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January 5th, Tuesday 1999Edit
Nayuki meets up with Kaori at the cinema.
January 6th, Wednesday 1999 (Prologue)Edit
Yuichi arrives in town and meets up with Nayuki.
Nayuki rings Kaori.
January 7th, Thursday 1999Edit
Yuichi wakes up in Nayuki's house. Nayuki can't find her uniform and Yuichi helps her find it. Nayuki goes to school for a club meeting. Later, she shows Yuichi around the town. While Nayuki is shopping for Akiko, Ayu bumps into him. She tells him that someone is after her and takes him to a nearby cafe. After Ayu leaves, Yuichi returns to the shopping center, where Nayuki is waiting. After dinner, Yuichi borrows an alarm clock from Nayuki.
- Yuichi mentions that his possessions were being sent to the house by a moving company, which in Japan can send items to people who move within one or two days.
- Yuichi tells Nayuki to dry her uniform under a kotatsu, a low wooden table with the frame sitting upon a futon or blanket, housing a heat source underneath.
- When Yuichi describes his ability to cook, he claims that he added sauce to yakisoba without draining it first.
- Ayu steals Taiyaki from The Old Man From the Taiyaki Shop.
January 8th, Friday 1999Edit
Yuichi wakes Nayuki up. They have breakfast before leaving for school; Yuichi's first day at his new school. Arriving at school, Nayuki is approached by Kaori. She introduces herself to Yuichi. He is shown to his class by Mr. Ishibashi. Yuichi introduces himself and finds out that Nayuki and Kaori are in the same class. He sits next to Nayuki. As class finishes, Kaori says she will visit her club before heading home and Nayuki has club activities. Yuichi tries to leave the school but gets lost, meeting up with Kaori. She guides him to the school entrance, telling him that she has never seen Nayuki as happy as she was when Yuichi entered the classroom. Kaori goes in the opposite direction and Yuichi goes to the shopping district, again meeting Ayu. She is running from the Taiyaki shop owner again. The two run to a park, where Ayu reveals that she knew Yuichi seven years ago and that he had kept his promise to her. Ayu tries to hug Yuichi but he dodges and she crashes into a tree. This causes snow to fall on a girl, who is on the other side of the tree. They talk for a while before Ayu and Yuichi leave after asking the girl where the shopping center is. At the shopping center Ayu leaves and Yuichi returns home. Yuichi goes to sleep and dreams about going shopping with Nayuki seven years ago. At the shopping district, Yuichi waits for Nayuki and is bumped into by Ayu. Yuichi drags her away after she cries because of the impression on the crowd that he is bullying her.
- Nayuki tells Yuichi that they can build a kamakura, an artificial snow cave built in the Kamakura festival in Akita Prefecture.
- Nayuki also says that they can make mochi, rice cakes made from glutinous rice, inside the kamakura.
- Ayu notes that the day before she stole Koshian (漉し餡), where the paste has been passed through a sieve to remove bean skins, and that today she has taken Tsubuan (粒餡), where the paste is untreated.
- Seven years ago, Nayuki says that Yuichi will swallow a thousand needles for lying; this is a reference to the oath that is sometimes taken during pinky promises.
January 9th, Saturday 1999Edit
Yuichi wakes up and has breakfast before going to school with Nayuki. They talk with Kaori before class starts. As lessons start, Jun offers to let Yuichi borrow his textbooks. During class, Nayuki falls asleep while Yuichi and Jun notice a girl standing still outside. Nayuki wakes up after class and Yuichi promises to walk home with her. Two hours later, the girl is still outside, causing Yuichi to run out of the classroom after the last session of the school day but before homeroom. He meets the girl, who is the same girl as the other day. She tells him that she is a student and has bad health. They both introduce themselves, the girl introducing herself as Shiori Misaka. They talk some more before Shiori leaves and Yuichi goes to the school entrance, where Kaori tells him that Nayuki is waiting for him in the classroom. As Yuichi and Nayuki walk home, Nayuki is upset but Yuichi calms her down by buying her a sundae. As they return home, Akiko in about to leave to go shopping. Yuichi offers to go and Akiko gives him her purse, telling him to buy whatever food he wants. While he shops, Yuichi feels someone is following him. When he leaves the shopping centre, the person following him waits under a sheet. The person takes the sheet off, revealing themselves to be a long, orange-haired girl. She tells him that she won't forgive him, leaving him puzzled. She tries to punch him but he easily dodges. She then says she is hungry before losing consciousness and Yuichi carries her away from the crowd that is watching. He returns to the Minase Residence with the unconscious girl, where a room is set up for her. At 1 a.m in the morning, Yuichi finds someone going through the fridge. He opens a pack of konnyaku and drops the contents down their neck. The person screams, waking Akiko and Nayuki, which reveals to Yuichi that the one who screamed was the girl. Akiko then prepare food for everyone. Yuichi tries to get the girl's address before going to bed.
- Yuichi tells Nayuki that people often go to school while eating toast in manga.
- Akiko goes shopping because she has no food in the fridge for okazu, a word meaning a side dish to accompany rice.
- When Yuichi finds the girl looking in the fridge, he opens a packet of konnyaku and drops it down her neck.
- Akiko makes the girl chazuke, a dish made by pouring green tea, dashi, or hot water over cooked rice roughly in the same proportion as milk over cereal, usually with savoury toppings.
January 10th, Sunday 1999Edit
Yuichi wakes up at 7.30 p.m after setting his alarm for school and meets Akiko in the dining room, before going back to sleep. He wakes up at 12 and sees the girl and Nayuki in the dining room. Nayuki tells Yuichi that the girl can't remember anything about herself, which Yuichi doesn't believe. He says she planned to infiltrate the house after running away from home and criticizes the girls amnesia before Akiko and Nayuki tell him to stop. The girl leaves and Nayuki and Yuichi later go to see her in her room. The three talk, with the girl saying she will stay until she gets her memory back and that the only think she remembers is that she used to know and hate Yuichi. Later, Nayuki goes to sleep and Yuichi and Akiko go shopping for rice. After buying the rice, Ayu approaches them and she introduces herself to Akiko. Akiko seems to remember Ayu from a long time ago. Ayu goes home with them to help Yuichi with unpacking. As they begin unpacking, Yuichi carries all of his boxes up to his room but finds Ayu reading one of his manga. They finish up and have cake in the dining room before Ayu leaves. The girl announces to everyone that she remembers her name; Makoto Sawatari. Yuichi later wakes up in his sleep and finds Makoto sneaking in his room with konnyaku. Yuichi scares her and makes her eat the konnyaku. Akiko arrives and takes Makoto away for some food. Yuichi goes back to sleep.
- Makoto Sawatari (named)
- Yuichi suggest a name for the girl; Kyouko Satsumura (殺村凶子), while literally means "the evil child who killed a whole village".
- Ayu says she has a "nekojita" (cat's tongue), meaning she can't eat hot foods or drinks.
January 11th, Monday 1999Edit
Yuichi wakes up. Makoto has a stomachache because of the konnyaku. At school, Yuichi, Nayuki, Kaori and Jun go to the school cafeteria. After school, while Nayuki has club activities, Yuichi goes to the shopping district to buy a CD and finds Ayu. Ayu says she is trying to find something she lost but can't remember what it is. They look for a while before they separate and Yuichi heads home. Nayuki wants her notebook back but Yuichi left it at school. Ina scenario, Yuichi gets the book and as he is leaving, he sees a mysterious girl with a sword. Yuichi is flung into the wall by an invisible demon before the girl cuts it down. She tells him that she is a hunter of evil spirits. Yuichi returns home and goes to bed before Makoto tries a prank on him with a can of insecticide, but he reverses it. Going back to bed, Yuichi dreams of seven years ago, when Ayu is crying in front of him in the shopping district. She doesn't talk but is hungry and Yuichi goes to buy her Taiyaki. They promise to meet again the next day at the station. Yuichi goes back to the shopping center, where Nayuki is waiting.
- Mai Kawasumi (unnamed)
- At the cafeteria, Jun wants to eat Oyakodon, a donburi, or Japanese rice bowl dish, in which chicken, egg, sliced scallion (or sometimes regular onions), and other ingredients are all simmered together in a sauce and then served on top of a large bowl of rice.
- Ayu suggests to Yuichi that they could do a fingertip search, where multiple people search closely on their hands and knees.
- While talking of the search for Ayu's lost thing, Yuichi references the legendary buried treasure of Tokugawa Ieyasu.
- In his room, Yuichi is eating a Nikuman, a steamed yeast bun with a meat filling.
January 12th, Tuesday 1999Edit
Yuichi and Nayuki run to school like always. The first class is P.E. and Yuichi and the boys had to run a marathon. As Nayuki buys food in the cafeteria, Yuichi walks back to the classroom alone when he sees the mysterious girl with the sword from the previous day, looking out the window. He tries to converse with her before they are approached by another girl, who asks Yuichi if the three of them could have lunch together. They go to the stairs leading to the roof and have lunch there, introducing themselves. When Yuichi returns to the classroom, Nayuki calls him a liar again, as he promised to wait in the classroom for her.
After school, while walking to the shopping centre, Yuichi meets Makoto, who wants to buy tofu. He asks her to go to the bookstore and buy him some pornographic magazines, as she doesn't know what they are. At the shopping center, he meets Ayu. He helps her search for the thing she lost until it's night time. At the Minase Residence, Yuichi reads until Makoto returns, not buying the magazine after finding out its contents. At dinner, Yuichi finds out that Makoto didn't buy tofu either and had actually bought manga. In his room, Yuichi remembers Mai standing by herself at the school the other day.
Yuichi goes back to school and sees Mai again in the hallway. He gives her some onigiri he bought. She eats it when something enters the hallway. Mai pins it to the wall before it is revealed to be Makoto wearing a white curtain, trying to scare Yuichi. He leaves with Makoto to return home. As he wakes up, Yuichi hears something outside his door. Makoto tries to scare him again, but fails. She has scissors and cuts a bit out of his exercise book, on a page of equations he had just finished.
Yuichi again dreams of seven years ago, where he is with Ayu at the station. She thanks him for the previous day and the two go to the shopping district. Ayu is less sad and they eat Taiyaki together. Ayu asks Yuichi if he loves his mother and he says yes before revealing that her mother had passed away. As they go home, they pinky promise to meet again.
- Nayuki tells Yuichi that the name of her large frog plush toy is Keropi, a generic name for frog plushes that likely originates from the character of the same name created by Sanrio.
- Yuichi, Sayuri and Mai eat from boxes of bento.
- During lunch, Mai wants Yuichi's tamagoyaki.
January 13th, Wednesday 1999Edit
Yuichi wakes up. At breakfast, Nayuki abruptly finishes when Akiko mentions her special jam. Yuichi tries it before going to school with Nayuki. At lunch time, Yuichi goes to the roof for lunch with Mai and Sayuri.
After school it snows heavily, and Yuichi runs home. Later, he again meets Mai at the school before returning home. As he goes to bed, Makoto tries another prank on him with a lighter
January 14th, Thursday 1999Edit
Yuichi wakes Nayuki and they leave for school early. On the way, Nayuki sees a stray cat and Yuichi stops her from cuddling it because she is allergic. Yuichi then leaves for the store while Nayuki continues to school. Yuichi buys something to prank Makoto when he meets Ayu. Yuichi talks with her before going to school. He arrives at the same time as Kaori before Nayuki arrives. She arrived later than Yuichi because she was looking for the stray cat. In class, Yuichi writes a résumé for Makoto, filling it out by making things up for her education and background information. At lunchtime, Yuichi goes to the roof but Sayuri and Mai are not there. After school, while Nayuki looks for something she left behind, Yuichi sees Sayuri in the hallway. She says that Mai is in the staff room for breaking a window.
Mai comes out of the staff room and walks away. Sayuri follows. At the school entrance he sees Kaori. Nayuki arrives and she and Yuichi go shopping. The two go to the Hyakkaya café, where Nayuki has a strawberry sundae. They then go to the CD store Yuichi was looking for, where Yuichi buys CDs. As they return home, Makoto is about to leave to buy Nikuman. Yuichi stops her and tells her to read his jobs magazine, convincing her to to phone a manga cafe to have an interview for the waitress vacancy. She will have the interview at ten o'clock tomorrow morning. After dinner, Yuichi returns to the school and meets Mai. He asks if she can defeat all the demons and she says yes. He gives her an assorted sushi pack and returns home. In his room, Makoto waits in the wardrobe to prank him. She drops something slimy on his face.
- Nayuki tells Yuichi that the next day is Coming of Age Day, which is held in order to congratulate and encourage all those who have reached the age of majority (20 years old) over the past year, and to help them realize that they have become adults. In 1999, Coming of Age Day was on January 15th. It is a public holiday, meaning no school.
- Yuichi mentions the Japanese sales tax, which is 5%.
- When Yuichi gives her sushi, Mai wants to eat Ootoro, the fattiest, most expensive, cut of tuna. The best Yuichi gets form the supermarket sushi is Negitoro, moderately fatty tuna, chopped and mixed with negi. Mai later wants to eat Ikura roll, which is a sushi with salmon roe.
January 15th, Friday 1999 (Coming of Age Day)Edit
Yuichi wakes up with the slimy thing, tofu, still on his face. He has breakfast when he sees Ayu already eating. Akiko had invited her. After breakfast, Ayu leaves for the shopping district to find the thing she lost. Yuichi is bored and goes back to sleep. He wakes up at 4 p.m. to find that Akiko and Nayuki have left to go shopping.
Yuichi leaves the house and wanders to the shopping district and sees Ayu before she leaves. Yuichi goes back home and after dinner, sees Makoto leaving. She's been ignoring him so he asks how the job interview was. She failed the interview because she fell asleep. Akiko talks to her friend who runs a nursery, and Makoto is to go to work there the next day. Later, Yuichi tries to do his homework but fails and goes to the school to meet Mai. He gives her Gyūdon. They eat before Mai runs off to face the demons. Yuichi holds the Gyūdon for Mai and runs the other way before getting attacked. He escapes from the demon before dropping the Gyūdon. He meets up with Mai, who attacks the demon before it gets away. Yuichi goes to clean up the Gyūdon he spilled. When he comes back to the corridor, Mai is gone. Yuichi then returns home. He is about to have a bath when he finds out that Makoto filled the tub with Miso soup. Yuichi goes to sleep before waking up to go to the toilet. On the way he bumps into Makoto, who is in front of his room holding a pack of noodles. He tells her to put it back in the fridge. Later, she drops it on his face.
Yuichi dreams of seven years ago, where he lead Ayu to his secret place, a huge tree in the middle of clearing in the forest. She tells him to turn his back to her until she says he can turn around. When she does, she has climbed the tree. When she is back on the ground after telling him to look away again, they talk.
- At breakfast, Ayu eats shibazuke, mixed vegetables which are chopped and pickled with salt.
- Yuichi eats shiozake, salted salmon.
- Yuichi gives Mai Gyūdon, a bowl of rice topped with beef and onion simmered in a mildly sweet sauce flavored with dashi (fish and seaweed stock), soy sauce and mirin.
- When Yuichi thinks of foods Mai can eat with one hand, he thinks of Mitarashi dango.
- Makoto fills the bathtub with Miso soup.
January 16th, Saturday 1999Edit
Yuichi wakes up and at the dining table, he and Akiko find that Nayuki has slept there all night. Yuichi wakes her by shaking pepper in her face. Still half-asleep, Yuichi tells her that they are going to school. Nayuki wakes up outside of her house in her school uniform. She is hungry but Yuichi says that she has eaten breakfast, something she had been dreaming about. They walk before he leaves Nayuki to meet Sayuri and Mai. At the school, there is a confrontation between a Stray Dog and a P.E. teacher with a metal bat, but Mai is missing. He finds her making a snow rabbit. They return to Sayuri and she tells them that the teacher has been bitten. Mai approaches the dog with a shovel and beats it down before telling Sayuri to give it her bento. After the half-day of school finishes, Nayuki leaves to join her club.
Yuichi goes to the roof to have lunch with Sayuri and Mai before going home. Makoto tells him that her job went well. Later, he sees Makoto staring out the window. He advises that she go to bed because she doesn't look well but she leaves to read manga. Yuichi then goes back to school to meet Mai. He tells her to smile sometimes because he heard some students' negative impression of her during the stray dog incident.
Yuichi returns home and goes to sleep.
- Yuichi gives Mai Makizushi, traditional cylindrical sushi with rice wrapped in nori.
- He also gives her Nattō.
January 17th, Sunday 1999Edit
Yuichi wakes up and goes to have breakfast, with Ayu again already eating at the table. The two decide to go to the cinema to watch a movie at 5 p.m. and are to meet at the station. Ayu goes home and Yuichi reads magazines until lunch. Yuichi starts to worry about Makoto, who still hasn't woken up. He goes in her room but she isn't there. Yuichi reads magazines before its time to leave for the station for the movie. He meets Ayu at the station and they head for the cinema without knowing what movie they are to watch. At the cinema. Ayu is petrified to find out that they will watch a horror movie. Yuichi is disappointed in the movie but Ayu covers her head with her coat from fear. They leave the building when the movie finishes, but Ayu follows Yuichi as he heads home because she is scared of the dark. She works up the courage and goes home. Yuichi goes home before leaving for the school. Mai is not there but comes when he yells that he has food. They are attacked by a demon but it flees from Mai's attack. Yuichi goes home. Makoto hasn't been back all day and Akiko has cleaned up her room. They think she has regained her memory and returned to her parents' house.
- Nayuki is fascinated at Akiko's homemade naruto in her ramen.
January 18th, Monday 1999Edit
Yuichi wakes up, waking Nayuki by asking her for her measurements. While the two walk to school, they talk about Akiko's job, which even Nayuki doesn't know about. Yuichi leaves Nayuki for Mai and Sayuri. Mai is answering with "honey-bear" for yes because of a joke Yuichi made the previous day. During class, Yuichi thinks about how to make Mai more popular. At lunch, he gives Mai a children's traffic warden flag so that she can carry it after school. After school, Mai stands at the front of the school with the flag, though there aren't any children, but she helps an old woman. He asks Nayuki how to make a girl look cute and she shows him a poster for the school ball. He shows Mai and Sayuri the poster, but the two don't have dresses. Yuichi thinks about how to get dresses, as the ball is in two days. At 8 p.m. Yuichi returns to the school to meet Mai. Another demon attacks. but it escapes from Mai.
Yuichi thinks he is a hindrance but Mai doesn't mind his presence. Yuichi returns home and sleeps.
- When Mai says "honey-bear", Yuichi wants to celebrate with Sekihan, sticky rice steamed with azuki beans.
- Yuichi gives Mai Mont Blanc, a dessert of puréed, sweetened chestnuts topped with whipped cream.
January 19th, Tuesday 1999Edit
Yuichi goes to school and meets Mai and Sayuri on the way. Sayuri asks if she and Yuichi can meet after first period. They meet and Sayuri tells him that she can get dresses from her friend and convinces hims to go to the ball with her and Mai. The afternoon classes have been cancelled in preparation for the ball, but Yuichi still goes to have lunch with Sayuri and Mai. He then goes home before returning to the school at night. He gives Mai natto. They eat before the demons approach.
Mai loses her sword and fights with her chopsticks until Yuichi is able to retrieve her sword. He throws it up and Mai is able to regain it and wound the demon. Mai is covered in natto. Yuichi goes home.
January 20th, Wednesday 1999Edit
Yuichi meets Sayuri and Mai on the way to school. Sayuri makes a joke about Mai and Yuichi looking like a couple, causing Mai to hit her on the head. Yuichi goes to have lunch with them. Sayuri is to come to his class to get him. After the lesson, Yuichi tries to leave as fast as possible, but Kitagawa catches him and makes him do the cleaning duty, which Yuichi is assigned to. As Yuichi appears, Sayuri arrives and begins cleaning too, introducing herself to Nayuki. Mai is also in the classroom, getting rid of a centipede. Yuichi, Sayuri and Mai go to the sports hall, which is the location of the ball. At the ball, Yuichi doesn't recognize Mai at first because of her dress. He dances with Mai with everyone watching. Sayuri approaches, applauding their dance, before it is her turn to dance with Yuichi. Mai reject offers to dance from other male students because she will only dance with Yuichi. Mai tells Yuichi that the demons are at the ball. Sayuri is knocked unconscious by a demon, causing Mai to go wild. When she stops, a male student yells that she won't get off easy. Sayuri is only lightly hurt; and they go home.
- Kuze (voice only, unnamed)
- Yuichi notes that Mai hitting Sayuri on the head is like a tsukkomi in Japanese comedies.
- At the ball, Yuichi notices that there is Schauessen, a brand of sausage similar to a frankfurter or wiener.
January 21st, Thursday 1999Edit
Sayuri doesn't attend school the next day and Mai is attending the last day of school before she is expelled. Yuichi wonders if he loved Mai or not. After school, Mai is at the gate, and he tells her that he was stupid for trying to make her more popular. It would never have worked because of Mai's unsociable personality. As she is leaving, Yuichi confesses his love for her. At home, he thinks of Mai in his room. He thinks Mai might be back at the school but he doesn't go because of the promise he made; he won't see her until she is reinstated to the school. He goes to bed.
January 22nd, Friday 1999Edit
On the way to school, Yuichi meets Sayuri and they start thinking about how to get Mai back in school. He meets Sayuri for lunch and they talk about different plans. Yuichi tells her of the plan he thought up in class; storming the staff room and taking the teachers hostage. He thinks that won't work so suggests a petition. Yuichi and Sayuri meet after he gets five names on the petition. They end the day with a lot of names on the petition, but Sayuri explains that it doesn't mean much without signatures from the student council, the organizers of the ball and most likely the ones that got Mai expelled. Even so, they go to the student council room. Sayuri tells Yuichi that they mainly have to convince Kuze, the head of the student council, who she only knows about from her father knowing his father. When they arrive at the room, Sayuri goes in alone. Yuichi listens in but hears Kuze reject the signing.
Yuichi enters the room and argues with Kuze. Yuichi goes up to Kuze and he backs up into the wall. Yuichi grabs Kuze's shirt before he is threatened with expulsion along with Mai. Yuichi is about to punch Kuze when Sayuri tells him to stop. Kuze leaves. Sayuri is upset about losing Yuichi as well so he promises to not cause trouble. They try a few more councils and staffs, but are met with curt dismissal.
- Kuze (named)
January 23rd, Saturday 1999Edit
Yuichi goes out early and looks at the sky. On the way to school he meets Sayuri, but they are both depressed and don't talk, though they do promise to meet for lunch. After the Saturday half-school of classes finishes, Yuichi goes to eat lunch with Sayuri. At the roof, Mai is already waiting, leaving Yuichi shocked. The school has let her come back. As he is leaving, Yuichi is stopped by a third-year girl who talked to Sayuri during the petition the other day. She asks why Sayuri is friendly with the student council now, seeing as she was the first person to stand up to them and the face of an anti-student council movement. Yuichi leaves the girl after figuring out that Sayuri joined the council so Mai could come back. Outside, Kuze is holding a large meeting outside and announces Sayuri as their newest member. Yuichi goes to the front of the crowd and tells her that Kuze is using her, but she is okay with it. Yuichi looks at it like Sayuri sacrificed herself to get Mai back, like what Yuichi almost did when he was about to punch Kuze the day before. Mai joins Yuichi at the front and tells Kuze that she won't forgive him if he makes Sayuri sad after gouging her own face. With Kuze and the crowd shocked, Sayuri and Yuichi follow Mai, who has left. In the council room, Mai explains that Sayuri was forced to enter the council because her father is in the Diet before she and Mai met, but resigned because she was the only one defending Mai when she broke windows. Yuichi figures out that Mai was bait to get Sayuri back in the council, as they lost power and face after such a powerful person's daughter left. When Mai got in trouble the first time, Sayuri defended her and lied that they were best friends. Afterwards, they really became best friends. They talk some more before it gets dark, with Yuichi asking Mai to wear her ball dress again. Yuichi meets Mai and gives her food. Mai tells him that she wants him near her and needs him for bait. After an hour, Mai announces that the demons aren't coming. Yuichi goes home.
- Mai reveals that Sayuri's father is a member of the Diet, Japan's legislative body.
- Yuichi gives Mai senbei, Japanese rice crackers.
January 24th, Sunday 1999Edit
Yuichi goes to the attic to search for something to use against the demons. He finds a bokken. In his room, Yuichi spends the day practicing with the sword. Nayuki comes in and tells him not to hurt anybody, not understanding the situation he is in. At night he goes to the school and meets Mai. Mai goes to fight the demon. She drops her sword. Yuichi acts as a decoy, just barely escaping the demon, before Mai retrieves the sword and kills the demon. Mai reveals that the demon had been wounded before; if it was at full strength, Yuichi would have been seriously hurt. She also reveals that there are only four demons left.
- In the Minase Residence attic, Yuichi finds a bokken, a wooden sword used in Kendo and Kenjutsu practice.
January 25th, Monday 1999Edit
Yuichi meets Sayuri and Mai on the way to school. At the end of class, Nayuki gives Yuichi what she thinks will make a girl look cute. At lunch, Yuichi goes to eat lunch with Sayuri and Mai. Only Mai is there; Sayuri already went home because she felt sick.
Yuichi and Mai go to the cafeteria, but Yuichi starts to have doubts because of the people watching them and getting wrong impressions. He tries to get Mai to leave but she has already ordered Gyūdon. As they eat, Mai reveals that she used to go to the cafeteria in her first year before meeting Sayuri. In her first year, Mai was with a stray dog and was feeding it her hand. Sayuri had given the dog her lunch and she and Mai then went to the cafeteria for the first time together and eaten Gyūdon. Yuichi wishes he could have met the two in his first-year and now wants to eat Gyūdon instead of his sandwich. In class, Yuichi breaks his pencil lead and ends up not taking notes. Later, during the club perios, Yuichi goes to the back of the high school building and practices with the bokken. Mai throws a bucket at him and he is unable to dodge. She also throws a basin and it hits him on the head. Yuichi goes home before returning to the school at night. Two demons attack them, Mai goes after one while the other is behind Yuichi. The two attack one demon each. Yuichi fights it and survives long enough for Mai to intervene. The two demons escape.
- As Yuichi thinks of eating the same food as Sayuri and Mai had in their first-year, he thinks he would have eaten nirareba-don if they had eaten it. Nirareba-don is rice topped with liver and nira (garlic chives).
- Yuichi breaks the lead of his pencil and looks for a spare, as most Japanese syudents use mechanical pencils.
- Yuichi compares the fight between Mai and the demon to Daruma-otoshi, a game involving the daruma doll, where the objective is to knock the bottom piece of a cylindrical tower of wooden bricks with disturbing the top one.
January 26th, Tuesday 1999Edit
Yuichi meets Mai and Sayuri on the way to school. Sayuri says she left bento for Mai the previous day but Mai had fed it to a dog. Yuichi goes to eat lunch with Sayuri and Mai. In a misunderstanding with Yuichi, Mai get Gyūdon for the three, on top of the bento that Sayuri already prepared for them. At the end of the next class, Yuichi finds a notebook full of pornographic drawings in his desk.
Yuichi reads the book until the end of class. The student who made the prank comes to get his book back. Nayuki asks Yuichi to help with shopping but he says he is busy. Outside, Yuichi practices with the bokken. He talks aloud about a wild boar in case Mai is watching. Something is thrown at him and he strikes it with the sword. It was a fire extinguisher. As he reenters the school, he meets Sayuri, who is looking for Mai. After school, he goes to the shopping district, where he is confronted by Ayu. She tells him she found what she was looking for and won't come to the shopping district anymore. They part ways and Yuichi returns home. At night, Yuichi goes back to the school with bananas. He tries to get Mai to slash one in mid-air but the sword is too dull. Mai goes to face a demon but it escapes. Yuichi goes to sleep.
- While Yuichi trains, he only knows how to do the basic suburi.
January 27th, Wednesday 1999Edit
Yuichi joins Mai and Sayuri on the way to school, but Mai is shy towards Yuichi. Yuichi joins the girls for lunch and tells Sayuri of the time he played shiritori with Mai a few days ago. He wonders what Sayuri and Mai do together when he isn't around.
He asks what they do and Sayuri says Mai comes over her house a lot. After class, Yuichi again goes to the quadrangle to train, wondering what Mai meant last night. She had asked him if he was watching after she made strange movements against the demon the night before.
Yuichi concludes that it was evasion that Mai was trying to point out. He then dodges another fire extinguisher thrown by Mai. Mai gets a shinai and spars with Yuichi. Yuichi is down on the ground before he gets up. Sayuri catches them training.
Mai says its too much for her. She lets Sayuri use Yuichi's bokken. They begin to spar and Mai disarms her immediately. Sayuri feels she is in the way and runs away. Mai tells Yuichi that she cares for Sayuri a lot. She says she wants to go to the zoo. Yuichi returns home before leaving again to meet Mai at school. The demons don't come and Yuichi returns home.
- Yuichi tells Sayuri about when he played shiritori with Mai.
- Mai trains Yuichi with a shinai, a bamboo sword.
January 28th, Thursday 1999Edit
As Yuichi goes to school, he meets Mai, who is waiting for him. Sayuri is on duty for the day; in charge of getting the classroom ready before school. At lunchtime, Mai is on the roof alone. Sayuri had told Mai to start eating without her. Yuichi wants to look for Sayuri but Mai thinks they will get in her way. He asks Mai for Sayuri's classroom number. Yuichi goes to her class but she isn't there. He tries asking a student and they say that Sayuri is on duty somewhere. Yuichi returns to Mai and they eat. After a class, Sayuri meets Yuichi and asks if they can go shopping for Mai's birthday present. They agree to go shopping after school. After school, the two meet and go to the shopping district. Sayuri tells Yuichi of what happened last year with her and Mai's birthdays. They split up to look for large plush toys before meeting up in half an hour's time. Sayuri eyes a giant anteater, and through the shopkeeper's story of its unpopularity, she wants to buy it, though Yuichi wanted to get the giraffe. The shopkeeper gives it to Sayuri for half-price. Yuichi goes home before going back to the school to meet Mai. They stand back-to-back and wait for the demons.
Yuichi makes farting noises with his armpit, annoying Mai. They then hear noises like a pipe breaking.
Yuichi goes to investigate. He enters the bathroom and gets trapped in by the demons. He is knocked unconscious by the demon. When he wakes, Mai is there to see if he is okay. Yuichi goes home
January 29th, Friday 1999Edit
Yuichi meets Mai and Sayuri on the way to school. He talks to Sayuri about when to give Mai the anteater plush. Sayuri says she is planning a party the coming Sunday. Yuichi goes to have lunch with the two girls. As he leaves the classroom, Yuichi runs into Sayuri, who asks for his phone number before running off. He waits for a long time for Sayuri to call before heading for the school, because he thinks Sayuri is going to meet Mai there. On the way, he then thinks he was impulsive and rings the Minase Residence with the phone booth. Nayuki tells him that he had received a call from Sayuri, which said to meet her at the school. At the school Yuichi finds Mai, who is in a state of shock from seeing Sayuri unconscious in a pool of blood. They take Sayuri to the hospital, where she is diagnosed with a cervical spine injury. Mai and Yuichi are forced to leave the hospital and head back to school. Mai thinks it's her fault and doesn't know what to do.
Yuichi makes love with Mai. When they stop, Yuichi figures out that Mai only wanted to be hurt and leaves.
January 30th, Saturday 1999Edit
Yuichi walks to school by himself. At lunchtime he goes to the roof, but Mai and Sayuri aren't there. As he walks around, he finds a crowd assembling around Mai, who is swinging her sword around and destroying things.
Yuichi confronts her and holds her face and is able to calm her by reminding her of what they and Sayuri have done. While they eat lunch, Mai claims that she will finish everything this night. At night, Yuichi returns to the school and meets Mai. She says there are only three demons left. She gives Yuichi a katana when the demons approach. Yuichi tries to attack but is flung into the wall. Yuichi runs until he is able to injure the demon, who then flees. Yuichi chases it. Mai comes and is able to kill the demon. The second demon nears and the two chase after it. Mai kills it before she slumps to the floor. She feels that her bones are rotting and her arm is turning black. Yuichi asks if they should call it a night but she says no. He carries her to the stairs leading to the roof. Mai is only able to move her right arm. She says there is only one left. To pass time before the last demon comes, Mai wants them to play shiritori. They play until the demon comes. Mai leaps down the stairs and attacks, but misses the demon. Yuichi drops his sword and goes down the stairs before the demon picks the two up and throws them around, screwing up Yuichi's arm. Mai gives Yuichi her sword and tells him to block and parry and go to the courtyard, where the two had practiced. Yuichi makes it to the courtyard. He parries the demon and throws the sword at it. The demon follows him with the sword in its body and immobilizes Yuichi. He looks up to see Mai leaping down from the top of the school. She kills the demon before falling unconscious. He carries her inside a classroom before leaving to buy Gyūdon. Yuichi returns with the food but Mai is gone because there is one demon left. Mai had lied to him about the demons' numbers. Yuichi looks for her but feels like a bullet went through his head. He sees a vision of a little girl he once knew. When the vision stops, he finds out that Mai left him because she didn't want him to see the result of the final battle; her death. He sees the wheat field that was around before the school was built. He remembers playing with the girl. When he asks if she has friends, she says no because she isn't normal; she has a strange power. She shows him the power but he thinks it's cool. He runs after the girl but can't see her because of the wheat. He then gives her a headband with bunny ears. He plays with her for two weeks before going back to his hometown. As he packs, the girl calls Yuichi and says that the demons are coming to the wheat field and that they must protect it. Yuichi doesn't believe it. She says she will wait for him, even if she has to fight by herself, before hanging up. Yuichi figures out that the girl is Mai, that she created the demons with her powers as a lie to forget about Yuichi leaving and the wheat field being bulldozed and turned into the school, and that she has been standing guard trying to protect the place where she played with her first friend; Yuichi. With the vision finished, Yuichi and the little girl find Mai in his classroom. Mai tries to attack the little girl but Yuichi gets in her way. Yuichi tells her that she has protected their place for ten years. Yuichi thinks that Mai created the demons so that he wouldn't leave. He gets the bunny ears Nayuki had given him, which is in his desk, and gives it to her. Mai puts on the eras but says there is still one demon left. Yuichi reveals himself to be the friend that left her, and says he had to leave for family reasons and not because he feared her powers. He convinces Mai to live with him and Sayuri before she runs herself through with the sword. Yuichi sees a vision of the future, of him living with Mai and Sayuri. He views his everyday life with Mai, as Sayuri goes to work every day. Yuichi returns to reality crying. He then sees Mai as a little girl in the wheat field, who asks if he likes the present Mai. He says yes. She tells him that she is the hope that there would be a person who would teach Mai to like herself. The little girl shows him a flashback of Mai with her mother in the hospital. Her mother promises her that she will take her to the zoo. One day her mother lied about feeling better and tries to get them to go to the zoo. Her mother rests on a bench outside the hospital and sleeps while Mai makes a zoo of snow bunnies. Later, Mai's mother dies but she is able to revive her because she never lost hope for her recovery. Mai was then taken to TV shows while being ostracized. They moved to the City of Snow and Mai waited in the field for the one that will accept her powers. The little girl tells Yuichi to call her Hope.
In the spring, Yuichi goes to Sayuri and Mai's graduation ceremony. He meets them and they talk. As they leave, Yuichi looks at Mai and hopes that the young girl can start her life anew.