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Buyuden is a sports manga by Takuya Mitsuda, which was serialized in Weekly Shonen Sunday from 2011 to 2014. The story revolves around elementary school kids entering the world of boxing.

Take Isamu is a 6th grader who looks down at his peers because he is the best at everything he does at school, from looks and smarts, to his luck with girls and his abilities as an athlete. He considers himself to be in the top percent of his age group and is incredibly bored with interacting with the so called normal people. A new student, Kaname Moka, transfers into his school and as she is fairly pretty, Isamu asks her out.

Moka mishears what he says and thinks he wants to challenge her, as she grew up boxing. In fact, Moka is an amazing fighter and can even take down 5 middle school boys at once. Although Isamu can’t stand her violent personality and she can’t stand him for having so much pride, they start to grow attracted to each other. But then Isamu finds out that not only is Moka more athletic than him from all her years of boxing, she's also much smarter than him. Will he able to get over his overly sensitive pride and dive into a romantic relationship?


  • The Ace: Moka, before the Time Skip, and Take, especially after the Time Skip.
  • Adaptive Ability: Isamu begin to develop this after training at Seidoukan. Foreshadowed during part one, where he learned a lot of advanced technique despite being a beginner, and in the heats of the match. Then again, this explained his proficiency with counters.
  • A Lesson in Defeat: Isamu fell hard when Hayato defeated him, discovering that he needs to fight for real if he really wants to improve.
  • Can't Catch Up: Despite being one of the main trio, Hyoma is quickly surpassed by the geniuses Take and Moka. He started better than Take then latter lost because of Take's learning speed and his own weakness. At the tournament he almost won against Watari who, at that part of the story, is roughly on par with Moka.
    • After the Time Skip, Moka can't catch up to Hyoma and Take who trained themselves over the course of the time skip. Later on, both Hyoma and Moka can't catch up to Take.
    • The latest Time Skip has shown that even Watari can't catch up to Take.
  • Career-Ending Injury: Moka's Retinal Detatchment ended her career before it could even had a chance to start.
  • Casualty in the Ring: We learn that Moka's father died during a very important boxing match.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: How Isamu has become so good at boxing.
  • Child Prodigy: Pretty much every named character that isn't an adult in the first part, with the exception of Hyoma and Take's opponent in the first round in the tournament. Take is on an entirely different level in this respect, though, with almost everyone noting his growth, learning speed and adaptability.
  • Chubby Chaser: In recent chapters, Take admits he is one to help Mokanot try radical dieting due to her fainting in the middle of practice
  • Combat Pragmatist: This is pretty much expected with the number of delinquents in the story.
  • Delinquent: Lots of them, including post-Time Skip Watari.
  • Fish out of Water: Moka, in fact this is how her relationship with Take started.
  • Fragile Speedster: Take before the Time Skip. His stamina is nothing special, considering his lack of experience. On the other hand his footwork and counters are top notch, the latter of which becomes his Signature Move.
  • Game-Breaking Injury: Moka suffered an injury on her left eye that forced her to drop her dream to become a professional boxer. It is cured after the Time Skip.
  • Genius Bruiser: Moka and Take are good at almost every subject including education.
  • Goal in Life: Moka's goal is to become Boxing World Champion. When Moka couldn't return to the ring, Isamu promised her that HE would become the World Champion.
  • Hope Spot: Isamu finally convinced his father about letting him go to the High School he wanted (great boxing gym, but low academic value) after showing him the passion he puts on it. Then his father is fired form his job for Personnel cuts.
    • The Time Skip in general, while the first part seems to end rather well, the Hyoma's father passed away not long after the tournament, forcing the Dojo to shut down.
  • I Don't Know Mortal Kombat: Moka is unable to win in a Boxing Video Game.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite his rather cruel approach, Koji actually cared about Moka's future and is concerned about the same happening to his daughter.
  • Never Bareheaded: Post-Time Skip, Moka always had a big bow on her hair.
  • Passionate Sports Girl: Moka, no doubt.
  • Posthumous Character: Hyoma's father after the Time Skip.
  • Post-Stress Overeating: How Moka became fat.
  • Product Placement: You can see Everlast Boxing Gear.
  • Putona Bus: A lot of characters from the first arc, particularly Akina and Watari, who shows up again in Part 3 in an unexpected way.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Inuyama Koji, who killed Moka's father on the ring, delivered one to Moka giving her a Heroic BSoD.
  • Rescue Romance: This is what Take expects to happen.
  • Skilled, but Naive: You have got to wonder why Moka never learned that real fights did not have rules.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Isamu, until he met Moka.
  • Time Skip: Happened twice, once(three years) during the gap between 6th grade and Junior High, and again during the gap beetwen Junior High and the High School part.
  • To Be a Master: To become Boxing World Champion
  • Took a Level in Badass: Isamu and Watari. Take took a massive one after the first Time Skip
  • Weight Woe: Moka always talks about going on diets to lose weight. But seems she doesn't stick to her plans.
  • Would Hit a Girl: The boxing matches are mixed gender, so this trope is effect