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[[caption-width-right:350:[--From left to right: [[TokenMiniMoe Miyako Taema]], [[OneeSama Tomoe Hachisuka]], [[YuriFan Azusa Aoi]], [[BigEater Kiyori Torioi]], [[LipstickLesbian Ushio Kazama]], [[PatientChildhoodLoveInterest Sumika Murasame]], and [[WholesomeCrossdresser Yamasaki Akemi]]--] ]]
Sumika Murasame is deeply in love with her [[GenkiGirl cheerful classmate]] and [[JustFriends friend]] Ushio Kazama. Ushio has [[SchoolgirlLesbians a thing for girls]], too, but... she's into ''[[MoeMoe cute]]'' girls. Sumika's problem is that she is ''too'' [[TheStoic cool]]: top student, class representative, perfect in sports, [[ActionGirl black belt in karate]], the list goes on. Not only girls, even guys are slightly afraid of approaching her. She herself, for all that's holy, doesn't want to [[IDontWantToRuinOurFriendship endanger her friendship with Ushio]], as much as it pains her to hide her feelings.

''Sasameki Koto'' ("Something Whispered," sometimes incorrectly rendered as ''[[CowboyBebopAtHisComputer Sasame Kikoto]]'') is a GirlsLove manga by Takashi Ikeda, that ran from May 2007 to September 2011 in ''Monthly Comic Alive''. Contains little blatant FanService, and a well-balanced mixture of comedy and {{Angst}}. All in all, a very enjoyable [[GirlsLove GL]] romantic comedy. It ran a total of 53 chapters over 9 volumes.

In addition, the series is groundbreaking in that it not only is one of the few GL manga to take place in a mixed sex school, as opposed to a [[OneGenderSchool girls only school]], but it also touches on the ostracization and loneliness that young Japanese lesbians experience.

A 13-episode anime adaptation of the first couple volumes was broadcast in late 2009; it is licensed by Crunchyroll and can be [[http://www.crunchyroll.com/sasameki-koto viewed for free]] on their site. The manga is licensed and published in French by Clair de Lune since November 2011.
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!!''Sasameki Koto'' includes examples of:
* TheAce: It's a race to see who will be crowned TheAce of the series, karate prodigy Sumika, a GeniusBruiser who can kick your ass [[BlindWithoutEm without her glasses]], versus Tomoe, who her step-mother referred to as "our goddess" for when she [[spoiler:took a few years off from high school to save the family business from ruin]]. Head to head so far, Tomoe is ahead in both romance and swimming.
* ActionGirl: Sumika is an heir to her father's dojo and holds a black belt in karate at ''15''. Yabase also, as Sumika's peer in the karate dojo.
* ADayInTheLimelight: Chapter 19, which focuses on [[BetaCouple Tomoe and Miyako]].
* AloofDarkHairedGirl: Tomoe in particular, and Sumika to lesser extent.
* [[spoiler:AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: Sumika ''finally'' makes hers]] in chapter 46. Too bad it took [[spoiler:Kazama telling her that she was moving away to provoke it, causing one of the biggest {{Tearjerker}}s in the whole series.]]
* ArmorPiercingSlap: Azusa's reaction to Tomoe kissing her is to haul off and slap her a good one.
** So is Murasame Tenkai's (Sumika's father) when Sumika accidentally punches her sparing partner in the face, '''hard''', in distraction.
* [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny Attention Deficit...Ooh, Cute!]]: Ushio is very easy to distract, if you have the right bait.
* BadassGrandpa: Not seen, but the caricature of Tomoe's grandpa has a star-shaped scar over one eye with the caption of "Really important, somewhat scary".
* BeachEpisode: Only it's a [[PoolScene more of a waterpark pool]].
** They did go to the beach, but Tomoe's driving sent them home right away.
* TheBeard: Tomoe of all people suggests that Sumika get one for the PR while she's campaigning for student council president, and they settle for Akemiya, [[spoiler:who happily, unthinkingly shows up to their date ''crossdressing'']].
* BeautifulAllAlong: Watamura with her hair down is [[http://dynasty-scans.com/chapters/sasameki_koto_ch19#5 a beautiful fashion model]]. Watamura with her hair up is... [[http://dynasty-scans.com/chapters/sasameki_koto_ch19#6 a caricature of a human being]]. Unlike most examples of this trope, however, she doesn't seem to angst at all about her usual appearance, she doesn't seem to care, or even notice, that she's extremely beautiful, and she even seems to think she looks better with her hair up.
* BetaCouple: Miyako and Tomoe.
* {{Bifauxnen}}: Fujito, the girl who wears the bandana.
* BigBrotherBully: Inverted, in Akemiya's case.
* BigEater: Most of Kiyori's appearances include her eating something at least once.
--> '''Tomoe:''' "Torioi-kun, are you any good at cooking?"\\
'''Kiyori:''' "I'm amazing!"\\
'''Miyako:''' "...at eating, that is."
* BitingTheHandkerchief: Tomoe's older brother does this after she reminds him of her grandfather's promise that she can do whatever she wishes in high school.
** Ushio does this earlier in a less pronounced manner, angry that her current crush, [[FunnyForeigner Lotte]], is spending so much time with Sumika.
* {{Blackmail}}: Played with twice, first in the form of [[AnOfferYouCantRefuse An Offer She Can't Refuse]] by Miyako toward Sumika, then failed horribly when Manaka threatened to [[spoiler:spread pictures of her brother in drag around]] unless Sumika went out with him (though she ''did'' go an a date with Akemiya out of pity).
* BlandNameProduct: Masaki and Sumika visit a "Minna Aller's" (Anna Miller's) cafe on their chapter/episode 7 date.
** One of the girls in the ski-trip {{Flashback}} is eating some "Pockin".
* BlindWithoutEm: In the {{flashback}}, Sumika rescues Ushio from some guys harassing her but has to stop and put on her glasses before she recognizes her.
* BookEnds: [[spoiler:Sumika's little speech about first kisses, which Ushio repeats back to her just before their first without a mask between them.]]
* BumblingDad: Sumika's father, despite being a master of an "invincible" karate style, [[InformedAbility often comes off]] [[NonActionGuy as a goof]].
* ButtMonkey: Akemiya. In spades.
* CannotSpitItOut: The source of the angst in the series.
* CaptainObvious: Ushio claims that "cute girls are cute".
* CassandraTruth: Played with in chapter 2, as Sumika initially doesn't believe Akemiya at first.
* CastFullOfGay: Of the 7 major characters, 3 are openly homosexual -- Tomoe, Miyako, and Ushio -- while Sumika is hiding from Ushio in an increasingly-TransparentCloset; Azusa is hung up on in the [[RomanticTwoGirlFriendship romantic potential]] of GirlsLove; and Akemi is a boy attracted to girls, but he's a WholesomeCrossdresser who's attracted to ''masculine'' girls. Kiyori is the token straight -- although her enthusiasm about finding cute girls for Ushio makes one wonder at times... [[spoiler:Mayu ends up realizing she's gay as well when she falls for Sumika, and it's very apparent soon after that Mayu's best friend Koi feels the same way toward Mayu.]]
* ChildhoodFriends: Latecomers Mayu and Koi, who are a year younger than the rest of the cast and have been friends since elementary school.
* {{Cincinnatus}}: Tomoe was given absolute control over [[spoiler:her family's corporation, made it profitable again,]] then calmly went back to school (and to Miyako).
* ClassRepresentative: Sumika
* CoolBigSis: Tomoe
* CreepyChild: Manaka.
* CutShort: The anime, which ends after volume two. Since it was a ThirteenEpisodeAnime that [[AdaptationExpansion adapted single chapters into exactly one episode each]], there wasn't too much choice - that was the closest thing the manga had to a suitable finale for at least two volumes.
* ADayInTheLimelight: Chapter 19 of the manga focused on Tomoe and Miyako.
* DeadpanSnarker: Sumika, sometimes crossing over into TheStoic zone.
* DistantFinale: Well, not ''that'' distant, but the "[[{{Omake}} Great Useless Additions]]" in the final volume are at least several months on and catch up with the characters. In order of presentation:
** Tomoe is still with Miyako (as if there was ever a doubt) and [[spoiler:ended up doing for the European Union what she did for her family's company]].
** Aoi is finally attempting to break out of fan works and into her own writing career, while Kiyori is still involved with music.
** Akemiya [[spoiler:has a new modeling career in Europe, and he's able to be open about crossdressing for it]].
** Lotte has had ''quite'' the growth spurt, going from TokenMiniMoe to a head taller than Akemiya in a short time (as well as rather... ''generously'' endowed).
** Koi and Mayu now seem to head up the girls' karate club at the high school and [[spoiler:Koi seems to be rather successfully confessing to Mayu]].
** Sumika and Ushio [[spoiler:are... just go read it. Not that it isn't revealed under other spoiler tags on this page anyway]].
* {{Dojikko}}: Ushio likes this kind of girls, and Sumika tries to become one for a while before giving up. Miyako is a straight (though not ''that'' kind of "straight") example, though she is slightly more manipulative than typical dojikkos.
** Miyako's klutziness is {{lampshaded}} by Tomoe, who notes that she can't tell if one of Miyako's tumbles was on purpose or not.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Tomoe, as mentioned above.
* DudeShesLikeInAComa: In chapter 20, [[spoiler:when Ushio kisses Sumika on the cheek after she faints]].
* EarlyBirdCameo: Several characters in the anime.
* EvenTheGirlsWantHer: Not a particularly dead on version, but Lotte's overwhelming cuteness is almost enough to shake Sumika's loyalty to Ushio.
* EveryoneCanSeeIt: In regards to Sumika's crush on Ushio
* EvolvingCredits: The anime's ED sequence changes slightly every episode to include still shots of objects that were important during that episode, such as bento boxes or [[{{Meido}} maid]] headbands.
* ExtremeDoormat: Akemiya, to the point that he gets bullied by his preteen sister.
* FanDumb[[invoked]]: Referenced in-story by Ushio as the reason why she wants the fact that her older brother is a yuri author to be kept secret from Azusa, who's a fan of his work but thinks he's a female author.
-->'''Ushio:''' You don't understand the way fans think, Sumi-chan! The pure passion of teenagers can turn into negative energy all too easily.
* {{Fangirl}}: Lotte is designated as one by Sumika.
** She is definitely a FanGirl of Sumika's too.
** Chapter 19 introduces a FanGirl {{Meido}} for Tomoe.
* FeminineWomenCanCook: Played straight with Ushio and Sumika - Sumika's attempts at cooking invariably result in explosions. Inverted with Tomoe and Miyako.
* FingerSuckHealing: From one of Sumika's {{imagine spot}}s.
* FirstKiss: Sumika and Ushio share their first kiss, though Ushio puts on a mask so it "wouldn't count" as one, since she only wants to "practice" it.
* {{Gainaxing}}: Used on Ushio during one of Sumika's {{Imagine Spot}}s.
* {{Gayngst}}: Averted at first. Sumika is quite prone to angst, but only over Ushio's [[ObliviousToLove obliviousness to her feelings]], not over her sexuality in and of itself. Ushio, Tomoe, and Miyako are entirely comfortable with their sexuality.
** As chapter 17 revealed, [[spoiler:it was Sumika's silent support that allowed Ushio to be at peace with her sexuality in the first place]].
** And surprisingly the biggest source of {{gayngst}} turns out to be [[spoiler:Ushio, once she realizes she has fallen in love with Sumika]].
** A brief bout of it with [[spoiler:Mayu, who realizes she's fallen in love with Sumika. Koi helps assuage Mayu's fears by immediately accepting and supporting her.]]
* GenkiGirl: Ushio.
* {{GIRL}}: Azusa assumes that the author who writes her favorite GL novels is a girl, whereas in reality, the author is Ushio's brother who has a collection of prewar yuri magazines...
** Norio even {{lampshades}} this by telling someone on the phone his novels sell better BECAUSE people think they're written by a woman.
* GirlyRun: Ironically or not, Akemiya runs this way.
** Sumika too, sometimes.
* TheGlassesComeOff: When Sumika faces Yabase on the tatami. [[spoiler:She wins, of course.]]
* GratuitousEnglish
* GreenEyedEpiphany: Koi realizes she is in love with Mayu after Mayu tells her she's in love with Sumika. Koi tells Mayu she fully supports her and its not tell she's walking home that she starts crying wondering why Mayu didn't love her. [[spoiler: The last chapter extra hints that the two may get together.]]
* HeadbuttingHeroes: Miyako and Sumika.
* HeavySleeper: Kiyori, who can sleep through 6 alarm clocks because the ''7th'' one was 3 minutes late.
* HeirToTheDojo: Sumika
* HeroSecretService: Sumika gets one when she becomes targeted by otaku, since her presence in a class is practically an InstantWinCondition during their Atlethic Festival, which determines which class gets first pick for jobs for their next festival (the otakus' reasoning being that if they are able to incapacitate Sumika, their class will have to accept their proposition for a MaidCafe). Tomoe too, and apparently they are students. And talk about Sumika as if she were the first line of defense.
* HeyItsThatVoice: Hearing Sumika and Miyako is like hearing [[{{Gundam 00}} Feldt Grace and Louise Halevy]] again.
** Also, Ushio's brother is [[TowardTheTerra Sam Houston]], Kiyori is [[LuckyStar Kagamin]] and Masaki's sister is [[Manga/KOn Azu-nyan]].
** Kiyori is also [[CandyBoy Sakuya]].
** Ushio's brother is also [[NogizakaHarukaNoHimitsu Yuuto.]]
** Miyako is also [[LightNovel/StrawberryPanic Chiyo]].
* HiddenDepths: Tomoe. As revealed in Chapter 19, she [[spoiler:took two years off from school to manage the family business and save it from bankruptcy]]. Who would have guessed?
* HugeSchoolgirl: Sumika (175cm at age 15).
* HugeGirlTinyGuy: Pretty much Sumika and Akemiya, we also get [[HugeGuyTinyGirl Huge Girl Tiny Girl]] when Sumika is hanging with Azusa or Lotte.
* HypocriticalHumor: Sumika's dad lecturing her on her use of their family's karate style kinda loses its impact when two of school's black belts picked a fight with some guys hitting on Ushio and got their ass kicked. She is, however, [[HypocrisyNod swift to point the hypocrisy]].
* IdiotsCannotCatchColds: Miyako mentions casually that we now know Sumika isn't a complete fool, due to this.
* IDontWantToRuinOurFriendship: This is Sumika's attitude to her relationship with Ushio for a loooong time. And [[spoiler:Ushio to Sumika. Two ships passing in broad daylight...]]
** IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Sumika ''tries'' to have this mentality, but fails.
* ImagineSpot: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in episode/chapter 5. Multiple times, Sumika drops into a momentary fantasy about Ushio, only for Miyako to interrupt with a comment along the lines of, "That's what you're thinking about, right?" Sumika yells at her to stop peeking into other people's fantasies.
* IncompatibleOrientation: Masaki to Sumika.
* IntertwinedFingers: Sumika and Ushio at the end of the first chapter. Unusually for this trope, they aren't a couple.
** Also dramatically subverted in the three pages long "Useless Addition" at the end of chapter 24.
* JustFriends: Ushio and Sumika, to the latter's deepest dismay.
** Curiously, it's Ushio who often loudly tells herself that her feelings for Sumika are just that.
* KissingCousins: In Chaper 12, we meet some of Sumika's relatives. It turns out ''both'' her young cousin Teru and his older sister Sayaka have one-sided crushes on Sumika. Or at least, Sayaka is visibly disappointed when Sumika says she didn't bring a bathing suit, on top of acting very dere-dere towards Sumika and asking if there is someone she likes. Teru supposedly promised to marry Sumika once he became taller than her.
* LapPillow: Ushio lets Sumika rest like this during the PoolEpisode.
* LethalChef: Sumika and Miyako get into a cooking contest. HilarityEnsues.
--> '''Sumika:''' "...What kind of food explodes when cooked, and who invented it?"\\
'''Miyako:''' "''...You did''."
* LoveAtFirstSight: Akemiya mentions this is how he feels about Sumika.
* LoveDodecahedron
** Unusual for the trope, the Dodecahedron isn't tangled on itself to the point of absurdity and only exists as more of a flow chart for quick reference instead of plot defining importance.
* LoveEpiphany: in the "Early Days" flashback story arc.
* LoveHurts: Boy howdy, though in a non-physical manner.
* LoveMakesYouDumb: A lot of the comedy is derived from Sumika going through this trope.
* LovingAShadow: Implied to be what Azusa's obsession with Orino Masaka really is.
* MasculineGirlFeminineBoy: Akemiya and Sumika. Sumika isn't so much masculine as un-feminine, but Akemiya has '''got''' to be the planet's girliest owner of a Y chromosome. When he had to fill out his future aspirations form, he inadvertently wrote "bride". It don't get much pinker than that.
* MasterOfTheMixedMessage: Ushio toward Sumika--increasingly so during the course of the series.
* {{Meido}}: The local meido cafe is sometimes visited and the whole gang once dresses up as maids during their stay at Ushio's place.
** And then, there's the Haunted Maid Mansion... just, Haunted Maid Mansion. [[Manga/KamenNoMaidGuy Kogarashi]] would be pleased...
*** When they said it was "More terrifying than anything else in the world", they weren't kidding!
* {{Meganekko}}: Azusa. Sumika is more a case of StoicSpectacles.
* MindRape: [[spoiler:Ushio does it ''to herself'', '''forcing''' herself to believe that she and Sumika are JustFriends.]]
* MissingMom: Sumika's mom passed away when she was young, but she doesn't seem to mind the subject.
* MomentKiller: Several characters at different times, but Ushio has a special talent for setting up and then painfully murdering intimate moments between her and Sumika. [[spoiler:Perhaps intentionally.]] Ushio praises Sumika in a way that makes the latter sound like the perfect girlfriend for her, and just when Sumika is about to blurt out her feelings, Ushio strangles the moment magnificently with a well-placed "Friends are so important!" or "But you're not my type."
** "'''K'''an't Read The Mood" '''K'''iyori
* [[MrImagination Ms. Imagination]]: Sumika
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Mild example, as Sumika wonders if she pushed Lotte too much when she comes down with a cold.
* NeckLift: Sumika does this to Akemiya when he says that he thinks she's cute.
* NoGuyWantsAnAmazon: Pretty much every guy other than Akemiya views Sumika this way.
** Unfortunately for Sumika the ''girl'' she likes pretty much feels the same way too.
* NonActionGuy: Akemiya.
* NoseBleed: Sumika gets one while bathing together with Ushio. We subsequently see her lying in bed with bits of tissue up her nose.
* NotWhatItLooksLike: Sumika and Azusa trip while walking down a flight of stairs. Sumika lands on top of Azusa. Ushio walks in. Angst ensues.
** Ushio [[GenreSavvy correctly guesses almost immediately]] that it was some sort of accident, but it still makes her cry, and she [[ObliviousToLove can't figure out why]].
* [[ObfuscatingStupidity Obfuscating Shallowness]]: Ushio comes off initially as a flighty, shallow, and slightly twee young woman, given her obsession with all things cute and apparent ability to bounce back easily from any upset. Starting with chapter 20 and continuing into the extended flashback of 21-24, when the manga picks up her perspective, we're shown quite a lot of what's beneath that mask, and how and why she developed it in the first place.
* ObliviousToLove: Ushio, to sometimes painful levels. [[TearJerker There's a reason]].
** Later, [[spoiler:Sumika shows considerable obliviousness toward Ushio's feelings for ''her''. Given the large number of times Ushio has done something that makes it seem like she's interested in Sumika and then ''explicitly'' told her she's not her type, you can't really blame Sumika for not trusting her intuition.]]
** It's enough that Tomoe and Miyako give a synchronized [[FacePalm *headground*]] on one occasion.
** Sumika toward [[spoiler:Mayu's feelings, even when Mayu outright says, "I like you!" Mayu as well to her best friend Koi, though Koi is ''much'' more able to keep things under wraps than any other member of the cast.]]
* {{Omake}}: The "Useless Addition" page at the end of each chapter. Carried over into the anime as a short post-[[EndingTheme ED]] clip in each episode.
* TheOneGuy: Akemiya... [[spoiler:[[WholesomeCrossdresser sort of.]]]]
* OneHeadTaller: Sumika to Ushio. Tomoe tops out almost two heads taller than Miyako.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Char'''lotte''' Munchausen. But you can just call her Lotte.
* OpeningNarration: The earlier chapters features Sumika reminding the reader of the main plot of the manga.
* ParentalAbandonment: Kazama's parents both died in a car accident, leaving her alone with her older brother.
* PhenotypeStereotype: Lotte is from Germany and fulfills the Aryan appearance requirements to 120%.
* PoolEpisode: Of the plot-heavy variety.
* PracticeKiss: [[SchoolgirlLesbians Ushio and Sumika]] do this early in the series, with Ushio wearing a mask so it wouldn't count.
* PromotionToParent: Ushio's brother Norio. It turns out their parents passed away in a car accident. Ushio stayed with her grandmother for a while, but moved in with Norio when she transferred schools [[spoiler:to flee her former best friend outing her after Ushio confessed, leaving her ostracized and bullied]].
* TheRival: Yabase to Sumika in karate.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Played straight in the anime version, where Ushio gets these when Sumika tries to get out of cooking with their friends.
* RomanticTwoGirlFriendship: [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]] through Azusa. Since her friends are all canon lesbians, except Kiyori, it comes across as her being in a TransparentCloset.
* SayItWithHearts: Used and [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in the manga.
--> '''Sumi's housekeeper:''' "Say, 'Please take care of me, Ushio-chan?'"
--> '''Sumi:''' "No way I'm saying that. And what's with the heart?"
* ScaryShinyGlasses: Sumika gets affected by this trope sometimes.
* SchoolgirlLesbians: Miyako, Tomoe, and Ushio are out about it, Sumika tries to hide it...[[TransparentCloset with little success]] .
* SdrawkcabAlias: Ushio's brother gets the Japanese version of this for his pen name as a {{Yuri}} LightNovel author, so Norio Kazama becomes Orino Masaka. [[spoiler:Masaki Akemiya does something similar for his [[WholesomeCrossdresser modeling identity]], by switching his given/family name order and moving a syllable over]] to become Akemi Yamasaki.
* SeriousBusiness: The school athletic festival.
** It's hard to tell if Tomoe's older brother is more upset about Miyako being a girl or being [[spoiler:the daughter of a servant]].
* ShaggyDogStory: Chapter 25. Poor, poor Akemiya. [[spoiler:He spends the entire chapter coming to terms with his crossdressing double life, but at the end, just as he proudly takes to the stage, someone trips and pulls down his clothes, exposing his true gender before the entire audience. And "Akemi" was never seen again...]]
** [[spoiler:Well, not quite ''never''. The dresses get dragged out a couple more times, and then there's the Distant Finale...]]
* ShipperOnDeck: Tomoe and Azusa in chapter 20's useless addition, much to Miyako's consternation.
* ShoutOut: Ushio's mask is Ultraman, and one of the little margin notes in chapter six specifies that the shout should be thought of in "NorioWakamoto's" voice.
** Several to ''LightNovel/MariaSamaGaMiteru'':
*** The flyer for Yuri Fes has a picture of two girls who look a lot like Sachiko and Yumi.
*** At Yuri Fes, Sumika, Azusa and a few of the other attendees are wearing Lillian uniforms.
*** In the chapter 10 omake, there is a girl who looks a bit like Rei (no, not [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion THAT Rei]]).
*** When Ushio is asked what she said to Sumika during Yuri Fes, the answer is "[[{{Omake}} naisho]]".
** Sumi's Karate-practicing brothers all look like [[Franchise/StreetFighter Ryu]].
** The [[LightNovel/ZeroNoTsukaima tsundere mage]] [[http://img33.imageshack.us/img33/9145/0427b.jpg will not date Akemi-chan.]] Nor, apparently, will [[KageKaraMamoru the one whose family has been protected for 400 years]].
** [[{{Hellsing}} The Major]] himself [[http://img695.imageshack.us/img695/543/sasamekikotov03c13isntt.png leads an assassination team]] against Sumi before and during the athletic festival.
** The ImagineSpot Manaka has while trying to get her brother to protect Sumika in Chapter 7 is of {{Kikaider}}.
** [[KareKano Yukino Miyazawa]] explaining love in Chapter 23. Sort of.
** [[Manga/AoiHana Fumi and Ah-chan]] appear in an ImagineSpot.
** Sumika declares that even [[Manga/{{Oishinbo}} Kaibara Yuuzan]] will [[http://dynasty-scans.com/chapters/sasameki_koto_ch05#15 approve her cooking]] (and some other finicky gourmet from another series).
** [[http://imgur.com/YfJRpCE Manaka's gleeful]] [[DeathNote "Just as planned"]], after she guilt-tripped Sumika and her brother to go on a date.
* SingleTargetSexuality: Sumika shows plenty of signs of being that way for Ushio.
** Sumika has some weak moments around Lotte, though.
*** Though it doesn't seem to be about her being attracted to Lotte so much as it's about Lotte being mind-bendingly adorable.
* SleepCute: Sumika and Ushio get a textbook example of this scene.
* {{Squee}}: Akemi does this in chapter 40 when asked [[spoiler:to be Sumika's fake boyfriend]].
* StepfordSmiler: [[spoiler:Ushio]] is a Type A example of this, though it's not made apparent until later on in the series.
* StudentCouncilPresident: Sumika ends up a candidate for the position and several chapters follow the campaign. [[spoiler:The results of the election are thrown out after Mayu gets in a fight with a supporter of the other candidate over said supporter's use of gossip and rumors to try to ruin Sumika's reputation by association with the openly-gay Ushio. Doubt thrown on both candidates over being unable to manage their campaigns (and in Sumika's case, one of her own club members at that), neither are allowed to run again and Ushio ends up stepping forward... and winning by default because nobody else wants to run.]]
* StuffBlowingUp: Sumika's cooking and Tomoe's driving.
* TheTease: [[spoiler:In the manga, Ushio more and more behaves this way toward Sumika. Especially once she finds out Sumika loves her, then it's almost like she's trying to bait a confession out]].
* TeenGenius: Tomoe [[spoiler:raised her family's corporation from ruins to success within two years when she was ''sixteen'' (that is also why she took that time off school)]]. In return, she demanded three years of undisturbed HighSchool life... which also included having a lesbian lover [[spoiler:from a "servant" family]], a point the very traditional Hachisuka family just can't get themselves over. Not that they can't do anything about it: she is just that brilliant and self-confident.
* [[spoiler:TheyDo: [[ArcFatigue Freakin' finally.]] ]]
* TheThingThatGoesDoink: At Sumika's family home/karate dojo in episode 3.
* TokenMiniMoe: Manaka, Lotte and [[OlderThanTheyLook Miyako]], who has a rather childish disposition to go with her small stature.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Sumika and Ushio, and Tomoe and Miyako. Latecomers Mayu and Koi as well.
* TsurimeEyes: Sumika and Tomoe.
* TwoTeacherSchool
* {{UST}}: Ushio and Sumika, almost to the point of ArcFatigue.
--> "Can [[strike:'''whispered words''']] '''10 more volumes''' cross the distance between them?" - ''Dynasty Scans'', phrasing it best.
* UptownGirl: Tomoe's wealthy family objects not only to the fact she's dating a servant's child but also to the fact Tomoe and her loved one are both ''girls''. However, they cannot do anything about it because of the reward Tomoe's grandfather gave as thanks for saving the family's finances.
* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: A small one at the end that reveals a few things in flashes like [[spoiler: Lottie becoming a tall beauty, Akemiya becoming a crossdressing model again, Tomoe continuing to save the financial world, and Koi and Mayu in what seems to be a confession.]]
* WholesomeCrossdresser: [[spoiler:Akemiya Masaki a.k.a. Akemi-chan]]. The situation isn't helped any by the fact that Ushio is strongly attracted to his female persona.
** Leads to him garnering minor [[TheWoobie Woobie points]] when all the girls Kiyori point out as Ushio's type turn him down
* WillTheyOrWontThey: Ushio and Sumika.
* WorldOfCardboardSpeech: Sumika gives something like this when Ushio tries to lecture her about letting Lotte run in the rain, even though it was more likely she'd catch a cold.
** [[spoiler: "What the hell do you even know about Lotte?! She said she wants to be stronger. She said she wants to be just like me. She said she likes me just how I am! She said she loves how big and strong I am! And I... I... can't become any smaller or cuter!"]]
** Done more traditionally when she starts to explain herself and Ushio while chasing Akemi-chan, and continues when she responds to the question of "Am I not good enough?" by asking "If I said yes, would you be able to give up?"
* YankTheDogsChain: Is perpetual ButtMonkey Akemiya going to find fame and fortune in chapter 25? Nope. [[spoiler:The finale is much kinder to him.]]
* YouAreNotAlone: Mild example in chapter 21, when Ushio tries to distance herself from Sumika for "causing her trouble", Sumika bluntly reminds her that they were friends now, so it was okay for Ushio to get mad, just like she got mad because her friend was being insulted. Cue blushing.
** Also, the entire series is like this about the trials of being gay in Japan.
* YoureNotMyType: One half of the main couple says this to the other half [[http://www.mangakong.com/manga/Sasamekikoto/002/16 here]]. [[PlayedForDrama It drives the angst for most of the series.]]
* YuriFan: Ushio's brother, Norio, who writes {{yuri}} [[LightNovels novels]]. Likewise, Azusa, who writes yuri doujinshi and attends yuri conventions, and is also a fan of Norio's novels. [[spoiler:Norio's ex-girlfriend Kineta also reads his books, at first just because he wrote them.]]
* YuriGenre: Not very explicit but it's there. Azusa Aoi even {{lampshade}}s it, going into lengths about how GirlsLove should be [[{{Subtext}} subtle]].
* ZettaiRyouiki: Sumika's ZettaiRyouiki is amazing.
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