Bottom-tier Character Tomozaki

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Bottom-tier Character Tomozaki
Bottom-tier Character Tomozaki light novel volume 1 cover.jpg
First light novel volume cover featuring Aoi Hinami
弱キャラ友崎くん
(Jaku-kyara Tomozaki-kun)
GenreRomantic comedy[1]
Light novel
Written byYūki Yaku
Illustrated byFly
Published byShogakukan
English publisher
ImprintGagaga Bunko
DemographicMale
Original runMay 18, 2016 – present
Volumes10 + 2 short story collections (List of volumes)
Manga
Written byYūki Yaku
Illustrated byEight Chida
Published bySquare Enix
English publisher
Comikey (digital)
MagazineMonthly Gangan Joker
DemographicShōnen
Original runDecember 22, 2017February 22, 2021
Volumes6 (List of volumes)
Manga
Minami Nanami Wants to Shine
Written byYūki Yaku
Illustrated byBana Yoshida
Published byShogakukan
English publisher
Yen Press
Magazine
DemographicSeinen
Original runJuly 18, 2020 – present
Volumes2 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed byShinsuke Yanagi
Written byFumihiko Shimo
Music byHiromi Mizutani
StudioProject No.9
Licensed byCrunchyroll
Children's Playground Entertainment
Original networkAT-X, Tokyo MX, BS11
English network
Original run January 8, 2021 March 26, 2021
Episodes12 + 2 OVAs (List of episodes)

Bottom-tier Character Tomozaki (Japanese: 弱キャラ友崎くん, Hepburn: Jaku-kyara Tomozaki-kun), also known as The Low Tier Character "TOMOZAKI-kun", [a] is a Japanese light novel series written by Yūki Yaku and illustrated by Fly. Shogakukan has published ten volumes since May 2016 under their Gagaga Bunko imprint. A manga adaptation with art by Eight Chida was serialized in Square Enix's shōnen manga magazine Monthly Gangan Joker from December 2017 to February 2021. It has been collected in six tankōbon volumes. The light novel is licensed in North America by Yen Press and the English translation is by Winifred Bird.[2] An anime television series adaptation produced by Project No.9 aired from January to March 2021. A new anime project has been announced.

Characters[edit]

Fumiya Tomozaki (友崎 文也, Tomozaki Fumiya)
Voiced by: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka[3] (commercial), Gen Satō[4] (anime) (Japanese); Adam Gibbs[5] (English)
Tomozaki is a high school student who has been living as a social outcast at school. In a popular Japanese online game Attack Families, he has been topping leaderboard charts with the in-game handle "nanashi". As he often compares both his real life and gaming life, he regards Attack Families as a "godly game" where there is perfect balance as equal amounts of effort would be rewarded with equal amounts of success; where in contrast, real life which he dubs a "trash game" doesn't have a walkthrough, has character strength predetermined when you're born and unexplainable imbalances. His perspectives begins to change as it is revealed to him that his perfect classmate Hinami, who all along has been trailing behind him at second place on Attack Families' leaderboards, regards real life as a winnable game and offers to be his walkthrough guide. He has a younger sister.
Aoi Hinami (日南 葵, Hinami Aoi)
Voiced by: Haruka Tomatsu[3] (commercial), Hisako Kanemoto[4] (anime) (Japanese); Faye Mata[5] (English)
Hinami is Tomozaki's classmate who has been regarded as a perfect existence. She essentially excels at everything she does, whether socially, academically or in sports by leading her own class clique, topping the school in grades and excelling at track and field competitions, all while maintaining a likable personality. Behind the scenes, she puts in a terrifying amount of hard work, and is a strong believer of concrete, dedicated effort in order to succeed at everything. Hinami is also an avid fan of Attack Families, where she goes by "NO NAME", and hugely respects "nanashi" who she could not surpass despite her efforts in analyzing his playstyle and perfecting her defense techniques. She later becomes the student council president of their school.
Minami Nanami (七海 みなみ, Nanami Minami)
Voiced by: Ikumi Hasegawa[4] (Japanese); Christina Kelly[5] (English)
Nicknamed "Mimimi" by her friends and "Minmi" by Tama, she is an energetic, mischievous and popular classmate of Tomozaki who is in the track and field club with Hinami. While maintaining a cheerful demeanor, she has insecurities about herself and her personality that gives in easily to not ruin the mood. Mimimi has been persistent in pestering the lonely Tama into being her friend, and thus eventually established a close friendship with her. Despite her goofy appearance, she also excels at both studies and sports, yet is unable to dethrone Hinami, who perpetually holds first place. She ran against Hinami in the student council election but lost.
Fūka Kikuchi (菊池 風香, Kikuchi Fūka)
Voiced by: Ai Kayano[4] (Japanese); Natalie Hoover[6] (English)
Fūka is a reserved and book-loving classmate of Tomozaki who often spends time at the library. She initially took interest in Tomozaki under the misunderstanding that they both share an interest in the same author, whereas Tomozaki only used those books as a cover while doing strategic reviews on Attack Families in the library. Tomozaki comes forward and admits the misunderstanding, and despite that still resolves to try to read and understand the books Fūka loves, as they develop a friendship on it. Hinami initially identifies Fūka as the best prospect for Tomozaki to capture as a girlfriend, and has created multiple situations in order for Tomozaki to confess to clear his goal. She and Tomozaki end up dating.
Hanabi Natsubayashi (夏林 花火, Natsubayashi Hanabi)
Voiced by: Ryōko Maekawa[4] (Japanese); Amber Connor (English)
Nicknamed "Tama" by her friends, she is a blunt and unsociable classmate of Tomozaki. Tama is especially close to Mimimi as Mimimi was the first to try and break through her barriers and befriend her, and they hold each other dear. Her blunt nature often leaves her disliked and, once, got her into trouble as she openly condemned Erika's actions of harassment and bullying, thus making her the target of bullying herself. As she suffers from bullying, Tomozaki, Mizusawa, Takei and Fūka, among others, decided to step in to help her develop social skills.
Yuzu Izumi (泉 優鈴, Izumi Yuzu)
Voiced by: Nene Hieda[4] (Japanese); Kate Bristol[7] (English)
Izumi is a social and empathetic classmate of Tomozaki who is a part of Erika's clique. As someone who dislikes conflict, she is often unwilling to stand up to Erika's unreasonable actions. Izumi was Tomozaki's first target to befriend to grow his interpersonal skills as she sits beside him in class. Izumi is in love with Nakamura, and has enlisted Tomozaki's help to teach her how to play Attack Families in order to become Nakamura's practice partner.
Takahiro Mizusawa (水沢 孝弘, Mizusawa Takahiro)
Voiced by: Nobunaga Shimazaki[4] (Japanese); Stephen Fu[5] (English)
Mizusawa is a popular, gregarious and good-looking classmate of Tomozaki who is a part of Nakamura's clique, as is often considered as the smartest and most level-headed member of the group. He often attracts the attention of girls and is an extremely smooth talker, as he is Tomozaki's role model on the way he speaks.
Shūji Nakamura (中村 修二, Nakamura Shūji)
Voiced by: Nobuhiko Okamoto[4] (Japanese); Chris Hackney[5] (English)
Nakamura is a domineering classmate of Tomozaki, who is the de facto leader of his own clique. He is overly competitive and petty when he loses, as shown when he loses to Tomozaki on Attack Families, dismissing his loss as a stroke of bad luck while practicing hard in order to win in a revenge match. He eventually accepts Tomozaki as part of his clique after acknowledging his strengths.
Takei (竹井)
Voiced by: Shuntarō Mizuno[4] (Japanese); Matt Shipman[5] (English)
Takei is a cheerful and airheaded classmate of Tomozaki, who is often the mood maker of Nakamura's clique. Considered as the densest member of the clique, he is often excluded from strategic meetings such as when they were planning a camping trip to get Nakamura and Izumi together. He loves to take the center of attention as he often volunteers to take class positions, and often entertains others with his spontaneous acts.
Erika Konno (紺野 エリカ, Kon'no Erika)
Voiced by: Sayaka KanekoEp. 2 credits (Japanese); Amanda Lee[8] (English)
Tsugumi Narita (成田 つぐみ, Narita Tsugumi)
Voiced by: Akane Fujita[9] (Japanese); Sarah Wiedenheft (English)

Media[edit]

Light novels[edit]

No. Original release date Original ISBN English release date English ISBN
1 May 18, 2016[10]978-4-09-451610-4July 30, 2019[11]978-1-97-535825-9
2 September 16, 2016[12]978-4-09-451631-9November 26, 2019[13]978-1-97-538458-6
3 January 18, 2017[14]978-4-09-451655-5April 21, 2020[15]978-1-97-538459-3
4 June 20, 2017[16]978-4-09-451683-8August 18, 2020[17]978-1-97-535825-9
5 November 17, 2017[18]978-4-09-451709-5December 1, 2020[19]978-1-97-538461-6
6 May 18, 2018[20]978-4-09-451733-0March 23, 2021[21]978-1-97-538462-3
6.5 October 18, 2018[22]978-4-09-451757-6August 17, 2021[23]978-1-97-532038-6
7 April 18, 2019[24][25]978-4-09-451785-9
978-4-09-451789-7 (SE)
January 11, 2022[26]978-1-97-533346-1
8 October 18, 2019[27]978-4-09-451815-3April 19, 2022[28]978-1-97-533550-2
8.5 April 17, 2020[29][30]978-4-09-451840-5
978-4-09-451850-4 (SE)
October 4, 2022[31]978-1-97-533840-4
9 January 19, 2021[32]978-4-09-451878-8January 17, 2023[33]978-1-97-533926-5
10 January 18, 2022[34]978-4-09-453045-2

Manga[edit]

A manga adaptation illustrated by Eight Chida was serialized in Square Enix's Monthly Gangan Joker from December 22, 2017 to February 22, 2021.[35][36] The manga adaptation is licensed digitally in North America by Comikey.[37]

A spin-off manga series illustrated by Bana Yoshida, titled Minami Nanami Wants to Shine (七海みなみは輝きたい, Nanami Minami wa Kagayakitai), began in Shogakukan's Manga One app and Monthly Sunday Gene-X magazine on July 18, 2020. The series focuses on the character Minami Nanami.[38][39][40] The spin-off manga is also licensed in English by Yen Press.[41]

Volume list[edit]

Bottom-tier Character Tomozaki[edit]
No. Japanese release date Japanese ISBN
1 May 18, 2018[42]978-4-75-755713-0
2 October 18, 2018[43]978-4-75-755871-7
3 April 17, 2020[44]978-4-75-756619-4
4 December 18, 2020[45]978-4-75-757010-8
5 February 22, 2021[46]978-4-75-757099-3
6 April 22, 2021[47]978-4-75-757209-6
Minami Nanami Wants to Shine[edit]
No. Original release date Original ISBN English release date English ISBN
1 December 18, 2020[48]978-4-09-157618-7March 22, 2022[49]978-1-97-533898-5
2 September 17, 2021[50]978-4-09-157640-8July 26, 2022[51]978-1-97-534791-8

Anime[edit]

An anime adaptation was announced by Yūki Yaku and Gagaga Bunko on October 11, 2019,[52] which was later confirmed to be a television series on March 21, 2020. The series was animated by Project No.9 and directed by Shinsuke Yanagi, with Fumihiko Shimo handling series composition, and Akane Yano designing the characters.[4] Hiromi Mizutani composed the music.[53]

The series aired from January 8 to March 26, 2021 on AT-X, Tokyo MX, and BS11.[54][55] The opening theme song is "Life easy?" (人生イージー?, Jinsei Ījī?), while the ending theme song is "Ayafuwa Asterisk" (あやふわアスタリスク, Ayafuwa Asutarisuku), both performed by Dialogue+.[56] The series ran for 12 episodes.[57] An OVA is bundled with the third Blu-ray and DVD volume of the series, which was released on May 7, 2021.[58] Another OVA is bundled with the fourth Blu-ray and DVD volume of the series, which was released on June 2, 2021.[59]

Funimation licensed the series outside of Asia and streamed it on its website in North America and the British Isles, in Europe through Wakanim, and in Australia and New Zealand through AnimeLab.[60] On March 11, 2021, Funimation announced the series would receive an English dub, with the first episode premiering the next day.[5] Following Sony's acquisition of Crunchyroll, the series was moved to Crunchyroll.[61] Children's Playground Entertainment has licensed the series in Southeast Asia, and released it on Aniplus Asia and Bilibili.[62][63]

On January 14, 2022, it was announced that a new anime project was green-lit.[64]

No.Title [65][b]Directed by [65]Written by [65]Original air date [67]
1"Say what you want; famous games are usually fun"
Transcription: "Nandakanda Itte Yūmei na Gēmu wa Daitai Omoshiroi" (Japanese: なんだかんだ言って 有名なゲームは大体おもしろい)
Haruo ŌgawaraFumihiko ShimoJanuary 8, 2021 (2021-01-08)[68]
Fumiya Tomozaki, a self-proclaimed bottom-tier character who views the real world as a trash game and spends most of his time playing video games, has a match in the Yontendo Smotch game Attack Families against a player called NO NAME and wins. After the match, NO NAME asks Tomozaki to meet up. To his surprise, NO NAME turns out to be his classmate and model student Aoi Hinami. Hinami brings Tomozaki to her house and worried about his well-being, Hinami becomes his guide to life by structuring it as a game walkthrough with a series of missions to give it the appearance of a god-tier game. Hinami's first mission has Tomozaki wearing a mask to get him to become conscious of his appearance.
2"It feels awesome to gain a bunch of levels after a battle"
Transcription: "Ikkai no Sentō de Reberu ga Renzoku de Agaru to Metcha Kimochi ii" (Japanese: 一回の戦闘でレベルが連続で上がるとめっちゃ気持ちいい)
Kana KawanaFumihiko ShimoJanuary 15, 2021 (2021-01-15)[69]
Tomozaki is tasked with talking to three girls he has never conversed with before while wearing a mask. The first girl is the one sitting next to him in homeroom Yuki Izumi, and he asks her for a tissue. He also speaks with the girl behind her, Fūka Kikuchi. Next, he has an awkward conversation with Minami "Mimimi" Nanami in his home economics class, drawing the attention of her friend Hanabi "Tama" Natsubayashi and Tomozaki's gaming buddy Shūji Nakamura. Nakamura picks on Tomozaki, but Hinami intervenes and teases him in return. After school, Hinami lets Tomozaki know that Nakamura holds a grudge against him for losing to him in Attack Families. The next day, Tomozaki takes the mask off and is tasked with improving his posture and having a conversation with Mimimi after school. The two have a much more normal conversation while heading home from school. The next day, Hinami praises Tomozaki for his improved conversational skills and gives him some flash cards and a pocket recorder to help him continue to improving them. Hinami then assigns Tomozaki to spend the next day on a date with her.
3"When a girl's your first friend, life feels like a date for a while"
Transcription: "Hitorime no Nakama ga On'na no Ko da to Shibaraku Dēto Kibun de Bōken Dekiru" (Japanese: 一人目の仲間が女の子だとしばらくデート気分で冒険できる)
Masahiro OkamuraSatoru SugisawaJanuary 22, 2021 (2021-01-22)[70]
After meeting up, Hinami takes Tomozaki to the mall in order to teach him how to change his appearance. The two shop at an apparel store, and Tomozaki's communication is still awkward when he asks the salesman for the mannequin rather than trying out the clothes on it. The two then have lunch and run into Fūka, who works as a part-time waitress. On the following Monday, Hinami tasks Tomozaki with talking to Izumi at least twice a day for the week, as well as to go on a date with another girl. During the week, Tomozaki has brief and awkward conversations with Izumi, struggling to come up with things to talk about. At the end of the week having barely fulfilled the quota, Tomozaki visits the library and is approached by Fūka, who asks Tomozaki to read a novel she is writing, and Hinami suggests that Tomozaki dates her, though Tomozaki is hesitant for being insincere. After leaving the school, Tomozaki meets up with Izumi, who asks him to teach her how to play Attack Families.
4"Sometimes you conquer a dungeon only to find a strong boss back in your village"
Transcription: "Danjon Kōryaku-go ni Mura ni Kaeru to Tsuyoi Bosu ga Itari Suru" (Japanese: ダンジョン攻略後に村に帰ると強いボスがいたりする)
Haruo ŌgawaraFumihiko ShimoJanuary 29, 2021 (2021-01-29)[71]
Izumi brings Tomozaki to her house to have him teach how to play Attack Families due to her crush Nakamura spending more of his time playing the game. Afterwards, Hinami gives Tomozaki a pair of tickets for a movie preview screening to ask Fūka out on a date. On the following school day, Tomozaki converses with Fūka in the library, but does not ask her to go to the movies. As Tomozaki is about to leave school for the day, Nakamura's clique forces Tomozaki to stay and play Attack Families against a vengeful Nakamura with Hinami, Izumi, and a clique led by Erika Konno watching. Tomozaki and Nakamura play several rounds with Tomozaki winning every time. Nakamura's losing streak causes Erika to criticize Nakamura for wasting his effort in the game, but Tomozaki stands up for him telling Erika to not mock somebody else's effort when she did not put in any of her own. Sometime later, Tomozaki asks Hinami to see the movie together and she agrees to do so, albeit a different movie due to scheduling conflicts.
5"The characters who become your friends after you clear a hard event usually have high stats"
Transcription: "Nankan Ibento Kōryaku-go ni Nakama ni Naru Kyara wa Daitai Nōryoku-chi Takai" (Japanese: 難関イベント攻略後に仲間になるキャラはだいたい能力値高い)
Toshiaki KanbaraShingo NagaiFebruary 5, 2021 (2021-02-05)[72]
With Nakamura's birthday coming up, Tomozaki asks Izumi to go shopping for a present. Hinami and Nakamura's friend Takahiro Mizusawa tag along on the shopping trip to the mall. While at the mall, Tomozaki is tasked by Hinami with making two successful group suggestions, which he is struggling to do. Mizusawa brings the group a store where he applies a hair salon product on Tomozaki's hair to improve his appearance, while Izumi buys her present for Nakamura. Tomozaki then buys his present from an electronics store. The group has a meal at a pizzeria suggested by Mizusawa before going home. The next day, Hinami criticizes Tomozaki for making only one group suggestion and not putting much thought into it, while lecturing him about how to make a successful suggestion, which is to make something appear good even if it is not, like the pizza. In homeroom, Hinami and Mimimi decide to run for student council president.
6"Once you start speedrunning the minigames, you seriously can't stop"
Transcription: "Gēmu-nai Gēmu o Yari Dasu to Maji de Tomaranai" (Japanese: ゲーム内ゲームをやり出すとマジで止まらない)
Kazuto FujiwaraShingo NagaiFebruary 12, 2021 (2021-02-12)[73]
Hinami pauses her counseling sessions for the student council election and suggests that Tomozaki become Mimimi's campaign manager. Mimimi initially refuses his offer until he points out some key mistakes in her campaign. Tomozaki explains his motivation in that he sees Hinami as a video game boss that he wants to defeat. In aiding Mimimi's campaign, Tomozaki takes her to see the volleyball club, and after licking Tama's bellybutton, she asks her friend Shiori to get the sports clubs to support her. After school, Mimimi explains that her reason for running is to finally beat Hinami as she finished second to her in everything. After studying Hinami's campaign more, Tomozaki asks Tama to help out in Mimimi's campaign. Tomozaki then comes up with the main focal point of the campaign by installing air conditioners in every classroom to get the votes of the first years. Tomozaki and Mimimi then come up with a campaign speech.
7"When a mentor character becomes a boss, they'll push you to the edge"
Transcription: "Shishō Kyara ga Bosu ni Naru to Tsumu Kurai Tsuyokattari Suru" (Japanese: 師匠キャラがボスになると詰むくらい強かったりする)
Isamu YamaguchiShingo NagaiFebruary 19, 2021 (2021-02-19)[74]
Tomozaki and Hinami are walking in the hallway where Tomozaki admits that he is treating the election like it is one of their online battles. During her campaign speech, Hinami reveals that she plans to install air conditioners in every classroom, which catches Tomozaki and Mimimi off guard. When it is Mimimi's turn, Tomozaki decides to help her by having her ad-lib her speech. Once the campaign is over with, it is revealed that Hinami won the election. Afterwards, Mimimi thanks Tomozaki for helping her. Later, Hinami praises Tomozaki for his effort despite the loss. She then has him meet Fūka at the library. There, he asks an elated Fūka if she wants to see a movie. The next day, Tama tells Tomozaki how she and Mimimi first met and why she admires her. After school, Tomozaki, Hinami, Mimimi, and Tama hang out together where Tomozaki notices something is off with Mimimi.
8"There are some problems a bottom-tier character can't fix alone"
Transcription: "Tei-reberu no Kyara Dake ja Kaiketsu Dekinai Mondai mo Aru" (Japanese: 低レベルのキャラだけじゃ解決できない問題もある)
No.9Shingo NagaiFebruary 26, 2021 (2021-02-26)[75]
Mimimi reminisces about her time in middle school when Hinami's school defeated hers in a basketball game during round two of the Saitama Prefectural Tournament. At school, everyone is worried that Mimimi has been overworking herself following the election. When Tomozaki expresses his concern to her after school, Mimimi appeals to his nature as a gamer. Later, Tomozaki learns how Hinami and Mimimi's rivalry started. Two days later, Tomozaki notices that Mimimi has skipped track practice. Once he catches up with her, she reveals the reason why she pushes herself against Hinami. The class soon discovers that Mimimi has quit the club. As such, Tomozaki and Tama decide to walk home together with Mimimi. While they are alone, a distraught Mimimi admits that she quit because she has conflicted feelings towards Hinami. Tama then comforts her, which helps Mimimi overcome her issues. Afterwards, she apologizes to Tomozaki, Tama, and Hinami and she gives them matching gifts.
9"When you go back to the starter town with the full party, new stuff tends to happen"
Transcription: "Nakama o Soroete Saisho no Machi ni Modoru to Atarashii Ibento ga Okitari Suru" (Japanese: 仲間を揃えて最初の街に戻ると新しいイベントが起きたりする)
project No.9
Yoshihisa Matsumoto
Yuka YamadaMarch 5, 2021 (2021-03-05)[76]
At the start of summer break, Tomozaki meets up with Hinami at the mall. Hinami criticizes Tomozaki's sloppy appearance, while also assigning him to go on a date with Fūka. In preparation for the date, Hinami has Tomozaki dating her as a dress rehearsal for it, all while helping him buy clothes and other things to improve his appearance. The next day, Tomozaki, Hinami, Mimimi and Mizusawa come over to Tomozaki's house to discuss plans for their upcoming trip. Mizusawa also shows Tomozaki how to properly use the hair salon products he bought at the mall. Sometime later, Tomozaki and Fūka go on their date to see a movie, and it goes relatively smoothly. Wanting to go out with Fūka again, Tomozaki takes Hinami's suggestion to watch the upcoming fireworks show with her and she accepts. In the meantime, Tomozaki packs his bags in preparation for the trip.
10"Multiplayer games have their own special appeal"
Transcription: "Taninzū Purei ni wa Taninzū Purei Nari no Yosa ga Aru" (Japanese: 多人数プレイには多人数プレイなりのよさがある)
Akira KatoYuka YamadaMarch 12, 2021 (2021-03-12)[77]
Tomozaki heads to the trip with Hinami, Mimimi, Izumi, Nakamura, Mizusawa, and Takei. While they are alone, Hinami instructs Tomozaki to interact with Nakamura three times. She also instructs him to become friendly with Mizusawa as well. At the camp, everyone enjoy themselves. Tomozaki later hangs out with the guys and he begins the first task. They then head to the girls' room to play the card game Tycoon. Afterwards, Tomozaki completes the second task concerning Mizusawa. At the hot springs, he completes the first task while the guys are goofing around. Later that night, everyone decides to split up into teams to take a test of courage, which allows Hinami to tease a flustered Tomozaki while they are alone. When he tries to return the favor, it leads to an awkward moment between the two.
11"A single choice can change everything"
Transcription: "Tatta Hitotsu no Sentakushi ga Subete o Kaete Shimau Koto mo Aru" (Japanese: たった一つの選択肢がすべてを変えてしまうこともある)
Kazuto FujiwaraYuka YamadaMarch 19, 2021 (2021-03-19)[78]
In the middle of the night, Hinami asks Tomozaki to meet with her privately to check up on his progress. He tells her that he interacted with Nakamura three times to clear the task. But before they can finish their conversation, Tomozaki hides when they see Mizusawa come by. Mizusawa confesses his love for Hinami, which leads to an awkward reaction from Tomozaki. The next day, the trip ends with everybody returning home. On the day of the summer festival, Tomozaki goes out on a date with Fūka as planned. While the date goes off without any problems, Tomozaki fails to confess his love to her, as Hinami had ordered him to do. Afterward, Tomozaki and Hinami meet up at the station on the way home to talk about the date, and Tomozaki tells her that he did not feel comfortable confessing to Fūka, as he was not sure that was actually what he wanted. Hinami responds by criticizing him for his lack of resolve, expresses disdain for the principle of trying to find "what he really wants", and writes him off as a loser.
12"Equipment for girls has special effects"
Transcription: "Hiroin ni Shika Sōbi Dekinai Aitemu ni wa Tokubetsu na Kōka ga Aru" (Japanese: ヒロインにしか装備できないアイテムには特別な効果がある)
No.9Fumihiko ShimoMarch 26, 2021 (2021-03-26)[79]
Dejected by Hinami's criticism, Tomozaki goes back to his old ways. With his sister noticing how much he has regressed, she convinces him to reply to the text messages he has been receiving, among them being a date request from Fūka he received two days ago. He accepts her request and goes on a date, and much like the previous date, there is no confession, though he reveals to her that he has been taking lessons on how to improve his life and is cheered up by her approval. Sometime later, Tomozaki asks Hinami to meet him at the place they first met as nanashi and NO NAME. There, he tells her that while he agrees with her original assertion that one cannot properly judge a game without playing it, he defies her cynicism with his own belief that the only way to really win is to find what you want in life, and challenges her to learn from him how to do that. Intrigued, Hinami accepts and agrees to continue tutoring Tomozaki. His next mission is to get a part-time job, and he works as a waiter at a karaoke parlor that Mizusawa works at.
13 (OVA)"Post-game equipment for girls is a little different than usual"
Transcription: "Endingu-go no Hiroin no Ishō wa Fudan to Chotto Chigattari Suru" (Japanese: エンディング後のヒロインの衣装は普段とちょっと違ったりする)
Takeyuki SashiharaYūki YakuMay 7, 2021 (2021-05-07)[58]
While taking a break at work, Fūka becomes concern when Tomozaki has not responded to her text message. Just as she is about to return to her shift, Fūka notices her classmates are sitting at a table and she asks her manager and one of her coworkers to cover for her. Meanwhile, her classmates have a conversation about their respective crushes. When Fūka heads home later that night, she receives a text from Tomozaki, much to her elation.
14 (OVA)"Most strange spell names have unknown origins"
Transcription: "Hen na Jumon no Namae ni wa Daitai Shirarezaru Yurai ga Aru" (Japanese: 変な呪文の名前にはだいたい知られざる由来がある)
No.9Yūki YakuJune 2, 2021 (2021-06-02)[59]
Hinami, Mimimi, and Tama are lighting some sparklers when they reminisce about going to the fireworks festival a year prior. A flashback shows Mimimi was in class when she noticed Tama was isolating herself. Following Hinami's advice, Mimimi began talking to Tama. After a while, Hinami secretly approached Tama and she revealed the truth as to why Mimimi was bothering her. Later on, Mimimi invited Hinami and Tama to the festival. At the festival, while the girls were watching the fireworks, Mimimi gave Tama her nickname. Back in the present, the girls head home.

Reception[edit]

The light novel series ranked eighth in 2017, seventh in 2018 and third in 2019 and 2020 in Takarajimasha's annual light novel guide book Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi!, in the bunkobon category.[52][80]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ This title is seen on the cover of the Japanese version of the light novel.
  2. ^ All English titles are taken from Funimation.[66]

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