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''"The Secret Notes of Lady Kanoko" (Warau Kanoko-Sama)'' tells the story of Kanoko Naedoko and her episodic misadventures.

Kanoko Naedoko constantly changes schools but she never makes friends and doesn't get along with people very well... which is more than okay with her... as she considers herself a perfect ''[[ForScience observer]]''.

Her hobby is observing the students in all of the different schools she is transferred to, indeed her notes are journals of the most colorful ''[[ItAmusedMe classroom drama]]''.

But what will happen when Kanoko becomes involved with [[TallDarkAndSnarky Tsubaki]] [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Haru]], [[{{Bishoujo}} Momoka]] [[TheDitz Hanai]] and [[{{Bishounen}} Natsukusa]] [[NiceGuy Touta]], her classmates at her ''99th'' school? Will she become more than just an observer this time?

It also has a sequel named ''"Koi Dano Ai Dano"'', which features Kanoko and her friends in high-school. Kanoko has entered Takara no Tani High School with Tsubaki. It has since spawned a collection of side-stories, titled ''Koi Nashi Ai Nashi''.

For some reason, she becomes the “Strategist” for Cultural Affairs Department in reference to the Three Kingdoms and ends up joining the Newspaper Club….?!

And so join our heroine in her ''brilliant'' yet ''[[ManipulativeBastard mischievous]]'' endeavors!

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This manga provides examples of:
* AbhorrentAdmirer: Otabe towards Kanoko, she is not ''amused''.
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Poor, poor Tsubaki.
* AlphaBitch: Marine Suitenguu, who hides under a [[NiceGuy nice girl]] faÇade.
** LovableAlphaBitch: what Marine and Reiko Kakitsubata end up as.
* AlwaysIdenticalTwins: The Nekota Twins.
* AmbiguouslyGay: Esupa Raidou.
* ArtEvolution: The sequel series has notably better art than the original.
* AscendedExtra: Yumemi who only appeared once in the prequel becomes a classmate of Kanoko and Tsubaki.
** Yamada and Reiko.
* BeautifulAllAlong: Kanoko. She is actually decent looking, but she really doesn't think of herself as attractive. Several people, especially Momoko, have noticed that it is really holding her back.
* BigManOnCampus: Haru Tsubaki. Be it middle-school or high-school! He is [[SexyManInstantHarem instantly popular]].
** Hijiri Jouran counts too!.
* {{Bishounen}}: Natsukusa Touta, Tsubaki Haru, Ouji Mitsuki, Jouran Hijiri, Yabuki You, etc!
* BrilliantButLazy: Tsubaki. He never studies yet manages to get in the top test ranks, and hates doing anything bothersome.
* ChildhoodFriends:
** Jouran Hijiri and Himeno Sayuri
** Shinonome Kyoko and Shingoijo Yukari.
* [[ClingyJealousGirl Clingy Jealous Guy]]: Tsubaki and Naedoko have a platonic relationship. It doesn't stop Tsubaki from acting like a wild dog with a bone to people or situations who/which take Naedoko away from him, however temporary. Momoi calls him out on this as delicately as she can.
* CloudCuckooLander: [[ThinksLikeARomanceNovel Yumemi]], to an amazing degree. There doesn't seem to be a single waking moment of her life where she isn't getting swept up in (usually very strange and nonsensical) romantic delusions about what's going on around her.
* DeadpanSnarker: Much of the humor in the series comes from Naedoko dishing out some delicious snark.
** Tsubaki Haru has some pretty good lines too, usually at Naedoko's expense.
* TheDitz: Momoka
* DoggedNiceGuy:
** Natsukusa Touta towards Hanai Momoka.
** Ouji Mitsuki towards Himeno Sayuri.
** Okyou-senpai for the Leader of the Newspaper Club.
* DumbBlonde: Momoka... She lives taking suplementary lessons and make-up exams.
* TheFakeCutie: What most ''[[{{kawaiiko}} cute girls]]'' are.
* FriendlessBackground: Several characters.
* [[GirlOfTheWeek Girl/Guy of The Week]]: Often in the ''prequel'', as Kanoko changed schools every new chapter.
** Sometimes mixed with VictimOfTheWeek and WoobieOfTheWeek
* ForScience / ItAmusedMe: Kanoko's justification as to ''why'' she likes observing people.
* GenkiGirl: What Kanoko ''wants'' to be. Fails hilariously because she can't be anything except a DeadpanSnarker.
* GenreSavvy: Kanoko, due to her life as an observer, is very familiar with all the typical school setting tropes, except [[ObliviousToLove when they involve her]].
* GoodIsNotNice: Kanoko and Tsubaki.
* HeroWorshipper: The Nekota twins simply ''adore'' Jouran!
* InLoveWithLove: Yumemi, big time.
* InSeriesNickname:
** Momoka calls her ''Kano-chan'' and Kanoko returns the favor with calling her ''Momo-chan''.
** "Nina" for Ninagawa Mayumi.
** "Prince" for Ouji Mitsuki.
** Hitoyoshi-senpai, the president of the Newspaper Club is always called ''Leader''.
** Shinonome Kyouko really wants to be called ''Okyou-senpai''
** Otabe and his ''Kano-tan''... ''She is clearly not happy about that one''.
* IntelligenceEqualsIsolation: While never outright stated, you can see that part of Kanoko's friendless background comes from this.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Ninagawa Mayumi, Aida Mitsue and Suo Naruichi.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Kanoko and Tsubaki
* {{Kawaiiko}}: Mayumi a.k.a Nina, Nami and Mitsue.
* TheKlutz: Kyoko, a.k.a ''Okyou-senpai''.
* LadyKillerInLove: [[TallDarkAndHandsome Tsubaki]] for Kanoko, [[NiceGuy Natsukusa]] for Momoka and [[PrincelyYoungMan Ouji]] for Sayuri.
* LastNameBasis:
** It is ''Tsubaki'' and ''Naedoko''.
** Natsukusa's name "Touta", is easily forgotten if you don't pay attention
* LegalJailBait: What Otabe is into, though he is acused of being a Lolicon anyway.
* ManipulativeBastard: Kanoko, though subverted that it's not usually malicious. However, she does love getting nasty letters from jealous girls in her shoebox because she considers them good blackmail material.
** ''Hijiri Jouran''
* {{Meganekko}}: Kanoko, Sachiko (pre-make over) and Yukari.
* MeaningfulName: the author [[HurricaneOfPuns loves them]]!
---> [[CornerOfWoe Kinokodani]] Sachiko (kinoko=mushroom) who is a gloomy girl.
---> [[{{Kawaiiko}} Kawai]] Nami, a cute(kawaii) girl.
---> [[TheAce Subeyoshi]] Takeo, who is ''"good at everything as his name sujests"''.
---> [[ImagineSpot Yumemi]] Hitomi, a girl who loves to fantasize/dream. (''Yumemi''=dream seer + ''Hitomi''=eyes).
---> the [[RichPeople Kaneari family]], ''Kane''=Money.
---> [[ISeeDeadPeople Esupa]] Raidou, who claims he can see spirits(''Esper''), and [[PunnyName Oka Ruto]] who loves the ''Occult'', ghost stories, U.F.Os and such.
---> [[PrincelyYoungMan Ouji]] Mitsuki is called "Prince" by his fangirls.
---> [[EverythingIsBetterWithPrincesses Himeno]] Sayuri is a beautiful girl, "the school's ''princess''".
* NiceGuy: Natsukusa and Momoka are Kanoko's "nice friends".
** Yamada, one of Kanoko and Tsubaki's middle school classmates, fits this trope too.
* [[NoSocialSkills No Friendship Skills]]: Kanoko worries a lot about this. What is normal and what is not in her friendship with Tsubaki, Momoka and Natsukusa.
* NotSoDifferent: Jouran Hijiri ''thinks'' he has this kind of dynamic with Tsubaki, but that's only because he attributes Naedoko's actions to him. According to Hijiri's ChildhoodFriend Sayuri, they're actually complete opposites.
** In fact ''Sayuri'' and ''Tsubaki'' fit this trope ''better''.
* ObliviousToLove: Kanoko, ''Kanoko'' and ''Kanoko''... She can't even process the posibility of ''Tsubaki'' having feelings for her...
** She even mistakes Otabe's obvious obsession with her (she fulfills his [[LegalJailBait fetishes]] to a "T") as him figuring out her real role in the Newspaper Club and trying to freak her out to put her off-balance.
** Momoka isn't aware of the fact that ''[[EveryoneCanSeeIt Natsukusa]] likes her''.
** Hijiri ''fails'' to realise that Sayuri ''likes'' him romantically... In fact he starts to think that maybe she is interesed in Tsubaki.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Kanoko in the sequel, pretends to be a ''normal'' member of the News Paper Club... instead of the ''[[ManipulativeBastard strategist]]'' she indeed is!.
** [[spoiler: The wrong people still discover her scheming ways eventually anyway.]]
* OhCrap:
** In the first chapter of the prequel, Kanoko had to threaten her classmates to stop bullying Momoi by using the P.A. System. They don't take her at all seriously, but their expressions change upon hearing:
---> ''Yamada'': "Why does she know I created a copy of the studio's key?"
* RedOniBlueOni: Tsubaki is the blue to Natsukusa's red, but he's the red to Yakubi's blue.
* RelationshipUpgrade: [[spoiler: Hijiri and Himeno in chapter 27.]]
* RomanticTwoGirlFriendship: Momoka and Kanoko eventually. Since both of them never had REAL friends before, their friendship is quite cute and amusing.
** It's occasionally ventured into the HoYay territory. Even Tsubaki gets insecure over their friendship, and thinks to himself,"Good thing Hanai isn't a guy...I'm saved." THIS after Momo's very suggestive line about, well, wanting to become a guy. One can't help but draw conclusions as to why after reading her next exchange.
--->'''Kanoko:''' ''(referring to Tsubaki's affection)'' If you want something, you have to fight for it, get it?!
--->'''Momoka:''' ...If...I were a guy, I'd surely fight...\\
'''Kanoko''': Eh?\\
'''Momoka:''' ''(smiles in exasperation and then takes Kanoko's hands)'' There's someone I like better than Tsubaki-kun, this one is true!
* ShipperOnDeck: Yumemi is a proper Kanoko x Tsubaki fangirl!!
** Yamada ships Natsukusa and Momoka.
* StrongFamilyResemblance:
** Momo's little brother, ''Ume'', is like a [[{{Bishounen}} male version]] of her.
** Natsukusa's siblings look a lot like him too.
** The Yabuki siblings, they could easily be mistaken for [[HalfIdenticalTwins twins]].
* TallDarkAndHandsome: Haru Tsubaki
* TeacherStudentRomance: While Marine was honestly in love with him, the teacher [[GoldDigger not so much]].
** Kisen gains a crush for the female teacher. In an omake, he gets jealous when Subeyoshi goes to her for advice.
* TheStoic: Yabuki You, the presedint of the Student Council.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Momoka and Kanoko
* TooCleverByHalf: Kanoko falls into this sometimes. She's brilliant at playing the MagnificentBastard, but can't seem to turn it off sometimes, so she ends up overanalyzing behavior or trying to find ulterior motives when there are none. Perfect example: Kanoko stays in the Newspaper Club because she's trying to find out what possible motive Tsubaki could have for sticking around there as well, when he's simply there because he wants to be around her.
* {{Tsundere}}
* UnluckyChildhoodFriend:
** [[{{Bishoujo}} Sayuri]] for [[ObliviousToLove Hijiri]].
** [[AmbiguouslyGay Esupa]] for Oka.
* [[WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs Why Do You Keep Changing Schools?:]] Kanoko's [[MysteriousParent dad]] gets relocated constantly at his job.
** But [[IChooseToStay NOT ANYMORE]]!! Thanks to ThePowerOfFriendship Naedoko decides to stay in the same town as Momoka, Tsubaki and Natsukusa.
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