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''Venus Capriccio'' is a 2006 {{shojo}} manga series by Mai Nishikata.

Second year high school student Takami Habara and third year middle school student Akira Sasaki are childhood friends, having met through piano lessons. However, they are complete opposites: Takami may have the height and looks of a model, but she's really a rough {{tomboy}}, having grown up in a family with four older brothers, and has [[LookingForLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces trouble with dating guys]] because they are not attracted to her unruly personality. Akira is a guy, but his beautiful {{bishounen}} features could fool anyone and he would rather either play the piano or spend time with Takami than to do other things.

Because of Akira's feminine physical appearance, Takami has always thought of Akira as a [[LikeBrotherAndSister "sisterly" figure]] and her ideal of a girl's image rather than seeing him as a guy, but when Akira spontaneously kisses Takami and [[LoveConfession confesses]] his feelings to her, Takami must seriously come to terms that Akira is a guy and what her feelings for him are.
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!This series contains the following tropes:

* AlmostKiss: Between Takami and Akira in Chapter 16.
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Akira's reaction to Shinobu.
* AmusementPark: Chapter 5, along with a FerrisWheelDateMoment.
* TheAtoner: [[spoiler:Akira's father.]]
* AttractiveBentGender:
** Takami, while disguising herself as a boy to be Mina's "prince" for the [=PriCon=]. When Mina dumps her after Mori asks her to be his prince, Akira steps in to be Takami's "princess" and he makes an attractive cross-dressing girl as well. One can wonder why Takami could have just been the "princess" and Akira the "prince," but the reason is [[{{Fanservice}} fairly obvious]].
** Takami's brothers get Daiki (Takami's third older brother) and Shinobu to cross-dress. Hilarity ensues.
* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe:
** Both Takami and Akira learned that playing the piano could be fun from each other.
** Julian quickly gets attached to Takami because she was the only one nice to help him when he lost his passport.
* BerserkButton:
** Akira's buttons get pushed over to things--if anyone so much as harms or gets close to Takami, and just [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter Shinobu]] being Shinobu in general.
** In return, Takami's buttons get pushed if anyone either insults or brings harm to Akira in any way.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Akira really is a nice guy. Just don't hurt Takami.
* BigEater: Takami.
* {{Bishounen}}: Akira.
* BridalCarry: When Akira shows Takami around Club Blue, he picks her up and calls her his "fiancee," to Takami's flustered confusion. She quickly realizes that this is Akira's own way of showing Takami that everyone was complimenting her on her beauty, not him. He carries her again to her room after she gets drunk by accidentally mistaking Shinobu's beer for ginger ale.
* ButNotTooForeign: Akira is half-Austrian and half-Japanese.
* ClingyJealousGirl: Sayuki.
* DidYouThinkICantFeel: Akira finally calls Takami out on always seeing him as a "brother" figure instead of as a guy after she imposes on him and stays at his house after having a fight with one of her brothers and she goes so far as to say how much of a better "brother"/"sister" Akira would be compared to her siblings--not realizing that her actions are hurtful to Akira.
* DudeShesLikeInAComa: Akira tries to kiss a drunken Takami in her sleep, but can't bring himself to.
* TheGlomp: Julian is fond of doing this to Takami.
* GreenEyedMonster: Akira ''does not'' like it when Takami and Shinobu are getting along.
* HiddenDepths: Kei seems to be a bit of a bully towards Akira, but it turns out he used to take piano lessons too when Takami, Akira, and he were children and Takami realizes that the reason why Kei bugs Akira a lot is really because he wanted to be friends with him.
* HotTeacher: Oda Shinobu, Akira's private school teacher during elementary school and Takami's and his new piano teacher.
* InSeriesNickname: Shinobu is fond of calling Takami ''and'' Akira "princesses," especially Akira just to piss him off.
* KickTheDog: The first time Akira's father ever met Akira, he called his piano playing, "Disappointing." [[spoiler:It was merely because Akira's piano playing back then was mechanical and did not have true emotion, which his playing now has.]]
* [[LikeBrotherAndSister Like Sister And Sister]]: Because of Akira's feminine looks, Takami has always thought of him as an adorable sister and her "ideal image of a girl."
* LookingForLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces: Akira suggests that the reason why Takami has horrible dating records is because she doesn't have the insight to choose the right guys. This happens to be Mina's problem when it comes to guys as well.
* MasculineGirlFeminineBoy: Akira and Takami.
* MyBelovedSmother: Akira's late mother used to be strict and would constantly make Akira practice the piano all the time so that he could surpass his father, who was a great pianist. It's to the extent where his mother would only place his first place trophies out to be recognized, while any trophies that he received that were lower than first place weren't.
* NoSenseOfPersonalSpace: Shinobu sure likes getting into Akira's and Takami's personal bubbles.
* {{Omake}}: The series' okames kind of reverse Takami's and Akira's roles and make Takami the calm and cool character with Akira awkwardly pining for her.
* OppositesAttract
* ParentalAbandonment: Akira's father left Akira and his mother, who died in a car accident a few years ago.
* PluckyGirl: Takami.
* RedOniBlueOni: Takami and Akira.
* SheCleansUpNicely: Takami, when she goes to watch Akira's peformance at Club Blue.
* TheRival:
** This is how Akira perceives Shinobu as, both as a fellow pianist and for Takami's affection. Interestingly enough, Shinobu ''knows'' this and often uses Takami as a way to get Akira to do things for him.
** Julian, as Akira's father's pupil, becomes one for Akira.
* {{Shojo}}
* SliceOfLife
* StalkerWithACrush: Following the [=PriCon=], Akira gets extremely popular to the extent that girls are jealous that Takami won't "share" Akira with anyone else and one of them even tries to cut a lock of Akira's hair.
* SweetTooth: Takami ''really'' likes cake.
* TinyGuyHugeGirl: Takami is three centimeters taller than Akita, justified as Takami is older than Akira.
* {{Tomboy}}: Takami, having grown up in a family with four older brothers. Naturally, this is why her mother signed Takami up for piano lessons, and she'll always get overly excited whenever Takami needs to dress up femininely.
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