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Manga / Hanjuku Joshi

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Hanjuku Joshi begins with the readers being introduced to first year highschool student Yae, who is naturally and intuitively feminine, something she despises in herself. We're then introduced to her classmate Chitose, a naturally tomboyish girl whom Yae is both admiring and jealous of.

Chitose quickly sets her sights on Yae and tries to become close to Yae, even on occasion flirting with her. Chitose eventually wins Yae over and the two become close friends. However, their Unresolved Sexual Tension continues to build and build before finally culminating in a kiss... Both of them are confused by this. What happens next for the pair? Is the love between them real?

Hanjuku Joshi is an explicit Girls' Love manga by Akiko Morishima. It was serialized in Comic Yuri Hime from 2008 to 2009, and was released digitally in English by JManga. The erotic fare is there in the manga though it's used to analyze the relationships of the members involved. This work is also notable for comparing and contrasting legitimate romantic relationships between girls to the more typical to the Japanese mindset, Class S style relationships.

A sequel series called Motto Hanjuku Joshi picks up more or less right after the events of the first series; it began serialization in Galette in 2017.

Hanjuku Joshi contains examples of:

  • A-Cup Angst: Chitose, not as angry about her lack of endowments as some examples but she often comments on being jealous of Yae's bust.
  • Closet Key: Ran for Mari, Mari even tries to date men and has explicitly stated to have had sex with them but no matter what its Ran she wants to be with.
  • Close Up On Head:
    • Mari and Ran are discussing Yae and Chitose. The camera zooms out, revealing that they're in bed, and, between the two of them, they're wearing precisely one item of clothing — unless you count the fuzzy handcuffs on Ran.
    • Mari is holding an English study guide, and Yae is tearfully telling her about her fight with a bubble bath. Together. Yae isn't sure how this happened.
  • D-Cup Distress: Yae wears an uncomfortably small bra in a fruitless attempt to make her breasts look smaller.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Female: Subverted as the scenes never involve rape even if it sometimes looks like the manga might be going there.
    • Chitose pushes Yae into a bathroom stall, orders her to take off her shirt and gropes her...because she was concerned her bra didn't fit. (Chitose figured Yae would've refused if she'd just, you know, asked.)
    • Chitose does force herself on Yae on one occasion, but stops as soon as she realizes Yae really does mean "No".
    • On the other hand, Mari takes advantage of Ran when she's emotionally vulnerable. Twice. She feels guilty about it, but that doesn't stop her. Ran doesn't seem to mind.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Chitose is extremely popular and has more then a few fangirls cheering her on at every match. Yae often feels insecure because of it.
  • First-Name Basis: Chitose encourages Yae to call her by her given rather than her family name.
    • Mari encourages Ran to do the same thing when they're outside school. Ran is a bit flustered but doesn't actually resist.
  • Foreshadowing: In chapter 2, Mari suddenly wakes up when Chitose yells out Ran's name, and even repeats it to herself.
  • New Old Flame: Yae's junior high friend and unrequited crush Youko, who pops into the story to unwittingly stir up old angst.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl:
    • Chitose undresses in front of her class on the second page. Her entire family is equally blase about being half-naked, at least around each other.
    • Yae's influence eventually makes Chitose herself (a little) more self-conscious, to the shock of her classmates.
  • No Periods, Period: Averted twice. Chitose and Yae each have a plot-relevant period during the series.
  • One-Gender School: The main plot takes place in one, and Mari comments that the environment ends up spawning a lot of S-type relationships that don't last past graduation.
  • Second Love: Yae and Ran have both been scarred by Incompatible Orientation in the past. Even Chitose has joked about a girl she had a crush on in kindergarten (who reminds her of Yae). Mari is the only one who doesn't have a history, except for some shallow relationships with boys.
  • Secret Relationship: While not explicitly hiding it, Yae and Chitose keep their relationship a secret to everyone but their closest friends.
  • Seme and Uke: Played with, lampshaded, but ultimately subverted.
  • Sex as Rite-of-Passage: The "sex equals adulthood" aspect of this trope gets discussed and ultimately subverted. Mari tries to deliberately invoke it, thinking that having sex with boys would "make her a woman," but isn't pleased with the results. Yae also lampshades and subverts it after her and Chitose's first time: "I thought if I did ecchi things, I'd become an adult. But it seems I've somehow returned to being a child."

Alternative Title(s): Hanjuku Jyoshi