Manga / Citrus

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The pain of sisterly love and hate...

Citrus is a Yuri manga series by Saburouta that is published by the monthly yuri magazine, Comic Yuri Hime. Licensed by Seven Seas Entertainment, the series has nine volumes published, and is currently ongoing.

When her single mother remarries, stylish Gyaru Girl Yuzu, who laments the fact that she has never had a boyfriend or even fallen in love, transfers to a new school. Determined to snag a boyfriend on her first day, she dresses as stylishly and sexy as she can. As she belatedly discovers, however, the school she's been transferred to is a strict, conservative, all-girls high school. On top of that, she almost immediately makes an enemy of the stoic, no-nonsense Student Council President, who punishes her numerous dress code violations by confiscating her cell phone in a strangely intimate fashion.

After this tense encounter with a girl who she just can't seem to get out of her head, Yuzu returns home, just in time to find out that with the new marriage also comes a new stepsister, who turns out to be none other than Mei Aihara, the very same girl she met earlier. Later that night, when Yuzu tries to get under her new sister's skin, Mei suddenly and unexpectedly steals her first kiss, leaving poor, confused Yuzu to wonder just what this all means...

In 2016, the series was announced to be getting an anime adaptation. It began airing January 6, 2018 and was simulcasted on Crunchyroll. It also began streaming in English on Funimation, starting on January 25. Watch it here.


Citrus contains examples of:

  • Absurdly Powerful Student Council: Justified since it is a conservative school with beliefs that the students should be able to police themselves. Not to mention the Student Council President's family owns the school and she herself will be the one who will eventually become the school's chairman down the road.
  • Adaptation Expansion: The anime adds quite a bit more backstory for the characters, and some scenes play out a bit different then they did in the manga. For example, Mei actually talks to her dad before he leaves instead of just shouting a few words at him as he boards the plane.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Mei certainly has no trouble treating Yuzu like one, despite the latter being a couple months older.
  • Arranged Marriage: Mei's engaged with a teacher named Amemiya in the first few chapers, although she clearly isn't enthusiastic about it. It's implied early on that most girls at the school are in arranged marriages. Himeko and Shiraho confirmed the case is true for them and implies Mei is in one, too. Confirmed in Chapter 35, where she is engaged with Manager Udagawa.
  • Ascended Fangirl: In Chapter 17, a junior (Nene) introduces herself to Yuzu as one for her. In the end of that chapter, she comes to school with the same gyaru appearance that Yuzu did back in her first day.
  • The Big Damn Kiss:
    • Discussed; Yuzu wants a dramatic romantic first kiss like in manga.
    • The first episode ends with a very long passionate kiss between Yuzu and Mei.
    • While Yuzu and Mei have kissed several times before, the kiss in Chapter 8 is the most faithful to this.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl:
    • Momokino Himeko for Mei. Ever since her first appearance, she has been dead-set on getting between Yuzu and Mei as often as possible. Of course, with them being stepsisters, she's rarely ever successful.
    • Mizusawa Matsuri for Yuzu, a manipulative ex Girl Next Door who came to town solely to see Yuzu and confess her feelings towards her. After becoming suspicious of Yuzu's feelings for Mei, she actively works to sabotage their relationship and replace Mei. Unfortunately for her, Yuzu isn't receptive.
  • Compensated Dating: Not stated explicitly, but this seems to be what Matsuri attempts to blackmail Mei into doing, in order to drive a wedge between her and Yuzu (after the two of them agreed to spend Christmas Eve together, no less) in Chapter 11.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Near the end of Chapter 18, Mei smacks Yuzu in the rear with an umbrella. However, the way the situation is drawn makes it looks like Mei is doing something else.
  • Eating the Eye Candy: Yuzu eats it whenever she and Mei are alone together, but special mention goes to when they are bathing together in Chapter 2. Yuzu fantasizes about Mei's hair and skin and how soft she would be to touch. Mei eventually notices and makes suggestive advances towards Yuzu, teasing the latter about her unspoken desires.
  • Elegant Gothic Lolita: Apparently, Himeko's idea of home clothes is this.
  • Emotionless Girl:
    • Mei. Even when confronted emotionally by Yuzu or reprimanded by her strict grandfather, she always keeps her emotions in check.
    • Shiraho, as she was trained to not show emotions at an early age.
  • Flirty Stepsiblings: Part of the conceit of the plot. New stepsisters Yuzu and Mei are attracted to each other.
  • Forceful Kiss:
    • Amemiya gave one to Mei in Chapter 1. This is made apparent when Mei pulls away from the kiss, and Amemiya forces his way back in again, only to be stopped when Mei spots Yuzu spying on them in the bushes.
    • Mei herself gives Yuzu several unexpected and forceful kisses.
    • In Chapter 4, Yuzu returns the favor after Mei discovers her yuri incest manga and decides to give Yuzu a rather hypocritical lecture on how they are just sisters. Yuzu attacks and kisses her while tearfully voicing her intense confusion over her feelings towards Mei. This begins Mei's defrosting process.
  • Gender Flip: On April Fools' Day, Akiyoshi Shima released a guest comic called mican, which turns the series into a Boys Love comic and shows a glimpse of what could have happened if everyone was the opposite gender.
  • Girls Love: Even though there's a brief het scene in the beginning, it's of an ulterior motive and when Yuzu manages to dispel it, it's all about yuri pairings, mainly Yuzu and Mei.
  • Gold Digger: Amemiya's one, as he planned to marry Mei solely for high status and prestige. Fortunately, Yuzu manages to put a stop to it by describing, in front of the whole student body, the way Amemiya assaulted Mei in the first chapter.
  • Gyaru Girl: Yuzu's gyaru lifestyle immediately puts her at odds with Mei.
  • Hair-Contrast Duo: Perky Gyaru Girl Yuzu is blonde, while her love interest Mei is an archetypal Aloof Darkhaired Girl.
  • Happily Adopted: Neither Mei nor Yuzu are unhappy about the marriage of their parents. Their initial friction at becoming sisters is quickly resolved and replaced with trying to be good sisters while also dealing with their growing attraction to one another.
  • Heroic R.R.O.D.: In Chapter 6, Mei collapses due to overworking herself, much to Yuzu and Himeko's concern.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Every chapter title contains the word "love" or a variant.
  • Imagine Spot: Once she realizes that her mother has married into a wealthy family, Yuzu briefly imagines herself throwing around cash in front of a hot pink limousine.
  • Important Haircut: Yuzu almost gets one to signify that she needs to get over her love for Mei so that she can properly treat her like a sister in Chapter 7, with the "ceremony" being performed by Harumi. This is narrowly subverted when Mei scolds them for trying to this at school.
  • Indirect Kiss:
    • Played for laughs when Himeko exaggerates the seriousness of Harumi feeding Yuzu her hot dog, before Harumi comments that she took it too seriously and feeds her a radish. It's then played straight once Yuzu wonders how it would feel if Mei did it instead of Harumi.
    • Averted in Chapter 6 as Yuzu misses her chance to do it when she and Mei are eating crepes together. She gets the next best thing, though.
    • In Chapter 10, Mei takes one from Yuzu through Matsuri, whom she saw kissing her before, and even tells Matsuri that she has taken back Yuzu's lips.
  • Intertwined Fingers: Probably the biggest hint that Yuzu and Mei's kiss in Chapter 8 is more then their normal Unresolved Sexual Tension.
  • Love Dodecahedron: Himeko, Yuzu, and Sara are in love with Mei. Mei, Matsuri, and possibly Harumin are in love with Yuzu. Yuzu can't decide if she wants to be Mei's sister or lover. Mei has issues with romance, among many others, and has a hard time interpreting the desires of others let alone her own. Matsuri would very much like to have both Yuzu and Mei. Himeko desperately tries to hate Yuzu, but starts to develop an unlikely friendship with her.
  • Lower-Deck Episode: Maruta (then unnamed) is given two brief pages in Citrus Special issue 1 between her, Harumi and Himeko, giving a slightly playful observation to the two of them.
  • Luminescent Blush: Yuzu, pretty much anytime the situation involves Mei, meant to show her inexperience with love and intimacy. And, as Mei opens up more to Yuzu, she starts blushing a lot herself, especially when she realizes that she's falling in love with Yuzu.
  • Moment Killer: In Chapter 6, Himeko comes up to Yuzu and Mei just as Yuzu is about to hold Mei's hands.
  • Ms. Exposition: In Chapter 1, Harumi acts as this to Yuzu, telling her, and the audience, everything about the school and why the students are so unwilling to even talk to Yuzu, let alone hang out with her.
  • Not Blood Siblings: Mei and Yuzu are only related by their parents' marriage. The pseudo-incestuous nature of their relationship still weirds Yuzu out though, at least initially.
  • Odd Couple:
    • Yuzu is gregarious, fashionable, and an academic slacker; Mei is reserved, plain, and a top student.
    • Harumin is kind and loyal; Matsuri is cruel and manipulative.
  • Official Couple: Mei and Yuzu begin dating in Chapter 16.
  • Off-Model: Chapter 14 has some pages where the characters are in rough sketches, while the backgrounds are in standard quality.
  • Ojou Ringlets: Himeko sports a shot-haired version of these.
  • Pair the Spares: After Chapter 16, Yuzu and Mei's various suitors start to be paired off with each other.
  • Parents Walk In at the Worst Time: Mei's grandfather walks in on Mei and Yuzu having a heartwarming moment. Unfortunately, because Yuzu's shirt is open and they are hugging on top of a bed, he jumps to conclusions.note  Unlike most examples, this is very much Played for Drama.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: Harumi and Yuzu became really good friends almost as soon as they met, and while both are open to lesbian relationships, they seem more than content to stay friends.
  • Poor Communication Kills: The biggest reason why the issues between Yuzu and Mei get as bad as they do.
  • Posthumous Character: Yuzu's dad. Even though he's dead, Yuzu keeps referring to him as though he's still around, despite dying when she was only three years. Additionally, Yuzu used a visit to his grave as an excuse to go on a "date" with Mei.
  • Post-Kiss Catatonia: Yuzu's first kiss with Mei leaves the former sprawled limply on her bed, wondering what just happened, which Mei continues to exploit as a good way of getting her to shut up. After their real kiss in Chapter 8, it's Mei who reacts in this fashion.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Matsuri gives a pretty good one to Mei, calling her out for using Yuzu's kindness and budding sexuality as a way of feeling needed and comfortable, basically using her as a Living Emotional Crutch.
  • Sacred First Kiss: Mei stole Yuzu's first kiss, while at the same time opening Yuzu's closet. Needless to say, Yuzu was distraught.
  • Schoolgirl Lesbians: Yuzu, at first, seems heterosexual and expects to get a boyfriend soon. However, as her relationship with Mei deepens, she embraces this. Himeko, on the other hand, plays this straight (no pun intended), albeit played for laughs and then discussed.
  • Show Within a Show: Or in this case, yuri manga within a yuri manga. In Chapter 4, Yuzu "researches" her predicament by reading a yuri incest manga at a manga café.
  • "Shut Up" Kiss: Mei gave one to Yuzu near the end of Chapter 1. In Chapter 4, turns out Mei took this more literally, as it was the most effective way to shut Yuzu up and dismissed any meaning deeper than that, which pisses Yuzu off. She gives another one to Matsuri as a response to her "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
  • Sibling Incest:
    • Of the Not Blood Siblings variety. It seems more one-sided on Yuzu's part, and outwardly Mei does her best to keep their relationship from going beyond sisterhood, despite being the one who usually initiates any intimacy.
    • A special chapter more than implies that Nina and Sara will become lovers.
    • Another special chapter hints that Harumin's older sister may have a crush on her.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Himeko hates Yuzu for being a bit too close to Mei, but Yuzu, if anything, considers Himeko a friend, and Himeko is beginning to move into Why Can't I Hate You? territory.
  • Spit-Trail Kiss: Yuzu and Mei's first true kiss in Chapter 8.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Mei puts up a very convincing facade when in public in order to keep up a good image for the school's reputation and her own personal agenda. When the situation calls for it, however, she can get pretty romantic with Yuzu.
  • Time Skip: Chapter 36 skips ahead about six months to a year.note  Mei has left her home and school because she no longer feels she can be around Yuzu and keep to her family obligations, mainly the marriage thing. Matsuri and Nene are now enrolled in Aihara High School, Himeko is the Student Council President, Maruta and Shiraho have graduated, and Maruta may be dating Mitsuko.
  • Unlucky Childhood Friend:
    • Himeko. No matter how hard she tries to guilt trip Yuzu in Chapter 5, Yuzu and Mei are still Not Blood Siblings and living in the same house, so naturally it would be exceptionally hard to keep them away from each other.
    • Matsuri doesn't have much luck with Yuzu.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Mei initially sees kissing as this, something she just does for no reason or meaning other than it being what (she thinks) people expect from her. Yuzu is no exception, though it did have the bonus of shutting her up. It's not until she starts to have feelings for Yuzu that the kisses start meaning something, much to her shock.
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment:
  • When You Coming Home, Dad?: Mei's dad was a perfect teacher and heir to the academy — right up until he suddenly decided to leave his obligations behind and go on a world tour, leaving Mei torn apart between a desire to see him return and assume his rightful place and a need to become a suitable replacement.
  • Will They or Won't They?: Mei and Yuzu spend a good chunk of the manga teasing whether or not they will get together. In Chapter 16, They Do.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: What Mei ultimately aspires to be.
  • Yuri Genre: A pseudo-incestuous version between a pair of stepsisters.

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