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Plus-Sized Elf (Elf-san wa Yaserarenai, or "Elves Don't Diet") is a seinen manga series by Synecdoche. Seven Seas Entertainment have licensed it for English release.

Naoe Tomoatsu is a massage therapist at the Smiley Boar clinic. Things are pretty normal for him there until one night when he gets a new client who happens to be an elf. This elf, named Elfuda, came to our world from another dimension and wants to go back. However, before she can go she has to lose the weight she gained during her stay, which is very difficult due to her newly gained addiction to french fries, so she wants Naoe's help slimming down. As he tries to help Elfuda keep her weight under control, Naoe meets other non-human women in a similar situation who also need his assistance.


Plus-Sized Elf provides examples of:

  • Alien Catnip: French fries are this for Elfuda, to the point that she's stacked on a bit of extra weight from the greasy potato-based treats.
  • A Lizard Named "Liz": The non-human women tend to have names referencing their race: Elfuda is a homophone in Japanese for "is an elf", Kuroeda's name combines "kuro" (dark/black) and "eda", which also sounds somewhat like "is an elf", the first two Japanese characters in Kusohanada's name mean "flowering plant", fitting for a Plant Person, a.k.a a Alraune. Raika's name is similar to "raikansuroopu", the Japanese transliteration of "lycanthrope" (and may also be a Shout-Out to Laika, a stray dog who became the first animal to orbit the Earth), Mero's name comes from either "merrow" or "mermaid", Honeda's name includes the character for "bone", Gonda's name is a homophone in Japanese for "is a dragon", and includes the kanji for "snake", Hitome literally means "One Eye", and Olga, Oku and Hobi's names all derive from their English species names (ogre, orc, and hobbit, respectively).
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  • All Women Are Lustful: Naoe's boss Ino always tries to get him to go out for drinks with her, got him to wear a speedo that said big on it when on the beach, and once bought a small island that she plans to populate with a reverse harem for herself. Though she was fine with Naoe bringing his harem to it for now.
  • Art Shift: Kuroeda has a tendency to shift art styles when being serious or dramatic.
  • Author Appeal: The author has produced a lot of erotic works featuring very Rubenesque women. This series, while being a lot less explicit than the others, continues that trend.
  • Beach Episode:
    • Everyone goes to a gym's pool in chapter 7.
    • In chapters 21-22, Ino takes everyone to a beach on a deserted island.
  • Berserk Button: Most of the girls get angry if their fat is being brought up. Elfuda has a pretty thin skin when it comes to mockery or denying her fries.
  • Big Ball of Violence: Elfuda and Kuroeda go at it in chapter 5, and again in chapter 10. In chapter 5, after they've broken it up, there are clearly visible bruises, scratches, and even a bite mark. In chapter 10, they fight each other despite ostensibly uniting to defend Naoe from a satyr.
  • Big Beautiful Woman: While the series focuses on the girls' attempts to lose weight, it's their plump features that are the source of most of the series's fanservice.
  • *Bleep*-dammit!: As is the norm in mature Japanese artwork, whenever the women are shown nude the only part of their bodies that is hidden is their genitals while their breasts and buttocks remain completely uncensored.
  • Blinding Bangs:
  • The Boxing Episode: Chapter 17 has Naoe bring some of the girls to exercise in a boxing gym. He is revealed to have practiced pugilism in college.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Subverted with Hobi, who's actually a jerkass adult hobbit who only looks like a child.
  • Censor Steam: In the sauna chapter (#5), the nipples and genitals of the sauna visitors are covered by steam.
  • Chubby Chaser: Naoe admits he is one and in the first chapter is daydreaming about Ino's body. However he is really diligent in his work so he does his best to have the girls adopt a healthy lifestyle and slim down.
  • Clothes Make the Superman: Dark elves wear special clothes to boost magical abilities, and in order for the clothes to work they have to be able to properly fit in them. Which is a problem for Kuroeda, who's gotten too big for hers.
  • Corner of Woe:
    • Olga's reaction when the others don't want to spar with her in chapter 17.
    • Naoe has the same reaction when Honeda asks why none of the girls have lost weight.
    Naoe: That's because I'm bad at my job.
  • Covered in Scars: Elfuda's aunt; a shower scene shows she sports scars almost everywhere.
  • Cute Monster Girl: Even the girls from more traditionally monstrous races, like ogres, orcs, and lycanthropes, look attractive.
  • Cyclops: One appears in chapter 17, and she's even taller than Olga; like ogres, they're members of the titan tribe. They borrow a bit from Harryhausen-style cyclopes, having a single small horn above the eye. They're good with their hands, and many are known as master blacksmiths in the other world.
  • Dark-Skinned Blonde: Dark elves have brown skin and silver hair.
  • Debut Queue: The first few chapters each introduce at least one member of the recurring cast.
  • Dem Bones: Skeletons are a type of undead, people who in their dying moments hold hatred, regret, or other strong negative feelings in their hearts, resulting in the magic power in their bodies turning them undead; by letting go of those emotions, they can finally move on. They don't necessarily have to have been human in life. They can easily survive being disassembled and reassembled, though they can't automatically do it themselves. They have an invisible, intangible body which they can make visible to others through magic.
  • Dimensional Traveler: So far all the non-human characters have used a portal to get to our world.
  • Edutainment Show: While the series is largely comedic and fanservicey, Naoe does give out actual diet and exercise advice at least once a chapter.
  • Engrish: The manga's own translation of its title is "Elf can't on a diet".
  • Erotic Dream: Naoe has a dream in Chapter 10 about Elfuda in a bikini lying on a mountain of fries which inadvertently exposes the Satyr inflicting it on him, but whether it was intended to to be one is hard to determine.
  • Fantastic Racism: Forest elves and dark elves hate each other. Elfuda claims it's because dark elves are inherently evil but Kuroeda denies her claim as forest elf propaganda.
  • Fauns and Satyrs: Satyrs here are more akin to succubi/incubi than their traditional depiction; they're demonic-looking humanoids with horns and a tail, but without the typical goat legs, and feed off others' desires, magically hypnotizing people to stimulate their desires, then forcing them to act them out.
  • Form-Fitting Wardrobe: Most of the female characters wear clothes that highlight all their figures' curves.
  • Fountain of Youth: Kuroeda creates a weight-loss drug and wants to try it on Elfuda. Before she can manage it, Naoe has some of it, mistaking it for a soft drink, but rather than causing weight loss it causes a physical regression to childhood.
  • Fun T-Shirt: Elfuda likes wearing t-shirts with food references.
  • Gag Censor: A chibi-esque version of Elfuda's face is used to cover up her genitals a few times in the sauna chapter.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Hobi, accentuating her child-like appearance.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: Ino invited Satero with the rest of the girls and Naoe to her private island despite the satyr being more an antagonist.
  • Golem: Kuroeda normally has six child-size golems to help her out with her convenience store job.
  • Go Through Me: Naoe gets himself between Elfuda and her aunt when her aunt's training and diet is clearly unhealthy. He doesn't even blink when she swings at him rationalizing that if Ooeda really cares for her niece she wouldn't hurt him.
  • Height Angst: Gonda doesn't appreciate being told she's short for a dragon.
  • Heroic BSoD: Olga has a minor breakdown upon discovering Hobi's actually an adult rather than a child she can dote on.
  • Hey, You!: Elfuda keeps addressing Naoe as "human".
  • Hobbits: Small humanoids with pointy ears. With their ears covered, they can pass as human children.
  • I Ate WHAT?!: Elfuda faints upon Mero informing her the salmon eggs she ate are actually mermaid eggs. Specifically, Mero's mermaid eggs. They really were salmon eggs. Mero just wanted to yank Elfuda's chain.
  • Identical Stranger: Oku with her ears hidden looks near identical to Naoe's boss Ino. Naoe even mistakes the former for the latter.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Chapters are called 'appointments', reflecting Naoe's job as a therapist.
  • Improbably Female Cast: Naoe is the only male with any relevance in the story. All of the people he's met that came from the other dimension just happen to be female.
  • Kansai Regional Accent: Mero has a Kansai accent despite never having been to the Kansai region. According to her it's because it fits her character.
  • Magic Music: Mero's singing causes hallucinations, confusion and hypnosis in those without magic resistance.
  • Meaningful Name: The "Nao" in Naoe's name can be read as "ordinary", and "Tomoatsu" can be read as "warm/kind friend" or "thick/heavy friend". Olga's name is written with the character for "male" or "manliness", reflecting her physique and speech patterns, the individual kanji in Raika's name translate as "to depend on" and "increase/addition", and the last character in Hobi's name means "help" or "assist", referencing her legion of followers.
  • Muggles Do It Better: In Elfuda's magical world, all meals are extremely basic with no cooking techniques beyond grilling or boiling existing, seasonings as simple as salt and pepper are extremely expensive, and the elves' vegetarian diets consists of nothing but raw vegetables. As such, Elfuda and the rest of the female cast prefer Earth food due to its much wider array of choices.
  • Mundane Object Amazement:
    • Elfuda is obsessed with french fries and is shocked that something so tasty can be labeled as "junk food" in our world. This is because in her world seasoning of any kind can only be afforded by the very rich so food for most people tastes extremely bland.
    • Oku's tribe has a secret legendary technique passed down from generation to generation that allows orcs to lose weight. She learns the technique almost immediately after arriving on Earth because here it's known as dieting.
  • My Beloved Smother: Ogre females in general have a powerful maternal instinct. So much so that even when Oga knows Hobi isn't a child, she still treats her like one. It gets even worse when she meets a de-aged Naoe as she believes she gave birth to him.
  • Older Than They Look: Hobbits here look less like small adults and more like actual children.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: Dragons have a human form with draconic traits, including horns, pointy ears, a tail, a few scales under the eyes, and a forked tongue. Their eyes default to being large and black, with the sclera just visible around them. They're cold-blooded, meaning they rely on the environment to regulate their body temperature; if they get too cold, they hibernate. They use higher-dimensional magic, making telepathy easy for them. They're known for collecting treasure, although not necessarily what other species would think of as treasure.
  • Our Elves Are Better: There are two kinds of elves (and they hate each other): forest elves, who are light skinned blondes, live in forests and largely rely on their archery skills, and dark elves, who have brown skin, red eyes, silver hair, and are more adept in magic.
  • Our Fairies Are Different: They're human-size, with pointy ears and butterfly wings, and are very close to elves.
  • Our Mermaids Are Different: Mermaids have fish tails in place of legs, sharp teeth, and fin-shaped ears. However, with a drop of mermaid tears or small amount of maca extract (the latter being way more plentiful) they can temporarily transform their tails into legs.
  • Our Ogres Are Hungrier: Other than a pair of small horns ogres look human. Granted most of them are very tall (Olga is seven feet tall) and muscular. They are part of the titan species, who're notorious in testing their strength against other titans. When Olga sees Hitome, they start to beat the crap out of each other.
  • Our Orcs Are Different: Orcs look mostly human, aside from having pig ears and a pig tail (and a snout, in the case of male orcs). Most of them are stout and have issues losing weight.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: Lycanthropes are shapeshifters who can change between three forms: a Little Bit Beastly form with dog ears and tail, a humanoid dog form, and a full dog form. Their natural form is the humanoid dog form.
  • Plant Person: Alraunes, like Kusohanada, are plants that look and act human. They have flowers that sprout out of their bodies, but those can easily be mistaken as ornaments so long as the flowers don't absorb too much sunlight, water, and other nutrients since they can get very large and heavy.
  • P.O.V. Boy, Poster Girl: While Naoe is the protagonist of the series, most of the covers and promotional materials focus on the girls, usually Elfuda.
  • Retired Badass: Elfuda; after the great war in her world she went to the human world for fries and to laze it up. She still has really sharp reflexes and is pretty good with her bow.
  • School Swimsuit: All the women in chapter 7.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Olga's first appearance in the sauna mirrors a panel of Baki the Grappler with Yujiro "the Ogre" Hanma.
    • At the end of Chapter 16, upon seeing Gonda's tail, Naoe passes out from his fear of reptiles. In the background, a drawing of Naoe in armor in a slumped over position can be seen: this is meant to echo the legendary Gut Punch of Ashita no Joe in which the main character passes out in the ring (and soon dies from internal hemorrhaging).
    • In the same chapter, when Kuroeda says "Just as planned", she takes on a look very similar to that of Light from Death Note.
    • Kusahanada's sand sculpture in chapter 21 is a creepily smiling flower with a pedestal marked "Howdy".
  • Super Drowning Skills: Neither Elfuda or Kuroeda can swim.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Elfuda and Kuroeda aren't good at working together, preferring to fight each other instead.
  • Temporary Bulk Change:
    • In chapter 10, Naoe starts mysteriously putting on weight, and finds out it's due to the influence of a mischievous satyr who's been enchanting him into sleep-eating all night so she can feed off his "desire". Unfortunately, he has to lose the excess weight the old-fashioned way.
    • In chapter 13, Elfuda wins a year's worth of free fries at Bad Burger, and both she and Naoe get fat (moreso than usual in Elfuda's case) from stuffing themselves with fries, thanks to an enchantment cast by the satyr girl from chapter 10.
  • Trademark Favorite Food:
    • French fries, for Elfuda. She flat out calls them sacred and she carries some around everywhere.
    • Ice creams for Elfuda's aunt. She is constantly seeing eating one in her introduction arc.
  • Training from Hell: When Elfuda's aunt arrives in the human world to bring her niece back, the former puts the latter in this and a (excessively) restricted diet to make her lose weight and go back to their home world. It doesn't work.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Elfuda and Kuroeda bicker and fight a lot but also act like close friends at times.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: When Olga had to throw up during a run because of a hangover, the vomit was first replaced by a rain of sparkles and the next panel was replaced by a child's drawing of sunshine and sunflowers and the monster girls' plea "let's stop for a bit, please".
  • Wardrobe Malfunction: A lot of the weight Kuroeda gained went to her butt and thighs, so whenever she tries to wear the magic enhancing outfit, the thong and thigh boots give out and get shredded. Her work pants also gave out when she tried doing lunges and squats.
  • Weight Woe: Most of the women Naoe meets are trying to lose the weight they've gained from their diet in our world.
    • Elfuda wants to lose weight so she can get back to her world. Though she quickly modifies that to wanting to find a way to manage her weight so she can come to our Earth for french fries and still freely go back to her world.
    • Kuroeda wants to slim down so she can fit in magic enhancing clothes.
    • Olga's ashamed of her beer belly she got from drinking too much alcohol.
    • Oku was constantly bullied because of her stout figure, and being an orc, most of whom are naturally stout, means it's much harder for her to slim down.
  • Weirdness Magnet: After meeting Elfuda, Naoe bumps into other non-human characters that need his help usually by sheer coincidence.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Naoe's been scared of reptiles ever since he was bitten by a snake when he was a kid.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: Elfuda's main motive for dieting is that the magic portal between her world and Earth requires that you be the same weight going back as you did coming through. However, Elfuda seemingly prefers staying on Earth and only remains in her world for a few days at a time before coming back, so it's less of a major concern and more her simply wishing to freely travel between worlds whenever she wishes.

Alternative Title(s): Elf San Wa Yaserarenai


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