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Manga: Yandere Kanojo
Manabu and Reina. Actually, you could call them Megane-kun and Yankee-chan, if not for copyright issues.
Tanaka Manabu is a regular honors student. On the way to school, he meets a girl carrying a bloody bat. That girl is Ryuuzaki Reina, leader of the school's female delinquents. It's love at first sight. Yandere Kanojo is a gag manga (with a combination of yonkoma and normal page) about having a yankee dere-dere girlfriend.

A drama CD came out in Japan in 2010.

NOTE: In the title of this series, "yandere" refers not to this term, but to the "yankee"+ "dere-dere" combination. In this sense, 'yankee' means troublemaker, not an American.

Not to be confused with Onidere, which has a strikingly similar concept, but is only similar to this series in that regard.

Tropes in Yandere Kanojo

  • A Day in the Limelight: Reina's parents in their flashback chapters, and Hijiri and Shiratori in chapter 27.
    • Sumika and Nanami in their flashback chapters, and Shiratori solo in chapter 34. A-ko in chapter 37 and Hiromichi (the cafe manager) in chapter 39. Manabu's parents in chapters 61-63.
    • Even Nanami's minions get one in 40.1.
  • Absurdly Youthful Mother: There are at least two in this story: Ran, Reina's mother, and Azami, Manabu's mother. Justified for Azami, she had her child when she was still in highschool.
  • The Ace: Shiratori would be this if anybody treated him with any respect - he is good at sports and academics, good looking, and popular with the ladies...except the girls like his adorkability and Manabu and Reina treat him as an Unknown Rival and Butt Monkey.
    • Azuma is a straighter version of this trope. He's actually so cool, both his grandchildren are acting out of character when he's present.
  • Achilles in His Tent: Subverted. Azuma notes that as the head of the Tanaka family he could easily solve Manabu's dilemma, but chooses not to because he doesn't want to undermine Aoi's authority. He didn't however, have any objections with letting Reina hold him hostage.
  • Adorkable: Shiratori thinks he's popular with girls because he's so cool. In reality, he's popular with the girls because they find how easily-flustered he gets when they flirt with him adorable.
  • All Amazons Want Hercules/Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Played straight both at the same time with Ran and Kouichiro.
  • All Gays Are Promiscuous: Shuuei Mori. In his introductory chapter, the first thing he says to every guy he meets is "Hey, wanna go to a hotel later?".
  • All Men Are Perverts: HOLY SHIT MANABU!
    • To put it simply, it WOULDN'T be a big problem if the guy saying it was NOT a Stoic one.
  • Alliterative Family: The Shiratori siblings: Tsubame, Tsubasa, and Tsugumi.
  • Amazon Chaser: Manabu met Reina when she was carrying a bloody bat.
  • An Astral Projection, Not a Ghost: Misaki/Kuroko. In a subversion to the way this normally gets used, however, when she finally gets her memories back, she dies shortly afterwards, her astral projection fading.
  • April Fools' Plot: The subject of chapter 27.1.
  • At Arm's Length: Reina does this to Nanami the first time they fight.
  • Author Appeal: The author likes characters that look tough, but aren't, and who have 'evil eyes' - hence Reina's dad. Similarly, because he likes old guys, he included Manabu's grandad.
  • Badass Grandpa: Grandpa Tanaka. At least until a decade ago, as of 42.5.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Reina really should, especially when a certain clown might be listening.
  • Beach Episode: Chapter 17.1.
  • Bears Are Bad News: Subverted in one chapter. Manabu is worried about encountering bears when he and Reina are in the mountains looking for a Sakura tree. Reina reassures him and says she'd gladly kill and eat any bears threatening them. A bear overhears them and is absolutely terrified.
  • Berserk Button: If Reina considers you to be a friend, consider it to be a nice privilege. If she feels that you've betrayed that feeling, however, God help you.
  • Beta Couple: Manabu and Reina are essentially this to Hijiri and Shiratori, even though they're the main characters while Hijiri and Shiratori are secondary characters. This can be tricky (in that the Hijiri/Shiratori story has been one story arc in one of the two published titles), and Manabu and Reina may swap back into the alpha couple once the story arc concludes.
  • Bifauxnen: Akira's a variant on this, being a 'sporty' Bifauxnen rather than an 'elegant' one. She's also quite happy to wear female school uniform.
  • Big Bra to Fill: Lampshaded.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Reina's uncle's dog feels this way toward Reina; that's why he dislikes Manabu, because he feels that Manabu isn't strong enough for Reina.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Manabu saves Chibita and Reina from attacking cats using dried bonito as a diversion.
  • Big Friendly Dog: Chibita, Reina's uncle's dog. Except around Manabu.
  • Bilingual Bonus: There are a lot of puns in this manga that wouldn't translate to English well.
  • Birds of a Feather: Manabu and Hijiri comment on how similar they are during a talk in chapter 33.
    • The manga occasionally points out the similarities between Reina and Shiratori.
    • Not to mention Mayami and Manager.
  • Bishie Sparkle: Shiratori, in his initial appearance.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Nanami and Sumika's flashback. Sweet, in the fact that Sumika becomes friends for real with Nanami and Nanami's dad returns and reconciles with his family, bitter in the fact that his new job means that Nanami has to move far away from Sumika.
  • Blah Blah Blah: How Reina summarizes the need for Manabu's grandfather to help them teach Akira to feel more girly.
    • Becomes an actual form of communication here.
    Hijiri: Please go back to using normal words!
  • Bland-Name Product: Reina's dad buys a "Play Halaytion Portable" along with a certain game about partying up with others to hunt monsters that's extremely popular in Japan.
  • The Blind Leading the Blind: Akira, a crossdressing tomboy, asking Reina to teach her how to be more feminine.
  • Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: Reina and Mayami do this so often that Reina eventually has Mayami playing tsukkomi in her head when she's not around.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: All over the place.
    • The Valentine's Day special is filled with this.
      • The chapter opens with Hijiri, Mayami and Reina in a Fanservice shot. The next page shows them "backstage" fixing their hair.
      • Reina asks why they're in these clothes and after being told it's for Valentine's Day, she questions if that's okay because the chapter is being printed in the July issue.
      • Hijiri remembers how Manabu got only one panel in the issue that was in color, and questions if that's really fair to the main character of the manga.
      • Mayami snarks that the mangaka's lack of seasonal awareness is going to get the characters caught up in a situation when they're Not Allowed to Grow Up.
    • "What is with that expression that looks like it's saying 'What a pain in the ass' in bold face Ming type font?!"
    • Reina casually explaining to the readers about the Family-Friendly Firearms, complete with Manabu lampshading it.
      Manabu: You look really distant...
    • The whole conversation between Reina and Mayami about the Tanakas' family situation. They even say they're Breaking the Fourth Wall to avoid Mood Whiplash.
    • Reina questions why Sumika gets two panels for her introduction at the beach.
    • Reina yells at the school doctor to shut up and act like "a little side character".
    • "He'd never draw us in swimming caps anyway."
    • "Wait, I've hardly had any screentime thanks to your ass!!!"
    • In chapter 35.1:
      Reina: Ahh! You're right!! I forgot about that part of the plot!!!
      Manabu: Reina, the fourth wall!!
    • The omake for 12.1 has Reina and Mayami discussing why Manabu got momentarily bishified.
  • Butt Monkey: Shiratori. He has only his own Wrong Genre Savvy to blame - he wants people to be impressed with his good looks and talent at academics and sports, and Manabu to treat him as The Rival. There's a time and a place for that...and this is not it.
    • The Kuroboshi Girls. To be fair, they bring it upon themselves.
    • Tsukihitsugi. She wants to hunt ghosts, but has no spiritual powers and the only reason why she encounters them is because, as Kuroko says, her mere presence is incredibly annoying to spirits.
      Kuroko: You can think of her like a huge pile of shit that only spirits can smell.
      Reina: That's a pretty harsh way to put it.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Shiratori, to the point that Hijiri takes matters into her hands.
  • Captain Ersatz: Taiga, is that you?
    • Shiratori was based off of the rival character in Tokimeki Memorial 3, because the author hated him and wanted to see him get beaten up. That said, the author does like Shiratori (though he's not feeling the love).
  • Cat Smile: Reina occasionally pulls this off, and it's adorable.
  • Cats Are Mean: To be fair, it's Chibita who strikes first...
  • The Cats Strike Back: Chibita tries to scare a cat stealing a fish. The retaliation is swift.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: What started out as a goofy gag yonkoma has been getting steadily more serious since the introduction of Manabu's family situation.
  • Character Development: Reina gradually becomes more honest about her feelings and less violent towards Manabu as the series goes on.
    • Shiratori makes less of an effort to be obnoxious around the gang, though he still wants to be recognized by Manabu as a rival and as a friend. He's unwilling to admit the latter, however (at least until chapter 35).
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Hilariously, Manabu himself, postulated to be the effect of Reina's constant abuse prior to her Character Development. As Reina found out hard, she (in Manabu's body) made her original body seemingly fragile in comparison.
  • The Charmer: Azuma in spades.
  • Child Hater: Sumika. The reason why, however, is different from most examples.
    "I hate kids. They're all just so stupid, selfish, never listen to what people say and worst of all, they can't do anything. That's exactly why I've also found myself so repulsive."
  • Class Rep: Hijiri.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Reina's pretty foul mouthed when she's angry, unsurprisingly for a delinquent.
  • Combat Masochist: Mayami likes to provoke Reina into hitting her so that she can get off on the pain.
  • Cool Old Guy: Manabu's grandfather literally puts him to shame - he has such a complex about his granddad being so much cooler than him that it's far and away the leading cause of any Not So Stoic moments he has.
  • Cooldown Hug: Kouichirou to Ran in Ch 37
  • Cosmetic Catastrophe: Reina starts out well when learning how to use makeup, getting Mayami to help her, but when she tries to go solo, it descends into this.
  • Covert Pervert: Reina has a tendency to warn Manabu not to do or think of perverted things that never occurred to him.
  • Cry Cute: Can't be more Dere-dere than that.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • The Kendo Club shows up to defend the school from a possessed Reina, which ends exactly how you'd expect it to. Then the Judo Club shows up only to suffer the same fate.
    • A-ko was trying to fight Ran for Kouichiro's love. She never stood a chance.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Manager has an... interesting childhood. It's presented as Black Comedy.
    • Manabu, and unlike the example above it's not played for laughs. His mother was engaged to another man but had an affair with his father. Then his father abandoned her once the Tanaka family found out. Excluding his grandpa, uncle, Misaki and Mayami, he's treated as an eyesore and a nuisance by everyone in his family. His own mother won't even see him. Worst of all, for the first 15 years of his life nobody even bothered to tell him why.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: While the principal has a way of turning bad kids into good kids that can only be described as brainwashing and he isn't afraid to beat the crap out of his students (including girls) to enforce rules, he doesn't seem to be all that evil and is genuinely nice to those who follow the rules.
  • Date Peepers: After telling Mayami she can't come with them when they go to see Avatar, Reina and Manabu end up spending most of their date following Mayami after they see her seeing the same movie with some guy they don't know, to make sure he's not a creep.
  • Death by Childbirth: Azuma's wife.
  • Demonic Possession: "The Cursed Black Bat". Manabu manages to stop it with The Power of Love.
  • Deus Exit Machina: In "The Cursed Black Bat" (26.1), Manabu and the Principal are conveniently absent when trouble starts, though Manabu returns to save the day.
    Hijiri: Why now of all times!
  • Disappeared Dad: Nanami's dad left after she beat him up in pre-school. They reunited some years later.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Reina pulled this prior to delivering a fitting punishment.
  • Doctor Jerk: The school doctor. And he knows it.
  • Double Standard: Mayami is a masochist who wants to be beaten up by Reina, but thinks that men who beat up women are the lowest form of life.
    • Will also turn sadist on Shiratori from time to time and bully him for amusement.
  • Dreadful Musician: Kuroko. She can't move on to the next world till someone recognizes the music she's playing, but she plays so badly it's impossible. She apparently remembers what it was at the end of her introductory story, but sticks around.
  • Dull Surprise: Manabu's 'Hooray' when Reina is dressed up.
  • Elephant in the Living Room: The dynamics of the Tanaka family. Manabu doesn't live with his parents, and doesn't seem to go to any trouble to contact them. He's told Reina that Mayami and his grandfather don't get along, but that seems to have been a lie. There's some kind of a secret there, that the author only sees fit to reveal in parts and pieces.
    • On a similar note, Misaki/Kuroko. None of the Tanaka family are able to see her, although everyone else can. Azuma asked Mayami about her condition in an earlier chapter, and Mayami's hair is the same screentone as Misaki's middle-aged husband. Throw in Manabu's feelings of guilt about "not being a good son" and it all leads to one big conclusion and/or one big Epileptic Tree to be shot down in hilarious fashion.
      • Shot down, but not hilariously: Misaki is Manabu and Mayami's aunt. Their mother is still around, and she does her best to push Manabu away in order to forget about his father.
    • Mayami's past is something of an issue as well. She herself really doesn't like who she used to be, and Manabu seems to find remembering what she was like painful.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: While not exactly evil, there's no doubt that Ugajin is more deliberately malicious in his actions than any other recurring antagonist in the series. However, he does care for his groupies, and his response to Manabu's hypothetical question in Chapter 56 (which the latter used as a way to get advice on how to handle his family's situation) nets him a minor moment of awesome.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Reina.
    • Akira is this, albeit in a different way than Reina.
    • Nanami got this in elementary school.
  • Every Girl Is Cuter with Hair Decs:
    • Gender-flipped: Shiratori has a hair clip in the front of his hair for no particular reason.
    • Parodied with the character of Tsukihitsugi, introduced in Chapter 25.1, who looks like she fell into a pile of hair decs.
  • Face of a Thug: Reina's dad utterly terrifies most people around him because he looks like a gangster, acts gruff and makes sudden, very violent-seeming movements most of the time. The gag is that he's only terrifying because he's actually absolutely terrified of social situations.
    • The school principal, however, is as terrifying as he looks.
  • False Friend: Sumika was this to Nanami when they first met in pre-school, but over time, it became the real thing. Nanami never caught on, even when Sumika confessed it - as far as she was concerned, they'd been friends all along.
  • Family-Friendly Firearms / Nerf Arm: The weapons shops sells weapons that look and feel like real weapons, but do no serious or permanent damage. They are only to be used for comedic effect.
  • Fictional Counterpart: Mouseland -> Disneyland.
  • For Halloween, I Am Going as Myself: Kuroko loves Halloween because she can go out and trick-or-treat as a Bedsheet Ghost.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: Manabu and Reina in chapter 55.1, in large part because Reina was in disguise at the time, and because she looked very different back then.
  • Fountain of Youth: Reina in chapter 28 - however, she looks different enough as a child that no-one recognises her.
  • Fractured Fairy Tale: The Cinderella chapter, with Reina as Cinderella, Manabu as the wizard who helps her, Shiratori as the prince, and Nanami's gang as the stepsisters.
  • Fragile Flower: The Principal's wife.
    • Reina also had her moments as well.
  • Friend to All Children: Manabu. It's because he was lonely as a child.
  • Friendless Background: Manabu, which ends up getting heartbreakingly Played for Drama.
  • G-Rated Drug: Amazake in chapter 31.1. Normally it's either non-alcoholic or has a low amount of alcohol. Reina, under the impression it's safe regardless, puts in too much sake lees, making it a strong booze, and everyone has a crazy moment as a result.
  • Generation Xerox: Reina is shaping up to be just like her mother. However, she also got some Nice Girl traits from her father.
  • The Generic Guy: Everybody else has some sort of quirky personality traits, but Hijiri doesn't have much going on besides Ship Tease with Shiratori, as well as playing the role of a "normal girl" to contrast Reina with. Lampshaded in her profile: originally, she was intended to be a background character in her initial chapter, then after they got the go-ahead for serialization, she got upgraded to the main cast. Her being the class rep was a complete accident.
  • Genre Refugee: A lot of characters seem to have got lost from contemporary girly romance manga. Not that it's a bad thing.
  • Ghost Shipping: Of the unrequited variety, considering that the object of Kuroko's affections can't even see her.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Mayami and Hijiri both sport these. Tsukihitsugi does too, in 'civvies'; it looks like she also has them in her exorcist outfit, but the hair decs make it hard to tell.
  • Golden Snitch: Mayami pulls this as hostess of a gameshow. Reina, as one of the contestants, is not happy.
    • Leads straight to a Crack Defeat when two guys in the background who admit they're so unimportant they don't even have names, and have not answered a single question right, win. The question? What is the name of the author of Yandere Kanojo?
  • Good Angel, Bad Angel: Reina met them in the chapter where she tried to find out the reason Manabu wears glasses without need.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: After Shiratori calls Manabu's sister "Mayami-kun," Hijiri goes into a minor Heroic BSOD that's serious enough for her to request that Reina punch her to snap her out of it. Mayami is sharp enough to notice it and assures her that she has no interest in Shiratori while teasing Hijiri about her jealousy.
  • Guile Hero: The Principal in chapter 39.1. "All female students should wear spats," indeed.
  • Happily Married / Sickeningly Sweethearts: Reina's parents. Later, we find out that The Principal and his wife are also like this, though they are more subdued.
  • Harmless Villain: Nanami and her gang, without a doubt. You might even start wondering if she's even a villain at all, as one of her gang members outright states that she likes to help people.
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: Reina wants to preserve her tough image. Manabu is happy to go with the flow.
  • Heroic Bastard: Manabu
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Manabu at times. Mostly Played for Laughs. Except things about his Parental Abandonment.
    • Shiratori doesn't readily accept Hijiri's confession, despite liking her, since he's unsure that he will able to eventually love her back. In this case, Played for Drama.
  • Het is Ew: According to Shuuei Mori.
  • Hidden Depths: A lot of seemingly Jerkass characters are actually decent people when the situation calls for it.
    • Beneath all the loud bombast and obnoxiousness Shiratori does when trying to pursue his "rivalry" with Manabu, he's actually a really nice person. Hijiri develops feelings for him after seeing said hidden depths.
    • Mayami has shown that she can be pretty perceptive when she wants to be, occasionally being nicknamed "Professor Mayami" by the other characters. That's why it's such a shame that she uses it to try and find new ways to provoke Reina into beating the stuffing out of her. Also, as much as she insults her brother, there's no real malice in it and she goes into a stony rage if someone hurts him.
    • Even characters like Nanami, Sumika and Tsukihitsugi have these moments.
  • Ho Yay / Homoerotic Subtext: Hijiri, Mayami, and Reina determine that the reason Shiratori doesn't show interest in love and dating girls is because he's preoccupied with something else. That something else being Manabu. Make of that what you will.
    • It's shown that he's not interested in love because of his upbringing at home (he has dominating sisters). Analyzed by Mayami, no less.invoked
    • Chapter 32 has the girls try to improve Shiratori and Manabu's friendship using Kimo Dameshi . . . which is usually an anime plot device used for Ship Tease and/or invoked by the Shipper on Deck.
    • It goes right back to Shiratori's first appearance in chapter 3. Shiratori and Reina make a bet; if Manabu wins, Shiratori has to eat spaghetti through his nose, while if Shiratori wins, Reina owes him a date. When Reina starts freaking out afterwards, Manabu says he'll go on the date instead.
    • In chapter 35, Reina notes Manabu gets obsessed over whatever he targets (in this case, Shiratori).
    • In chapter 39.1 Reina outright invokes this when she nonchalantly accuses Shiratori and Manabu of flirting with each other.
    • Friend power, indeed.
    • Chapter 45.5: Shuuei is openly disappointed he couldn't have met Azuma Tanaka when he was younger. Azuma proceeds to put the moves on him.
  • Hot for Teacher: A-ko falls for Kouichiro after he helps her, and tries to convince him to leave his wife for her. Three guesses as to how well that works out.
    • Tsukihitsugi develops a crush on the principal in later chapters, and she's less than happy when she finds out about his (supposed) daughter, and much less happy when she finds out that said "daughter" is his wife.
  • Hypocritical Humor: When Reina saw one of her subordinates crying because she saw her boyfriend with another girl, she just told her to go kick their asses. When she sees Manabu with another girl...
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Played for Laughs in chapter 29. Ran (Reina's mother) suspects that her husband Kouichirou's odd behavior means he's having an affair (it turns out he's actually hanging out with Manabu's grandfather). The following exchange occurs:
    Reina: What was that? Dad is cheating on you!?
    Ran: He's not cheating on me!! He fell in love with another woman besides me!!
    Reina: Uhh, that's what you would call cheating, isn't it?
    Ran: Kouichirou has the right to love whoever he wants, so I'm not going to call it something as bad as cheating!
    Manabu: Whoa, that reasoning of yours is oozing with love...
  • Imagine Spot: Reina likes to imagine herself being girly or cutesy.
  • In Which a Trope Is Described: A common format for chapter titles runs "X, that is, something something something."
  • Incest Subtext: In an early chapter, Reina mistakes Manabu and Mayami for being Not Blood Siblings, which Mayami lampshades as sounding like something out of an eroge. In later chapters, it's at least strongly implied that this may be the case for Manabu and Kuroko, which turns out to sort of be the case: she's his aunt by marriage.
    • In a Wham Line at the end of chapter 63, Azami, in the middle of a total breakdown, admits to Reina that part of the reason she's so cold towards Manabu is she's afraid of what would happen if she starts seeing his father in him.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: The series title.
    • Elizadeath.
    • Wakako seems to have the name she does just so the author could pun her name into Bakako in the title of the chapter she features in.
  • It Amused Me: Hijiri, of all people, at one point goes out of her way to antagonize Shiratori for no reason other than it being hilarious.
  • It Runs in the Family: Reina gets her tsundere personality from a fusion of her mom's sweetness/violence and her dad's social awkwardness. Also, her mother's violent side is tempered with her father's kindness.
    • Inverted personality-wise with Manabu. His serious personality comes from growing up as his grandfather's straight man. He's been noted to look quite a bit like him, though.
  • Japanese Delinquents: Reina before falling for Manabu. Her old friends still. Nanami and her gang. Her mom at Reina's age.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Almost everyone who doesn't qualify for Nice Guy.
  • Kansai Regional Accent: Nanami has one so strong that it's practically a character trait.
  • Karma Houdini: This is more or less Sumika's hat. She's too smart to be tricked or made to look bad by the main characters, and since she can't fight, there's no honor in Reina beating her up.
  • Kimono Over Boxers: A crowd of male onlookers collectively drops to their knees in grief after Reina denies them a Panty Shot, or something even better, this way while celebrating a badminton victory a little too enthusiastically.
  • Lethal Chef: Reina, but Manabu can stomach it with a smile.
  • Locked in a Room: Hijiri and Shiratori get locked in a storage closet. They're quickly rescued, though, since Hijiri told a teacher she'd be working in the closet with the faulty lock.
  • Love at First Sight: Manabu and Reina mutually fall in love at first sight in the first 4-Koma, allowing a convenient aversion of Will They or Won't They?.
    • Nanami falls for Manabu the first time she manages to get a look at his face.
  • Love Epiphany: Hijiri in chapter 42.
  • May-December Romance: Mayami and the Manager have plenty of significant Ship Tease moments with each other. Being a first year, she's around fourteen-fifteen; Chapter 25 reveals that he's twenty-six.
  • Meaningful Name: The Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl has no actual name, so she gets nicknamed "Kuroko" for her black hair (kuro means black and -ko is a feminine suffix). Chapter 41 implies that her real name is Misaki, and she's actually still alive, only unconscious.
  • Meganekko: Tsukihitsugi is this in 'civvies' (she normally wears colored contacts, but the school bans them).
  • Men Are Strong, Women Are Pretty: Reina's a delinquent who gets into fights on a daily basis. Manabu's an honor student with pretty much no athletic tendencies whatsoever. Yet, when they do their "Freaky Friday" Flip, Reina (in Manabu's body) has to hold back when she hits him to avoid seriously injuring Manabu (in Reina's body). Possibly justified or lampshaded in that getting hit by Reina whenever she gets surprised or flustered has gotten Manabu into much better shape.
  • Mr. Exposition: Lampshaded in chapter 5.1. When Shiratori gives a description of the girls and guys having separate swimming times, two background characters comment on his doing so.
    Background Character A: Oh, what a detailed description
    Background Character B: Shiratori is always yelling in a big panel, isn't he?
  • Mythology Gag: Seen under Yandere for What Could Have Been with Manabu's lil sis? Behold, Tsugumi Shiratori, Reina's pen pal over a misplaced letter.
  • Neighborhood Friendly Gangsters
  • Nice Character, Mean Actor / Mood-Swinger: Reina's uncle, Souijiro/Soji.
  • Nice Guy: Manabu, contrasting him comically with Reina's brash and violent personality.
    • Reina's dad is also one, but his Shrinking Violet status, combined with Face of a Thug, means he gets mistaken as a mean guy.
    • Not to mention Hijiri.
    • Actually, every recurring character has shades of this, even guys like Shiratori, Tsukihitsugi and The Principal.
    • Sosuke. When he discovers his fiancee is pregnant with another man's child, he opts to continue their engagement. Azuma points out he might be a little too nice.
  • Not So Stoic: Manabu only ever loses his cool when his grandpa is involved, even noting that's probably the only time that happens.
    • There's also the time Reina went overboard with dieting and nearly passed out.
  • Odd Friendship: Manabu's grandfather and Reina's dad have become friends and keep in touch regularly, despite being total opposites in terms of outgoingness.
    • Most of the friendships are of this trope (Reina/Hijiri, Reina/Mayami, Manabu/Shiratori, Sumika/Nanami).
  • Official Couple: Manabu and Reina's relationship is pretty much the entire point of the manga.
  • Ojou: Sumika's the daughter of a CEO.
    • Mayami, of all people, turns out to live in a Big Fancy House with numerous servants.
  • Older Than She Looks: The Principal's wife. She was so young looking and adorkable that most male students fell for her. Of course, it helps that they didn't realize she was the Principal's wife.
  • One-Note Cook: Reina and curry. With a lot of help she made cookies one time.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: "JUST SHUT UP AND WATCH IT!!!!" Done by Hijiri to Shiratori. Later it's revealed that she was planning to confess to him on national television.
  • Open Secret: By about four chapters in most students realize they're a couple; they're just smart enough not to say anything.
  • Otaku: The Manager. He does know when to turn his enthusiasm off, if necessary.
  • Painting the Medium: Mayami uses square speech bubbles to imitate narration bubbles and the others acknowledge that because of this they have to follow what she said.
  • Paper Fan of Doom: Manabu buys one of these when Reina takes him to a weapons shop.
  • Parental Abandonment: Manabu.
    • Reina's grandparents disowned Ran.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Reina's delinquent gang. They're in school every day, don't drink, smoke, or do drugs, and the only gang fight seen in the comics takes place with a felt-tip pen. Naturally enough, this gets lampshaded.
    • Rule-Abiding Rebel: In chapter 42, Reina reveals that she didn't complain much when asked to clean graffiti that she drew herself (which was a lot in middle school).
    • Then Reina goes and lays a full-on smackdown in 27.1.
  • Pitbull Dates Puppy: Our Official Couple, as well as Reina's parents. Later, it's revealed that this is the case with the principal and his wife as well, albeit gender-flipped.
  • Poke the Poodle: Subverted with Daikichi Ugajin. While his abuse of his Student Council power is just so he can do things, such as flipping up girls' skirts without the fear of retribution and taking all the male students' porn to make a porn room for public access, they're treated as very serious threats by Reina and her friends.
  • Polyamory: Ugajin's groupies seem to have no problem with sharing him, or the fact that he's pursuing Reina.
  • Post-Kiss Catatonia: As mentioned under Ship Tease below, a kiss on the cheek from Drunk!Hijiri was enough to cause this in Shiratori.
  • The Promise: Nanami and Sumika promised to go to high school together back when the two were in grade school. It's a minor heartwarming moment that they made good on the promise, even though some aspects of it (such as the fact that Nanami was exactly the same height as she was in grade school when they reunited) were played for laughs.
  • Purely Aesthetic Glasses: Manabu's glasses are just for show.
    • A whole chapter is actually devoted to exploring the mystery of Manabu's glasses. Long story short, they're basically a Memento MacGuffin from his grandfather.
  • Recursive Canon: The manga and author exist in the manga's universe. None of the main characters know them.
  • Refuge in Audacity: What does Reina do, when after she demands to talk with Manabu's mom while brandishing a baseball bat, his uncle threatens to call the cops on her? Why, kidnap their father, Azuma, and threaten to bash his head in with a baseball bat if they refuse! The kidnapping itself is most likely staged, considering Azusa and Reina's characters. That doesn't stop her from hitting Grandpa with a bat when Manabu's uncle tries to call her bluff.
  • Relationship Upgrade: In a roundabout way, chapter 27 has Hijiri and Shiratori acknowledging each other's mutual attraction and going out on a date. Due to their inexperience with such things, though, they don't actually think it was a date or that it makes them a couple.
    • Chapter 46 sees Hijiri finally confessing her love. On national television, no less. In chapter 48, they finally become an Official Couple.
  • The Resenter: This was a large part of the motivation for Shiratori's rivalry with Manabu; he resented Manabu for not being the least bit curious about him or the things that concerned him (i.e. test score rank).
  • Retired Badass: Reina's mom. "Don't worry, if anyone were to badmouth you, I'd show them what it was like when your mom was feared as a human weapon!"
    • The flashback chapters to how she and Reina's dad fell in love somehow make her out to be even more violent, feared, and hot-tempered than Reina. There's implications she may have even killed people.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Our Official Couple, of course. Exaggerated or deconstructed for parody in the case of Reina's parents, with each one being on the other end of the spectrum.
    • Interesting case with Shiratori and Hijiri. The problem is that Shiratori is too savvy for his own good, to the point that Hijiri had to take a more active role in the relationship, despite her Nice Girl status.
  • Secret Relationship: At least initially (see Tsundere further down), but as the series goes on it becomes more of an Open Secret, if even that, especially with Manabu and Reina not bothering to hide it in front of any named characters, who all know about it.
  • Serious Business: Bloomers.
    • Shiratori always takes everything with such high fervor. Sometimes it's endearing, sometimes it's funny, sometimes it's sad.
  • Sexy Santa Dress: Reina's employer outfits his female employees with this at Christmas.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Reina and Manabu have a mutual moment of this when they meet up wearing yukata at the festival. Downplayed as they thought the other was attractive before hand and furthermore, it has been established through the comments of Manabu's grandfather that Reina does not need to "clean up" for the people around her to notice that she is attractive.
    • Hijiri was shoved into a makeover show in Chapters 45-46.
  • Ship Tease: Hijiri and Shiratori, sometimes Awwsome, sometimes humorous. This example manages to be both.
    • Chapter 18 has Hijiri refuse confession from another guy after Shiratori says "Don't do it." He's talking about a reference book Hijiri used.
    • Chapter 27 is focused entirely on their Relationship Upgrade. Not into a full couple, but pretty damn close.
    • Taken even further in Chapter 31, an entire chapter that kicks off with Hijiri admitting that she likes Shiratori. We'll see if this leads anywhere.
    • Topped by 4Koma chapter 31.1, where Drunk!Hijiri made dirty jokes and kissed him on the cheek, but doesn't remember anything when she's sober.
    • This culminates in Chapter 46, when she confesses her love on national television, flooring everyone.
    • Mayami and the Manager; their exact relationship is ambiguous, but it does have romantic overtones sometimes, such as the fact that they establish the cafe together. The most significant Ship Tease of them so far is Chapter 39, a Manager-centric chapter. The title page has the statement "give flowers to your loved one" and features a smiling Mayami getting a bouquet.
    • In Chapter 45, Mayami kept her hair long for the sake of the Manager. Then in 45.1 she's very much conflicted between keeping her Genki Girl (for the Manager) or Yamato Nadeshiko (for her Grandpa) persona, and the Manager decides to go along with the latter. When the Manager asks if he's the grandad Mayami had a crush on when she was little, Mayami looks away while blushing and says there's someone else she likes.
  • Shoo Out the Clowns: Kuroko's/Misaki's passing in Chapter 54 serves as the beginning to finding out why the Tanaka family is so screwed up.
  • Shoot the Hostage: A Show Within a Show has the magical girl heroine kill hostages just to get to the villain. She even has a specific hostage-killer attack.
  • Shout-Out: See here.
  • Show Within a Show: "Princess Mamii", a Magical Girl Warrior anime.
  • Shrinking Violet: Rare male example, Reina's dad. He got it worse than Hanako!
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Kuroko is one to Tsukihitsugi, much to the latter's annoyance.
  • Slave to PR: Reina really wants to keep her image as a delinquent.
  • Smarter Than You Look: Mayami and Manager. No wonder they got some Ship Tease.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Manabu's grandfather smokes, and is as cool as they come.
  • Spoof Aesop: Beaten into the ground.
  • Stern Teacher: The Principal. Borderline Sadist Teacher if not for the fact that he treats students who follow rules, including "redeemed" delinquents, with utmost respect.
  • The Stoic: Manabu's defining trait is his ability to take Reina's Megaton Punches, amazingly spicy cooking, Shiratori's persistent attempts to conduct some sort of rivalry, and pretty much everything else that happens to him in stride. Reina inwardly complains it makes him hard to read, but then again a less patient guy probably wouldn't put up with the abuse she dished out earlier in the series.
  • The Stool Pigeon: Kuroko's "job" at the school, as revealed in chapter 41.
    Kuroko: He [the principal] gives me 10-100 yen each time I tell him about a student who was late, skipped class, cheated on a test, ate lunch in class, or broke any of the other school rules.
  • Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl: Kuroko's a comical version.
  • Sugar and Ice Personality: Sumika's other hat: she's mostly cool, snarky and insulting, but can have reasonable conversations with her opponents, and absolutely gushes over Nanami.
  • Super Drowning Skills: Reina swims like a rock. Turns out Hijiri does too.
  • Supporting Harem: Kuroko and Nanami are both attracted to Manabu. Of course, one of them's supposedly dead, and he sees the other one as a child despite them being the same age...
    • Daikichi Ugajin's groupies are this in a literal sense.
  • That Came Out Wrong: Reina and Hijiri, while discussing Hijiri's crush (or, rather, lack thereof) in home ec:
    Hijiri: "I must say, you look really cute when you're working fact, I'd say I'd rather love Reina than some guy. *beat* O-OF COURSE I DIDN'T MEAN IT IN A WEIRD WAY! I MEANT AS FRIENDS!"
  • Theme Naming: Reina's flunkies are named Eiko & Biko ("Girl A" and "Girl B"), fitting their largely unimportant to the plot status.
  • Token Mini-Moe: Nanami, though she's also a case of Older than They Look (her age is given as 16). It works against her anyway since Manabu treats her crush on him as a Precocious Crush, not to be taken seriously.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Reina and Hijiri.
    • Nanami and Sumika.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: Physical retaliation by Reina to any of Mayami's antics doesn't work because it's exactly what she wants.
    • She even calls Reina "Mistress".
  • Tough Love: The Principal is a firm believer of this, especially toward delinquents. Not that he's totally unreasonable, mind you.
  • Tranquil Fury: There's no better way to describe Manabu's reaction to Wakako badmouthing Reina behind her back.
  • Transsexual: When several of the students find an old yearbook photo of Sally, the school's janitor, they see her as a male-bodied student in a boy's uniform. Sally laughs it off and says that back then she "hadn't blossomed as a woman yet".
  • Tsundere: Oddly enough, this applies to Reina. She quickly gets shy and tsuntsun with her boyfriend, but wants to hide the whole relationship to preserve her reputation.
    • Reina's mother as well; that's where she gets it from.
    • Shiratori seems to be platonically tsundere for Manabu, wanting to be his friend instead of significant other.
    • Nanami gets a platonically tsundere moment over Reina in 27.1.
    • After Manabu saves Reina and Chibita from cats, Reina worries about his injuries. Manabu says it's better than getting a lady's face injured. Reina's response to that is... interesting.
      Reina: Geeeez, you idiot! Moron!!! You're so smug! Trying to act like some cool knight! You prince on a white horse!! You glasses-wearing stud!!!
  • Two Lines, No Waiting: Is actually two different titles; a web published one (the 4-koma) and a print one (the conventional one). Since most scanlation sites just put the story up in order, it leads to the two-part stories being cut off in between.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: Daikichi Ugajin and his groupies in Chapter 38.1.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Reina's parents. Justified; having the Face of a Thug is what attracted her to him in the first place.
  • Unknown Rival: Shiratori - no matter how much better his grades are than Manabu's, no matter how obnoxious and insulting he is, Manabu and eventually Reina barely pay him any mind.
    • Nanami and her gang definitely count, as Reina just sees her as a pest rather than an actual threat.
  • The Unsmile: In chapter 22 Hijiri's face freezes into a smile when she becomes jealous about Shiratori calling Mayami by her first name.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Daikichi Ugajin, much to the dismay of Reina and Manabu.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Reina. She's pretty protective of her friends generally, but god help you if you mess with Manabu. Even if Manabu himself doesn't care.
    • Like many of Reina's traits, it comes from her mother. In one story, Ran crucifies a solicitor for wasting Kouichirou's time while they're on a date, while in another, she threatens his entire class if they cause him trouble.
  • We Want Our Jerk Back: Chapter 47.1 in a nutshell.
  • What Does She See in Him?: Manabu's a relatively ordinary-looking guy. Reina seems to think he's on the male supermodel/"legendary man-whore" end of the spectrum.
  • When He Smiles: Reina's dad smiled once, and everyone was surprised.
    • During the high school days of Reina's parents, Ran (Reina's mom) fainted after Kouichirou (Reina's dad) smiled at her. The effect of the smile was so profound it made her deredere side the dominant one. Note that Ran was one of the most feared delinquents in her neighborhood during her time. "That line short-circuited her" indeed.
    • Even Reina herself qualifies, demonstrated here.
  • Whole Episode Flashback: Reina's parents' first meeting, and Sumika and Nanami's first meeting, both get two chapters.
    • Hiromichi's origin in chapter 39.
    • The story of Manabu's parents takes up chapters 61-63.
    • Chapter 55.1 is a flashback to Manabu's childhood.
  • Yandere: Subverted, when you consider the title and Reina's personality. An omake reveals that Mayami was originally supposed to be a murderously jealous yandere little sister before the author decided otherwise.
    • Ran, on the other hand, plays this trope straight in chapter 37.
  • Yonkoma
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Hijiri (dark green) and Nanami (light blue).
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Reina on one of her dates.

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