Manga: Kimi Wa Petto

Kimi wa Petto (literally 'You Are My Pet,' published as Tramps Like Us in English) is a 14 volume Josei manga series by Yayoi Ogawa detailing the life of Sumire Iwaya, a journalist and career woman.

Sumire has worked hard to get where she is: an 'elite', a successful career woman with degrees from Tokyo University and Harvard, self-sufficient, competent and reliable. Unfortunately, although she's very attractive, she's also taller than most of the men she knows, which results in her boyfriend of five years leaving her for his mistress, saying she's too intimidating. Sick of putting up with male inferiority complexes about her success, Sumire decides that from now on, she'll only date men who have the 'three highs' (height, education, salary). Thankfully, an old flame from university, Shigehito Hasumi, has just that.

Hasumi is Sumire's first love. Dating him brings her right back to the insecure, shy woman she was in university. She can't tell him her true feelings on anything and their relationship stays fairly formal even after they start having sex. Sumire spends the next two years trying to build a relationship with Hasumi, but the two are constantly thwarted by Shiori Fukushima, who wants Hasumi for herself, their own hectic careers (which includes a transfer to Hong Kong for Hasumi), and . . . Momo.

Momo is a homeless teenager Sumire finds injured in a cardboard box outside her condo. She takes him in and feeds him. When Momo begs to stay, Sumire relents, but on one condition - he live as her pet. She is shocked and disappointed when he agrees, but grudgingly keeps her word. She soon discovers that Momo has no 'male pride'; despite being much shorter than her, having no book education to speak of, and being completely broke, Momo is happy to live with Sumire and accepts her exactly as she is. Sumire soon finds that the only person she can express all her fear and insecurities to is Momo.

The manga came to an end in 2005. A ten-episode live-action series was produced in 2003. The series examines the dilemma of Family Versus Career and Being True To Yourself, and comes with a lovely Happily Ever After ending.


This series provides examples of:

  • Action Girl - Sumire, who regularly beats up muggers and and other unsavory types with some excellent karate, including once while drunk (and not remembering it the next day). Lampshaded with a chapter in volume three that has her dressed as 'Spark Girl', one of the mascots for a theme park.
  • Agent Scully - Literal non-example: Sukenari called Emma "Scully" when she wouldn't believe his theory that Sumire was an alien princess. How he came to that conclusion is anyone's guess.
  • Art Shift - When events are shown from Eddie Sukenari's perspective.
  • Author Avatar - Many of the throwaway and background characters have the same design Yayoi Ogawa uses for herself in the author's notes, and are referred to as 'So-and-so Ogawa' (i.e.: Genevieve Ogawa the horoscope columnist).
  • Batman in My Basement - Momo, and, eventually, Shiori. ("Fuku-chan!")
  • Be a Whore to Get Your Man: Yuri, for all her good intentions, tries to get Sumire to do this in regards to Hasumi.
    Sumire: W...well, those things happen eventually and naturally...
    Yuri: WRONG! LOVE IS A SERIOUS FIGHT! YOU TAKE IT OR YOU LOSE IT! THERE IS NO VICTORY FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT USE THE FEMALE WEAPON TO THEIR ADVANTAGE! *Thunder Shock flashes in the background*
    • Also, this seems to be Shiori's only tactic.
  • Beta Couple - Quite a few! Yuri and her husband, though he's never seen, as well as Hasumi and Shiori, who eventually get married and have their own happy ending, and Emma and Hugh, Sumire's coworkers.
  • Betty and Veronica - Multiple sets. Hasumi and Momo for Sumire, Sumire and Fukushima for Hasumi, Rumi and Sumire for Momo.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Momo. Would you suspect him of threatening someone with a knife?
  • Be Yourself: The overarching moral that fuels a majority of the conflicts in the story. Indeed, the fact that Sumire reverts back to the shy, insecure woman she was in university when around Hasumi is the biggest hint that they're not right for each other.
  • Big Damn Kiss - The one in Belgium if not the one at Sumire's house before Momo leaves.
  • Big Fancy House - The Iwaya family compound.
  • Bishie Sparkle - Hasumi very often, Momo (especially when dancing) and Eddie Sukenari when he loses the glases.
  • Bland-Name Product - "Pepti".
  • Child Prodigy: Miiko, the little girl with an IQ of 200.
    • Momo was this in regards to dancing.
  • Christmas in Japan - Lampshaded by Sumire, who points out that she's not religious or Christian to avoid explaining why she really hates Christmas.
  • Comedic Sociopathy
  • Cosplay Otaku Girl - The sister-in-law of Momo's dance teacher.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: When Eddie developed his theory that Sumire was a beautiful, tragic alien princess, he suddenly got a spurt of "adrenaline". Sumire gets one in a later chapter when she's told the rumor that her grandpa's basement is full of hidden treasure. It's revealed on the next page that it's not.
  • Double Entendre - Momo's 'seaman' joke.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male - Sumire to Momo, though it could be argued that it's actually consensual.
  • Dream Sequence - Whenever Sumire's particularly stressed about something, she'll have a weird dream that gives her the answer she subconsciously already knows.
  • Dull Eyes of Unhappiness - Actually a stylistic choice of the mangaka. All of the characters when in a neutral mood are drawn without lights in their eyes except Sumire. Momo gets them for a panel when he discovers that Sumire is pregnant with his child.
  • Dysfunction Junction - Where to begin?
    • Sumire feels she can't be herself around Hasumi because she wants to be the woman he thinks she is (i.e. unrealistically perfect), plus she's got major family issues and no friends besides her best friend, boyfriend, and pet.
    • Momo is an Ill Boy who has no problem sleeping around, even with girls who have boyfriends.
    • Shiori has her Dark and Troubled Past with her father and no self-esteem to speak of.
    • Yuri's husband cheated on her.
    • This isn't the first time Hasumi's engagement has dissolved because of a change in feelings.
  • Ear Cleaning - Something Momo enjoys greatly.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending - Both Sumire and Momo definitely earned theirs.
  • Easy Amnesia - One chapter has Sumire getting bonked on the head by a glass jar. After the doctor assures Momo her memory should come back and the amnesiac period will be forgotten completely, Momo tells Sumire that they're dating.
  • Family Versus Career - The entire series is a major deconstruction of this trope.
  • First Girl Wins - Subverted. Although Momo shows up first in the manga, backstory reveals that Sumire and Hasumi first hooked up in university. Momo doesn't end up with Rumi, Sumire and Hasumi end up with other people after dating for two years, in fact, no one ends up with the first love.
  • Grey and Grey Morality - a real-world version. Shiori's a manipulative little skank who will fake and blackmail her way into Hasumi's life/pants/apartment, but Sumire herself is keeping a young man in her apartment and never does tell the man she dates for over a year and agrees to marry at one point about it, even when they break up, which actually makes it all the sadder when one considers that Hasumi thinks so well of her for forgiving him for lying to her about Fukushima staying (read: blackmailing her way into) in his apartment.
  • Happily Married - The penultimate chapter is set about 15 years in the future and features Sumire and Momo's daughter, and Yuri's two daughters. It's implied that Momo and Sumire are still happily moving all over the globe to follow his career as a dancer and hers as a freelance journalist.
    • Yuri and her husband, Shinichi, appear to be this. Until you find out he's cheating on her with his flight attendant.
  • Hypnotize the Princess - A chapter late in the series has Sumire being victimised by a psychologist turned hypnotist-rapist. Unfortunately Sumire's emotions are so conflicted at this point that she happily takes the chance to check out, and can't be woken until Momo comes to rescue her.
  • Identical Stranger - A new character is introduced in Sumire's department who decides she is envious of Sumire's success. Cue a change of makeup, perfume, and hair colour to look as much like Sumire as possible.
    • Also, the young boy named Yuta from Miss Takeuchi's story. As an adult, he looks exactly like Momo.
  • Imagine Spot - Sumire has many.
  • Is That Cute Kid Yours? - In the sixth volume, plus a twist on the whole Christmas Cake Eater aspect; the woman in the park who comments to Sumire about how cute her 'daughter' is also comments on how nice it must be to have such a young, energetic husband to keep up with the kids.
  • I Want Grandkids - Grandpa Izawa really wanted great-grandkids.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy - Shiori tells Sumire to stay away from Hasumi unless she can promise to "live happily ever after" with him.
    • Momo also fully supports Sumire's relationship with Hasumi, even though he likes her.
  • Karma Houdini - Shiori. Guilty of stalking, blackmailing, guilt tripping, and manipulation. Still gets her man in the end.
  • Kissing Cousins - Hasumi's impression after he finds out that Iwaya is marrying her "second cousin".
  • Like Brother and Sister - Sumire and Momo for the early part of the series. Momo even introduces himself as Sumire's second cousin.
  • Magical Realism - Hints of it throughout the story, good example would be the time-travel/dream in the last chapter.
    • Also, the "Karatani Incident." Either Momo really did witness Karatani's suicide and was in a coma in the hospital for a month and no one noticed, or he was in the hospital for a short amount of time after being visited by a ghost. Evidence seems to point to the latter.
    • And the mermaids. They did see them... didn't they?
  • Marshmallow Hell - Sumire does this to Momo when she's feeling extra affectionate (like when she's drunk). Not that he minds, though.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy - Neither Sumire nor Momo fit traditional gender roles. That's what makes them right for each other.
  • May-December Romance: Gender-inverted from the norm with Momo being 12 years younger than Sumire.
  • Mistress and Servant Boy - Pretty much the entire premise.
  • Morality Pet - Sumire defrosts thanks to one of these.
  • Not So Different - Realizing this allows Sumire and Emma to finally break the ice.
  • Odd Friendship - Shinobu and Momo get on surprisingly well.
  • Otaku - Sumire, Momo, and Sukenari. Mostly Sukenari.
  • Relationship Upgrade - First for Emma and Hugh, then for Sumire and Momo, then for Hasumi and Shiori.
  • Running Gag: Momo's family making borscht on special occasions. Don't ask them why.
  • Scooby-Doo Hoax - Sumire and Momo take a trip to a hot springs resort to follow up on a story Sumire was sent about mermaids. The legend says that mothers who die and leave children behind turn into mermaids. The story starts out as Our Mermaids Are Different, but is actually a Scooby-Doo Hoax that almost turns into a Suicide Pact between two of the previously referenced orphaned children.
  • Shout-Out: Sumire and Momo like to hum anime O Ps and make numerous references to real life comic books, TV shows, celebrities, actors, models, singers, pro wrestlers, etc. After Sumire broke up with Hasumi after realizing she loved Momo, there were several mentions of Sergeant Frog.
  • Slasher Smile - Momo pulls one while threatening someone with a knife. Seriously. Momo.
  • Suicide Pact - Between the two children in the mermaid village. Luckily, Sumire found them in time and slapped some sense into the teenage one.
  • Surprise Creepy: "Ever heard of Jack the Ripper?"
  • Take That/Take That Me - From what we've seen of the little comments in the margins of the comic, it appears that Ogawa likes to take stabs at her own characters; when Sumire and Hasumi are hugging, the former thinking about her own confused feelings, the latter thinking about sex, it says, "These two will never learn." Conversely, if one of the Author Avatars shows up in some form, one of the characters will probably snark about it, like when Emma saw an ad on her TV for a mixer that was developed by "Caroline Ogawa" and she immediately thinks, "She looks like a flake.")
  • Team Dad: Umino-san for his dance troupe. He looks out for Momo especially, getting him a part-time job and choreographing a dance piece specifically for him as a present.
  • That Didn't Happen - It's implied that Shiori and Hasumi had a night together, and Hasumi thinks they did, but Shiori later admits nothing happened.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl - Sumire and Yuri in high-school and college. Sumire is still the Tomboy to an extent, with her love of video games and pro wrestling.
  • True Love Is Exceptional
  • War Is Hell - Momo meets an elderly woman named Mrs. Takeuchi in the park. After they become friends, she tells him about her younger days during World War II. As you can imagine, it's an unhappy story with a more bitter than sweet ending.
  • Will They or Won't They?
  • Wham Episode - Chapter 52; Sumire agrees to marry Hasumi after she finds out Momo wants to study in Belgium.
  • Why Can't I Hate You? - Sumire's admired more than she notices, even by her rivals.
  • Your Cheating Heart - Sumire's father cheated on her mother before the start of the story, though it's only mentioned to show that Sumire rarely ever spoke to anyone (human) about her problems, even as a child. Also, Hasumi cheated on his fiancÚ with Sumire back in university, prompting him to call off the marriage. And Sumire's boyfriend before Hasumi, whom she was planning to marry, cheated on her.... Not to mention Yuri's husband ALSO cheated....

Alternative Title(s):

Tramps Like Us