The story of a boy whose girlfriend is also his right hand. No, not like that.Seiji Sawamura is a high school delinquent — a rude, disrespectful punk with a "bad dude" air and a skill with fighting that can lay out entire gangs with his "devil's right hand". But underneath his tough guy exterior is a noble soul who won't hesitate to defend an underdog. He's also lonely and unlucky in love — his reputation is so frightening that no girl he knows (other than 11-year-old neighbor Shiori) wants his attention or to be seen with him.This state of affairs grates on him — failure after failure weighs on Seiji's mind, until one day, alone at home, he bemoans the fact that he seems destined to live his life with only his right hand as his lover, and swears that he will accept any girl who will have him. When a strange girl's voice echoes "Really?" in the empty room, he is understandably surprised and confused — but it's nothing on how he feels a few moments later when he discovers that his right hand has turned into a miniature teenaged girl named Midori Kasugano. He reallyshould have picked a better choice of words...Midori, it turns out, was a perfectly normal girl from another school who idolized Seiji from afar. How she turned into his hand neither knows, but she's happy with the situation even if Seiji isn't.Despite its bizarre (indeed, borderline-nightmarish) premise and the gang-based violence that kicks it off, Midori no Hibi is actually a comedy, although it blends a few surprisingly sober and serious elements with its mostly-slapstick humor. There are hints that it will actually develop into a strange kind of love story between Seiji and Midori (who by the third episode habitually wears a tiny T-shirt emblazoned "I (heart) Seiji"); getting there will probably be a trip. Surprisingly, the show is free of the obvious dirty humor it could generate about their relationship.Now available in the United States under the title Midori Days.
Adaptation Distillation: The Manga goes off on some long tangents, and introduces so many characters who fall for Seiji (including a boy!) that his 'unlucky with love' status becomes more of an Informed Flaw. The much-shorter anime drops the rest of the crushes/stalkers and limits the love story's focus on Seiji, Midori and Ayase. Said boy is also removed from the equation, instead retaining both his own original crush on Midori and his desire to make Midori do the right thing and return to her home and family.
All Girls Want Bad Boys: Subverted and defied. Seiji looks like a bad boy and displays the typical teenage rebelliousness but that's all he does. However, his reputation is such that women shun him rather than being turned on by him.
The anime version has him get shot down by the same girl, after which, he goes to a movie theater, to sulk. When he realizes he's the only one there without a date, he vents his frustration on the crowd and storms out.
Attractive Bent-Gender: When Seiji dresses as a girl to catch a pervert on the train, his buddy finds Seiji "just his type". Likewise, when Kota cross-dresses, Seiji finds him incredibly attractive. So did the female gang that forced him into it.
Audible Sharpness: Played for Laughs, when Seiji draws a kitchen knife to cut Midori's bandages, and scares the crap out of the two girls who were trying to avenge their boyfriends!
Bittersweet Ending: Midori loses her memory of being Seiji's hand, but is able to finally confess her love for him in her real body. Ultimately averted in the manga, which ends with Seiji giving Midori the diary she used while she was attached to him.
Bully Hunter: Strong as Seiji is, he only fights with bad people (i.e. other delinquents, who are mostly shown to be real scum) and he protects the weak. Deconstructed in that the other gangs start to target the people around Seiji just to challenge him, something Seiji is aware and not proud of.
Character Development: Midori took a big jump at the start of the series (which we don't find out until much later). After being a rather extreme Shrinking Violet for much of her life, when she finds herself attached to Seiji's arm, she takes a leap of faith and confesses her love for him. This, combined with the fact that she doesn't have to be shy since she's hidden from sight most of the time, causes her to go from garden variety Shrinking Violet to an eccentric, fun-loving, Hypercompetent Sidekick.
Seiji himself goes through some throughout the series, moving away from Violence is the Only Option and developing a gentler, more socially apt side, underlined by his becoming less and less critical of Midori as the series goes on. While he tends to blow off Midori's advances as airheaded or insincere, after reading her diary he comes to appreciate the depth and complexity of her feelings, giving him the courage to acknowledge that he appreciates and cares for her as a human being and not just a hand.
Ayase initially regards Seiji with contempt, believing him to be just another delinquent. After he saves her, from being kidnapped (and possibly raped), her attitude towards him begins to change. The manga version has her fall for him almost immediately afterward, whereas the anime has Ayase's feelings change gradually. Both versions reveal that she's not nearly as harsh as she lets on.
Chekhov's Gun: Seiji and Midori think they've gotten Takamizawa to forget about the whole thing. But his digital camera didn't.
Cherry Blossoms: In the opening credits, also in one picture Kota has of Midori
Class Representative: Ayase in all but actually being the representative. One panel in the manga shows that Ayase isn't the actual class rep, it's just that everyone always looks up to her instead of their real Class Rep.
Midori has had some pretty lewd dreams and fantasies, though she doesn't actually get more explicit than This and That. She also seems pretty eager to help Seiji in the bathroom...
Ayase happily fantasizes on how Seiji in going to save her from drowning, including mouth-to-mouth, and later on, how they'll warm each others bodies while naked (and not only the temperature goes up).
Ayase's most blatant moment was when she and Seiji accidentally switch video tapes after running into each other. She was expecting to have a story about a young boy and his faithful dog. She ended up with a piece of Seiji's Porn Stash. Her response? Take notes.
Dragged into Drag: Kota is saved from physical torture by the Crimson Angels when they decide to force him into dresses. They are instantly smitten with how cute he looks, and start fighting among themselves as to who gets to play dress-up with him.
People tend to forget the Native American shaman. He's shown in a surprisingly nice light. He is the only one of an entire crowd of traditional medicine and religious men that knows what really happened to Midori.
Even Creepy Otaku Have Standards: Takamizawa may be a doll fetishist with some very disturbing attitudes towards women, but even he knows that taking upskirt photos with a cellphone is not acceptable behavior.
Face of a Thug: Part of the reason why he constantly has a stream of bullies challenging him, which lead to how he became so good at fighting. Unfortunately, this creates hell for him when it comes to dating.
Glomp: when done by a girl on one's right arm, can be painful....
Hachimaki: Ayase sports one momentarily when she sets out to become Seiji's girlfriend.
Hair Colors: Mainly Midori; while Seiji is blonde, a flashback suggests that he bleaches his hair, while all other characters seem to have normal hair colours. Which makes the female lead's unique hair colour more unreal and interesting.
Notably, in the anime at least, the real Midori's hair is more of a dark green than the bright green of her smaller self...
Midori's name is written with the kanji for 'beautiful bird', but it's a homophone for 'green'.
Imagine Spot: An interesting take on the trope, where the Imagine Spots are presented as a very short movie, complete with title and credits; being a reader of romance novels and manga, Ayase's also take the form of shojo manga starring her and Seiji. In the manga, Kota is prone to these - and he gets frustrated not only because he's imagining himself with Seiji, but he's somehow subordinate to Midori.
Joshikousei: All of the girls to varying degrees, but mainly invoked by Ayase, who's rarely seen outside her school uniform.
Laser-Guided Amnesia: Over and over! Midori even used the fact that she couldn't remember a particular day when it was said she went back to her old body as proof that should she go back, she will forget everything about her time on Seiji's hand.
Loony Friends Improve Your Personality: Seiji thinks that his problem is not being able to get a girlfriend, but that's actually just a symptom of his general inability to interact non-violently with others. Having to protect Midori and her secret, and deal with wacky people he can't just punch, brings out his better qualities.
Lost in Character: In one chapter, Seiji and his friends skip school to watch a film shoot featuring their favorite actor, Aikawa Shou. The actor playing Shou's yakuza underling isn't impressing the director, so the director looks around and immediately casts Seiji and the others as the delinquents. They go to Shou and ask for advice on how to act, and he tells them, "When you're given a role, you have to become that role completely." Cue them completely overreacting during Shou's death scene. Hilarity Ensues.
Mad Scientist: Shirou Makinoha, who's obsessed over how Midori ended up on Seiji's hand.
The next one happens shortly after he recovers from sleeping pills and finds her straddling him; which caused him to get an erection. She becomes flustered and decks him.
She gives him one more, when they get lost during the school's ski trip, and end up at a love hotel. She gets startled by a bug, while she's in the bath, which prompts him to check on her. When she glomps onto him, it takes them seconds to realize she's stark naked; upon which, Seiji gets sent into orbit.
Memetic Badass: In-universe example: Seiji's reputation around the school, specifically regarding his right hand. When he pretends it's broken to hide Midori, the stories only get wilder.
Minor Living Alone: Seiji lives alone, since his parents are said to be traveling abroad and his older sister, Rin, lives with her boyfriend. She drops by, every other month or so, to give him enough funds to cover food and expenses.
No Guy Wants an Amazon: Takamizawa quickly loses interest in a girl that looks like his favorite doll when he learns that she's actually a fearless martial artist.
Nostalgic Music Box: Midori has a music box on her bedside table where her real body is laying. Its melody is heard once or twice coming from the box itself when her mother opens it, but the rest of the time the melody is used in Midori's flashbacks.
Not What It Looks Like: Seiji's first attempt to return Midori to her comatose body made her mother faint on the spot and nearly got him lynched by a horde of angry maids.
Oblivious to Love: Averted. Seiji is repeatedly made aware of Midori's feelings, but he brushes her off due to her size and because she's attached to his right arm, which he explains (albeit bluntly) during the first episode.
He can't help but be aware of Shiouri's crush on him, because she pesters him about it every chance she gets, when he wishes she'd find someone her own age and leave him alone.
Seiji also asks Ayase if she was serious about being in love with him, which she denies by saying it was joke. He doesn't believe her, at first. 'til she begins acting disinterested in him. At which point, he let the matter drop.
And though Lucy's wild about him, she isn't his type. Plus, his best friend, Miyahara, has a crush on her. So Seiji tries to help him get together with her.
Of Corpse He's Conscious: One manga chapter deals with Midori dealing with household issues while Seiji's knocked out due to drinking some tequila. This includes having to drag Seiji's body over to greet a pizza delivery man and a textbook salesman and fighting off a theif that broke into Seiji's home.
Older Than He Looks: Karate master Aoi Sakajima, a manga-only character who looks and acts like a 10 year old. The only reason people actually study under him is because he's so cute.
Otaku: Shuichi Takamizawa, a doll otaku who covets Midori
Red Baron: Seiji is known in town as 'Mad Dog Sawamura'. His right hand got a Red Baron of its own, being called the 'Devil's Right Hand'.
Refuge in Audacity: Daniel's extreme condescension towards non-Americans (including trying to cheat in blatantly obvious ways and expecting them to work) combined with his frequent use of racist slurs are just so over-the-top ridiculous that they'd only seem believable in a period piece.
Repeat Cut: (Ayase hugging Seiji when she confesses to him in the anime.)
Rescue Romance: Ayase develops a romantic interest in Seiji, after he rescues her from a gang.
In the manga, it wasn't quite a romantic one when he saved her. When he took a beating to save a friend and ensure said friend wouldn't get kidnapped to draw him out again, however, she started to understand him more and fall for him.
Scary Shiny Glasses: Takamizawa uses his glasses to hide his Otaku obsession. The lenses will crack to show that his emotions are becoming too much to contain, then appear undamaged when he has control again. When he's being sincere but still scary, one lens will clear while the other is opaque.
Rin, whenever plotting something embarassing for Seiji.
Shout-Out: (Episode 4's visit to a "figurine shop" briefly displays recognizable tributes to Rei Ayanami, Cardcaptor Sakura and at least a dozen other anime girls; there's also a parody of the Toho Studios standard movie opening. Also, in chapter 57 in the manga, there were two characters who were clearly cosplaying as Naruto Uzamaki from Naruto and Monkey D. Luffy from One Piece)
It happens again, after they get lost in the mountains, during the school's ski trip, and end up at a love motel. When Seiji tries to turn out the lights, he activates the bed's controls, causing Ayase to literally fallright in his lap! The moment gets ruined when [[Nao's father appears.
Tempting Fate: Seiji swore in the first page of chapter 3 not to get into a fight ever again. Guess what happens on the next page....
Kouta has his own Unwanted Harem in Nekobe and the Crimson Angels, a gang of four female delinquents.
Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Zigzagged. Seiji's delinquent image stands in stark contrast to the nice and peaceful kid that he was in his childhood. Subverted in that anyone who gets to know him finds out he still has a heart of gold, it's just that it's hidden under a thick layer of anti-social behavior which scares everyone away.
Visual Pun: A possible example occurs when Seiji is punched to the ground in a bowling lane. Does this mean the gang member scored a strike?
One that's much less ambiguous - during the manga, Ayase is sitting on Seiji's lap after he's been knocked unconscious. She goes in for a kiss right as he wakes up. She has a shocked look on her face - and a large banana appears in the background.
Woman Scorned: You don't want to go near Midori when she's angry....
Yaoi Fangirl: In the manga, Seiji's first crush, Yukino, ends up becoming this
Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: When Seiji refuses to sell Midori to a famous figure collector for half a million yen, the collector tells the other figure otaku that such devotion should be an example to all. Cue awkward photo with Midori-puppet-wearing otaku. As a Brick Joke, when Takamizawa brings Seiji to show how Midori has inspired him to follow his dreams, the others there are impressed that the "God of doll otaku" was there to wish Takamizawa well, with Seiji strenuously objecting to the nickname.