Second-year high school student Yatora Yaguchi is a delinquent with excellent grades, but he's unmotivated and can't find his true calling in life. He spends his days working hard to maintain his academic standing while hanging out with his equally unambitious friends. But Yatora doesn't enjoy either of these activities, and he wishes he could find something more fulfilling.
One day, while reflecting on his situation, Yatora finds himself staring at a breathtaking landscape of Shibuya. He's so moved that he takes up a paintbrush and tries to express himself through art. After receiving praise for his work, Yatora decides to pursue his dream of entering the Tokyo University of the Arts, a school that only accepts one in every two hundred applicants.
Yatora soon faces a number of obstacles: talented peers, a lack of understanding of the fine arts, and struggles to obtain his parents’ approval. But he's determined to prove that his inexperience won't stop him from achieving his goal of securing one of the five prestigious spots in his program of choice.