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Manga: Yugami-kun ni wa Tomodachi ga Inai
Yugami-kun ni wa Tomodachi ga Inai (Yugami Doesn't Have Any Friends) is a Slice of Life comedy manga by Jun Sakura first published in 2012.

The manga focuses on Chihiro Watanuki and Yuuji Yugami, who sit next to each other in class. Having moved around all her life, Chihiro is intent on making friends at her new school. The first person she meets upon arrival is Yugami, who helps her find a spot in the school's bike lot to park her bicycle. To her surprise, Yugami turns out to be her classmate and, what's more, she ends up sitting next to him! Maybe she's already made her first friend at school!

...Or not.

See, Chihiro quickly finds out how much of an oddball Yugami is. While he's The Ace pitcher of the baseball club and is a good student to boot, he's actually isolated by the rest of the class. Despite this, Yugami seems to enjoy the loner life, and maybe more surprisingly, is intent on staying friendless. Although she's warned by her classmates to leave him alone, Chihiro constantly finds herself interacting with Yugami and quickly gets pulled into his weird life, whether it's for better or for worse.

The manga is published once a month in Weekly Shounen Sunday and there are currently five volumes released as of September 2014. A-1 Pictures animated two 30-second commercials to promote the series, which you can watch here and here.

This work contains examples of:

  • After School Cleaning Duty: Yugami and Chihiro get this as punishment for a week together.
  • Always in Class One: Yugami, Chihiro, and Kuzumi are all in class 2-A.
  • Analogy Backfire: In chapter 2, Yugami compares Chihiro to bread, saying that she can "renew" herself just like the bean-curry bread and in turn she'll be able to make friends. The problem? She's only been so hesitant until now because that is specifically not her forte. Chihiro, as it turns out, doesn't like the taste of bean-curry bread.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Even after being turned down once for a small favor, and despite classmates advising her not to associate with him, Chihiro decides to ask Yugami for the same favor again because she remembers how he'd helped her find a spot to park her bike the morning she transferred into school. The kindness may or may not have been misconstrued, however...
  • Boy Meets Girl: Friendless girl who just wants to make friends meets friendless boy who doesn't want friends. Friendless girl ends up sitting next to friendless boy in class. Cue the shenanigans.
  • Broken Pedestal: Discussed by Yugami.
    Yugami: If you try to talk to a delusional girl drowned in her fantasy, the end result is tragedy!
  • Can't Live with Them, Can't Live without Them: How the baseball team feels about Yugami. On one hand, most of its members can't stand him, but they rely heavily on him to win due to Yugami being their ace pitcher.
  • Commonality Connection: Surprisingly, Chihiro and Yugami both find Heiraku funny, but while Chihiro is a more casual listener, Yugami goes all out and is a very devout fan.
  • Conveniently Seated: Yugami gets the window seat in the very back row. Chihiro is conveniently assigned to the vacant space beside him in Chapter 1.
    • And as if to reflect the series' title, the seating arrangement in chapter 3 shows us that before Chihiro transferred in, Yugami sat in the back row all by himself. Yes, Yugami is the frowning blob person.
  • Death Glare: Yugami delivers one to Chihiro from time to time. Just look.
  • Easily Overheard Conversation: Subverted. The girls are telling Chihiro about how weird Yugami is while he's seated right next to them, but he can't hear them because he's too engrossed in listening to rakugo at the time.
  • Eating Lunch Alone: Chihiro does this unwillingly while Yugami purposely invokes this. He's really displeased when he realizes Chihiro is eating lunch in the seat beside him.
  • Exposition Cut: This is how Yugami's backstory with Uchiyamada is told.
  • Figure It Out Yourself: When Yugami gives her bean curry bread in Chapter 3, Chihiro asks him why. This is more or less how he responds. Immediately subverted when he's completely dissatisfied with her answer and tells her the reason.
  • Friendship Denial: Whenever anyone (mostly Chihiro) is asked if they're friends with Yugami, this is the response. Likewise, Yugami will do the same.
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: Chihiro thinks being rejected by the rest of the class will cause her psychological damage. Yugami clearly doesn't agree.
  • High School
  • I Have Just One Thing to Say: Yugami unintentionally does this to Chihiro in Chapter 3. He goes on a mini-rant identifying the reason she's forgotten by their classmates until he gets cut off before he can finish. When Yugami returns after the inning to finish his speech, Chihiro's already gone home and he thinks she's the one who left him hanging. The next day at school, Yugami tacks on the rest of his speech to her and we see that his words were meant to encourage Chihiro, not dishearten her.
  • Identical Panel Gag: Used extensively.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Each chapter title has a regular naming pattern of "Yugami-kun doesn't [verb]."
  • Incredibly Lame Fun: Some of the things Yugami did as a kid can be deemed as this.
  • Love Letter: Yugami gets one from Rio but he's not flattered by the contents of the letter.
  • Shower of Angst: Yugami almost pitches a no hit/no run (a no hitter and a shutout) game but the opposing team gets a home run at the very end. Later, when his sister calls him down for dinner and he doesn't respond, she goes inside the bath to see him bathing with a dejected look on his face.
  • Standing in the Hall: In Chapter 3, Yugami gets this as punishment for speaking his mind in front of the teacher in addition to being late for class. Chihiro joins him too, although she didn't have to.
  • Welcome Episode: The first chapter follows Chihiro's first couple days at school and largely serves to introduce us to Yugami. Some of the supporting cast shows up too, like Kuzumi and Kadota.

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alternative title(s): Yugami-kun Ni Wa Tomodachi Ga Inai; Yugami Kun Ni Wa Tomodachi Ga Inai; He Does Not Have Any Friends
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