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Manga / Tokimeki ★ Mononoke Jogakkou

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Tokimeki☆Mononoke Jogakkou (ときめき☆もののけ女学園, translating as Heart-Pounding Excitement at Mononoke Girls' Academy) is a comedic Girls' Love manga by Banana Nangoku, which ran in Comic Yuri Hime from 2006 to 2010.

On what was supposed to be her first day of high school, Arare somehow finds herself in a different dimension and ends up at an all-girls boarding school — for youkai. There, Arare tries to adjust to her new life, befriending youkai Kiri and Pero, while trying to keep her identity as a human hidden.


Tokimeki Mononoke Jogakkou contains examples of:

  • Belly Buttonless: Yokai lack bellybuttons, so Arare has to hide hers to keep from being found out.
  • The Blank: There is a girl nopperabou, a creature without a face. Amusingly, she wants Arare to give her a Visual Kei makeup.
  • Cat Girl: Kiri is a nekomata, and thus appears as a human girl with feline eyes, ears, and two tails.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Arare's strength in ripping fabrics which in the final chapter lets her rip the very fabric of space-time, making a permanent passage between human and youkai worlds.
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  • Closet Key: Arare is initially hyped to know if there are any hot male yokai and is devastated to learn that they're all elderly-looking. However, after accidentally getting a birds-eye-view of Kizakura the kappa and Beni the futakuchi-onna in an intimate encounter, followed by Kiri kissing her to test her indignant assertion of heterosexuality, Arare realizes that she's developed feelings for the cat yokai.
  • Coming Of Age Queer Romance: Arare is a high-school student who assumed herself to be heterosexual prior to being trapped in the Yōkai World, but ends up in a lesbian relationship with Kiri the nekomata.
  • Consummate Liar: Due to being an amanojaku, Akina is forced to be one. She can force herself to tell the truth, but it causes her a great deal of distress.
  • Cute Monster Girl: Most. There are also examples of Grotesque Cute monster girls, such as the karakasa girls.
  • The Ditz: Arare can be a bit of an airhead, repeatedly forgetting that she's supposed to be pretending to be a yokai, that she needs to keep her bellybutton hidden, and that becoming Kiri's lover would mean she would be transformed into a nekomata herself. After she obliviously hurts Kiri's feelings in Chapter 11, she's completely clueless as to why Kiri is angry at her and all she can think about is fooling around with her some more.
  • Yuri Genre: There are multiple lesbian relationships in the manga. Kizakura the kappa and Beni the futakuchi-onna are in a relationship with each other, Akina is in a relationship with another amanojaku — who was the one who turned her, and Arare ends up in a relationship with Kiri the nekomata. Additionally, many of the other yokai girls express the willingness to force themselves on any human women they encounter.