Manga: Himegoto

From left to right: Bell, Unko, Hime, 18+, Mitsunaga, Hiro, Kaguya, and No. 1. At least half of them are cross-dressing. note 

Himegoto is an otokonoko manga by Norio Tsukudani. It follows the story of Hime Arikawa, an average high school boy who is constantly on the run from debt collectors. His life would be turned upside down when his school's student council save him by paying off his debt. The only thing they require in return is that he join the student council, and spend the rest of his high school days dressed as a girl.

The original manga was serialized in two magazines, first in Waai! and later in Comic Rex after the former ceased publication. A spinoff, Himegoto+, starred Hime's brother Kaguya and ran for seven chapters in Waai! Mahalo. An anime adaptation, produced by Asahi Production, aired in July 2014.


Himegoto provides examples of:

  • A-Cup Angst: Bell.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Kaguya, No. 1, Mitsunaga, and Hiro, following the cancellation of Himegoto+, have the occasional chapter/episode in the main series in which they're the focus.
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Episode 12-13 is basically Ch 6 of the 4koma played for more drama, and for good reason.
  • Ascended Extra: Mitsunaga and Kaguya are pretty much main characters in the anime.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender:
    • Many characters agree that Hime makes for a very cute girl.
    • Pretty much all of the crossdressing characters are this, according to the school.
    • Mao, a character introduced in omakes for Josou Shounen is met with approval when he makes his cross-dressing debut.
  • Berserk Button: Bell goes wild at any mention of her chest.
  • Bi the Way: Kaguya is implied to be this. He loves getting attention from men but gets lots of Ship Tease with No. 1.
  • Big Brother Attraction: Kaguya towards Hime.
  • Bizarro Universe: The premise of Himegoto chapter 12, where the student council members are all boys now. As it turns out, it was All Just a Dream.
  • Bland-Name Product: Tweet-kun is a clear stand-in for Twitter.
  • Blinding Bangs: The hairstyle No. 1 uses when cross-dressing completely conceals her eyes.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Happens on occasion in the anime, but especially during Episode 5 when Hime says that if he loses any more clothing the episode won't be able to air.
  • Butt Monkey: Hime is this from the very start of the series. He's typically on the receiving end of jokes, and the other student council members enjoy making him do embarrassing things.
  • Canon Foreigner: Mao, a character that so far has only appeared in the Josou Shounen extra chapters.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Hime's friend, Tadokoro, will hit on most girls he crosses. He never gets far.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: 18+ sometimes has this attitude when Hime gets too close to others, especially Tadokoro.
  • Cut Short: The fate of Himegoto+, as Waai! Mahalo suspended publication. At least the characters moved to Himegoto.
  • Cute Little Fangs: Unko has a protruding tooth that's often visible, indicative of her more juvenile personality.
  • Documentary Episode: Chapter 5 of the Comic Rex version follows Hime on a typical day of his life as someone narrates his actions, from the moment he wakes up to the moment he goes to bed.
  • Dragged into Drag: The girls in the student council delight in dressing Hime in girls' clothes, and encouraging him when he shows signs of enjoying it.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Hime, to the point that just putting on a skirt will get him comments that he looks like a boyish girl.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Not the case with Unko (literally "Shit") — her real name is Sadako, but since she shares the name with the character from The Ring and she loathes ghost stories, she would much rather hear Unko than that.
  • Empty Eyes: In chapter 7 of the Rex serialization, Hime gets this as he becomes more addicted to Tweet-kun.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Hime and Kaguya, to the point that guys will confess to liking the two no matter what.
  • Everyone Has Standards: 18+ greatly enjoys embarrassing Hime, but she'll be damned before she lets any actual harm come to him, as seen in chapter 6 of the Comic Rex edition.
  • Expy: Hime has a debt problem brought on by his parents, but he gets help from someone (in this case, the student council.) In return, he has to do something for them for a long period of time (the rest of his high school days.) Also, he's a Wholesome Crossdresser. Hayate Ayasaki, anyone? Also, Kaguya closely resembles Ranmaru Kirino.
  • Fake Boobs: Hiro.
  • Fictional Document: Magical Boy Hime Kiss, a manga by Bell whose main character is a boy who transforms into a cross-dresser to fight evil. As expected, Hime is the model for the main character.
  • First Name Basis: 18+ attempts to get Hime to address her by her real name while they're going out. However, it falls through, as it's apparently unfortunate enough that Hime can't bring himself to say it.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Hime, meaning "princess", and Kaguya, which originates from a female character in an old tale (The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter), are the names of the Arikawa brothers.
  • Girlish Pigtails:
    • Mitsunaga sports this style, as fitting for a tsundere.
    • Kaguya and Mao have this, highlighting their perceived naivete.
  • Hair Decorations: Hime, Bell, and Kaguya have ribbons, and Unko has buttons for some reason.
  • Heroic BSOD:
    • Mitsunaga suffers one in chapter 3 of Himegoto+, when Kaguya asks him if he's gay.
    • Hime suffers one in episode 12 when the council didn't rescue him from the delinquents, but gets over it when they rescue him for real in episode 13.
  • Hidden Buxom: No. 1 is actually the bustiest member of the cast. Who knew?
  • Hidden Depths: Unko, the childish one of the student council girls, is later revealed to be the top of her class and a very good athlete.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Himegoto+, chapter 2, where the Public Morals Committee is tasked with doing clothing checks on the other students. Kaguya points out that everyone probably doesn't want to be told by a group of cross-dressers about uniform violations.
  • If It's You, It's Okay: Chapter 12 of the Comic Rex edition reveals that girl-chaser Tadokoro has a romantic attraction towards Hime.
  • In-Series Nickname:
    • Hime is called "Ohime-chan" by 18+.
    • Mitsunaga is called "Mittan" by some, first by 18+, and later spreads to others. He doesn't like it very much.
  • Karaoke Box: The student council visits one in Himegoto chapter 13.
  • The Lad-ette: 18+, despite her looks. She often acts like a guy and uses very masculine speech patterns. Hime calls her a old man inside a girl's body.
  • Lethal Chef: Kaguya as shown in Himegoto+, chapter 6. He wrecks a kitchen while trying to prepare food, and what he does make is terrible.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Hiro is rarely seen wearing anything other than his maid uniform.
  • Love Confession: Chapter 2 of the Rex serialization revolves around Hime getting one.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: No. 1, a girl dressed as a boy, and Kaguya, a boy dressed as a girl.
  • Meido: Hiro's job, as Mitsunaga's servant.
  • Mood Whiplash: The series' tendency to treat everything lightly makes episode 12 of the anime jarring, when Hime understandably becomes upset when he learns that the student council girls idly sat by as he was harassed, and quits the student council as a result.
  • Nice Girl: No. 1. She's unflinchingly loyal to Kaguya, and is polite to everyone else.
  • No Fourth Wall: Himegoto, chapter 15, released right after the announcement of the anime and the end of Himegoto+, revolves around the characters celebrating the announcement and discussing the fates of the Public Morals Committee members.
  • Noodle Incident: The start of the manga has Hime running from some yakuza while wearing a maid uniform. When the student council members mention as much, he refuses to elaborate on it.
  • Off Model: The anime unfortunately suffers from a very bad case of this, to the point that the characters often don't look like human beings.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: 18+, Bell, and No. 1 are only ever referred to as such.
  • Parental Abandonment: Hime and Kaguya's parents are always going off on trips around the world, leaving their children behind. What makes it worse is that the parents have taken out immense loans in Hime's name, leaving him to be constantly chased by debt collectors.
  • Running Gag: Kaguya and No. 1 entering the committee room, only to see Mitsunaga and Hiro in an intimate act.
  • Satellite Character: Hiro to Mitsunaga.
  • School Festival: The premise of Chapter 17 of the Comic Rex version, complete with a School Play.
  • School Uniforms Are the New Black: No. 1 and Mitsunaga are almost always dressed in their uniforms when in public. The exception is when they're on the beach.
  • Shared Family Quirks: The Arikawas and their cross-dressing. Kaguya outright enjoys it and Hime puts effort into it when he has to.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: No. 1 looks quite average, but in the rare instances that she dresses like a girl, she has everyone complementing her looks.
  • Shipper on Deck:
    • Kaguya supports Mitsunaga x Hiro, as much as Mitsunaga denies anything going on between them.
    • Hiro, in addition to supporting himself x Mitsunaga, also supports Kaguya x No. 1, according to chapter 10 of the Comic Rex version.
  • Show Within a Show: Bell's manga Magical Boy Hime Kiss is later adapted to an anime in-universe.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Hime usually hates cross-dressing and doesn't unless he absolutely has to. In contrast, Kaguya revels in it and is always dressed as a girl.
  • The Stoic: Hiro rarely deviates from his half droopy, low-volume expression, even when ridiculous things are happening around him.
  • Sweet Polly Oliver: No. 1 is a girl dressed as a boy. She says it's for Kaguya's sake, though she doesn't mention any specifics.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: In Chapter 4 of the Comic Rex run, 18+ tries to catch Hime in what she believes to be the act of surfing explicit sites on a school computer. However, it turns out that he's actually looking at a women's clothing site and staring at the clothes longingly since he can't afford them. 18+ buys the clothes for Hime, on the condition that he look good while wearing them.
  • Tsundere:
    • Mitsunaga. While he outwardly shows exasperation with dealing with the rest of the cast, he admits in private that he enjoys having them around.
    • 18+, towards Hime. She flips between messing with him and acting for his sake.
  • Unfortunate Names: If 18+'s student ID is real, then she qualifies for this, since Hime can't bring himself to say it.
  • Unsettling Gender-Reveal: Happens in the first chapter of both Himegoto and Himegoto+— the former when the student council members learn that the cute maid they saved is a boy, and the latter when Kaguya mentions that No. 1 is a girl.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: All three members of the student council definitely count.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Hime, of course. The Public Morals Committee takes this to the extreme, as everyone in it is cross-dressing. Even No. 1.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Chapter 16 of the Comic Rex version has 18+ going out with Hime. While it might be uncharacteristic of her, she seems to be sincere about it, to the point of kissing Hime... and then it's revealed that she was doing it as part of a penalty game. She does mention she wasn't completely disingenuous about it, though not directly to Hime.
  • Yonkoma: The manga started out in this format. Later chapters used a more traditional layout, though.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: The Arikawas have pink hair, Bell's hair is blue, and No. 1 has purple hair.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: 18+, Kaguya, and Mitsunaga all sport this style when wearing their school uniforms. Hiro has this when wearing his maid uniform.