Yamada is an ordinary girl who isn't particularly popular, smart, or pretty. One day, when she's watering the plants beside the track team's practice area, sports star Kase passes by and shares a cheerful word. From that day on, Yamada is besotted with her, and watches her crush from afar. Before long, they meet again and Kase ends up saving her from an embarrassing situation. Then, when she glances at Kase in the changing rooms, and sees Kase watching her, she can only blush and look away.
So begins a gently-paced story exploring the relationship between the two girls: whilst Yamada doesn't understand why she has such feelings for another girl, she knows that, more than anything, she wants Kase to be in love with her.
She'll have to wait a little longer, though. Soon after, Kase strikes up a conversation, expressing a desire to see her over the Summer break. During the holidays and the following term, Kase and Yamada continue to meet. As their friendship deepens, they tentatively and shyly explore the idea of being more.Kase-san
is a WAFF
-style Yuri Genre
manga by Takashima Hiromi that began as a one-shot, but turned into a multi-volume series.
Kase-san contains examples of:
- Adorkable: Both girls, but Kase in particular is a good example, as she seems really confident and cool from the outside, but can be reduced to a blushing mess just form Yamada getting too close to her.
- Afraid of Blood: Mika. Although she wants to comfort Yamada, she can't bear to look at her while she's bloodied up after being stampeded at the marathon.
- All of the Other Reindeer: Downplayed—the other girls often make fun of Yamada for being dumb, but the manga never really takes it beyond dispiriting bullying.
- Alternate Continuity: The bonus Chocolate and Kase-san seems to assume a different ending to the marathon, as it starts with Yamada writing a love letter to Kase thanking her for her help, but they're not dating. Mika also doesn't seem to be aware that Yamada likes Kase, even though in the manga she implies she'd been guessing that for a while.
- Anger Born of Worry: Shortly after the marathon begins, Yamada is trampled by a group of boys and ends up bloody and bruised in the school infirmary. From the window, she can see Kase, and yells out at her to not give up, which causes Kase to suddenly speed up drastically—and then, minutes later, appear at the door, yelling about Yamada's injuries.
- Boyish Short Hair: Kase.
- Butch Lesbian: Kase.
- Cannot Spit It Out: Kase manages it eventually, though.
- Chocolate of Romance: Chocolate and Kase-san revolves around Yamada trying to give home-made chocolate to Kase but being held back by her nervousness and jealousy that Kase already has so many admirers.
- Covert Pervert: Despite both being far too awkward to make a move on their desires, it's pretty clear that both Kase and Yamada are attracted to one another.
- Crush Blush: Yamada very often, and occasionally Kase, too.
- Distracted by the Sexy: At one point when Kase corners Yamada to make her explain why she's been ignoring her, Yamada has to look away because Kase's boobs are directly in front of her face. A couple of pages later, Kase can't help but watch Yamada's skirt as she awkwardly tries to mount the bike.
- Embarrassing Last Name: Yamada. She says it makes her sound like a potato. As a very common name that literally translates to 'mountain field', that's probably not too big an overreaction.
- Even the Girls Want Her: Kase is quite popular, and receives a huge heap of chocolates every Valentine's.
- First Kiss: At the end of the first volume.
- Gayngst: Also downplayed—Yamada worries that since Kase's a girl, they can't be together, but it never gets hugely dramatic.
- Genki Girl: Yamada's friend, Mika.
- Green-Eyed Monster: In the second chapter Yamada briefly gets jealous after Mika tells her that one of Kase's ex-girlfriends is in the track and field club with her, and is occasionally jealous generally of all of Kase's friends.
- Green Thumb: Yamada puts a lot of effort and love into the school's flowers.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Yamada is incredibly sweet and is able to see the good in all kinds of things most people can't.
- I Didn't Mean To Turn You On: Both girls for one another. At least on Kase's end, it's partially deliberate, but she can get it just as bad from Yamada.
- Improbably Female Cast: The manga technically takes place in a mixed-gender school, but we almost never see any males.
- Indirect Kiss: At one point in the story, Kase offers to share her water bottle. Yamada convinces herself that since they're both girls it isn't a big deal, but once she's taken a sip Kase takes the bottle and puts her mouth right over it in a huge gulp and gives Yamada a deliberate glance.
- Japanese Honorifics: Yamada always, always calls Kase-san by, well, her surname and '-san'. However, she's pleased in their first meeting when Kase uses her surname without any honorifics, and then uses the familiar contraction 'Mikawacchi' with her friend.
- Last Name Basis: Both girls with one another, even after they start dating. It's probably because they got used to calling each other that way and stopped thinking about it.
- Lovable Jock: Kase is so athletic, she even gets better times than all of her seniors. However, she's a really nice girl and, while confident, never acts superior.
- Love You and Everybody: Yamada is really excited when Kase invites her to a track meet, but is quite disappointed when she realises that Kase invited lots of people.
- Mundane Made Awesome: Yamada can get very fired up over plants.
- Panty Shot: The first time Kase saw Yamada, she was bending over to care for some flowers. Kase covertly ducks her head to see if she can see anything.
- Retcon: In the original magazine version, after Yamada and Kase kiss, Kase asks Yamada for a different request, but then says she'll tell her after the tournament, and the chapter ends. In the book version, Kase instead asks to go out with Yamada, who agrees.
- Shrinking Violet: She's not as bad as some, but Yamada isn't too good at talking to strangers and hates big, noisy crowds.
- Schoolgirl Lesbians: Kase and Yamada, eventually. And while the story is very light-hearted, it's a bit more realistic than most—Yamada ultimately ends up having to come out to her friend about her and Kase's relationship (though she had guessed), and there were rumours in the school that Kase is a lesbian even before Yamada came along.
- That Came Out Wrong: After they start dating, Yamada admits she's never gone out with anyone before and doesn't really know about certain things that couples are supposed to do together. She seems to be talking about dates and bentou and things. Kase is clearly thinking about... something else.
- Later, when Kase gets flustered over the idea of going on a date with Yamada while on a school trip, she mentions that it'll be the first time they spend the night together. When Yamada gets a shocked look, Kase rushes to change the subject.
- Through Her Stomach: After they start dating, Yamada tries to make Kase a bentou, but keeps being stymied by Kase leaving class early or being too busy talking to someone else.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Kase and Yamada.
- Twice Shy: Though neither girl is all that good at hiding their feelings from the other, it takes a full year for them to get together because they're both too nervous to take the final step.
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: In spades before Yamada and Kase get together. Even something like Yamada putting her arm along Kase's to show how tanned she is has them both blushing and awkward.
- Valentine's Day Chapter: The bonus chapter Chocolate and Kase-san.
- WAFF: The manga's main purpose.
- Yuri Genre