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Not So Shoujo Love Story is a comedy-romance comic by Curryuku.

It revolves around protagonist Rei trying to win the affection of her crush Hansum - while simultaneously warding off the love-struck shenanigans of her rival-turned-admirer Hanna.

The comic is available for free on Webtoon.

Not So Shoujou Love Story contains examples of:

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Hanna's courting of Rei comes off as harassment the majority of the time because she has zero flirting-skills.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Hanna delivers two in a row when she asks Rei why exactly she's in love with Hansum and after that if she actually knows anything about him, aside from his name. Rei can't give a satisfying answer to either question. A few chapters later, Susan asks Rei if she likes Hanna
  • The Ace:
    • Played for laughs with Hansum, who is inhumanly perfect. He's a top student, a talented athlete and incredibly popular. Probably because he isn't human.
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    • Played straight with Hanna: Just like Hansum, she is a grade-A student with many admirers and even does surprisingly well in sports.
  • Action Girl:
    • Rei is a tough-as-nails teenager with a knack for fighting and sports.
    • Susan is the school's track-star and an incredibly muscular Brawn Hilda.
  • Adults Are Useless:
    • Played straight with the the teachers at Koko Charter School. They are primarily interested in their school's reputation and do little to nothing to protect their students. When Rei goes to them to report Hanna's stalking, they dismiss her claims solely because of Rei's bad reputation and assume Rei is the one who's actually causing trouble. When Hanna ends up the target of bullying due to Four-Am spreading rumors about her and Rei her teacher not only completely fails to notice but even admonishes her for not concentrating during class.
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    • Averted with Rei's father. He's kind, understanding and wants the best for his daughter.
  • Affectionate Parody: Of the shoujo-genre in general. Barely an episode goes by without the comic lampooning the various clichés, plot contrivances and character archetypes that are often prevalent in romance-mangas.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Rei is honestly in love with Hansum. But when she meets Hanna for the first time, she immediately takes note of how beautiful the other girl is. Hanna is even surrounded by Bishie Sparkles in her vision for a short time. When Rei rejects Hanna's confession later on it's not because Hanna is a girl, but because Rei barely even knows Hanna.
  • Ambiguously Human: The comic implies several times that Hansum is an alien or a robot or both. His manner of speech is weirdly stilted and overly formal. He also seems very fascinated with just about every aspect of nature. Down to gravity, which he claims he isn't "used to" yet in Rei's flashback of their first meeting. In that same flashback his eyes suddenly point into different directions. When Hansum notices he apologises to Rei, claims it's because of the rain and says he'll have to "restart" them.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Played for laughs. Hanna manages to block Rei's strike in P.E. by analyzing her hand and eye movements. Her explanation of this is followed by a disclaimer that the science she describes has not been approved by a peer reviewed journal.
  • Bad Liar: Both Hanna and Hansum can't lie to save their lives. When they try to it often has hilarious results.
  • Bait-and-Switch:
    • In episode 1, Hansum leans down to Rei after she got thrown to the ground by his gaggle of fans, extends his hands and asks "Are you okay?" Rei, still unable to believe her luck, reaches to take it - only for Hansum to lower his hand further and reveal that he was worried about the butterfly she accidentally crushed with her butt, not her.
    • During Rei's race against the school's track star Susan in episode 24, there's a small moment in which it looks like Hanna's cheering has given Rei the confidence-boost she needed to overtake Susan and win. The very next episode reveals Susan won by a wide margin. Power of Love or no, someone screaming really loudly from the sidelines isn't gonna be enough for you to beat an experienced athlete.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Rei developed a crush on Hansum after he shielded her from the rain and complimented her hair.
  • Believing Their Own Lies: Four-Am pretend to be long lost sisters to keep Hanna from ratting them out to the teachers after she overhears them talking about having created the rumors about Rei and her. After Hanna leaves, two of them break into laughter, expressing disbelief that anyone would buy such an obvious lie. The other two share a confused look, with one of them asking "Wait, we're not sisters?"
  • Big Man on Campus: Hansum. He's worshipped by male and female students alike. Expect to hear more than a few love confessions when he's around.
  • Bishie Sparkle: Hansum is almost always surrounded by sparkles.
  • Bland-Name Product: In episode 2 we get a look at Rei's locker. The three manga on the top row are named One Peace, Maruto and Beach.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Rei's hair is cut very short. Hansum complimenting it was one of the things that made her fall for him.
  • Brawn Hilda: Susan is a massive woman with a quadrangular face and very masculine features.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: When asked by Rei if she even knows what "like" means, Hanna proudly answers that she learned it 28 panels ago.
  • The Bully: Four-Am, consisting of Pam, Bam, Jam and Ham (the first time, anyway). They regularly seek fights with Rei (that they lose every time) in order to keep her from getting close to Hansum. They go so far as to start rumors that Rei is a Psycho Lesbian.
  • Butch Lesbian: Rei fits almost every quality of this trope... except for the part about just being into girls, much to Hanna's dismay. Rei is, instead, Ambiguously Bi.
  • Can't Spit It Out: Hanna. Though in her case it's more like: "Tries to spit it out but ends up driving her crush away in her enthusiasm and lack of social skill".
  • Cloudcuckoolander: For a world with no fantastical elements except possibly Hansum himself, there sure are a lot of people with fantastical mindsets:
    • Deconstructed with Rei. She's obsessed with manga and anime and extremely anti-social. As a result she has no friends due to the other students being put off by her odd behavior and violent attitude.
    • Played straight with Hansum. He is just quirky enough for readers (and Rei) to notice, but also so attractive and popular that nobody around him seems to mind.
  • Comically Missing the Point: In episode 1, Rei presses Hanna against the wall and threatens her to back off lest she get "her pretty little face punched in". Hanna, who fell into a flustered daze the moment Rei got close, only gathers that Rei called her pretty and is immediately overjoyed.
  • Delinquents: Rei is foul-mouthed, very easy to anger and constantly gets into fights.
  • Deuteragonist: Rei and Hanna both get scenes and sometimes chapters from their perspectives. Though Hanna comes in later in the story, roughly half of the chapters go into detail about her daily struggles and her feelings for Rei.
  • Entitled to Have You: Four-Am are of the opinion that Hansum belongs to every girl at school and that no one girl should claim him for herself.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Hansum is just as popular with the gents as he is with the ladies.
  • Forgotten First Meeting:
    • Rei and Hanna actually met before their confrontation in episode 1 but Rei has no memory of it.
    • Rei and Hansum had something of a Meet Cute long before the start of the comic. Too bad Hansum doesn't remember.
  • The Gadfly: Hanna enjoys teasing Rei, because she finds Rei's reactions very cute.
  • Gratuitous German: Hanna's last name is "Schulerin". Which is the German word for "female student".
  • Green-Eyed Monster:
    • Hanna is intensely jealous of Hansum for being Rei's crush and tries to sabotage or butt into their interactions whenever she can.
    • Four-Am consider Hansum their property and will go to great lengths to drive off his other admirers. Especially Rei.
  • Gonk: When the comic goes all out with facial expressions, it goes all out.
  • Hate Sink:
    • Four-Am. They're shallow, cowardly bullies who think they are entitled to Hansum.
    • The students at Koko Charter School in general are pretty unlikable. Most of them are shallow gossips and bullies, who only seem concerned with their own social standing. The majority of them are also shown to be incredibly homophobic. After Four-Am start the rumor that Rei is a Psycho Lesbian, many students jump at the opportunity to pick on both Rei and Hanna for their sexuality.
  • Informed Attractiveness: Played for laughs. Hansum is frequently described as the most beautiful boy in school and everyone lusts after him accordingly. You'll have to wonder what kinds of drugs everyone at that school is on. Because Hansum with his way too small eyes and impossibly long, pointy chin could be called a lot of things, but "beautiful" is not one of them. In fact, Rei seems to be the only student who notices these things. The first time she sees Hansum she is put off by his appearance and questions why so many girls are swooning over him.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Hansum's ruder moments towards Rei come across this way. He genuinely doesn't mean to hurt her, he's just so caught up in his own world and so devoid of actual social skills that he ends up leaving her emotionally devastated.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Rei may be a rude loud-mouth, but she's not actually a bad person.
  • Lady Swears-a-Lot: Rei can't go two sentences without saying a swear-word.
  • Lipstick Lesbian: Hanna looks and acts stereotypically feminine and is in love with Rei. In contrast with Rei, Hanna has never been attracted to any man; her eyes are only for Rei.
  • Loving a Shadow: Rei is eventually forced to confront the fact that she's not in love with Hansum himself, but with the idea of him: A popular pretty boy who only has eyes for her. When pressed to name one thing about him that she likes, she can't think of anything but how he's similar to the shoujou-manga love interests she likes so much.
  • Love at First Sight: Subverted. When Rei saw Hansum for the first time, she thought he looked weird and couldn't understand why all the girls in her school were in love with him. What made her fall for him weren't his alleged good looks, but his warm personality and friendliness towards her.
  • Love Triangle: Rei has the hots for Hansum and believes Hanna does too. Hanna meanwhile is head over heels for Rei. Hansum doesn't seem attracted to anyone.
    • Later on expended with Susan, who has an unrequited crush on Hanna.
  • Nice Guy: Hansum is an accommodating, polite boy. He really needs to work on his people skills though; it's clear he would never be willingly mean to someone who didn't deserve it, but his sheer weirdness means he can often devastate others unintentionally. Might be related to him being an alien, or whatever is going on with him.
  • Otaku: Rei is obsessed with manga, especially shoujo-mangas. To the point she believes she can turn her life into one if she re-enacts the classic tropes.
  • Oblivious to Love:
    • Hansum doesn't seem to notice that the majority of his classmates are madly in love with him.
    • Despite Hanna being anything but subtle about her feelings for Rei, it takes her spelling it out to Rei that she's in love with her in episode 27 for Rei to finally get the point.
  • Psycho Lesbian: Four-Am use a picture they took out of context to frame Rei as a violent lesbian who won't take 'no' for an answer.
  • Running Gag:
    • Hansum's chin being too big to fit into the panel.
    • Four-Am's names changing every time they appear.
    • Rei attempting to re-enact classic shoujo clichés, but getting nipped in the butt by reality.
  • Shipper on Deck:
    • Most of the student body agrees that Hanna and Hansum would make the perfect couple. Rei's not into it. Neither is Hanna.
    • Hilariously, Hansum becomes an ardent supporter of Hanna and Rei as the comic goes on.
  • Toast of Tardiness: Parodied and deconstructed. Rei tries to pull this off in episode 11. Only two panels later, the toast breaks in half and falls out of her mouth. Rei is devastated and questions why the heroines in her manga even do this in the first place, since most of the time their hands are free anyway. And toast is so soft that what happened to her should happen every time anyone in a manga tries this. She then attempts to pull it off again, this time with a Dagwood Sandwich. It doesn't go any better.
  • Thinks Like a Romance Novel: Rei, with her manga specifically; a huge part of Hanna's trouble in getting through to Rei is that Rei thinks Hanna is the classic untouchable rival to the everywoman heroine. Rei hasn't noticed that she herself is far from the average female protagonist of these things, save for her bad luck, that Hanna is more of a goofball totally in love with her who is trying various ridiculous things in an attempt to get Rei to notice and/or fall in love with her, and Handsum is way weirder than he should be for the standard male romantic lead. Her reluctance to acknowledge her real circumstances boils down entirely to a romantic ideal from manga that she adores, meaning she tries to force reality into that framework.
  • Toilet Humor: Farts, turds, actual smelly toilets - there's really nothing the comic won't use for a joke.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Rei is boyish, gruff and rude. But she also reads shoujo-manga and longs for a hearts-and-flowers romance with a boy who will understand and protect her.
  • Unknown Rival:
    • Hansum is this to Hanna, as Rei's current crush.
    • Rei is one to Susan for Hanna's affection.
  • Uptight Loves Wild: Model student Hanna falls in love with the rambunctious outcast Rei. Precisely because Rei is so unpredictable and unconventional.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Rei's savvyness in the romance-genre leads her to believe she's in a real-life romance-manga. With her as the protagonist, Hansum as the love interest and Hanna as the rival. She's half-right: Hanna is the actual love interest, while Hansum is her rival. Albeit unknowingly.