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The pain of sisterly love and hate...
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Citrus is a Yuri manga series by Saburouta that was serialized in the monthly yuri magazine Comic Yuri Hime from 2012 to 2018. The series is currently licensed by Seven Seas Entertainment.

When her single mother remarries, stylish Gyaru Girl Yuzu, who laments the fact that she has never had a boyfriend or even fallen in love, transfers to a new school. Determined to snag a boyfriend on her first day, she dresses as stylishly and sexy as she can. As she belatedly discovers, however, the school she's been transferred to is a strict, conservative, all-girls high school. On top of that, she almost immediately makes an enemy of the stoic, no-nonsense Student Council President, who punishes her numerous dress code violations by confiscating her cell phone in a strangely intimate fashion.

After this tense encounter with a girl who she just can't seem to get out of her head, Yuzu returns home, just in time to find out that with the new marriage also comes a new stepsister, who turns out to be none other than Mei Aihara, the very same girl she met earlier. Later that night, when Yuzu tries to get under her new sister's skin, Mei suddenly and unexpectedly steals her first kiss, leaving poor, confused Yuzu to wonder just what this all means...

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In 2016, the series was announced to be getting an anime adaptation. It began airing January 6, 2018 and was simulcasted on Crunchyroll. It also began streaming in English on Funimation, starting on January 25. Watch it here.

The manga concluded with its 41st chapter on August 18, 2018 with the announcement of a spinoff titled Citrus Plus, which started in December of the same year.


Citrus contains examples of:

  • Absurdly Powerful Student Council: Justified since Aihara Academy is a conservative school with beliefs that the students should be able to police themselves. Not to mention that Mei's family owns the school and she herself will be the one who will eventually become the school's chairman down the road.
  • Adaptation Expansion: The anime adds quite a bit more backstory for the characters, and some scenes play out a bit different than they did in the manga. For example, Mei actually talks to her dad before he leaves instead of just shouting a few words at him before he boards the plane.
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  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Mei certainly has no trouble treating Yuzu like one, despite the latter being a couple months older.
  • Arranged Marriage: Through her grandfather, Mei is engaged with a teacher named Amemiya in the first few chapters, although she clearly isn't enthusiastic about it, doing it for the school's sake. It's implied early on that most girls at the school are in arranged marriages for financial stability. Himeko and Shiraho confirmed the case is true for them and implies Mei is in one, too. In Chapter 35, Mei is engaged with Manager Udagawa, also by her grandfather, but this is canceled in Chapter 41.
  • Beta Couple: Not much existent in the original series where Mei x Yuzu was the only explicit couple, but in Citrus Plus, Harumin x Matsuri acts as a budding Foil to the main characters' relationship.
  • The Big Damn Kiss:
    • Discussed; Yuzu wants a dramatic romantic first kiss like in manga.
    • The first episode ends with a very long passionate kiss between Yuzu and Mei.
    • While Yuzu and Mei have kissed several times before, the kiss in Chapter 8 is the most faithful to this.
  • Compensated Dating: Not stated explicitly, but this seems to be what Matsuri attempts to blackmail Mei into doing, in order to drive a wedge between her and Yuzu (after the two of them agreed to spend Christmas Eve together, no less) in Chapter 11.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Near the end of Chapter 18, Mei smacks Yuzu in the rear with an umbrella. However, the way the situation is drawn makes it looks like Mei is doing something else.
  • Flirty Stepsiblings: Part of the conceit of the plot. New stepsisters Yuzu and Mei are attracted to each other.
  • Gender Flip: On April Fools' Day, Akiyoshi Shima released a guest comic called mican, which turns the series into a Boys' Love comic and shows a glimpse of what could have happened if everyone was the opposite gender.
  • Girls' Love: Even though there's a brief het scene in the beginning, it's of an ulterior motive and when Yuzu manages to dispel it, it's all about yuri pairings, mainly Yuzu and Mei.
  • Hair-Contrast Duo: Perky Gyaru Girl Yuzu is blonde, while her love interest Mei is an archetypal Aloof Darkhaired Girl.
  • Happily Adopted: Neither Mei nor Yuzu are unhappy about the marriage of their parents. Their initial friction at becoming sisters is quickly resolved and replaced with trying to be good sisters while also dealing with their growing attraction to one another.
  • Hate Sink: Many characters in the manga and anime series have their own faults, but are good persons deep inside. The same cannot be said for Mei's former fiancée Amemiya. He was a Gold Digger who was only in it for the high status it would grant him, and he has a lover that he is knowingly seeing behind Mei's back.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Every chapter title contains the word "love" or a variant.
  • Indirect Kiss:
    • Played for laughs when Himeko exaggerates the seriousness of Harumi feeding Yuzu her hot dog, before Harumi comments that she took it too seriously and feeds her a radish. It's then played straight once Yuzu wonders how it would feel if Mei did it instead of Harumi.
    • Averted in Chapter 6 as Yuzu misses her chance to do it when she and Mei are eating crepes together. She gets the next best thing, though.
    • In Chapter 10, Mei takes one from Yuzu through Matsuri, whom she saw kissing her before, and even tells Matsuri that she has taken back Yuzu's lips.
  • Internal Reveal: In Chapter 39, Yuzu tells her mom, stepdad, and Harumin about her feelings for Mei.
  • Intertwined Fingers: Probably the biggest hint that Yuzu and Mei's kiss in Chapter 8 is more then their normal Unresolved Sexual Tension.
  • Interquel: Citrus Plus starts right after Yuzu proposes to Mei, but before the distant final.
  • Love Dodecahedron: Himeko, Yuzu, and Sara are in love with Mei. Mei, Matsuri, and possibly Harumin are in love with Yuzu. Yuzu can't decide if she wants to be Mei's sister or lover. Mei has issues with romance, among many others, and has a hard time interpreting the desires of others let alone her own. Matsuri would very much like to have both Yuzu and Mei. Himeko desperately tries to hate Yuzu, but starts to develop an unlikely friendship with her.
  • Lower-Deck Episode: Maruta is given two brief pages between her, Harumi and Himeko, giving a slightly playful observation to the two of them.
  • Maybe Ever After: Not Yuzu and Mei who end the series married, but the other pairings; Harumi and Matsuri, Sara and Nina, Himeko and Suzuran, and Mitsuko and Kayo are all left ambiguous as to whether or not they got together as well.
  • Not Blood Siblings: Mei and Yuzu are only related by their parents' marriage. The pseudo-incestuous nature of their relationship still weirds Yuzu out though, at least initially.
  • Odd Couple:
    • Yuzu is gregarious, fashionable, and an academic slacker, while Mei is reserved, plain, and a top student.
    • Harumin is kind and loyal, while Matsuri is cruel and manipulative.
  • Off-Model: Chapter 14 has some pages where the characters are in rough sketches, while the backgrounds are in standard quality.
  • Pair the Spares: After Chapter 16 of the original manga, Yuzu and Mei's various suitors have hints of possibility with others after the two get a Relationship Upgrade. Citrus Plus builds on these hints taking them from subtext to straight text.
  • Parents Walk In at the Worst Time: Mei's grandfather walks in on Mei and Yuzu having a heartwarming moment. Unfortunately, because Yuzu's shirt is open and they are hugging on top of a bed, he jumps to conclusions.note  Unlike most examples, this is very much Played for Drama.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: Harumi and Yuzu became really good friends almost as soon as they met, and while both are open to lesbian relationships, they seem more than content to stay friends.
  • Poor Communication Kills: The biggest reason why the issues between Yuzu and Mei get as bad as they do.
  • Post-Kiss Catatonia: Yuzu's first kiss with Mei leaves the former sprawled limply on her bed, wondering what just happened, which Mei continues to exploit as a good way of getting her to shut up. After their real kiss in Chapter 8, it's Mei who reacts in this fashion.
  • Posthumous Character: Yuzu's dad. Even though he's dead, Yuzu keeps referring to him as though he's still around, despite dying when she was only three years. Additionally, Yuzu used a visit to his grave as an excuse to go on a "date" with Mei.
  • Reality Ensues: While many fictional Japanese high schools are fairly lax about the dress code, the same cannot be said for Aihara Academy. Yuzu stands out like a sore thumb when she refuses to wear the uniform properly, among myriad other violations of the dress code, and Mei and the other students in charge of enforcing the rules aren't interested in listening to her excuses.
  • Sacred First Kiss: Mei stole Yuzu's first kiss, while at the same time opening the latter's closet. Needless to say, Yuzu was distraught.
  • Schoolgirl Lesbians: Yuzu, at first, seems heterosexual and expects to get a boyfriend soon. However, as her relationship with Mei deepens, she embraces this. Himeko, on the other hand, plays this straight (no pun intended), albeit played for laughs and then discussed.
  • Show Within a Show: Or in this case, yuri manga within a yuri manga. In Chapter 4, Yuzu "researches" her predicament by reading a yuri incest manga at a manga café.
  • Sibling Incest:
    • Of the Not Blood Siblings variety. It seems more one-sided on Yuzu's part, and outwardly Mei does her best to keep their relationship from going beyond sisterhood, despite being the one who usually initiates any intimacy.
    • A special chapter more than implies that Nina and Sara will become lovers.
    • Another special chapter hints that Harumin's older sister may have a crush on her.
  • Spit-Trail Kiss: Yuzu and Mei's first true kiss in Chapter 8.
  • Time Skip: Chapter 36 skips ahead about six months to a year.note  Mei has left her home and school because she no longer feels she can be around Yuzu and keep to her family obligations, mainly the marriage thing. Matsuri and Nene are now enrolled in Aihara Academy, Himeko is the Student Council President, Maruta and Shiraho have graduated, and Maruta may be dating Mitsuko.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Mei initially sees kissing as this, something she just does for no reason or meaning other than it being what (she thinks) people expect from her. Yuzu is no exception, though it did have the bonus of shutting her up. It's not until she starts to have feelings for Yuzu that the kisses start meaning something, much to her shock.
  • Wedding Day: The final chapter depicts Mei and Yuzu on theirs.
  • Will They or Won't They?: Mei and Yuzu spend a good chunk of the manga teasing whether or not they will get together. In Chapter 16, They Do.
  • Yuri Genre: A pseudo-incestuous version between a pair of stepsisters.

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