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Peach Girl



Momo Adachi is a former member of the high school swim team. She tans easily and her hair is bleached out; unfortunately, she is stereotyped by her ignorant classmates and is forced to endure rumors about being an "easy girl" who has had many sexual relationships. Her only friend is Sae, who is actually responsible for spreading the nasty gossip due to her jealousy of Momo. Momo is in love with Toji, a taciturn baseball player, but the scheming Sae also has her sights set on the boy. Momo's life is further complicated with the introduction of Kairi Okayasu, a wise-cracking playboy who is determined to make her his. He reveals to Momo that she had saved him from drowning the summer before high school started.




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A boy who has been Momo's crush since junior high school although she never then confessed to him due to a friend saying he "doesn't like girls with tan skin". He overhears Momo confess her love for him to Kairi and then eventually dates Momo but Sae wants him for herself. He has a good heart, but tends to be hard headed and oblivious to what is in front of him, believing what Sae says over what Momo says, much to the frustration of Momo. Sae later blackmails Toji into dating her using pictures of Momo and Jigoro in a hotel bed together. He then breaks up with Momo. After this Momo starts dating Kairi.


Momo takes up swimming sometime during her middle school year and attends the same middle school as Kazuya Tojigamori eventually developing a crush on him. However, her friend Kyoko tells her that Toji doesn't like girls with dark skin, so Momo vows to herself that she would try her hardest to get her skin to be lighter than his before she confesses.


Upon getting there, she sees that Kairi is drowning and quickly saves him and gives him mouth-to-mouth. Sae, having set up the meeting, arrives with Toji, and after all the excitement, Momo and Toji have a heart-to-heart where Toji says he doesn't remember ever saying he didn't like girls with tan skin, and that he has a crush on Momo. He and Momo then start dating, but Momo tells him to keep it a secret due to the rumors going around about her and Kairi.


Momo rushes to the hospital, Kairi at her side, and confronts Toji and accuses Sae of brainwashing him and turning him against her. After Kairi takes Sae elsewhere, Momo tries to dispel the lies Sae told him. Sae eventually runs back into the hospital room and informs Toji that Momo and Kairi kissed, to which Momo retorts that Toji and Sae kissed as well. Toji accuses Momo of lying to him about not liking Kairi, and Momo breaks up with him and storms out. Soon after breaking up with him, she discovers that Kyoko told her that Toji didn't like girls with dark skin solely because she had a crush on Toji herself.


While Toji is in the hospital, summer is approaching and a swimming competition is set up between the classes. Sae volunteers Momo for every race available and then gets a group of girls to tear her swimsuit strap, preventing Momo from swimming too fast. Kako Ogawa, though, nearly drowns in the process, and Momo has to save her. Already discouraged by Kairi's apparent lack of interest, Momo almost accepts defeat until Kako lends her a swimsuit. While she's changing, Kairi walks in the locker room and hugs Momo. Reinvigorated, Momo starts winning the rest of her races much to Sae's dismay.


Suddenly, Momo's the talk of the class and everyone seems to love her, but Sae brings up the fact that she was seen hugging Kairi with next-to-nothing on, and after trash-talking Kairi, Momo slaps Sae across the face. Sae turns it on Momo, accusing her of frequently hitting her, and the class turns on her once again and forces her to get on her knees and apologize. Just in the nick of time, though, Toji intervenes and apologizes to Momo for being so dense before, and several girls show up and inform the class of Sae's true nature. Although initially Momo refuses to get back together with Toji, the two make up and start dating again.


Momo runs into Sae, and Sae starts to harass her just as Ryo drives up and offers Momo a ride. He and Momo go to lunch together and Ryo tells her that he tries his hardest to look out for Kairi, even if Kairi hates him in the process. Momo tries to make plans with Kairi, but Ryo shows up instead claiming he did so to let Momo know that Kairi couldn't make it. He escorts her to a party and confesses that she reminds him a lot of his ex-girlfriend who passed away and the two hug. Kairi, who was brought to the party by Morika, reprimands Ryo and drags Momo away. Momo, believing Ryo's word over Kairis, goes back to find Sae talking to Ryo unsuccessfully before running away. Ryo leads Momo into a conference room for her to fill out a questionnaire, but while the two are alone he attempts to rape her. Momo thwarts him by stabbing his head with a mechanical pencil and escapes back to Kairi, apologizing for not listening to him about Ryo.


It's not easy being beautiful. The envy, the jealousy, the vicious rumors spread by your best friend. That's life for young Momo. While everyone thinks that Momo is a wild party girl, the reality is that she is shy and honest. Can Momo confess her love to her classmate Toji, or will her best friend Sae steal him away? It's a bittersweet drama of growing up and fitting in that will charm girls everywhere.


An overly tan girl crushes for a guy, but little does she know another guy crushes on her, but little do they know another girl plots to steal the crush away. Repetitive, stupid to a fault characters, and ridiculous drama are all the ingredients for the best teen drama to laugh at.


Adachi Momo is a female high school student. She appears to be a wild girl due to her tan skin and dyed hair, but she is actually a naive and sweet student. Since her days in middle school, Momo has secretly held feelings for classmate Toji. Meanwhile, the most popular male student, Okayasu Kairi, becomes interested in her. Her friend Sae is jealous of her and tries to block Toji from Momo. Momo is conflicted with Toji and Kairi, but she has to make a decision. Adapted from the manga "Peach Girl" (ピーチガール) by Ueda Miwa (上田美和). Edit Translation


Momo is loud, shallow, a player, a betrayer, and one to best stay away from -- or at least, that's the misconception people have when they see her makeup, bleached hair and suntanned skin. In reality, Momo just wants the same friends, hobbies and crushes any girl her age would like. However, when her only friend starts spreading rumours about her, her boyfriend starts to doubt her, and the most popular boy in school starts to take a more then friendly interest in her, she'll have much more to worry about than just her appearance!


Peach Girl, by mangaka Miwa Ueda, is a high school drama centered on protagonist Momo Adachi and her love life, friendships, and rivalries. Peach Girl was a particularly important series for me because it was one of the first times I saw colorism addressed in something outside of Black media. For Momo, her tanned skinned and bleached hair from swimming led to her being seen as sexually forward. Thinking that her primary love interest, Toji, only likes fair-skinned girls, she stops doing things she loves (swimming), bleaches her skin, and avoids being in the sun.


Even before she meets Momo, Sae starts rumors that she was absent because of teen pregnancy. Then, when the school begins isolating Momo, like the snake in the grass she is, Sae becomes her only friend. From that position, she works to constantly undermine every attempt for the other girl to find a sense of purpose and belonging. 041b061a72


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