Junpei Manaka is on the cusp of high school, and he's obsessed with only one thing: movies. He has dreams of becoming a director one day, and often goes out and daydreams of the movies he wants to make on the roof of the school.One day while going there, though, he catches a glimpse of a beautiful girl... and her strawberry-print panties. For the first time in Junpei's life, he notices the opposite sex. It also helps that the mystery girl left behind a notebook, filled with a story that Junpei can't put down (and would make, in his opinion, a great movie). Obsessed with this mystery girl, he isn't sure where to turn... shy bookworm Aya Tojo, whose name is in the notebook, or confident school beauty Tsukasa Nishino, who outright told him she was wearing strawberry-print panties. Of course, other girls eventually start showing interest in Junpei...By manga artist Mizuki Kawashita, it ran for several years, has been adapted to anime, and has appeared in Jump Super Stars and its sequel (despite being a slice-of-life high school romance). One thing that makes the series interesting is the fact that the series itself is makes it unclear who the main character will end up with, despite the assumptions one would make about this sort of series. This resulted in much uproar when the main character finally made a choice.
Bishōnen: During the double date between Manaka + Nishino and Okusa + Yui. Through the efforts of Okusa, the pairings become switched leaving him with Nishino. Lampshaded when he attempts to use his "bishonen side gaze" to catch her attention, but Nishino completely ignores him, trying to find out where Manaka is. Parodied with Mukai because she sees Manaka as this, along with love bubbles and sparkles.
Butt Monkey: Komiyama. As a harem protagonist, Junpei is often subjected to this as well. Often mocked and abused, with characters remarking on the pairings he has in the series, and he initially doesn't succeed when it comes to filmmaking.
Cannot Spit It Out: Interestingly, not Junpei, who is usually forward about his emotions (when he can work them out). Aya, however, obviously crushes on Junpei from their first meeting, but can't bring herself to say anything.
Cat Fight: Between Satsuki and Misuzu in chapter 58 of the manga.
Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Ookusa. He's a main supporting character while the cast is still in middle high school. After they move to high school, he's rarely seen despite being in the same high school as Junpei.
Declaration of Protection: Junpei says to Satsuki, "I will protect you to the full extent of my abilities!" (meaning against the pervs in the Film Studies Club). She blushes and thinks to herself, "He just said he was going to protect me ... what the hell was he talking about!"
Foregone Conclusion: By the second chapter in the first volume (or since the very beginning, given the not-so-subtlety in concealing her identity), the reader can already tell that Aya is the strawberry-panties girl Junpei had been soughing after. Since she usually hides behind her Nerd Glasses and has her hair tied in braids when in public, it takes long for Junpei to put two and two together.
Furo Scene: Naturally, Junpei finds himself thrown into a bath with several of the girls.
Gainaxing: Satsuki seemingly does this intentionally.
He's All Grown Up: A rare gender inversion of this. In the Distant Finale, Junpei is one of the last people to show up at the gang's three-year reunion, and he is jacked.
Idiot Crows: Spotted in the first volume of the manga, after Manaka finds out that, while asleep, he drooled on the paper with Nishino's phone number, blurring it away.
Imagine Spot: Those panty shots aren't just going to happen by themselves, you know.
Innocent Fanservice Girl: Yui - she's not particularly bothered by her habit of removing her clothes in her sleep. Even while in the same room or bed as Junpei.
Kavorka Man: Manaka. He's not ugly, but there's no apparent reason why he should catch the attention of so many beautiful girl. Gets point because one of the people who lampshaded this to Manaka is Tsukasa Nishino herself when they were dating at the start of the manga (she then concluded that her standards wouldn't allow her to fall for a worthless person, so Manaka had to have hidden qualities she had noticed unconsciously. She had actually noticed them consciously well before getting the declaration, but had forgot about him until that fateful day).
Having one of the main girls lampshade this in Manaka's face becomes a Running Gag, with a particularly funny occasion having Tsukasa and Satsuki describe the boy they like as a Kavorka Man only to realize they're both describing Manaka and start glaring at each other, with Tojo silently joining the lampshading when she tries to console Manaka with a sad smile. Still, Nishino is the one who does this most often.
Koyama later joined the club when ChinamiHashimoto genuinely falls for him, and gets immediately lampshaded when the entire Film Studies Club plus Mukai and Amachi find out and nearly get an heart attack. She later dumps him... Except that the Distant Finale implies they got back together, in secret to prevent a scandal from ruining her idol career.
Likes Older Women: Sotomura. For all that he obsesses over taking pictures of cute girls for his webpage, he's actually interested in his teacher, Kurokawa-sensei.
Marshmallow Hell: Junpei is subjected to / blessed with this at regular intervals.
Measuring Day: Treated as Serious Business at the all-girls' academy attended by Yui and Tsukasa. And guess who's there to accidentally witness it?
Later in the manga, Nishino visits Junpeis' house and sleeps in his bed for the night and finds Junpeis' porn stash under his bed. Junpei is tremendously embarrased but soon becomes furious when she tells him that she moved it for "Safer Keeping."
Aya finds it at one point and accidentally ruins one of the magazines. Junpei claims that it isn't actually his, because he doesn't want to look like a pervert. Aya, in response, is almost too nonchalant about it - she knows from her brother that boys "just have magazines like that"... and buys Junpei a replacement for the one she ruined.
Sexy Soaked Shirt: The girls' shirts and blouses regularly get wet and see-through, either as a result of falling into oceans, fountains and pools or having drinks spilled on them.
Theme Naming: The family names of the girls all have the kanji for a cardinal direction in their namesnote Nishino = west, Toujou = east, Kitaoji = north, Minamito = south, while Junpei's last name has the kanji for "middle".
Those Two Guys: Komiyama and Ookusa, at the start of the series. After the cast move into high school, Ookusa more or less disappears (although he is in the same high school as Junpei) and is replaced by Sotomura.