Kuronuma Sawako is often misunderstood and feared by others for resembling a horror movie character. She enters her new high school hoping that she can make new friends. Her chance comes when she volunteers to be a ghost for a school activity.
Rumors are circulating about Sawako's friends, Ayane and Chizuru. It is said that Sawako started these rumors, but she is unaware that anything is going on at all. When approached about it, Sawako hesitates in her response.
The group is plagued by questions. Did Sawako start these rumors? Why would she do that? Who could really be responsible? No answers are in sight and Sawako shrinks back into her old ways-quiet and alone.
Sawako is invited to hang out with friends for the first time ever. She meets up with Ayane and Chizuru, and then spend some time at Ryuu's place. Kazehaya is invited over and everyone has a wonderful time.
Sawako finds herself unable to avoid Kurumi, who pops up around every corner to offer support or ask for something. An unfamiliar feeling surrounds Sawako and Kazehaya, who grow too flustered to speak with one another like they used to.
Kurumi's ultimate plan backfires, as Kazehaya pulls Sawako away in private when he finds her alone with Ryuu. The misunderstanding is cleared up instantly, but the feelings stirring within both Sawako and Kazehaya only get more confusing.
The girls confront Kurumi, who has done everything in her power to pull Kazehaya away from Sawako and toward herself. Despite admitting to it all, Sawako forgives Kurumi and continues to treat her like a friend.
Sawako is invited to a group get-together on a day off. She is inundated with wonderful memories of that evening, having pictures taken, singing karaoke, and-though she was not aware of it-falling asleep on Kazehaya's shoulder.
Sawako joins Chizuru on a shopping trip where Chizuru buys an out-of-character feminine outfit. When asked, she talks about the boy she likes. Sawako, thinking it is Ryuu, gives her some advice. But the truth is a bit more complicated...
Sawako finds herself once again over at Chizuru's house, where the group has gathered together for a night of fun. Suddenly, Ryuu's older brother, Tooru, arrives. Excited to see her crush, Chizuru leaps into his arms. And then she sees the girl...
Both Sawako and Ayane are at a loss. How can they console their friend? Kazehaya says that doing nothing is the best thing, but is he right? How can Ryuu and Chizuru make up after such a bitter argument?
Tooru returns, and he wants to speak with Chizuru. He takes her on a long walk, past places they both remember from their youth, and he makes certain she is all right with his decision before leaving. Ryuu finds her at just the right time.
It's time for the Christmas party! However, Sawako promised her family to celebrate with them. Her anxiety clearly visible, Sawako's parents reluctantly let their daughter go meet her friends. But not before her father gives her her present-a cell phone!
With the new year approaching, the group makes some plans to visit a local shrine together. New Year's Day also happens to be Sawako's birthday, so to celebrate, Chizuru and Ayane prepare a makeover session for Sawako in order to floor Kazehaya.
The group decided to go to the local shrine "together" on New Year's Eve, but when Kazehaya and Sawako show up, the rest of the group mysteriously vanishes! What follows is an awkward, but heartwarming, first date.
The date continues at the shrine. Sawako and Kazehaya begin to tell one another about their past, about themselves, and about many other things. After their first year of knowing one another, Sawako is certain what she feels is love.
Sawako stayed up late making chocolate for her friends...and for Kazehaya. When she sees him receiving chocolates from others as obligatory "thank-you" gifts, she is worried hers would be seen the same way. Kurumi taunts her, and Sawako hesitates.
Ever since Valentine's Day, a palpable rift has formed between Sawako and Kazehaya. Neither seem entirely sure why it is there, but they have trouble communicating as openly as they had been. Ayane and Chizuru try to intervene, but...
Kazehaya confides in Ryuu, while a new boy in class begins to flirt openly with Sawako. Realizing that such a pretty girl could get scooped up by another boy, Kazehaya tries to confront her as well as Kento.
Sawako's friends have words with Kazehaya, who seems to be making every wrong move. He is told that he is the "farthest away" from Sawako, and that he should lay off her or else other girls will grow jealous. Ayane gives Sawako some valuable advice.
Misunderstandings abound as Kazehaya aggressively confronts Kento, who he believes made Sawako cry. Kazehaya and Sawako share a moment that becomes yet another misunderstanding that crushes her self-esteem.
The misunderstanding builds as both Kazehaya and Sawako believe they rejected one another's confessions. Sawako seeks comfort in Kurumi, who tells her that she didn't even put up a fight for Kazehaya. These words resonate deeply inside Sawako.
Support comes in unexpected forms, as both Kento and Kurumi give advice to Sawako and Kazehaya. It spurs Sawako on to take action. As she runs to find her crush, all she can think about is finally letting her feelings out.
Sawako and Kazehaya go to karaoke with a group of friends. It turns out to be their first true date, and before the night ends, both of them want to make sure they're on the same page. But what do they both want to make clear?
Sawako has conquered the rumors and obstacles that stood between her and the boy she loves. She tells Kurumi what happened, and the two come to an understanding. Kazehaya and Sawako meet up outside of school for a day together, all alone...