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A manga by Kaoru Tada that debuted in 1991, ''Itazura Na Kiss'' (also known as ''[=ItaKiss=]'') follows the story of Kotoko Aihara and Naoki Irie. Beginning in their senior year of high school, Kotoko, rejected by Naoki, the guy she likes, finds she and her father homeless after their house collapses in an earthquake due to shoddy construction. Hearing the news, her father's childhood friend invites them to stay with them. Concidentally, she finds her father's friend is Naoki's father, and comes to live in their house with her cold, distant crush.

Unlike lots of conventional {{shoujo}}, the story spans a considerable time frame of well over a decade. It's important to note as well that it's not just a simple time-skip either, the progression is filled in with lots of development.

The series' popularity has earned it a 2008 anime adaptation, a Japanese live action adaptation, two Taiwanese live action TV series, and a [[Series/PlayfulKiss Korean live action TV series]].

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!!This show features examples of:
* AccidentalKiss: In the manga, the story opens with one of these between Kotoko and Naoki during a [[CrashIntoHello hallway collision]].
* AdaptationExpansion: Considering the [[AuthorExistenceFailure author's death]] before the manga was completed, most adaptations do this, especially regarding later development.
* ArcWelding: The anime does some serious arc welding. Also, minor arcs covered by the manga are entirely [[TimeSkip skipped away]] into the abyss.
* AloofBigBrother: Naoki.
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Yuuki, Naoki's younger brother.
* ArmorPiercingSlap: A good number of these delivered throughout the series, usually between couples.
* BabiesEverAfter: In the anime, [[spoiler: [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Itazura_na_Kiss_-_24_-_Large_42.jpg Naoki and Kotoko]], [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Itazura_na_Kiss_-_24_-_Large_Ending_01.jpg Kinnosuke]] and [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Itazura_na_Kiss_-_24_-_Large_Ending_02.jpg Chris]], [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Itazura_na_Kiss_-_24_-_Large_Ending_08.jpg Satomi with her husband, and Junko with her husband]]]].
* BookDumb: Kotoko Aihara and the others in Class F.
* BrilliantButLazy: Naoki, at least until he finds his true calling as a doctor.
* CompositeCharacter: In the anime, Christine Robbins is one of these combining the manga characters of Christine and Sahoko.
* CuteClumsyGirl: Kotoko.
* DefrostingIceKing: Naoki
* ElevatorSchool
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: We ''can't'' blame Motoki for being all over Naoki, hmmmm?
* FirstKiss: In the manga, Kotoko and Naoki manage this several times: an AccidentalKiss, then non-romantic kiss, and finally romantic kiss. In the anime, this takes the form of a combination {{Shut Up|Kiss}} and {{Take That|Kiss}} kiss.
* GenkiGirl: Kotoko, her mother, and [[spoiler:her daughter, Kotomi]].
* GenreSavvy: Chris likes the YamatoNadeshiko concept so much that she researches it.
* GoldDigger: Kotoko's friend Marina. She went into nursing to find a rich doctor to marry.
* GratuitousEnglish: Naoki and Christine converse this way in one episode.
* GreenEyedEpiphany: [[spoiler:The prospect of Kotoko marrying Kinnosuke it's what made Naoki finally declare is love and desire to marry her]].
* HappilyMarried: [[spoiler:Every main or supporting character ends up this way.]]
* HopelessSuitor: Both subverted ([[spoiler: Kotoko and Chris]]) and played straight ([[spoiler: Kinnosuke and Keita]]).
* HospitalHottie: Who wouldn't want to be taken care of by Dr. Irie and Nurse Kotoko? [[http://dl10.glitter-graphics.net/pub/1485/1485930qmel61oxr3.png Seriously!]]
* TheIdiotFromOsaka: Kinnosuke.
* IllGirl: Akiko
* InnocentCohabitation: It starts this way, at least for Naoki, but Kotoko is living with her crush, after all.
* KansaiRegionalAccent: Kinnosuke has a very thick Kansai dialect. He also has the lively personality to go along with it.
* LethalChef: Both Kotoko and and her Mother.
* LiveActionAdaptation: One in Japan, two in Taiwan, and one in Korea.
* LoveBubbles: Often present, especially with the lead couple.
* LoveDodecahedron: Kotoko loves Naoki, as does his classmate Matsumoto; Kinnosuke loves Kotoko, who loves Naoki, who went out with Chris/Sasuiko, who loves Kinnosuke; and who does Naoki love? -- An interesting example of a non-closed love polygon.
* LovingAShadow: [[spoiler:Keita's wooing of Kotoko comes across as being much more about the idea of having her than the reality.]]
* MissingMom: Kotoko's mother dies before the time of the story. Her cause of death is never specified.
* {{Ojou}}: Christine Robbins and her mother. Heck, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles,_Prince_of_Wales Charles]] was even invited to [[spoiler:her and Kinnosuke's wedding]]!
* ThePatientHasLeftTheBuilding: When Yuuko Matsumoto is admitted due to a duodenal ulcer, she's required to have surgery and rest, but she refuses to listen to any doctor's orders and leaves the building, in her hospital clothes, to get to a meeting related to the company she started.
* PluckyGirl: Kotoko, and how.
* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl: Played straight with Kotoko and Naoki. Inverted with [[spoiler:Kinnosuke and Chris]].
* ShipperOnDeck: Naoki's mother makes it clear from the start that she thinks Naoki and Kotoko are perfect for each other. She also tries her best to [[RelationshipSabotage sabotage]] Naoki's interactions with other women so that he and Kotoko will end up together.
* ShoujoDemographic
* ShoutOut: "Goemon baths" are a reference to UsefulNotes/IshikawaGoemon, and are seen in volume 7.
* TimeSkip: Heavily used. A TimeSkip occurs after the following events:
** Naoki decides to change his degree to medicine. A half-year skip.
** After Kotoko's capping ceremony, it skips ''four years'' where we are taken to Kotoko being a fully fledged nurse.
** Short skips during Kotoko's [[spoiler:pregnancy]].
** After Kotoko has [[spoiler:given birth to Kotomi, a TimeSkip takes place; we are shown that Kotomi is now a toddler]]
* UmbrellaOfTogetherness: Happens when [[spoiler: Naoki declares his love to Kotoko.]]
* WhatDoesSheSeeInHim
** PlayedForLaughs with Chris and her mother, Maria, both have very strange tastes in men. They apparently find guys like Kinnosuke attractive and handsome.
** Played straight with Kotoko loving Naoki, who starts cold, brash, and insulting.
** SpearCounterpart with Naoki [[spoiler:loving and marrying]] Kotoko. Even lampshaded by Kotoko's ''father''.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: [[spoiler:TheyDo and in all three cases (Kotoko and Naoki, Kinnosuke and Chris, Sudou and Matsumoto).]]
* YamatoNadeshiko: Out of all the lead girls, English-born Christine aka Chris, acts the most like one. She's beautiful, domestic, and keen on Japanese cuisine. She also makes a refrence to Yamato Nadeshiko in Episode 19 and [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/itazura-162.jpg wears kimonos with ease]].
* YukoGoto - Christine (Also, she shows off her [[SurprisinglyGoodEnglish Surprisingly]] GratuitousEnglish in one episode. "Surprisingly" because she also voiced [[Anime/SketchbookFullColors Kate]].)
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