: Shiina, a newcomer at a university in Sendai, meets his new neighbor, the tall and quirky Kawasaki. Stylish, sociable and smiling Kawasaki is taking Shiina into not only his apartment, but his confidence right away. He tells his new friend he wants to steal a Kojien dictionary for another neighbor — an exchange student from Bhutan — and needs Shiina's help. He also gives Shiina a warning that sounds as loopy as his plan: Beware the owner of a nearby pet shop, the sexy but dangerous Reiko. Been smart enough, Shiina politely declines. But the next day, Shiina instead of digging into books, finds himself, all trembling fear, standing guard outside a bookshop's back door with a replica pistol.
- Based on a bestselling Isaka Kotaro novel (Sweet Rain, Fish Story), winner of 25-th Yoshikawa Eiji Prize for New Writers (2004).