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Ordinary High-School Student Sakamoto Kousaku's mother has recently died. In her will she requested that he live with her old friend, Oozora Ibari. Kousaku is a little more than concerned when he realizes they're a yakuza family but opts to stay when he sees one of their beautiful, young daughters. Only that said daughter, Hibari, is quite different from her sisters...

Stop!! Hibari-kun! is a manga that ran in the early 80s, drawn by now famous manga artist Eguchi Hisashi. It was adapted into an anime by Toei Animation not too long after it ended.


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This manga provides examples of:

  • The Ace: Hibari is this in spades, excelling not only in studies but is also a natural athlete, having the strength to throw megaton punches.
  • Alcoholic Parent: Kousaku's father drank daily. He died when he got drunk and drowned in a rice paddy. Kousaku's teacher spins a tale where his father was an abusive drunk, but in reality he wasn't.
  • Art Evolution:
    • Compare a shot from episode 1 to one from episode 35 of the anime. The manga itself also improved.
    • A meta example occurred when Eguchi redrew Hibari for the 2009 tankobon release of the manga. He showed just how much his style had changed since the early 80s, though Hibari isn't drawn in quite as realistic a style as he usually does.
  • Animated Adaptation: The 4 volume manga was adapted into a 35 episode series, running from 1983 to 1984.
  • Cultural Cross-Reference:
  • Cut Short: The mangaka quit the series early because he couldn't keep up with the weekly schedule.
  • Dude Magnet: Hibari is very popular with men. The boys at school react angrily when they learn that Kousaku lives in the same house as her.
  • The '80s: The manga was made in the early 80s and it shows in the fashion, especially Hibari's. The anime is cited as having an influence on J-pop culture.
  • Funetik Aksent: In chapter 33 of the manga, an old friend of Kousaku's from Kumamoto comes to visit, and he has a very thick accent. In a flashback, Kousaku himself was just as bad,
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Hibari for the most part, Innocent Blue Eyes and all.
  • Hot-Blooded: Taiga is a hot-blooded boy obsessed with equally tough and hot-blooded characters.
  • Inconsistent Coloring: Hibari has blue eyes in some artwork, but other pieces of art (including the 2009 redrawn cover) depict her with brown eyes.
  • Love at First Sight: Goes both ways with Hibari and Kousaku, though Kousaku tries his hardest to stop the feelings.
  • Mukokuseki: Averted with everyone but Hibari, who has blond hair and blue eyes. Even the characters with outlandish hair colors are typically in darker colors.
  • No Ending: The series ends with Hibari announcing that their wacky daily lives will continue on and on.
  • Otokonoko Genre: Could be considered a precursor, though Hibari is at least implied to identify as female.
  • Parental Abandonment: Kousaku is sent to live with old friends of his mother after she dies because he has no relatives. His father drowned a few years prior.
  • Plot-Triggering Death: Kousaku's mother recently died, which causes him to move in with the Ibari's.
  • Promotion to Parent: The eldest daughter, Tsugumi, acted as a maternal figure after their mother died.
  • Running Gag: Characters hallucinating white crocodiles whenever they are in a state of mental shock.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Trans Equals Gay: Eguchi had wanted to write a rom-com about a crossdressing boy falling for a male character, however Hibari ended up being written as trans.
  • Transgender:
    • Hibari is heavily implied to be this, rather than a Wholesome Crossdresser. She lives as a girl full-time and goes to school as a girl.
    • Geki Taiga is a trans male character introduced in the manga. He's on hormones and lives as a boy.
  • Trans Relationship Troubles: Played for Laughs. Hibari is an Abhorrent Admirer because she's trans, but Kousaku still can't help but find her attractive nevertheless.
  • The Unfavorite: Hibari, to their father. He's a traditionalist, hyper-masculine man who's upset that his only "son" is transgender.
  • Unsettling Gender Reveal:
    • Kousaku learns that Hibari is male-assigned-at-birth when her dad tells him and freaks out. But, he doesn't completely believe him until he walks in on Hibari coming out of the shower.
    • Taiga is a trans guy who gets accidentally outed when Kousaku walks in on him shirtless and sees his sarashi.


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