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''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 FamilyVersusCareer and [[BeYourself Being True To Yourself]], and comes with a lovely HappilyEverAfter ending.

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!!This series provides examples of:

* ActionGirl - 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.
** [[BadassFamily It seems to run in the family.]] [[TheStoic Shinobu]] and [[BadassBiker Akane]] both kick ass and their [[BadassGrandpa grandfather]] and [[ActionMom mother]] are both implied to be very strong as well.
* AgentScully - 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 [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext is anyone's guess.]]
* ArtShift - When events are shown from Eddie Sukenari's perspective.
* AuthorAvatar - 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).
* BatmanInMyBasement - Momo, [[spoiler:and, eventually, Shiori. ("Fuku-chan!")]]
* BeAWhoreToGetYourMan: 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! *ThunderShock flashes in the background*
** Also, this seems to be Shiori's only tactic.
* BetaCouple - Quite a few! Yuri and her husband, though he's never seen, as well as [[spoiler:Hasumi and Shiori, who eventually get married and have their own happy ending, and Emma and Hugh, Sumire's coworkers.]]
* BettyAndVeronica - Multiple sets. Hasumi and Momo for Sumire, Sumire and Fukushima for Hasumi, Rumi and Sumire for Momo.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: [[spoiler:Momo.]] Would you suspect [[spoiler:him]] of threatening someone with a knife?
* BeYourself: The overarching moral that fuels a majority of the conflicts in the story. Indeed, the fact that [[spoiler:Sumire reverts back to the shy, insecure woman she was in university]] when around [[spoiler:Hasumi]] is the biggest hint that [[spoiler:they're not right for each other]].
* BigDamnKiss - The one in Belgium if not the one at Sumire's house before [[spoiler:Momo leaves]].
* BigFancyHouse - The Iwaya family compound.
* BishieSparkle - Hasumi very often, Momo (especially when dancing) and '''Eddie Sukenari''' when he loses the glases.
* BlandNameProduct - "Pepti".
* ChildProdigy: Miiko, the little girl with an IQ of 200.
** Momo was this in regards to dancing.
* ChristmasInJapan - Lampshaded by Sumire, who points out that she's not religious or Christian to avoid explaining why she really hates Christmas.
* ComedicSociopathy
* CosplayOtakuGirl - The sister-in-law of Momo's dance teacher.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: 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.
* DoubleEntendre - Momo's 'seaman' joke.
* DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale - Sumire to Momo, though it could be argued that it's actually consensual.
* DreamSequence - Whenever Sumire's particularly stressed about something, she'll have a weird dream that gives her the answer she subconsciously already knows.
* DullEyesOfUnhappiness - 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 [[spoiler:Sumire is pregnant with his child.]]
* DysfunctionJunction - Where to begin?
** Sumire feels she can't be herself around [[spoiler:Hasumi]] because she wants to be the woman he thinks she is (i.e. [[YamatoNadeshiko unrealistically perfect]]), plus she's got major family issues and no friends besides her best friend, boyfriend, and pet.
** Momo is [[spoiler:an IllBoy]] who has no problem sleeping around, even with girls who have boyfriends.
** Shiori has her DarkAndTroubledPast with her father and no self-esteem to speak of.
** Yuri's [[spoiler:husband cheated on her]].
** This isn't the first time [[spoiler:Hasumi's engagement]] has dissolved because of a change in feelings.
* EarCleaning - Something Momo enjoys greatly.
* EarnYourHappyEnding - Both Sumire and Momo definitely earned theirs.
* EasyAmnesia - 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.
* FamilyVersusCareer - The entire series is a major deconstruction of this trope.
* FirstGirlWins - Subverted. [[spoiler: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.]]
* GreyAndGreyMorality - 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 [[spoiler: agrees to marry at one point]] about it, even when [[spoiler: 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]].
* HappilyMarried - The penultimate chapter is set about 15 years in the future and features [[spoiler: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. [[spoiler:Until you find out he's cheating on her with his flight attendant.]]
* HypnotizeThePrincess - 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.
* IdenticalStranger - 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.
* ImagineSpot - Sumire has many.
* IsThatCuteKidYours - 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.
* IWantGrandkids - Grandpa Izawa really wanted great-grandkids.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy - 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.
* KarmaHoudini - [[spoiler:Shiori]]. Guilty of stalking, blackmailing, guilt tripping, and manipulation. Still gets her man in the end.
* KissingCousins - Hasumi's impression after [[spoiler: he finds out that Iwaya is marrying her "second cousin".]]
* LikeBrotherAndSister - Sumire and Momo for the early part of the series. Momo even introduces himself as Sumire's second cousin.
* MagicalRealism - 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 [[spoiler: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 [[spoiler:mermaids.]] They did see them... [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane didn't they?]]
* MarshmallowHell - Sumire does this to Momo when she's feeling extra affectionate (like when she's [[HardDrinkingPartyGirl drunk]]). [[AllMenArePerverts Not that he minds, though.]]
* MasculineGirlFeminineBoy - Neither Sumire nor Momo fit traditional gender roles. [[spoiler: That's what makes them right for each other.]]
* MayDecemberRomance: Gender-inverted from the norm with Momo being 12 years younger than Sumire.
* MistressAndServantBoy - Pretty much the entire premise.
* MoralityPet - Sumire [[DefrostingIceQueen defrosts]] thanks to one of these.
* NotSoDifferent - Realizing this allows Sumire and Emma to finally break the ice.
* OddFriendship - [[TheStoic Shinobu]] and [[{{Keet}} Momo]] get on surprisingly well.
* {{Otaku}} - Sumire, Momo, and Sukenari. [[CloudCuckooLander Mostly Sukenari.]]
* RelationshipUpgrade - First for [[spoiler:Emma and Hugh]], then for [[spoiler:Sumire and Momo]], then for [[spoiler:Hasumi and Shiori]].
* RunningGag: Momo's family making borscht on special occasions. [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext Don't ask them why.]]
* ScoobyDooHoax - [[spoiler: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 OurMermaidsAreDifferent, but is actually a ScoobyDooHoax that almost turns into a SuicidePact between two of the previously referenced orphaned children.]]
* ShoutOut: Sumire and Momo like to hum anime OPs and make numerous references to real life comic books, TV shows, celebrities, actors, models, singers, pro wrestlers, etc. After [[spoiler: Sumire broke up with Hasumi after realizing she loved Momo]], there were several mentions of SergeantFrog.
* SlasherSmile - Momo pulls one while threatening someone ''with a knife.'' Seriously. ''[[{{Keet}} Momo]]''.
* SuicidePact - Between [[spoiler:the two children in the mermaid village.]] Luckily, Sumire found them in time and slapped some sense into the teenage one.
* SurpriseCreepy: '''"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 [[AuthorAvatar 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.")
* TeamDad: 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.
* ThatDidntHappen - [[spoiler:It's implied that Shiori and Hasumi had a night together, and Hasumi ''thinks'' they did, but Shiori later admits nothing happened.]]
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl - 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.
* TrueLoveIsExceptional
* WarIsHell - Momo meets an elderly woman named Mrs. Takeuchi in the park. After they become friends, she tells him about her younger days during WorldWarII. As you can imagine, it's an unhappy story with a [[BittersweetEnding more bitter than sweet ending]].
* WillTheyOrWontThey
* WhamEpisode - Chapter 52; [[spoiler:Sumire agrees to marry Hasumi after she finds out Momo wants to study in Belgium.]]
* WhyCantIHateYou - Sumire's admired more than she notices, even by her rivals.
* YourCheatingHeart - 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, [[spoiler:Hasumi]] cheated on his fiancÚ with [[spoiler: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 [[spoiler:Yuri's]] husband [[DysfunctionJunction ALSO cheated....]]
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