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Takebayashi and Sanada were childhood friends who grew up together and their parents maintained close ties. Both being class representatives, their classmates perceived the duo to be perfect for each other. They are still close in the present, with Sanada waiting for Takebayashi after her meeting with Fuutarou Uesugi and the Nakano Quintuplets at the Sunrise Festival.

Fuutarou Uesugi[]

Fuutarou once had a crush on Takebayashi. During the Kyoto school trip, he secretly took many pictures of her. However, she seemed to be oblivious of his feelings. After learning about Takebayashi's childhood relationship with Sanada, Fuutarou became gloomy and bitter.

It can be assumed that Fuutarou never spoke with anyone about his crush on Takebayashi. When talking about his first love, Raiha Uesugi mentions the girl in the photo and not Takebayashi.[1]

When meeting again with Fuutarou in the present, she teases him about not recognizing her just like she did. They hang out for a while during the festival. After getting cornered by Itsuki Nakano about their relationship with Fuutaro, he defends them as his "special" friends. She feels glad to see he has "grown up" from his insecure self and has found something to be proud of and wishes him to "do his best".

The Nakano Quintuplets[]

During the 4-chapter flashback, it was revealed that Takebayashi had crossed paths with them during Kyoto 5 years before the start of the story, accidentally bumping heads with one of them. At the time, however, she had only seen 4 of them and coincidentally, they were identical to the "girl from Kyoto" Fuutarou Uesugi bragged about after the school trip. For years, she thought they were quadruplets.

With her official introduction in the present, Takebayashi got to meet some of them again (Nino Nakano, Yotsuba Nakano and Itsuki Nakano so far, with Miku Nakano watching her from the distance and Ichika Nakano still not aware of her existence). She teased them with who really is the closest to Fuutaro between them and her, though without ill-intent. Overall, Takebayashi feels they all "seem to be nice".

Yotsuba Nakano[]

After meeting Itsuki Nakano and Nino Nakano (and recognizing them as the "quadruplets of Kyoto"), she asked about the "girl from Kyoto" and was told that Yotsuba was away at the time. She concluded that it was Yotsuba who met Fuutarou Uesugi all those years ago and confronted her about it. She feels "really glad" that she got to meet the girl who changed Fuutaro's life. While Yotsuba refused to tell Fuutaro about her true identity and revealed her reasons for it, Takebayashi told her that she knows "someone" (Fuutarou) who used to think like Yotsuba and she hopes that she too can move on from her past and look forward towards the future, just like "that person".


  1. ^ Manga Chapter 79 (p. 10).