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High school student Hikari Tsutsui has no interest in dating and is content with only encountering girls from anime and video games. His life unexpectedly changes when he arrives late at school and is forced to clean the pool as punishment, alongside the beautiful Iroha Igarashi, who is also considered an outsider by other students. At first reluctant to even talk to Iroha, Hikari is able to overcome his insecurity and defend her from bullies. In yet another pool-cleaning task, they decide to start a relationship. The catch? Iroha is due to change schools at the end of the year.

Real Girl (3D 彼女 リアルガール, 3D Kanojo) is a manga series written and illustrated by Mao Nanami. It was published by Dessert from July 2011 to May 2016 and features 12 volumes. An Animated Adaptation by Hoods Entertainment premiered on April 4, 2018. A Second season is set to premier in January, 2019.

In additon, a Live Action version will start on September 21. trailer here

Real Girl provides examples of:

  • Alliterative Name: Iroha Igarashi
  • All the Other Reindeer: Iroha has been shunned by the other girls and treated as if she has an easy woman.
  • Blind Without Them: Hikari and Sumie are almost blind without their glasses.
  • Brutal Honesty: Ishino is praised for her honesty, even when it hurts.
  • Crash-Into Hello: This is how Hikari meets Sumie.
  • Curtains Match The Windows: Yuuto Itou has blonde hair and golden eyes.
  • Dating Sim: Hikari plays them, and references them out in the real world when he tells Ishino that he doesn't want to see her get the 'bad end' with her current boyfriend.
  • Disappeared Dad: There hasn't been a mention of Hikari's father.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: While not mentioned outright, Itou has certainly a feminine appearance.
  • Hair Decorations: Itou, Hikari's friend always wears cat ears while at school.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Itou is blonde and is Hikari's one true friend.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Mitsuya doesn't even get a chance to ask Iroha out, she rejects him before any words leave his mouth.
  • In-Series Nickname: Tsuntsun for Hikari.
  • First-Episode Spoiler: Iroha is moving away at the end of the year.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Arisa Ishino even recognizes she's a crappy judge of character, immediately trusting every hot guy she comes across.
  • Jerkass: Mitsuya Takanashi not only punches Hikari for refusing to broke up with Iroha, he paints him as a pedophile.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Ishino at first treated Tsutsui with contempt for being an otaku, but later she shows a nicer side.
    • Mitsuya is normally a regular Jerkass, but he really cares about his sister Anzu and he's not incapable of realizing he's on the wrong.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Iroha, but Downplayed. She fulfills this trope for Tsutsui, but is herself insecure and uncertain about herself. Its not a full Deconstruction, but her own issues complicate the situation.
  • Mistaken for Pedophile: Because of a misunderstanding involving Mitsuya's sister, Hikari is branded as one and while there's no proof of wrongdoing, his (already low reputation) takes a nosedive.
  • My Girl Is a Slut: Downplayed. Iroha is quite faithful to Hikari, but she's definitely not a virgin when they start dating. This doesn't bother him at all.
  • No Social Skills: Hikari admits to himself his otaku lifestyle has made him very bad at interacting with other people (Itou being the only exception).
  • Off-Model: the 11th episode was incredibly bad with this.
  • Only Friend: Itou seems to be Hikari's only friend at the start of the series.
  • Puppy Love: Mitsuya's younger sister Anzu is friends with Hikari's younger brother Kaoru, so after finding out the cause of his depression (his brother being mistaken for a lolicon), she goes and asks her brother how to fix it.
  • Red String of Fate: Depicted as a red USB cable in the key art as seen on this page.
  • Senpai Kouhai: Ayado is a year younger than Hikari and Iroha.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Iroha feels attracted to Hikari for his willingness to stand up for her.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Kaoru looks like a younger non-wearing glasses version of his brother Hikari.
  • What Is This Feeling?: Tsutsui doesn't know what to do with his newfound attraction towards Iroha.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Tsutsui has blue hair while Iroha has pink hair. And is actually not seen as anything out of the ordinary.

Alternative Title(s): Three D Kanojo Real Girl