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21st Apr '17 8:35:10 PM theknack101
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* Shura Kirigakure from the anime adaptation of ''Manga/BlueExorcist'' is hinted to be this when Yukio starts to say what age she will turning this year. He gets an empty beer can thrown at his forehead for his troubles, but not before he says enough of the word to make it seem like he was going to say 26 or 27.

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* Shura Kirigakure from the anime adaptation of ''Manga/BlueExorcist'' is hinted to be this when Yukio starts to say what age she will turning this year. He gets an empty beer can thrown at his forehead for his troubles, but not before he says enough of the word to make it seem like he was going to say 26 or 27. Turns out there's a good reason she never bothered getting married. [[spoiler:Due to a magical contract made with her ancestor, she will die at the age of 30. Once freed from said contract, she later mentions she is going to a dating party.]]
19th Apr '17 9:49:59 PM jamespolk
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* ''Late Spring'' (1949), by the renowned director Yasujirō Ozu, is all about this. The 27-year-old heroine has remained unmarried to take care of her widowed father. All her male friends and colleagues are either married or engaged. However, she's quite happy in her life. It's her family members who worry, and eventually set her up with a nice man from her university. Her dad even pretends he's about to remarry so she won't worry about him.

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* ''Late Spring'' ''Film/LateSpring'' (1949), by the renowned director Yasujirō Ozu, Creator/YasujiroOzu, is all about this. The 27-year-old heroine has remained unmarried to take care of her widowed father. All her male friends and colleagues are either married or engaged. However, she's quite happy in her life. It's her family members who worry, and eventually set her up with a nice man from her university. Her dad even pretends he's about to remarry so she won't worry about him.
16th Apr '17 12:31:32 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* Ms. Noriko Kashiwagi from ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', who is immediately fingered as one of these in her introduction and later is so delusional about her looks that she competes in a ''high school'' beauty contest and genuinely acts surprised at her loss. One could say she is an {{Expy}} of [[Manga/DearS Mitsuka Yoshimine]].
* In the earlier ''VideoGame/{{Persona 2}}'', this was deconstructed with Ulala. In contrast to Maya's success as an editor and her luck with men, Ulala, on top of being aimless, has been repeatedly swindled by a slew of boyfriends and is stuck in a dead-end job as a lingerie saleswoman. [[spoiler:Her jealousy of Maya reaches to the point that she drunk-dials JOKER to take Maya out and is cursed by him in the process. Thankfully, the curse is dispelled by Katsuya, Baofu, and Maya herself, and Ulala eventually undergoes some serious CharacterDevelopment. By the end of the game, she's much happier and more secure of herself, and has gotten a better job as Baofu's partner in his new investigation firm.]]
* Discussed in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}''. One of the potential LoveInterests, Sadayo Kawakami, has a second job in a [[PlatonicProstitution Maid Service]] that requires her to put on an [[TheIngenue sweet and naive act]] for her clients. Because she's older, this makes it harder for her to pull off, and as result, she doesn't get many customers. As such, she gives this as justification for why she's ok with the Protagonist using her service, despite being his homeroom teacher.

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* Ms. ''[[Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona Persona]]'':
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Noriko Kashiwagi from ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', ''VideoGame/Persona4'', who is immediately fingered as one of these in her introduction and later is so delusional about her looks that she competes in a ''high school'' beauty contest and genuinely acts surprised at her loss. One could say she is an {{Expy}} of [[Manga/DearS Mitsuka Yoshimine]].
* ** In the earlier ''VideoGame/{{Persona 2}}'', ''VideoGame/Persona2'', this was deconstructed with Ulala. In contrast to Maya's success as an editor and her luck with men, Ulala, on top of being aimless, has been repeatedly swindled by a slew of boyfriends and is stuck in a dead-end job as a lingerie saleswoman. [[spoiler:Her jealousy of Maya reaches to the point that she drunk-dials JOKER to take Maya out and is cursed by him in the process. Thankfully, the curse is dispelled by Katsuya, Baofu, and Maya herself, and Ulala eventually undergoes some serious CharacterDevelopment. By the end of the game, she's much happier and more secure of herself, and has gotten a better job as Baofu's partner in his new investigation firm.]]
* ** Discussed in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}''.''VideoGame/Persona5''. One of the potential LoveInterests, Sadayo Kawakami, has a second job in a [[PlatonicProstitution Maid Service]] that requires her to put on an [[TheIngenue sweet and naive act]] for her clients. Because she's older, this makes it harder for her to pull off, and as result, she doesn't get many customers. As such, she gives this as justification for why she's ok with the Protagonist using her service, despite being his homeroom teacher.
30th Mar '17 9:12:54 PM Theatre_Maven_3695
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Buying a cake for Christmas is a [[ChristmasInJapan Japanese tradition]]. But these cakes have a definite expiration date -- no one wants to eat Christmas cake after December 25th. And no matter how attractive a woman is, it's said, no Japanese male will want to [[DoubleStandard marry her after she's 25]]. Thus, "'''Christmas Cake'''" is used as a metaphor term for a woman rendered unmarriageable because she is past the freshness of her youth; roughly equivalent to "OldMaid." It's a common trope for a character to at least be surprised that another isn't married yet by this age. Even when the writers are sympathetic to the character, nagging to marry will still come from someone, usually her parents.

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Buying a cake for Christmas is a [[ChristmasInJapan Japanese tradition]]. But these cakes have a definite expiration date -- no one wants to eat Christmas cake after December 25th. And no matter how attractive a woman is, it's said, no Japanese male will want to [[DoubleStandard marry her after she's 25]]. Thus, "'''Christmas Cake'''" "Christmas Cake" is used as a metaphor term for a woman rendered unmarriageable because she is past the freshness of her youth; roughly equivalent to "OldMaid." It's a common trope for a character to at least be surprised that another isn't married yet by this age. Even when the writers are sympathetic to the character, nagging to marry will still come from someone, usually her parents.
23rd Mar '17 11:55:25 PM XFllo
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* ''Late Spring'' (1949), by the renowned director Yasujirō Ozu, is all about this, but a bit subverted and downplayed. The 27-year-old heroine has remained unmarried to take care of her widowed father. All her male friends and colleagues are either married or engaged. However, she's quite happy in her life. It's her family members who worry, and eventually set her up with a nice man from her university. Her dad even pretends he's about to remarry so she won't worry about him.

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* ''Late Spring'' (1949), by the renowned director Yasujirō Ozu, is all about this, but a bit subverted and downplayed.this. The 27-year-old heroine has remained unmarried to take care of her widowed father. All her male friends and colleagues are either married or engaged. However, she's quite happy in her life. It's her family members who worry, and eventually set her up with a nice man from her university. Her dad even pretends he's about to remarry so she won't worry about him.
19th Mar '17 2:25:59 PM fearlessnikki
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* ''Literature/BridgetJones'' turns thirty and starts angsting about not having a proper boyfriend. She makes it one of her New Year's Resolutions, and the first book is about her romances with HandsomeLech Daniel Cleaver and pompous Mark Darcy. In Bridget's mind it's preferable to her own nightmare of dying alone and being found dead in an alley "half-eaten by Alsatians".


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* ''Series/TotalDivas'' has Natalya making a crack about Summer Rae still being single when she's nearly thirty. It's clearly a BerserkButton for Summer - as she slaps Nattie so hard she breaks her nose.


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* The titular Rita in ''Theatre/EducatingRita'' is twenty-six and her friends and family expect her to start having babies at once.
12th Mar '17 5:49:27 AM secretfan14
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* Namiko-sensei from ''Manga/KashimashiGirlMeetsGirl'' has gone without a boyfriend for thirty-five years. Or [[RunningGag so she says all the time]]. She also [[{{Dojikko}} tends to fall into holes]].

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* Namiko-sensei from ''Manga/KashimashiGirlMeetsGirl'' has gone without a boyfriend for thirty-five years. Or [[RunningGag so she says all the time]]. She also [[{{Dojikko}} [[CuteClumsyGirl tends to fall into holes]].
5th Mar '17 3:03:32 PM LinTaylor
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* Koumoto Akari, [[TwoTeacherSchool the teacher of the school]] in ''Manga/MyMonsterSecret'', is considered a LivingLegend for her sheer number of failed attempts at getting a boyfriend, and her inability to attract any man is treated as an almost supernatural aura that deprives even [[MsFanservice Shiho]] of her sexiness when the latter tries to give her advice. Her [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld great-great-grandmother]] [[{{Troll}} Akane]] takes an intense delight in reminding her, and often pays dearly for it. It doesn't help that she's inhumanly strong, extremely prone to violence, and her ideal man is a literal Prince Charming on a white horse.

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* Koumoto Akari, [[TwoTeacherSchool the teacher of the school]] in ''Manga/MyMonsterSecret'', is considered a LivingLegend for her sheer number of failed attempts at getting a boyfriend, and her inability to attract any man is treated as an almost supernatural aura that deprives even [[MsFanservice Shiho]] of her sexiness when the latter tries to give her advice. Her [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld great-great-grandmother]] [[{{Troll}} Akane]] takes an intense delight in reminding her, and often pays dearly for it. It doesn't help that she's inhumanly strong, extremely prone to violence, and her ideal man is a literal Prince Charming on a white horse. However, Akari's story does have a happy ending: [[spoiler:Sakurada ([[HotForTeacher one of Akari's students]]) confesses to her late in the series; though she says they should hold off on dating until he's graduated, they do become a couple.]]
27th Feb '17 12:52:54 PM QueenBEAUTY
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* In the earlier ''VideoGame/{{Persona 2}}'', this was deconstructed with Ulala. She not only has no man, she has no job or skills [[spoiler:leading her to attempt to kill her best friend Maya, who is much more successful.]]

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* In the earlier ''VideoGame/{{Persona 2}}'', this was deconstructed with Ulala. She not only In contrast to Maya's success as an editor and her luck with men, Ulala, on top of being aimless, has no man, been repeatedly swindled by a slew of boyfriends and is stuck in a dead-end job as a lingerie saleswoman. [[spoiler:Her jealousy of Maya reaches to the point that she has no job or skills [[spoiler:leading her drunk-dials JOKER to attempt to kill her best friend Maya, who take Maya out and is cursed by him in the process. Thankfully, the curse is dispelled by Katsuya, Baofu, and Maya herself, and Ulala eventually undergoes some serious CharacterDevelopment. By the end of the game, she's much happier and more successful.secure of herself, and has gotten a better job as Baofu's partner in his new investigation firm.]]
9th Feb '17 6:38:52 AM Memers
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->'''Daisy Mae''': I looked in the mirror this morning, and there’s no doubt about it, my good years is gone.
->'''Sam''': I guess you’re right. After all, you is pushin’ 18.
-->-- '''''Theatre/LilAbner'''''
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