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Momo has had a crush on Toji for years, but has kept it a secret on account of a rumor that Toji considered dark skin and blond hair to be a turn-off. Her first time telling someone about this crush was during the course of turning down Kairi, unknowingly within earshot of Toji and Sae. Toji confessed his love to Momo, they got together, Sae used assorted Magnificent Bastardry to try to break them up and generally make Momo's life miserable, Kairi consistently proves a Spanner in the Works to Sae's schemes, and Momo starts falling for Kairi.

And it gets even more confusing from there.

Written and illustrated by Miwa Ueda, Peach Girl was first published in Kodansha's Bessatsu Friend magazine from 1997 to 2003 for a total of 72 chapters. The manga was first picked up by Tokyopop for an English-language release in North America, but after its shutdown, Kodansha Comics USA acquired the rights to publish it. A TV drama aired in Taiwan in 2001. The anime was produced by Studio Comet and aired in early 2005 on TV Tokyo for 25 episodes; it was licensed by Funimation in North America. A live-action film, directed by Koji Shintoku, was released in 2017.

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In 2016, a sequel, Peach Girl NEXT, began serialization in Be Love.


Peach Girl provides examples of:

  • Action Girl: Momo when the situation calls.
  • Adaptation Distillation:
    • The anime condenses the manga chapters into 25 episodes.
    • Some of the side plots had to be written out of the film given that the manga was being adapted into 116 minutes of film. Takashi Okayasu and Sakurako Adachi do not appear in the manga or anime, either.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: While Momo's hair is rendered blonde in the color illustrations, the anime and live-action adaptations change her hair into a red color, mirroring the manga's descriptions of her hair.
  • Aesop Amnesia: Dear God, Sae is this trope. After being turned down by the guy she's claimed to love (at the time), being victimized by her former victims, and being treated as a friend by MOMO, given enough time, she goes back to her jealous, manipulative ways.
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  • All of the Other Reindeer: Momo is bullied by Sae for the majority of the story, though Sae lies to people about this, trying to make it seem like it's Momo who's bullying her. Also, Momo is put down by her classmates and other people for having tan skin and bleached red hair, because they believe this means she is a kogal.
  • Break His Heart to Save Him: Toji's reasoning when he is blackmailed into dating Sae at the risk of her spreading scandalous photos of Momo and Goro, ruining Momo's life.
  • Canon Foreigner: Although Takashi Okayasu and Sakurako Adachi, who are Kairi's father and Momoko's mother, never appeared in the manga or anime, they show up in the film.
  • Cassandra Truth: Kairi's jokes and affectionate teasing towards Misao throughout the series were somewhat legitimate.
  • Chessmaster Sidekick:
    • This is about as Face as Sae gets.
    • Kairi for Momo when he exposes Sae's lies and manipulation to not only Toji, but the entire class, not only leading to Toji and Momo getting together but also Sae being shunned by the entire class.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Momo towards Toji at times. Sae is much more aggressive about this towards any guy that captures her attention, namely Toji and Ryo. Also, both Toji and Kairi could be seen as male versions of this trope in regards to Momo, and Jigoro to Sae.
    • Then there's Kairi's bitchy trio of Clingy Jealous Girl's who hold nothing but pure hatred towards Momo.
  • Cooldown Hug: Kairi gives Momo a few practically each volume.
  • Compensated Dating:
    • Momo is often harassed by men who attempt to do this.
    • Sae voluntarily does this however.
  • Covert Pervert: Momo, even though she violently berates Kairi for his perverted tendencies, it has been suggested that she is secretly perverted herself.
  • Creative Closing Credits: In the closing credits to the film, there are sequences where the dialogue, narration and sound effects are written out like in the manga while "Call Me, Maybe" plays in the background.
  • Dub Induced Plothole: A slip in the dub causes Toji to casually mention to Momo that Sae is blackmailing him with pictures, which she has never heard about til now. You can tell it's a mistake when Momo actually finds out a few episodes later and confronts Sae about it.
  • Engineered Public Confession: Sae is tricked by Kairi into expounding on her Wounded Gazelle Gambit routine, and how she has repeatedly made Momo look like a monster before the class. Unknown to her, Touji is right around the corner, and hearing her bragging finally wakes him up, and he, in turn, makes damn sure the class knows who and what Sae really is. The worst part was, they kind of already did, but admitted falling for an act they themselves had been victimized by before—and sadly, would again before all was done.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Even though Momo's classmates ridicule her for her looks, they become appalled when they realize that Sae is the one that caused problems with Momo to happen in the first place.
  • Foreshadowing: Happens several times throughout the series:
    • Kairi's photo of him and Misao is shown early on in the series but does not become relevant til halfway the series.
    • Toji, while usually very oblivious and naive, comments that Momo seems to be happiest when she's with Kairi than even with him.
    • Kairi's constant flirting and affectionate teasing with Misao throughout the series takes on a different light given the revelations in the latter half of the series.
    • Likewise,the reason for Misao's rejection of Kairi is mentioned earlier on, albeit in a throwaway line.
    • Kairi's older brother is briefly mentioned, having given Kairi a credit card, free to spend it as he likes. Later on it is revealed that his older brother Ryo, is involved in pyramid schemes and exploits women for money.
  • The Glomp: Toji to Momo sometimes, and Sae to whoever she may like at the moment.
  • Gyaru Girl: Momo is often mistaken for a ganguro due to her tanned skin and bleached hair. She gets teased a lot about it, but she's on the school's swim team. Her skin is just tanned because she spends a lot of time swimming outdoors, and the chlorine and other pool chemicals bleached her hair strawberry-blonde.
  • Hidden Eyes
  • Hidden Depths: Kairi. This becomes a plot point in the latter half the series. He's also the only one to see through Sae and Ryo's scheming natures. Often figuring out Sae's plans on evidence alone.
  • Hollywood Homely: In universe. Misao is considered to be this. She's drawn to a bit plainer than Sae or Momo, with large glasses and slightly chubbier face. She's just as pretty however in reality.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Happens A LOT due to all the manipulation that occurs.
    • It's Toji and Goro for Sae.
    • And both Misao, Sae, and even briefly Momo, misjudge Ryo.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: At least twice each for Toji and Kairi.
  • Idiot Ball: Toji holds most of it throughout the series. It takes Kairi essentially setting Sae up to confess everything she's ever done to Momo for Toji to finally realize how much he's been lied to. Somewhat justified in that it's mentioned that Toji is a bit on the naive side but he showed a distressing lack of sense towards his own relationship.
  • Live-Action Adaptation:
    • This series was adapted first into a Taiwanese live-action TV drama, which starred Annie Wu and aired in 2002.
    • A film based on the manga was released in 2017, directed by Kōji Shintoku and starring actress/model Mizuki Yamamoto as the titular character.
  • Love Triangle: There are several that go on throughout the series, sometimes simultaneously.
    • Momo-Sae-Toji at first.
    • Later it's Momo-Toji-Kairi.
    • Then briefly Momo-Kairi-Morika, but in reality it's Momo-Kairi- Misao.
    • And finally there's Sae-Ryo- Misao.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Kairi, going hand in hand with Hidden Depths.
    • For thing he is the only person aside from Misao who doesn't fall for Sae's tricks.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Kairi gets one when he realizes Momo is about to hit him for having the girls start a fight with her.
    • Sae upon realizing that her actions at school have been exposed by Toji.
  • Poor Communication Kills: A lot of the relationship problems in the show could've been resolved very quickly if not for this.
  • Rape as Drama: Nearly happens several times to add drama to the story.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Sae crosses the line when she sets up Momo to be raped. Luckily, it does not happen.
    • Sae is put in a similar situation due to Kairi mistakenly putting her in the wrong room as part of a revenge plan. She would have not been saved had not Momo believed in this.
  • Rape Portrayed as Redemption: Played with. When Sae gets put in danger of it as revenge for her putting Momo in the same situation previously, Momo rescues her as soon as she finds out. Being rescued for a second time plays it straight, though.
  • Reality Ensues: Sae learns the hard way that when your classmates discover that you've tried to pull a Wounded Gazelle Gambit on an innocent girl and lie that she's the one bullying you, everyone will turn against you.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Toji (Blue) is more introverted, calm, and restrained while Kairi (Red) is more animated, extroverted and emotionally expressive.
  • Rousing Speech: From Sae, of all people. She's trying to encourage Momo and Kairi to get over their respective hangups and get together.
  • Second Love: Momo ends up with Kairi instead of her first love, Toji.
  • Unrequited Love: A constant throughout the series. In fact, it happens to every major character.


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