A {{Josei}} manga [which is also a drama] about the ups and downs of {{OL}} Hotaru Amemiya: a "dried fish woman," which is a term for women who, instead of focusing on going out, looking good and going on dates, would rather live a more relaxed lifestyle. She rents a home alone; however, through strange circumstances, her boss starts living there as well. The two of them keep this a secret from everyone, as he gives her advice on love and life. Hotaru eventually finds a boyfriend, but is there some tension between her and her boss, Takano?
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!This manga provides examples of:
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: When Hotaru brings up the idea of marriage to Makoto.
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther:
** Kaname and Yuuka have moments like this towards each other.
** Hotaru and Takano also have these moments.
* BasementDweller: While not an extreme example, Hotaru is perfectly content spending her days at home alone, reading manga, eating cup noodles, and drinking beer.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Hotaru perceives much of the main cast in this light initially, including Takano, Kaname, and Yuuka.
* BokeAndTsukkomiRoutine: Mentioned by name by Hotaru (with herself in the ''boke'' role, of course).
* CannotSpitItOut: Kaname has trouble confessing his feelings for Yuuka. Hotaru calls him out on this.
* ChristmasCake: Hotaru sticks out as an unmarried 27-year-old.
* TheDandy: Rokurou shows shades of this.
* DoggedNiceGuy: Kaname is a Type 2.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: The focal point of the entire series. Hotaru feels she has to change her entire life in order to live up to the standards she sets for herself as Makoto's girlfriend.
* GrowingUpSucks: Frequently, Hotaru is compared to a child who hasn't matured enough to act like a proper adult.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: [[spoiler: Hotaru tries her best to make Makoto's exhibition a grand success, even after he dumps her.]]
* ImagineSpot: Hotaru constantly fantasizes about her relationship with Makoto falling apart.
* InnocentCohabitation: Between Hotaru and Takano; there's some {{UST}} between them.
* InstantFanClub: For Makoto. ''All'' the girls want him.
* InsultOfEndearment: Hotaru refers to Kaname as "Lord" because of her image of him as a feudal lord, even after she comes to respect him and treat him as a friend.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Takano.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: Occasionally a character will address the readers directly.
* LoveChart: [[http://wiki.d-addicts.com/static/images/thumb/e/e9/HotarunoHikariChart.JPG/400px-HotarunoHikariChart.JPG for the drama]]
* LoveHotels: Used when Hotaru and her boyfriend, Makoto, finally have sex.
* LoveHurts
* LoveTriangle:
** Yuuka tries to insert herself into this position with Hotaru and Makoto, which also creates a triangle between Kaname, Yuuka, and Makoto.
** Takano already holds a similar position with Hotaru and Makoto.
* ManChild: Hotaru, in spades.
* Megane: Makoto.
* MistakenForCheating: Makoto is terrified that Hotaru will confess that she's been having an affair with Kaname when she first tries to tell him about her living situation.
* OfficeLady: Hotaru's role in the office.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Takano delivers these to Hotaru on an almost regular basis.
* RelationshipUpgrade: A rare example in which the story's plot is kicked off by one.
* TheRival: Yuuka.
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: [[spoiler: A heartbreaking example in Chapter 52.]]
* ShipSinking: [[spoiler: Chapter 53 delivers a very "final" tone to Hotaru and Makoto's relationship.]]
* SmokingIsCool: Takano. Kaname, to an extent.
* {{Tsundere}}: A male non-romantic(?) example in Takano.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Hotaru and Takano grow into this.
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