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Manga: Horimiya

Hori Kyoko may seem like a normal teenage girl, but she's a completely different person after school. In her workaholic parents' absence, Hori has been like a parent for her little brother since she was young herself. Between taking care of her brother, feeding them both, and housework, she doesn't have much time for a usual teenage social life. One day, she meets someone else who does not present his true self at school: a quiet, glasses-wearing boy called Miyamura Izumi. She'd assumed he was bookish, and possibly an otaku, but Hori couldn't have been more wrong. Outside of school, Miyamura is a friendly guy with many piercings, and he's not very good at academics. Now the two of them have someone with whom they can share both halves of their lives!

Horimiya is a 2011 manga series that was adapted from the 2008 webcomic Hori-san to Miyamura-kun. It is currently being serialized on Monthly G Fantasy with story by HERO (the author of the webcomic) and art by Daisuke Higawara, counting 4 volumes. The original webcomic ran from 2007 to 2008, it was later published in book form from 2008 to 2011, and adapted into an OVA titled Hori-san to Miyamura-kun -Shingakki- in 2012. Another OVA has been green-lighted and will be released in 2014. A sequel, featuring side stories titled Hori-san to Miyamura-kun Omake is still being serialized at the author's website.

This series provides the following tropes:

  • Aborted Declaration of Love: Hori to Miyamura when talking about the size of their hands.
    Hori: I like you...r hands!
  • Absurdly Youthful Father: Hori's father was in his late teens when she was born. Her mother was apparently older, but may well have been a teenager too.
  • Always in Class One: When they become seniors, they are, indeed, in class 1.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: Inverted. When Miyamura confesses having some sort of feelings for Hori, he says it right in the middle of telling her relatively trivial information. This ends up backfiring by making Miyamura feel pathetic and giving Hori a mixed message.
  • Art Shift: The difference between the original webcomic's art and the paper manga is quite big.
  • Beetle Maniac: Ayasaki really likes beetles, much to Sengoku's dismay.
  • Berserk Button: For Miyamura, it's blaming Hori for something she didn't do. When the Student Council blame Hori for some missing paperwork Miyamura headbutts the President!
  • Bishounen: Outside of school Miyamura becomes incredibly pretty. Lampshaded by Toru:
    Toru: "And when you take off your glasses and tie up your hair, you become even prettier than many girls. That's unreasonable!"
    • Also Sengoku in-universe.
  • Book Dumb: Miyamura is not as intelligent as people think despite his smartish looks.
  • Distant Finale: The ending of the main story of the original webcomic are set years after the graduation of the protagonist. Shota now goes to the same high school as Hori and Miyamura, where both are now quite famous among the students, we also see an adult Hori and two children who are inferred to be daughter of Sengoku and Remi and the son of Hori and Miyamura.
  • Embarrassing Tattoo: Averted: Miyamura loves his tattoos, but tries to hide them as much as possible when he's at school to prevent being bullied.
  • Everyone Can See It: Hori and Miyamura. Even Sota, Hori's little brother, noticed it.
  • First Kiss: A surprisingly understated one for Hori and Miyamura in chapter 27 when she's eating a sweet and he steals it.
  • Friendless Background: Miyamura had no friends until he met Hori in Junior High (if you see Shindo as more of an annoying pest than a friend).
  • Genki Girl: Both Yuki and Remi.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Remi.
  • Graduate from the Story: The main story of the original webcomic series ends with the graduation of the protagonists, the chapter is aptly titled "Graduation".
  • Green-Eyed Epiphany: Hori when Ayasaki tells her she is going to confess to Miyamura.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Hori when all the girls in class are getting close to Miyamura to talk about his family's cake shop. She starts by snapping a pencil in her hand - a mechanical pencil.
  • Hug and Comment: Miyamura when Hori made him stew for dinner even when she hates it
  • Important Haircut: Miyamura cuts his hair short in chapter 26.
  • Indirect Kiss: When Miyamura gives Hori's little brother some orange juice, she demands to know where hers is. Miyamura didn't buy her one and instead giver her what's left of his. Both Hori and Miyamura treat it as nothing big... until Hori goes to her room and explodes.
  • Intertwined Fingers: Leading to Hori's Aborted Declaration of Love.
  • Loves My Alter Ego: Yuki has a crush on Hori's "cousin", "Konoha".
  • Meganekko: Sakura.
  • Not What It Looks Like: While Hori and Miyamura are sent to get drinks, everyone starts discussing whether the two are dating or not, much to Ishikawa's consternation. When they start taking too long, the others start wondering if the two are "doing something", which just about sends Ishikawa into a breakdown. Only for the following conversation to pretty much finish him off. (The real reason they took so long was because stuff kept getting dropped.)
  • Oblivious to Love: Miyamura does not believe that Hori could like him, despite just how close they are and how Hori acts towards him sometimes. Mostly due to his overwhelming insecurity, as he finds it impossible to believe he belongs around someone popular like her.
  • Promotion to Parent: Because her mother and father spend all their time working, Hori takes care of her younger brother.
  • Relationship Upgrade: Hori declares that, yes, Miyamura is her boyfriend to get her father to stop hassling him, which also doubles as her answer to his confession.
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: Remi appears to be one at first, but it's subverted by her brattiness.
  • Secret Identity: Becomes necessary for Miyamura when Yuki comes to Hori's to give back her notes and he (in all his Bishounen glory) answers the door. Meet "Konoha", Hori's cousin.
  • Secret Relationship: Hori and Miyamura. They serve as each-other's Secret Keeper concerning their private lives.
  • Shirtless Scene: Miyamura has a couple to show off his tattoo.
  • Shipper on Deck: Sota, Hori's brother, since this would mean seeing Miyamura more often. Eventually, he starts deliberately staying out of the house so that the two can have some time alone together.
  • Slice of Life: The overarching plot of the series is the growing relationship between Hori and Miyamura and their interactions with the people around them. Sometimes, the point-of-view switches to one of their friends or schoolmates.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: When Hori's father shows Miyamura some high school pictures of him and her mother, he remarks that they look remarkably alike. He then despairs at the thought of Sota growing up and looking like his old man.
    • Sengoku's father and his two nieces look exactly like older and younger versions of Sengoku.
  • Student Council President: Sengoku
  • Through His Stomach: Hori often cooks for Miyamura as thanks for helping her with her little brother among other things. At one point, she even asked what his favorite food was so that she could make it as tomorrow's dinner. When it turned out to be stew (a dish she despises), she makes it anyway.
  • Weight Woe: Hori has one in chapter 28, when she realized that Miyamura weighs less than her. Thankfully, Miyamura manage to snap her out of it and cheer her up at the end.
  • What Does She See in Him?: In the beginning, Toru asks what Hori sees in Miyamura. He "sees" it, later on. After the Relationship Upgrade, the other kids in school don't even try to be subtle when expressing their disbelief.
  • Workaholic: Hori's mother, to the point where she's rarely at home which forces Hori to take care of her brother.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: A color spread of the cast in chapter 9 shows several of the secondary characters with unnatural highlights to their otherwise dark hair, to help them stand out. Sakura has greenish hair, Sengoku has magenta highlights, and Remi's is fully pinkish-red. Hori's and Miyamura's hair are a more reasonable dark brown and black, respectively.

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