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Tomo and Jun

Tomo: Jun! I love you!
Jun: I love you too, bro! [brofist]
— Chapter 1
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Tomo Aizawa has a crush on her childhood friend and neighbor Junichirou Kubota. On their first day together at high school, she's finally able to confess her love to Junichirou. There is only one problem... he just sees her as his buddy, because she's a girl in body only: she's such a huge tomboy, he even thought she was a boy until they went to middle school together. So, Tomo-chan's struggle for Jun's affection begins.

Tomo-chan Is a Girl! (Tomo-chan wa Onnanoko! in Japanese) is a 4-koma manga about a tomboy trying to get her crush to see her as a girl. Though drawn by former hentai author Fumita Yanagida, the Fanservice is very toned down, and for the most part is an easy-going Slice of Life gag comic about Tomo, Jun, and their wacky friends.

The manga had an unusual update schedule: instead of a weekly or monthly release, it updated one page every day on the web, like a webcomic. The story concluded in July 2019.

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Tomo-chan Is a Girl! provides examples of:

  • Aborted Declaration of Love: Tomo steels herself for confessing to Jun for a second time, and the mood was perfect for a confession. However, despite everything working in her favor (no interruptions, no fireworks droning her out, Jun has her full attention and sees her as a woman thanks to her yukata getup), she decided against confessing again due to the insight that it was not the right time and they would not last if they started dating at that point.
  • Absurdly Youthful Mother: Carol's mother Ferris is 28 while Carol herself is 15. Tomo quickly does the math and is promptly very disturbed by the implications. An Omake showed that her mother was very developed as a 13 year old to the point that her spouse (who was 16 at the time) thought that she was older than him.
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  • Action Girl: Tomo has been practicing martial arts since she was a little kid, and joined the boy's Judo club because she was too strong for the girl's club, even in the boys club she is considered The Ace.
  • A-Cup Angst: Misuzu will never get over how Tomo is so much less feminine in behavior yet so much more developed than her.
  • Always in Class One: The whole main cast at the very least is in 1-A.
  • Amicable Exes: Inverted, Jun and Misuzu can barely stand each other and constantly make passive aggressive remarks to one another when not being out right hostile. Flashbacks show that they've always been this way, since childhood. On the other hand, they were on good terms during the time they dated.
  • Ambiguously Bi:
    • Carol, while she does have an obvious crush on Misaki-senpai and they later start dating, also has more than a little Ship Tease with Misuzu and isn't above messing with her in vaguely-to-outright flirtatious manners.
    • Misuzu herself can come across more Ambiguously Gay, since not only does she sometimes comes across as in love with Tomo, but her friendship with Carol is full of Foe Yay. That said, Misuzu had dated Jun in the past (for all of three days; the two saw the other as being the means of maintaining a bond with Tomo, whom both feared might drift away from them, but it's revealed that, behind her manipulations, Misuzu actually was excited to have a boyfriend in spite of herself) and has a sort of Ship Tease with Tanabe.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Carol acts very clueless about a lot of social conventions that should be obvious even to a very rich, very lonely girl. She reacts weirdly to emotional situations, and has No Sense of Personal Space. Finally, we learn that for all her apparent stupidity, she is actually an ace in the game Othello, which she seems a little obsessed with, as well as mathematical and scientific subjects. While none of those traits by itself is quite so alarming, the combination of them has led some people to wonder if she might be on the autistic spectrum.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: The two gyarus note that when Tomo wears pants along with more androgynous clothing, she passes off for a very handsome young man. Even more so When Tomo is the prince for the Cinderella play; the entire female class goes wild.
  • Bait-and-Switch:
    • The sports festival has Tomo get sick before the day of a big run. While she does do well and outruns Jun for a lot of it, she suddenly collapses from physical exhaustion. You would think that with all of this buildup, Jun's going to Bridal Carry her for a romantic moment— and you would be wrong, since her collapsing isn't portrayed as cute and she's carried by piggyback.
    • The volume 6 extras have Carol and Misaki try to work up to skinship now that they're dating. Misaki says that he's always wanted to touch something soft of hers, so she sticks out her chest in anticipation... and he reaches for her cheeks instead, saying he was always curious about how they felt.
  • Battle Aura: Tomo and Jun both sport this from time to time, especially when getting fired up about competition.
  • Battle Couple: Tomo and Jun, as fighting maniacs, would be this if they got together.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For:
    • Misuzu's more than okay with helping Tomo get Jun, but Carol implies that she wants the two to change, with Jun turning Tomo into a girlier person. By the end of the festival arc, Jun is walking on eggshells with Tomo, trying to keep up their old dynamic but barely even touching her since she's a girl, while Tomo is slowly realizing what she wants out of her relationship with Jun and becomes frustrated with his current actions.
    • All Tomo wanted when she was in middle school was for Jun and her to start talking and act like friends again. She starts taking notice of him as a boy during the exact conversation where they reestablish their friendship, and for the rest of the chronological timeline she's firmly planted in the friendzone.
    • Tomo's greatest fear for her relationship with Jun, that when he sees her as a woman their all out friend/rival relationship will disappear, pretty much comes true before and after they get together. The aforementioned festival arc does this as illustrated; and post confession, Jun's so relaxed and gentle with her that she starts seeing it as treating her like his daughter instead of his friend.
  • Beach Episode: Mizusu, Tomo, and Carol take this as an opportunity to have Tomo stand out more to Jun, by having her wear a more revealing bathing suit that emphasizes her femininity. It works, but he doesn't let it show very much.
  • Beauty, Brains and Brawn: Carol, Misuzu, and Tomo, respectively. Best seen when they take jobs at Tanabe's ramen shop. Carol draws in a ton of customers, Misuzu plans ahead for the rush and sends Tomo on a shopping trip, and Tomo shows up effortlessly carrying a huge amount of supplies. Tanabe's father wonders if all high school girls are like that, but Tanabe tells him those three are just special.
  • Beta Couple:
    • Carol/Misaki, as their relationship parallels Jun and Tomo's in a lot of ways. Where Tomo is trying to get Jun to see her as a woman, Misaki is trying to become more masculine. Both boys don't see their respective girls as love interests initially (actually, it's more complicated than that), while both girls have been trying to get their boys to take their relationships to the next level. Carol and Misaki get more elaboration on their relationship in volumes 5 and 6.
    • Subverted in the case of Misuzu/Tanabe, but in a much, much less significant level. Most of it is wishful thinking by Tanabe, who barely registers anything on Misuzu's radar. It's like the old Colombian proverb goes, it's a fight between a tiger and a tied donkey.
  • Berserk Button: While it's already incredibly dumb to harass Tomo; never molest Tomo in front of Jun, seriously, don't. Also, if Misaki-senpai thinks that Carol was hurt, you better hope and pray that both Jun and Tomo are there to hold him back.
  • Bleached Underpants: As mentioned above, the series' artist was known for doing hentai before, but while Tomo-chan has some Fanservice it's generally few and far between. However, Yanagida occasionally uploads raunchier non-canon Bonus Material to his Pixiv account, usually alternate takes on strips or storylines that feature actual nudity and sex.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Carol, Misuzu and Tomo.
  • Bokukko: Tomo used to refer to herself using "ore," which is even more masculine than "boku" (this is part of why Jun got confused).
  • Buxom Is Better: Tomo is very well endowed, much to Misuzu's consternation. Carol is also well endowed, with similar results.
  • Call-Back:
    • Jun thinks back to the very first strip and Tomo's confession when he's wondering about why he's so happy that Tomo asked him to the festival.
    • When Misuzu hears about Misaki's love for Carol, she notes that she couldn't get that impression on him at first, referring to the strip when he nonchalantly brushed crumbs off of Carol's chest.
    • In #300 Misuzu's mother mistakes Tomo for her mother and panics, then after things are explained she asks Tomo "Don't grow up to be like her, okay?" In #482 the exact same scene happens, except this time it's Tomo's father mistaking Misuzu for her mother.
  • Chekhov's Gun: #130 mentions that there was a period in middle school where Tomo and Jun didn't speak for a year, only in #670 does this begin to be elaborated. The reason why they didn't talk? Jun was finally starting to see Tomo as a girl and got upset that Tomo was talking to boys and that she said she and him were Just Friends, and so ignored her. He wanted to make up and clear up the misunderstanding, but no matter what he thought about telling her, it would come off as him admitting he had a crush.
  • The Chikan: An old man starts to feel up Tomo on the train when she and Jun are going home, and when Jun notices Tomo has to stop him from killing the bastard.
  • Childhood Friend Romance:
    • The obvious and most plot-important one is Jun and Tomo.
    • Carol has had a crush on Misaki for years now, and even pretend married him as children around three times. Misaki, however, seems to be dense about her feelings. Because it turns out that he was under the impression that she isn't serious, this is resolved relatively quickly.
  • Cliffhanger: The beach arc ends with Misuzu musing that Jun has no choice but to see Tomo as a girl after the beach arc wraps up, and Jun himself is showing more and more signs of being in love with Tomo. That page was the last one for a month or so.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Carol almost always has the same vacant smile on her face, even when electrocuting some thugs with a taser. Given the series this is mostly Played for Laughs...at least until Carol and Misaki's romance arc ends, where Misaki reveals that he's scared of confessing to her precisely because she's so serene all the time.
  • Dope Slap: Carol's mother Ferris delivers one to Misaki after Carol comes home heartbroken thinking that he doesn't love her romantically...except replace the word "slap" with the word "headbutt". Ouch.
  • Double-Meaning Title:
    • Aside from stating the obvious fact of Tomo being female, it's also a desperate cry of Tomo trying to make Jun look at her as a woman, as well as Jun's realization that his best friend and competitor is also of the opposite sex, with all of the physicality it implies.
    • As "tomo" means "friend", the title also roughly translates to "Your Friend is a Girl".
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male:
    • After Jun lets Carol into his room, she pins him to his bed in an attempt to get him to realize how much of a problem his fear of closeness is in relation to Tomo (complete with a kiss on the cheek). He's terrified the whole time, doesn't fight back, and even runs over to Tomo and flinches when Carol comes over to apologize because he's so scared. This is all played for comedy, by the way.
    • Later on, after Tomo learns about what Carol did, she doesn't put much blame on her; rather, she finds fault with Jun, because he left himself open to Carol. This reaction is somewhat justified due to Tomo's martial arts upbringing and because she knows Jun is strong, but it still sounds pretty strange. That said, this is probably because it was only a kiss, rather than anything further.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Tomo was able to muster up enough courage to confess. With the subsequent strips showing how shy she is in admitting her romantic feelings, it makes her look very out of character in comparison. (Though it seems that romantic actions are more embarrassing to her than the words themselves.)
  • Everyone Can See It: It's pretty obvious to everyone that both Tomo and Jun have feelings for one another. Early, Tanabe is under the impression that the two are dating, and only Misuzu's corrections alleviate that misunderstanding. After Misaki's arc, he even straight up tells Tomo that the Karate Club already knew about Jun and Tomo's mutual crushes.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Jun didn't realize Tomo was a girl until they went to middle school and she showed up in a girl's uniform. Thinking back, he realizes there were signs, like wearing full-body swimsuits at the pool instead of trunks, not bathing with him, and using the girl's bathroom. Then he admits he was in denial to himself.
  • Festival Episode: Mizusu sets up a situation for Tomo so that she can ask Jun out to the fireworks festival happening later on.
  • Fountain of Youth: The omakes usually feature pictures of the characters interacting while some of them are de-aged to children. Sometimes it's cute (like Tomo and Misuzu doting on Kid!Carol like big sisters), sometimes...not so much (like Kid!Misuzu with a lash in her hand, riding a nervous Tomo like a horse).
  • Funny Background Event: In this comic where Misuzu and Tanabe are bargaining for the prospective wages from his father's ramen shop, Carol and Tomo engage in a cutesy game.
  • The Gadfly: Misuzu and Carol each troll their friends in very different ways. Carol in particular, since its difficult to tell if she's being sincere, dense, or trolling.
  • Gag Echo: When Misuzu teases Jun about the possibility of Tomo liking someone else, he pushes her from under the awning they were both standing under and into the rain, complete with a superimposed image of her head. Volumes later, and she's able to get back at him for it, pushing him towards a very angry and ready-to-pounce Tomo with the same super imposed imaging on Jun this time.
  • Gender Flip: One of the manga bonuses came with a genderswap of the story. Instead of Tomo being the protagonist however, it seems to focus more on "Junko" interacting with all three of the boys.
  • Generation Xerox:
    • All three of the main girls strongly resemble their mothers, both in terms of personality and appearance. The main differences are that Tomo's mother Akemi is more observant and Misuzu's mother Misaki seems a little mellower. Carol and Ferris, though, are practically twins. It's also shown that Tomo is somewhat affection-shy like her father is.
    • Tomo and Jun's relationship also resembles her mother and father's, and Jun views her father as a role-model (while Gorou pretty much views him as a son).
  • Girliness Upgrade:
    • The whole point of the manga is Tomo learning how to bring out her femininity in order to make her friend acknowledge her as a woman. Misuzu is helping her in this endeavor in an effort to become closer as friends. However, her becoming more feminine isn't quite portrayed as a good thing; Tomo doesn't want to lose the friendship and dynamic she has with Jun, and part of the reason why he even likes Tomo in the first place is because of her tomboyish qualities. It is worth noting that when Jun was asked what kind of girl would be his type, he pretty much describes Tomo exactly (with the exception of long hair).
    • That being said, Jun finds it easier to treat Tomo as a girl when she's wearing more stereotypically feminine clothing. Case in point was when she got hit on in the Beach and Festival arcs; he found it troublesome to get Tomo away from a flirt and have people think he was her boyfriend because he knows that she's capable of fending for herself. But in the Festival arc, where she dresses more like a beautiful girl, Jun takes her away from some flirts and lets them think that he's Tomo's boyfriend without a word (though he still finds it troublesome for the same reason). Same with carrying her bags and staying by her side.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Misaki tells Mizusu that even though he likes Carol, he's still unsure of confessing because she takes everything else in stride without ever dropping her cheerful personality. Misuzu's response is to push one of her buttons to get a more human interaction out of her. She claims that Misaki only loves Carol in a father-daughter fashion and not romantically; it works so well that Carol runs home crying and heartbroken.
  • Hidden Eyes: Mizusu's father's eyes aren't visible during his scant appearances. His hair style seems to only be half the reason.
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    • During the school play, Jun of all people tells Misuzu to talk openly and honestly about whatever feelings she's hiding towards Tomo. Yes, the same Jun who dodges his feelings for Tomo at every opportunity, which Misuzu even calls out.
    • Played for laughs. Jun tells Tomo that he's okay with her leaving for the afternoon with Carol and Misuzu, telling her that he doesn't want to be the kind of boyfriend who holds her down. Cue Misuzu and Carol, who start hitting him with their bags for being such a hypocrite because, well... it has been his attitude throughout the story that has consistently held Tomo down in the first place. He has no right to say that stuff with a straight face to impress Tomo of all people, and in front of Carol and Misuzu, who dealt with his crap ever since they met him.
  • If It's You, It's Okay: After Jun touches Tomo's breast when first seeing her again in middle school, he's shocked at her total lack of reaction. She says she would have socked anybody else, but doesn't mind if he does it.
  • Inelegant Blubbering: Carol engages in this, complete with runny nose and hiccups, after Misuzu "breaks" her.
  • Instant Expert: Jun takes Tomo skating since she had never gone before, hoping to get to teach her a sport for once. Of course, Tomo being Tomo, she's zooming around the rink within three minutes.
  • Irony: Misuzu formulates a plan to get Tomo closer to Jun that involves shoving the latter off a small set of stairs so Tomo can catch him. It naturally backfires. Later, Misuzu trips on a much larger set of stairs and ends up falling onto Tanabe. Misuzu notes the irony as she falls, wondering if it's divine punishment.
  • Just Friends: In the flashback to middle school, Tomo talks with some classmates about how she and Jun aren't dating and are just long time friends. Jun, thinking that it would look weird if he said anything, proceeds to not talk to Tomo for a whole year. When she finally learns why he did it, she reassures him to not mind what others might think and that they can just be together "without changing anything"...unwittingly sowing the seeds for her romantic troubles when she finally falls for him and beyond.
  • Kids Are Cruel: In the Volume 5 bonus comics, we learn that Misaki and Carol were bullied when they were children because of their foreign blood, this being one of the reasons he's so protective of her.
  • Kimono Fanservice: After Akemi finds out that Tomo's doing to the summer festival in casual clothes, she puts all of her power into putting her in a yukata, especially seeing why she's going in the first place. Evidently, Jun has a fetish for Japanese clothing as well, so his mind is blown when he sees her.
  • Kissing Cousins: Carol and Misaki are distant relatives on her father's side. Carol is also trying repeatedly to get him to notice her as a woman. Later, they start dating.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: After the part time job arc, Tomo launches straight back into asking Misuzu for advice on how to get Jun's attention. Misuzu comments that it's been a while since she's been asked that; real time, the arc took months to finish in between hiatuses.
  • Like Parent, Like Spouse: Tomo and Jun's relationship somewhat mirrors Tomo's parents in a way, with her father also being a blockheaded jock completely unused to romance (although it's a bit different).
  • Love Confession:
    • The manga begins with Tomo confessing to Jun.
    • Volume eight has Jun finally admitting his romantic love for Tomo.
  • Love Confessor: Volume six has Misaki admit to Misuzu that he's actually in love with Carol.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": The male karate team's reaction to Tomo joining the male dodgeball team.
  • Missed Him by That Much: Tomo and Jun are next-door neighbors, but due to both being on different district boundaries, they went to different schools until middle school. This further exacerbated Jun's erroneous perception of Tomo as a boy, and later, he reminisced that in hindsight, he should have noticed his mistake numerous times before.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Both Tomo and Jun have been accused of being gay, Jun because he seems immune to Tomo's looks, while also being completely uninterested in any other girls (both are not true, as Jun is very susceptible to Tomo, while he purposely avoids other girls... but he isn't blind). Tomo gets accused of this for being able to easily attract women and wanting a skinship-style relationship.
  • Never Heard That One Before: Tomo was born earlier in the year than Jun and Misuzu, so around her birthday she smugly rubs their faces in the fact that she's technically older than them ("You can call me 'Big Sis' if you want..."). Their unspoken response shows that she does this every single year and they're thoroughly sick of it.
  • No Sense of Direction: Carol, yet she still hasn't noticed this herself, so never let her give directions unless you want to lead a foreigner to the wrong place entirely.
  • No Sense of Personal Space:
    • Jun when it comes to Tomo as he is always coming up behind her and slinging his arm around her, he has even been called on it a few times but honestly doesn't notice. When Tomo tried to do the same thing back though he freaked out.
    • Carol can also be this, which usually gets her pushed away by Misuzu.
  • No, You: Jun's retort when Tomo brags that she will leave him in her dust during a school marathon.
  • Not What It Looks Like: During the arc where the punks menace Misuzu and Carol, Misaki finds Carol half-dressed and gets so pissed off that both Tomo and Jun have to hold him back. In reality Carol got dirty because she tripped and fell into a puddle and was changing into her gym clothes.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: At times it feels like Carol is putting on a front of ditziness in order to disguise her true intentions. We get glimpses of this throughout the manga, and it's most apparent in the festival arc, where she reveals that she made Mizusu a Third Wheel in her outings with Misaki in order to keep her from getting to Tomo and Jun.
  • Oblivious to Love:
    • Jun is certainly the first place trophy winner of this trope but Tomo has a strong second place...Is how it plays off initially. Later instances of the series seems to indicate Jun is enforcing Status Quo Is God. Certain circumstances/ events will force him to acknowledge Tomo's gender and the implications that fact brings to him as a guy.
    • Played straighter with Misaki, who doesn't seem to notice that Carol's been trying to date him for a while now. It turns out to be a similar case to Jun; Misaki likes Carol and has since childhood, but he's been taking care of her for so long that he's just gotten into the routine of treating actions that would normally be weird with boys/girls like everyday occurrences, plus he has never seen her be serious and thus has no idea how she feels. And he keeps saying that he thinks of them Like Brother and Sister, which adds to the problem. The shoe is actually on the other foot, and it's Carol who's been unaware the whole time.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • The girls' and later the guys' reaction on seeing Tomo's dodgeball throw.
      Tomo: Taste my anger and sorrow!
      Guy A: What the hell is with those throws?
      Guy B: Who cares! Run for your lives!
    • The leader of the thugs who tried to enact revenge on Mizusu and Carol when Tomo catches him when he didn't even know she was coming.
  • Oh, No... Not Again!: Apparently karate's not the only sport Tomo has to play on the male team, dodgeball too.
  • One of the Boys: Tomo's always been like this, which is why she's having trouble getting Jun's attention now, he just thinks of her as his best bud. It's somewhat hinted at in later chapters that Jun forces himself to think of Tomo as a guy. Anytime he finds himself thinking of her as a girl he gives himself a Dope Slap.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted in that Misaki-senpai's surname is the same Misuzu's mother's given name.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: After Misuzu trips and falls onto Tanabe while walking down the stairs, she apologizes for the incident and then asks if he's hurt. The double whammy of (somewhat uncharacteristic) apology and concern immediately makes him wonder if she hit her head.
  • Operation: Jealousy: Seems like a part of Carol's plan, since she seems to be jealous that Misaki admires Tomo so much and directly tells him that she went to Jun's house and played around with him after school.
  • Pilot: The original draft of the comic, as seen on Fumita's Pixiv, was a series of comics titled I Want to Make a Tomboy Blush. They more or less covered the first twenty or so pages of the serialized manga.
  • The Promise: When Jun and Tomo were little kids, Tomo got revenge on some bullies on Jun's behalf and retrieved the DS they stole from him. Jun, ever so stubborn, tells her that she can keep it until he beats her in a fair fight. Cut to the present say, and he hasn't made good on that promise quite yet...that is until the arc where Tomo gets sick, and she gives it to him on account of her verbally acknowledging Jun as an equal. He had gotten it back before, but quickly gave it back to her because he didn't see himself as strong enough yet.
  • Remix Comic: During the live translations of the Tomo-chan daily strips, some translators and editors started putting out these with alternate gags, varying degrees of Biting-the-Hand Humor, and Take Thats at the comic progression.
  • Restrained Revenge: After all the drama in Volume 6, Carol comes to school wearing a bunny mask, which seriously freaks out Tomo and Misuzu...and all she does is take advantage of Misuzu cowering to kiss her on the cheek.
  • Right Behind You: How Tomo saves Mizuzu and Carol from the thug when he corners them.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: Tomo and Misuzu have a very close relationship and there are many times when Misuzu shows jealousy of people getting close to Tomo, in fact it's Carol's favored way of messing with her.
  • School Play: Volume 7 has 1-A perform Cinderella for their School Festival play.
  • Sealed with a Kiss: The last comic update ends with Tomo planting a Big Damn Kiss on Jun after years (both in universe and out) of frustration and finally being allowed to date.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: When Carol and Misuzu give Tomo a makeover, they both get somewhat annoyed at how naturally pretty she is. When she's dressed in a yukata, Jun is easily blown away by her beauty.
  • Shipper on Deck: Misuzu for Tomo and Jun, even though she really doesn't like Jun that much. One of the tankobon bonus comics has Carol imply that she's not doing it out of the kindness of her heart, but rather to apologize for something. It's also later revealed that Misuzu does consider Jun a dear friend. Both Tomo and Jun's mothers are also shippers (thus the strips "Mach Speed" and "Mach 2").
  • Shout-Out:
    • Carol's mom is named Ferris. Carol Ferris, hmm...
    • A Your Name parody poster (Called Your Bread) can be seen in the background of the movie theater.
  • Sickening Sweethearts: After Tomo and Jun get together, they're so annoying sweet that Misuzu and Carol both can't stand it.
  • Sitcom Archnemesis: Misuzu and Jun do not get along and often compete for Tomo's attention. It also doesn't help that they dated for three days in Junior High.
  • Smart People Play Chess: Zigzagged with Carol. She's a complete airhead and she plays Othello, not chess, but she's extremely good at it.
  • So What Do We Do Now?: The Nintendo DS was given back to him no questions asked after the footrace, and Jun learns that Tomo has always seen him as her physical equal. However, as soon as he got out of the room, he's confused because he has no lifelong goal anymore.
  • Social Circle Filler: Jun had a couple of guy friends he used to talk to in the early strips, but after a while they almost completely phased out, Tanabe aside. Later Tanabe also disappears for awhile (read: Out of Focus almost 3 volumes), and when he returns this is lampshaded.
  • Something Only They Would Say: Tanabe obtains Misuzu's contact info, and mentions this to Jun, who immediately suspects her of giving Tanabe a fake number. So he grabs Tanabe's phone and texts her an insult. She responds with a similar insult, causing Jun to note that only she would realize it's actually him and respond as such.
  • Status Quo Is God: Whenever Tomo enacts a plan to make Jun see her as a woman, circumstances usually have it so that their relationship snaps back to what it once was and Tomo goes back to the drawing board. No matter how many times Jun's reminded that he also sees Tomo as a woman as well as a friend, and no matter how many times he tries to adjust himself or reset himself to compensate, the two never make a move on each other. This gets particularly evident with the festival arc, where Tomo herself doesn't confess to Jun again, even in a setting perfect for it, because of her insight that it wasn't the right time for them to be in a relationship (among other things).
  • Strange Minds Think Alike:
    • Both Tomo and Jun are oblivious to a normal persons way of thinking about things. Carol and Misuzu also tend to weirdly be able to sync their thoughts.
    • When the girls are studying geometry together, Carol's nonsensical explanation for how to solve a problem ("These two guys are friends, so whoosh! They smack together and bam!, there's the answer!") somehow makes perfect sense to Tomo, who reacts like a light just turned on in her head and is suddenly calling the problem easy.
    • In the Volume 2 extras, Tomo looks at Misaki's fighting stance and tells him "the pressure coming from your upper body is weak"; he has no idea what that even means. A few days later he meets up with Jun, who asks to see his fighting stance and says "You need to train your upper body, since your pressure seems a bit weak". He still doesn't understand what that's supposed to mean.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: The girls' mothers all look just like their daughters, but with different hairstyles. In the case of Carol's mother, they were unsure of whether or not she was her mother or sister until it was outright confirmed.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Jun pulls this a lot as a way of maintaining Status Quo Is God.
  • Those Two Girls: Mifune and Ogawa. They are introduced as Misaki fan girls, and through a series of misunderstandings, they become friends with Tomo. They also seem to have developed crushes on her as well.
  • Throwing the Fight: Implied during Jun's duel with Tomo's father, Gorou. Gorou starts throwing wide jabs, creating openings for Jun to strike him, hinting at Jun that the purpose of their fight is not to "win", but for Jun to stand up to him to date Tomo. This further implies that Gorou had already accepted their relationship, but felt that the boy didn't deem himself "worthy" by asking him for permission to date her in the first place.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomo's the brash, sports-loving tomboy, Misuzu and Carol are pretty girly-girls of the Eastern and Western varieties respectively.
  • Too Spicy for Yog-Sothoth: Misuzu's attempt to troll Carol's mother fell flat due to Ferris's Cloud Cuckoolander mind. In the end she wisely chose to just avoid talking to her.
  • Training from Hell: Tomo and Jun were subjected to this from the Aizawa dojo, and they both came out the better for it. The reason it's like this is due to the instructors training their students for actual combat instead of restricted fights. Misaki gets a taste of it himself when he asks the pair if he can get stronger by training where they did (he permanently joins)...and ends up passing out after hours of hard training. Each training session starts with running a marathon, which is when most new students fail out according to Tomo, causing Misaki to wonder why they aren't in the news, and that by making it past it Misaki had actually done really well.
  • Triang Relations: Misaki is also smitten with Tomo because of her strength and wants to become a stronger man worthy of Tomo's acknowledgement. Meanwhile, Tomo and Jun like each other but one is trying to do something about it and the other is trying to sort out his feelings and surpass her. Any rivalry or competition the boys have is decimated, however, by the fact that they both want to surpass Tomo and make it a point of friendly competition rather than a romantic problem. We then learn that Misaki loved Carol the whole time, subverting this.
  • Truth in Television: When bringing up her grades, Carol mentions that she gets sixties on her English tests, which alarms Tomo, because Carol is a native speaker. Misuzu points out that many native English speakers have difficulty with Japanese written English tests. In fact, generally language tests written in a foreign language trip up native speakers.
  • Unreliable Narrator: When Tomo introduces the audience to her predicament, we're led to believe that Jun is completely oblivious to his behavior around Tomo and treated her no differently than how he used to as kids. Jun's behavior around Tomo, even in the early stages, paints a different story, and come the second flashback arc, we see exactly what Jun's mindset was throughout puberty to high school regarding his extreme need to treat her as the Tomo he thought she was.
  • Unrequited Love Switcheroo: Unfortunately, this seems to be the cause of Tomo's woes. Rather than Jun being completely clueless, a flashback shows that when he finally realized that Tomo was a girl, he started having feelings for her...only to overhear her telling her classmates that they're Just Friends. This seemingly caused him to give up on any romantic interest in Tomo, which of course was followed by her developing feelings for him.
  • Unsettling Gender Reveal: The less common "thought they were a boy when they were actually a girl" situation hits Jun like a train in a flashback depicted in the early chapters and again later.
  • Unusual Chapter Numbers: Due to a scanlation numbering designation error in the unofficial English translation, the pages of chapter 236.5 (an omake chapter) from page 6 onward are supposed to be 15 individual chapters and not extras, making the designation and numbering from that point onward inaccurate. Whereas the scanlation ended up designating Chapter 953 as the end of the manga, the actual manga ends in about 970 chapters.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds:
    • Crush aside, Tomo and Jun's friendship is usually shown as a lighter side of this as they argue and fight quite a bit, sometimes physically, but they almost always make up a short time later.
    • Carol and Misuzu also hang out a lot, but also enjoy trading barbs and messing with each other.
  • Wham Episode:
    • The Festival arc becomes this. Jun, after having to see Tomo in a more feminine state, is finally starting to see Tomo as something other than a friend, but he can't quite place a finger on his feelings yet.
    • There's a chapter in which Carol just cuts straight to the point about his relationship with Tomo.
    • The school festival arc ends with Jun confronting Tomo about her wanting to "be the princess", and about to confess something to her before she gets the gravity of his words.
  • Wham Line: When Jun tells Tomo that he doesn't think they're actually dating yet.
    Jun: I still haven't asked you out yet, after all.
    Tomo: Yeah, that's right, we still aren't dating yet...
    Beat Panel
    Tomo: HMM?
  • Whole Episode Flashback:
    • While Tomo is in her room playing a Nintendo DS, the manga goes back in time to show how Tomo and Jun met and why Jun admires Tomo so much.
    • Tomo and Jun have a second one later on into the story, detailing how puberty went for the pair.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Jun gives Tomo one when she purposefully falls backwards next to him while ice skating, with her plan being to force him to catch her in a Bridal Carry. He does so, but is extremely angry, instantly realising she did it on purpose. Of course, it's Anger Born of Worry: Had he not noticed or failed to catch her, she would have hit her head on the ice, which is extremely dangerous, and could cause a concussion or even damage her skull. He is, obviously, annoyed that she did something so dangerous just to try and get him flustered.
    • Tomo is so livid at Jun after learning that he not only knew her true feelings for him, but also never noticed her efforts to appear more feminine for him that she decks him across the face.
  • Will They or Won't They?: Jun and Tomo. Jun just treats Tomo like his best bud, but at the same time, he does react when something happens to make him notice Tomo's rather impressive physique, and gets extremely annoyed when other people pay sexual or romantic attention to her or at the implication that she would ever belong to someone (five volumes in and he never considers himself, of course). They finally get together near the end of the series.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Jun, as long as that girl is Tomo. When Misaki asks how he could do that Jun says that Tomo is too good a fighter to try and hold back against (i.e. fighting Tomo is equivalent to fighting for his life). Misuzu is also a girl Jun doesn't mind hitting, though usually only as a forehead flick. Considering that flick can knock her from a crouch to standing, any more would probably kill her.
  • Younger Than They Look: Back when Carol's mother Ferris was 13, her body had developed so precociously that Carol's father, a young man at the time, thought she was perhaps 16-18 when they started dating. When Ferris belatedly mentioned her age after they'd already had sex, he was initially horrified. Somehow the misunderstanding ended happily with them getting engaged, though the learning she was also already pregnant was a shock for him as well.

Tanabe: I could give them a push... somehow... maybe...
Misuzu: DON'T YOU DARE.
Tanabe: Oh... s... sorry! Of course you don't want anyone meddling in your friend's love life.
Misuzu: You just became friends with Junichiro recently, correct?
Tanabe: Huh? Yeah...
Misuzu: Then listen up. The only one who gets to meddle with those two is ME.
Tanabe: O-okay!
— Chapter 30

Alternative Title(s): Tomo Chan Wa Onnanoko

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