[[UnluckyEverydude Yamato Akitsuki]] moves to Tokyo to attend an athletics-oriented high school. On his way to his aunt's girls-only apartment building, he stops to admire a girl practicing the high jump.

One of his aunt's tenants turns out to be the jumper he was ogling earlier, [[{{Tsundere}} Suzuka Asahina]]. He makes a [[AccidentalPervert bad first impression]]. And a [[YourDoorWasOpen bad second impression]]. Then he saves her life, which only makes things worse.

But since he is a DoggedNiceGuy he perseveres, joining the track team to be near her. And in turn his UnluckyChildhoodFriend joins the team to be near '''him'''.


The original manga by Creator/SeoKouji, author of ''Manga/KimiNoIruMachi'' and ''Manga/PrincessLucia'', runs for 18 volumes, 9 of which were adapted to television.

Has a sequel of sorts in ''Manga/{{Fuuka}}''.

!!This show provides examples of:

* AccidentalAthlete: Yamato Akitsuki, sort of. We as the audience don't see any initial signs of his athletic ability until he wins a race against one of the track team bigshots. But the characters later discover that he'd competed in athletic events in the past.
* AccidentalPervert: Yamato.
* BettyAndVeronica: Suzuka or Honoka?
* BrattyHalfPint: Miho Fujikawa, Yamato's cousin.
* ButtMonkey: Kenji Kobayakawa's face [[RunningGag is never fully seen when they take photos]].
* CantSpitItOut: ''Just frigging say it, Yamato!''
* CatsAreMean: Goro.
* {{Caught The Heart On His Sleeve}}: Episode 23 of the anime.
* CharacterTitle
* ChildhoodMarriagePromise: Between Miho and Yamato.
* ChivalrousPervert: Yasunobu Hattori.
* CoolBigSis: Yuka. Sure she's a lush, but she's got no shortage of worldly advice for the youngsters.
* DistantFinale: A mild example in the manga, which skipped over a year between the last two chapters, between [[spoiler:Yamato and Suzuka getting legally married by turning in a form in chapter 165, and having a church ceremony a year later in 166 after they'd saved up enough money]]
* DoggedNiceGuy: Yamato admits his feelings for Suzuka relatively early on, but she is unable to reciprocate. Despite this, he persists in trying to win her affections.
* DubInducedPlotHole: Minor, but worth mentioning. During the dubbing process, someone apparently overlooked the order-of-magnitude difference between tenths and hundredths of a second, which of course is SeriousBusiness in the world of track. Luckily this only happens a few times. But at one point after Yamato runs a race in 10.68 seconds, the dub gives his rival's time as "eleven point nine" (11.9) seconds where the real time is 11.09 seconds. This gives the false impression of a much larger gap between the two runners.
* EpisodeTitleCard
* EveryoneCanSeeIt: Suzuka's probably the only one who didn't see Yamato's initial interest in her. Once Honoka moved in on Yamato and took his attention away, then suddenly it was only Yamato who couldn't see Suzuka's newly-developed (and oft-denied) interest in him.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin
* FakeoutMakeout: A variation. At one point, a kiss is initiated to deter a romantic rival from entering the scene and interfering.
* {{Fanservice}}: Although not as much as the first few episodes would have you believe.
* {{Fear of Thunder}}: Played straight in the episode Eye of the Storm.
* FirstKiss: Yamato, being a few spikes short of a full cleat, wonders "if it counts."
* {{Flashback}}: To explain the photograph mentioned below.
* FlashbackEffects: Of the "sepia tone" variety.
* FunbagAirbag: Courtesy of Megumi.
* GenkiGirl: Miki Hashiba.
* GirlNextDoor: Honoka Sakurai.
* GreenEyedEpiphany: Suzuka doesn't start getting interested in Akitsuki until she hears he is dating someone else.
** Later in the manga she admits that [[spoiler: she liked Akitsuki at first sight, and fell in love with him when he first encouraged her to keep working on her high jumping.]]
* HappilyEverBefore
* HardDrinkingPartyGirl: Yuka Saotome, along with her friend Megumi Matsumoto.
* HelloNurse: Yuka dons one of these outfits in an early episode where Yamato needs some nursing back to health.
* IdiotHero: Yamato. Numerous characters comment on his carelessness throughout the series, but nevertheless admire his earnestness.
* IndirectKiss: Both Yamato and Honoka become flustered by one of these in an early episode.
* InformedAbility: Hattori is stated early on to be a ladies' man. However, aside from him giving Yamato romantic advice, he's not really shown being the kind of stud around women that the audience might expect him to be. Even when he has scenes with some of the other girls like Honoka, it's almost always in a friendly and platonic context without Hattori giving off any hint that he's the ChickMagnet he's made out to be.
* Creator/KanakoMitsuhashi: Suzuka's voice actress.
* KissingCousins: See ChildhoodMarriagePromise, above. Never sees any development or consummation.
* LethalChef: Suzuka is a low-key one who does things like boiling eggs in the microwave (creating what Yamato sometimes calls "egg bombs"). She gets better. Yui, who works at a cafe, is... much worse. Her vegetable soup, for example, has a fish head staring out of it. For a "hidden taste." She [[CordonBleughChef never notices anything wrong.]]
* LoveAtFirstSight
* LoveTriangle
* LovingAShadow: Early on, Suzuka's only interest in Yamato seems based entirely upon [[spoiler:his [[DoppelgangerReplacementLoveInterest resemblance]] to her [[TheMourningAfter dead not-quite-boyfriend[=/=]sempai]], down to the way they set up to run a race. Made more dramatic that the said semapi was going to confess his feelings towards her on the day of a track tournament, which was also the day he died. She got better though, saying goodbye to her late sempai at his grave and [[SecondLove moving on to Yamato]].]]
* LuminescentBlush
* {{Miko}}: Honoka.
* MsFanservice: Yuka.
* NewJobAsThePlotDemands: A recurring character has a different job every time she appears.
* {{Omake}}: ''Manga/KimiNoIruMachi'', another of the mangaka's works, featured a short side-series of [[{{Yonkoma}} 4-Koma]] strips about Yamato and Suzuka two years down the road
* PlotBasedPhotographObfuscation: Suzuka's photo of [[spoiler:her ex-boyfriend, who despite her assertion otherwise, looks a lot like Akitsuki]].
* PoorCommunicationKills
* RedStringOfFate, shown in the credits
* RightBehindMe
* ShrinesAndTemples: Akitsuki takes Suzuka to his favorite one on their first [[NotADate not-a-date]].
* ShyBlueHairedGirl: Honoka, minus the blue hair.
* SlapSlapKiss
* StalkerWithACrush: Yes, Yamato, it ''still'' counts as stalking if you're listening through your '''own''' door to hear Suzuka leaving her apartment.
** Chapter 95 of the manga focuses on Miho's (Yamato's cousin) classmate who is ''very'' stalkerish towards her, especially on Valentines Day. He's like an extremely creepy {{Deconstruction}} of Yamato's own early DoggedNiceGuy behavior towards Suzuka (minus the "nice"), and even resembles Yamato a little.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Miki's "sprinter outfit," which resembles a bra-and-panties ensemble, or rather, more appropriate for beach volleyball than track and field. It's not necessarily impractical for running, but it's worth pointing out that no other female on the track team dresses that way.
** Amazingly enough its a case of TruthInTelevision. If you actually see an international track and field event one or two of the female sprinters are usually dressed like that, the rest are slightly more covered up with shorts and longer shirts.
* [[ThoseTwoGuys Those Two Gals]]: Yuka and Megumi are this.
* TitleDrop: Obviously the mention of Suzuka as a character doesn't count, but the final episode's title uses the same kanji characters as Suzuka's name and the series title, only with a different reading.
* TonightSomeoneKisses: You can't get much more obvious than the title of episode 13, "Lips."
* TrainingMontage
* {{Tsundere}}: Suzuka is a Type A1.
** She's much more relaxed by the end of the manga, though it may very well be the pressure of [[spoiler:a sudden pregnancy and having to drop their college plans to raise the child]]. An {{Omake}} in ''Manga/KimiNoIruMachi'', another work by the same mangaka, shows Suzuka and Yamato together two years on, and they're arguing about the proper shape for mochi (a sort of rice cake made of rice pounded into a paste and then molded) when put into zoni soup, a traditional New Year's dish.
* UnknownRival: Inverted: Yamato actually ''becomes'' one of these for awhile when he picks a fight with a star athlete from another school.
* UnluckyChildhoodFriend [[spoiler: The series isn't titled "Honoka," after all.]]
* UnluckyEverydude
* YourDoorWasOpen