|Release Date||August 11, 2008 (Japanese)
April 29, 2014 (English)
|Volume ISBN||978-4-06-365517-9 (Japanese)
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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 School, 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.Sometime later, in another part of the school, Yamato Kurosawa listens to his close friend Kenji Nakanishi as he recounts their meeting with girls from another high school. Nakanishi complains how there were mostly ugly girls and the cutest one had her sights set on Yamato, to which he insists that it wasn't on purpose. Asami Oikawa then bounces over to greet them and affectionately hugs Yamato, completely ignoring Nakanishi even as she chats with them. With the promise of inviting her the next time they have fun, Asami leaves and Nakanishi once again complains about how unfair it is that even Asami seems to like Yamato. He then catches sight of Mei walking along the hall and with a mischievous look, he purposely bumps into Mei to make fun of her. While on the floor, Mei inspects her bruised hand then glares at Nakanishi, who lies and tells her that it was not on purpose. As she leaves, Nakanishi informs Yamato about who she is, commenting about how freakishly gloomy she was and that everything she does is fun to watch. Yamato just states that she is 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 while Nakanishi suddenly spots an unusual knee-length skirt and reaches out for it, eventually realizing that the one wearing the skirt is Mei. She immediately freezes and the girls around the group start giggling, then, without warning, Mei whirls around with her leg outstretched and kicks Yamato, not knowing it was Nakanishi who pulled on her skirt. She angrily tells them to die and leave her alone before storming away. After school, Mei's shoe locker gets filled with notes that angrily tell her to apologize to Yamato, who did nothing wrong, at the same time Yamato approaches her before she leaves the school. 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. Curiosity aroused, he asks her how she talks with her friends to which she shows him her phone's only two contacts; her home and part-time job. Mei firmly states that she does not need any friends, because people betray each other all the time. Yamato disagrees and tells her that not everyone is as she claims them to be, but she insists that they are as she leaves him alone. That night, on her way home, Mei notices someone following her, then later she realizes it is a regular customer from her job. 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. Worried, he rushes over to the convenience store where she is waiting and waits for her to explain the situation. Learning that the customer has been waiting outside for 20 minutes, he angrily exclaims that she is being stalked. After buying a snack, both of them exit the store and Yamato puts his arm around Mei, then suddenly stares at her intently and tells her he loves her and bends down to kiss her. The kiss surprises Mei, but also drives the stalker away. Once Yamato pulls away, Mei stares at him with wide eyes and a 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 by what he said, Mei pushes him away while telling him that she knew his reason for doing that. He then realizes that it was her first kiss and tries to apologize, but Mei tries to brush him off. Quietly, she confesses that she didn't think Yamato would come, but he surprises her once again by saying there was no reason for him not to help her. As they are leaving, he admits that he was happy that when Mei called him and is glad that he was able to help her.