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So Cute It Hurts!!, actually Kobayashi ga Kawai Sugite Tsurai!! (Japanese: 小林が可愛すぎてツライっ!!, lit. "Kobayashi is So Cute it Hurts!!", abbreviated Koba Cute!), is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Gō Ikeyamada. It was published in Shogakukan's Shoujo Comic, with 75 chapters and 15 volumes. It also had a 2-epísode OAV and a Visual Novel game for Nintendo 3DS
The protagonists are the twins Mitsuru and Megumu "Megu" Kobayashi. From Megu's part, she's a Japanese history Otaku with quite good grades and friends with two girls who share similar interests. From Mitsuru's, he attends a school different from Megu's and is quite the ladies' man and kendo practitioner... but kiiiiinda Book Dumb. So once Mitsuru must give some make-up tests and asks Megu to take his place this time, so he'll be able to go into some dates. Megu is not convinced but the following day she finds out that Mitsuru has taken her Sailor Fuku and then ran off disguised as her, so she's forced to take up Mitsuru's appearance via putting on his uniform and a wigh, and they crossdress their ways into each others' schools.
In Megu's school, Mitsuru finds out about the existence of the Alpha Bitch Azusa Tokugawa, daughter of the owner of the school and a teen model; her favorite bullying target is a deafmute girl named Shino Takenaka, and he decides to stand up to Azusa to protect Shino. On the other hand, Megu finds herself in trouble when guys from Mitsuru's school come to challenge her, thinking she's his older twin and wishing to fight "him"... but is saved by Aoi Sanada, the strongest and more handsome fighter around, who has an eyepatch over his eye due to an incident in his past.
Intrigued by their discoveries, the twins keep crossdressing to see what will happen. Megu reaches for Aoi, who's questioning his sexuality because he's attracted to her thinking she's "Mitsuru"; Mitsuru keeps defending Shino (whom he's falling for) from Azusa. And as time passes, the lives of these teens keep entwining in several ways. . .
- Arranged Marriage: There's one in the backstory: Azusa's parents had to go through it, and her father cheated on her mom with the woman he actually loved: Aoi's mom (who'd bear him Shino).
- Later, Azusa's neglectful dad tries to engage her to a boy named Shougo who's pretty much The Ace, so the boy will become the official heir to the Tokugawa business. Mitsuru, who at that point is dating Azusa, refuses to step down and is slapped with quite the Engagement Challenge from Shougo and Mr. Tokugawa as a result: he'll have to outdo Shougo in a VERY important national test so Azusa will be free... Neither boy aces said exam, but Mitsuru gets a higher grade than Shougo and Shougo himself willingly steps out.
- Alpha Bitch: Azusa. She turns out to have a Freudian Excuse for it, and as the series progresses she begins to defrost.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Azusa, especially at the start.
- Cannot Talk to Women: Aoi. Even as he finds out who Megu is and the two more or less start going out, he can barely get near her without passing out for quite a while.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Aoi was abandoned by his mother after the death of his father in the fire that scarred him.
- Shino is Aoi and Azusa's half-sister: her mother Yuki is her and Aoi's mom, and she was The Mistress of Azusa's father. Yuki abandoned her and Aoi when they were young, and Azusa bullies her out of resentment because their shared dad dotes on Shino but neglects Azusa.
- Azusa is one heck of a Lonely Rich Kid who, as said above, is neglected by her father, and she takes her frustrations on her half-sister for it.
- Dark-Skinned Blond: Megu's friend Tomo, who seems to be a Ko-Gal.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Azusa starts becoming nicer and kinder through her interactions with Mitsuru.
- Disabled Love Interest: Shino, for Mitsuru. Not really: she cares for him, but is in love with someone else.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Downplayed a bit: Mitsuru needs more than just putting on Megu's fuku to pull this.
- Eyepatch of Power: Aoi covers one of his eyes with an eyepatch.
- Half-Identical Twins: Mitsuru and Megumu, though in practice they downplay it since they need wigs on top of different clothes since Mitsuru's hair is shorter and darker than Megu's.
- Hot Dad: Azusa's father.
- Little Akane's father, aka Yuki's second husband.
- Hot Mom: Iroha Kobayashi and Kyouka Tokugawa.
- Also Yuki, the mother of Aoi, Shino and little Akane.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Aoi is a good guy, and his eyepatch covers his injured eye and his other big scar is on his shoulder. They come from the fire where his dad died.
- Megu and Mitsuru's dad Satsuki, being a JSDF liutenant, is Covered with Scars.
- The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: Played with. Azusa seems to be a very bitchy Pretty Sister while Shino is a deafmute Smart Sister - but due to a BAD case of Parental Favoritism, it looks like Azusa sees herself as the Smart Sister and The Unfavorite compared to her Pretty Sister Shino.
- Lonely Rich Kid: Azusa.
- Meaningful Name: The twins' mother, Iroha, is a descendant of a servant of the feudal lord Date Masamune. She named Mitsuru after Masamune's Number Two Kagetsuna aka Koujuro Kataoka the First, and Megu after Masamune's wife Megohime.
- Meganekko: Megu's Yaoi Fangirl friend Shizuka
- Also Azusa's Hot Mom, Kyouka.
- Military Brat: Megu and Mitsuru: their father, Satsuki Kobayashi, is from the Japanese Self-Defense Forces (JSDF).
- The Ojou: Azusa, the daughter of a very famous and rich man, starts as the Royal Brat kind.
- Otaku: Megu is a huge JPN history one, whereas Shizuka is a Yaoi Fangirl and Tomo is an idol otaku.
- Parental Favoritism: The real reason why Azusa hates Shino so much: their father favors Shino over her because Azusa was born from a rather loveless Arranged Marriage to her mother Kyouka, while Shino is the daughter of his mistress and true love Yuki.
- Revenge by Proxy: In a way. Azusa bullies Shino as revenge for their father's neglection of her.
- School of Hard Knocks: Akechi Academy, Mitsuru's all-boys school, is famous for its fighters - and unbeknownst to Megu, Mitsuru is among the Top Ten there. Megu-as-Mitsuru finds herself in TROUBLE when she gets there and several boys who think she's Mitsuru chase her around. . . Fortunately, Aoi is the Strongest Student There and does what he can for her.
- Sibling Rivalry: Asuza and Shino.
- Shoujo Demographic
- Stock Shoujo Bullying Tactics: Mitsuru as Megu meets Shino when Azusa and her Girl Posse are pouring their drinks over her, and steps in to protect her.
- Sweet Polly Oliver: Megu can pull off a really cute boy disguise if needed.
- Sweet on Polly Oliver: Oh, Aoi.
- Twin Switch: Not very willingly, at first: Mitsuru just stole his sister's uniform, put on a wig, then left his own uniform in Megu's room plus a wig similar to his hair. And then the two find themselves in quite the predicaments. . .
- Tsundere: Azusa, after her Character Development