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Fujimura-kun's Mates.note From left to right: Shizuru, Subaru and Eriko
Haru Fujimura is a delinquent who skips school because he cannot make any friends. One day, Class Representative Usami Eriko note Not of his class comes after him to convince him to go back to school. And how does she do it? By threatening to color his cat's nipples black. Well, not really, she convinces him to go back to school by becoming his first friend. Though it turns out that not only is she the representative of a different class, she is VERY interested in becoming a different sort of friend, and doesn't hesitate to let him know. Add in a male class representative who walks around in a horned helmet, and a half-Japanese female class representative who insists on speaking mangled English, and Fujimura finds himself the only sane man in a world full of cloudcuckoolanders.Fujimura-kun Mates is a manga by Shiki Seiichi, full of random humor, an Unwanted Harem, and very impressive leaps of logic.Compare and contrast with D-Frag!, another comedy manga about a delinquent meeting a cast full of oddballs, but replacing the harem and rom-com antics with more screwball misadventures in and outside school.
Tropes in Fujimura-kun Mates include:
An Aesop: Subaru's talk with Fujimura during the summer festival basically boils down to her realizing that despite her mistakes in the past and her public image, only she has the right to determine the way she wants to live her life and it's okay if it deviates a little from the public norm.
Lampshaded, subverted, and played straight in chapter 46. When the gang decides to have a pillow talk, Fujimura refuses, to which Eriko responds by asking who will be the tsukkomi. In the end he still does it; he just thinks about it instead of saying it aloud to prove a point.
Fanservice: In the beginning of the early chapters, the manga had a lot of shots of Eriko (and Inui in one case) in fetish outfits and situations (cat girl, swimsuit, wearing a guy's hoodie and no pants). It completely disappears by later chapters but there's still the picture of the Unwanted Harem as Playboy Bunnies.
Gay Option: The male class rep declares himself to be this.
Loves My Alter Ego: Inverted. A chapter dealt with a delinquent asking Fujimura to help him meet the "Seventh Yakishini" because he has a huge crush on her. Of course, the Seventh Yakishini was Subaru prior to her reformation. He insults current-day Subaru for being a girl that's "secretly trash", and doesn't realize why Subaru is asking him oddly specific questions such as how strong she was and if this "Yakshini person" would look good with a ribbon in her hair until it's too late.
Marry Them All: Fujimura ends up doing this to the harem as well as Himuro, much to his chagrin.
Paper-Thin Disguise: Eriko claims that she heard from witnesses that Fujimura was having a lover's quarrel with Shizuru. The witnesses turn out to be Inui and the male class rep, only with mosaics over their faces.
Reality Ensues: Sometimes the manga likes to remember that it has a fourth wall. Moreso whenever Shizuru is involved.
In Chapter 5 Shizuru tells Fujimura of her plan to make everyone see him as a good person. Fujimura points out that her voice was way too loud and now everyone knows that it's staged, making it useless.
In Chapter 23 she starts making an inner monologue about how there's something special between her and Fujimura. Since it's an inner monologue, nobody else hears her and Fujimura wonders why she's gone quiet all of a sudden.
A lot of times, the gang talks about very private or embarrassing topics at standard level of volume seen in Shonen manga. This results in scorn or disdain from passersby and in one occasion, has led to them being kicked out and banned from a restaurant because they were disturbing the other customers.
While hilarious, Shizuru's incompetence still has far-reaching consequences. Himuro spends some of her summer vacation doing student council work because spending most of her time fixing Shizuru's mistakes lead to her falling behind in her own work.
She Is Not My Girlfriend: Fujimura insists that he and Eri are just friends. Though he refuses to outright reject her advances.
Shout-Out: Dragonball, Doraemon, Saint Seiya, Gundam... Non-Japanese pop culture has also been referenced as well. Himuro's family inn, for example, is called the T-800 Inn because she liked the movie and made her dad change its name to it.
Unwanted Harem: Fujimura's constant refusals are not stopping three girls from deciding on their own to share him. And as of chapter 34, it's possible that there's a fourth girl that shows interest in him. He ends up with all four.