Ai no Shintairiku is a quirky little romance manga by Yamada Nari, following Nikotama
Souhei Sara, a cutesy transgender girl who, much to her mother's frustration, has decided to attend her new school as a girl. On the crowded train heading to her new school, she finds herself standing next to Naruse Kaito, a popular boy at her school for whom she instantly falls. However, while shuffling up to him in the crowd, she winds up nearly outing herself. After dodging that bullet and getting to school, Sara finds that she's in the same class as Naruse, but after trying to get to know him, is announced to be a boy by the horrifying, gorilla-like teacher.
What follows is a fluffy and light-hearted, if fairly generic, Shoujo series in which Sara works to get Kaito to love her for who she is, tries to bring confidence to girl who's worried about her masculine appearance, and fends off the jealous popular girls. Well, that, as well as ruining her poor, hideous teacher's life.
Ai no Shintairiku was published in 2004 and runs six chapters long. Outside of Japan, it is licensed and published in Thailand with very limited printing (for sale in 7-Eleven only - not available in regular bookstores) and seemingly nowhere else.
This series provides examples of:
- Beach Episode: Chapter 4.
- Beautiful All Along: Youga.
- Bifauxnen: Youga, much to her dismay.
- Genki Girl: Sara. Oh god, Sara.
- Gonk: Sara's teacher.
- Larynx Dissonance: Sara. In one scene she yells at an annoying man, and it seems she goes back to her boy voice which then freaks him out.
- Love Bubbles: And flowers. And stars. And hearts. Yamada Nari really abused the effects.
- Third-Person Person: Sara refers to herself like this often.
- Transgender: Sara, as well as a woman in chapter 4.
- Trans Relationship Troubles: Protagonist Sara falls in Love at First Sight with a boy at her new school but is Forced Out of the Closet by her homeroom teacher later that day. With everyone in school knowing she's transgender, it causes some turmoil. Her crush Kaito likes her back but goes through some confusion dealing with his attraction to her.
- Unsettling Gender Reveal: Naruse accidentally feels Sara's bulge in a packed train. There's also Sara's classmates when their teacher reveals Sara's biological sex.
- Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Sara doesn't want to get revenge on a female antagonist because she still has a guy-body and it "wouldn't be fair". She then says that she'll have to wait until she's a "real girl".