Nozaki hands Chiyo Sakura his autograph after she tells him she is his fan. She haltingly replies that she meant that she always wanted to be with him. Then he asks her to come to his house. When they arrive there, he states that he won’t have to ask anyone else now. When Sakura eagerly states that she will do her best, he tells her to fill in the “lines”. After working with her for four hours straight, she shockingly discovers that he is a manga artist. He tells her he can’t believe she worked so hard without even realizing that. He then goes on to tell her that his work is being serialized in a monthly shojo magazine.
The next day at school Nozaki kills a cockroach for the other boys and bluntly tells a female classmate that she should cover up her revealing shirt. Sakura addresses him as “Yumeno-sensei”, and he replies that it is weird to be called that in school. She asks him if he has told the others, but he replies that he hasn’t. He nonchalantly adds that none of his classmates would believe him anyway. He then states that he is glad that she didn’t have any trouble with the art club. Jolted, Sakura can’t believe he knew about her club activities. He replies confidently that he has always been watching her—he knew the talented person who made such a fantastic poster would definitely do good work.
Nozaki and Sakura start spending more time together working on the manga. He confesses that he may draw shojo manga, but he doesn’t have any experience in love at all. Nevertheless, he is known for giving excellent love-related advice—if there is anyone Sakura likes, she should tell him. She describes the reasons she likes him, but a bewildered Nozaki can’t understand what is so great about such a guy. One day after school, Sakura again tells him she is his fan—he immediately responds by handing her his autograph.  Later on, he explains to her the difference between “romance and reality” and his duty to not break any of the “shojo manga laws”. Nevertheless, he asks Sakura to participate in some situations in order to test out some of the “romantic events” he may write about in his manga (the bike built for two). 
One day Nozaki informs Sakura that another boy will be coming to help out. Even though he is a boy, Nozaki calls him “Mikorin” in his heart. Sakura wonders what kind of boy he will be. However, when Mikoto Mikoshiba makes his appearance, Sakura can’t believe he is the soft and gentle boy that Nozaki described—if anything, Mikoshiba is flamboyant and gaudy. However, Nozaki explains that although he says such things to girls, he easily becomes embarrassed all by himself—that is what makes him so cute.
At home, Nozaki tells Sakura to ask Mikorin if there is anything that she doesn’t understand. He then gives her some money to buy drinks. When they are taking a break, they play a “sketching game” that is similar to the one they saw on TV. However, after seeing Mikoshiba’s pathetic skills, a piqued Sakura asks him about what skill he possesses. Nozaki calms Mikoshiba by telling Sakura it would be easier to show her his talents—Mikoshiba proves that he is the best at bringing out the hero’s charms to the fullest. However, both Sakura and Nozaki agree that such over-the-top affects actually make the hero really annoying.
In school, Sakura talks to Nozaki and asks how they became acquainted since they have such different personalities. Nozaki explains that he first started observing Mikorin for character development. Sakura excitedly looks through the manga and wonders which boy Mikorin is in the manga. However, Nozaki silences her by telling her that Mikorin is actually the heroine Mamiko. 
Nozaki then decides that it is time to introduce a new character in his manga, so he should go “people watching”. Sakura asks what he will do if he can’t find someone. Nozaki explains that all the characters will end up looking like his hero, Suzuki-kun. Sakura then tells him about her friend Yuzuki Seo. After spending a lot of time observing her various habits and behaviors, Nozaki concludes that Seo is a “KY” (Kuuki o yomenai); therefore, she should be dismissed as a character for his shojo manga. However, Sakura insists that her club activity makes her a viable candidate. Hearing Seo’s angelic voice, Sakura happily displays that her friend is the Glee Club’s “Lorelei”. Stunned, Nozaki concludes that this is fraud. 
After adapting Seo into his manga (albeit as the secondary male character), Nozaki meets his next target in the hallway at school. A crying Sakura runs away from Mikorin, calling him a cheater and bumps straight into Nozaki. When he asks her what’s wrong, she blurts out that “even though ‘he’ has a boyfriend, ‘he’ has feelings for other boys”, completely confusing Nozaki. Mikoshiba desperately tries to clear up the misunderstanding when the drama club’s Yuu Kashima arrives. After watching her in action, Nozaki and Sakura conclude that she definitely deserves the title of the school’s prince and are relieved that Mikorin was not cheating on Suzuki-kun. Mikoshiba happily adds that now both of them are best friends. Kashima also asks what the three of them do together since they are all in different classes. Nozaki easily explains that they get together at his house to do all kinds of stuff together, embarrassing both Sakura and Mikoshiba. Kashima then realizes that it is late, and she should leave before he comes to get her. Mikoshiba then explains that since she is chronically late, the club president always comes to get her. Nozaki watches alongside a spellbound Sakura as Masayuki Hori drags Kashima away. 
Nozaki, Sakura, and Mikoshiba continue to work on the manga. One day Sakura notices a peculiar mark on the manuscripts. Nozaki explains that the person in charge of backgrounds makes his marks like that. He adds that he comes later at night to help out because he is involved in club activities. Mikoshiba speaks up that he hasn’t met this person yet either. Nozaki explains that the person forbade him from revealing his/her identity. Nozaki later tells Sakura he knows that he has met Hori-senpai because he left a message for her on the manuscript. 
Nozaki and Sakura continue to interact together. One day he tells her about his editor Ken Miyamae. Sakura meets him when he comes to get the latest manuscript and is amazed at how attentive Nozaki is to him. After Ken-san leaves, Nozaki tells Sakura he incredibly respects him for his prompt replies and efficient work ethic. No matter what happens, he will always want to work with him. When Sakura asks why he is so unusually dedicated, he answers that his previous editor Mitsuya Maeno drove him crazy—that’s is why he is incredibly grateful that he has Ken-san. 
Mikoto Mikoshiba asks Nozaki if he can stay over tonight. Chiyo Sakura eagerly asks what they will be doing, wishing that she could also stay over late. Mikoshiba tells her that it is really serious business. Since he was really shy around girls, Mikoshiba decided to play video games to learn more about them. However, the responses each girl gives based on each “route” he takes end up driving him crazy, making it even harder for him to understand girls.
Presently, Mikoshiba asks Nozaki to give the game a try. Nozaki at first isn’t interested, but agrees to play just to see what it’s like. After going through the whole game, they conclude that the perfect love interest for the protagonist is his best friend, Tomoda, who sacrificed three years of his high school life for the hero. Nozaki and Mikoshiba immediately begin to work on a manga for them. When Sakura comes over the next day, she finds both boys have passed out from exhaustion. Bewildered, she can’t understand what happened at night. 
Eventually, Nozaki explains to Chiyo Sakura how his neighbor and fellow manga artist, a college student Yukari Miyako has a rough time because she’s working with Mitsuya Maeno now. Sakura is surprised to see a tanuki in each frame of the manga. Nozaki explains that Maeno loves tanukis and compels her to use them. Because of Maeno’s interference, it is impossible to completely enjoy her work.
One day after school, Sakura and Nozaki run into a young woman. She hands Nozaki some ink, leading Sakura to speculate what kind of relationship they have. However, Nozaki immediately clears up any misunderstanding by telling Sakura that this is Miyako-sensei. Nozaki and Sakura visit her home and look at her manga. They also discuss Maeno and his recent activities as an editor. Suddenly, Maeno appears; once again getting the wrong idea, he thinks Nozaki is here to see him. He tells Nozaki he shouldn’t be so dependant on his old editor. Before Nozaki-kun can attack him, Sakura grabs him asking him to grow up. 
Hori asks Nozaki to write a play for the drama club with Yuu Kashima as the lead. However, because Nozaki knows that Kashima is actually a girl, he has trouble composing the correct lines for her as a typical prince. In exchange, Chiyo Sakura finds out that Hori-senpai is doing the backgrounds for Nozaki—it is truly a give and take relationship.
Later that evening, a frustrated Nozaki then gets Sakura and Hori to do a reading so he can get any ideas for improvement. Mikorin also arrives, and they get him to play the part of the maid. Everyone takes their roles very seriously; by the end of the evening Nozaki has finished the play with once again Mikoshiba as the heroine. At the end, Hori states that he can’t believe that he met Kashima’s friend here. However, he concludes that Kashima is handsomer than Mikoshiba, and Nozaki comments that senpai really does care about her looks.