Teen of Japan is a contest held to determine Japan's "most remarkable" female high school student. As such, it is believed that Tsukushi Makino will be humiliated if she enters. After school, Tsukushi stops at a ramen restaurant. She orders a lot of food to "get [her]self out of this depression," despite knowing she cannot afford it. Tsukushi is upset about all the attention she is getting because of Seinosuke Amakusa's "stunt." She screams aloud "Why does everybody only think of himself?" which startles the chef.
After leaving the restaurant, she is accosted by a group of female students from Eirin Academy. The girls question "What does Seinosuke see in someone like you?" and speculate about how she got his attention, such as playing "mind tricks" on him. Tsukushi tries to walk away but one girl, Sonoko Maekawa, stops her. She threatens to punch her if she says one more thing. Sonoko then issues her a "challenge," describing Teen of Japan. She promises to "recognize [Tsukushi] as an equal if [she] wins."
Seinosuke interrupts the girls and yells at them all to leave. He then apologizes to Tsukushi concerning all the media attention she has received, though he asserts that his feelings are real. She agrees to forgive him. He asks her to think about being his girlfriend. She suddenly pictures Tsukasa Domyoji's face. At work, Tsukasa shows up to speak to Tsukushi. He asks her a few questions for a recommendation letter. Tsukasa refuses to tell her what it is for, saying "You'll find out tomorrow."
Besides the opening page of Shizuka, the chapter was also published with a color illustration of Tsukushi in Margaret No.24 of 1994. Both were included in the art book, while the image of Tsukushi was republished in volume six and Shizuka in volume twenty of the complete edition in 2005.