I Became Friends with the Second Cutest Girl in My Class
Class de 2 Banme ni Kawaii Onna no Ko to Tomodachi ni Natta
Comedy, Romance, Slice of Life, School Life
Kadokawa/Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko
Number of Volumes
I, Maehara Maki, someone who couldn’t make any acquaintances or friends in high school, finally had someone I can hang out with outside of school. A girl.
Her name was Asanagi-san. The boys in my class called her ‘The class’ second cutest girl’ behind her back.
On Fridays, she would refuse her best friend, Amami, ‘the cutest girl in class’ invitation just to hang out in my house with me.
Together, we played games, watched some movies, read some manga while eating junk foods like pizza and hamburgers, and chugging cola without a care in the world. To others, we may seem sloppy, but it was a precious, secret time together for Asanagi-san and myself.
This is a really example of a wholesome and fluffy romcom where the romance develops at a good pace from them becoming classmates to friends and then into lovers. Their shared "secret" with one another makes for some great comedic scenes and there's also a little bit of drama, more related to friendships and the feelings of self-worth rather than romantic issues. Both of the MC's are great characters but the real OG of the series has to go to Yuu, a real chad wingwoman and a great friend to both characters.
The artist is also known as 'Tom Osabe' per MAL.
The WN is at 182 chapters as of 2022/01/19; it appears to be ongoing.
Bookwalker has a series page for it, and they don't tend to do that unless they expect it to be a series. Volume 1 was released on 2021/12/24 per Bookwalker, which also supports no Volume 2 as of yet not being a negative indictor.
It sounds like it could be a pleasant RW High School RomCom, and I must admit to enjoying those.
Cover illustration for volume 2, releasing in August