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''Mademoiselle Butterfly'' is a HistoricalFiction {{shoujo}} by Akane Ogura. Originally conceived as a one-shot, it was later turned into a 2-volume series, serialized in the [=LaLa DX=] magazine. It is based on the opera ''Theatre/MadameButterfly''.

Butterfly is a young {{geisha}} in training in Japan. She loves and admires her childhood friend, Chinatsu. He's a tattoo artist, and he paints butterflies on her arms and is kind to her. One day she visits Chinatsu and finds a naked woman there. Butterfly is devastated at the thought of her friend with another girl all along. Soon after, a rich foreigner offers to buy Butterfly and take her to live luxuriously in a different land with him. She'll miss life at home, but maybe it will help her forget Chinatsu. But does he really want her?

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!!Tropes used by the {{manga}}:

* AlwaysIdenticalTwins: [[spoiler: Chinatsu and Butterfly's first children are a couple of girl twins that look exactly like each other.]]
* BabiesEverAfter: [[spoiler: Chinatsu and Butterfly have four children: two twin girls and two boys.]]
* CinderellaCircumstances: Butterfly's family is terribly poor and she was sold into a geisha house to pay their debts.
* [[spoiler: {{Conscription}}: Chinatsu is drafted into the Japanese army once World War II begins.]]
* CostumePorn: Since it's set in the 1930s, when kimonos where still used as casual wear, the author has an excuse to draw Butterfly in some gorgeous outfits.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: [[spoiler: After getting married and having twins, even if Chinatsu is drafted into war, after an attack he's saved and healed by some locals. He manages to come back home and rejoin Butterfly and his children. They have two more kids and live HappilyEverAfter.]]
* HappilyMarried: [[spoiler: Butterfly and Chinatsu.]]
* IWillWaitForYou: [[spoiler: Butterfly sends Chinatsu off to war with the hope that he'll eventually return, taking care of their twins in the process. When she's told he's dead, Butterfly doesn't take another spouse, which makes the happy ending even better once Chinatsu comes back home.]]
* KimonoIsTraditional: Following the era the manga is set, everyone except Akie wear kimonos most of the time.
* MayDecemberRomance: Between Butterfly and the foreigner.
** Also between Butterfly and Chinatsu: he's twelve years older than her. However, these kind of pairings weren't uncommon then.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Chinatsu's brother Akie never approved his relationship with Butterfly. However, [[spoiler: he still helps her when she moves in with his father during the war and is extremely fond of the twins.]]
* MeaningfulName: Butterfly. She's considered as beautiful as one, and the first tattoo she gets done by Chinatsu is a butterfly on her shoulder.
* OlderThanTheyLook: As the story progresses, Butterfly reaches adulthood but she still looks the same as when she was a teenager.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Butterfly's real name is never revealed: "Choucho" (lit. Butterfly) is the name she took when she entered the geisha house.
* ParentalAbandonment: Butterfly was sold by her parents into the geisha house when she was a child and hasn't heard from them since. Later in the story she starts sending them letters to tell her about her new life and [[spoiler: her marriage with Chinatsu.]]
* ThePollyanna: Butterfly.
* RagsToRiches: Chinatsu's family is actually quite wealthy, [[spoiler: and once Butterfly enters it, she never suffer hunger ever again. What's more, during the war, they still live quite confortably.]]
* RomanticFalseLead: [[spoiler: The foreigner. Chinatsu ends up buying Butterfly and she starts living with him.]]
* ScarsAreForever: After a bad fall, [[spoiler: Butterfly is injured on her back and the butterfly tattoo she got done by Chinatsu is covered by a big scar.]]
* SomeoneToRememberHimBy: [[spoiler: Subverted. Chinatsu eventually comes home.]]
* TheUnfavorite: Chinatsu is looked down upon for living as a tattoo artist (an illegal job at the time) instead of putting his drawing talents for good use. However, after some troubles [[spoiler: he makes up with his father and his brother.]]
* [[spoiler: VictoriousChildhoodFriend: Chinatsu and Butterfly end up living together, and eventually marrying.]]
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