Ninako Kinoshita has never been in love and she always wonder how would it feel to love. Though she is being pushed to Daiki, her childhood friend who has a crush on her, she’s still not sure if that is love already. They have been friends since middle school. Daiki’s parents divorced and after that, he is always depressed and Ninako is the one who always cheer him up. Also, she promised him that she will always celebrate his birthday with him every year.
Daiki’s feelings to Ninako bloomed more after entering high school. However, Ninako is still not sure if she really love Daiki as a man and not only as a friend.
While riding the train on her way home, she encounter Ren Ichinose, the very popular guy in their school. A lot of girls always confessed to him and all of them were rejected by him. Even her friends have a crush on him. They always wait Ren to pass by their classroom every morning just to have a glance of his pretty face.
Since it was a rare opportunity that she encounter Ren inside the train, she planned on texting her friends, however, Ren’s bag accidentally grabbed (i dunno what word to use. hahaha) Ninako’s phone and dropped it. Worst, he accidentally stepped on the sling and broke it. He apologized and asked for her section and name so he can compensate her with what happened.
Ninako wasn’t really expecting that Ren would meet her again at school but when she’s on her way to the restroom, she saw Ren, who’s on his way to her classroom to give the new sling he bought as exchange to her sling. Even though its not her type of sling, she still thanked him and soon realized that she like it.
After that, they always have a chance to talk until they became close. With Ren, Ninako started to feel different type of emotions. Her heart would go crazy sometimes and sometimes it’ll hurt. Daiki got jealous and told Ninako that Ren is in a long term relationship with his sister, Mayuka Korenaga, an aspiring model. Ninako doesn’t really want to believe so Daiki told her that Ren has a date with his sister and gave her where is their meeting place so she can see it with her own eyes. And yep, she saw them. She got hurt. She even cried.
Daiki used this chance to confess to her, but she rejected him. She explained that even if it hurts her, she will continue to discover these types of emotions for her to learn what love is. After being rejected, he got confessed by Sayuri Uehara, one of Ninako’s close friend. He accepted her and they started dating without their friends knowledge.
Ninako continued to love Ren despite of the fact that he has a girlfriend. They even became closer and she discovered the true nature of Ren – kind and knows how to smile as well. She always thought that Ren has a diffirent attitude when he is with his friends, but Ninako doesn’t know that even his friends was surpised after seeing Ren smiling and exchanging jokes with Ninako. And they concluded that Ren may not realize it yet but they are sure that Ren is starting to have feelings with Ninako.
After her friends discovered that Ninako is starting to feel love with Ren, they supported her.
While waiting for the time to attend the committee gathering of the class representatives, she stayed outside her classroom with her friends. Then Takumi Andou, Ren’s friend since highschool and one of the committee member showed up and joined their conversation. Takumi is known for being playboy. He dates each girl that he thinks is cute.
Ren and Ninako were chosen to buy all the things that they will be needing for their School Festival, but Takumi butt in and joined them. While on their way in purchasing the materials needed, Mayuka surprised them and joined them so decided to have a break and eat. While chatting, Ninako discovered that Ren did have trouble in choosing the sling he gave her. He even asked Mayuka if that sling was okay.
Ninako was feeling hurt that time, she kept on thinking about Ren and Mayuka’s relationship. And Takumi realized Ninako’s feeling. After eating, they decided to continue with their task. They were about to cross the road but Takumi made an excuse and took Ninako and ran away.
Takumi asked Ninako why she kept on loving Ren even though its hurting her. She explained that it was decision and being hurt or not, she is happy just being with Ren. She told him …
“Painful love… You will one day, Andou-kun. One day you’ll surely experience that kind of love.”