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Haruma Ichinose, 17, has been popular since he was born. So popular, in fact, that he figured no one could even come close... until he met Yuki Mogami. She's tall, cool, collected, and totally makes him crazy. He may just be in love... but can he deal with falling for someone even more dashing than himself?

She's My Knight (イケメン彼女とヒロインな俺!? Ikemen Kanojo to Heroine na Ore!?, literally "She's the Prince and I'm the Princess?!") is a Romantic Comedy manga by Saisou, published since 2019 by Kodansha.

Has nothing to do with How to Treat a Lady Knight Right.

This manga provides examples of:

  • Almost Kiss: Mogami gets really into the prince role and almost kisses Ichinose (dressed as Cinderella), who snaps her out of it when he gets embarrassed.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: When Ichinose and Miyoshi are dressed as Cinderella and her stepsister, all the girls think they look cute (they think Mogami looks cute all the time, whether she's dressed as a prince or not).
  • Beach Episode: In Chapter 13, they go to the beach. Ichinose runs through every beach episode cliche and trope in his head, but of course he takes the traditionally feminine role in them when they actually happen.
  • Beta Couple: Mogami's friend Tomoda likes Ichinose's friend Miyoshi, and tries to get him to notice her.
  • Be Yourself: The message of Chapter 5, where Mogami fails at all attempts to be less charming. At the end of the chapter, Ichinose tells her not to bury her unique personality to please someone else.
  • Bifauxnen: Mogami. She's got Boyish Short Hair and is popular with all the girls (and guys, but especially the girls) in school. In the school play, she's cast as the prince while Ichinose is cast as Cinderella.
  • Bishie Sparkle: Both main characters have them frequently.
  • Brown Bag Mask: Mogami wears one (without eye holes) to try to be less charming, but it just makes people focus on her voice, and when she stops talking, on her posture.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: It takes Ichinose an entire chapter just to ask Mogami for one of the muffins she baked, let alone tell her he likes her.
  • Catch Your Death of Cold: After Ichinose falls in the water at the beach, Mogami lends him her jacket so he doesn't catch a cold.
  • Caught the Heart on His Sleeve: Mogami grabs Ichinose's jacket when it starts thundering, and confesses she's afraid of thunder.
  • Corner of Woe:
    • Mogami sits in one (with the Brown Bag Mask still on her head) after it fails to make her any less charming. A passing schoolgirl swoons over her "nice back".
    • Ichinose later runs away to one when he's labeled a "shoujo heroine".
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Ichinose immediately sees Momiji as The Rival for Mogami's affections, since they're the same character type.
  • Crush Blush: Ichinose is very prone to this. Just thinking about Mogami is enough to make him blush.
  • "Dinner, Bath, or Sex" Offer: Nikaido has them both say this to the other while wearing an apron, to tell which one of them is the shoujo manga hero and which is the heroine. Guess which is which.
  • Distressed Dude: In Chapter 10, Ichinose is kidnapped by Sakurako, a delinquent who also likes Mogami and wants to get her attention.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady:
    • Miyoshi looks feminine enough that some guys at the beach think he's a girl.
    • New student Momiji Yamazaki also looks like a girl.
  • Effortless Amazonian Lift: Mogami does this to Ichinose, to his chagrin.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Mogami has no shortage of female or male admirers.
  • Everyone Can See It: Their friends immediately realize that they like each other.
  • Expy: Some fans have described it as "a romcom between Kashima and Mikoshiba". It's especially clear in Chapter 6, where Mogami plays the prince and Ichinose plays Cinderella in the school play.
  • Fear of Thunder: Mogami reveals she has this when she and Ichinose are Locked in a Room together.
  • Genre Blindness: Mogami is clueless about being the "prince" character in a Shoujo story, mentioning all the weird things that have been happening to her: finding stray kittens in the rain, rescuing girls from delinquents or yakuza, and preventing car accidents at the last minute.
  • Genre Savvy: In contrast, Ichinose and especially Miyoshi and Nikaido are fully aware of the shoujo manga tropes Mogami exhibits, though Ichinose has a bit of a blind spot when it comes to himself.
  • Got Volunteered: Ichinose is assigned the role of Cinderella in the school play without consulting him at all.
  • Headbutt Thermometer: Mogami presses her forehead against Ichinose's forehead, causing him to blush.
  • Height Angst: Ichinose is insecure over being shorter than Mogami, especially when she grows even taller. He's seen holding a ruler on top of his head to visualize how much taller she is (4.7 inches, coincidentally the ideal height difference for kissing).
  • Imagine Spot:
    • Ichinose has these frequently, usually involving him being the one to sweep Mogami off her feet, rather than the opposite.
    • When they're Locked in a Room, they speculate on the possibility of getting trapped in a blizzard on the school trip and needing to share body heat, given that their lives have started to resemble shoujo manga lately.
  • Japanese Delinquents: Sakurako is a sukeban, with the long skirt and a mask covering her lower face.
  • Locked in a Room: In Chapter 8, the two of them are trapped in the gym storage shed.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Miyoshi's hair isn't that long, but he looks feminine enough that some guys at the beach think he's a girl.
  • Love Flowers: Flowers appear behind Mogami and Ichinose when she picks him up, and in his Imagine Spot where she says she likes him.
  • Non-Answer: When Miyoshi asks Ichinose if he's ever had a girlfriend:
    Miyoshi: Have you ever had a girlfriend? Or liked anyone?
    Ichinose: Charming men belong to everyone. No scandals for me.
    Miyoshi: Just be honest and say no.
  • Not What It Looks Like: When their friends find them embracing in the locked storage room, since Mogami's afraid of thunder.
  • Oblivious to Love: Mogami doesn't get what Ichinose and Sakurako mean when they say they "like" her, responding with a platonic declaration of love.
  • Open Mouth, Insert Foot:
    Ichinose: (trying to ask Mogami to a movie) I bet you have too much time on your hands after school. I can take you to a movie, 'cause I feel bad for you.
  • Operation: Jealousy: By Nikaido, the substitute teacher, Mogami's Childhood Friend, and a Shipper on Deck. He gives Mogami a fake love note supposedly from a boy in class, to make sure he can get her and Ichinose in the same room together (with her thinking Ichinose wrote the letter).
  • Prince Charming: Ichinose thinks he's this trope, but Mogami outshines him at every turn (and he falls for her).
  • Romance-Inducing Smudge: Ichinose gets jealous when Mogami wipes some food off Momiji's face, so he smudges some food on his own face to get her to do it to him.
  • Security Cling: Mogami hugs Ichinose tightly when she hears a scary noise (it turns out to be a cat) and when it starts thundering.
  • Sleeve Tug: Mogami grabs Ichinose's jacket, since she can't see where she's going with a paper bag on her head.
  • Slippery Swimsuit: Just as Ichinose is fantasizing about Mogami losing her bikini top in the water, a kid trips and pulls down his swim trunks.
  • Slumber Party Ploy: When Nikaido and Miyoshi find the two of them embracing in the gym shed long after school ended, they suggest telling their parents that Ichinose is at Miyoshi's house and Mogami is at Nikaido's.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial:
    Miyoshi: You like her, don't you?
    Ichinose: WHAT?! O-o-o-of course not! She barely even looks like a girl!
    But, I mean, what if she fell for me? That would mean I'm cooler than her, y'know?
    I guess I could go out with her if she asked. She's not bad looking, and she's nice, and cute...
  • Toast of Tardiness: Nikaido attempts to invoke this to create a Meet Cute between Mogami and Ichinose.
  • Tsundere: Ichinose is a quintessential male tsundere, putting on a "ladies' man" facade while blushing in embarrassment whenever he tries to flirt (or Mogami seems to be flirting back at him).
  • Twice Shy: Ichinose is a Tsundere who can't admit to Mogami that he likes her, while she seems to be Oblivious to Love even while (possibly unconsciously) being a shameless flirt. However, in Chapter 9 Mogami runs away just as Ichinose is about to confess, implying she's shy about it as well.
  • Wall Pin of Love: Ichinose does this to Mogami, but it's less impressive when done to someone taller than you.