Watashi no Tomodachi ga Motenai no wa Dō Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui.
No Matter How I Look at It, It's You Guys' Fault That My Friend's Not Popular.
The chapter is divided into single page vignettes.
Group of 3
Yū notices how their unnamed classmate Kotomi always sits alone and asks Tomoko if they could befriend the loner. Tomoko rejects the idea, inwardly believing that if the three become friends, Kotomi and Yū will eventually exclude her. Tomoko responds that "that girl" must like to be alone, and she will just find them annoying. Yū initially accepts this.
Friend's Sick Day
Yū finds herself alone in class and receives a text message from Tomoko stating that she is home sick. While Yū sends back her best wishes, Tomoko happily plays video games knowing that other kids have to study.
Tomoko returns to school the following day wishing she had caught something more severe so she could skip school for the week. She is shocked to find that Yū did introduce herself to Kotomi and inwardly seethes.
Tomoko asks Yū when is her birthday. Yū responds but inwardly wonders how to include Kotomi in the conversation. Kotomi then asks Yū what she does at home in her spare time, and Yū fears she now cannot include Tomoko.
Friend of a Friend
Yū is absent one day which forces Tomoko and Kotomi to each lunch together. They find talking to one another awkward and both inwardly declare, "This sucks! Being alone is way better!!"
Nervous, Kotomi tries to have a conversation alone with Tomoko. She tells a funny story that happened during her first year in middle school. Someone had a bicycle with training wheels which made a lot of noise and made everyone laugh. Tomoko, sweating, replies, "That was probably me."
After two weeks, Yū feels the three of them have become good friends who hang out together whenever they have the chance. She does notice one odd thing: when Tomoko is the focus of the conversation, Kotomi stares at her phone, and when Kotomi talks, Tomoko starts clicking her tongue. The side-panel narration states: "I like to think that they only didn't get along in the beginning."
In order of appearance:
- Kotomi finally identified.
- Yū states that her birthday is on March 3rd.
- Kotomi receives her nickname "Komi-chan."
- Tomoko opposed meeting Kotomi out of fear she and Yū would be come better friends and start to exclude her.
- Early on, Yū was concerned about excluding either Tomoko or Kotomi.
- "Ah, she really stinks!" - Yū
- "Yeah, I've puked up better smelling vomit." - Kotomi in Tomoko's imagination
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