Haru Fujimura is a delinquent
who skips school because he cannot make any friends
. One day, Class Representative
Usami Eriko note
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.
- Aside Glance: Fujimura, after Shizuru's repeated declarations that she's Going Commando.
- Attack Pattern Alpha: "Formation A" consists of arranging three desks around Fujimura's chair to trap him while they all eat lunch. Complete with Speed Stripes.
- Also "Formation W" which alters the sleeping arrangements of six futons to force Fujimura to sleep in the middle of his three girlfriends.
- Bad Ass: Fujimura has been in several fights against three or more opponents and hasn't lost any of them.
- Beach Episode: At the start of their summer holidays.
- Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: The whole manga.
- 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.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Fujimura, upon seeing Eriko's luggage for the beach trip:
Fujimura: DO YOU THINK THIS IS A MANGA!?
- Background characters refer to each other as background characters, and lecture each other on not standing out too much.
- The mosaics used for censoring can also be seen by the characters. They even comment on how ridiculous some of the censoring is.
- Almost the entirety of chapter 8.5 is this.
- Cloudcuckooland: Fujimura's town is pretty much a district of insanity
- Cloudcuckoolander: Pretty much everyone except Fujimura.
- Cool and Unusual Punishment: Eriko's threat to color the nipples note of Fujimura's cat black if he doesn't go back to school.
- Creepy Child: Himuro tends to get like this whenever Shizuru annoys her (which is often).
- Deadpan Snarker: Himuro. Fujimura himself qualifies whenever he's not busy being outraged at the antics of everyone else.
- Easily Overheard Conversation: Many seem to think Fujimura can't hear them...
- Eldritch Location: Eriko's house, as revealed in chapter 77.
- Engrish/Gratuitous English/Gratuitous Japanese: Inui does all three, often at the same time. This results in a fair amount of her dialogue not making sense.
Inui: I'm fond of a little Air Hand!
Fujimura: Air...ah, Karatenote ...you half-Japanese only use English in useless places, dammit.
- Face Palm: Courtesy of our resident Straight Man.
- 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.
- Gilligan Cut: Despite thinking that Eriko and Subaru are up to no good (as usual), Fujimura refused to spy on them. Guess what he did on the next page.
- When Eriko asks Fujimura to speak with her alone, Chika wonders if the two have eloped, leading to reassurance by Shizuru that it couldn't have possibly happened. Then, on the next page...
- Hair Decorations: Eriko and Chika have flowers in their hair, while Subaru and Shizuru have ribbons.
- Heel-Face Turn: Subaru gives up delinquency and joins the Fujimura bandwagon after meeting him.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: When Fujimura saved a girl from some bullies, all anyone focused on was the fact that he badly beat up some classmates and avoided him in school.
- Hypocritical Humor: There have been at least two situations where the half Japanese foreigner Inui calls another character a Yankee or a gaijin. And yes, Fujimura lampshades it.
- Indirect Kiss: Shizuru thinks this might be the reason why Fujimura has a problem with her drinking milk straight from the carton at his house.
- Innocent Innuendo: Well, not quite innocent. In a contest to see who would do the most perverse things with Fujimaru, Shizuru boasts that she'd blow his flute... Of course, she probably meant his actual flute. The others took it as something else entirely.
- Insane Troll Logic: Inui compares delinquents "defending their territory" to superheroes defending a city. The result? Subaru's old delinquent friends make a Heel-Face Turn.
- Japanese Delinquents: Fujimura has a reputation as one and the fighting skills to match. Another character is a reformed delinquent.
- Large Ham: Both of F section's class reps.
- Long Title: Many, but three examples stand out:
- Chapter 27 has this great one: "Although the Author Has Established Eriko as the Main Heroine, as the Editor, I Have Suddenly Decided to Support Shizuru"
- Followed by chapter 28's hilarious response: "I Apologize For the Awful Subtitle Last Chapter That Was a Result of Me Leaving It to My Editor. However, I Will Not Be Correcting or Reflecting on It"
- Chapter 34 has: "If This Line Were Told In A Movie, Manga or Novel, Then I Would Either Die Or Get Caught By Police (Given That I Have A Handsome Dude Peeking At Me)"
- Lovable Sex Maniac: Eriko.
- 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.
- No Name Given: Helmet
- Nosebleed: Eriko gets these a lot.
- No Sense of Direction: Shizuru.
- 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.
- Precision F-Strike: Eriko. Possibly from getting some words mixed up.
- 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.
- Rescue Romance: Subverted most gloriously in chapter 17, when it turns out that Yumizuka Subaru was NOT the girl he saved from a group of delinquents, but the delinquent leader herself!
- 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.
- Shy Finger Twiddling: Shizuru does this a lot.
- Stalker with a Crush: Eri's cousin Chika considers stalking the highest form of expressing her love!
- Student Council President: Shizuru.
- Super Strength: Inui.
- Take That, Audience!: Shizuru says that Rival is read as Homo, since people will misunderstand their friendliness with each other.
- Talking with Signs: Eriko does this in some unrelated one-shots. Naturally, she only manages to aggravate Fujimura.
- Teen Genius: Himuro is only 14 and is already attending senior high school. Note that the Japanese School System does not allow grade skipping.
- This and That: Eriko, of course.
- Trap Door: Himuro's trap of choice. Literally hundreds of victims within two dozen chapters.
- Trap Master: Student Council Vice President Akira Himuro seems to have installed a system of trap-floors all across town without anyone noticing.
- Tsundere: Fujimura. Lampshaded by Subaru and vigorously denied by Fujimura. Shizuru to an extent, as well.
- Umbrella of Togetherness: Eriko has one of these with her and Fujimura's names on 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.
- Yaoi Fangirl: Subaru reveals she is one of these.
- Younger than They Look: The representative from 1-C. Yep, you're reading this trope right, as he's referred to as a boy.