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First-Year College student Shiratori Ryuushi moves into the boarding house, Narutakisou. Under the tender care of [[{{TheKanrinin}} Aoba Kozue]], Narutakisou provides a home to people whose personal lives are all painful in one way or another; yet together, somehow, they make up a true family. Not only does Shiratori find a home at Narutakisou, but he also finds himself falling in love with a girl who is far more than she seems. Compare with {{Maison Ikkoku}}.

With AnAesop or SugarWiki/HeartWarmingMoments (or more likely, both) in every chapter, Mahoraba is one of those "[[{{Iyashikei}} feel good]]" sort of mangas. The sort you've [[SugarWiki/NeedsMoreLove likely never read before]].

Not to be confused with ''Anime/{{Maburaho}}'', which sits comfortably on the exact opposite end of the romantic comedy spectrum.


Now with a [[{{Characters/Mahoraba}} character sheet]] under construction.
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!!This series provides examples of:

* AllThatGlitters: The episode when the residents embark on a treasure hunt.
* AlphaBitch: Michiyo acts like an AlphaBitch {{Ojou}} towards Asami, [[spoiler:but it's really because she's too insecure that Asami won't like her.]]
* AmusingInjuries: Inflicted upon Michiyo and Ero-Freak Boy on a semi-regular basis.
* BattleAura: Tamami and the Occult Club President can see each others' battle auras, but almost nobody else can.
* BeachEpisode
* BittersweetEnding: Manga Only: Wherein Ryuushi has fallen in love with ALL of Kozue-chan's personalities but [[spoiler: his love for her gradually cures her insanity and causes all her personalities, each lovely human-beings unto themselves, to be absorbed into her primary psyche, never to emerge again.]] Afterwards we are introduced to [[spoiler: Kozue-chan and Ryuushi's four daughters, who each [[GenerationXerox bore an uncanny resemblance to the four personalities whom their mother once transformed into]].]]
* BlankWhiteEyes
* {{Bokukko}}: Shiratori retains his male speech patterns even after [[DraggedIntoDrag he was made to crossdress]], which allows Chiyuri to look at him before she [[{{does not like men}} gets used to men]].
* BrandX: Ahashi beer.
* CanNotSpitItOut
* CloudCuckooLander: Sayoko at one point practices her significant artistic talents by carving most of the trees in the courtyard into sculptures of her daughter Asami. Haibara spends his days fishing in a tiny, obviously fishless pond in the courtyard and only talks through his hand-puppet, Johnny. And those are just a couple of the less bizarre examples.
* ColourfulThemeNaming: An impressive list:
** Kozue '''Ao'''ba: Blue.
** Saki '''Aka'''saka: Red.
** Nanako '''Kana'''zawa: Gold.
** Chiyuri '''Midori'''kawa: Green.
** Natsume '''Kon'''no: Navy blue.
** Ryuushi '''Shira'''tori: White.
** Megumi '''Momo'''no: Peach.
** Tamami '''Cha'''nohata: Brown.
** Asami '''Kuro'''saki: Black.
** Yukio '''Hai'''bara: Grey.
** Erica '''Vermilion''': [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Vermilion]].
** Youli '''Huang''': Yellow.
** Asahi '''Chigusa''': Light greenish-blue.
** Michiyo '''Asagi''': Pale blue-green.
** Tsubasa '''Yamabuki''': Pale yellow.
** Ryuutarou '''Shi'''ba: Purple.
** Mahiru '''Mi'''nazuki: Greenish sky blue.
** Satsuki '''Matsuba''': Dark green.
** Risona '''Ai'''zawa: Indigo.
** Miyabi '''Shirogane''': Silver.
** Haruka '''Tobi'''ta: Reddish brown.
** Mizuho '''Ama'''ne: Pale yellow.
* ComedicSociopathy: In the beginning, mostly at Sayoko's expense, and quite a lot from Saki's side once [[spoiler: she hooks up with Ryuushi, because she's too embarrassed. She tries her best to avoid it, but fails a lot]].
* CornerOfWoe
* CreditsRunningSequence
* DistantFinale: The last chapter of the manga.
* {{Dojikko}}
* DrivenToSuicide: Played for ''laughs'' of all things with poor Sayo-chan in the very beginning of the manga. Due to "network regulations", this was changed to merely severe depression in the anime.
* ExpressiveHair
* EyeCatch
* {{Facefault}}
* FanOfUnderdog
* FirstGirlWins
* FirstNameBasis
* FlungClothing
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Kozue is sanguine (so is Nanako, because she's a kid version of Kozue), Saki is choleric, Chiyuri is phlegmatic, Natsume is melancholic. It's probably worth mentioning that this "ensemble" consists of Kozue's alternate personalities
* FunbagAirbag: Asami with Tachibana.
* GeckoEnding
* GenderVocabularySlip: Shiratori Ryuushi, DoggedNiceGuy and TheChewToy of Mahoraba, was dressed up (against his will and while asleep) to look like a ''very'' cute and beautiful blonde. When confronted with Chiyuri, one of his landlady's five personalities who does ''not'' know him, he accidentally uses "boku" ([[UsefulNotes.JapanesePronouns polite masculine pronoun]]) to refer to himself. Subverted in that Chiyuri finds this contrast quite {{Moe}}, and that although unusual for a girl, "boku" is used as a pronoun by the nicer [[TomBoy tomboys]] out there.
* GenericCuteness
* TheGlomp
* HairColors
* HandBehindHead
* HeyItsThatVoice: Manga/HayateTheCombatButler as Shiratori.
* HiddenEyes
* ImageSong
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Sa-chan and her book attack, Tamami and just about ''anything'' (tennis balls, bonsai trees).
* ImTakingHerHomeWithMe: When the Club-President takes a shining to Asami-chan, she asks Tamami whether she could do this to the little one.
* InstantDogend: Haibara does this a lot.
* InstantSeiza
* KewpieDollSurprise
* KissingCousins: Shiratori and Kozue-chan are actually second-cousins; a fact that is mentioned once in the beginning with a lampshade on how second cousins can get married[[note]]technically, in Japan, even first cousins can get married and this does not evoke the same levels of {{Squick}} that Americans would have, but all the same it's good to keep your relations straight[[/note]]. As such, this fact is fairly quickly forgotten about for the rest of the series.
* LyingOnAHillside
* LovableSexManiac: Shiratori's male art school friend.
* LoveYouAndEverybody: Nanako pulls this the first time we see her.
* MaximumFunChamber: Shirogane-sensei's room.
* {{Meido}}: Sakura and Tachibana.
* NinjaMaid: Tachibana, who serves the Minazuki family, has a habit of materializing in rooms like one. She even goes through a car chase sequence to rescue Mahiru from the Italian mafia.
* NoblewomansLaugh
* NoNameGiven: Only in the anime.
** Shiratori's three art school friends. The plot for one of the drama [=CDs=] [[LampshadeHanging revolves around]] their trying to get names. The manga does give them names in the end: Ero Freak's name is [[spoiler: Yamabuki Tsubasa]], the yaoi fangirl is [[spoiler: Aizawa Risona]], and the 'normal' girl with the nail bat is [[spoiler: Amane Mizuho]].
** The Occult Club President also was never given a name, until the end when it was revealed to be [[spoiler:Erika Vermilion]].
* OfficialCouple: Loaded with them, including two nameless background characters.
* {{Ojou}}
* PantyShot: None for the audience, but a few character-only ones happen for Shiratori's "benefit", such as the trope page image.
* PercussiveMaintenance: Momono calls it the "Russian Repair Method": "Wish it to be fixed, and pound it." [[spoiler: It doesn't work]].
* ThePowerOfFriendship
* PuniPlush
* RetailRiot: Episode 5 has a mob of crazy shoppers make life hard for Asami.
* RomanticTwoGirlFriendship:
** Michiyo definitely has a crush on Asami, which might even [[SchoolgirlLesbians be something more]].
** And Shiratori's arrival likely disrupts such a relationship between Tamami and Kozue, which explains Tamami's hostility toward him rather well.
* SchoolFestival: Episode 20, in Kozue's school.
* SecretlyWealthy: [[spoiler:Sayako and Asami]]
* SelectiveObliviousness: Kozue's personality switching [[spoiler:is a defense mechanism against hard times and problems, justified by her rather [[{{Break The Cutie}} horrifying past]].]]
* ShoutOut: In chapter 58, the books that won the novel contest share the same titles of games made by Treasure such as RadiantSilvergun or Ikaruga.
* SpaceWhaleAesop: Before each episode, they warn about sitting too close to the TV. The consequences involve things like a monster from the TV eating you.
* SuicideAsComedy: Poor Sayo-chan in the manga '''regularly''' tries to hang herself, but either the branch or the rope breaks whenever she tries. This is removed altogether in the anime.
* TokenYuriGirls: Chanohata Tamami admits to Shiratori Ryuushi that she is in love with Aoba Kozue (who is completely oblivious), explaining her mean-spirited attitude.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Kozue loves pickled plums.
* {{Tsundere}}: Kozue's "Akasaka Saki" personality.
* TsurimeEyes: Tachibana.
* UnluckyChildhoodFriend: [[spoiler:Tamami]].
* UnsettlingGenderReveal:
** Averted for Shiratori's male friend, who never get to see [[spoiler:that the girl he obsesses about really is [[WholesomeCrossdresser Shiratori in drag]]]].
** Chiyuri, on the other hand, finds out, and doesn't react well.
* UnwantedHarem:
** Generally averted. Shiratori lives with five cute girls but four of them have no romantic interest in him.
** Subverted when Momono appears to take Shiratori on a date, it turns out she was just "testing" herself.
** Played straight if you consider Kozue's five personalities as a harem unto herself... themselves... whatever.
* VictoriousChildhoodFriend - Shiratori and Kozue met as children about ten years before the start of the story. Shiratori has forgotten about it, but Kozue still remembers their meeting quite well.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Tamami and Momono.
* WeWantOurJerkBack: Downplayed, but when the Occult Research Club President is cleansed by visiting a shrine, Tama starts to miss her annoying personality.
* YamatoNadeshiko:
** Kozue-chan's primary personality; she takes care of everyone and also has personal responsibility for the boarding house.
** Shirogane-sensei is like this, but don't you dare to mess up your homework.
* ZettaiRyouiki: Part of Kozue's leisurely wardrobe, and apparently an official part of Asami's middle-school uniform.
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