Middle school students Nishikata and Takagi sit next to each other in class. Takagi, who is in love with Nishikata, enjoys teasing him with embarrassing pranks and jokes. In response, Nishikata creates plans to get his revenge, but they always fail when she identifies his weaknesses and capitalizes on them.
Chapter 1 (72) - 間接キス
3 - 18
Chapter 2 (73) - くしゃみ
19 - 34
Chapter 3 (74) - かくれんぼ
35 - 50
Chapter 4 (75) - 年末①
51 - 66
Chapter 5 (76) - 年末②
67 - 82
Chapter 6 (77) - メール
83 - 100
Chapter 7 (78) - 歩数
101 - 116
Chapter 8 (79) - 外見
117 - 132
Chapter 9 (80) - ドッジボール
133 - 148
Bonus - おまけ
150 - 152
As before, given how short the bonus chapter is, we will be reading Chapter 9 and the Bonus Chapter in the same week.
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A good chunk of this volume is going to be no surprise to those who have watched the anime, but it should still be quite cute! Let’s start off Volume 9 with a 間接キス (or well, let Takagi-san and Nishikata handle that for us; Covid and all. )
I think it’s more the latter. She’s exasperated at the lengths that he’ll go to avoid the indirect kiss. She had a similar expression earlier, when Nishikata said he was happy to see her, and she got excited, and then he continued that it was because he wanted to have another competition. That’s why I interpreted it as exasperation.
In volume 1, there was a similar situation and she went straight for the indirect kiss. I don’t think she minds such things, or is it because she has feelings for Nishikata ? The author doesn’t show her interacting with other boys much, so it’s hard to tell.
Existential question, Is Indirect Kissing really a thing in Japan ? I’ve come across it so many times I’ve stopped questioning it, but do people legitly get embarrassed ?
I guess you’re right even though according to some research…
Healthier mouth – saliva contains substances that fight bacteria […] exposure to germs that inhabit your partner’s mouth strengthens your immune system.
Just kidding, but I find that we have different reason for not doing it. More because we find it dirty than because we are embarassed of indirect kissing. Heck, I didn’t even now what it was before Anime !
I see your point, Junior High is a though period for boys/girls interaction haha. I don’t remember sharing many cans with girls at this age so I can’t say what my reaction would have been, but then again, we do not have that many 自販機 on the way home from school