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A very shy girl and a SchoolPlay. How are these two going to fit?

Well, that's the whole point of ''Hitohira''.

Asai Mugi has just joined her new high school. She's still unsure on what club to join, when she was spotted by Ichinose Nono, president of the Drama Research Society, and was force drafted into the club herself. The problem is that Mugi is extremely shy and easily cracks under pressure, especially when talking to many people -- which at times even leads to her fainting. And now she is pressured into performing at school plays, which doesn't bode well for either her well-being or that of the club she got pulled into.

To complicate matters further, the Drama Research Society's existence is threatened by the Drama Club, which it is a splinter of. There appears to be much personal animosity between Nono and the president of the Drama Club, Sakaki Mirei -- but things are not as straightforward as they first appear.

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!!''Hitohira'' provides examples of:

* BeachEpisode: The very plot-heavy kind.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Not even when Nono and Risaki start [[spoiler:beating each other up]].
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Don't get Nono angry. She's that scary.
* BittersweetEnding: So, so very much. Ouch.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Kai does this in the manga after his sister Risaki says something that totally contradicts [[AnAesop the aesop]] of the story.
* TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive: In Kai's case the call is embodied by his sister, who pressures him into joining the Drama Research Society.
** And then of course there's Nono's insistence that Mugi should join her club.
* ChangingOfTheGuard: The sequel ''Sakaki Mirei no Tame nara Boku wa...!!'' which focus on characters who graduated after ''Hitohira'', has Mirei as the protagonist, though Nono, Risaki, and Takashi still appear as supporting characters.
* CharacterDevelopment: In spades, and not only for Mugi.
* CherryBlossoms: "Hitohira" means "flower petal". Do the math.
* ClubPresident: Nono and Mirei, of their respective clubs.
* ComingOfAgeStory: Shy school girl--check. Situation that forces change--check. Affectionate friends to help her--check. It's still very well done, though.
* DreamSequence: Used to great effect in the above-mentioned ending.
* FiveManBand: Nono as TheHero, Takashi as TheLancer (can fit TheSmartGuy too), Risaki as TheBigGuy, Kai as TheSmartGuy, and Mugi as TheChick.
* FriendsAllAlong: [[spoiler:Nono and Mirei]]. It's a long way before it actually shows, though.
* FuroScene
* GeckoEnding: The anime actually only covers the first 3 and a half volumes of manga, and while the end of the anime does correspond well with events in the manga, Mugi's CharacterDevelopment was rushed in the end because of this reason.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: Nono. Really, don't make her angry.
* HugeSchoolgirl: Risaki, who appears to be just fine with it.
** Mirei is also rather tall.
* InformedAbility: [[spoiler:Nono's supposed fighting skills]].
* {{Joshikousei}}
* LockedInARoom
* {{Motifs}}: The bridge is used as a symbol for entering the next stage in life and is literally described as such.
** And then of course there are the {{cherry blossoms}}.
* [[spoiler:NecessarilyEvil]]: [[spoiler: Mirei is trying to get Nono out from acting and close down the club because she's trying to preserve Nono's vocal cords]].
* PerformanceAnxiety: The plot revolves around Mugi being convinced to join her school's drama club, and she has a tendency to get so nervous in front of people that sometimes she faints.
* PutOnABus: [[spoiler: Kayo]].
* TheQuietOne: Mugi, initially.
* RomanticTwoGirlFriendship: Mugi and Nono's relationship quickly evolves into this.
** Mugi and Kayo seem to be like this for a while too.
** [[spoiler:Nono and Mirei]] give off the vibe as well.
* SchoolFestival: What better opportunity to perform a {{school play}}.
* SchoolPlay: The central premise of the whole show.
* SeriousBusiness: {{School play}}s surely seem to be.
* ShowWithinAShow: Nono's play, also called "Hitohira", which is clearly inspired by the happenings in the Drama Research Club and which she wrote [[spoiler:as an encouragement to Mugi]].
* ShrinkingViolet: Mugi, which doesn't deter Nono in the slightest.
* SliceOfLife
* StudentCouncilPresident: A very hyperactive one, too. She is shown announcing the competition between the two drama clubs.
* TrainingFromHell: The Drama Research Society practicing trip.
* TwelveEpisodeAnime
* TwoTeacherSchool
* TheVoiceless: This trope applies in so far that [[spoiler: Nono is in danger of permanently becoming one due to her vocal cord paralysis]].
** Mugi had difficulty speaking within the first few minutes of the anime, to the point where she made no audible sounds, only mouthing words.
* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: Showing [[spoiler:Chitose, Kai and a confident Mugi]] during a new school year.

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