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Pochamani is a Shoujo manga by Hirama Kaname which tells the story of Tsumugi "Mugi" Motohashi, a chubby high school girl who unexpectedly finds herself as the target of the affections of her school's most handsome underclassman, Tagami Yukiya, a self proclaimed "chubby maniac." The series focuses on their relation as a tall skinny guy dating a short chubby girl.


Examples:

  • Absurdly Powerful Student Council: The Public Morals Committee go out their way to stop Mugi's and Tagami's excessive public affection. Justified in that they're just enforcing the school rules.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: When Mugi invites Tagami to her room to study, her mom not so casually bursts into the room with drinks for them and tells them that anything other than kissing is not allowed, forcing a flustered Mugi to assure her that they're only studying. They do end up kissing each other however.
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  • Amazon Chaser: Not in the sense that Tagami is attracted to Mugi for any physical strength but because of her confidence and happiness about herself. All the chubby girls he met before her had given in to their weight complexions.
  • Art Evolution: Mugi becomes slightly rounder and chubbier as the series goes on.
  • Be Yourself: Mugi learned to be happy with herself years before the series began.
    • When Yuri wished to win Tagami's heart, she refused to gain weight despite knowing he's a chubby maniac.
  • Big Beautiful Woman: Mugi is considered this by Tagami. However, the "big" part is up for debate.
  • Big Eater:
    • Mugi chubbiness is because her mother loves to cook her lots delicious food and would get sad if there were any leftovers. Eventually, Mugi's stomach got used to it.
    • Tagami has a pretty big appetite, but loses weight very quickly. Even exercising with Mugi to help her lose weight causes his clothes to start slipping off.
  • Big Fun:
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    • Downplayed with the main character Mugi who's friendly, cheerful and fun-loving but not really boisterous.
    • Akane Itou plays up the boisterous part. But it's all a mask to cover up her weight complex.
  • Chubby Chaser: Tagami's one of the biggest examples of this in manga.
  • Cuddle Bug:
    • Tagami loves nothing more than squeeze and cuddle with Mugi, almost to the point where it's disturbing. He even keeps rubber balls around for him to squeeze for when Mugi's not around. He has tried to restrain this tendency of his after learning Mugi isn't comfortable with all his touching.
    • Mugi's friends like to huddle around and hug her on cold days since her body is very warm.
  • Did You Think I Can't Feel?: Mugi is surprised to hear that the usually cool and stoic Tagami doesn't like her hanging out with other men. He remarks that he happens to be a very jealous person.
  • Ditzy Genius: Oonishi Daigorou is an academic prodigy and one of Akane's biggest supporters. He also happens to be a self trained narcoleptic, enjoys eating bird seed and letting doves perch on his body, wrote a full musical score with lyrics based on Akane's stomach grumbles and kept count on how many time Akane went to the bathroom due to drinking too much water.
  • Extreme Doormat: Mugi's biggest flaw is that she's to nice and doesn't stand up for herself very often. Somthing she's trying to improve.
  • Face of a Thug: Hiyama is nice and clumsy person but his knitted brows and brash personality makes every girl but Mugi scared of him.
  • Fat Girl:
    • Subverted with Mugi who while not boisterous and some what doormatic as learned how to be happy and comfortable with her weight.
    • Played straighter with Akane Itou who's very self conscious about her weight. Mugi has since taken Akane under her wing, intending to help her friend become comfortable in her own skin.
  • Fat and Proud: Mugi is perfectly happy with her body and if other characters comment or insult about it, she never gets offended. It was this trait, being both fat and proud, that attracted Tagami to her in particular.
  • Formerly Fat: After Mugi and Tagami help Akane Itou with her diet and weight loss regiment she loses a noticeable amount of weight.
  • Freudian Excuse: Tagami discover his preference for chubby girls after an incident in middle school where a chubby girl tripped on the stairs and fell on top of him.
  • Heavy Sleeper: Oonishi Daigorou has trained himself to wake and fall asleep at the sound of the school bell beginning and ending class.
  • Hot-Blooded: Akane Itou definitely acts the part. The key word, though, is 'acts' as at least some of that attitude is a front to cover up her Weight Woe.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Although Tagami may be skinnier thank Mugi by a significant margin, he's also much, much taller than her, while she's rather small in comparison to the other girls seen in the series.
  • I Can't Believe a Guy Like You Would Notice Me: Mugi's initial reaction to Tagami's Love Confession.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: While normally just socially awkward, Tagami is very blunt when he tells Akane she's "hopeless" because of how she still obsesses over her Weight Woe. Mugi calls him out later, agreeing that he had a point but also that he said it in the worst way possible and genuinely hurt Akane.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Akane realized that Mugi was one for her and decided to start dieting and working out alone in order to become more independent.
  • Nice Girl: Mugi is popular at school for her kind and soothing personality.
  • No Social Skills: Tagami has very little tact when it comes to dealing with others. He's first seen trying to squeeze and hug Mugi before even introducing himself to her. His lack social skills is mostly Played for Laughs, at least until his harsh criticism of Akane for her lack of self confidence, which earned him a rebuke from Mugi.
  • Nothing but Skin and Bones: Tagami becomes malnourished comically fast when he diets and exercises along Mugi and Akane. Luckily, he also regains weight as fast.
  • Schoolgirl Lesbian: Mugi's best friend Mami has feelings for her but accepts Mugi not returning those feelings for her as long as she's happy.
  • The Unsmile: The normally cheerful Mugi drops one on Tagami over his treatment of Akane. We don't see it, but Tagami and Mami are suitably horrified by it.
  • Weight Woe:
    • Averted and subverted. Before the series began, Mugi was picked on because of her weight as a child. She tried to lose weight, but couldn't and fell into a depression because she believe no one would ever love her. She then decided if no one would like her then she should at least like herself. Furthermore, her friends and family made it clear that they all cared deeply for her. So by the time the series began, she was happy and comfortable with her weight. Since then the only time Mugi has been shown to worry about weight on-screen is when she gained enough to start literally bursting out of her clothes.
    • Akane Itou is a straighter case, as she's in much the same position that Mugi was but has yet to come to Mugi's own "Love Yourself" epiphany. Mugi has since taken Akane under her wing, intending to help her friend become comfortable in her own skin.
  • When She Smiles: Mugi used to be miserable because she couldn't lose weight, but once she became happy with her body she began to smile often. Many characters describe Mugi's smile as her strongest and most confident trait.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Yuri is distraught after failing to win Tagami's heart until Mami comes and tells her that with all the effort she put into her appearance to win Tagami other men will be sure fall for her. Mugi later offers much the same encouragement to Akane, who is caught up in the same Weight Woes that once plagued Mugi.

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