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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.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Yuki had an unrequited crush on "Konoha," Miyamura's alter-ego/"cousin." Sakura and Yuki develop crushes on Tooru, who is oblivious to both of them and has/had unrequited feelings for Hori. Sawada has feelings for Hori, who doesn't reciprocate.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Miyamura's backstory, up until the manga starts.
  • Alliterative Name: Yuki Yoshikawa.
  • 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 - due to the former being drawn by the author of the story and the latter being drawn by someone else.
  • Bait and Switch: How the introduction chapter for Sawada pans out.
  • Beauty Mark: Sawada sports one by her left eye.
  • Beetle Maniac: Remi 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 blames Hori for some missing paperwork, Miyamura headbutts the President! Shindou also manages to press the button about teasing him about his relationship with Hori.
    • For Hori, it's anyone looking down on and putting down Miyamura because he won't defend himself.
    • On a similar vein to Hori's, Shindou's is Miyamura indulging in his severe Heroic Self-Deprecation tendencies.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Miyamura. One reason: See above. His homely appearance at school belies an aggression that's only triggered by extreme force. Tooru learns this the hard way.
  • Blind Without 'Em: Yanagi.
  • Bishounen:
    • Outside of school Miyamura becomes incredibly pretty. Lampshaded by Tooru:
      Tooru: "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.
    • Yanagi in-universe. So much so that Hori considers him better looking than Miyamura.
  • 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. Souta 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.
  • Butt Monkey: Tooru and Kyosuke Hori. Even his own wife treats him as an afterthought.
  • Chick Magnet: Miyamura, with Hori, Yuki (under his guise "Konoha"), and the girls in their class especially once he cuts his hair, and for all of the grief Tooru goes through with his unrequited feelings for Hori, he has Sakura and Yuki crushing on him.
  • Converse with the Unconscious: see Anguished Declaration of Love above.
  • The Ditz: Miyamura. In the early chapters, his lack of tact and lack of self-awareness were of minor annoyance to Hori and major annoyance to Tooru.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Tooru towards Hori. Sakura is a gender-flipped version for Tooru. Turns out Yuki is one for him too.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Addressed to an extent in Chapter 42. A misunderstanding that was more Hori's fault than Miyamura's leads to her beating him up enough to leave physical consequences. Rather than dismiss it, as would be the norm, there are conversations on both sides of the gender groups as to who is to blame and what is to be done about it. In the end, Miyamura's Nice Guy tendencies still let Hori off the hook.
  • Driven to Suicide: Well, more like driven to suicidal thoughts. Miyamura's isolation from his classmates before the beginning of the story really took its toll on him.
  • 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 Souta, 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.
  • Good People Have Good Sex: Hori and Miyamura in Chapter 37.
  • 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 Remi 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 snaps a pencil in her hand—a mechanical pencil. Then again when they compliment him after she does up his hair after his Important Haircut—except she hits Miyamura over the head for his troubles.
    • Miyamura doesn't take too kindly to Sawada's crush on Hori and sulks about it for quite a bit.
    • Yuki goes through something similar when she notices how close Tooru and Sakura are becoming and is secretly upset about it.
  • Happily Married: An off-hand comment by Souta suggests that his and Kyouko's parent's marriage may not be this—he says to his friends that their mother keeps removing their father's belongings from the house and that she is annoyed at his presence around the house. It may or may not be Played for Laughs.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Tooru and Sawada for Hori. Whether or not Sakura or Yuki are this to Tooru remain to be seen.
  • Hug and Comment: Miyamura when Hori made him stew for dinner even when she hates it.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Miyamura laughs at Souta when Hori tries to teach her brother high school math. She's quick to point out that he shouldn't.
  • Important Haircut: Miyamura cuts his hair short in Chapter 26.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Tooru towards Hori. According to Hori, Yuki is usually like this, from her crush on "Konoha" to books she wants to buy, preferring to be a Stepford Smiler who lets what she "loves" slip past her fingers.
  • 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. Interestingly, there's a small instance in another chapter during school where she takes his juice box and drinks from it without a second thought.
  • Innocent Fanservice Guy: Subverted. Miyamura is very conscious of the fact he might get in trouble if people see his tattoos so he goes to great lengths to hide them, including wearing his winter uniforms in the summer. However, for people who know about the tattoos, he will readily strip down without a second thought if they ask to see them.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Miyamura, in a roundabout way. While in his Heroic Self-Deprecation phase, he tells Tooru that he damages Hori's reputation by being around her. Hori is the one who's most offended when she finds out but he only meant to put himself down.
  • Intertwined Fingers: Leading to Hori's Aborted Declaration of Love.
  • Jerk Ass: Miyamura's bullies, one of whom is named Tanihara.
  • Keet: Shindou, big time. His energetic, impulsive, and overtly friendly behavior is part of what Miyamura finds so annoying about him.
  • Kids Are Cruel: Miyamura was, in his own words, "dark and gloomy" in elementary school. His classmates had pounced on that relentlessly since, until Hori. Unfortunately, even in high school some haven't grown up.
  • Lethal Chef: Hori and Yuki just can't bake.
  • Love Dodecahedron: Sakura has a crush on Tooru, who has a crush on Hori, who went through a Relationship Upgrade with Miyamura. Yuki has a crush on "Konoha," Miyamura's alter-ego/"cousin," though she seems to have given up on him and has feelings for Tooru now, and Sawada has a crush on Hori.
  • Loves My Alter Ego: Yuki had a crush on Hori's "cousin," "Konoha." Recently, she seems to have turned her attention to Tooru.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Hori isn't really what you'd call masculine, but she's very practical, loves horror films, is fairly strong, and shows a tendency to get violent (she used to be something of a bully towards Sengoku when they were kids, and her dad fondly remembers how when she was growing up, she gave him a lot of bruises). Meanwhile Miyamura enjoys baking, is frequently commented to have a pretty face, and is an absolute wimp when it comes to watching scary shows. Hori gets frustrated that Miyamura is in some ways "girlier" than she is.
  • Meganekko: Sakura.
  • Mood Whiplash: Chapter 37 zigzags all over in tone, beginning with the girls talking about "sexy" eating habits that guys have and Hori worrying that her love for scary movies (and being less girly than Miyamura) might scare Miyamura away (and Hilarity Ensues when she tries and fails miserably to pretend to be scared of them) to Hori and Miyamura having sex, and Souta revealing he was at home when it happened when he confronts Miyamura about it. Only for things to end on a lighter note with Miyamura reassuring Souta that he won't take away his "big sister" from him and that he's his "big brother" too.
  • 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 Tooru's consternation. When they start taking too long, the others start wondering if the two are "doing something", which just about sends Tooru 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.
    • Hori was oblivious to Tooru until he confessed. Tooru, meanwhile, doesn't seem to notice that Sakura has feelings for him. Or Yuki.
  • Odd Couple:
  • Oh, Crap:
    • Miyamura in chapter 38 when Hori's Berserk Button is pressed by some very rude and spiteful former classmates of his. Right before she beats them up.
    • There tend to be a lot of Oh, Crap expressions whenever Hori is particularly angry—especially after Miyamura's Important Haircut and the ensuing female attention he receives.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: In chapter 43, Miyamura pretending to not be his usual Nice Guy self and instead being a little crass with his language seems to put his classmates on edge. The thought of Miyamura being aggressive and dominant seems to excite Hori, though.
  • 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 Miyamura is her boyfriend to get her father to stop hassling him and 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.
  • Selective Obliviousness: Though Tooru appears oblivious to Sakura's and Yuki's feelings for him, he has noticed that Yuki has been more careful around him ever since Hori and Miyamur's Relationship Upgrade; whether or not it's mere observation or a detection of something more remains to be seen.
  • Serious Business: For both Miyamura and Sengoku, it's being allowed to sit out compulsory lessons in the school swimming pool. They have their own reasons—as well as feeble excuses to try and get out of it.
  • Shirtless Scene: Miyamura has a couple to show off his tattoo.
  • Shipper on Deck: Souta, 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.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Honoka Sawada initially appears to be with for Miyamura until it turns out Hori's the one she actually likes.
  • Strong Family Resemblance:
    • When Hori's father shows Miyamura some high school pictures, he remarks that they look remarkably alike. He then despairs at the thought of Souta growing up and looking like his old man.
    • Sengoku's father and his two nieces look exactly like older and younger versions of Sengoku.
  • Stepford Smiler: Yuki.
  • 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.
  • Tsundere: Miyamura's normally meek-but-friendly personality completely 180's and becomes a type-B when he's around his middle-school friend Shindou, whom he directs a raging "tsun-tsun" towards. This includes behaviors such as name calling, threat giving, hitting and kicking, and sometimes pretending he doesn't exist. In spite of that, Miyamura does seem to still (begrudgingly) appreciate their relationship. Hori notes that Shindou is the only person Miyamura lets loose like this around.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: When some of Miyamura's middle school classmates meet him and put him down right in front of her, Hori looks ready to shiv them.
  • Weight Woe: Hori has one in Chapter 28, when she realized that Miyamura weighs less than her. Thankfully, Miyamura manages to snap her out of it and cheer her up at the end.
  • Wham Line:
    • Two in Chapter 37. The first foreshadows Hori and Miyamura are going to have sex, and the second reveals Souta knew about it.
      Hori: [in narration] Perhaps that one word [Izumi] was what started it all.
      Souta: [to Miyamura] "Are you guys always doing stuff like that?"
  • What Does She See in Him?: In the beginning, Tooru 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. Sawada, who also has a crush on Hori, asks this as well.
  • Will They or Won't They?:
    • Hori and Miyamura. They do.
    • Tooru has this with both Sakura and Yuki.
  • 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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