Manga: Citrus

The pain of sisterly love and hate...

When her single mother remarries, stylish Gyaru girl Yuzuko (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 manage. 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 Mei, 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 step-sister — 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...

A Yuri dramedy manga by Saburouta, originally published by a bimonthly magazine called Yuri Hime. Now licensed by Seven Seas Entertainment, the series has two volumes published, and is currently ongoing.

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 schools chairman later down the road.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Mei certainly has no trouble treating Yuzu like one, despite Yuzu being a couple months older.
  • Arranged Marriage: Mei was engaged with a teacher named Amemiya in the first few chapers, although she clearly wasn't enthusiastic about it.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Himeko's eyebrows are shaped like big commas.
  • Big Damn Kiss: While Yuzu and Mei have kissed several times before, the kiss in chapter 8 is the most faithful to the trope.
  • 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 step-sisters, 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.
  • Eating the Eye Candy: Yuzu eats it whenever she and Mei are alone together, but special mention goes to when bathing together in chapter 2, Yuzu fantasizes about Mei's hair and skin and how soft she would be to touch. Mei eventually notices her gaze... and makes suggestive advances on her, teasing Yuzu 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.
  • Forceful Kiss:
    • Amemiya gave one to Mei in chapter one. 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 could probably be the queen of this trope, giving 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.
  • Girls Love: Even though there was a brief het scene in the beginning, it was of an ulterior motive and when Yuzu managed to dispel it, it is all about yuri pairings, mainly Yuzu and Mei.
  • Gold Digger: Amemiya was one, planning 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..
  • 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 RROD: In chapter 6, Mei collapsed due to overworking herself, much to Yuzu and Himeko's concern.
  • Indirect Kiss:
    • Played for laughs when Momokino exaggerated the seriousness of Harumi feeding Yuzu her hot dog, before Harumi commented that she took it too seriously and fed her a radish. Then it was played straight once Yuzu wondered how it would feel if Mei did it instead of Harumi...
    • Averted in chapter 6 as Yuzu missed her chance to do it when she and Mei were 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.
  • Important Haircut: Yuzu was going get 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' performed by Harumi before being narrowly subverted by Mei who scolded them for trying to cut her hair in school.
  • Intertwined Fingers: Probably the biggest hint that Yuzu and Mei's kiss in chapter 8 is more then their normal UST.
  • Lower Deck Episode: The unnamed Meganekko that appeared in the beginning of the manga, who only appears again near the end of chapter 2 to give a school speech, was given 2 brief pages in Citrus Special issue 1 between her, Harumi and Himeko, giving a slightly playful observation to the two of them.
  • 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.
  • Luminescent Blush: Yuzu, pretty much anytime the situation involves Mei, meant to show her inexperience with love and intimacy.
  • Meganekko: In chapter 1, a nameless student council member that initially stopped Yuzu for her school rules violation is this.
  • Moment Killer: In chapter 6, Himeko came up to Yuzu and Mei just as Yuzu was about to hold Mei's hands.
  • Ms. Exposition: In chapter 1, Harumi acted 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.
  • Off Model: Chapter 14 has some pages where the character models are in rough sketches while the backgrounds are in standard quality.
  • Ojou Ringlets: Himeko sports a shot-haired version of these.
  • 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.
  • 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 Yuzu 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 trope. Himeko, on the other hand, plays this trope 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 sisterly 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 trope more literally, as it was the most effective way to shut Yuzu up and dismissed any meaning deeper than that, which pisses Yuzu off.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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 either.
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment: Where Harumi hid her cell phone and other banned items from the student council.
  • 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.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: What Mei ultimately aspires to be.