Manga: Kashimashi: Girl Meets Girl
Poor Hazumu. First he gets turned down after confessing his love to Yasuna. Then, after climbing his favorite mountain to sulk over being rejected, a passing UFO crashes on him and kills him. Then the aliens put him back together again... as a girl!
Worse, they then announce to everyone
exactly what they did.
From Satoru Akahori, the creator of Saber Marionette J
, Sorcerer Hunters
, and Maze Megaburst Space
"Kashimashi" is both the name of the town and school where the series is set ("Kashima-shi") and the Japanese word for "noisy". A Japanese proverb holds that "when three women get together, it's noisy (kashimashi)," the joke being that the kanji for "kashimashi" contains three of the characters (no pun intended) for "woman" or "female." (You may remember Tomo
Hazumu provides a rare case of Gender Bender
where the one whose gender has been bent doesn't seem to really care that much about the predicament. In fact, it's possible she is actually happier this way
but straight from the get go without a lot of the protesting that would appear in other series. The love triangle
in the show also gets presented in a pretty straightforward way, all but completely disregarding that the story is in fact about two girls
who try to win the affection of another girl
- Against the Setting Sun: Used a few times throughout the series, usually with Hazumu and Tomari by the Artificial River Bank.
- All Men Are Perverts: Asuta's attraction toward Hazumu is treated as such, which leads to some awkward situations, and even Asuta is embarrassed to be attracted toward his (formerly male) best friend.
- Also Hazumu's dad, who seems waaaaay too into shared father-daughter special time (usually involving nudity or dad taking naughty pictures of Hazumu). Hazumu's mom will have none of it and will combat it with martial arts holds.
- And when her mom isn't around, Jan Puu with her boxing glove bazooka is happy to help out to defend the modesty of her gender bent crush.
- Anvil on Head: Of the 10t weight variety.
- Applied Phlebotinum
- Armor-Piercing Slap: Yasuna and Tomari both do this to each other in episode 11.
- Artificial Riverbank: Tomari's favorite spot to go to, since she spent a lot of her childhood there with Hazumu.
- Bag of Holding: The alien man uses one in one of the last episodes as he's gathering his stuff from Hazumu's room. It appears to be a large bag, and when he's done, the bag magically shrinks.
- Beach Episode: Episode 7.
- Beneath the Mask as the protagonist as a girl is now more free to act more feminine.
- Bedmate Reveal: Hazumu wakes up to find Jan-puu curled up against her the day after the aliens move in.
- Bicep-Polishing Gesture
- Blank White Eyes
- Blinding Bangs: We never see Hazumu's face as a male, only when she's a girl.
- Blob Monster: During their ghost hunt, Asuta is introduced to and attacked by "Alien number 6" (Jan Puu's naming for him), a part of the alien crew of the ghost hunt. This alien does, according to Jan Puu, love tasty earthlings.
- Blue with Shock: Happens a few times to a few characters, usually Hazumu.
- Butt Monkey: Asuta and Namiko.
- Cannot Spit It Out: Averted with Hazumu while a guy, played largely straight with her as a girl, and with Yasuna and Tomari as well.
- Cat Smile: Hazumu's dad displays one in episode 2. Jan Puu also tends to display one around Hazumu.
- Cherry Blossoms
- Childhood Friend Romance: Hazumu and Tomari in both the anime and manga. In the manga, Hazumu finally shakes off her indecisiveness and cries out for Tomari over Yasuna in the last chapter. The anime OVA episode is a bit more spectacular, both reversing the Unlucky Childhood Friend end of the previous episode and giving the two an elaborate wedding ceremony (Hazumu carries Tomari◊).
- Childhood Marriage Promise: Hazumu and Tomari
- Fulfilled in the episode 13 OVA.
- Christmas Cake: Namiko.
- Clark Kenting: The alien man does this in episode 4 when he shows up as an assistant professor, and claims he's related to Hazumu.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Tomari starts to display this trope around episodes 4 and 5.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Namiko falls into this trope from time to time, usually right before falling down a hole or her classroom.
- Color Failure: Happens to Tomari and Hazumu's dad in episode 2.
- Conspicuous Cg: The butterfly from episode 8. Big time.
- Jan-puu in spaceship form has this, too.
- Courtly Love: At least according to a French reviewer, who describes the central triangle as not so much carnal as similar to relationships found in Chrétien de Troyes's novels.
- Cross-Popping Veins: Happens to Tomari a lot.
- Dangerously Short Skirt: Default uniform for the girls at school, and in the OVA Hazumu's dad makes her wear a santa version.
- Deadpan Snarker: Ayuki
- Declaration of Protection: By Tomari to Hazumu. and possibly foreshadowing the ending considering the possible meanings of the phrase.
- Different for Girls: Inverted — Hazumu mostly takes her change in stride; it's tomboy Tomari, of all people, who insists on giving her lessons in being a girl. Hazumu's only difficulty is when she has to buy her first bra.
- Dirty Old Man: Hazumu's dad seems a bit too eager to want to take a bath with her. He also seems too interested in taking pictures as well.
- Does Not Like Men: Yasuna and her inability to perceive men's faces (according to "Alien-san" in the manga, this is some kind of genetic disorder) keeps her from having any relationships with men, though in a slight subversion, this also affects her relationships with other girls.
- Dramatic Wind: The series could be a commercial for building windmills in Tokyo.
- Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: Yasuna displays them from time to time. She displays them again in episode 11 after losing her ability to see women as well.
- Dynamic Entry: Tomari does a hilarious one in episode 7.
- Emotional Powers: A relatively mundane version: When Tomari is in her P.E. class/club and experiencing strong emotions (e.g. thinking about her relationship with Hazumu), she subconsciously mobilizes her hidden reserves (no super powers) and is scoring school records or at least amazement from her teacher.
- Expressive Hair: Tomari's pigtails react, when she's experiencing strong emotions.
- Face Death with Dignity: In the manga, Hazumu, after she's informed she only has one month left to live.
- Face Fault
- Fanservice: The manga has a few omake with it. The anime seriously ups this quotient.
- Festival Episode
- First Girl Wins: Reversed in the episode 13 OVA, subverted completely in the manga.
- Depends on which of the girls is viewed as first: Yasuna was the first introduced, but Tomari is Hazumu's childhood friend.
- First Kiss: Although it's seen in the very beginning, we don't get the context behind it until episode 5, when Yasuna explains to Hazumu about her condition of not being able to see men for some reason, and rejected him because she thought he would eventually end up that way to her as well.
- Foe-Tossing Charge: Tomari whips these out to get through throngs of reporters.
- For Science!: The alien man uses this excuse largely to stay and observe Hazumu and normal Earthling relations. Turns out he had a good reason, on his planet, his people have a condition similar to Yasuna, and he was there to see if The Power of Love could cure it, which it does at the end of episode 12.
- Friendly Enemy: Yasuna and Tomari realize early on that they are rivals, but develop a friendship out of their mutual love for Hazumu
- Gayngst: Very mild and mostly in the first manga volume, but it's still there (a concept apparently foreign to "Alien-san").
- Gecko Ending: The manga hadn't finished yet when the anime was made.
- Gender Bender
- Genki Girl: Jan Puu.
- The Glomp: Jan Puu likes to do this to Hazumu.
- Gratuitous English: Mainly in the anime's OP ("eveybiddy, prease to meet you," etc.); the NASA scientists in the first episode speak correctly, but the wording is a bit... off. ("I'm afraid that that's the fact." "The estimated arrival point is... figured!")
- Namiko-sensei seems to use this trope a lot as well, usually right before something happens to her.
- Hidden Eyes: Hazumu always has these whenever she's shown as a male. Even as a young child. The audience only sees her eyes when she gets turned into a girl.
- How We Got Here: The very first scene actually happens at the end of episode 5.
- If It's You, It's Okay: Tomari has to grapple with this early on after Hazumu's gender switch.
- Ignore the Fanservice: Hitoshi usually doesn't care about Namiko.
- Imagine Spot: Several characters do this, usually Asuta and Hazumu's dad.
- Innocent Fanservice Girl: Hazumu. Justified as she just turned into a girl and is therefore unfamiliar with how they should act, such as flapping her skirt to cool her legs, and asking Asuta to measure her bust size.
- Instant Seiza
- Invisible to Normals: The alien and Jan Puu to normal people. They only allow certain people to see them, such as Hazumu and her parents, although Namiko is able to sense the alien's presence at first.
- Intangible Man: "Alien-san" does this during a ghost hunt in Hazumu's school to make it more realistic.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Used by several characters —
- Ayuki is an interesting variant, as she seems to honestly prefer witnessing the beauty of Hazumu's relationship with Tomari or Yasuna rather than attempt to start up a relationship of her own.
- Tomari used this to push Hazumu into trying for a Relationship Upgrade with Yasuna prior to the beginning of the series. But it results in Yasuna turning him down.
- Yasuna does this in the OVA. She also gets help from all of the main characters.
- Jumping the Gender Barrier
- Kimodameshi: Episode 8.
- Large Ham: Paired with Running gag, "Without a boyfriend for 35 years, I Tsuki Namiko..." will fall down a hole.
- Lethal Chef: Yasuna's curry in episode 7 was a bit too spicy for the human characters, but the alien man didn't seem to mind it.
- Looming Silhouette of Rage
- Love at First Sight: Combined with First Kiss, this is how Hazumu got killed. Jan-Puu fell in love with Hazumu and rushed in to kiss her... in spaceship form at a hair under the speed of light.
- Love Confession: Hazumu gives one to Yasuna in the beginning, but she's rejected by her. Turns out that Yasuna has a condition where she is unable to see men, but was able to see Hazumu, and feared getting too close to him would make him "invisible" to her as well. As a result, Tomari uses that incident against her a couple of times later on when Yasuna starts getting too friendly with Hazumu again.
- Asuta understandably thinks he got one in episode 7 from Hazumu, but it turns out he misinterpreted it.
- Love Letter: Tomari gets love letters from other girls, to her annoyance.