Originally "Power!!," Girl Got Game is a ten-volume high school romantic-comedy manga series written by Shizuru Seino. It was first serialized in 1999 in Japan and first released in the United States in 2000 by Tokyo Pop.In Girl Got Game, Kyo Aizawa is a 16-year-old girl who moves to a new town with her widower father. Though upset at first, she becomes excited to be starting school at Seisyu High, as it is famous for its cute school girl uniforms. After receiving a boy's uniform in the mail, her father comes clean: He used to be a stellar basket ball player in his youth, but an injury permanently derailed his dreams of joining the NBA. As Seisyu is also famous for its top-ranking men's basketball team, he wants Kyo to dress up up as a boy and fulfill his dreams for him. Oh, and she has to live at the boy's dorm too since it helps build camaraderie! Kyo is furious, but he's already forged her paper, so with much reluctance, she goes through with his crazy plan.What follows is an involuntary Twelfth Night Adventure as Kyo has to keep up with her male teammates, deal with her very unwanted female admirers, and put up with her jeryky roommate, who she of course falls in love with, all, of course, while keeping her real gender a secret. It doesn't help that later she feels life as a boy is making her lose her femininityDespite the sports backdrop, Girl Got Game is a Shōjo (Demographic) manga first, and a rather wacky one at that.
Adults Are Useless: Many of the adult characters, including Kyo's father, Ayaha the dorm "house mom," and the coach of the bastketball team make a brief appearance early in the manga, only to almost be completely forgotten. Their absence is further poked fun at in extra at the end of the volumes. Further, Kyo father is made out to be more immature by going to America for the NBA season, apparently not thinking that Kyo's cover could ever be blown.
Badass Longcoat: Kyou eventually receives one as a gift. With a dragon on it.
Banana Peel: Kyo suddenly slips on one in a jungle. The absurdity is Lampshaded (but it leads to Chiharu helping her up . . .)
Bifauxnen: Kyo makes such a convincing male that she quickly becomes the most popular boy on the team with the girls, if not of the enitre school, considering how much chocolate she got on Valentine's Day.
Brain Bleach: Chiharu attempts to invoke this so he can deal with Kyo due to the ensuing awkwardness of living with her once he learns her secret by trying to imagine her as a beefy, muscly man to make him nauseous around her. It works for about a minute.
Breakout Character: Shinji Hamaya. An end-of-book bonus manga has the characters discussing who is the most popular among them according to reader votes. Hamaya gets third place despite being a minor character, getting promoted to "Sub-character." Since then he has had larger roles in manga (though still a secondary character) and even stars in two bonus shorts.
Butt Monkey: Hamaya again, which is probably why he become popular. Even when he finally gets a girlfriend, she's moving to Germany the very next day.
In a later chapter, a drunken Hamaya attempts to kiss a "crossdressing" Kyo. She shoves Hamaya right into Chiharu's face, who proceeds to make out with him, apparently too drunk to notice the difference.
Easily Forgiven: Yura pretty much gets off scot free for KIDNAPPING KYO AND TRYING TO KILL HER.
Embarrassing Cover Up: When Imai recognizes Kyo's voice while she's dressed as a girl, Chiharu quickly shouts "He's sick with diarrhea!"
Gender Vocabulary Slip: Kyo accidentally uses "atashi" (female "I") once early on, but immediately corrects herself and uses "boku" (male "I") consistently afterward. Yura later tells Kyo that she should be using "atashi", since she's a girl . . . then claims he was joking.
Indirect Kiss: Kyo's heart gets aflutter when Chiharu offers her a drink from his water bottle . . . but Hamaya grabs it first.
I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Kensuke Yura helps to bring Kyo and Chiharu together, despite still having feeling for her. This may be because she helped him previously and he felt she cared for Chiharu more or would be better off with him.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Chiharu Eniwa comes of as a big jerk at first, but as he gets to know Kyo, he becomes much friendlier towards "him." He also, apparently, can't pass up a blood drive without donating.
Loveable Sex Maniac: Hamaya. He's asked several girls out and always gets turned down. He also collects porn and even uses it as his cellphone's wallpaper.
Mistaken for Gay: Chiharu, by Hamaya. Hamaya even offers Chiharu a guide to gay sex (which somehow goes unappreciated).
Mood Whiplash: Only one major moment involving Yura, but boy is it ever a major moment considering how goofy the series normally is.
No Periods, Period: Subverted at first, as an early chapter deals with Kyo having to hide her period and snapping at Chiharu because of her cramps, which gets him quite angry. Afterwards, her period is never brought up again.
Nosebleed: Kyo starts getting these around Yura, though the bloodworks will flow when she thinks about the possiblity of getting it on with Chiharu. Perhaps not surprisingly, Hamaya gets these, too.
Only One Name: Played with in the volume three bonus manga "meeting". Imai, the captain of the team supposedly did not have a given name prior to the end of volume three because the author is flaky. When he is given a first name, he's not entirely happy that it took so long.
Out of Focus: According to bonus extras at the end of the first few volumes, Akari Tojo and Hisashi Imai were suppose to be secondary characters with larger roles, but those plans somehow fell through.
Panty Shot: No upskirts, but Kyo is in her panties for one scene.
Petite Pride: While "pride" might be an overstatement, Kyo does find her small breasts convenient for concealing her gender.
Recursive Crossdressing: Kyo "crossdresses" as a girl in order to go out on a date with Chiharu. Too worried that someone witll recognize Kyo, he insists on getting Kyo boy clothes to wear.
"He" is Not My Boyfriend!: Chiharu flatly denies being in love with Kyo, before and after he finds out she's a girl. It continues even after they confess to each other, for obvious reasons and much to Kyo's dismay.
Shipper on Deck: Hamaya seems to ship Kyo/Chiharu pretty hard, even though he doesn't know Kyo's a girl.
Shirtless Scene: Pretty sparse for a shoujo romantic comedy, but Chiharu and Yura both manage a couple.
Sweet on Polly Oliver: Though he never openly questions his sexuality, Chiharu is bothered by just how pretty Kyo can seem and how his heart occasionally skips a beat around "him."
Suicide As Comedy: Hamaya half-heartedly tries to kill himself at least three times becuase of how pathetic his life is. All three are played for laughs, especially since he thinks his biggest problem is that he's still a virgin.
Thanks for the Mammary: Chiharu trips and his hand lands on Kyo's chest (right after she undid her chest wrappings). Kyo (who's too worried about keeping her cover to be embarrassed) quickly claims that she bruised her chest and it's swollen.
Those Two Guys: Or rather three guys, but there's usually two of them in any given scene with Chiharu and/or Hamaya. Their names are Imura Tomoki, Hatakeyama Kazuhiro, and Suzuki Riichi.