Not a Date at the Mall is the fifth story arc in EGS:NP. It opened on May 4th, 2004, and closed on May 29th, 2004, for a total of 12 comics. It was the second of the story arcs that have become canon having been mentioned in a story comic namely EGS Main Story Comic for 2004-12-06 ("See Part II Of EGS:NPs ‘Magic Comic Shop’ To Learn More About Nanase’s Book").
Immediately after the events of the Magic Comic Shop story arc concluded, Justin decided to take Ellen and Nanase to the mall for dinner. When they were in line, he gave Nanase the money then ran away allegedly to get tables. Ellen quickly wrapped her arm around hers and took her to get food. Nanase became angry at Justin for running away and hoped he got karmic retribution for it.
While Justin was walking away, he bumped into Melissa who assumed he was there to see her. When he told her that if he had known she as there, he never would have gone to the mall, Melissa assumed this was because Justin was still in his 'gay' phase. Justin angrily walked away and left Melissa. Later Noah appeared and told her to stop chasing him, but Melissa said she couldn't.
Back with Ellen and Nanase, Nanase was blushing heavily despite trying to hide her emotions while in line for the food. After Justin and Ellen finished eating, they wanted to go shopping but Nanase was still eating. In a DVD store, Ellen formally bid farewell to her money, while the clerk got mad at her for not just paying and leaving as the store was closing. The DVD that Ellen bought was a volume of the Lucky Bunny Bounty Show; she noted that Nanase had a close resemblance to the goddess of luck from the show.
Later on Justin dropped off Ellen at her house and she watched the DVD with Elliot. Meanwhile Nanase was unable to sleep and spent her time reading more of the book that she was reading at the beginning of the previous storyline.