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[[caption-width-right:350:[[LoveDodecahedron Sometimes love is a bit complicated.]]]]

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 HighSchool, 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 InstantFanClub....

Written by the same mangaka as ''Manga/KyouKaraOreWa'', the manga is 20 volumes and the anime is 50 episodes. The title translates as "A Cheeky Angel".

!!This series provides examples of:

%%* AirplaneOfLove
* ActionGirl: Megumi, [[spoiler: always was]], Keiko, and [[spoiler: Miki]]
* AdaptationDistillation: Quite a few scenes and arcs play differently in the anime then they did in the manga in order to focus more on [[LighterAndFluffier comedy]]. Almost all showings of knives, guns, and blood are removed.
** CompressedAdaptation: Three major arcs that expanded over several manga volumes each, are compressed into three episodes each, as such a good bit of everyones CharacterDevelopment and interactions with each other is left on the cutting room floor in favor of the more [[LighterAndFluffier 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 KiAttacks.
** AdaptationalVillainy: 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 [[PetTheDog secretly help]], well Tomo at least. In the Anime both are as Bad as the big bad himself.
* {{AmbiguouslyGay}}/[[AmbiguouslyBi 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.
** Reiko really likes Megumi.
** Keiko's first love is revealed to be [[spoiler: Megumi.]]
* AlphaBitch: Keiko.
** Though by the end she has had a couple PetTheDog moments that push her towards LovableAlphaBitch.
* ArrangedMarriage: [[spoiler: Miki has one forced on her when she is eight]]
%%* BeamOfEnlightenment
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: The trickster spirit invokes this [[ItAmusedMe for the lolz]].
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Miki, she knocks out Genzo with a cinder block, once in the manga backs Megumi up with a '''shotgun''', as well as [[spoiler: being a more than capable fighter when pushed to far]]
* {{Bifauxnen}}: A few.
* BigDamnKiss: [[spoiler: Between Megumi and Genzo at the end of the manga, though funnily enough, it seemes to have more hurt his chances than help, cause it broke the memory lock on Megumi and Miki's past.]]
* BigFancyHouse: At least four of them.
%%* BirdRun
* BluntYes: Megumi's answer when asked if she felt [[LesYay "That way"]] for Miki.
* BokeAndTsukkomiRoutine: Genzo is often punished for the things he says.
* BreakingTheFellowship: The big bad of the final arc tries to do this through physical and psychological torture. It failed
** {{Brainwashed}}: They even try to get Megumi to hate Miki through hypnotism. It failed.
* ButtMonkey: Fujiki.
** ThrowTheDogABone: He gets a bit of ship tease with Keiko and Yoshimi plus a couple cool guy scenes.
* CantCatchUp: 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.
* CanNotSpitItOut: Averted for pretty much everyone, much to Megumi's embarrassment.
%%* TheChikan
%%* ClassTrip
* CleaningUpRomanticLooseEnds: In the anime, several pairs that were just hinted at in the manga are made real.
* CookingDuel: Between Megumi and Genzo.
* CoolBigSis: Genzo happens to have one.
* CrossDresser: Genzo In episode 7.
* CurbStompBattle: Very few of the tons of random mooks that Megumi and Co. encounter can stand for more than a hit or two.
* DarkerAndEdgier: The manga compared to the anime.
* DeclarationOfProtection: {{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.
** Miki and [[{{Irony}} Megumi]] also declare this, mixed with an IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy attitude, toward each other, neithier one is willing to back down on it.
* {{Delinquents}}: Whole squads of them, found lurking around every street corner and at the beck and call of any of the main characters' rivals.
** CrapSackWorld: A mild example but much like the Mangaka's other [[KyouKaraOreWa 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.
* DifferentForGirls: Several variations; most prone to KickTheDog moments.
%%* DiscretionShot
* DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale: Played straight most of the time, but the first time we meet Kobayashi he yells at Megumi for yelling at then hitting Genzo.
* DudeShesLikeInAComa [[spoiler:The kiss in the last episode.]]
* DudeWheresMyReward: Megumi wishes to become a "man among men". The Genie makes her a girl instead.[[spoiler: 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.]]
* EvenTheGirlsWantHer: 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.
* EntertaininglyWrong: Fujiki thinks he has good news when he tells Megumi that [[spoiler: 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, [[spoiler: 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.
* FaceFault: Genzo about 75% of the time
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: Finding the book and reversing the curse.
%%* FestivalEpisode
* FlatEarthAtheist: Even a magic clown coming out of a book wont convince Kobayashi that there is any such thing as magic.
* ForgottenFirstMeeting: 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.
%%* FunctionalMagic
* GenderBender [[spoiler: Subverted, but the subversion is important to the plot]]
* GenderBlenderName: Megumi at one point even states that its a good thing she was given a girls name. [[spoiler: Ultimatly averted though since Megumi was indeed born a girl]]
%%* GoldfishScoopingGame
* GroinAttack: Megumi's favorite FinishingMove; It's how she "introduced" herself to Genzo.
* HaremGenre: "Reverse Harem" variant; the girl has many male suitors.
* HaremSeeker: Genzo gets accused of this when he says that he assumed [[RomanticTwoGirlFriendship Megumi and Miki]] were a "boxed set"
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: [[PlayedForDrama Between Megumi and Miki,]] Ironically, whether or not the other wants it.
* IronButtMonkey: Genzo gets knocked out about three times in the first episode. Twice by Megumi, once by Miki
* InstantFanClub: Megumi gets one in high school. It's especially funny considering her situation.
* InstantSeiza: 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.
* IfItsYouItsOkay: 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, and turn her back into a man, he can't go through with it.
** Megumi reluctantly feels this way about [[spoiler: Kobayashi dating Miki]] though its more of a "If I can't have her."
* JackassGenie: The Trickster Spirit reversing the wish for kicks. [[spoiler: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.]]
* JackOfAllStats: Kobayashi, not as strong as Genzo and not as skilled as Megumi, but certainly not someone to underestimate.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Genzo.
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:The final BigBad, 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.]]
* KidSamurai: Kobayashi.
* KnightOfCerebus: Takao Gakusan, everytime he shows up expect all comedy to stop.
* LadyKillerInLove: 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''
* [[spoiler: LaserGuidedAmnesia]]: [[spoiler: 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]]
* LetsGetDangerous: [[spoiler: Miki]], she's a pretty brutal fighter too.
%%* LifeEnergy
* LoveDodecahedron: Love gets complicated towards the end.
* LoveLetterlunacy: Megumi gets love letters from both sexes. Miki gets them as well, this causes a bit of [[{{Angst}} angst]] for Megumi who had no idea.
* MartialPacifist: [[spoiler: Miki is a trained Martial Artist probably close to Megumis level, but you have to push her to her near breaking point to get her to use it on another person.]]
* MegatonPunch: Often delivered to Genzo by Megumi.
* MegumiHayashibara: [[TheDanza As Megumi Amatsuka]], sadly, this 2002-03 series has been her last anime leading role, other than the title character of ''{{Paprika}}'' and reboots of [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion past]] [[{{Slayers}} franchises.]]
* MenAreStrongWomenArePretty / MenActWomenAre: A large subplot of the Manga is deconstructing these mentalities.
* TheMindIsAPlayThingOfTheBody: Several characters lampshade how well Megumi seems to function as a girl between her DifferentForGirls moments, [[spoiler: but then its revealed she always was a girl.]]
* MissingMom: Megumi's mother spends most of the story in Europe.
** Miki's Mom and [[DisappearedDad Dad]] [[spoiler: died in a fire]]
* MistakenForGay: 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.
* MoralityPet: [[ChildhoodFriends Yoshimi]] could be considered this for Keiko, despite Keiko's AlphaBitch 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.
* NiceGuy: Kobayashi is this to a fault.
* NoRomanticResolution: In the Manga. Poor, poor Genzo.
* NoblewomansLaugh: Keiko.
* NonActionGuy: Yasuda, Fujiki barely averts this.
* NotADate: Its just Fishing.
* OneHeadTaller: [[spoiler: In the last chapter, Megumi had to stand on a large piece of brick in order to kiss Genzo shoulder to shoulder.]]
* OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent: Fujiki, infact its what sets him apart from everybody else.
* PervertDad: Megumi's dad is occasionally fantasizing about his daughter, and building secret passages to access her room.
* PetTheDog: Keiko gets one of these moments near the end.
* QuirkyHousehold: Megumi's and to a lesser extant Miki's
* RomanticTwoGirlFriendship: Megumi and Miki push this trope way past its limit.
** SchoolgirlLesbians: Both have stated and shown that they are attracted to one another, and by the end of the manga these two are still the closest thanks in large part to Genzo [[spoiler: who after kissing Megumi unlocks both her and Miki's past.]]
* TheRival: Played for laughs. [[spoiler: The manga's ending reveals that Kobayahsi's biggest rival is Megumi.]]
* SadisticChoice: Two in the last arc.
** [[spoiler: The first is after everyone is captured by a bad guy, Megumi and Miki are told that if they don't fight to first blood the guy's of the fanclub, who are chained up, will be beatin.]]
** [[spoiler: The Second is actually a heroic version, both Megumi and Miki are falling to their deaths and Genzo has enough time to think about he can only save one, cue CMOA.]]
* SatelliteCharacter: Miki, for awhile in both the manga and the anime is little more than Megumi's friend.
* SecondLawOfGenderBending: Implied.
* ScaryShinyGlasses: Yasuda likes doing this for pointless reasons or to cover up that he's taking pictures.
* ShipperOnDeck: In probably the strangest example of the trope, Genzo full on [[{{Shipping}} ships]] Megumi, his LoveInterest, with Miki, her [[RomanticTwoGirlFriendship best friend.]]
** Though fair is fair since Miki is a Megumi X Genzo shipper, but only to a point.
* ShooOutTheClowns: When things get bad during the womanly tournament Keiko and Fujiki are lost in the city.
* TheShortGuyWithGlasses: Yasuda.
* SlapSlapKiss: Genzo and Megumi all day long, but not much kiss.
* {{Snapback}}: What Kobayashi hears during the YamatoNadeshiko Cup.
* StayInTheKitchen: Genzo and Kobayashi both have rather old ideas about how a woman should act. Ironically, so does Megumi.
* StepfordSmiler: [[spoiler: Miki, who uses a smile and teasing to hide her true feelings.]]
* StockShoujoBullyingTactics: Inverted. Keiko tries to alienate Megumi from the other girls by having her minions steal every girl's InsideShoes ''except'' Megumi's to put her in a awkward situation.
%%* TheThingThatGoesDoink
* ThirdLawOfGenderBending: Megumi has an awfully girly wardrobe for someone who claims to be a boy.
* ThreesomeSubtext: Genzo, Megumi, and Miki. Later Kobayashi can be added.
* TitleConfusion: Megumi is the "cheeky angel," not the genie.
* TookALevelInBadass: Fujiki goes from a sheep to being able to hold his own in a fight, still outclassed by everyone but Yasuda though.
** Genzo gets this after he starts training with Kobayashi.
* [[spoiler:TomatoInTheMirror: Megumi was never male.]]
* {{Trickster}}: The cause of Megumi's problem and source of the plot.
* TrueCompanions: Grown out of the InstantFanClub.
* {{Tsundere}}: Megumi is a big one, but Genzo is also this way towards [[HoYay Kobayashi]]
* ATwinkleInTheSky: A frequent fate of Genzo and some other male characters when they step out of line.
* TwoTeacherSchool: The "zero teachers" variant.
* UnwantedHarem: ''Very'' unwanted at first.
* UnskilledButStrong: Genzo, while far below Kobayashi, Megumi and [[spoiler: Miki]] in skill, is by far the physically strongest fighter of the show.
%%* WrittenSoundEffect
* YamatoNadeshiko: There's even a [[SeriousBusiness "YamatoNadeshiko Cup"]] at one point. Amusingly not one of the contestants fit the trope, with the closest being Miki.
* WeakButSkilled: Megumi and [[spoiler: Miki's]] fighting style envolves quick and precise attacks to their opponents weak points [[spoiler: 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.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: 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.
* WouldHitAGirl: Used to show how [[KickTheDog evil and often hypocritical]] the villains are.
* WouldntHitAGirl: None of the main characters ever even try to hit a woman, though Keiko does try to get Megumi to fight her, Megumi is unwilling to do so physically.