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9-year-old Megumi is a rough-and-tumble boy with poor manners who always gets into fights. One day, as he and his friend Miki are playing by the river, Megumi rescues a mysterious old man from some thugs. In return, the old man gives him a magic book with a wish-granting spirit who grants Megumi a single wish. Megumi wishes to be a big, strong, manly man. The catch: the spirit is a trickster spirit who always reverses the wishes he grants...so Megumi is transformed into a girl. In frustration, Megumi throws the book into the river. He and Miki run home, to find that everyone else's memories have been altered: only Miki and Megumi remember that Megumi was ever a boy.Fast forward six years. Miki and Megumi are just entering High School, and Megumi has grown to be a tall, gorgeous girl with waist-length hair that Miki forbids her to cut. Megumi still vows to find the book...if she can dodge the attentions of the school bully and of the Megumi Instant Fan Club....Written by the same mangaka as Kyou Kara Ore wa!!, the manga is 20 volumes and the anime is 50 episodes. The title translates as "A Cheeky Angel".
Adaptation Distillation: Quite a few scenes and arcs play differently in the anime then they did in the manga in order to focus more on comedy. Almost all showings of knives, guns, and blood are removed.
Compressed Adaptation: Three major arcs that expanded over several manga volumes each, are compressed into three episodes each, as such a good bit of everyones Character Development and interactions with each other is left on the cutting room floor in favor of the more comedic stories.
Kobayashi's past is cut from the anime.
The worse alteration though, would be the last arc which is completely different from the manga. In the Manga it's a deadly serious arc that involves mental and physical torture but in the anime it's a ridiculous comedy, filled with robots and Ki Attacks.
Adaptational Villainy: Yanagisawa and Tomo. In the manga while both start out as villains, well Yanagisawa at least, during the last arc they begin to root for Megumi and Co. to succeed at rescuing Miki and even secretly help, well Tomo at least. In the Anime both are as Bad as the big bad himself.
AmbiguouslyGay/BI: Kobayashi is very fond of Megumi, Genzo, and Miki. Its also revealed that his first love may have been a guy but they were kids and its vague.
Megumi is very fond of Miki but also likes Genzo as well as the others fanclub members. There is also the mutual attraction she gets with other females such as Reiko and Keiko.
Miki is very fond of Megumi but also likes Kobayashi and maybe Genzo.
Setsuka, Genzo'z older sister, really likes Megumi, then again so does every other girl, and in the manga she also treats Miki the same way.
Throw the Dog a Bone: He gets a bit of ship tease with Keiko and Yoshimi plus a couple cool guy scenes.
Can't Catch Up: How Genzo, a street fighting thug, feels towards Kobayashi, a trained martial artist, and eventually admits about Megumi, also a trained martial artist whose skill surpasses Kobayashi's.
Declaration of Protection: Deconstructed, Megumi, a highly trained martial artist, neither wants or needs it, and infact sees it as a lack of trust. Part of Genzo's development is dropping this attitude and trusting Megumi to keep herself safe. That said he never drops it completely.
Later when Megumi becomes the target of mishaps, the fanclub tries to protect her from the various objects that almost hit her, but, except for a rare few times, they only end up putting themselves in danger since Megumi has already instictivly dodged.
Delinquents: Whole squads of them, found lurking around every street corner and at the beck and call of any of the main characters' rivals.
Crap Sack World: A mild example but much like the Mangaka's other work Megumi and co. literally can not walk down the street without someone trying to rob, assault, and/or harass them or someone else, Megumi and co. beat up the Mooks who then go get more mooks until they're just running around town fighting people the original reason they were outside long forgotten.
Dude, Where's My Reward?: Megumi wishes to become a "man among men". The Genie makes her a girl instead. The finale reveals that Megumi was a girl all along: the genie made her think she was a boy because he lacked the power to actually change her gender.
Even the Girls Want Her: Megumi, there isn't a girl she meets that doesn't fall for her on some level, one of her classmates even talks about having sex with her. Her hair seems to be some sort of fetish point they all share.
Entertainingly Wrong: Fujiki thinks he has good news when he tells Megumi that Kobayashi likes Miki, he kinda thinks she'll be happy, though mostly he thinks it will somehow turn into a conversation about him and Megumi. He is utterly shocked when instead she gives him a an intensely cold stare before demading to know what gave him that idea. The later when he tells Genzo he is 100% sure that Genzo would be happy, but instead Genzo becomes angry, stating much to Fujiki's utter shock that, Miki is Mugumi's.
Fujiki is wrong again when he assumes Megumi reaction is because she is jealous of Miki, cue wide eyed "whaaaa" when it turns out it Kobayashi she's jealous of.
Flat Earth Atheist: Even a magic clown coming out of a book wont convince Kobayashi that there is any such thing as magic.
Forgotten First Meeting: A last chapter flashback reveals that Megumi and Genzo first met (and fought) in elementary school on the day Genzo got his scar and Genzo was the one who inspired Megumi to wish to become a man among men. But there's no indication that Genzo ever recognized Megumi as the girl he fought back then.
Gender Bender Subverted, but the subversion is important to the plot
Gender-Blender Name: Megumi at one point even states that its a good thing she was given a girls name. Ultimatly averted though since Megumi was indeed born a girl
Iron Butt Monkey: Genzo gets knocked out about three times in the first episode. Twice by Megumi, once by Miki
Instant Fan Club: Megumi gets one in high school. It's especially funny considering her situation.
Instant Seiza: Subversion: Keiko takes advantage of being pinned under Fujiki to scream and accuse him of being a pervert, in order to knock Megumi down a peg.
If It's You, It's Okay: Averted, Genzo says he would like Megumi if she were a man, but when Megumi challenges him by tellling him a kiss could break the spell he can't go through with it.
Megumi reluctantly feels this way about Kobayashi dating Miki though its more of a "If I can't have her."
Jackass Genie: The Trickster Spirit reversing the wish for kicks. Subverted. It turns out the genie is actually making an honest attempt to grant wishes as properly as it can; they're getting twisted by its limited power and the fact that they're only partially-fulfilled as a result, rather than active malevolence.
Jack of All Stats: Kobayashi, not as strong as Genzo and not as skilled as Megumi, but certainly not someone to underestimate.
Karma Houdini: The final Big Bad, on TWO separate occasions, despite attempted murder and rape of most of the main characters, and full ability of the main cast to exact revenge, or call the cops! Apparently he gets off clean since his main victim comes from an 'honorable house,' and honor in Japan means not protecting your granddaughter from rapists.
Lady Killer In Love: Megumi is shocked to hear that Genzo had dated lots of girls in the past sometimes for as little as a day. It gets somewhat subverted in that Genzo says he only just said yes to people who asked him then broke up when he felt it wasn't working out, and that he really does feel bad for hurting anyones feelings. though its still played straight cause he only feels bad about it now
Laser-Guided Amnesia: At age nine, Megumi and Miki are made to forget everything that has to do with Megumi being a girl, including the biggest reason they became friends
Mistaken for Gay: Kobayashi, gets this from the fanclub when he tells Megumi with a straight face that he would like her boy or girl. Later, when he starts to get close to Genzo, Megumi ask Kobayashi what he thinks of him. Kobayashi blushes and looks away as he explains that he really admires Genzo, this causes Megumi to assume he has a thing for Genzo, to try and explain it as just admiration Kobayashi tells Megumi about his past. But due to the nature of the story it just cements that Kobayashi "swing both ways" in Megumi's mind. Then when Kobayashi tries to out right say he likes girls he's not able to because Genzo shows up, he blushes and Megumi runs away before Genzo can find out she's there.
Morality Pet: Yoshimi could be considered this for Keiko, despite Keiko's Alpha Bitch personality she care's about Yoshimi. Though since Yoshimi happily goes along with whatever plot Keiko has cooked up she's not a very good one.
Schoolgirl Lesbians: Both have stated and shown that they are atracted to one another, and by the end of the manga these two are still the closest thanks in large part to Genzo who after kissing Megumi unlocks both her and Miki's past.
The Rival: Played for laughs. The manga's ending reveals that Kobayahsi's biggest rival is Megumi.
Weak, but Skilled: Megumi and Miki's fighting style envolves quick and precise attacks to their opponents weak points Miki more than Megumi. Megumi also shows a high level of awarness in being able to read opponents and dodging even unseen objects or attacks.
What Happened to the Mouse?: Kimura was a member of the Fanclub, but became intimidated by, among other things, Megumi's high social status, and left the club, later during the school trip to Kyoto its revealed that he has girlfriend and is perfectly happy.