きめきメモリアル Only Love
(Tokimeki Memorial Only Love)
Genre Romantic comedy
Director Nobuhiro Takamoto
Studio AIC A.S.T.A.
Network TV Tokyo
Original run October 3, 2006 – March 27, 2007
Tokimeki Memorial Only Love (ときめきメモリアル Only Love, Tokimeki Memoriaru Only Love?) is a Japanese anime series produced by Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd., based on Konami’s popular Tokimeki Memorial dating simulation series, specifically Tokimeki Memorial Online. It premiered October 3, 2006 across Japan on TV Tokyo. The anime series ended its run on March 27, 2007 with 25 episodes.
The story revolves around a male second year high school student, Riku Aoba, who has just recently transferred to the Tsumugi Private High School (つむぎの高校の自由, Tsumugi no Kōkō no Jiyū?), where he notices, upon joining, several unique and funny occurrences, often being the target of a series of events and races administered by the student council and its fun-seeking president.
While at the academy, Riku meets three beautiful girls:
Amamiya Sayuri, Kasuga Tsukasa, and Yayoi Mina, with numerous fateful events happening along the way.
Riku Aoba (青葉陸, Aoba Riku) (Seiyū – Mamoru Miyano)
The main protagonist of the story. A second-year student at class 2-A. Before transferring to Tsugumi, Riku used to live in a snowy harbour in the northeast of Hokkaido. He is often a target of a series of bizarre events and races administered by the school council. Also, he is the object of affection in the eyes of the three main heroines.
Sayuri Amamiya (天宮小百合, Amamiya Sayuri) (Seiyū – Yuki Makishima)
Age: 16, blood-type: A, birthday: September 17, height: 162cm, weight: 46kg.
One of the main heroines. A second-year student at class 2-A and Riku’s classmate. Graceful and intelligent, Sayuri is an extremely popular girl at school, and is talented in academics and sports, often being the subject of admiration from several of the school’s male students. Numerous legends have been told of the greatness of her actions in the past year. She is deeply in love with Riku, though she has been hiding her true feelings from everyone’s knowledge, including Riku’s.
Tsukasa Kasuga (春日つかさ, Kasuga Tsukasa) (Seiyū – Yukako Yoshikawa)
Age: 16, blood-type: O, birthday: November 25, height: 157cm, weight: 45kg.
One of the main heroines. A second-year student at class 2-B, Tsukasa is a highly skilled member of the school’s volleyball team. She is a believes in destiny, and falls in love with Riku almost immediately after bumping into him one day.
Mina Yayoi (弥生水奈, Yayoi Mina) (Seiyū – Saki Fujita)
Age: 15, blood-type: AB, birthday: March 11, height:148cm, weight: 39kg.
One of the main heroines. A first-year student at class 1-C, Mina is a member of the school’s swimming team. She loves dolphins and is quite shy. Riku first meets her in the school library, helping her reach a book about dolphins, and later coaches her to help improve her swimming times. She is secretly in love with Riku, though she is very nervous to confess her true feelings to him.
Yūsuke Kayama (加山優介, Kayama Yūsuke) (Seiyū – Hiroyuki Yoshino)
Riku’s classmate and friend. He collects and stores data on several girls of the school on his laptop, and often has numerous legends about Sayuri to share with Riku and his friends.
Itta Suzuki (鈴木一太, Suzuki Itta) (Seiyū – Anri Katsu)
Riku’s classmate and friend, nicknamed Icchi, often seen with Yūsuke.
Ayame Shīna (椎名あやめ, Shīna Ayame) (Seiyū – Saori Gotō)
Riku’s classmate. She is a member of the school’s volleyball team, and is good friends with Sayuri, Tsukasa, Yūka, Sakura, and Tsubaki, often concerned with their well-being.
Yūka Fujikawa (藤川優花, Fujikawa Yūka) (Seiyū – Sayuri Yahagi)
Riku’s classmate. She is good friends with Sayuri, Ayame, Sakura, and Tsubaki.
Sakura Shinjō (新条さくら, Shinjō Sakura) (Seiyu – Yuka Iguchi)
Riku’s classmate. She is a member of the school’s swimming team. She is good friends with Sayuri, Ayame, Yūka, and Tsubaki.
Tsubaki Yoshino (吉野椿, Yoshino Tsubaki) (Seiyu – Ai Shimizu)
Riku’s classmate. She is an honor student. She is good friends with Sayuri, Ayame, Yūka, and Sakura.
Kōya Inukai (犬飼洸也, Inukai Kōya) (Seiyū – Hiroki Takahashi)
Riku’s classmate, who sits next to him in class. He might appear to be cold and distant from his other classmates, but is far kinder and warmer than he appears. His hobbies include painting and caring for small animals.
Kyōhei Dōjima (堂島凶平, Dōjima Kyōhei) (Seiyū – Takashi Nagasako)
Riku’s classmate, who sits next to him in class. Very large and muscular, he often wears a shirt with the name Maddog etched on it. Swearing to protect Sayuri from other boys, he introduces himself to Riku by trying to hurt him, (but is instead severely beaten by Hiyokokko), thus being convinced that Riku is worthy enough to protect Sayuri. He is now often seen with Riku and his friends.
Haru Sakurai (桜井晴, Sakurai Haru) (Seiyū – Ryōhei Nakao)
The school council president, who is often engaged in arranging several strange and bizarre events, often involving Riku as the target.
Ichirō Ishiuchi (石打一郎, Ishiuchi Ichirō) (Seiyū – Kishō Taniyama)
The captain of the school’s baseball team. Extremely hyperactive, he is an extremely determined sportsman not willing to concede defeat to anyone. He has a very dangerous fastball pitch.
Ryōichi Kamino (神野領一, Kamino Ryōichi) (Seiyū – Katsuyuki Konishi)
The captain of the school’s track and field team. An extremely fast runner, Kamino is a narcissist who thinks extremely highly of himself.
Koayu Utsumi (内海小鮎, Utsumi Koayu) (Seiyū – Miyu Matsuki)
The captain of the school’s swimming team. A fast swimmer, skilled in the butterfly stroke, she is quite sensitive on the subject of her large and plump breasts, which are often the object of deep admiration from several of the school’s male students, who queue up behind the swimming complex inching to get a glimpse of her.
Hiromi Otama (大珠裕美, Otama Hiromi) (Seiyū – Megumi Toyoguchi)
The captain of the school’s female volleyball team. A strict leader, she is highly skilled in volleyball and has a very powerful spike.
Haruka Wakatake (若竹遥, Wakatake Haruka) (Seiyū – Hekiru Shiina)
The homeroom teacher of class 2-A. Very supportive and gentle, she gets along very well with her students.
Yūko Harinui (針縫由布子, Harinui Yūko) (Seiyū – Mai Kadowaki)
The home economics teacher, who is quite supportive and gentle. She has helped Tsukasa improve her cooking skills.
Ryuichi Yagen (薬研粒一, Yagen Ryuichi) (Seiyū – Daisuke Kishio)
The science teacher. Often wearing a surgical mask, he is apparently quite concerned with the students’ health, often designing numerous experimental drinks to assist them. He’s also quite the inventor, as he made an advanced robot sphere-shaped garbage collector, but it went out of control and was possessed by an evil spirit.
Misao Kurotokage (黒十影操, Kurotokage Misao) (Seiyū – Nobuo Tobita)
The drama and music teacher. Quite harsh on the assessment of her students’ singing and acting abilities, she believes Riku has potential to be a talented actor.
Fumihiko Kinosaki (城崎文彦, Kinosaki Fumihiko) (Seiyu – Atsushi Imaruoka)
The literature teacher, who appears to be quite ill.
Hiromi Akaboshi (赤星浩美, Akaboshi Hiromi) (Seiyu – Atsushi Imaruoka)
The gym teacher. Armed with a massive temper and a wooden kendō stick, the students have nicknamed him Akaoni-sensei (赤鬼先生, Akaoni-sensei? lit. Red demon teacher).
Jun’ya Matsuoka (松岡純也, Matsuoka Jun’ya) (Seiyū – Takashi Mito)
The computer science teacher. Very supportive and intelligent, he gets along very well with his students.
Naomi Hoshina (保科直美, Hoshina Naomi) (Seiyū – Masumi Asano)
The school’s female doctor, who is quite calm and composed, yet with an attitude.
Chairman’s secretary (理事長秘書, Rijichō hisho) (Seiyu – Mitsuki Saiga)
The busty school secretary who is really in charge of the high school instead of the headmaster.
Vice-Headmaster (教頭先生, Kyōtō-sensei) (Seiyu – Kunihiro Kawamoto)
The school’s headmaster. An old man with thick glasses and a reddish nose, he is often interrupted by the secretary when trying to speak.
Shop lady (購買部のおねえさん, Kōbaibu no Onēsan) (Seiyu – Chiwa Saitō)
The young cafeteria lady, who often wears a kind smile while making lunches for all the school’s numerous students, who affectionately call her Onē-san (おねえさん, Onē-san?), a respectful word for sister. She can be subject to a dark streak of anger when her food is damaged. she tends to con the customers and students into buying faulty merchandise or working.
Hiyokokko (ひよこっこ, Hiyokokko) (Seiyū – Mai Kadowaki)
A tiny, intelligent and extremely strong baby chicken, which has the ability to speak by saying Peeyo. It often helps and assists Riku, who is the only one can understand its speech.
Momo Aikawa (愛川桃, Aikawa Momo) (Seiyū – Rie Kugimiya)
A first year female student. She was saved by Inukai from a group of delinquents, who tried to accost her in a park, and thus seems to have developed a crush on him. She is affectionately called Mo-chan (もーちゃん, Mo-chan?) by her friends. She is good friends with Mina.
Goddess of Incineration (焼却炉の女神, Shōkyakuro no Megami) (Seiyū – Kikuko Inoue)
A mystrious magical goddess who has a mission to cleanse evil spirits away and helps people in need. She has an afro and a long broom. Kind of a klutz, she accidentally bumps or tips the piled-up garbage and falls on her, which she lost her memory from shock according to Naomi Hoshina, who took care of her. She recovered her memory when one of the robotized, sphere-shaped garbage collectors, which it was possessed by an evil spirit, discharged an old T.V. set at her, knocking her down almost senseless. Later, she cleanses the evil spirit from the robot by using her magic, when it was about to harm Riku, Tsukasa, and Mina.
Yukari Higashino (東野ゆかり, Higashino Yukari) (Seiyū – Yukari Tamura)
Riku’s childhood friend and very popular teen magazine cover model who just “transferred” to Tsugumi. Yukari claims that she had a great and memorable childhood with Riku, but Riku objects and say otherwise about his childhood with her. Also claims, when speaking with Sayuri, when she quits being an idol, she might make Riku her boyfriend. She appears in episode 14.
Metal Ryuk (メタルリューク,, Metaru Ryūku) (Seiyū – Metal Ryuk)
A rockstar in the school’s cultural festival. He appears in episode 17.
Natsumi Nishida (西田奈津美, Nishida Natsumi) (Seiyū – Natsumi Nishida)
A female singer in Metal Ryuk’s concert. She appears in episode 17.
# Title Original air date
01 “An Exciting Encounter”
“Tokimeki no Deai” (ときめきの出会い) October 3, 2006
Riku Aoba transfers to a new school and quickly finds out many of the bizarre customs associated with the school. In the same episode, Riku meets Sayuri and Mina for the first time.
02 “An Exciting Destiny”
“Tokimeki no Unmei” (ときめきの運命) October 10, 2006
Three of the Big Four Sportsmen have taken an interest in Riku and all devise separate plans in order to get him to join their clubs. They belong to the track team, the swimming team, and the baseball team. Fortunately for Riku, he manages to escape from each of their challenges, and receives a special headband from the student council as a reward. In the same episode, Riku meets Tsukasa for the first time by bumping each other. Riku offers to help her up from the ground. Tsukasa felt her heart beat faster when she met her eyes with his and declared that he is her destined lover, much to Riku’s surprise.
03 “An Exciting After School”
“Tokimeki no Hokago” (ときめきの放課後) October 17, 2006
Riku starts a relationship with Tsukasa. She makes a traditional bento (boxed lunch) though it’s so bad that Riku has to force himself to eat it so as not to hurt Tsukasa’s feelings. Tsukasa later realizes that her cooking is horrible, and spends time to improve her culinary skills with the home ec teacher to prepare a decent lunch for her boyfriend. In the same episode, Mina and Riku meet for the second time, only this time, she introduces herself to him properly. Mina gives Riku a handkerchief after he sneezes (important in the next episode). Mina leaves in haste nervously when Riku finds out that she knows his name.
04 “An Exciting Water Surface”
“Tokimeki no Minamo” (ときめきの水面) October 24, 2006
Riku is set on trying to give Mina back her handkerchief, but his two good friends keep on dragging him around. Eventually he is able to give it back to her at which point Mina asks him to be her psychological coach in order to keep her mindset when swimming.
05 “An Exciting Accident”
“Tokimeki no Jiko (Akushidento)” (ときめきの事故[アクシデント]) October 31, 2006
The school’s sports festival has finally arrived where each class competes against each other in sports related games. However, when Sayuri injures her ankle halfway through the day, Riku must step in and take her place as the coordinator for the day’s activities.
06 “An Exciting Rain”
“Tokimeki no Ame” (ときめきの雨) November 7, 2006
Inukai, in Riku’s class, goes missing one day and rumors start to grow about him getting into fights all the time. While Inukai doesn’t reveal much about himself to others, he usually lets his actions speak louder than words. Riku starts to wonder why Inukai acts the way he does.
07 “An Exciting Confession”
“Tokimeki no Kokuhaku” (ときめきの告白) November 14, 2006
Riku is coerced by the student council to forfeit half of his summer in preparation for the upcoming cultural festival while he plans it out with Sayuri. At the same time, he is also coerced by the drama club’s teacher to audition a play for the festival. During the audition, to Riku’s surprise, he accidentally confesses to Sayuri when she shows up to see his audition. Sayuri is confused by the sudden confession. Meanwhile, Tsukasa is beginning to see the depth of Riku’s feelings, or otherwise, lack thereof.
08 “An Exciting Time”
“Tokimeki no Hitotoki” (ときめきの時) November 21, 2006
After yesterday’s surprise event in the drama room, Sayuri is uneasy about hanging around Riku for a while. In the same episode, Riku and Mina found a temple shrine while on their way home. Riku gives an offering and a prayer for Mina so she can improve her swimming times before the big swim meet. But Mina requests her own prayer that leaves Riku very surprised. Meanwhile, Tsukasa’s volleyball talents are beginning to be adversely affected by her feelings for Riku.
09 “An Exciting Sea”
“Tokimeki no Umi” (ときめきの海) November 28, 2006
Tsukasa and Riku go to the beach to have fun together, but Tsukasa is finding it difficult to be alone with him when almost the entire school shows up.
10 “An Exciting Nightfall”
“Tokimeki no Maiyuugure” (ときめきの夕暮れ) December 5, 2006
During the summer vacation, Riku and his friends get part time jobs but soon find out how difficult they can be. Meanwhile, Sayuri is working very hard in the oversight committee for the up-coming school cultural festival all by herself, whom Riku is very concerned.
11 “An Exciting Memory”
“Tokimeki no Kioku (Memori)” (ときめきの記憶[メモリー]) December 12, 2006
After a swimming tournament, Mina’s popularity has skyrocketed. Mina wants to try to find Riku to tell him how she feels, though she’s finding it just as difficult just to simply get his phone number.
12 “An Exciting Night”
“Tokimeki no Yoru” (ときめきの夜) December 19, 2006
A rumor has been going around that a ghost appears at night at the church on school grounds and before long the school is closed at night, making it even harder for the students working to prepare for the upcoming cultural festival to finish their jobs. Ultimately it is discovered that a large black sphere with one large red eye has been terrorizing the school. Meanwhile, a mysterious young lady shows up at school, who turns out to be a magical goddess.
13 “An Exciting Secret”
“Tokimeki no Himitsu” (ときめきの秘密) December 26, 2006
The cultural festival is only one month away and things are not going well for Riku’s class. Class 2-A has not decided on their main theme and both boys and girls are fighting each other over creative differences. Riku is very worried of Sayuri being overworked with abundant paperwork, being surrounded by other students with different issues, and lacking help from other students. At the same time, Riku is coerced again by the drama club’s teacher. Only this time, she wants Sayuri to audition a play for the festival and have Riku to ask Sayuri for her answer. Meanwhile, Sayuri shows Riku her “secret place” as a hideaway from every day school work.
14 “An Exciting Transfer Student”
“Tokimeki no Tenkousei” (ときめきの転校生) January 9, 2007
A pretty blonde haired girl transfers to Tsumugi Private High School. Excitement sparks when it is learned that she is the popular teen magazine model Yukari Higashino, and more so, when she turns out to be Riku’s childhood friend.
15 “An Exciting Reality”
“Tokimeki no Genjitsu (Utsutsu)” (ときめきの現実[うつつ]) January 16, 2007
Class 2-A’s homeroom teacher Haruka Wakatake is feeling down from various problems, such as believing herself not to be that good a teacher, not being as “perfect” as Sayuri Amamiya, and still being single, just as her twenty-seventh birthday is approaching. Her hopes begin to rise when she meets a nice new friend in an online video game she tries out.
16 “An Exciting Moment”
“Tokimeki no Shunkan” (ときめきの瞬間) January 23, 2007
In this episode, Riku Aoba has been placed in charge of his class’s cultural festival project, a haunted house. But, building the house is a huge task, so he asks the science teacher for help. When the class sees the tent they’re surprised to see it has taken up a ton (it’s as big as the school) of space, and they don’t have enough decorations for it! Will their haunted house be a flop, or is there some way to fix it? And what happens when Sayuri goes inside the haunted house, and starts screaming?!?!
17 “An Exciting Cultural Festival”
“Tokimeki no Bunka Sai” (ときめきの文化祭) January 30, 2007
It’s the day of the culture festival, and Riku hopes to watch Sayuri’s performance at the play. However his hopes are dashed when Tsukasa and Mina end up dragging him around campus to try out all the games and activities the festival has to offer, and things are aggravated by their own rivalry with each other over Riku’s attentions (like when they end up scooping out all the goldfish from the fish catching game in a bid to outdo each other). Will Riku make it in time to watch Sayuri’s stage performance?
18 “An Exciting Field Trip”
“Tokimeki no Shuugakuryokou” (ときめきの修学旅行) February 6, 2007
All of the second year students go to a field trip in Hokkaido. Tsukasa, however, does not go with her class and plans on having fun with Riku. After being alone with Riku, Tsukasa tells Riku that she has a fever and had it for 3 days. Riku then rushes to the hospital. Mina is unable to contact Riku with her mobile phone because he is too busy looking after Tsukasa. Will Tsukasa be alright? What is Mina’s reaction?
19 “An Exciting Message”
“Tokimeki no Dengon (Messeeji)” (ときめきの伝言[メッセージ]) February 13, 2007
While Riku, his class, and the rest of the sophomores are away in Hokkaido, Mina starts to feel lonely from not seeing Riku. When her text messages to Riku go unanswered, she begins to fall into a depression that even her best friend couldn’t get her out of. Will Mina recover from this?
20 “An Exciting Thought”
“Tokimeki no Omoi” (ときめきの想い) February 20, 2007
After finally realizing Mina’s and Tsukasa’s feelings for him, Riku does not know how to respond. And back in school he is depressed. Later after having a chat with Inukai, he finally cheers up and gives the 2 girls his respond, which they seem happy with for now.
21 “An Exciting Christmas”
“Tokimeki no Seiya (Kurismasu)” (ときめきの聖夜[クリスマス]) February 27, 2007
It’s Christmas time and Sakurai has planned another Student Council event, requiring particiants to form couples, one guy and one girl each, as well as having a random giving of Christmas gifts. As many guys vie for Sayuri, Ayame teases her about choosing Riku, which Sayuri denies. To spice things up, Ayame chooses Riku for herself in the event, much to Tsukasa and Mina’s dismay. Secretly, Sayuri picks a present for Riku, while Tsukasa and Mina excitedly pick theirs for him as well. How will Riku survive this event? Whose Christmas present will he receive?
22 “An Exciting New Year”
“Tokimeki no Shinnen” (ときめきの新年) March 6, 2007
It is learned that Riku will be spending the New Year’s at home alone. Hoping to spend time with him, Sayuri, Tsukasa, and Mina decide to drop by at his house, each of them not realizing the other two are planning the same thing. How will Riku handle this awkward situation?
23 “An Exciting Present”
“Tokimeki no Okurimono (Puresento)” (ときめきの贈り物 [プレセント]) March 13, 2007
It’s Valentine’s Day, and, by Japanese custom, girls will be giving chocolates to the guys they like. While all the guys are hoping to get chocolates from girls they like, it is learned that Sayuri has never given any chocolate to any guy on Valentine’s Day her whole life. Sayuri decides to finally give her first Valentine’s Chocolate, to Riku, just as Tsukasa and Mina prepare theirs for him as well. Will Riku go down in history as the first guy to receive Sayuri’s Valentine Chocolate?
24 “An Exciting Farewell”
“Tokimeki no Wakare” (ときめきの別れ) March 20, 2007
It turns out Riku is transferring out of Tsugumi High School because his parents’ work, just like he had to transfer schools a number of times before for the same reason. It’s bad enough Sayuri was disappointed that she was unable to give her chocolate to Riku, but his planned departure aggravates her despair. Tsukasa and Mina are also deeply affected by this. Will they be able to handle this in the end?
25 “An Exciting Wish”
“Tokimeki no Negai” (ときめきの願い) March 27, 2007
The last day of school has come… and Riku is leaving! Is Sayuri okay with this? Who is the girl Riku chooses? Mina, Tsukasa, or Sayuri… ?