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Other manga by Creator/LynnOkamoto:
* Manga/ElfenLied
* Manga/GokukokuNoBrynhildr]

Nono Nonomiya's father was a skilled ski jumper, but never won an Olympic medal. His dreams of his children winning one were destroyed when Nono inherited all his ability and not her brother Yuuta, as women are not allowed into the sport. After the death of both her father and Yuuta, Nono decides to honour their memory by taking on her brother's identity and enrolling in a college famed for producing winter sports athletes. But she quickly discovers it will be very hard to keep her secret, let alone earn the respect of her fellow students while aiming to become the school's best jumper.

Unlike Creator/LynnOkamoto's other works, this one is substantially less violent and does not involve science-fiction.

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!!This series provides examples of:

* AbusiveParents: A flashback reveals Yuuta suffered physical abuse due to his lack of ski jumping skills from his {{Serious Business}} father.
* AccidentalPervert: Played with; more than once Nono seizes on the assumption that s/he's a pervert transvestite rather than a girl.
* AfroAsskicker: Shiriya, before he switched to a more normal hairstyle.
* AlphaBitch: Kourogi
** LovableAlphaBitch: Despite the first impression she usually makes, deep down she is actually quite a decent person that cares about others deeply.
* AttemptedRape: Ogata was fooled by his new roommate 'Yuuta', but [[DepravedHomosexual that was the problem]].
* AttractiveBentGender: Nono looks decidedly feminine but still attracts female admirers.
* BarbieDollAnatomy: Averted when [[spoiler: Kishitani "helps" dress 'Yuuta' when she is sick and bedridden. ]]
* BerserkButton: Amatsu will let any and all personal insults slide off his back, but anyone who insults his family (due to their earning several silver medals but never gold) earns his eternal enmity.
** Do not call the First Emperor Shiriya-san (Shiri for butt, ya for shop). He will pulverize you just like what he did to [[DepravedHomosexual Ogata.]]
** Never insult Nono's father or brother.
** Terashi and his love of cats. Do not insult cats and do not imply that he rapes them, if you know what's good for you.
* BornLucky: Kishitani. Many people in the series believe that luck is the special skill that he brings to the Okushin team, as he's normally a wildly inconsistent jumper. [[spoiler: A flashback to when he was younger and Chapters 140 and 141]] all but cement that he's blessed by some outside force.
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: All that ski jumping has given Nono incredible leg strength, allowing her to beat up people twice her size if need be. [[spoiler:Later, she casually {{Wall Jump}}s to catch a young girl's balloon.]] Even better? [[spoiler: swinging a barbel ''one handed.'']]
* ChickMagnet: Yuuta, and Nono has to deal with the consequences.
** Nono, after she takes Yuuta's place, starts to attract girls. Also, when she's not crossdressing she's the [[DudeMagnet inverse]].
* CosmicDeadline: The final chapter comes very suddenly, forgetting all about the numerous plot threads that were just introduced in the last tournament.
* CovertPervert: Kishitani.
* DudeLooksLikeALady: That girl in chapter 102 who could tell that Nono is a girl? That's a dude.
* EasilyForgiven: [[spoiler:Shingu sabotages Shiriya's run in revenge for being sabotaged, and also to be allowed into a prestigious training institution. It turns out that the revenge was purely a very bad misunderstanding and that Shiriya purposely ignored the fact that Shingu sabotaged his skies for Shingu's sake, and to challenge Nonomiya and Amatsu to stretch themselves (they had to make up for his fall in their own jumps). Shingu breaks down, admits his crime, and says he will turn himself in to the police. The team manager and his associate interrupt him and ask him not to do that. Whilst not exactly forgiving him, they understand his anger, and they do not want to disrespect Shiriya's decision.]]
* ExtremityExtremist: Nono will always kick people when they start irritating her. Since she's actually female, can also count as a KickChick.
* [[EvenEvilHasStandards Even Jerks Have Standards]]:
** Terashi may be incredibly arrogant, as well as being possibly the biggest jerk in the series, but he loves cats and will not tolerate any negative remarks towards them.
** Negita may be a borderline sociopath, but even he finds the jury's attempt to rig the inter-high competition to be over the line.
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: At least one guy has an erotic dream about Nono without knowing that in reality he is a she, and that isn't counting the one guy that tried to rape Nono ''because'' [[DepravedHomosexual he thinks she's a boy.]]
* {{Flashback}}
* [[spoiler:ForgottenFirstMeeting: Nono and Kishitani first met at an elementary skiing competition that Kishitani entered so he wouldn't have to lose to Amatsu.]]
* [[GratuitousEnglish Gratuitous Norwegian]]: In chapter 3 page 9 are some guys talking Norwegian. Norwegians use å, not ä. So the correct spelling would be forstått not forstätt. And it's one word as you can see. Forstått means understood.
* HalfIdenticalTwins
* HardWorkHardlyWorks: Yuuta.
* HumansAreBastards: This is from the author of Elfenlied, so go figure. While this isn't meant to be a theme of the manga, there are enough assholes, (pseudo)rapists, and off-putting scenes that you'd be forgiven for thinking otherwise.
* IdiotBall: Yuuta grabs it big time toward the end of the backstory arc. [[spoiler:Realizing he'll never be any good at ski jumping, he burns the house down and kills himself while wearing Nono's jacket so she'll be considered dead and can take over his identity. Apparently he never considered simply switching places with her.]]
** Besides, how could he know that [[spoiler:his body would burn beyond recognition?]]
* ImportantHaircut: "Goodbye, Nonomiya Nono."
* InsaneTrollLogic: [[spoiler:Kishitani was forced to changing Nono's clothes after she got into a fever when trying to look for the Emperor's trinket. Kishitani believes that since he likes ''her'' and considers her a ''guy'', it is perfectly fine for him to erotically change her clothes.]]
* {{Jerkass}}: Many, many characters, ranging from the violent assholes to the snobby elitists.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: The Emperor is a violent asshole, shameless pervert to boot, and is quite possibly psychotic. However, he is eventually shown to genuinely care about his teammates.
* LoveDodecahedron: Nono likes Amatsu, who likes Kourogi, who likes Yuuta (Nono). [[spoiler:Kishitani]] likes Nono after finding out she's a girl, and the Emperor falls for her as well after seeing her dressed as a girl named Noriko. Komachi, the Emperor's sister, has a crush on Nono's disguise as Yuuta. There's also Satou, a side character, who has his fascination with "Yuuta" explored in a chapter of the manga.
* NearRapeExperience: Nono has near rape moments, uncomfortably sexual personal space violations, creepy stalkers, and gotten felt up.
* PetTheDog: [[spoiler: The Emperor]] gets one of these moments shortly after it is revealed that he [[spoiler: purposely took a dive in a ski-jump competition to help out Shingu.]]
* ThePollyanna: Nono was like this in the backstory until her father shut her down.
* PowerTrio: Nono, Amatsu, and Kishitani are gradually forming this dynamic.
* RecursiveCrossdressing: Kourogi "forces" Nono to wear a maid's outfit while they're living together, which she secretly couldn't be happier about.
** Of which fact Kourogi is fully aware.
* ReplacementGoldfish: [[spoiler: Yuuta ''chose'' to have Nono become him, committing suicide by causing the fire.]]
* SchoolIdol: Kourogi, a national figure skating champion.
* SeriousBusiness: It makes sense that the practitioners of ski jumping take their sport seriously, but it's still a relatively minor sport in Japan -- which makes the response to Nono's father losing the Gold medal rather excessive, but also more understandable.
** The measures and plans that some of coaches lay out are pretty underhanded and unnecessary, but it's taken to the next level when a juryman tries to rig the Inter-High competition in a team's favor by giving other teams absolutely unsafe conditions to attempt a jump in.
* ShownTheirWork: [[Creator/LynnOkamoto Okamoto]] did quite a bit of travelling to study ski jumping rules and techniques, and shows great attention to detail with each jump the characters make.
* SlasherSmile: It's from the creator of ''Manga/ElfenLied'', what do you expect? The Emperor gets the best ones by far, but Nonomiya of all people gets plenty of good ones too. Mostly when she's trying to play it up for intimidation.
* SpitTake: How Kourogi reacted to [[InnocentFanserviceGirl Nonomiya]] asking her what "jerking off" means, the fact that Kourogi thinks Nonomiya is a man made the question all the more awkward to her.
* StartOfDarkness: [[spoiler: Chapter 52 to 57 describes how Nono's father goes from a respectable guy into one of the most AbusiveParents in the series. He's got a problem with his left knee costing a critical loss for the Olympic Gold Medal. Also where Nono herself gets an ImportantHaircut.]]
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: Kourogi does this whenever anyone catches her training.
* SweetPollyOliver: Nonomiya.
* TookALevelInBadass: Kishitani who pretty much was just in the middle rank does a [[spoiler: BigDamnHeroes when Nono was about to be raped by a sore loser. Feet meet face.]]
* UnwantedHarem: Yuuta left several girlfriends behind, who Nono now has to deal with.
** Nono herself seems to be getting one of these whether disguised as Yuuta or just being herself.
* UpToEleven: The only decidedly Science Fiction aspect is the reporter's ability to sense aura, which determines the person's success later on in life. Katou, the earlier ski jumper who pulled an impressive stunt, was sensed as having a pretty good aura. Nono?
-->''Geez, where did he crawl out of...''\\
''(SFX: BOOOOOOOM)''\\
''Wh--[[BigWhat WHAT THE HELL?!]]''
* TrainingFromHell: Shiriya's ski jumping practice.
* {{Tsundere}}: Kourogi, after the first few chapters. Unusually, she is ''not'' ObliviousToLove, confessing (and being rejected) at their first meeting, and continuing to declare herself his girlfriend throughout the series. Also unusually, the boy she is tsundere for (Yuuta) is actually a girl (Nono).
** Also possibly Nono herself occasionally, though the "dere" is sympathy rather than actual attraction, and the "tsun" is a justified response to perverted behavior.
* TheWatson: Every ski jumping scene has someone around who doesn't know anything about the sport, just so they can have the statistics of each jump explained to them.
* WholesomeCrossdresser: Nonomiya.
* WigDressAccent: Inverted, in that Nonomiya is actually a girl in the first place. When Nonomiya wears the dress that [[spoiler:Kourogi]] left out, she takes a trip to Nagoya so she can be a girl for once [[spoiler:with Sora, who knows her secret. Two of her teammates turn up unexpectedly, including her rival...]] but no-one recognises her. [[spoiler:Except Amatsu.]]
* YouBastard: Yuusuke was endlessly scorned by every single person in Japan after "stealing" the gold medal.
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