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High school delinquent Shuumei Satogiri has a crush on Hana, a beautiful girl who works at a local Maid Cafe, but he's "too cool" to go there and talk to her without being embarrassed. But it's not creepy if a girl goes to a maid cafe, right? He puts on feminine clothes to become "Mei" and goes to talk to Hana almost every day. But he has no idea Hana is actually his male classmate Yuuma Hanae, a gloomy otaku who's uncomfortable talking to people unless he's dressed as a girl. He ends up falling for Mei, the beautiful "girl" who keeps visiting the cafe to see "Hana".

Crossplay Love: Otaku x Punk (Josou-shite Mendokusai Koto ni Natteru Nekura to Yankee no Ryou Kataomoinote ) is a Romantic Comedy manga by Tooru, published in Mag Garden since 2018. Seven Seas Entertainment started releasing an English translation in 2022.

Note: On this page, Hanae and Shuumei will be called by their actual names and he/him pronouns when they're not crossdressing, and by their alter ego names and she/her pronouns when they are.

Contains examples of:

  • Attractive Bent-Gender: Both boys are very pretty as girls.
  • Caught in the Rain: In Chapter 5, Mei is caught in the rain without an umbrella and worries that her makeup will run. Hanae, despite not being Hana at the moment, gives her his umbrella, but she rejects it and runs home with just a hat to protect her from the rain.
  • Disguised in Drag: Shuumei creates his "Mei" persona to be able to get close and talk to Hana, who he worries wouldn't like his male personality.
  • Emo Teen: Hanae is described as emo, and often acts reserved around others. He also wears all black, but that's the school uniform.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: It's a wig, but Hana's sweet personality matches her hair color.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Shuumei asks his friend Yuzuru "Isn't there some way for people to stop thinking I'm a delinquent?" while grinding his foot into someone's face. Yuzuru just stares, thinking "this is like someone saying 'Why can't I lose weight?' while eating".
  • I Have This Friend: Hanae and Shuumei ask their friends Shimazaki and Yuzuru what a girl would give someone to show her gratitude (hypothetically, of course). Both tell their friend "a kiss on the cheek".
  • Innocently Insensitive: Hana tells Mei how she hates delinquents, and Mei responds with how she doesn't want anything to do with otaku. Both think the other hates their real self.
  • Japanese Delinquents: Shuumei is a yankii, with short, spiky Delinquent Hair.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: Hana wears a blonde wig, dresses in more feminine clothing like dresses, and is much kinder and softer than the dark-haired Mei, who dresses more androgynously and still shows some of Shuumei's Hot-Blooded personality.
  • Long Title: The full title translates to "Dressing Up Like Women Became Troublesome: A Pessimist and a Delinquent's Mutual Unrequited Love". It's understandable why Seven Seas shortened it for the English release.
  • Loves My Alter Ego: The main characters are Crossdressers who are attracted to each other's fem alter egos, without knowing they're not actually a girl. In their normal lives, they don't like each other's male identities at all.
  • Luminescent Blush: Shuumei when he gets a text from Hana, and Hanae when he gets one back from Mei. Also whenever they're close to each other, and at least one is crossdressing.
  • Maid Cafe: Hana works at a Taisho-themed one called Roman (romance), though it's unclear if the manager and other employees know Hana's true identity.
  • Nosebleed: Shuumei's nose literally spews blood in all directions (and all over his face) when a feverish Hana holds his hands to her face.
  • Otokonoko Genre: A manga about Wholesome Crossdressers, one of whom works at a Maid Cafe.
  • Real Name as an Alias: Both of them take their female alter egos' names from parts of their own names.
  • Recognizable by Sound: Hana recognizes Shuumei as having Mei's voice, but she's so loopy from her fever that she doesn't notice he looks nothing like Mei at the moment.
  • Verbal Tic: Hanae's friend ends his sentences with "de gozaru" rather than "desu" and uses the honorific -shi. Hanae also uses -shi.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Hanae falls into this a bit more than Shuumei, since Shuumei has an ulterior motive for crossdressing.