I Became Friends with the Second Cutest Girl in My Class (WN)


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I, Maehara Maki, someone who couldn’t make any acquaintances or friends in high school, finally had someone to hang out with outside of school. A girl.

Her name was Asanagi-san. The boys in my class called her ‘The class’ second cutest girl’ behind her back.

On Fridays, she would refuse her best friend, Amami, ‘the cutest girl in class’ invitation just to hang out in my house with me.

Together, we played games, watched some movies, read some manga while eating junk foods like pizza and hamburgers, and chugging cola without a care in the world. To others, we may seem sloppy, but it was a precious, secret time together for Asanagi-san and myself.

Associated Names
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Class de 2 Banme ni Kawaii Onna no Ko to Tomodachi ni Natta
Kurasu de Nibanme ni Kawaii Onna no Ko to Tomodachi ni Natta
Related Series
I Became Friends with the Second Cutest Girl in My Class (LN) (Light Novel)
Otonari no Tenshi-sama ni Itsu no Ma ni ka Dame Ningen ni Sareteita Ken (WN) (3)
I Unknowingly Rejected My Favorite (3)
The Best Friend of the Person I Like is Secretly Approaching Me (2)
How To Melt the Ice Lady (1)
Our Dating Story: The Experienced You and The Inexperienced Me (1)
For Some Reason, the School Goddess Likes to Hang Out at My House (1)
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Latest Release

Date Group Release
11/22/23 Neosekai Translations c286
11/21/23 Neosekai Translations c285
11/20/23 Neosekai Translations c284
11/19/23 Neosekai Translations c283
11/18/23 Neosekai Translations c282
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11/06/23 Neosekai Translations c277
11/05/23 Neosekai Translations c276
11/04/23 Neosekai Translations c275
11/03/23 Neosekai Translations c274
11/02/23 Neosekai Translations c273
11/02/23 Neosekai Translations c272
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The Manager
The Manager rated it
January 5, 2022
Status: c63
The story is about a 2nd beautiful girl in the class (the black hair one on the illustration) and a loner of the class... It really looks like a generic HS Romance story but I still like the way it cook so so far I don't have any negative feelings on this one...

My mind right now is, I really want the two of advanced their relationship at the same time, I don't want to destroy their friendship... So please stay still till the end.. ... more>>

Though at ch 30+, the MC is starting to be conscious on his feelings and so the FMC..


That's all for now...

{edit: c63}


wtf... They need bed... And I'm dropping this... Not because it's bad, but because too much insulin...

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Zlatan rated it
March 10, 2022
Status: c90
I want to complain about one thing:

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It hurts to see many comments saying that "it's a wish fulfillment", "too good to be true", "same old webnovel logics, same old" blah blah.

Bruh... it's a webnovel bro. What else are you expecting? It's not gonna give any life lessons after all. Webnovels are just for passing time anyways.


Now on the novel: It started off a little recklessly that I was afraid it would not be any great. Fast forward to 60 chapters... it's now one of my favourite novels. The light hearted romance is both funny and cute. An ideal novel to pass time. "Otonari no tenshi" - Eat your heart out! <<less
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tempetahu0 rated it
January 19, 2022
Status: c3
it COULD become somewhat like otonashi tenshi or something but their's first interaction ruined it for me.


what kind of girl that decide to tail a boy because his hobby match her?and decide to visit his house with no guard whatsoever??

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March 1, 2022
Status: c3
The concept is good, the title is instantly eye-catching. But the execution is pure, shameless wish fulfillment. I don't know why I even expected anything more of out a Japanese webnovel, but I still wanted to give it a try anyway. Unfortunately it didn't work out that well.

It's the usual "boohoo I don't have friends, but wait this popular girl is suddenly interested in me?!" scenario. I don't think it's inherently bad, there are romcom mangas that pull this off successfully like Kubo Won't Let Me Be Invisible. But what... more>> that manga has that this webnovel doesn't is verisimilitude, or believability.

I'm not gonna bother adding spoilers, it's all in the first 3 chapters anyway, but what happens is that the MC introduces himself as someone with no hobby except gaming and slacking off on weekends. Then by some form of magic, the second most popular girl in class... followed him to his house without him knowing? She even let herself in like they knew each other, but they clearly don't. This is just so mind boggling to me, does everyone else find this normal? In what universe do you, if you were a girl, just enter a guy's house who you don't even know that well...

Maybe this would be more tolerable in manga form but the cringe is too much to read here. It is way beyond the limits of my suspension of disbelief. I don't know how shameless you'd have to be to write a plot like this when it's clearly just wish fulfillment. I like the concept, I see some potential in a romance involved with a class' second cutest girl. But these first few chapters already shows how the author isn't exactly interested in making things at least more grounded to reality.

I won't give a rate since I only read 3 chapters but I would rate this 2/5 from what I've seen. It's just blatant wish fulfillment, kinda cringe bro.

Edit: I've read the manga, only a few chapters but they've actually retconned this part. It's pretty cute, check it out. <<less
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Renovartio rated it
February 1, 2022
Status: c74
First a rant.

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Why is it that kids these days compare everything to other series. It's bad form to write a review while comparing it to another series unless it's basically a carbon copy. Not everything can or SHOULD be compared like that. In fact saying something "COULD equal" something isn't a critique but more you just demanding the series should fit your taste, don't do this. Yeah we get it, you like that other series. But you come off as an as*hole if you write a review like that. Furthermore, to say you don't like this series for having: "a unrealistic first meeting" is very shallow. Kid, I've personally met people in weirder circumstances. (Not saying you're wrong but it's a tiny thing to be hung up on)


Anyway as for this series, chapters can feel a bit short but overall its really sweet and corny. The typical overly self conscious and low self esteem protag and a cute girl bringing him out of his shell. It's a common trope, but it's common for a reason.

The translation is fine and overall it's an inoffensive series with lots of potential.

Edit: Though I do have to say, parts of the dialogue seems extremely forced and fake. There's no reason for the MC to give step by step commentary of a discussion he's currently having. Also, you really shouldn't have you characters announce how they feel. Stuff like that should be apparent in the way they talk. <<less
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Kiritsuna rated it
January 29, 2022
Status: c252
STOP FREAKING COMPARING EVERYTHING WITH OTONARI NO TENSHI FFS. Just ignore all the... people who are trying to do it. Also, ignore how the story starts (it was fixed for the LN).

EDIT 2: Lucky for me there's no love triangle, YAY!!. 252 chapters and the ML/FL are stronger than ever. There is something I should note. Even if there's still a lot of fluff moments between them, their relationship is strong that the WN is now focusing more on the side characters and SoL. In the current arc they... more>> are tackling the feelings of the FL best friend. There hasn't been too much progress on that front and for about 2 months the author hasn't updated, so....

EDIT: I'm really liking the development the series is having, while it's a bit idealistic, the relationships feel real for the most part. 200 chapters and there hasn't been a major red flag for me. This kind of novels tend to get repetitive at some point in the story with no development whatsoever, but with this one the story is moving forward at a steady pace. What tops everything off is how clearly you can see the development of the characters, the ML in particular.

If you want to know how strong their realtionship is:

They already had seggs after trying for multiple chapters



A tomboy heroine? HELL YEAHH!! Although she isn't 100%. The MC is my favorite one in this kind of novel. I can relate to his feelings towards romantic relationships, and I like the way he expresses himself. He hasn't triggered any of the flags I usually hate.

The chemistry the MC and FL have is charming and refreshing, I really like them together. It's not pure fluff, but it doesn't have heavy drama either. It has something to give the story some kind of drive without making it obnoxious to read. In general, it strikes a good balance. And it has good comedy.

All in all, I highly recommend it, it's a good read. <<less
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April 23, 2022
Status: --
Overall flow and tendency of this novel is good in my opinion. I liked the idea the author had for the slow transition from friend to lover (execution aside) and the choices they made when fleshing out their characters. Aside from the main character's tendency to ramble monologues and have useless thoughts, he is much more stable personality wise than a lot of novel protags out there.

However, I also have the same gripes as the other reviewers: unrealistic first meeting and at times, forced dialogue. Some of the drama... I... more>> won't say it's forced, but it doesn't fit my personality. I never really understood the 'school caste' and angsty friend relations. Why can't protags just be blunt when they need to? No need to go over and no need to cower. Just stand your ground when you know you've done nothing wrong. Another thing is please for the love of all that is good, stop referring to this poor girl as 'second cutest'. It may be true in the eyes of the peanut gallery in the novel, but I feel like it's kinda insulting. There is more to this girl than just 'second cutest'.

Overall for a Japanese style WN, I think it's rather well done. There are other novels similar in concept that I think are good. '100 Things I Don't Know About My Senior' is one of them. Another one is 'Date This Super Cute Me'. <<less
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TheMightyOozaru rated it
October 6, 2022
Status: c154
I give this a 2 because the first two parts were mostly enjoyable then it spirals into absolute shit. I am actually baffled how the author could so utterly change his entertaining story into complete and utter shit. It makes me wonder if they suffered a head injury or perhaps a high fever and it changed their mental faculties. Like, it is such a f*cking profound drop in quality as to leave me actually befuddled.
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stanljpierre rated it
June 20, 2022
Status: c155
This novel is honestly great, that is up until the MC and the FMC get together. The arc after that is just outright terrible and was such a pain to read due to the unnecessary drama that made little to no sense that it felt like a joke if anything else.

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Some newly introduced girl was pretty much lashing out at everybody, more in particular the FMC's friend, and saying some pretty nasty stuff. But in the end, all this angst was over her getting blown out in some middle school basketball game. Like, you've got to be kidding me. Then when all is said and done they all make up and become friends...



Then with the most recent chapter, we get the FMC friend's pov and learn that she's starting to catch feelings for the MC which is just more drama in the making.

This probably more so deserves a rating close to that of a 3*, but the first hundred chapters or so were just that good to me.

I suggest anyone to only read up until the two get together, then consider the novel done as any further will only ruin any good impression you previously had. <<less
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condi rated it
February 12, 2022
Status: c57
Wasn't expecting much out of this novel, considering it's a web series, but I'm glad I read through. It's entertaining enough that I feel I got something worth the time I spent reading. In the end, it's nothing spectacular. But it's an alright romcom with a female lead that singlehandedly carries the whole damn show. Author could really use an editor though, the dialogue gets super awkward and kind of forced when they start talking about playing couch co-op apex like it has halo split screen. I'd suggest talking to... more>> actual gamers, but no one deserves to go through that. <<less
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Aozorah rated it
January 28, 2022
Status: c40
It's really sad to see reviews that give a negative impression when they've only read few chapters. If I could rate this 10, I would really love to do so. This is not the same as Otonari tenshi by all means, the MC in this novel actually have balls right from the start. The MC is unlike the common "loner" tropes out there that constantly self-depreciates themselves.
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bvdaf rated it
February 7, 2022
Status: c52
It’s dumb in short.

Sure it is kind of wholesome (kind of, but not to the point where I smile from time to time while reading this.)

However it feels so unnatural and forced, the dialouges (not all, but big part of them) are so weird, I don’t know how to describe it, but the characters just feel fake. The drama itself is understandable, but just how everything it is solved, their problems etc. It just doesn’t feel natural.

I don’t know why it is rated so high, I for sure have... more>> read better romcoms with rating way lower, but that’s just my opinion.

Though, I have to praise the bickering/teasing between FML and MC. That’s the most enjoyable part and probably most ?realistic? Or just it doesn’t feel so plastic like everything else in this story. <<less
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DMR rated it
April 12, 2022
Status: c106
It's an overall great series... my only issue??? It's starting to drag out...

The relationship is cute, the drama is well done and it doesn't feel too long for the relationship (it's like 100 ch but it's well paced). But the story itself feels a bit long...
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gghhuu rated it
September 7, 2022
Status: c153
Read until ~c120 or so and stop, after that you get ~30c of basketball sh*t and really shitty characters and basically no more UmiXMaki

This could have been a masterpiece but for whatever f*cking reason the author decided to clusterf*ck it.

Edit v154/5: omg it gets even worse

Edit v181: okay, the v154/5 was just some hiccup (I hope), it gets really good after that
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Xeredge rated it
February 4, 2022
Status: c50
This is good stuff. I love the banter between the two MCs. They talk and be honest with each other so I can feel the chemistry. Props to the translated as well. Really easy to read. Couldn't have asked for better.
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ItsThatBriGuy rated it
February 13, 2024
Status: c286
I come not to bury the basketball arc but to praise it. The thing gets a really bad rap as filler and for the initially unlikable character it introduces. But it's so much more than that and hugely important to the series.

This is the arc that 1) completes the estrangement story between the four elementary/middle-school friends happily; 2) begins Maki's physical transformation driving Umi's thirst for him to the levels seen in the subsequent onsen arc and further on; 3) establishes Maki's role replacing Umi as Yuu's primary emotional support animal; 4) first shows that Umi's feelings for Maki are easily spotted by anyone willing to notice them and 5) fully establishes Maki as the acknowledged center of the friend group and the behind-the-scenes glue holding his class together. Further, the arc of the so-called "terrible character" actually creates a complex character who will come to play important roles after c200.

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Aziel Apocalyptus
Aziel Apocalyptus rated it
July 1, 2022
Status: c156
This is a good romantic comedy with great development between the relationship between the the MC and the FMC, I will just make it short so it won't give any massive spoilers.

Classmates > Kindred > Friends > Close Friends >More than Friends > Mutual > Supporting each other > Lover

That's the development in the First and Second Arc and its great and wholesome, it shows how they developed their feelings for each other and how they support each other in their weakest times. Its a great story, its fluffy and... more>> Heartwarming, I also like how the FMC tease the MC from time to time and how they talked about nonsense things with each other like how buddies do.

Although, if your not a fan of some drama sh*t, then consider this finished after they become lovers in the last part of the second arc, after all the third arc is mainly drama centered in FMC's friend (Amamiya Yuu). With some new girl who hates Yuu for some reason and well just see through it till the end if you want to see.

Anyway thanks for reading my review. <<less
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SeventhTale rated it
February 8, 2022
Status: --
This is quite decent. It's a generic romcom story about loner and his beautiful classmate in their classroom where there is caste system.

Aside from the fact that the female lead literally just walk in on to MC's house for shallow reason, I don't hate this one. It's not so sweet but it has a laid back feeling. Well, except for one big thing that ruin the whole story for me. It's the MC. For god sake, we already know he's loner who for some reason can accompany the 2nd beautiful... more>> girl in the class but not the others, but why do he always emphasize that he's a loner? And what's with those occasional philosophical loner views? Those are soooo annoying. You can even play a game to take a shot every time the loner word appear. Ohmygod. What's more, is he showed hostility to someone who just want to invite him? He overreacted so much.

Well, without the things above, this will be a decent story. I like the art, and the progression of the development is not so fast nor slow. With 4.5 rating, I don't know if maybe this is not just my preference, but the rating is just so high for this generic story. Seriously, I wish the author didn't make the MC like this. <<less
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Kekeke999 rated it
February 11, 2022
Status: c55
I cant describe how good this novel is nor can I put a good critique. I just wanted to post that I like this novel and have opening NU everyday just for this one. Its not much of a review but still good comments should be posted. I enjoyed reading it and am waiting for more updates. I liked it and if you wanted to know why then read it.
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HotSnack rated it
December 2, 2023
Status: c285
so if you stop reading this at chap 120, I think you should be satisfied. dumb openings, but really deep and good character development, truly something you could grin in the middle of the class (not talking about me ofc...).

buttttttttttttt from that point on, things feel like forced with weirdly tons of drama, and went way off the rail fast.

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the whole basketball sh*t is totally a filler, totally unreasonable girl throwing shade to everyone she met? no thanks

bath arc is good, seg chap 199

the whole Yuu arc was a rollercoaster, but then got downhilled to hell ever since the author mentioned her taking a liking to MC, why tf must Yuu fall in love with Maki, and why tf Umi, a posessive gf, let her bf rest on shoulder of her best friend?


i get the idea of slow couple development progess, but this is slowly derailing and make me frustuated so hard <<less
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