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Mano (真野, Mano) is one of the supporting characters in the series. Mano is also Nishikata's and Takagi's classmates and has an undisclosed relationship with Nakai.


Mano's appearance

Mano is a girl of average build and appearance, though she is noticeably shorter than the majority of her classmates. She has short black hair, which she often keeps tied back into small pigtails, and bangs that rest neatly above her eyes. She also has a light complexion and greyish eyes. For the majority of her appearances, she is seen wearing her school uniform.


Mano is generally shy, anxious, and sheepish towards other people, especially when she is trying to talk to Nakai. She also has noticeable anger issues, as she quickly becomes impatient when bothered or pestered by others. Regarding her relationship with Nakai, she often second-guesses herself while trying to interact with him. She wishes that Nakai would show more interest in the relationship, but loves him regardless. They are seen happily watching the fireworks together at the summer festival, showing that the two are able to enjoy each other's presence despite their issues with each other.



~ Main article: Nakai ~

Nakai is Mano's boyfriend, and she loves him dearly. Even though she loves him, Mano believes that Nakai doesn't show enough interest in the relationship, preferring to hang out with his guy friends instead of Mano. Despite Mano's anger issues and Nakai's more lax attitude, the two are shown to genuinely get along with each other. They often walk home from school together and even go tandem riding. In the OVA, the two ride down a waterslide rumored to make those who ride together on it fall in love. At the end of the second season of the anime, they are seen happily watching the fireworks together at the summer festival. It is revealed in Chapter 129 of the spin-off manga (over 10 year time skip) that Mano and Nakai are living together, but it is unknown if they are married.


~ Main article: Takagi ~

Takagi and Mano are good friends and classmates. In the OVA, Mano asks Takagi for relationship advice to help her get Nakai's attention. At the waterpark, Takagi helps Mano in getting alone with Nakai by luring Nishikata away from him, as the two boys were hanging out with each other. By the end of the day, Mano is grateful for Takagi's help.


  • Mano's age in the spin-off is never revealed, but estimated to be around 26 - 27 year old.
    • Her age being around 26 - 27 year old is due to the fact that she went to the same school and class as Takagi/ Nishikata. In Chapter 31, Takagi mentioned "it has been over 10 years since those days in middle school" while reading through her middle school graduation album. Since the age students graduate from middle school in Japan is 14 - 15 year old, then add over 10 years to it. 14 to 15 plus more than 10 is around 26, at the least.
  • In the spin-off Chapter 129, it was revealed that she lives with Nakai.


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Main TakagiNishikata
Supporting ManoNakaiSanaeYukariMinaTakaoKimuraHamaguchiHoujouTanabe-sensei
Minor Sumire TakagawaTunnel FishermanTunnel FishergirlTunnel MiscPrincipalMano's FriendClass 4-2 Unnamed Girl
Spin-off Chi