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Girlfriend, Girlfriend
Kanojo mo Kanojo volume 1 cover.jpg
Cover of the first tankōbon volume, featuring Saki Saki
カノジョも彼女
(Kanojo mo Kanojo)
GenreRomantic comedy[1]
Manga
Written byHiroyuki
Published byKodansha
English publisher
Kodansha USA (digital)
ImprintShōnen Magazine Comics
MagazineWeekly Shōnen Magazine
DemographicShōnen
Original runMarch 4, 2020 – present
Volumes11 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed bySatoshi Kuwabara
Produced by
  • Hiroyuki Aoi
  • Kentarou Hattori
  • Masahiro Hibi
  • Souichirou Naitou
  • Sumio Udagawa
  • Shintarou Yoshitake
Written byKeiichirō Ōchi
Music by
  • Miki Sakurai
  • Tatsuhiko Saiki
  • Sayaka Aoki
StudioTezuka Productions
Licensed byCrunchyroll
Original networkJNN (MBS, TBS, BS-TBS), AT-X
Original run July 3, 2021 September 18, 2021
Episodes12 (List of episodes)
icon Anime and manga portal

Girlfriend, Girlfriend (Japanese: カノジョも彼女, Hepburn: Kanojo mo Kanojo, "She Is My Girlfriend Too") is a Japanese romantic comedy manga series written and illustrated by Hiroyuki. It began serialization in Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine in March 2020, and has been compiled into eleven tankōbon volumes as of June 2022. An anime television series adaptation by Tezuka Productions aired from July to September 2021 on the Animeism programming block.

Plot[edit]

The series follows Naoya Mukai, who had recently begun a relationship with his childhood friend Saki Saki. Nagisa Minase, his classmate, decides to confess her feelings to him as well, and after some initial hesitation, he accepts her request to be her boyfriend as well. Naoya decides that he will have both Saki and Nagisa as girlfriends at the same time. As Naoya currently lives alone due to his parents living elsewhere for work, Saki and Nagisa decide to live with him. The series follows their daily school life, as Naoya, Saki, and Nagisa experience difficulties and challenges in maintaining their love triangle relationship.

Characters[edit]

Naoya Mukai (向井 直也, Mukai Naoya)
Voiced by: Junya Enoki[2] (Japanese); Kevin D. Thelwell[3] (English)
Naoya is Saki's childhood friend. He confessed to her every month until she accepted, but also agrees to take Nagisa as a girlfriend as well as he found her to be cute. He is an only child; as such, he hopes to have a girlfriend who has siblings.
Saki Saki (佐木 咲)
Voiced by: Ayana Taketatsu[4] (PV), Ayane Sakura[2] (anime) (Japanese); Brittany Lauda[3] (English)
Naoya's childhood friend and his initial girlfriend. She shares a first and last name as her parents thought such a name would be cute.[a] She has a complex about her small chest, especially when compared to Nagisa. She is a member of their school's basketball club.
Nagisa Minase (水瀬 渚, Minase Nagisa)
Voiced by: Ayane Sakura[4] (PV), Azumi Waki[2] (anime) (Japanese); Madeleine Morris[3] (English)
A classmate of Naoya, who becomes his second girlfriend after confessing to him. She was previously a shy girl who felt that she was not good at anything, then fell in love with Naoya as he inspired her to pursue skills that she was good at.
Rika Hoshizaki (星崎 理香, Hoshizaki Rika)
Voiced by: Ayana Taketatsu[2] (anime)
A schoolmate of Naoya. She is secretly a popular vlogger who goes by the online alias Milika (ミリカ, Mirika). She intends to become Naoya's third girlfriend, going as far as stalking him and his girlfriends, as well as camping outside his house to get his attention. She often uses her large breasts to catch attention online.
Shino Kiryū (桐生 紫乃, Kiryū Shino)
Voiced by: Rie Takahashi[2] (anime) (Japanese); Elizabeth Maxwell[3] (English)
Saki's best friend and classmate who comes from a rich family. She is at the top of their class academically. She discovers Naoya's romantic arrangement with Saki and Nagisa and she disapproves of it. It is later discovered that she has feelings for Naoya as well.
Mr. Hoshizaki (ミリカ父, Mirika Chichi)
Voiced by: Tomokazu SekiEp. 6 credits
Rika and Risa's father.
Risa Hoshizaki (星崎 理沙, Hoshizaki Risa)
Rika's younger sister.

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

The manga by Hiroyuki began serialization in Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine on March 4, 2020.[5] Eleven tankōbon volumes have been published as of June 17, 2022.[6] A commercial to promote the series, starring Ayana Taketatsu and Ayane Sakura, was released on October 23, 2020.[4]

In February 2021, Kodansha USA announced the English digital release of the series in North America and the first volume was released on April 6, 2021.[7]

Volume list[edit]

No. Original release date Original ISBN English release date English ISBN
1 June 17, 2020[8]978-4-0651-9743-1April 6, 2021[9]978-1-63-699035-4
  1. "Even If It's Not Right" (それが正しい道じゃなくても, Sore ga tadashii michi ja nakutemo)
  2. "Negotiations to Two-Timing" (二股交渉, Futamata kōshō)
  3. "That Specific Issue" (アレの問題, Are no mondai)
  4. "A Night of Doubts" (疑惑の夜, Giwaku no yoru)
  5. "Nagisa's Feelings" (渚の気持ち, Nagisa no kimochi)
  6. "Don't Get the Wrong Idea" (幻滅されたくない, Genmetsu saretaku nai)
  7. "Don't Let Anyone Know" (バレたくないから, Baretaku nai kara)
  8. "A Place for the Three of Us" (3人の場所, Sannin no basho)
  9. "Don't Leave Me" (捨てられたくない, Suteraretaku nai)
2 September 17, 2020[10]978-4-0652-0747-5May 4, 2021[11]978-1-63-699087-3
  1. "Please Come Back" (帰ってきてよ, Kaette kite yo)
  2. "Because I'm..." (だって私は..., Datte watashi wa...)
  3. "Girlfriend, Girlfriend" (彼女と彼女, Kanojo to kanojo)
  4. "Enter Milika" (ミリカ登場, Mirika tōjō)
  5. "A Third One?!" (3人目!?, Sanninme!?)
  6. "I'm Not Going Anywhere" (絶対出ていかない, Zettai dete ikanai)
  7. "Reason Why I Want Her to Leave" (帰したい理由, Kaeshitai riyū)
  8. "For Those Two" (二人のためなら, Futari no tame nara)
  9. "Hot and Cold" (ツンがデレ, Tsun ga dere)
3 November 17, 2020[12]978-4-0652-1409-1June 1, 2021[13]978-1-63-699141-2
  1. "What Must be Done" (やるべきこと, Yarubeki koto)
  2. "When Cold Exteriors Melt" (ツンがデレデレ, Tsun ga deredere)
  3. "Stay With Me" (そばにいて, Soba ni ite)
  4. "So Just Embrace Her!" (抱いてやれ, Daite yare)
  5. "So Obviously in Love" (どう見ても好き, Dō mite mo suki)
  6. "Trying to be Coy, but It Ain't Flying!" (ツンのデレがバレ, Tsun no dere ga bare)
  7. "It Doesn't Matter What You Say!" (どんなに言われても, Donna ni iwarete mo)
  8. "After Kissing Someone Who's Not His Girlfriend" (彼女以外の子にキスをされた結果, Kanojo igai no ko ni kisu o sareta kekka)
  9. "Excited for the Hot Springs" (温泉楽しみ, Onsen tanoshimi)
4 January 15, 2021[14]978-4-06-521960-7July 6, 2021[15]978-1-63-699209-9
  1. "Only on a Special Day" (非日常だからできること, Hinichijō da kara dekiru koto)
  2. "I'm Fine" (私は大丈夫ですので, Watashi wa daijōbu desu no de)
  3. "Alone for Five Minutes" (二人きりの5分間, Futari kiri no gofunkan)
  4. "Vs. Shino" (VS.紫乃, VS. Shino)
  5. "The Common Things at a Hot Spring" (温泉でありがちなこと, Onsen de arigachi na koto)
  6. "What Naoya Means to Nagisa" (渚にとっての直也, Nagisa ni totte no Naoya)
  7. "Me Too, I'm..." (私だって, Watashi datte)
  8. "Nagisa Is a Girlfriend Too!" (渚も彼女, Nagisa mo kanojo)
  9. "Two-Timing Is...!" (二股なんて絶対に, Futamata nante zettai ni)
5 April 16, 2021[16]978-4-06-522885-2September 7, 2021[17]978-1-63-699345-4
  1. "Wake Up, Naoya" (目覚めて直也, Mezamete Naoya)
  2. "In That Case, I..." (それなら私は, Sore nara watashi wa)
  3. "Using My Sister" (妹を使おう, Imōto o tsukaō)
  4. "A Blissful Time" (幸せな時間, Shiawase na jikan)
  5. "Let's Gooo! Summer Break!" (イケイケゴーゴー夏休み, Ike ike gō gō natsuyasumi)
  6. "Please, Shino-san" (お願い紫乃さん, Onegai Shino-san)
  7. "Let's Live Together" (一緒に住む!, Issho ni sumu!)
  8. "Shino and Saki" (紫乃と咲, Shino to Saki)
  9. "Shino and Naoya" (紫乃と直也, Shino to Naoya)
6 June 17, 2021[18]978-4-06-523588-1November 2, 2021[19]978-1-63-699456-7
  1. "Were You...?" (もしかして, Moshi ka shite)
  2. "Welcome, Shino-san" (いらっしゃい紫乃さん, Irasshai Shino-san)
  3. "Hang in There" (しっかりして, Shikkari shite)
  4. "Girlfriends and Fireworks ①" (花火と彼女①, Hanabi to kanojo ①)
  5. "Girlfriends and Fireworks ②" (花火と彼女②, Hanabi to kanojo ②)
  6. "Girlfriends and Fireworks ③" (花火と彼女③, Hanabi to kanojo ③)
  7. "Girlfriends and Fireworks ④" (花火と彼女④, Hanabi to kanojo ④)
  8. "Girlfriends and Fireworks ⑤" (花火と彼女⑤, Hanabi to kanojo ⑤)
  9. "Girlfriends and Fireworks ⑥" (花火と彼女⑥, Hanabi to kanojo ⑥)
7 August 17, 2021[20]978-4-06-524478-4January 4, 2022[21]978-1-63-699548-9
  1. "It's Not Fair" (ずるい, Zurui)
  2. "Girlfriends and Resolutions ①" (彼女と覚悟①, Kanojo to kakugo ①)
  3. "Girlfriends and Resolutions ②" (カノジョと覚悟②, Kanojo to kakugo ②)
  4. "Girlfriends and Resolutions ③" (カノジョと覚悟③, Kanojo to kakugo ③)
  5. "Girlfriends and Resolutions ④" (カノジョと覚悟④, Kanojo to kakugo ④)
  6. "Girlfriends and Resolutions ⑤" (カノジョと覚悟⑤, Kanojo to kakugo ⑤)
  7. "Girlfriends and Resolutions ⑥" (カノジョと覚悟⑥, Kanojo to kakugo ⑥)
  8. "Girlfriends and Resolutions ⑦" (カノジョと覚悟⑦, Kanojo to kakugo ⑦)
  9. "The Final Five Months" (決着の5か月間, Ketchaku no Gokagetsukan)
8 October 15, 2021[22]978-4-06-525143-0March 1, 2022[23]978-1-63-699641-7
  1. "The Night with Shino" (紫乃との夜, Shino to no yoru)
  2. "The Night with Milika" (ミリカとの夜, Mirika to no yoru)
  3. "The Night with Nagisa" (渚との夜, Nagisa to no yoru)
  4. "The Night with Saki" (咲との夜, Saki to no yoru)
  5. "Titty Showdown" (チチバトル, Chichi batoru)
  6. "Attack of the Parents ①" (親、襲来, Oya, shūrai)
  7. "Attack of the Parents ②" (親、襲来 ②, Oya, shūrai ②)
  8. "That Aside..." (それはそれとして, Sore wa sore to shite)
  9. "Milika and Shino" (ミリカ&紫乃, Mirika & Shino)
9 January 17, 2022[24]978-4-06-526606-9June 7, 2022[25]978-1-68-491207-0
  1. "Unshakeable Feelings" (ゆずれない想い, Yuzurenai omoi)
  2. "Girlfriends on Vacation ①" (カノジョとバカンス①, Kanojo to bakansu ①)
  3. "Girlfriends on Vacation ②" (カノジョとバカンス②, Kanojo to bakansu ②)
  4. "Girlfriends on Vacation ③" (カノジョとバカンス③, Kanojo to bakansu ③)
  5. "Girlfriends on Vacation ④" (カノジョとバカンス④, Kanojo to bakansu ④)
  6. "Girlfriends on Vacation ⑤" (カノジョとバカンス⑤, Kanojo to bakansu ⑤)
  7. "Girlfriends on Vacation ⑥" (カノジョとバカンス⑥, Kanojo to bakansu ⑥)
  8. "Her Determination ①" (カノジョの決意①, Kanojo no ketsui ①)
  9. "Her Determination ②" (カノジョの決意②, Kanojo no ketsui ②)
10 April 15, 2022[26]978-4-06-527541-2
  1. Kanojo no ketsui ③ (カノジョの決意③)
  2. Kanojo no ketsui ④ (カノジョの決意④)
  3. Kanojo no ketsui ⑤ (カノジョの決意⑤)
  4. Kanojo no ketsui ⑥ (カノジョの決意⑥)
  5. Kanojo no ketsui ⑦ (カノジョの決意⑦)
  6. Kanojo no ketsui ⑧ (カノジョの決意⑧)
  7. Kanojo no ketsui ⑨ (カノジョの決意⑨)
  8. Kanojo no ketsui ⑩ (カノジョの決意⑩)
  9. Kanojo no ketsui. Soshite. (カノジョの決意。そして。)
11 June 17, 2022[6]978-4-06-528183-3
  1. Atoshimatsu (後始末)
  2. Nan no seika mo age raremasendeshita (なんの成果もあげられませんでした)
  3. O sake wa 20-sai kara (お酒は20歳から)
  4. 2-Dome ga kanjin (2度目が肝心)
  5. Kisu no yarikata ga wakarimasen (キスのやりかたがわかりません)
  6. O benkyō o ganbarimashō (お勉強を頑張りましょう)
  7. Shōrai dō suru no? (将来どうするの?)
  8. Yume ni mukatte gō (夢に向かってゴー)
  9. Tesuto o norikoero! (テストを乗り越えろ!)
12 September 16, 2022[27]978-4-06-529133-7

Chapters not yet in tankōbon format[edit]

  1. Nagisa no shinro (渚の進路)
  2. Mirika to tesuto (ミリカとテスト)
  3. Are ga ki ni narimasu (アレが気になります)
  4. Saidai no kiki (最大の危機)
  5. Yabai Naoya (やばい直也)
  6. Min'na nochi kara (みんなのちから)
  7. Nagisa to haha (渚と母)
  8. Nagisa to shōrai (渚と将来)
  9. Tesuto no kekka (テストの結果)
  10. Oiwai (お祝い)
  11. Tanin (他人)
  12. Kanojo to dēto (カノジョとデート)

Anime[edit]

In November 2020, the 51st issue of Weekly Shōnen Magazine announced that the series would receive an anime television series adaptation.[1][28] Tezuka Productions animated the series, with Satoshi Kuwabara as director, Keiichirō Ōchi as scriptwriter, and Akiko Toyoda designing the characters. Miki Sakurai and Tatsuhiko Saiki composed the series' music. It aired from July 3 to September 18, 2021 on the Animeism programming block on MBS, TBS, and BS-TBS, as well as AT-X.[2][29][30][b] Necry Talkie performed the series' opening theme song "Fuzaketenai ze" (ふざけてないぜ), while Momo Asakura performed the series' ending theme song "Pinky Hook" (ピンキーフック, Pinkī Fukku).[32] Crunchyroll licensed the series outside of Asia.[33] Muse Communication licensed the series in South and Southeast Asia, and streamed it on its YouTube channel, iQIYI, and Bilibili.[34][35][36]

On August 9, 2022, Crunchyroll announced the series would received an English dub, which premiered the same day.[3]

Episode list[edit]

No.Title [37][c]Directed by [37]Written by [37]Storyboarded by [37]Original air date [39][b]
1"Even If That Isn't the Right Way"
Transcription: "Sore ga Tadashii Michi ja Nakutemo" (Japanese: それが正しい道じゃなくても)
Masami HataKeiichirō ŌchiSatoshi KuwabaraJuly 3, 2021 (2021-07-03)
Naoya Mukai has recently begun dating his childhood friend Saki Saki. Another girl, Nagisa Minase, confesses her love to him, but he turns her down. However, when she decides not to give up, Naoya finds her so cute he decides to convince Saki to accept Nagisa as his second girlfriend. Saki is so overwhelmed by Nagisa's cuteness she insists on becoming friends straight away. Naoya manages to explain his desire to date them both, and though Saki punishes him, she is eventually convinced by Naoya's honesty and Nagisa's cuteness and gives permission. Naoya suggests they move in together as he lives alone. On the first night, Saki is impressed by Nagisa's housewife skills, but is slightly jealous of her larger breasts. Nagisa offers to let Saki sleep with Naoya first, but Saki admits their relationship is not sexual yet. This leads to an awkward conversation where Naoya admits he would like a threesome. Saki admits she is tempted because of Nagisa's cuteness, but still insists Naoya is a pervert for suggesting it. Naoya decides to delay having sex until they are all more comfortable with each other, but is surprised when Saki seems disappointed, though she violently denies it.
2"How Nagisa Feels"
Transcription: "Nagisa no Kimochi" (Japanese: 渚の気持ち)
Atsuji KanekoKeiichirō ŌchiSatoshi KuwabaraJuly 10, 2021 (2021-07-10)[d]
For their first night, Naoya suggests everyone sleep in the same room. Nagisa moves into Naoya's futon to talk, causing Saki to think they are having sex. As such, both girls move into Naoya's futon to be close to him. Later that night, Nagisa decides to spy on Saki's phone to learn more about her, only to find it contains multiple searches about sex. Saki almost catches her, but Naoya takes the blame and is punished. Nagisa reveals while preparing her confession she forgot to attend school. Naoya insists they spend all day studying, though it soon becomes clear Nagisa struggles at math. Despite claiming she has to use the bathroom as an excuse to cheat, she gets the answers wrong anyway. At school, Saki insists no one can know about their relationship, but when Naoyo sees Nagisa has no friends, he attempts to reveal everything, only for Saki to stop him. Saki reveals she is worried people will think Naoya no longer cares about her. However, when Nagisa agrees they should only interact at home, Saki is touched by the offer and instead decides they can interact in secret where others cannot see them.
3"A Place for Three"
Transcription: "Sannin no Basho" (Japanese: 三人の場所)
Masaharu TomodaMayumi MoritaSatoshi KuwabaraJuly 17, 2021 (2021-07-17)
The three decide to eat lunch together in the gym storeroom, which has a padlocked door to ensure privacy but an open window they use as an entrance. Saki realizes with Nagisa and Naoya doing cooking and household chores and Naoya doing his best to make both girls equally happy, she is not actually bringing anything to the relationship and fears Naoya will soon prefer Nagisa over her. She becomes determined to do something for Naoya, but with sex not an option, she tries cooking but burns the curry. Desperate to impress Naoya, Saki creeps into his room to try and have sex, but he turns her down. She then becomes upset, believing he prefers Nagisa's larger breasts and returns to her parents' house, which is only next door. Nagisa feels guilty enjoying being alone with Naoya. Naoya tries various ways to apologize and exhausts himself over three sleepless days, but Saki rejects him every time. Still feeling guilty, Nagisa decides to help and tricks Naoya into groping her breast where Saki can see, which causes Saki to rush back in a jealous rage, where Nagisa insists she talk to Naoya.
4"Girlfriend and Girlfriend"
Transcription: "Kanojo to Kanojo" (Japanese: 彼女と彼女)
Kazuya FujishiroKazuhiko InukaiSatoshi KuwabaraJuly 24, 2021 (2021-07-24)[e]
Saki admits she feels inferior to Nagisa and it annoys her that Naoya does everything without asking for anything in return. Surprisingly, Nagisa agrees that Naoya does too much for them. Naoya realizes by taking all the responsibility, he was actually being selfish. With Saki back home, Naoya passes out from his three days accumulated exhaustion. Saki and Nagisa debate how exactly they will become equals and realize they both like gaming. Nagisa is terrible at gaming and Saki feels better knowing there is something she is better at and they become friends. While watching another player called Milika streaming her games online, Naoya sees a school uniform in her thumbnail and realizes Milika attends their school. During lunch in the gym storage, Saki forgets to lock the window and another girl, Rika Hoshizaki, climbs in. Naoya panics and accidentally admits everything, amusing Rika who teases them about revealing their secret, until Nagisa recognizes her as Milika, causing Rika to also panic. As everyone now has secrets they do not want revealed, they all agree to keep quiet. Realizing they are actually decent people despite their unusual relationship, Rika decides she wants to join them as Naoya's third girlfriend.
5"A Third One!?"
Transcription: "Sanninme!?" (Japanese: 三人目!?)
Fumio MaezonoKeiichirō ŌchiSatoshi KuwabaraJuly 31, 2021 (2021-07-31)[f]
Saki and Nagisa deduce Rika only wants a boyfriend in case her fans begin stalking her. Naoya refuses to date her as her motivations are shallow and selfish. Having never been rejected before, Rika attempts to entice him. An accidental comment by Saki reveals they are living together so Rika offers to pay the rent and bills. However, when Naoya still rejects her, she flees. The next day, Rika follows them home and begins living in a tent in the backyard, shooting risqué exercise videos in her Milika persona to keep warm overnight and earn money to buy items needed to live outdoors. The next day, Rika realizes exercising has made her stink and is forced to improvise a shower wearing a bikini. The girls realize Rika might actually be stubborn enough to live in their backyard indefinitely. To keep Naoya's mind away from Rika, they attempt to seduce him in the bath wearing bikinis, but their nervousness and Naoya worrying about the Rika situation means it does not go to plan. In the end, Naoya makes them feel better by promising to spend more time with them and less time worrying about Rika.
6"Tsun Is Dere"
Transcription: "Tsun ga Dere" (Japanese: ツンがデレ)
Masami HataKeiichirō ŌchiSatoshi KuwabaraAugust 7, 2021 (2021-08-07)[e]
Naoya is determined to get rid of Rika as he is worried he might be too weak-willed to resist her forever. The girls decide to help get rid of her by donating her belongings to charity. Rika tries to stop them by convincing passersby Naoya is a groper, but he refuses to let her go despite everyone staring and even offers to replace everything if she leaves. Rika cannot understand why an admitted two-timer refuses to date her and he explains it is because he is committed to making Saki and Nagisa happy. This makes Rika develop a real crush on him. Rika's father appears and learns everything Rika has been doing, including her risqué Milika videos, so he takes her phone to permanently shut down her account. However, Naoya stops him as he knows Rika is an artist and how much work she has put into developing her Milika persona. Naoya defending her turns Rika's crush into actual love. She agrees to go home to think, but only if her dad allows her to keep her Milika account. Saki and Nagisa become depressed over how much more trouble Rika might cause now she actually loves Naoya.
7"The Girlfriends' Challenge"
Transcription: "Kanojo-tachi no Charenji" (Japanese: 彼女たちのチャレンジ)
Atsuji KanekoKazuhiko InukaiSatoshi KuwabaraAugust 14, 2021 (2021-08-14)
Saki's mother, who does not know about Nagisa, is concerned Saki and Naoya are not having sex. Saki realizes due to Naoya's easily flustered personality and determination to treat his girlfriends fairly, he might never have sex with either of them. She attempts to seduce him as a bunny girl, but he insists on their no sex rule and when he does touch her breasts, Saki panics and punches him, but is happy she aroused him. Nagisa becomes suspicious when she finds the bunny costume in the laundry and confronts Naoya. Naoya insists nothing happened so Nagisa comes to believe he has a costume fetish and dresses as a sexy maid. Naoya is aroused but still sticks to the rule. That night, Nagisa accidentally calls Naoya "Master" in front of Saki, who luckily decides she misheard it. At school, Rika tries to talk to Naoya. Erroneously believing she is angry he rejected her, he offers to let her humiliate him online. Naoya's clumsy attempt to apologize only make her want to confess her love, so she instead thanks him for saving her Milika account. She later admits to herself she loves Naoya, which is overheard by Saki.
8"Obviously in Love"
Transcription: "Dō Mite mo Suki" (Japanese: どう見ても好き)
Kōki OnoueMayumi MoritaSatoshi KuwabaraAugust 21, 2021 (2021-08-21)
Rika talks to Naoya casually in class so Saki jealously insists he stay by her side, though Naoya mistakenly believes Saki is just lonely. While escaping Rika, they are forced to change for PE in the same room. Nagisa lures Rika to the roof with the photo she kept proving Milika is a student at the school, allowing Saki and Naoya to escape. Later, Nagisa admits to being jealous Saki and Naoya got to be close all day. Saki offers to leave them alone so they can cuddle, but Naoya insists she stays to watch. Saki is surprised watching makes her excited and wonders if she might have an NTR fetish, so she punishes Naoya. Rika continues to talk with Naoya, who starts to suspect Rika might have a crush on him. The girls, happy Naoya is so dense, convince him Rika is probably in heat and after any available man. Naoya is mistakenly convinced this happens to all women and offers himself to Saki and Nagisa should they encounter the same problem. Naoya apologizes to Rika for thinking she had a crush on him, embarrassing her in class, so she drags him away for a private talk.
9"The Tsun's Dere Gets Outed"
Transcription: "Tsun no Dere ga Bare" (Japanese: ツンのデレがバレ)
Shigeru FukaseKazuhiko InukaiMinami Nashida
Satoshi Kuwabara
August 28, 2021 (2021-08-28)[g]
Naoya explains why he thought Rika liked him when really she was just in heat, causing her to become furious at the obvious lie and at Naoya for believing it. In the end, she claims to just have a cold. Naoya explains that if she did like him, he would still turn her down so as not to upset Saki or Nagisa. Rika stubbornly tells Naoya she likes him in front of the whole class then drags him to the gym storeroom where she reveals her plan, to keep flirting with him until he falls in love with her. However, when he keeps on refusing, she snaps and kisses him before running away. Another girl from the class overhears this from outside the storeroom. Saki and Nagisa are depressed Rika kissed Naoya first, but Saki decides it was not a real kiss since it was a surprise with no emotion, so when she kisses Naoya it will be the real first kiss. Naoya is confused about everything so he apologizes and suggests a fresh start by going on a date, something they have all been too busy to do yet, so Saki demands a hot spring date.
10"Can't Wait for the Hot Springs"
Transcription: "Onsen Tanoshimi" (Japanese: 温泉楽しみ)
Fumio MaezonoMayumi MoritaTakashi Kamei
Satoshi Kuwabara
September 4, 2021 (2021-09-04)[g]
The other girl, Shino Kiryū, tries to talk to Naoya but Saki prevents it. While Naoya, Saki, and Nagisa are out shopping for the hot spring date, they are followed by Rika. Nagisa wonders if she should try to kiss Naoya, but when she sees how much Rika kissing Naoya has stressed Saki out, she decides to support her instead. Rika soon learns about the date. Shino is determined to find out if Naoya is two-timing Saki. The trio head to Hakone where Naoya decides they will do everything they cannot do in their hometown, so he holds both Saki and Nagisa's hands at the same time. Saki suspects they might have sex during the trip. They find Rika is already at their hotel, as is Shino who confirms Naoya is two-timing Saki with Nagisa. However, Nagisa blackmails Rika with her Milika photo into pretending she came with her and not with Naoya. When Naoya learns about Nagisa's self-sacrificing plan, he is unwilling to leave her out of the date, sneaks onto the roof and asks that she join him and Saki, but she refuses. Now inadvertently alone with Rika, she decides to seduce him.
11"Hot Spring Tropes"
Transcription: "Onsen de Arigachi na Koto" (Japanese: 温泉でありがちなこと)
Yuri UemaKeiichirō ŌchiSatoshi KuwabaraSeptember 11, 2021 (2021-09-11)
Rika is shocked their kiss did not make Naoya obsessed with her and decides to just have a normal conversation. Their talk abruptly ends when Rika's towel accidentally falls off. As Naoya flees, he falls into the women's hot spring where Shino is bathing. After getting over her embarrassment, she demands to know if he is cheating on her friend Saki. Naoya tries to flee so she grabs him, causing him to fall and her towel to come loose. Saki and Nagisa enter the hot spring at that moment and see Shino on top of Naoya. While Saki is frustrated, Nagisa realizes what probably happened and takes a photo to blackmail Shino. Shino flees and Saki punishes Naoya. Nagisa tries to leave them alone, having promised to support Saki, but Naoya refuses to leave her out. They are caught by other hotel guests so Naoya is punished again. Saki tells Nagisa she does not have to put herself aside so much and Nagisa explains she is used to having to work extra hard just to be average, which is why she is happy Naoya accepted her and is happy with their current relationship.
12"Girlfriend, Girlfriend"
Transcription: "Kanojo mo Kanojo" (Japanese: カノジョも彼女)
Kimiharu MutōKeiichirō ŌchiSatoshi KuwabaraSeptember 18, 2021 (2021-09-18)
Nagisa explains the first time she saw Naoya, she instantly fell in love with him and devoted herself to becoming his ideal woman. Naoya overhears this and tells her to stop holding back. Embarrassed he heard everything, Nagisa flees. Shino bumps into Rika and when Nagisa, Naoya and Saki run past, they join the chase. Nagisa insists she has to stay subordinate to Saki or their whole relationship will fail. Saki, Rika, and Shino fall back from exhaustion so Nagisa and Naoya continue without them. Naoya eventually catches her and insists that whatever problems occur, he will fix it. The others catch up and Nagisa admits to Shino she is also dating Naoya. Saki accepts this and happily declares they are now rivals for the position of senior girlfriend before they flee from Shino and Rika and finally begin enjoying their vacation. Later, Shino criticizes Naoya for two-timing and Saki for accepting it, but is shocked when Naoya reveals he plans to tell Saki's mother, though Saki furiously forbids this. Shino decides to somehow split them up for Saki's sake and thus is furious to learn that Rika also loves Naoya and accuses him of being a three-timer.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Her full name contains the same reading but not the same kanji in writing.
  2. ^ a b MBS listed the series premiere at 26:25 on July 2, 2021, which is July 3 at 2:25 a.m.[31]
  3. ^ All English titles are taken from Crunchyroll.[38]
  4. ^ This episode aired at 2:40 a.m. JST, 15 minutes after the original air time.
  5. ^ a b This episode aired at 2:35 a.m. JST, 10 minutes after the original air time.
  6. ^ This episode aired at 3:00 a.m. JST, 35 minutes after the original air time.
  7. ^ a b This episode aired at 2:30 a.m. JST, 5 minutes after the original air time.

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