, with no one else to rely on, she calls Yamato for help. He helps her out, but with a kiss...?
In one of the hallways of Toumei High, Mei Tachibana is approached by a couple of girls who tease her for her lack of friends and the fact that she has not had a boyfriend in all her sixteen years. Mei ignores them and walks away, leaving them to continue to talk and make fun of her. Mei then recalls a part of her childhood wherein she was wrongly accused of killing her class' pet rabbit by feeding it some strange grass; her 'friends' had put the blame on her even though she had nothing to do with it.
Somewhere in the school, Yamato Kurosawa and his best friend Kenji Nakanishi talk about the girls they met from Seino High. Nakanishi complains that there were only ugly girls and the cutest one had her sights set on Yamato, but he insists he didn't do it on purpose. Asami Oikawa then comes over to greet them and affectionately hugs Yamato, completely ignoring Nakanishi. After Yamato promises to invite her the next time they go out, Asami walks away and Nakanishi comments about how unfair it is that even she seems to like Yamato. He then catches sight of Mei walking along the hall. With a mischievous look, he tells Yamato to watch him, then purposely bumps into Mei. She does not get up right away, instead she inspects her bruised hand then glares at Nakanishi, who lies and tells her it was not on purpose. As she leaves, Nakanishi tells Yamato about her, commenting how everything she does is fun to watch. Yamato just states that she is quite interesting.As the students get ready for the morning assembly, Yamato and Nakanishi catch a few girls holding down their skirts as they go up the stairs. Slightly annoyed, Yamato lectures them about wearing such short skirts. Ignoring him, Nakanishi spots an unusual knee length skirt and reaches out for it, eventually finding out the one wearing it was Mei. As soon as he pulls it, Mei freezes and the girls around them start giggling. Without warning, Mei whirls around with her leg outstretched and kicks Yamato, not knowing that it was Nakanishi who pulled her skirt. She angrily tells them not to bother her and to die before walking away. After school, Mei gets a note telling her to apologize to Yamato, who did nothing wrong, at the same time Yamato approaches her. He surprises her by apologizing for what Nakanishi did, saying it probably made her feel bad. He states that he thinks she is an interesting girl and says they become friends. When he suggest exchanging mobile numbers with her, she refuses. Not at all affected by her response, Yamato gives her his number and tells her to call him anytime. In return, Mei points out Yamato's injury and gives him a band aid. Although thankful for it, Yamato says that he needs something for the emotional damage as well. Not quite understanding what he meant, Mei gives him more and leaves, leaving Yamato to think that she really is interesting.
The next day, Yamato continuously asks Mei why she hasn't called, and in an attempt to get him to stop bothering her, Mei tells him that she hates phones. When Yamato asks how she talks with her friends, Mei shows him her phone's contacts, which only has her home and her after school job in it. Mei firmly states that because people betray each other all the time, she does not need any friends. Yamato disagrees and tells her that not everyone is like that, but Mei insists that they are. Later that, day on her way home, Mei notices someone following her. Not knowing what to do, she quickly enters a nearby convenience store and tries to call home. With no one answering her calls, she calls Yamato instead.Meanwhile, at the karaoke place, Yamato receives a call from an unknown number. When he answers it, he immediately hears Mei's voice asking for help. He then rushes over to the convenience store where she explains that a regular customer from her work place has followed her. When Mei tells him that it has been 20 minutes, he immediately tells her that she is being stalked. After buying a few items, both of them exit the convenience store and Yamato puts his arm around Mei. Suddenly, Yamato looks at her intently and tells her he loves her then bends down and kisses her, effectively driving away her stalker and shocking her greatly. Once he pulls away, Mei continues to stare at him with a very bright, blushing face. Curious, Yamato asks her about it and reminds her that he kissed her in order to get rid of the stalker. Embarrassed, Mei pushes his face away while telling him she knew that. He then realizes that it was her first kiss and tries to apologize, but Mei insists it is alright. Mei then confesses that she didn't think Yamato would come, but he says there was no reason for him not to come. He admits that he was happy when Mei called him and is glad that he was of help to her.