Tsubaki Hibino has a hobby: she likes styling her sister's hair. However, she doesn't think that style suits her and keeps her own hair in braids. At the start of her high school life, she's ready to find love, promising herself to become more fashionable and cute.
...Except she can't bring herself to it. On the first day in her new school, she finds herself bullied for her old-fashioned "Showa" taste in clothes. Even worse, she has to sit next to Kyota Tsubaki, resident casanova
and the only one who managed to earn a higher score than her in the entrance exams. Angry at him, she cuts his long hair. This makes Kyota decide: she would be his next target. From there on, he would
have her become his "woman".Kyō, Koi o Hajimemasu
, (Today, love starts
), deals with the developing relationship between "good girl" Tsubaki Hibino and "bad boy" Kyota Tsubaki. The two start off despising each other, but quickly grow close as the series progresses.
The manga is written by Kanan Minami, author of Honey X Honey Drops
and began serialization in Shōjo Comic on 2008. It ended on November 2011, and has been compiled in 15 volumes.
The series has been adapted in a 2-episode Original Video Animation
animated by JC Staff
, a Light Novel
presenting the story from Kyota's perspective and a live action series taking place a year before the events of the manga. A film was also released in 2012.
This manga provides examples of:
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Despite acting like a delinquent and switching girls like he switches shirts, Kyota is the most popular guy at school.
- Alpha Bitch: Arisa and her posse react very badly when they find out Kyota has a girlfriend, physically assaulting and bullying her. She gets shaken when her actions almost cause Tsubaki to be raped.
- Art Shift: The art style turns into comical chibis during comedic scenes.
- Attempted Rape: Arisa employs two thugs to scare Tsubaki during the marathon. To her horror, they try to go further than that and almost rape her. The timely appearance of Miho saves Hibino.
- Bastard Boyfriend: Kyota likes sleeping around, manipulating girls because he can't trust them, humiliating Tsubaki in front of their class and almost raping her. He stops doing most of those things after he begins dating Tsubaki.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Poor Rika seems so nice, timid, fragile and innocent...until we find out she uses her apparent weaknesses to sleep around, manipulate people and set herself as the victim, all the while laughing at the others' expense.
- Bland-Name Product: Chapter 37 has Tsubaki sitting in front of "Bear Bucks Coffee", which couldn't possibly have anything to do with Starbucks coffee or Tsubaki's love for bears.
- The Casanova: Kyota flirts and sleeps around with many different girls, but has never had a girlfriend.
- Corner of Woe: Tsubaki ends up like this during the Christmas chapter because Sakura reminds her she has to stay and study. Complete with Ghost Lights.
- Delinquent Hair: Tsubaki describes that her whole school looks like it's composed of delinquents. Kyota himself has long, unkempt bleached hair. It looks neater when Tsubaki cuts it, but it's still pretty delinquent-y. It actually contrasts his excellent grades.
- Does Not Like Men: Spear Counterpart: Kyota doesn't mind messing around with girls, but he can't really trust them.
- Forceful Kiss: Kyota steals Tsubaki's first kiss this way. He repeatedly does this at the start of the series.
- Freudian Excuse: Kyota's distrust in women stems from his mother for leaving his family. Oh, and also that nurse he befriended who basically traumatized him unintentionally with a Primal Scene.
- Friends with Benefits: Kyota doesn't have a girlfriend, but he gets together with his senpai, Yuki, for sex.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Miho had a crush on Kyota, but continuously acts as a Shipper on Deck for Tsubaki and Kyota. Initially it was just an act, but when she came to realize that the two really did like each other, she backs off.
- Love Confession: Tsubaki sort of confesses she likes Kyota when they're alone looking at the stars. It backfires, as Kyota isn't interested in women who confess to him due to a traumatic experience he had in the past.
- Near-Rape Experience:
- Kyota attempts to rape Tsubaki in chapter 5. He stops when she calls him out on manipulating a girl's feelings like that, but in an unsettling developement, she starts feeling attracted to him after that.
- Halstead thinks to rape Tsubaki when they're alone in the classroom as payback for what Kyota did to Rika, but he ends up crying and lamenting on how he couldn't do such a terrible thing to a crying girl.
- Nosebleed: Tsubaki gets one out of embarassment when Sakura hands her smutty shojo magazines.
- Sacred First Kiss: Kyota attempts to steal all of Tsubaki's "first experiences", starting with her first kiss. She ends up washing her mouth disgusted.
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Rika likes pulling these, especially near Hal. When Kyota refused to sleep with her and said he dislikes women like her, she set it up so it seemed he had harassed and raped her, giving her an excuse to break up with Hal and ruining their friendship.