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2nd Feb '16 5:50:23 PM RAMChYLD
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* Appears quite often in ''Anime/SuzysZooDaisukiWitzy'', with shows Witzy, who is pretty much a toddler, roaming around outside his house without adult supervision.
29th Jan '16 9:37:10 AM tropower
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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has the Cutie Mark Crusaders, able to wander all over town and the overlying regions with no supervision, even into the local EldritchLocation on occasion. Only Sweetie Belle is confirmed as having parents; we don't even know if the other two ''have'' parents, although Apple Bloom has older siblings. ** It's debatable exactly how old the CMC are, however. If one views Cutie Marks as an analogy to puberty the trio could very well be the equivalent of 9 or 10 in human years (possibly even older) which is plenty old enough to be wandering around a sleepy rural village on their own. ** Subverted in the episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E21DragonQuest Dragon Quest]]", where the girls let Spike go alone on a quest to join migrating dragons, but it turns out they were planning to follow him all along anyway. ** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E8JustForSidekicks Just for Sidekicks]]," nobody apparently bats an eye at them being missing while they head off with Spike on a train ride to the Crystal Empire.
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* This essentially applies to Megan, Molly, and Danny in [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTVSpecials the original]] [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie incarnation]] [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyAndFriends of]] ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'', as well as the baby ponies whenever the plot calls for it. This also applies to the main characters in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTales''. ** ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has the Cutie Mark Crusaders, able to wander all over town and the overlying regions with no supervision, even into the local EldritchLocation on occasion. Only Sweetie Belle is confirmed as having parents; we don't even know if the other two ''have'' parents, although Apple Bloom has older siblings. ** *** It's debatable exactly how old the CMC are, however. If one views Cutie Marks as an analogy to puberty the trio could very well be the equivalent of 9 or 10 in human years (possibly even older) which is plenty old enough to be wandering around a sleepy rural village on their own. ** *** Subverted in the episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E21DragonQuest Dragon Quest]]", where the girls let Spike go alone on a quest to join migrating dragons, but it turns out they were planning to follow him all along anyway. ** *** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E8JustForSidekicks Just for Sidekicks]]," nobody apparently bats an eye at them being missing while they head off with Spike on a train ride to the Crystal Empire.
8th Jan '16 6:31:15 AM case
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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2''. Well, of course. The world of Spira is filled with children who have been made orphans due to Sin killing off the parents. Some, such as Shinra, have found new guardians, at least, of a sort. Others, such as a Calli, Lian & Ayde and the Kinderguardians are definitely very free range. Many of them are more than capable of fighting basic fiends and journey the globe much like the player characters.
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* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'': ** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2''. Well, of course. The world of Spira is filled with children who have been made orphans due to Sin killing off the parents. Some, such as Shinra, have found new guardians, at least, of a sort. Others, such as a Calli, Lian & Ayde and the Kinderguardians are definitely very free range. Many of them are more than capable of fighting basic fiends and journey the globe much like the player characters.

* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' does this frequently and {{lampshade|Hanging}}s it with jokes about Homer's neglectfulness as a parent.
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': ** The show does this frequently and {{lampshade|Hanging}}s it with jokes about Homer's neglectfulness as a parent.

* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'': Part of Ben and his cousin Gwens' free rein comes from their grandfather Max, who drives them around the USA for their summer camping trip. Still, being part of an interstellar policing counter-terrorist organization would give him the common sense to keep better watch around Ben (who's only 10), who happens to have the most powerful transforming technology in the galaxy but repeatedly disregards caution and attacks alien evildoers with no concern for the consequences. Same goes for Gwen, but her surprising maturity in accessing dangerous situations sort of justifies the lack of supervision. Also the fact that Max should be in his 60s and is not as physically fit as he was in his younger days.
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'': 10}}'': ** Part of Ben and his cousin Gwens' free rein comes from their grandfather Max, who drives them around the USA for their summer camping trip. Still, being part of an interstellar policing counter-terrorist organization would give him the common sense to keep better watch around Ben (who's only 10), who happens to have the most powerful transforming technology in the galaxy but repeatedly disregards caution and attacks alien evildoers with no concern for the consequences. Same goes for Gwen, but her surprising maturity in accessing dangerous situations sort of justifies the lack of supervision. Also the fact that Max should be in his 60s and is not as physically fit as he was in his younger days.
7th Jan '16 1:01:32 PM SeaRover
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*** Even protagonists aside, kids Ness's age or even younger can be seen here and there without direct accompaniment, such as a little girl near the path leading from Onett to Twoson or a young boy on the path from Twoson to Peaceful Rest Valley.
31st Dec '15 9:44:17 PM pittsburghmuggle
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* In ''Film/AGirlNamedSooner'', Sooner decides to return to her old home, and a yokel on the side of the road even gives her a ride without asking about where she is going.
20th Dec '15 8:18:43 PM storyyeller
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* In ''Series/TiereBisUntersDach'', the kids go pretty much everywhere by themselves. Somewhat justified in that they live in a farming village.
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* In ''Series/TiereBisUntersDach'', the kids go pretty much everywhere by themselves. Somewhat justified in that anywhere they live want in Waldau and the surrounding forests and farms. In one case, they even go over to a farming village.neighboring town to investigate a suspected pet-napping ring. The parents never seem to worry except when someone actually ends up in danger.
20th Dec '15 2:55:58 PM storyyeller
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* In ''Series/TiereBisUntersDach'', the kids go pretty much everywhere by themselves. Somewhat justified in that they live in a farming village.
20th Dec '15 2:47:56 PM Pichu-kun
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* Deconstructed in Disney's ''Disney/TheRescuers Down Under''. Cody is free to run around the local areas of the Australian outback...but runs into the film's villain (a poacher) and...then you have the plot of the movie.

** Deconstructed in ''Black and White'', as Bianca's father goes nuts at the thought of his daughter traveling out there alone in the dangerous world. [[spoiler:Reconstructed as he's reminded that his daughter isn't alone as she has friends and monster bodyguards, and that roaming the world is a good way to expand one's horizons]]. * ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon DS'' ** It has your character's child wandering about the valley (mostly to and from Vesta's ranch). ** Happens in ''Cute'' and the ''Wonderful Life'' sub-series too. This can be justified being that the valley is pretty small, there's really nowhere to go, it's safe, and everyone knows each other.
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** Deconstructed in ''Black and White'', as teenager Bianca's father goes nuts at the thought of his daughter traveling out there alone in the dangerous world. [[spoiler:Reconstructed as he's reminded that his daughter isn't alone as she has friends and monster bodyguards, and that roaming the world is a good way to expand one's horizons]]. * ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon DS'' ** It has your character's child ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonAWonderfulLife'': Your children can wandering about the valley (mostly to and from Vesta's ranch). ** Happens in ''Cute'' and ranch) from the ''Wonderful Life'' sub-series too. time they're a ''toddler'' (though it rarely happens at that age). This can be justified being that the valley is pretty quite small, there's really nowhere to go, it's safe, and everyone knows each other.

* In ''[[VideoGame/TheSims Sims 3]]'', any Sim older than toddler can go anywhere in town the player or their own free will sends them, subject to curfew restrictions on children and teens.
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* * ''VideoGame/TheSims'': ** In ''[[VideoGame/TheSims ''VideoGame/{{The Sims 3]]'', 3}}'', any Sim older than toddler can go anywhere in town the player or their own free will sends them, subject to curfew restrictions on children and teens.

* ''TomodachiLife'' doesn't have many differences between adult and kid Miis, other than kids not being able to get married. This means that Kid Miis move into and live in their own apartments, wander the island and get part-time jobs without any parents or guardians in sight.
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* ''TomodachiLife'' ''VideoGame/TomodachiLife'' doesn't have many differences between adult and kid Miis, other than kids not being able to get married. This means that Kid Miis move into and live in their own apartments, wander the island and get part-time jobs without any parents or guardians in sight.

* ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries'': Lilo is about 6 years old and yet she and Stitch run about Hawaii finding Stitch's cousins with little older supervision. Mertle, who says she's the best hula dancer in the seven year old division in ''Lilo and Stitch 2: Stitch has a Glitch,'' also seems to have a bit more freedom than most children as she travels with her friends. It is kind of justified that Lilo's allowed some freedom after Stitch joins the Ohana, though. Do you want to imagine what would happen to a normal person who tried to harm or kidnap the girl while her super-strong and rather protective alien "dog" was there? ** She was also being left alone like this in the original movie even before Stitch came into the picture. It explains a lot about why Social Services had their eye on Nani.
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* ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries'': Lilo is about 6 years old and yet she and Stitch run about Hawaii finding Stitch's cousins with little older supervision. Mertle, who says she's the best hula dancer in the seven year old division in ''Lilo and Stitch 2: Stitch has a Glitch,'' also seems to have a bit more freedom than most children as she travels with her friends. It is kind of justified that Lilo's allowed some freedom after Stitch joins the Ohana, though. Do you want to imagine what would happen to a normal person who tried to harm or kidnap the girl while her super-strong and rather protective alien "dog" was there? ** there? She was also being left alone like this in the [[Disney/LiloAndStitch original movie movie]] even before Stitch came into the picture. It explains a lot about why Social Services had their eye on Nani.

* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'': Jimmy and friends, whom are in probably fifth grade, are given incredibly free rein, often making trips to space, Egypt, and the depths of the ocean with minimum interference from parents. There are a few instances where Jimmy is prevented from flying in his homemade rocket into space (Without a space helmet even!) before finishing his chores, but still, that is incredibly free rein. On a typical day, the kids will go down to the local fast food joint to hang out, and their parents are nowhere in sight. ** Subverted in TheMovie, where the plot revolved around the kids feeling annoyed about the restrictions their parents keep placing on them. But really, the only thing they kept him from doing was going to a theme park on a school night, which really isn't that bad.
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'': Jimmy and friends, whom are in probably fifth grade, are given incredibly free rein, often making trips to space, Egypt, and the depths of the ocean with minimum interference from parents. There are a few instances where Jimmy is prevented from flying in his homemade rocket into space (Without a space helmet even!) before finishing his chores, but still, that is incredibly free rein. On a typical day, the kids will go down to the local fast food joint to hang out, and their parents are nowhere in sight. ** sight. Subverted in TheMovie, ''WesternAnimation/JimmyNeutron'' where the plot revolved around the kids feeling annoyed about the restrictions their parents keep placing on them. But really, the only thing they kept him from doing was going to a theme park on a school night, which really isn't that bad.

* ''WesternAnimation/APupNamedScoobyDoo'': Their parents are mentioned and even shown a few times, yet they hardly ever give the kids any restrictions, allowing them to run freely around Coolsville, running from creeps and unmasking them. ** Their traditional selves are canonically high school age (the oldest two being seventeen and Velma being ''fourteen'') but can travel cross country and get into serious situations without adults. The original premise handwaved this since they were musicians on tour but the actual series says nothing about it. Averted in many later incarnations where they're adults.
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* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'': ** ''WesternAnimation/APupNamedScoobyDoo'': Their parents are mentioned and even shown a few times, yet they hardly ever give the kids any restrictions, allowing them to run freely around Coolsville, running from creeps and unmasking them. ** Their traditional selves are canonically high school age (the oldest two being seventeen and Velma being ''fourteen'') but can travel cross country and get into serious situations without adults. The [[WhatCouldHaveBeen original premise premise]] handwaved this since they were musicians on tour but the actual series says nothing about it. Averted in many later incarnations where they're {{age lift}}ed into adults.

** Well, Peter too, sometimes.
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* Touched upon in ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}''. The parents keep the babies in a play pen, but they just walk away from them after they are put away, allowing them to escape and roam about with no interference. This gets ridiculous in one episode, in which the parents are visiting a store. They put the kids down, and literally walk away like it is nobody's business. ** Well, Peter too, sometimes."How could this have happened?! We're always so careful with the kids!"

* ''WesternAnimation/RocketPower'': The late elementary school cast runs all about Ocean Shores with little concern from their parents. To be fair, Ray tends to be laid back about everything, except when the gang really screws up. He also works in a restaurant near the beach and skate park, where the kids usually are. Twister's parents, just say to him when he gets in trouble, "We'll talk about this later," and little is usually shown after that. Sam's mom is pretty fussy, but he still tags along wherever the gang goes. And presumably, she wants him to be within a certain area where he can contact an adult. ** Also it looks like the kids are more around a certain area of Ocean shores. Most of the action takes place around their cul-de-sac and the pier which is ''right'' where Ray works. (He's also pretty laid back anyways) There are a couple occasions where they appear to go outside the zone and have to use a GPS, or get in trouble when they're caught doing something unsafe like surfing in a channel.
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* ''WesternAnimation/RocketPower'': The late elementary school cast runs all about Ocean Shores with little concern from their parents. To be fair, Ray tends to be laid back about everything, except when the gang really screws up. He also works in a restaurant near the beach and skate park, where the kids usually are. Twister's parents, just say to him when he gets in trouble, "We'll talk about this later," and little is usually shown after that. Sam's mom is pretty fussy, but he still tags along wherever the gang goes. And presumably, she wants him to be within a certain area where he can contact an adult. ** adult. Also it looks like the kids are more around a certain area of Ocean shores. Most of the action takes place around their cul-de-sac and the pier which is ''right'' where Ray works. (He's also pretty laid back anyways) There are a couple occasions where they appear to go outside the zone and have to use a GPS, or get in trouble when they're caught doing something unsafe like surfing in a channel.

* On ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', Timmy and the other kids will be seen wandering the town on their own when the plot calls for it. One episode had Timmy biking through the desert and at a fast food restaurant ''at night'' without his parents. He also tends to spend extended amounts of time in Fairy World without his parents noticing. ** As in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', 99% of the adults in the show aren't exactly the brightest bulbs on the tree. * ''WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer'' and her cousin Diego (of ''WesternAnimation/GoDiegoGo''). * ''WesternAnimation/TheWildThornberrys'': i.e. the one about the little girl who wanders around the jungle with no parental supervision, avoiding crises and conversing with the local wildlife with the aid of her foreign language-speaking monkey and her RaisedByWolves little brother. (To be fair, Mr. and Mrs. Thornberry's biggest failing as parents is that they seem to put too much trust in their teenage daughter Debbie to keep an eye on things while they're away studying said local wildlife. In the BigDamnMovie, when they discover that Eliza's managed to chase after a poacher despite having been sent to a London boarding school, they're horrified that Eliza would put herself in that much danger.)
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* On ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', Timmy and the other kids will be seen wandering the town on their own when the plot calls for it. One episode had Timmy biking through the desert and at a fast food restaurant ''at night'' without his parents. He also tends to spend extended amounts of time in Fairy World without his parents noticing. ** noticing. As in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', 99% of the adults in the show aren't exactly the brightest bulbs on the tree. * ''WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer'' and her cousin cousins in 'WesternAnimation/GoDiegoGo''. Dora is a little girl let run around the rain forest with her equally young monkey friend, while Diego (of ''WesternAnimation/GoDiegoGo''). and his sister aren't even high schoolers yet go on ''animal rescue missions'' on their own. * ''WesternAnimation/TheWildThornberrys'': i.e. the one about the little girl who wanders around the jungle with no parental supervision, avoiding crises and conversing with the local wildlife with the aid of her foreign language-speaking monkey and her RaisedByWolves little brother. (To To be fair, Mr. and Mrs. Thornberry's biggest failing as parents is that they seem to put too much trust in their teenage daughter Debbie to keep an eye on things while they're away studying said local wildlife. In the BigDamnMovie, when they discover that Eliza's managed to chase after a poacher despite having been sent to a London boarding school, they're horrified that Eliza would put herself in that much danger.)

* Touched upon in ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}''. The parents keep the kids in a play pen, but they just walk away from them after they are put away, allowing them to escape and roam about with no interference. This gets ridiculous in one episode, in which the parents are visiting a store. They put the kids down, and literally walk away like it is nobody's business. ** "How could this have happened?! We're always so careful with the kids!"

* Deconstructed in Disney's ''Disney/TheRescuers Down Under''. Cody is free to run around the local areas of the Australian outback...but runs into the film's villain (a poacher) and...then you have the plot of the movie.
15th Dec '15 8:27:14 AM RAMChYLD
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* Second and third world countries generally practice little to no children supervision which results in this trope being played in real life.
13th Dec '15 9:14:42 PM Pichu-kun
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* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'': [[ComicBookTime No matter how many seasons pass]], Ash remains 10 years old. Apparently this is an appropriate age to be given an incredibly powerful monster to keep as a companion and travel around a world inhabited by monsters and crooks with only the company of other children near his age. This may be {{justified|Trope}} in that this is an alternate world where the societal beliefs are much different from our own. But considering that this is a world populated by dangerous monsters yet none of the adults seem too concerned for the children's safety, this trope still applies. Most of these children have god-like monsters at their beck and call, giving them enough power to utterly destroy the world if they had half a mind to do so. We must all hope that none of them ever get dumped or depressed. There is a Poke-Al Queda. [[GoldfishPoopGang They just suck.]] (Aside from ''Best Wishes!'' where they are much more dangerous.) Since all of society revolves around Pokemon and journeys are the norm, kids seem to have some knowledge about survival. WordOfGod is that, by this time, people their age are considered of age for journeys.
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* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'': ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'': ** [[ComicBookTime No matter how many seasons pass]], Ash remains 10 years old. Apparently this is an appropriate age to be given an incredibly powerful monster to keep as a companion and travel around a world inhabited by monsters and crooks with only the company of other children near his age. This may be {{justified|Trope}} in that this is an alternate world where the societal beliefs are much different from our own. But considering that this is a world populated by dangerous monsters yet none of the adults seem too concerned for the children's safety, this trope still applies. Most of these children have god-like monsters at their beck and call, giving them enough power to utterly destroy the world if they had half a mind to do so. We must all hope that none of them ever get dumped or depressed. There is a Poke-Al Queda. [[GoldfishPoopGang They just suck.]] (Aside from ''Best Wishes!'' where they are much more dangerous.) Since all of society revolves around Pokemon and journeys are the norm, kids seem to have some knowledge about survival. WordOfGod is that, by this time, people their age are considered of age for journeys.

* ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'': The Chosen are 8 to 12-year-old kids who run around Tokyo with no supervision (their Digimon aside), unquestioned, as would be the case with many high-schoolers.
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* ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'': ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'': ** The Chosen are 8 to 12-year-old kids who run around Tokyo with no supervision (their Digimon aside), unquestioned, as would be the case with many high-schoolers.

* In ''Anime/SonicX'', Cream the Rabbit is allowed by her mother to accompany her friends on quests to save the universe, despite being only 6. She has Cheese with her, but still...
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* In ''Anime/SonicX'', Cream the Rabbit is allowed by her mother to accompany her friends on quests to save the universe, despite being only 6. She has Cheese with her, but still... Sonic and the others aren't much better, being all under seventeen and Tails being as young as 8, but it's unknown where their parents even are.

* The protagonists of ''Manga/WanderingSon'' are allowed to go to ride trains to other cities at nine years old, accompanied by no adults. On Takatsuki's first trip to the city (while dressed as a boy), [[TransSexual he]] gets [[AdultFear hit on]] by an adult woman, who later becomes a CoolBigSis. The protagonists are allowed to [[IntergenerationalFriendship hang around]] two adults whom their parents don't know, and even ''sleep over at their house''. Though, to give them a break, their parents are unaware of their friendship for some time and they use vague terms like "friends" - though when they do tell their parents they don't seem scared, just mad that they're keeping secrets from them.
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* The protagonists of ''Manga/WanderingSon'' are allowed to go to ride trains to other cities at nine years old, accompanied by no adults. On Takatsuki's first trip to the city (while dressed as a boy), [[TransSexual he]] he gets [[AdultFear hit on]] by an adult woman, who later becomes a CoolBigSis. The protagonists are allowed to [[IntergenerationalFriendship hang around]] two adults whom their parents don't know, and even ''sleep over at their house''. Though, to give them a break, their parents are unaware of their friendship for some time and they use vague terms like "friends" - though when they do tell their parents they don't seem scared, just mad that they're keeping secrets from them.

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* Appears often in ''Anime/MichikoToHatchin''. 9-year old Hatchin goes off by herself and is left alone by Michiko constantly. The protagonists of ''Manga/WanderingSon'' are allowed to go to ride trains to same can be said for all the other cities at nine years old, accompanied by no children who are encountered, as they are mainly seen without adults. On Takatsuki's first trip to the city (while dressed as a boy), [[TransSexual he]] gets [[AdultFear hit on]] by an adult woman, who later becomes a CoolBigSis. The protagonists are allowed to [[IntergenerationalFriendship hang around]] two adults whom their parents don't know, and even ''sleep over at their house''. Though, to give them a break, their parents are unaware of their friendship for some time and Played with in that they use vague terms like "friends" - though when they rarely do tell their parents they don't seem scared, just mad that they're keeping secrets from them.this for enjoyment, but rather out of necessity.
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