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Kuzu to Megane to Bungaku Shoujo (Nise) (Trash, Four-Eyes and Lit Chick (Fake)) is an online yonkoma created by Nico Tanigawa (the authors of No Matter How I Look at It, It's You Guys' Fault I'm Not Popular! and Choku!), following daily lives of Two Guys and a Girl who just entered their first year of high school.

An Ordinary High-School Student Koga falls in Love at First Sight with a(n apparent) Cute Bookworm Iori Orikawa. The only problem is that he only reads gag manga and erotic comedies, and thus can't hope to impress her in a discussion about books. After his attempt to get into a library committee with Orikawa (to spend more time with her) backfires on him, he turns to his classmate, a loner Bookworm Moriya, for some book recommendations in order to have something to talk about with Orikawa.

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The manga is serialized on Sai-Zen-Sen's website.


This manga provides examples of the following:

  • Abusive Parents: Moriya claims that his mother abused him every day when he was a kid. He is oddly cool about it, as he claims this means that he has something in common with the protagonists of the books he reads.
  • Accidental Pervert: In chapter 98 Orikawa finds out that every day she was sitting under a tree and reading she was flashing her schoolmates.
  • Achievements in Ignorance: Orikawa manages to gain some respect from Moriya by picking one of lesser known books written by Natsuhiko Kyogoku and claiming it to be his best work. In reality she had no idea what the book was about and only picked it because it was shorter that other books written by the author.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Invoked in-universe. While looking for a book he could recommend to Koga, Moriya runs across a book of dating tips, which subscribes to this viewpoint. Moriya himself seems to be sceptical, though.
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  • Bromantic Foil: Koga's classmate Taoka, a somewhat perverted guy who wants to be friends with Koga (much to the latter's chagrin) and apparently spends his spare time gathering information on his schoolmates and making a list of the school's hottest girls, which he offers to share with Koga. Invoked by Koga, who wonders whether Taoka is like a protagonist's friend from the dating sim.
  • Brutal Honesty: When Koga tells Moriya that he only reads gag manga and erotic comedies, and asks whether Moriya thinks Koga could impress Orikawa (whom the two just saw reading Crime and Punishment) in a discussion about books, Moriya bluntly tells Koga to forget about it.
  • Chewbacca Defense: Orikawa's response when Moriya corrects her after she claims that Fyodor Dostoevsky was an American.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Lampshaded by Orikawa's middle school friend Ecchan, who notes that Orikawa has a tendency to misinterpret things. Indeed, after convincing herself that she saw Koga and Moriya kissing, Orikawa reinterprets every interaction she had with the two as a proof that the two are in relationship. Also, in chapter 49 just seeing Koga looking at Taoka convinces her that Koga is cheating on Moriya with Taoka.
  • Covert Pervert: Koga might be creeped out by Taoka's offers to help him find a girlfriend, but at the same he does peep at Orikawa at any chance he gets. On one occasion he also blurted out that he would like to "train" Orikawa, unsettling Moriya.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl and The Ditz: How everyone saw Orikawa before she entered high school, which caused them to make fun of her. She got sick of it and decided to cultivate an image of a Cute Bookworm instead.
  • Exotic Eye Designs: Orikawa seems to have these strange-looking eyes with slit-like pupils that make her look somewhat like a cat or snake.
  • Feigning Intelligence: It hardly counts as a spoiler (as even the title of the manga alludes to this) that Orikawa is not actually a bookworm and only pretends to be one in order to look smart. She does, however, become very excited after finishing a book for the first time in her life and looks for someone she could discuss the book with, so this might change. Also, while nowhere near as well-read as she pretends to be and prone to Comically Missing the Point, she does show some smarts and quick thinking, such as when she managed to hide from Koga and Moriya that she didn't known the name of Natsuhiko Kyogoku and tricked Moriya into revealing this name to her.
  • Genius Book Club: Invoked by Orikawa, who only picked Crime and Punishment because it had a pretentious-looking cover. In general, she wants to be seen reading books by her schoolmates in order to cultivate her image as a bookworm. In reality, she didn't even finish a book in her entire life before chapter 38.
  • Incompatible Orientation: Invoked in-universe in chapter 55. Koga is worried that this might happen to him when he finds out that Orikawa was interested in books about same-sex relationships. He briefly considers getting around this trope by getting a sex change.
  • Love at First Sight: Bordering on a parody of the trope. On the very day he sees Orikawa for the first name, and knowing almost nothing about her, Koga already imagines himself marrying Orikawa and visiting their grandchildren with her.
  • Love Triangle: Invoked in-universe, as Koga suspects Moriya of being interested in Orikawa, whom Koga himself has a crush on.
  • Not What It Looks Like: In chapter 43 Orikawa sees Koga and Moriya from a huge distance while the two are sharing a bike, which gives her the impression that the two are kissing.
  • Only Sane Man: Other than treating book recommendations and reading more seriously than necessary, Moriya shows more common sense than the other two protagonists.
  • Rock–Paper–Scissors: How Koga, Orikawa and Moriya resolve who gets to be on the library committee, as all of them volunteered, but only two members were needed. The game has a less than satisfying conclusion for Koga, as he only wanted to join the committee to spend more time with Orikawa, but ends up stuck with Moriya instead.
  • Serious Business: Moriya takes Koga's request for book recommendations rather more seriously than he needs to. Also, he is very determined about not letting anyone interrupt Koga while he reads the book picked by Moriya. Including Orikawa who wanted to talk about a book she just read. Later he insists that Orikawa must finish the book she was reading (Yusuke Kishi's Lesson of the Evil) in spite of the fact that reading the book caused her to vomit and pass out, claiming that this means she in the best state of mind to read the book.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Koga shows no romantic interest in anyone other than Orikawa. He gets annoyed when Taoka offers to share his list of hot girls with him.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Koga acts like this towards Orikawa sometimes, peeping on her on the way to school and in the library, as well as following her to a train station (while claiming that he's just making sure she arrives at the station safely). It's Played for Laughs, though in-universe Moriya finds this creepy.
  • Unwanted Assistance: Koga's opinion on Taoka's offers to help him find a girlfriend.


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