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Sakurako and Kasumi
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Sakurako Kawawa is a high school first year and has just moved into the boarding house attached to her school. The boarding house pairs students with roommates so its not long after starting to unpack that Sakurako meets her new roommate, the absolutely gorgeous Kasumi Yamabuki. While smitten with the beautiful girl at first sight, Kasumi quickly reveals herself to be something of absent minded layabout who not only didn't pack much belongings, but didn't even bring a bed. Kasumi's personality awakened Sakurako's big sis instincts and it wasn't long before she began caring for Kasumi's every need.

A Room for Two, also known as Futaribeya (ふたりべや) in Japanese, is an ongoing Slice of Life manga by Yukiko. It is set up in the Yonkoma style and began serialization on July 30, 2014 in Comic Birz Magazine. Currently it has 6 volumes published.

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  • Ambiguously Gay: While Sakurako's feelings for Kasumi are pretty explicit, its hard to judge how Kasumi feels. While she certainly doesn't mind Sakurako's affection and will even show some in return, its usually more shown as indifference, making her seem more Asexual then anything else.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Hinako often gets on Sakurako's nerves by insisting on spending time with her, or demanding that Sakurako help her study.
  • Big Eater: Kasumi is a complete glutton, whose capable of eating more food by herself then a whole family. Quite a few characters have lamented the fact that she can eat so much and not gain a pound.
  • Don't Call Me "Sir": Shouko spends much of Chapter 27 trying to get Seri to stop using "-san" on her, eventually succeeding.
  • For Want of a Nail: One chapter shows the outcome of certain changes to the characters or the setting, such as what would happen if Sakurako was lazy, or Kasumi gained weight from eating so much.
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  • Japanese Sibling Terminology: Mostly averted with the Kawawa siblings. While Sakurako uses "Onee-chan" on her older sister Riko most of the sisters use "-chan" on their sisters; for example, Hinako calls Sakurako "Saku-chan."
  • The Ojou: Seri comes from a wealthy family, and is unused to the more modest accommodations of the boarding house.
  • Opposites Attract: Sakurako and Kasumi could not be more different but these differences end up being the reason they get along so well.
  • Say It with Hearts: When Kasumi asks Sakurako why she's the only one Sakurako uses "-chan" on, Sakurako says that she feels like a "Kasumi-chan" to her, adding a heart after Kasumi's name. Kasumi then wonders why.
  • Senpai Kohai:
    • Sakurako and Kasumi are the sempai to Seri and Shouko.
    • In one "What-if" strip, Sakurako is depressed after sleeping through the entrance exam to Kasumi's college, meaning that she'll have to wait another year to get in. Upon realizing that she'll be Kasumi's kohai, Sakurako immediately cheers up at the thought of calling her "Kasumi-sempai."
  • She's Not My Girlfriend: Played With when one of Sakurako's friends, whose currently in a lesbian relationship, refers to Kasumi as Sakurako's girlfriend Sakurako says thats not really what they are, but thats not an unfair assement of their relationship.
  • Shout-Out: Kasumi once recalls an argument that she and her mother had over which end of a chocolate cornet is the head.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Sakurako has eyes only for Kasumi.
  • Third-Person Person: A variant. Sakurako sometimes mentions that her father, mother and older sister sometimes call themselves, "Dad," "Mom," and "Onee-chan," respectively, as some Japanese parents and older siblings do.
  • Western Zodiac: In one chapter, the girls discuss their horoscopes and how compatible they are with each other.
  • Yuri: While subtle at first with each volume it has become increasingly obvious the main plot is a love story between the two leads.

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