Manga / Komori-san Can't Decline!
aka: Komorisan Wa Kotowarenai
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Shuri Komori is a normal middle school girl... Well, not quite. She's actually imbued with incredible competency, and when asked for honest help she just can't refuse. Even if it requires ridiculous levels of strength or willpower!

But aside from that, she's just a normal Japanese middle school girl, who hangs with her two friends, Megumi Nishitori and Masako Negeshi. She gets her homework copied, helps them in studying, and all other normal middle school girl stuff.

Komori-san Can't Decline! (小森さんは断れない!, Komori-san wa Kotowarenai!) is a yonkoma manga created by Cool-Kyou Shinsha and published on Manga Time Original. It received an anime adaptation as part of the Fall 2015 Anime lineup.

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  • The Ace: Komori can do pretty much anything (except beat tough video games), provided that someone asks her to do it.
  • A-Cup Angst: Megumi and Masako often feel intimidated by Komori's Boobs of Steel. It's far more common in the anime then the manga.
  • Adapted Out: Komori's younger sister, Masako's older sister, and Yamanaka never appear in the anime. Miki's cameo was also replaced with Komori wearing his outfit. Justified in Yamanaka's case since the series only adapted scenes from before he was introduced.
  • A Day in the Limelight:
    • Chapters 24-26 are a flashback to how Masako became friends with Komori and Megumi.
    • Chapter 31 features an unnamed extra talking with Komori about their time together on the track team.
  • Age Lift: Komori started off as 14 in the manga, but is stated to be 15 in the anime.
  • Anachronic Order: The anime takes scenes from the manga at random, although this isn't really a problem due to it being a Slice of Life.
  • Beach Episode: Episode 8/Chapter 6.
  • Big Sister Bully: Masako's elder sister loves to torment her in a Faux Affably Evil way, even going into a literal Big Sister Is Watching during their hiking trip.
  • Boobs of Steel: Komori is much bustier than the other students, and she's also the strongest. Like, really strong.
  • The Cameo: It seems like all of Cool-kyou Shinja's works happen in the same universe.
    • Hajime from I Can't Understand What My Husband is Saying can be seen on the train in chapter 9 (he's mostly covered over by the text). In the same chapter, a woman resembling Hiromi from RaButa is shown working at a clothing store. Also, the key-chain that Masako got was Frau Rabbit, from the one-shot of the same name.
    • Miki also appears in an Imagine Spot during chapter 12. Apparently, he lives nearby Komori's house. In the anime, they changed it to have Komori wearing his outfit.
    • According to the newspaper Komori's mother was reading in chapter 27, Haru from Ojojojo recently got married (presumably to Tsurezure). And speaking of Tsurezure, he won the mascot contest that Komori entered in the same chapter. It also places this series about 3-4 years after Ojojojo, since his age is listed as 20.
    • A girl that looks like Karrot from Frau Rabbit asks Komori for a picture while she's dressed as the eponymous character in chapter 42.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: It seems Komori's inability to deny requests may be rooted from this.
  • Class Representative: Masako. In a variation of the norm, she's rather shy and something of an introvert. Given that her older brother is her homeroom teacher, he might have given her the position specifically to help her break out of her shell.
  • Creator Cameo: Someone is shown dressed like Cool-kyou Shinja's Author Avatar in chapter 42.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Komori at times, though only around her closest friends.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Yamanaka-kun is often mistaken as a girl. He's the 'girl' Komori saw Ootani walking with.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Ootani-kun appears in the background several times before being formally introduced in episode 6. This only applies to the anime.
  • Extreme Doormat: Downplayed, and is Komori's most notable feature. She can't decline requests (unless it's Megumi asking for homework). Taken Up to Eleven in one scene where Komori can't remember the solution to a particular problem. Negishi-sensei informs her that she answered it correctly earlier, then tries phrasing his words as a request for her to remember. It works.
  • Eyes Always Shut: Komori's mother. Combined with her messy hair, it gives her a constantly exhausted look.
  • The Faceless: Megumi's father is only ever shown as a hand.
  • Fanservice: They made Komori bustier and more jiggly, with more scenes focusing on her boobs for the anime.
  • Gag Echo: Combined with Hypocritical Humor in Chapter 22/Episode 7. When Ootani stares at Komori in the pool while jogging, she calls him a pervert (which the rest of the boys repeat). Their positions are reversed at the end of the chapter/episode.
  • Gainaxing: Much more notable in the anime.
  • Gamer Chick: Komori's younger sister is always playing video games. She even skips out on going to a festival so she can stay home and play. Their mother is also one, considering she bought a game which neither Komori nor her sister could beat, and she beat it without breaking a sweat.
  • Genki Girl: Megumi is a downplayed example. Komori and Masako often describe her as 'bright'.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: Komori saw Ootani-kun walking with another girl. Cue catatonia.
    Megumi: Hey Komori, you okay?
    Komori Yeah...
    Megumi: Well then let me borrow your homework!
    Komori Yeah...
    (Both of them standing out in the hallway)
    Megumi: You didn't do your homework!
    Komori Yeah...
  • Huge Schoolgirl: Komori is notably taller than the other students. Officially she's 1.8m (6') tall, impossibly tall by East Asian standards—and remember, she's 14.
  • Ironic Name: The first syllable of Komori and Ootani's names mean "small" and "large" respectively, an irony that they point out when talking to each other for the first time. They jokingly refer to each other as Oomori and Kotani.
  • Lap Pillow: Ootani falls asleep on Komori's lap during the movie date that he and Komori were set up on.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Ootani comes to the conclusion that Yamanaka has a crush on him when the latter invites him to see a romantic movie (Yamanaka was secretly trying to set him up with Komori).
  • Nice Girl: Komori is a kind girl to the most ridiculous extreme.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Megumi used to have Blinding Bangs, but she started pulling her hair back at Komori's suggestion. She keeps one side covered because it looks cool.
  • Potty Emergency: Komori lets a few girls with this go in front of her to the one remaining stall... and Komori is afflicted with this afterward.
  • Production Foreshadowing: The main cast of Ooyasan wa Shishunki! appear in the crowd when the fireworks are going off in episode 8. Their anime started the following season, which returns the favor in its seventh episode, when Shuri and co. appear in the crowd of students having soup.
  • Promotion to Opening Titles: Ootani got added to the opening/ending in episode seven following his formal introduction in episode six.
  • Punny Name: Megumi's suggested name for a cat that resembled Komori was "Shuridinger".
  • Really Gets Around: Masako mentioned during New Year's that her sister changes boyfriends on a whim.
  • Related in the Adaptation: Inverted. Negeshi-sensei isn't Masako's older brother in the anime (he had Komori deliver handouts to her when she was out sick in the anime, while he gave them to her himself in the manga).
  • Shipper on Deck: Double Subverted. Megumi and Masako don't like Ootani, but they still try to hook him up with Komori since he never asks her for help.
  • Ship Tease: As the series goes on, it becomes increasingly obvious that Komori has a thing for Ootani. Later chapters also hint at Megumi/Yamanaka.
  • Super Strength: Komori, hands down.
  • Technicolor Eyes: Komori's eyes are pink with a yellow highlight on the bottom in the anime. In the manga they're amber.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Ootani is one of the shortest people in his class, and compared to the six foot tall Komori, everyone is tiny, making him look even shorter by comparison. As they point out when they first interact, their names mean the exact opposite.
  • True Companions: Komori, Megumi and Masako. Exemplified by the chapter where they're deciding on a high school to enroll in; their advisor explicitly tells them not to be influenced by friends (directing his attention to Komori in particular), and they indeed do their best to listen... and all three choose the same school anyway.
  • Uncatty Resemblance: Played with in that Ootani ends up adopting a cat that resembles Komori. It was originally going to be played straight since Komori's sister wanted to adopt it, but their mother is allergic to cats (and is more of a dog person).
  • Unfortunate Item Swap: After their hiking trip, Komori gave some of her pictures to Ootani. The picture in question was her wearing a bikini. She immediately realized her mistake and grabbed it back.
    Ootani: Hey, this is...
    Komori: WRONG ONE!!
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Yamanaka flat out admits that the reason why he picks on Ootani is because they're best friends.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Komori is afraid of bugs.
  • Yonkoma: Enforced by the Manga Time family of magazines, not to mention that's Cool-kyou Shinja's usual format.

Alternative Title(s): Komorisan Wa Kotowarenai