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Leo Cornelia is the kingdom's strongest female knight, its Undefeatable Holy Blade. She has trained with the sword from the day she was born. It is no surprise, therefore, that when she encounters the young magician Houli Dent, she's expecting him to challenge her to a duel. What she never expected, what never for even a moment crossed her mind, was that Houli would declare his love for her.

So begins How to Treat a Lady Knight Right (Ima made Ichido mo Onna Atsukaisareta Koto ga nai Jokishi wo Onna Atsukai Suru or "A Story About Treating a Female Knight, Who Has Never Been Treated as a Woman, as a Woman") by Kengo Matsumoto. A fantasy Slice of Life manga in which Leo and Houli develop and understand their feelings with one another, and deal with those who would either see them broken up or pushed together even harder.

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The manga has been officially licensed in English by Sol Press. The first volume released in July 2019.


This series contains examples of:

  • Above the Influence: In a bonus chapter of volume 1, Houli discovers that Leo Can't Hold Her Liquor and is a giggly, playful drunk. When Leo strips off the bottom half of her armor and plops herself onto Houli's lap, Houli is pervert enough to want to feel up her rear, but just chivalrous enough to resist the urge. At least initially. He does start to think maybe it's okay since she won't find out. Fortunately at that moment Leo unwittingly punches him into the sky.
  • Abusive Parents: It's obvious that Leo's upbringing trained her hard and barely even considered the possibility for things in her life outside of battle and training for battle. Her eating a cake with Anri and Houli celebrating her birthday were milestone events for her.
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  • Action Girl: Leo and Helga both are famous fighters whose day job is questing to slay monsters by the sword.
  • Adorkable:
    • A large part of the humor of the series stems from Leo, a hardened badass knight, becoming flustered and awkward whenever confronted with Houli's feelings for her, or hers for him. She also gets very eager when shopping in a weapons shop, speaking of the deadly implements with such innocent joy that Houli has to Lampshade it.
    • Helga takes this to extremes, as her complete lack of social skills and her desire to be friends with Leo make her come off as incredibly adorable, even with her Face of a Thug.
    • Irmgard the Demon Girl is a powerful demon, becomes putty when it comes to love.
  • Amazon Chaser: Houli openly declares that Leo's abs are one of the many things he loves about her and that he has no interest in sheltered girls raised just to be pretty. Anri confirms this is his type when she notes that, if you ignore how often he looks at muscular women, he's a great big brother.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: Happens to Houli in chapter 64 after a potion mishap. Leo is very uncomfortable about it throughout the experience.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Well, from Leo, with her rebuffing the playboy in chapter 57 and placing the edge over her sword over his shoulder when he insults Houli. Houli already basically worships the ground she walks on and always has since he first met her anyway.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Leo's primary outfit consists of armor for her upper body and a long armored skirt. Her stomach is completely bare. When Houli confesses to Leo in chapter 1, he makes a special point of describing her perfect abs as one of the things that attracts him to her.
  • Battle Couple: Leo and Houli...sorta. Leo's not great at all the whole "romantic relationship" thing despite Houli declaring his love for her immediately.
  • Big Brother Attraction: Houli and Anri aren't actually incestuous, but it's humorously obvious Anri's a bit weird about him...even Leo internally thinks that of her.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: The succubus that locked Houli in a dream pretty much literally has this aesthetic, using a sheep-like motif to her appearance and horns. That being said, she's not so much of a bitch that she's not utterly tickled by Houli's devotion and admiration of Leo.
  • Boobs of Steel: Leo is entirely unmatched as a fighter (and can do 500 pushups so fast she leaves an after-image) while chapter 36 has Sariela try to give Leo a bra because she just binds her breasts up, only to have it break and find she doesn't actually have a good fit for Leo. A standalone book also has her break the risque one-piece bikini she's wearing just from holding an arm up.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Irmgard is introduced proclaiming herself the next demon lord, and expecting Leo to remember their thrilling battle the year before. Leo has put down so many baddies and threats to her kingdom that she honestly has no idea who Irmgard is.
    Leo: I'm sorry, but it's not ringing any bells, maybe a little more...
    Irmgard: Don't you dare ask for any hints, okay!!!
  • Can't Hold Her Liquor: A bonus story in volume one has Houli offering Leo an energy potion he made. He notes he used some fruit juice and a smidge of alcohol in it to make it go down easier. That smidge, which Houli claims was as minimal as he could manage, is enough to get Leo plastered. Leo turns out to be a giggly drunk. She plays with Houli's face, strips off the bottom part of her armor, sits on Houli's lap, punches him into the sky just as Houli was starting to lose to the temptation to cop a feel, and remembers none of it afterward.
  • Chick Magnet: Houli has Sariela thinking he's absolutely adorable, his uh sister seems a bit suspect, Fleur Baranova basically wanted him to be her Dom, even his cat familiar seems jealous of Leo.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Houli's definitely a nice guy and always polite to the many ladies in the story, but there's also a few times he's also doing something just to get to gawk at Leo. Touching Leo's abs grants him heightened magical power (because magical power's based on emotions) and Super Saiyan-like hair.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl:
    • Leo reacts... poorly to seeing Houli with other women. When she sees Houli with Anri, before learning they're siblings, Leo is angry for reasons she can't articulate, drags Houli to speak in private, and demands to know what's going on in a manner the narration describes like a child throwing a temper tantrum because this is her first time experiencing jealousy. A later chapter shows a similar reaction to learning that Houli and Helga had spent the day questing together, displaying uncharacteristic anger Houli keeps lampshading and demands a high-five like the kind he gave Helga... while using enough strength that it knocks Houli flat on his butt. At the very least, she's liable to pout when Houli does something for another woman that she hasn't gotten yet.
    • Anri kinda acts like this with regards to her brother and Leo too. When Anri picks up on Leo's and Houli's relationship, she starts taunting Leo and even stalks her briefly before their relationship settles into a Friendly Rivalry.
    • Irmgard gets in on this a bit too, being brought to tears from Leo maintaining she doesn't remember her and suggests that she probably forget her because she was messing around with Houli.
  • Covert Pervert: Leo has dreamed of Houli basically coming onto her and kissing her, and was a bit disappointed that fem-Houli wore off while the Desireshroom had her actually coming onto Leo.
  • Cute Bruiser: Anri, who just looks like a cutesy voluptuous girl. Before Leo knew who she was, Anri threw a punch at Leo believing she was bothering Houli somehow. Leo caught it, but is internally surprised with Anri's speed.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Leo gets this seeing Houli's cat Kyuu, and his gender-bender form.
  • Covered in Scars: Leo's got a good amount on her, at least nine can be counted on her from a standalone book which has her posing. They tend to be a source of doubt when she considers how un-feminine she is.
  • Cute Monster Girl:
  • The Cutie: Houli's a nice, bubbly guy that's as much of this as the trope can be aside from also having a blatant fetish for women's abs.
  • Defiled Forever: Helga says she can never be a bride now in chapter 46...because a gust of wind blew up her dress to reveal the lingerie Sariela gave her in front of Houli. She is very shy.
  • Dying Curse: Monsters have the chance of cursing whoever kills them. Leo has killed so many the curses started to build up and affect her body. Sariela was able to relieve these curses with her special massage.
  • The Gadfly: Sariela loves teasing people. With Houli and Leo's barely-restrained romantic relationship around, she has an easy job doing it.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Leo is more of a name you'll probably associate famous male Russian authors than women.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Alfred Schultz does one better - a single wink from him can leave a dog swooning.
  • Everyone Can See It: Pretty much everyone assumes Leo and Houli are a couple. Unfortunately for everyone, only Houli would openly like to think of it like that.
  • Familiar: Houli has one in the form of a cat. It can telepathically speak but is otherwise just a cat. Irmgard has one in the form of a hairclip in the shape of a chibi bat on her braid, but unfortunately for her it can speak out loud and utterly embarrass her over the man who confessed his love for her.
  • Ms. Fanservice: All of the females in the manga are sexy and cute in their own way.
  • Fear of Thunder: Chapter 15 reveals that Leo has a phobia of lightning. She herself is surprised, as the only special memory she has of lightning was training outside on a stormy night and getting struck head on, but the lightning was so weak she was barely hurt, so it couldn't have traumatized her, right? When she can't deny it anymore, she swears Houli to secrecy, and he is happy to comply since it means he gets this side of Leo all to himself.
  • Foil:
    • Helga is one to Houli and Leo. Helga and Houli are both basically fans of Leo, but Houli's an outgoing and personable mage that confessed his love of her while Helga's a very shy fighter that can't even say hello to her without Houli's help. Helga and Leo are also both famous, fearsome warriors that have self-image issues and opened themselves up after meeting Houli.
    • Irmgard's one to Leo as well. Leo's the heroic fighter stopping likes of demons such as her. Irmgard's a demon that has great magical power. Both had some guy profess their love of them out of nowhere and both are rather Tsundere over it and refusing to reciprocate over it in front of him, though Leo openly allows him around and will confide aspects of the relationship to others while Irmgard almost flees at the topic of it and only talks about it if it's totally not about her.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation:
    • Leo is often the first to comment on how un-womanly she is. When Houli confesses to her, she keeps bringing this up to try and chase him off to no avail. She's also repeatedly shown to be self-conscious of her scars.
    • Helga also suffers from such fears, and regularly thinks everything she's doing is making Houli or Leo hate her.
  • Hiccup Hijinks: Chapter 12 has Leo develop a case of the hiccups. Houli finds it adorable, so much so that he has a hard time taking an onslaught of goblins as seriously as he should. The fact that Leo is cutting them all down while hiccuping all the while doesn't help. Leo tries to just act like nothing is happening, but when she releases a huge hiccup right in front of Houli's face, she gets flustered, embarrassed, and starts hitting Houli. The narration notes at this point her hiccups stopped.
  • Hypocritical Humour:
    • When Leo's duel against a demoness is interrupted by an adventurer showing up to confess his love to the demoness, causing her to fly away in embarrassment, Houli criticizes the adventurer for just confessing out of the blue like that without any consideration for the situation. Leo immediately thinks back to the events of the first chapter where Houli made such a confession to her and is astounded at Houli's obliviousness to his own hypocrisy.
    • Anri is humorously outraged and demands an apology for having to see Houli and Leo have a stupid spat over what to have for dinner, which is promptly fixed by them seeing the necklace Houli gave her for her birthday. They ask her why is she getting mad over something so small in response to her demands.
  • I Have This Friend...: Irmgard asks Houli if he thinks he's possible for true love to occur between a human and a demon...because of this friend of her's wondering, of course. Houli is stupid enough to suggest that this question was asked because of that guy who confessed to her which leads to insist it's a friend and nothing else while tossing a fireball at the ground. Sadly for her, her hairclip familiar blurts out his confusion over the whole thing because she doesn't have any friends.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Helga the "Berserk Blade". When Leo goes questing with her and says he can join her again whenever, it brings her to happy tears.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Due to Leo having No Social Skills, she will often speak her mind without a filter, and will sometimes insult someone by complete accident.
  • Long Title: Prior to the official English release, the page used the translated title of A Story About Treating a Female Knight, Who Has Never Been Treated as a Woman, as a Woman The title was so long the last "as a Woman" had to be cut just to be able to create a page for it on the Wiki. Its Japanese title, when written in English, is even longer.
  • Non-Action Guy: Downplayed with Houli, who is quite capable of spectacular displays of magical power if he touches Leo's abs. Usually though, the heavy-lifting in battle's done by most of the other women in his life while he does other magical things (usually healing) and he's completely no match for two hooligans.
  • Not What It Looks Like: Sariela's first meeting with Leo has her use an incense to sap her strength and leave her immobile while alone in her house and Leo's yelling about how if she's killing her. Sariela is actually just giving her a massage which also dispels the numerous curses made by the dying breaths of the many demons Leo's killed.
  • Older Than They Look: Sariela is much older than her appearance due to Dark Elves having longer life spans. However she still does not like to be called old.
  • Our Elves Are Better: Sariela is a dark elf. Apparently in-universe, no one really trusts the likes of dark elves and assumes them to be an inherent danger to humans so she kept this aspect of her identity a secret to Leo when she first met her and keeps a hood up over her head in public to hide her ears, though Sariela is entirely benevolent if endlessly teasing.
  • Out-of-Character Alert: A succubus tried to tempt Houli in a dream which has Leo act very straightforwardly romantic to him, which Houli doesn't bite because, hey, he likes Leo just as she always is.
  • Required Secondary Powers: Averted in chapter 41, where Houli gives Leo a strength-enhancing potion. It makes her so strong (and she can't control it) that she's breaking apart the cliff they're on with just a step.
  • Rugged Scar: Leo has one over her right eye. Along with how her right-eye is constantly shut, it's likely that eye is blinded.
  • Scary Teeth: The oddest thing about the Helga - her teeth are all pointy.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Irmgard does this out of sheer embarrassment (and self-denial) whenever that guy who declared his love for her but she has no interest in comes up, which happens in both of her appearances.
  • Serious Business:
    • In chapter 5, Leo encounters Houli behaving much more serious than normal. So much so she imagines he's about to pull a weapon on her. In fact, he was simply psyching himself up to give Leo a birthday present.
    • Chapter 47 has Leo zip up her midriff because she heard it'd be cold. Houli's magical power (based on emotions) decrease at his inability to see her abs. She latter unzips, which causes him to practically go Super Saiyan (complete with spiky hair).
  • Shaping Your Attacks: Played for laughs when Irmgard subconsciously reshapes one of her attacks into a heart when she gets confessed to, then promptly flies off in embarrassment when it's pointed out to her.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Leo does the less-common "He is not my boyfriend!" frequently, though she manages to stay far more stoic about saying it and explains his usefulness traveling with her than the usual usage of the trope.
  • Shipper on Deck: A succubus tries to tempt Houli with a dream of Leo acting very romantic toward him. When this doesn't work, the succubus instead becomes a fangirl for the two of them and asks why doesn't Leo reciprocate his feelings.
  • Shrinking Violet: Played with with regards to Helga the Berserk Blade, who is painfully shy, barely able to talk to other people, and utterly adorable when she isn't appearing to be a stoic asskicker (the latter adjective is always true).
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Houli is absolutely Leo-sexual, to the point that the only reason the succubus's trick didn't work on him was because he knew everything about Leo, from the structure of her abs down to which foot she walks with first.
  • Spotting the Thread: Parodied. Even after Houli has already declared that the succubus' image can't be the real Leo, the image tries to further to coax him by exposing her abs and offering to let him touch them, which he criticizes as being a bit incorrect to the true thing and then saying she was walking with the wrong dominant foot the entire time too.
  • Stealth Pun: The succubus has a sheep-like motif about her with very-curved horns, wool on her clothing and a small bell on her collar. This is because she causes dreams, like counting sheep.
  • Stepford Smiler: Fleur after outwardly seeming endlessly vocal about her own excellence, claims to know everyone finds her very annoying and has thoughts about ending it all...but that might just her trying to guilt Houli.
  • Sword and Sorcerer:
    • Leo and Houli respectively. Leo is a near-peerless warrior, trained from a young age to be a master of the sword. Houli is proficient in both offensive and defensive magic, either providing Leo magical backup or healing her injuries after the fact.
    • Houli also has this relationship to other women in the cast. Helga is right up on Leo's level of warrior while Houli's sister Anri is no slouch as a Bare-Fisted Monk. Both provide the muscle when questing with Houli without Leo.
  • Tap on the Head: Parodied in chapter 67 - Helga was showering in a waterfall but Houli comes under attack by multiple trolls, so while she's terribly embarrassed with having to defend him just shy of Full-Frontal Assault (she was still wearing underwear), she tries to knock him out for the duration of the fight. It doesn't work well, causing her to have to try to knock him out multiple times and leaving him to remark that it was like someone was kicking him while he was down after she actually succeeds in conking him out for a longer time.
  • Tsundere: Leo and Irmgard. Leo's unused to the kind of attention Houli gives to her and usually tries to rebuff it (initially) while blushing all the while and vouching for his character whenever he's not there. Irmgard is basically Leo, except she's a demon and the guy who keeps declaring his love for her isn't lucky enough yet to have her tolerate it. She's oddly embarrassed about the topic of that guy despite how she says she has no interest in him.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Leo possesses an insane amount of magical power, but it's so unstable that when she tries to use it she simply casts explosive magic on herself. Houli tries to help her control it by holding her hand and manually adjusting her magic with his, and is largely successful, but the act of holding hands eventually makes Leo so embarrassed she blasts Houli with power equivalent to an Archmage.
  • Will They or Won't They?: One-sided. Houli literally declared his love for Leo in the first chapter. Leo just needs to openly reciprocate it.
  • Yandere: Fleur pretty much becomes one to Houli, breaking into his house at the break of dawn and trying to have sex with him despite his polite refusals and suggesting they just be friends. It takes Anri punching her which leaves her spinning across the room to get her to drop it.
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