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RaButa is a oneshot manga written by Cool-Kyou Shinsha about a popular girl named Kurume who falls in love with a delinquent named Harundo.

This work contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Addiction Displacement: When talking about cigarette withdrawal symptoms after finding out that Harundo is Going Cold Turkey, Fuyu mentions that one of her friends performed oral sex to fight her addiction. Harundo cuts her off before she can go into any details.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Kurume calls Harundo "Boss P".
  • Animal Motifs: Harundo is often compared to a pig due to his appearance. This is where Kurume's "Boss P" nickname comes from.
  • Bait-and-Switch: Natsuya's introduction is initially set up like the beginning of a Sibling Triangle... until it's revealed that he's actually in love with Hiromi and wants Kurume's help.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Harundo normally gets terrible grades, but he manages to get a 97 on a test after only a single study session. Turns out that he never bothered to read the textbooks before.
  • The Cameo:
    • Harundo is wearing a Frau Rabbit shirt during the double date to the movies. Someone else is also dressed up as her during the school festival.
    • Akiko from Metsuko ni Yoroshiku shows up during the school festival, though she lacks her signature gravity-defying pigtail. It's also implied that Fuyu is actually a grown-up Houka.
    • Yuki (also from Metsuko) is putting on a concert during the school festival.
  • Connected All Along: While the two of them never learn it during the story, the accident that resulted in Harundo's current appearance is the same one that killed Kurume's parents.
  • Family Business: Harundo's family owns a butcher shop. He inherits it post-series.
  • First-Name Basis: Harundo and Kurume switch to a first name basis after their first solo date.
  • Gamer Chick: Kurume is shown to be highly skilled at playing arcade fighters (to the point that she was memorizing hitboxes after only a few rounds of a game she'd never played before). In fact, her cameo in I Can't Understand What My Husband Is Saying states that she occasionally goes the the arcade with Harundo and she's a championship level player in Guilty Gear.
  • Going Cold Turkey: Part way through the story, Harundo quits smoking. When Fuyu asks him if he's suffering any withdrawl symptoms, he says that he hadn't been a smoker for long enough to really get addicted to it.
  • Highschool Sweethearts: Later works establish that Harundo and Kurume get married and they take over his family butcher shop.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: Harundo used to be a Bishōnen, but he suffered a head injury and the made him lose his hair and caused his eyesight to deteriorate. Kurume says she prefers his current look.
  • Love Confession: The very first panel of the story is Kurume confessing to Harundo.
  • Meido: Kurume has a maid named Fuyu who is also her Parental Substitute. Cool-Kyou Shinsha would later reuse her design in Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid as Tohru.
  • Minor Living Alone: Kurume's parents died when she was in middle school, and she's lived by herself ever since, with her maid Fuyu being the closest thing to parental supervision.
  • Ojou: Kurume is wealthy enough that she can afford a maid despite both of her parents having been dead for several years. Information in My Girlfriend Without Wasabi reveals that her family used to be one of the three major houses alongside the Juse and Jigokumeguri families.
  • Opposites Attract: Kurume is the an incredibly good student and the School Idol. Harundo is a delinquent who is both Gonk and Brilliant, but Lazy.
  • Rescue Romance: Kurume fell in love with Harundo after he protected her from a boy she turned down.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Straight Man: Hiromi often finds herself playing this role.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Double Subverted. Harundo and Natsuya look almost nothing alike (though Kurume can tell they're related because they have "a similar aura"). However, they looked very similar before Harundo's accident.
  • Through His Stomach: Early on, Kurume attempts to make a bento for Harundo that tastes better than Yakisoba bread. Some bullies end up dumping it on the floor, but he eats it anyways.
  • Token Rich Student: Kurume attends a public high school without any real comment, though it's possible that the lack of any legal guardians (her parents died when she was in middle school) is why she never applied for a private one.
  • Uptown Girl: Harundo is the son of a butcher. Kurume is an Ojou.
  • What Does She See in Him?: Hiromi is completely baffled as to why Kurume is attracted to Harundo. And she's even more baffled by the fact that he initially isn't interested in her.