Romantic Killer

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Romantic Killer
Romantic Killer vol. 1 cover.jpg
First tankōbon volume cover
ロマンティック・キラー
(Romantikku Kirā)
Genre
Manga
Written byWataru Momose
Published byShueisha
English publisher
ImprintJump Comics+
MagazineShōnen Jump+
DemographicShōnen
Original runJuly 30, 2019June 2, 2020
Volumes4 (List of volumes)
Original net animation
Directed byKazuya Ichikawa
Written by
  • Sayuri Ōba
  • Hiroko Fukuda
Music by
  • Ryo Kawasaki
  • Tomoyuki Kono
StudioDOMERICA
Licensed byNetflix
ReleasedOctober 27, 2022
Runtime24–30 minutes
Episodes12 (List of episodes)

Romantic Killer (Japanese: ロマンティック・キラー, Hepburn: Romantikku Kirā) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Wataru Momose. It was serialized in Shueisha's Shōnen Jump+ website from July 2019 to June 2020, with its chapters collected into four tankōbon volumes. An original net animation adaptation by DOMERICA was released on Netflix in October 2022.

Plot[edit]

One day, a wizard claimed as "love cupid" named Riri appears before Anzu Hoshino, a high school girl who has no interest in romance outside of video game characters. The world where Riri comes from is founded on giving dreams and hopes to children, and collecting their pure hearts as energy in return. Due to declining birthrate assumed by the decrease in romance opportunities between men and women, Riri is sent to assist Anzu in experiencing real life romance with a pool of "ikemen" for her to choose from. Despite Anzu's rejection due to her zero interest in pursuing real-life romance, Riri confiscated her "three greatest desires", video games, chocolate, and her cat, Momohiki, and conspired a series of events to make Anzu encounter otome game-like situations, leaving her with no choice. Anzu decided to play along with Riri's "game", but hopes to make Riri give up and release his "hostages" by avoiding all the romance-possible situations with all of her might so she can go back to her normal life. Along the way, Anzu establishes genuine connections with the romantic candidates, and has to navigate their feelings - and her desire to protect them from Riri's schemes - with increased difficulty.

Characters[edit]

Anzu Hoshino (星野 杏子, Hoshino Anzu)
Voiced by: Rie Takahashi[3] (Japanese); Deneen Melody[4] (English)
The protagonist who bears the "anti-heroine" attribute. A high school first year who claims her three great desires are video games, cats (especially her pet Momohiki), and chocolate. She has no interest in real life romance and has been counter-measuring all the shōjo manga-like situations conspired by Riri. She is logical, blunt, and very caring person who can't leave her friends when they're in trouble. She cares little for how strangers perceive her, and will always stay true to her internal sense of right and wrong. She is well known for her bushy red hair, her love of cat-themed clothes, and her biggest fear is cockroaches.
Riri/Rio (リリ/リオ)
Voiced by: Mikako Komatsu[3] (Japanese); Courtney Lin[5] (English)
A mascot-type wizard who was sent to assists Anzu in pursuing romance. He appears to be cunning and manipulative; resorting to anything possible just so Anzu can encounter shōjo manga-like situations. He can shapeshift into a boy, going by Rio, or girl, Riri, claiming either to be Anzu's "cousin", and often uses either of these forms to spur Anzu along or spark jealousy between candidates. It is revealed that he never ever once manipulated any of the boys' feelings or memory; claiming their affections toward Anzu are real. After violating his work policy, Riri was replaced by another wizard named Kate to assist Anzu, but Anzu brought him back by adding Riri as a romance candidate after Riri revealed his wish to stay by her side.
Tsukasa Kazuki (香月 司, Kazuki Tsukasa)
Voiced by: Yūichirō Umehara[6] (Japanese); Jason Griffith[7] (English)
A cold and reserved boy who is Anzu's first romance candidate. He is popular among women due to his good looks but tends to avoid them, rejecting any romantic proposals outright. He meets Anzu in a meet cute where she accidentally bumps into him and breaks his phone. Due to Riri's meddling, his house is flooded and he has to live with Anzu early in the story. It is later revealed that before transferring schools he was a warm and caring person who could "befriend anyone", indicating that his cold appearance is a facade. His personality changed drastically after being repeatedly stalked by an older woman he had helped once, to the point where he was forced to transfer from his house and school to be away from her and his strict father who blamed him for the situation. He then became lonely and distant after living alone. In an effort to distance himself from women's attention, he often wears hats in public and experiences panic attacks if left alone with them due to traumatic memories. He finally realizes his hidden feelings for Anzu after she helps him many times, considering her to be his savior.
Junta Hayami (速水 純太, Hayami Junta)
Voiced by: Gakuto Kajiwara[6] (Japanese); Aleks Le[7] (English)
The "childhood friend" that Riri set up for Anzu. Anzu originally believed him to be a random hot guy brainwashed by Riri, but it is later revealed that he is in fact a childhood friend of Anzu whom she called "Tonta" who looked completely different back then, and that his feelings for Anzu are genuine. Tonta was shy, heavy-set, and found it difficult to make friends before he met Anzu and bonded with her over the fictional video game Cat Ranger. He has grown very tall and muscular, and is known as the "rookie baseball star" at his school. It is later revealed that he had picked up baseball and changed himself after overhearing Anzu say that she would like to date an "athletic guy who can beat the boss." Anzu is aware of his feelings for her, and acts oblivious to hide it from him. He is sincere and somewhat cowardly, also hiding from cockroaches like Anzu, but is not afraid to physically confront anyone who hurts his friends.
Hijiri Koganei (小金井 聖, Koganei Hijiri)
Voiced by: Natsuki Hanae[6] (Japanese); Kellen Goff[8] (English)
A wealthy boy who is not in touch with the lives of "peasants", also set up by Riri for Anzu. He meets Anzu in a twist on a classic anime meet cute, where she is running late to school and is hit by his car. He takes her on a date for compensation, assuming she got hit on purpose, and is shocked when she rejects him. He is not used to having girls reject him so he tries to woo Anzu by buying her off. After being called out further by Anzu, he tries to navigate common life by getting a job at the convenience store that Anzu works at and getting his own money. Knowing how much Hijiri was used to getting what he wanted, his father had transferred him from his former private school so that he could learn to fend for himself. It is shown that he too gradually developed a romantic interest in Anzu, as well as a hot and cold "tsundere" personality.
Tsuchiya (土屋, Tsuchiya)
Voiced by: Kenjiro Tsuda[6] (Japanese); Matthew David Rudd[7] (English)
Hijiri Koganei's chauffeur who cares for him deeply. He offers romantic advice to Hijiri, and at times appears as a joke romance candidate, considered equally handsome to the candidates. He can appear by Hijiri's side at the click of a finger, and gets emotional when Hijiri expresses gratitude to him. He genuinely appreciates Anzu's presence in Hijiri's life, and considers her to be a very good influence on him. Unfortunately, because of the amount of girls who have flung themselves in front of his car to get to Hijiri, he is on a watch list.
Saki Takamine (高峯 咲姫, Takamine Saki)
Voiced by: Manaka Iwami[6] (Japanese); Jenny Yokobori[9] (English)
Anzu's best female friend at school. She treasures her bond with Anzu as Anzu had defended her during her difficult time in middle school. She met Anzu when she was shoved down by a jealous school bully, and Anzu forced the bully to apologize. Since then, she has come to rely on Anzu to save her, and wants to support Anzu in her own way. Like Tsukasa, she is very popular, and has had to deal with unwanted advances from those around her. In particular, in middle school, she dated a seemingly kind senior classmate after being asked out by him everyday. At first he acts like the perfect gentleman, but attempted to force himself on her when they were alone. He attempted to spread rumors about her to the school to cover his actions, but Anzu confronts him. Because of the courage Anzu has given her, she has become someone not to be messed with, and is unafraid of shooting lecherous comments down, countering them with equally personal questions. She finds about Anzu living with Tsukasa and Junta and promises to keep it a secret.
Makoto Oda (織田 真斗, Oda Makoto)
Voiced by: Hiro Shimono[6] (Japanese); Ryan Colt Levy[7] (English)
Tsukasa Kazuki's easygoing and reliable friend. He is somewhat air-headed and oblivious, but because of his kind personality, Tsukasa can let his guard down around him. He is puzzled by Tsukasa's cold attitude to girls, and often apologizes on his friend's behalf. Before Anzu, Makoto was Tsukasa's only friend at this new school. He has older sisters who are boorish and slovenly around his house, which has made him less interested in having a dating life. He admires Junta for his athleticism and handsomeness, fawning over how cool Junta must be. When Saki was uncomfortable after seeing her middle school abuser at a Summer Festival, Makoto was able to read the signs and swoop Saki away by the hand. It is implied that Saki was impressed by this, and that she may be developing feelings for him.
Arisa Kazuki (香月 亜里砂, Kazuki Arisa)
Voiced by: Marina Inoue[7] (Japanese); Gilli Messer[7] (English)
Tsukasa Kazuki's kind older sister. Her and Tsukasa are both very attractive, becoming a pair of siblings that are "blindingly beautiful." She first encounters Anzu when Anzu is harassed after spilling a stranger's coffee. She comes to Anzu's rescue, and when she sees Anzu and her brother together, she immediately sees potential for their relationship. She is very supportive of her younger brother, as she has protected him from the past from their father, and Tsukasa's stalker. She is protective of Tsukasa, and is thankful that Anzu is by Tsukasa's side. She tends to tease Anzu and Tsukasa, although she is not overly pushy considering Tsukasa's past.
Yukana Kishi (岸 優花菜, Kishi Yukana)
Voiced by: Yoko Hikasa[10] (Japanese); Jesse Valinsky[7] (English)
Tsukasa Kazuki's unstable stalker. She is a young woman in her twenties who was bullied at her workplace. Because she was outcast, she was "saved" by Tsukasa when he helped her up after she fell, and gave her bag back to her. This later becomes his greatest regret. She exhibits many yandere stalking tendencies, such as waiting for Tsukasa before and after school, sending him packages under false names, and even drugging him so they can be alone in his room. She also hacks his online accounts to frame their relationship as romantic. This tarnishes Tsukasa's reputation, and forces him to move away, but she finds him through the background of a candid social media photo. Tsukasa's mother, Arisa, and Anzu are all "horrible" in her eyes, as they try to tear "their love" apart. She assaults Anzu, but gets arrested. Yukana is sent to a medical facility when Hijiri uses his family connections to put a stop to her Uncle bribing the authorities. Even hospitalized, she is fixated on Tsukasa, and the only way to stop her is for Riri to wipe her memories. Once wiped, the threat seems to disappear, but Riri's co-worker Cupid, Kate, is assigned Yukana as their client in a cliffhanger ending.

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

Written and illustrated by Wataru Momose, Romantic Killer was serialized in Shueisha's Shōnen Jump+ website from July 30, 2019,[11] to June 2, 2020.[12] The first tankōbon volume was released on December 4, 2019.[1] The second to fourth volumes were released digitally on March 4,[13] August 4,[14] and September 4, 2020;[15] the volumes were released in print on October 4, 2022.[16]

In February 2022, Viz Media announced that they licensed the series for English publication.[17]

Volume list[edit]

No. Original release date Original ISBN English release date English ISBN
1 December 4, 2019[18]978-4-08-882164-1October 4, 2022[19]978-1-9747-3469-6
2 March 4, 2020 (digital)[13]
October 4, 2022 (print)[20]
978-4-08-883326-2January 3, 2023[21]978-1-9747-3507-5
3 August 4, 2020 (digital)[14]
October 4, 2022 (print)[22]
978-4-08-883327-9April 4, 2023[23]978-1-9747-3508-2
4 September 4, 2020 (digital)[15]
October 4, 2022 (print)[24]
978-4-08-883328-6

Anime[edit]

In August 2022, the Shōnen Jump+ website announced that the series would be adapted into an original net animation. It is produced by DOMERICA and directed by Kazuya Ichikawa, with Sayuri Ōba and Hiroko Fukuda overseeing the scripts, Arisa Matsuura designing the characters, and Ryo Kawasaki and Tomoyuki Kono composing the music.[3] The series was released on Netflix on October 27, 2022.[25] The opening theme is "ROMA☆KiRA" by YURiKA,[3] while the ending theme is ""Romantic Love ~Renai Shimasen ka?☆~ (Won't You Fall in Love)" by Mikako Komatsu.[6]

Episode list[edit]

No.TitleOriginal air date
1"Why Is There So Much Legalese in Magic?"
Transcription: "Naze mahou ni wa sonnani ooku no houritsu yougo ga aru no desu ka?" (Japanese: なぜ魔法にはそんなに多くの法律用語があるのですか?)
October 27, 2022 (2022-10-27)
First year high schooler Anzu has only three loves; video games, chocolate and pet cat Momohiko. One day, a Love Cupid named Riri appears with the news that, to combat Japan's declining birth rates, Cupids from the magic realm will help young people with no romantic experience find love. Anzu's daily life will now be filled with attractive guys and romantic scenarios until she chooses a boyfriend, and so she won't try to avoid them, Riri confiscates all her games and chocolate. Plus, to ensure her parents don't get in the way, Riri has them transferred to America for work and they take Momohiko with them. Anzu is infuriated and swears to spite Riri by avoiding all romance as the Romantic Killer until Riri quits and returns her life to normal. Almost immediately, Anzu meets Tsukasa, a hot guy from her school she has repeated embarrassing moments with, but is put off by his reserved, aloof personality. At home, Anzu is bored without games and, when scared by a cockroach, leaves the house to sulk in a park. Caught in the rain, Anzu is spotted by Tsukasa passing by with an umbrella.
2"It's Time for Children to Go to Sleep"
Transcription: "Kodomo tachi ga neru jikan desu" (Japanese: 子供たちが寝る時間です)
October 27, 2022 (2022-10-27)
Despite trying to ignore signs of impending romance, Anzu is convinced to share Tsukasa's umbrella. After explaining about the cockroach, Tsukasa offers to kill it for her and a comical hunt for the cockroach ends with Anzu accidentally sitting on Tsukasa, but the cockroach is killed and they become friendly. Tsukasa finds the rain has become a typhoon, trapping him at Anzu's house overnight, which Anzu confirms is Riri's doing. Riri demands Anzu dazzle Tsukasa with her wifely cooking, so she spitefully serves cheap cup ramen for lunch, and after her bath deliberately wears her most unflattering pyjamas which can never inspire romance. Deciding to play board games, Riri causes Anzu to get all the bad cards so Tsukasa wins. Anzu burns dinner but with Tsukasa's help they finish dinner and even prepare bentos for school. Anzu realises Tsukasa might not be so aloof after all but stops herself before she develops feelings. Disappointed, Riri uses magic to make Anzu fall asleep first. Anzu dreams she is holding Momohiko, so when Tsukasa tries to wake her she grabs his hand and refuses to let go. Tsukasa accepts he is stuck for the night and realises he hasn't had so much fun in a long time.
3"My Life Has Become a Dating Sim"
Transcription: "Watashi no jinsei wa date sim ni nari mashi ta" (Japanese: 私の人生はデートシムになりました)
October 27, 2022 (2022-10-27)
Anzu is mortified when she awakens in Tsukasa's lap. Tsukasa goes home but returns, explaining the typhoon flooded his apartment; Anzu suspects Riri again. At school, a teacher mistakenly reveals to Tsukasa's fans, Rena and Yukika, that Tsukasa and Anzu know each other and insist on accompanying her to meet Tsukasa. Tsukasa is so annoyed he leaves with Anzu and forbids Rena and Yukika from following. He explains that girls like Rena, who constantly seek his attention when he is uninterested in dating, are tedious so he prefers to spend time with Anzu. Anzu realises if Tsukasa isn't interested in dating she can be his friend without risking romance. A series of bad luck caused by Riri mean there are no available apartments anywhere, causing Tsukasa to ask to live with Anzu temporarily. Anzu is furious Riri so expertly manipulated them but agrees so Tsukasa won't become homeless. On their first day together, Anzu sees Tsukasa is also helpful and a hard worker. Riri reappears to remind Anzu dating sims include multiple men and so to kick-start her romantic life it is time for the next level. At that moment, another hot guy knocks on Anzu's door; a forgotten childhood friend.
4"The Childhood Friend is Easy Mode"
Transcription: "Osananajimi wa easy mode desu" (Japanese: 幼なじみはイージーモードです)
October 27, 2022 (2022-10-27)
Anzu has no memories of the guy, Junta, and Riri alludes to planting fake memories in Junta's mind of a childhood crush on Anzu, and if Anzu wants to win quickly she need only take the easy route by becoming Junta's girlfriend. Anzu is forced to play along with the fake friendship to not confuse Junta. They encounter Anzu's real friend, Saki, from whom Anzu confirms everyone at school has false memories of her and Junta being friends. Rena tries to talk to Tsukasa again who bluntly tells her to go away, angering her. Tsukasa and Junta both worry about comparing to each other; Junta is the school's baseball prodigy and Tsukasa excels at academics. Due to mixing up their bentos, Anzu ends up eating lunch with Tsukasa and his friend Makoto, witnessed by Rena. Rena later interrogates Anzu about her relationship with Tsukasa, and when Anzu confirms it is not romantic, insists Anzu help set her up with Tsukasa. Knowing Tsukasa dislikes Rena, Anzu refuses. Before Rena can become angry, a strange girl appears, claiming to be Anzu's friend, and tricks Rena into leaving through her overly energetic personality and intimate questions about Rena's breasts. Anzu realises the girl is actually Riri in magical disguise.
5"You're More Troublesome in Flesh and Blood"
Transcription: "Anata wa niku to chi de motto yakkai desu" (Japanese: あなたは肉と血でもっと厄介です)
October 27, 2022 (2022-10-27)
Tsukasa thanks Anzu for telling Rena no. Riri claims to be Anzu’s cousin and invites Junta to Anzu’s house. Over dinner Junta is despondent after learning Tsukasa can cook. Riri tries to suggest Junta also live with them so Anzu steals Riri’s wand. Wrestling to get her wand back Riri drops it in dog poo, rendering it temporarily powerless. Tsukasa reassures Junta he has no interest in dating anyone. Junta eventually goes home so Tsukasa shares that he is unused to family dinners. Anzu suspects Tsukasa probably lived alone due to a complicated relationship with his parents. The next morning more of Tsukasa’s fans notice he walks to school with Anzu, but Anzu claims their homes are just close to each other. As Tsukasa has work after school Anzu goes home and, without her games, goes to bed early. An underwear thief breaks into the house but is scared by Anzu’s demonic rage, and a passing Junta catches the thief for the police. Junta’s mother, unaware Tsukasa already lives with her, insists Junta live with Anzu to protect her, which Anzu’s parents actually agree to. Anzu is furious Riri has successfully manipulated her into living with two attractive guys at the same time.
6"A "Reincarnated-in-Another-World" Date"
Transcription: "`I sekai tensei' dēto" (Japanese: 「異世界転生」デート)
October 27, 2022 (2022-10-27)
To limit her contact with both boys at home Anzu gets a job at a Konbini. Tsukasa asks Anzu to go clothes shopping with him, hoping her presence will deter other women. Riri appears, insisting Anzu treat the shopping trip like a date or she will confiscate all her cat themed clothing. A furious Anzu agrees to wear cute clothes and makeup, which flusters Tsukasa. Determined to resist Riri Anzu acts as unromantic as possible and buys normal clothes but plans to never wear them. Anzu leaves to use the bathroom and multiple women immediately approach Tsukasa; their unwanted attention almost giving him a panic attack until Anzu returns. Grateful, Tsukasa finds himself staring at Anzu more than usual and, when she sees a cute cat bracelet, impulsively buys it for her. Junta meets them returning home and is overwhelmed by Anzu in makeup. That night Riri sees the three have become far too comfortable living together and decides some drama is required to get the romance moving. The next day Anzu’s alarm doesn’t go off, and while running late for school she is almost hit by the car of another hot guy; an arrogant rich one.
7"You Sure Have Your Quirks..."
Transcription: "Anata wa tashika ni anata no kuse o motte imasu..." (Japanese: あなたは確かにあなたの癖を持っています...)
October 27, 2022 (2022-10-27)
The rich guy, Hijiri, is so egotistical he believes Anzu caused the car accident to blackmail him into dating her. Anzu yells at him and leaves. Hijiri is confused since Anzu is the first person uninterested in him, so he decides to make her fall in love with him using her three worldly desires; chocolate, games and kittens. Riri offers to let Anzu keep the gifts if she gives Hijiri a chance. Insulted, Anzu unexpectedly rejects the gifts, claiming she has no interest in meaningless gifts bought with his parents money. Hijiri is unexpectedly saddened by this. The next day Anzu finds Hijiri employed at the same Konbini where she works and despite his arrogance actually excels at customer service. Anzu learns from Tsuchiya, Hijiri’s bodyguard, that her interactions with Hijiri caused a dramatic shift in his personality; since Anzu’s rejection he has actually been trying to relate to normal people. After receiving his first wage Hijiri offers to buy her a gift with his own money. Feeling guilty, Anzu can’t reject his offer and requests a cheap soda. Seeing Hijiri smile the moment almost becomes romantic, until Anzu slaps herself back to sanity. Returning home Anzu sees Tsukasa receive a text from a girl named Arisa.
8"Goose Bumps! I Am a Goose Now"
Transcription: "Torihada! Watashi wa ima gachōdesu" (Japanese: 鳥肌!私は今ガチョウです)
October 27, 2022 (2022-10-27)
By chance Anzu encounters Arisa who turns out to be Tsukasa’s older sister worried about Tsukasa’s living arrangements, which makes Anzu feel guilty since Tsukasa’s problems were caused by Riri. Arisa explains Tsukasa lives alone because of their father, but she is happy Anzu is making Tsukasa more like his old self. Arisa successfully convinces Tsukasa to continue living with Anzu indefinitely. Riri is disappointed Anzu still has no boyfriend. Deciding she needs more research into romance Riri bribes Anzu to take her on a mock date and transforms into a boy named Riho. During their date at the movies Tsukasa sees them holding hands but Riho simply claims he is Anzu’s other cousin, human Riri’s twin brother. Riho selects a romantic movie but realises it doesn’t actually inspire romance, it just makes girls cry and boys bored. While sharing milkshakes they encounter Hijiri whom Riho tries to antagonise by pretending to be a rival for Anzu’s attention. Anzu angrily drags Riho away to continue with typical date activities. Eventually Riho decides he has enough research for another scenario and Anzu swears to defeat it. Riho suddenly kisses Anzu on the cheek, flustering her, until she realises Riho only did it to traumatise Junta who was right behind them.
9"Ginger Ale is a Force Majeure"
Transcription: "Jinjāēru wa fukakōryoku" (Japanese: ジンジャーエールは不可抗力)
October 27, 2022 (2022-10-27)
Anzu encounters Amin and Riporin, friends from middle school, who cause her to remember a chubby boy named Tonta from elementary school. She suddenly remembers Tonta was Junta’s nickname, meaning she and Junta really are childhood friends but she didn’t recognise him due to his weight loss. Amin and Riporin invite Anzu and Junta to their school reunion. Anzu is troubled; if Junta is her real childhood friend then his crush on her must be real. Riri confirms she never cast a spell to make Junta love her; all she did was help them reunite after years apart. At the reunion a boy named Ryuya insists on playing games; girls versus boys, with forfeits, but with Anzu’s game skills the boys lose constantly and have to embarrassingly reveal their first crush and buy the girls ice-cream. Junta arrives and Ryuya becomes bitter that Junta has become handsome and popular. Ryuya quits the reunion but when Anzu chases him he admits Anzu was his first crush but he was always jealous she was closer to Junta. Anzu is able to turn him down while remaining friends,but Junta is again traumatized when Anzu claims she isn’t interested in him either. Despite the rejection Ryuya is determined to win Anzu’s heart.
10"Other Way Around, Dummy"
Transcription: "Gyaku ni, damī" (Japanese: 逆に、ダミー)
October 27, 2022 (2022-10-27)
Saki’s older brother kicks her out so he can party, forcing Saki to walk to Anzu’s house and accidentally discover Anzu lives with Tsukasa and Junta. She promises to keep their secret and Anzu considers telling her about Riri but is struck by a painful need to visit the bathroom. Saki tells Tsukasa him living there might be good for Anzu. Riri confirms Anzu’s toilet trouble was punishment for almost revealing her existence. Saki recalls they met when Anzu defended her from a bully in middle school, and later when an older student named Ogawa tried to force himself on her, Anzu confronted him publicly and exposed his actions. Riri convinces everyone to attend the summer festival. At the festival Ryuya meets Tsukasa and, despite his own feelings for Anzu, advises Junta to confess before he misses his chance. Saki meets Ogawa and freezes in fear as he claims to his friends she is his bitter ex girlfriend. Makoto senses her fear and makes an excuse to take her away from Ogawa, for which she is grateful. Two random girls take a picture with Tsukasa in the background and post it online. Minutes later the photo is seen by a disturbed woman who is happy to have finally found Tsukasa’s location.
11"Just Tell Me if You Don’t Like It"
Transcription: "Kiniiranai baai wa oshietekudasai" (Japanese: 気に入らない場合は教えてください)
October 27, 2022 (2022-10-27)
The woman, Yukana, approaches Anzu claiming to be Tsukasa’s girlfriend. Anzu is suspicious and when Tsukasa sees Yukana and reacts with fear she forces Yukana to leave. Tsukasa confirms Yukana is his stalker and the reason he lived alone, so Yukana couldn’t find him. He explains Yukana began stalking him after a random encounter in the street but Tsukasa’s father accused him of making it all up. Yukana began posing as Tsukasa’s girlfriend online, even once drugging him to plant cameras in the house and take intimate pictures. Tsukasa’s father blamed him and began beating him so his mother helped Tsukasa rent an apartment and transfer schools. With Yukana’s return Arisa moves into Anzu’s house too. Yukana convinces thugs to attack Anzu, but she is saved by Junta, Ryuya, Tsuchiya and even Saki’s brother who all responded to texts Anzu never sent them. Riri confirms she sent the texts but rules prevent her doing anything about Yukana, so Anzu drops her wand in dog poo again. Junta reveals to Tsukasa he only began playing baseball because Anzu once said she liked athletic guys, so he will do anything to protect her. Yukana waits for Anzu to finish work and attacks her with a knife.
12"Last Story!?"
Transcription: "Saishū-banashi!?" (Japanese: 最終話!?)
October 27, 2022 (2022-10-27)
Tsukasa comes running to protect Anzu. Yukana is arrested but Tsukasa’s father still blames him. Furious, Anzu stands up to him and takes Tsukasa home. Hijiri, whose father employs Yukana’s uncle, makes sure he doesn’t cover up her crimes so Yukana is imprisoned. Riri visits Yukana’s prison cell. The next day she visits Anzu as Riho, kisses her forehead while confessing love, then simply vanishes. News arrives Yukana has lost years of memories and has no idea who Tsukasa is. Anzu’s parents return home with games, chocolate and Momohiko. With her three loves returned Anzu wonders where Riri went. Tsukasa informs Junta he is in love with Anzu. A Cupid named Kate appears to replace Riri but Tsukasa and Junta accidentally see her so Kate and Anzu confess everything but are quickly forgiven. Kate reveals Riri has been exiled for developing feelings for Anzu and using magic on Yukana. Anzu blackmails Kate into letting her see Riri. With Riri transformed into Riho Anzu thanks him for making her life better. Riho admits he wants to stay with Anzu so she declares to Kate there is a chance she might make Riho her boyfriend. By Cupid law Kate cannot separate potential lovers and Riho is allowed to stay. Anzu’s parents return to America and Tsukasa and Junta continue living with Anzu. Riri announces the Love Cupids have decided Anzu must choose a boyfriend before graduating high school or she will lose games, chocolate and Momohiko permanently. Kate is assigned to another human in need of romantic assistance; the amnesiac Yukana.

Reception[edit]

The series was the first place winner of the second of Shonen Jump's Vertical Scroll Manga Awards.[26] In 2020, the series ranked 12th in the Next Manga Awards in the web manga category.[27]

References[edit]

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