Manga / Mizutama Honey Boy
Mizutama Honey Boy
(meaning "Polka Dot Honey Boy") tells the story of Mei Sengoku, the captain of the girl's kendo team and the school's resident "samurai" and Shiro Fuji, the boy who's crushing on her and known as the school's "girly guy." When Shiro confesses to Mei, she believes it to be a distraction from her goal of becoming stronger and rejects him. But when Shiro saves her from danger, she finds herself wanting to get to know him more in hopes of understanding her weaknesses.
Thus begins their unusual friendship and zany day-to-day adventures. As the two become closer, Mei begins to open up to a bigger world beyond just kendo and learns that maybe, just maybe, Shiro is exactly what she needs to become stronger.
- Always Save the Girl: And guy, depending on the situation. Always expect Mei to jump to a girl's or Shiro's rescue. Occasionally, Shiro has had to save Mei from danger, too.
- Amazon Chaser: Shiro is in love with Mei, who has no problems hefting him like a sack of potatoes or knocking him out with a single punch.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: What sparked Shiro's crush on Mei is her taking time to help him pick up some beads after the baseball team knocked them all to the ground. It's what made him realize that she's not just the tough and vicious samurai everyone paints her to be.
- Big Brother Instinct: Though he did leave them home for a whole year, Manabu can get very protective of his younger siblings. When some jerks were trying to pick on them, he immediately jumped down from the sky and glared at them to back off.
- Big Sister Bully: Shiro is constantly forced to do his older sisters' biddings, whether it's be their maid, model, or errand boy. He has learned long ago to just let them push him around, lest he incurs their wraths.
- Bridal Carry: Mei's go-to way of carrying people.
- Childhood Friends: Himeko has known Mei since she was young and takes care of her like a little sister.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Manabu is utterly obsessed with getting stronger, more so than Mei. For one, the first thing he did after his last defeat from Mei was to live in the woods for a year and fight bears.
- Mei also, to a degree. Her primary goal is to become stronger, and so, her way of thinking is sometimes unusual, too.
- Ill Girl: Mei is actually this, though it was more prevalent during her childhood. Her weak constitution is a contributing factor to her desire of getting stronger.
- She gets it from her mother, apparently.
- In Touch with His Feminine Side: Shiro in spades. He unabashedly adores cute things, sews, cooks, and has no problems wearing women's clothing. It's what makes him so renowned throughout his school.
- Love Epiphany: Mei realizes that she does indeed like Shiro in Chapter 24.
- Last Name Basis: As is common in manga, but the main characters largely refer to each other by their last names all the time.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: And how. Mei is a muscular (complete with six-pack abs!), highly trained kendoka with barely any housemaking skills while Shiro is a scrawny guy who can easily become a House Husband.
- Massive Numbered Siblings: Manabu is the oldest of eight children.
- Missing Mom: Mei's mother is revealed to have passed away at some point in the past.
- Mistaken for Gay: With how much of a "girly guy" he is and the way he speaks, many people assume Shiro is this upon first impressions. However, he makes it clear that he likes girls, specifically Mei.
- It also doesn't help that Manabu insists that they're dating, which resulted from the penalty of Manabu losing a kendo match to Mei.
- Parental Neglect: Downplayed with Shiro's dad. Because of his job, he's constantly away from home, but he does try to visit as much and as long as he can. Played Straight with Mei's dad, though. He's perpetually busy running the family kendo school and so is rarely around. It's to the point where Hime has to take care of her and the house and is referred to as Mei's "guardian."
- Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training: Mei is without a doubt the best kendoka in the story. However, she has little social and housemaking skills and a strange way of thinking sometimes.
- Socially Awkward Heroine: Mei has a habit of jumping to people's rescue and helping random strangers she meets on the street. However, she never sticks around to accept their gratitude. She admits that she has No Social Skills to properly know how to handle that.
- Tomboy: Mei, all the way.
- Wild Child: Played For Laughs with the Nanao family. Manabu lived in the mountains for a whole year with nothing but the clothes on his back in order to get stronger, and upon returning to civilization, he still jumps at the first chance to climb trees, swim in rivers, or fight wild animals. His siblings are a little more subdued, but they're all capable of scaling buildings, fishing barehanded, and other physical and athletic feats.
- Will They or Won't They?: Mei and Shiro.