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Manga / Koharu no Hibi

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After school, Akira Torii is heading home on a subway. A girl, Koharu Mutsuki, from his school trips, and he catches her. He helps her pick up her books, and then promptly leaves to go home. The next day at school, he starts running into her. She's incredibly grateful and praises him constantly. Akira is quite happy with this... until he walks into his classroom and sees her enthusiastically licking his recorder. Given that this is not exactly normal behavior, he tries to avoid her, but when his female friend, Natsuki sees her, she convinces him to proceed in the relationship, unaware of the girl's strangeness.

A somewhat unusual Slice of Life romance, Koharu no Hibi ("Days of Koharu") is a manga by Youkou Ooshiro, which ran in the seinen magazine good! Afternoon from 2009 to 2012.

See also Sachiare by the same author.

This series provides examples of:

  • Book Ends: The manga ends with Hinata (Akira and Koharu's daughter), stalking a fellow senior, much in the same way Koharu did with Akira.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Against inanimate objects. Also when she finds out he already had his first kiss, she's not happy.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: After Akira says that he's bothered by the sheer number of texts Koharu sends him, she tries to break her phone in half.
  • Elopement: At the end of the manga, Akira moves to study college and Koharu follows him.
  • Expy: Koharu is brunnette and rather short for her age. Combined with her uniform, it makes her look like Yuno from Hidamari Sketch, maintaining her soft-spoken and friendly attitude, but now a total yandere.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Koharu, as one of the appeals of the series. Koharu's actions vary from affectionate (wanting to hold hands constantly) to creepy (the infamous recorder sucking scene) to downright bizarre (being disappointed that their literal viewpoints are not exactly the same)
    • And later, her daughter Hinata, in the last chapter.
  • Stalker Shrine: Koharu's of course, combined with her room covered with photos, personal objects of him and a rather disturbing pillow with Akira's face on it.
  • Stalking Is Funny if It Is Female After Male: Zigzagged. Akira's horror whenever she does something weird (like gluing their hands together) is sometimes Played for Drama, but just as often its played as endearing and quirky, and the two end up married by the end.
  • Status Quo Is God: Chapter 17 ends with Akira breaking up with Koharu for sexually assaulting Mika, and both want nothing to do with her, a massive change in the status quo. The very next chapter has Koharu be Easily Forgiven by both of them and back together with Akira.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Koharu and her daughter Hinata. Physically, Hinata is a long-haired Koharu — even with some of Koharu's tics and yandere tendencies.
  • Through His Stomach: Akira is reluctant to eat Koharu's food, after she mentioned that she "packed it with her love", as he is unsure whether this is a euphemism for something else.