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Nanako Yukishiro is a cute, cheerful Ordinary High-School Student with one odd trait: She communicates through senryu (a type of haiku) instead of speaking. She is also part of the literature club along with Amane Katagiri, the club president, and Eiji Busujima, a former delinquent she falls for who wanted to make his own senryu.

Senryu Girl (川柳少女 Senryū Shōjo) is a 4-page Yonkoma comic released by Weekly Shonen Champion written and illustrated by Masakuni Igarashi. An anime adaptation premiered on April 6, 2019 and licensed by Sentai Filmworks. The anime is currently available for streaming on Crunchyroll, HiDive, and VRV, and can be viewed here


Tropes present in this work include:

  • Accidental Innuendo: An In-Universe example with senryu involved in episode 5. Eiji is trying to teach her how to play billiards, but the way he words how to play makes Nanako take it out of context.
  • Actually Pretty Funny: Nanako's father fears the prospect of her becoming a delinquent and imagines her doing so dressing like one and still speaking in senryu. However the thought of it sounded really funny.
  • A-Cup Angst: Tao takes one look at Nanako's well-endowed chest that she asks a store clerk for a swimsuit with "melon" padding.
  • Adaptation Distillation: The manga is 100+ chapters long while the anime is 12 minutes in its running time.
  • Adaptational Expansion: The anime will frequently add characters where they originally didn't appear in the manga.
  • Adaptation Explanation Extrication: Minor example. If you watch the ending credits, you'll see Kino and Tao walking together. Tao herself explains this in the manga where Kino and Tao are best friends who are in the same class, and travel together. The anime makes little interactions with the two when they're on-screen together.
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  • Adapted Out: Some characters are not in the anime as they would in the manga, such as Nanako's creepy admirer, the Drama and Judo Club members. As well as nearly 50% of the story in order to combine certain events as an episode, and this is well before any of those chapters when Komachi even appears in the manga herself.note 
  • Adorably Precocious Child: Episode 6 introduces Eiji's little sister, Hanabi. He says as such in the first episode.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Inverted personality-wise. Nanako has a crush on Eiji, who is a delinquent. However, he is actually nicer than his appearance makes him out to be.
  • Alternate Character Reading: When Nanako, Eiji, and Amane meets Tao Hanakai, they get their fortunes read based on various readings. Amane would fall in love with the first guy she meets, and Eiji and Nanako are incompatible. Then it turns out Tao misspelled their names by using different letters for their actual names (for example, she wrote Eiji's last name, Busujima with "ブス", a derogatory term for an ugly woman), meaning Amane won't fall in love with the first guy she meets, and Eiji and Nanako are actually compatible.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents:
    • Nanako's father is an overdramatic mess. The first things that comes to mind when Nanako asks her brother about her weight and what to wear is her dad suddenly shocked by it. Apparently, he's been doing this for years, since Nanako asks her brother on what she should wear for her amusement park date with Eiji, with Hiro telling his mother "He's doing it again". In episode 6, he thinks Nanako is undergoing a rebellious phase.
    • Eiji has this opinion about his own parents and opts to introduce Nanako to his little sister. Episode 8 showcases his reasons why he thinks of his parents this way, and chapter 55 shows that Eiji's worries are not unfounded, especially his own father.
  • Anachronic Order: The anime is out of order compared to the manga, while rearranging its events:
    • Episode 1 uses excerpts from chapters 1, and 2 in different order.
    • Koto's first anime appearance is in episode 2, but her actual appearance in the manga is chapter 7, using the excerpts from chapters 7 and 11 respectively with the latter involving Nanako attempting to lose weight for Eiji.
    • Episode 3 covers 8 and 9, which involves Nanako's date with Eiji with Koto and Amane spying on them.
    • Kino's first anime appearance is in episode 4, but her manga appearance is in chapter 16 with chapter 17 introducing herself by name.
    • Tao is introduced in episode 5, but she appears in chapter 30. 31 is when the main characters properly meet her.
    • Episode 6 mixes excerpts from chapter 13 (when Nanako meets Hanabi) with chapter 58 (her father assuming she's in her rebellious phase). However, Nanako's side plait hairstyle wasn't introduced until chapter 61 where the main girls were giving her a makeover to help her win over Eiji.
    • Episode 7 uses the plot of chapters 25 and 37 as its episode.
    • Episode 8 uses chapter 45 as its plot while adding Kino and Koto.
    • Episode 9 combines Chapters 23 and 47.
  • Animal Motifs: Nanako is a cat, and Eiji (for some reason) is a chimpanzee.
  • Appearance Is in the Eye of the Beholder: In the eyes of anyone else, Eiji looks like your usual thuggish delinquent who gets into fights with people, but Nanako sees the opposite of this.
  • Armor-Piercing Response: A less brutal version. Nanako asks Eiji if he felt uncomfortable because she feels as if she's only enjoying herself rather than just her and Eiji. Eiji responds to her the same senryu she told him in chapter 2.
  • Awesome Art: In-Universe, Kino is a great artist that she can draw highly-detail portraits of herself, other people, and an Oni.
  • Bait-and-Switch: In chapter 19, near the end of the main event of the chapter, Kino is show to have a longing look on her face, and Amane notices this in chapter 24. When Koto and Amane spies on her, she actually doesn't have a crush on Eiji, but that she sees Nanako as a Cool Big Sis, since she is an only child.
  • Beach Episode: More like pool episode. Episode 8 has the main girls, Eiji, and his little sister go to a water park together. The anime adds n Kino and Koto.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension:
    • Nanako attempted to pull this off in chapter 52, but she's too nice to even think about neglecting Eiji that she apologizes for it.
    • Played straight with Amane in regards to the Judo Club president who willingly used up his spot for the school festival so that the main trio doesn't have to use a spare room next to the bathroom. She promptly kicks him for it.
  • Big Eater:
    • Nanako loves to eat. However when Eiji tells her her stomach is getting bigger, she suffers a case of Weight Woe. Even when she's sick, she still eats large quantities of food.
    • Eiji is no slouch in this either. When both him and Komachi decided to hang out, he goes to his usual ramen place and orders his usual bowl, which Komachi finds has two servings with extra toppings.
  • Bland-Name Product: The manga clearly identifies the game system Eiji wanted to win, but Amane wins it, is called the Playstation. The anime version calls the system "Famistation", which is more or less the portmanteau of Famicom and PlayStation.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Chapter 114 has Kino draw a (working) QR code which links it to Igarashi's Twitter account. The message reads: "There's nothing special to say here".
  • The Cameo: Natsuo Fujii and Rui Tachibana appears in chapter 19's omake from chapter 117 of their series. Only Amane spies on the two and takes pictures of them, to their frustration.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: Starting chapter 101, the series took a dark turn after Nanako encounters a middle school bully who made fun of her.
  • Character Tic:
    • Nanako is well-known by others for writing Senryunote  rather than speak. The anime does give her a speaking voice, but she only speaks what she writes.
    • Kino is very quiet, and so she often draws her thoughts. When both her and Nanako are communicating with each other, the girls show excitement upon becoming friends. Both Eiji and Amane remarks how awkwardly quiet the whole thing is.
  • Christmas Episode: Nanako first met Eiji on a Christmas Day at a senryu meeting. A Lightless Christmas 4-parter in the manga also takes place on a Christmas Day, but takes a serious turn with the introduction of Akari.
  • Contrived Coincidence: Nanako and Eiji somehow end up in the same place at the same time,
  • Cool Big Sis:
    • Hanabi sees Nanako this way. Kino herself sees her that way as well, since she's an only child.
    • Later on, Nanako meets Amane's sister Madoka, who is very aloof, but finds Nanako cute.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Nearly every character who sees Nanako as this, much to her exasperation.
  • Date Peepers: Amane and Koto arrive to the amusement park hiding in plain sight with to peep at Nanako and Eiji spending time together.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: The ending theme,「ORDINARY LOVE」is sung by Koto's voice actress, Rikako Aida.
  • Elephant in the Room: Amane will frequently comment Nanako's oddity of doing weird things to her hair.
  • Evolving Credits: Each ending in the anime will have the current episode's events shown.
  • Face of a Thug: Eiji has a case of this due to oblivousness, and his attempts to be nice to people tends to scare them off. Granted, he was an actual delinquent, but wants to attend the senryu club. His main problem is that he tends to get too tense around people that he unintentionally gives people a Death Glare, and the fact that other delinquents always picks fights with him.
  • Festival Episode: Chapters 40 and 41 and it's corresponding episode 11 in the anime has the main trio going to the fireworks festival.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: Eiji has these happening to him twice:
    • Eiji actually met Nanako on Christmas when they went to a senryu meeting, and she wanted to meet him again. When they actually do meet again, he apparently doesn't remember meeting her. He eventually remembers later on.
    • Eiji remembers a girl he defended in middle school who often goes to the library. That girl turned out to be Komachi.
  • From the Mouths of Babes: Hanabi is clearly influenced by her big brother and father, and watching TV dramas to the point of saying little swears.
  • Hidden Buxom: Both Amane and Nanako; neither of their chests are particularly noticeable underneath their school uniforms, but are both revealed to be pretty stacked.
    • In episode 1 (chapter 2 of the manga), Nanako estimates Amane's three sizes at 85-59-82, and Eiji is stunned at the idea of Amane's chest being that large. Amane's embarrassed reaction hints that Nanako was likely at least close.
    • In Episode 5, a bikini-clad Nanako is shown to have a bust close in size to Koto's.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Koto did like Eiji, but considering Nanako is crushing on him, she considers it's the best for them to be together.
  • Lazy Bum: Eiji's father is a lazy guy, despite being a writer.
  • Love Triangle: Eiji has two girls who are in love with, Nanako and Komachi. Komachi is aware that Nanako is in love with him.
  • Meaningful Echo: In chapter 104, Eiji reminded Nanako what she told him at the beginning of the series. Cue tears:
"I don't care about
"what others think as long as
"I can with you".
  • Mood Whiplash:
    • Plently enough for Rule of Funny.
    • Chapter 101 is decidedly not. After the usual hijinks with the main cast, Nanako goes off on her own to buy Eiji a present for Christmas, only to encounter her elementary school bully, which gives this sub arc a serious tone.
  • Moment Killer: When Nanako and Eiji were having their moment at an amusement park, she tells him she can't go home yet because her shoe straps broke (she's clearly lying because she wants to spend time with him more). Eiji completely ruins the moment when he points out she doesn't have straps on her shoes. Amane is not amused.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • Other students will comment about Eiji's odd behavior whether he's feeling down or being intense, but the opposite is true. It's usually something mundane like trying to write a senryu about a dandelion, only to be picked up by a kid or his bruises on his cheek being from his little sister playing with him.
    • Eiji introduces his father by showing a photo of them staring sullenly at the camera while a house is up in flames behind them. It isn't explained what had happened, or if it was even their house.
  • Not What It Looks Like:
    • In chapter 55, when Eiji comes down with a cold, Amane decides to check his temperature only for Nanako arriving to the club room and faint when she thought Amane was kissing Eiji, and promptly faints.
    • In chapter 71, Amane sees Nanako and Eiji in public, and Eiji gets slapped by her, and then Tao comes along and wraps him with her scarf. Then a flashback shows that the three were merely acting out a scene where Nanako and Eiji were playing as a couple who broke up and Tao is the villain girl. After they finish, cue Amane with a Death Glare, and Tao had to fix their misunderstanding.
    • In Chapter 109, Nanako gets completely drunk at the tail end of chapter with Amane spotting her hugging Eiji while drunk from amazake.
  • Oblivious to Love: Eiji is very dense. He doesn't seem to realize that Nanako has a crush on him.
  • Overprotective Dad: Nanako's father Yoshihiko is very protective of her. A Whole Episode Flashback gives him a reason for this since she was little, she would often be bullied because she writes senryu.
  • Painful Rhyme: In-universe. Eiji knows how senryu works. He's just bad at execution.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: All Amane needs to hide her identity is wear a pair of sunglasses. In chapter 26, Eiji and Nanako does the same thing when they notice she's being suspicious.
  • Poorly Timed Confession: In chapter 69, Nanako tells Amane's sister about her feelings towards Eiji. He sees what she wrote, and shocked by it.
  • Quarter Hour Short: The anime adaptation clocks at 12-13 minutes.
  • Sensei-chan: Kura Asako mostly fits the description of the trope. Luckily, no one addresses her by name.
  • Shipper on Deck: Amane and Koto definitely want Nanako and Eiji together.
  • Slice of Life: The entire series is mostly centered on the characters' daily lives.
  • Shout-Out: Chapter 87 of the manga, while rubbing himself, Eiiji tells Hanabi he has the goosebumps of a warrior, in which she promptly draws the Big Dipper constellation on his back.
  • Shrinking Violet:
    • Nanako has this case. Because when she tries to speak, she has a hard time expressing herself. She expresses herself by writing senryu. She's also easily embarrassed at the idea of wearing a swimsuit in public, especially if Eiji sees her in one. She was actually bullied in elementary school, making her withdrawn from other people until Eiji came to her life.
    • Episode 4 introduces a girl named Kino Yakobe, who, like Nanako, expresses her feelings through art. Unlike Nanako, who voices her senryu, Kino doesn't seem to talk vocally, but she is a Motor Mouth in written form. Unlike Nanako, she isn't embarrassed of the idea of wearing a swimsuit in public.
  • Stalker Without a Crush: Episode 4 introduces Kino Yakobe, who is extremely shy, and tried to return Eiji's student handbook in which he accidentally loses.
  • Sudden Soundtrack Stop: Nanako communicates strictly in written poetry. Kino communicates strictly through drawings. In the anime adaptation, the background music goes silent to convey what observing a conversation between the two of them is like.
    Amane: They seem excited, but...
    Eiji: It's weirdly quiet...
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment: Apparently, Nanako hides her tanzaku boards this way.
  • What Does She See in Him?: People outside the main characters have this kind of reaction in regards to Nanako and Eiji.
  • Wrong Assumption:
    • A recurring theme for Eiji is that people are really afraid of him due to his Face of a Thug facial features, and he unintentionally gives a Death Glare. Despite his benign reasons to get close to people, they are scared that he might hurt them. He sometimes notices it too. Apparently, he's in the same Face of a Thug Club with Seiichirou Kitano and Nako Sunao.
    • Nanako's father thinks Nanako is going through a rebellious phase, and the first signs of it is her waking really tired (she's not wearing contacts, and has earplugs). He also misses Nanako leaving the house and assumes Nanako is holed up in her room until Hiro tells him she's already gone to meet her "thug friend" and think she'll turn into a delinquent.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: 3 of the 6 main characters have differently colored hairs and eyes:
    • Koto has pink hair.
    • Kino has white hair with red eyes.
    • Tao has dark violet hair and eyes.

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Nanako is worried about her weight

In this episode, Nanako Yukishiro is worried about gaining some weight in light of Eiji's comments about her getting rounder in her midsection.

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Main / WeightWoe