Unoki has been bullied by absolutely everyone since elementary school. So when Toramaru, the top delinquent of his school, declares that he will be her exclusive property, he is unhappy but not particularly surprised. He does his best to just go along with it, following her orders and running errands for her while keeping his head down.
Except that Toramaru is actually in love with him, and believes that they are now dating. In addition to Unoki always interpreting everything in the worst ways, it doesn't help that Toramaru is terrible at stating her feelings outright.
This manga provides examples of:
- All Love Is Unrequited: Yutaka loves Matsuri, who loves Toramaru, who loves Unoki, who... loves Toramaru, except he thinks she views him as a slave.
- Cats Are Mean: Played for Laughs. Unoki's pet cat's mischievous antics end up being responsible for a number of comedic situations between Unoki and Toramaru.
- Love Bubbles: These always show up during Toramaru's Inner Monologue, usually to contrast whatever dark and horrible thing Unoki thought she was doing.
- Love Confession: Toramaru's terrible one starts off the series. What she thought was a romantic declaration sounded like her demanding Unoki be her slave forever.
- Japanese Delinquents: Toramaru is the top one at the school, if not the whole region. She occasionally gets into fights where she casually curb-stomps the opposition while Unoki stands by helplessly.
- One Steve Limit: Unoki's cat is also named Toramaru, which causes some problems when the human Toramaru overhears him talking about the cat.
- Only Sane Man: Yutaka is the only one who has figured out what's actually going on. She doesn't care enough to explain it to anyone.
- Sustained Misunderstanding: The whole series runs on this. Toramaru, the banchou, thinks that she asked Unoki, the errand boy, to be her boyfriend near the beginning of the year, and that they've been a couple for a while. Unoki, who has been bullied for all his life and has literally never had a positive relationship with anyone outside of possibly his family, thinks she asked him to be her personal errand boy, not helped by the fact that a lot of what she says can be misinterpretednote or is an extremely odd thing to saynote . Toramaru's self-proclaimed second-in-command, Matsuri, thinks Toramaru wants Unoki to replace her despite him being a wimp. And then there's Yutaka, Matsuri's best friend, who is the only one who realises what's going on.
- The misunderstandings grow even worse in Chapter 26 when Matsuri becomes convinced that Yutaka is in love with Unoki despite her protests to the contrary.
- Theme Naming: The main characters' family names contain the kanji for Eastern Zodiac signs. note