[[quoteright:230:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/arisa_5216.JPG]]
[[caption-width-right:230:Arisa and Tsubasa]]

->"I know everything about Arisa. [[TheAce She's her class representative, she has good grades, and she has a lot of friends]]. [[ProperLady She's a very gentle girl who's liked by everyone]]. [[BeneathTheMask But...]] [[BrokenAce I didn't know anything about the real Arisa]]."
->--'''Tsubasa Uehara'''

''Arisa'' is a 12-volume shojo manga written by Natsumi Ando, illustrator of ''Manga/KitchenPrincess''.

Tsubasa Uehara and Arisa Sonoda are twin sisters who haven't seen each other for three years due to their parents' divorce. They'd communicated through letters, but finally decide to meet each other again.

[[SiblingYinYang Tsubasa and Arisa]] [[PolarOppositeTwins are really different]].

Arisa is her [[ClassRepresentative class' rep]], [[BrainyBrunette has the best grades]] and a lot of friends. She is really [[TheIngenue good natured]] and everybody likes her.

Tsubasa is known as the "Demon Princess" of her school, because she is a {{Delinquent}} who always gets into fights, and her [[OneOfTheBoys only friends are boys]] because the girls are dead scared of her. Also, [[BookDumb she's got really bad grades]].

So when Tsubasa says that she's envious of her, Arisa suggests they [[TwinSwitch change places for one day]].

However, there are things about Arisa and her school that she hasn't mentioned to Tsubasa -- dangerous things. And when Arisa [[InterruptedSuicide tries to kill herself]] in front of Tsubasa and [[AngstComa falls into a coma]], Tsubasa decides that she must know the truth about Arisa in order to save her.

And then she learns of [[BigBad the King]]...

----
!!Tropes in ''Arisa'' include:
* AbusiveParents: Implied with [[spoiler: Shizuka]] and [[spoiler: her aunt.]]
* TheAce: Tsubasa sees Arisa as this, and highly respects her. But soon she discovers...
** BrokenAce: ...that Arisa is not like she imagined at all.
* ActionGirl: Tsubasa is introduced as this.
* AdultsAreUseless: You'd think that when two girls in the same class [[spoiler: try to off themselves]] in the same year and one of them is the [[ClassRepresentative Class Rep.]] the faculty/administration/clergy ''might'' be looking into it or launching some sort of investigation...instead class 2-B continues to participate in King Time every Friday without any adults coming in to check on them or [[TwoTeacherSchool ever getting suspicious of the drawn curtains and closed doors]] or [[spoiler: that fire or the dead body or the missing student]].
** [[spoiler: Midori]] learned this early in life when [[spoiler: his mother abandoned him and his twin to die and when he dared to leave (mom said the outside world was full of monsters) ''Santa Claus'' pushed him away and called him dirty and everyone else ignored him]].
* AmbiguousGender: The title of the King can refer to a girl, due to the Japanese term for it not having a gender pronoun.
* AxCrazy: [[spoiler:Midori]], the true King, ''in spades''.
* BatterUp: Tsubasa's hit by a cricket bat in volume 1.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Played with. Most of the people are overlooking the obvious with rationalizations of "it could never happen to me" until it actually does, making selfish and arbitrary wishes without considering the side-effects. That is, rather than being about wish corruption, it's about the corruption by wishes (having your desires constantly fulfilled).
* BigBad: The King. More specifically, [[spoiler:Midori]].
* {{Bishonen}}: Most of the male cast. Not surprising, given that it's a shoujo manga.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Mariko. [[spoiler:Also, the true King.]]
* BlondeGuysAreEvil: Kudou, though he turns out to be more of a WellIntentionedExtremist who only wants to [[spoiler:make class 2B the best class in the world for Arisa's sake]].
* BrokenBird: Shizuka (both figuratively and literally), though arguably this goes for a LOT of the characters in ''Arisa''.
* BrokenPedestal: Tsubasa tries to inflict this status on the King, but the class just hates ''her'' for interfering with his wish granting.
* BrokenSmile: [[spoiler:Midori shows a lot of these even without the King's {{Slasher Smile}}s.]]
* [[CallingTheOldManOut Calling the Classroom Out]]: [[spoiler: Manabe tells the class off after Midori was revealed]].
* CheshireCatGrin: The King, seen in shadows, often has these. [[spoiler: So do Kudou and Midori, both of whom play the part of the King.]]
** Mariko's prone to them too.
* TheChessmaster: The King is one.
* TheChosenOne: The King chooses 5 members of the class as his representatives. [[spoiler: He himself is among them]].
* ClassRepresentative: Arisa.
* [[TownWithADarkSecret Classroom with a Dark Secret]]
* ClingyJealousGirl: Mariko for Arisa; she's jealous whenever she hangs out with others. This is part of why [[spoiler: she realizes "Arisa" isn't herself when Tsubasa ignores her to hang with Midori]].
* CreepyChild: A lot of them, notably [[spoiler: Midori. When he went to the foster home shortly after being abandoned by his mother and seeing his twin die the kindly matron thought that ''he'd lost his soul''.]]
* CreepyCleanliness: [[spoiler: Midori, the result of being left alone in a filthy apartment for most of his early life by his mother]]
* CreepyDoll: The King's messenger doll in chapter 7 is both a [[MonsterClown clown]] AND a CreepyDoll that speaks its threatening message and then laughs maniacally. Then it explodes.
** He later uses them to [[spoiler:attempt to murder Tsubasa, Kudou, and Arisa's mother]].
* CuteAndPsycho: [[spoiler:Midori]] can somehow maintain an extremely charming appearance while at the same time [[spoiler:plotting ruin for most of the main cast]].
* DarkerAndEdgier: The manga's a good deal heavier than some of Ando's previous titles and is quite dark for the [[{{Shojo}} shojo genre]] in general.
* DisneyVillainDeath: Seems to be the preferred form of suicide in class 2B, [[NoOneShouldSurviveThat though overall it seems to be oddly ineffective]]. That or the school just had very low buildings...
* DissonantSerenity: Mariko has this when talking about the King.
* DrivenToSuicide: Anyone ostracized by the King.
* DrivingQuestion: Who is the King? [[spoiler: It's Midori, Arisa's really, ''really'' devoted boyfriend]].
** Also, why did Arisa try to kill herself? [[spoiler: When Tsubasa went to Arisa's she (Tsubasa) felt homesick and Arisa overreacted because she was afraid she (Arisa) would be separated from her mother]].
* DrowningPit: Tsubasa's pushed into a pool in volume 2; what makes this a DeathTrap is that she had been drugged and was unable to move.
* EasilyForgiven: [[spoiler: Mariko]].
* [[spoiler: EvilTwin: Heavily implied with Arisa, but not proven. Considering his twin is dead, Midori is this by default.]]
* [[spoiler:EvilAllAlong: Midori.]]
* EyeScream: The King inflicts this on a girl who judged people by their looks.
* FakingAmnesia: Tsubasa does this while posing as Arisa.
** [[spoiler:Arisa does this on waking up from her coma.]]
* [[spoiler: FakingTheDead: The criminal the class murdered was actually faking. The police caught him just as he was about to leave the country.]]
* FriendlessBackground: [[spoiler: Mariko]].
* GenkiGirl: Mariko.
* GoneHorriblyRight: The status of the King and his power over everyone.
* HairDecorations: Mariko.
* HallOfMirrors: The King escapes through one of these in Volume 3.
* HappilyAdopted: Inverted, with Shizuka's borderline [[AbusiveParents abusive foster-mom]].
* HeartwarmingOrphan: Also inverted with Shizuka.
* HiddenVillain: The King.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler: It appears that King Midori's abuse of his "subjects" has finally come around to stab him in the back.]]
* IgnoredEpiphany: Class 2B seems to show some remorse and guilt after [[spoiler: they assist in murdering a criminal]], but their complaints are selfish, and soon after they join in beating up Tsubasa.
* InformedAttribute: Tsubasa's "tough girl" personality.
* IronicHell: Some of the King's granted wishes.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Manabe qualifies, though he might be equally classifiable as Tsundere as well.
* KeepingSecretsSucks: This trope is at the crux of the story.
* KickTheDog: When [[spoiler: Midori tears the wings off a butterfly.]]
* LikeAGodToMe: Members of Class 2B see the King as this, particularly Mariko.
* LivingEmotionalCrutch: Arisa is one for [[spoiler:Kudou]].
* MacGuffin: The King's cell phones.
* MadBomber: [[spoiler:Midori with]] the King's exploding clown dolls.
* ManipulativeBastard: The King, able to control a whole classroom via cell phone.
** Kudou, who [[spoiler: turns a whole classroom into a vigilante mob and use them to get away with arson and possibly murder]].
** [[spoiler: Arisa's boyfriend Midori, who is manipulating them all.]]
* MeaningfulName: "Tsubasa" means "wings".
* MonsterClown: The King's messenger doll.
* MoreThanMindControl: Part of the King's power is that the class and his minions ''want'' to do what he tells them, no matter how extreme.
* NiceGuy: Midori-kun. [[spoiler:Or is he?]]
* OneOfTheBoys: Tsubasa. She's ''not'' happy about that.
-->'''Tsubasa''': "How come only the guys befriend me?!"
* OnlySaneMan: Tsubasa, Takeru, Manabe, and Midori, the only people not being manipulated/hypnotized by the King. [[spoiler:Subverted with Midori, who turns out to be the true King and completely AxCrazy.]]
* ParentalNeglect: Shizuka's foster mom.
** Arisa and Tsubasa's mother (mostly towards Tsubasa, but she's a fairly distant parent in general) [[spoiler: when Tsubasa crashes the class's ceremony her mother's so embarrassed she pretends not to know her. Since Midori's mother is dead he'll settle for the next best thing]].
** Kudou's parents have effectively left him to die alone (or that's what he says). At least they left him to die in a BigFancyHouse.
** Seems to be a theme: Worst example is [[spoiler: Midori and his twin's]] mother, who actually abandons [[spoiler: them, one of them to death,]] in a tiny, filthy, freezing apartment without food and heat. She did name [[spoiler: Midori]] as her insurance beneficiary but that just makes the hatred worse.
* PolarOppositeTwins / SiblingYinYang: Arisa and Tsubasa. So, so much.
* PoorCommunicationKills: [[spoiler: Arisa tried to kill herself because she overheard Tsubasa telling her father how homesick she was and she was afraid this would get her taken away from her mother.]]
** The King just didn't ''get'' Arisa's wish: [[spoiler: She didn't want to punish her mother or Tsubasa, she wanted to be with Midori forever because she loved him.]]
* PsychoSupporter: [[spoiler: Arisa has two: Her boyfriend wants to punish Tsubasa for "so casually stealing Arisa's boyfriend"; Kudou proclaims that he will always be her ally because she was the one who gave him the will to live.]]
** Mariko is one for the King, until [[spoiler: he betrays her]].
* PurpleEyes: Tsubasa and Arisa have them.
* PutOnABus: Mariko.
* RedHerring: There are quite a lot of suspects for the King's identity. Namely, Arisa [[spoiler: who in fact was the King, but ''not'' the current, corrupt King]], Manabe, Mariko, Shizuka, Midori and Kudou. [[spoiler:Subverted with some of them.]]
* {{Revenge}}: Everything the King has done is to avenge [[spoiler: his dead twin brother, but since the mother who killed him is dead he'll settle for the next best thing -- his girlfriend's mom who makes her miserable will do nicely.]]
* RewardedAsATraitorDeserves: Those who betray or doubt the King are punished by him and ostracized from the class. This even includes his own followers, such as [[spoiler: Mariko]].
** [[spoiler: Midori is punishing Tsubasa for replacing Arisa and "stealing" him from her.]]
* SameContentDifferentRating: The manga was bumped from a teen rating to an older teen rating due to mature and darker themes.
* SecretKeeper: Only Takeru, Manabe, and [[spoiler: the King]] know Tsubasa's posing as Arisa at first.
** Class 2B shares the secret of the King, as well.
* ShootTheShaggyDog: Sure seems like it, with [[spoiler: Arisa flatlining and Tsubasa seemingly pushed down the stairs/beaten to death after her identity is exposed.]] They got better, though [[spoiler: Arisa got amnesia and Tsubasa still doesn't suspect Arisa's boyfriend of anything]] (that got better too, though there's still danger, and now [[spoiler: some kid appears out of nowhere to stab Midori in the back]]).
* ShrinkingViolet: Shiori.
* SlasherSmile: The King.
* SlippingAMickey: Tsubasa's tricked into eating drugged apple cookies, making her too tired to resist being pushed into the pool.
* StalkerShrine: Manabe has one to Arisa, though it's not out of love.
* StepfordSmiler:
** [[spoiler: Midori, so much so.]]
** Arisa is also one of these.
* StockShoujoBullyingTactics
* TakingYouWithMe: This appears at first to be Kudou's intention in essentially becoming the dictator of class 2B, since he's going to [[spoiler: die of a weak heart and therefore wants to make as many of the students suffer as possible]].
** Subverted when it's revealed that [[spoiler:Kudou only wants to make class 2B the best class in the world for Arisa's sake but does so in an extremely dangerous and tyrannical manner. Midori twists that so the class's fame and/or where they're going will get the attention of his mother, but since she's already dead he'll settle for killing Arisa's mother and humiliating Tsubasa]].
* TeensAreMonsters: Might as well be the name of the manga.
* ThereAreNoPolice / PoliceAreUseless: Save for a few offhand mentions, there is a notable absence of law enforcement officers in this manga, leaving the murderous King of class 2B to run amok without repercussion.
** ''Finally'' averted in chapter 42 (the third to last chapter, mind you) when they show up at the summit meeting and mistakenly detain Tsubasa as a party-crasher and [[spoiler: arrest Midori, but don't frisk or cuff him which enables him to stab Tsubasa and run away. They (and Tsubasa wearing her Arisa-wig) trap him in Arisa's hospital room, but no one saw the other kid with the knife...]]
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Tsubasa is the tomboy, Arisa the girly girl.
* TomboyWithAGirlyStreak: Tsubasa, who wants to be girly more than anything.
* TooDumbToLive: The police in chapter 42. [[spoiler:After apprehending Midori, they don't bother to handcuff or disarm him, which resultantly allows him to escape and stab Arisa with a concealed blade meant for her mother.]]
* TraumaInducedAmnesia: Invoked; Tsubasa fakes amnesia while pretending to be Arisa. [[spoiler: Arisa wakes up from her coma with amnesia.]]
** [[spoiler: [[FakingAmnesia She's lying]].]]
* {{Tsundere}}: Manabe, Type A.
* TwinTelepathy: Seen in Volume 8. [[spoiler: When Tsubasa is hurt, Arisa flatlines in the hospital]]. Tsubasa even says not to underestimate the bond between twins as she races to help Arisa.
* {{Unperson}}: Class 2B does this to people marked as traitors.
* UnwittingPawn: Class 2B in general, and [[spoiler: the King's Chosen Ones, especially Kudou, who takes the King's betrayal particularly badly]].
* WhenItAllBegan: [[spoiler: Shizuka]] was the first person marked as a traitor by the King.
** [[spoiler: Tsubasa goes to the orphanage/foster home where Midori was raised and learned his tragic backstory.]]
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: King Time started out innocently enough, but when the eponymous figure started to become deified by the students in 2B, [[spoiler:Arisa]] found out the hard way that [[spoiler:she could no longer control her creation, especially after [[AxCrazy Midori]] took over]].
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: At least three of the King's pawns had very sad lives which made it easier for the real King to manipulate them: [[spoiler: The girl who tried to drug Tsubasa and drown her was shunned and bullied; the girl who pushed Tsubasa off a cliff and beat her own aunt tried to commit suicide and is now paralyzed; Kudou, who burned down a house so that class 2B could save the inhabitants and appear as heroes, has a weak heart and has been effectively abandoned by his parents]].
** [[spoiler: Arisa's boyfriend wants to "erase" Tsubasa because she accidentally drove Arisa to suicide, because his own twin brother ''died'' when he "abandoned" him (went outside to find help). Falling for him and letting him kiss her wasn't a good idea either. Midori's current plan is to get his class famous so that his mother, who abandoned him and his twin, will notice him (or possibly go to her location). Unfortunately Midori finds out she died some time ago so he settles for Arisa's mother.]]
* {{Yandere}}:
** Mariko for Arisa. She gets better.
** [[spoiler:Kudou]] and [[spoiler: Midori]] for Arisa, the latter dangerously so.
*** Turns out [[spoiler:Midori]] is more yandere for [[spoiler:his dead twin brother, Akari, who he has projected onto Arisa]].

----
->Tell me your wish... I'll grant it!