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1st Dec '16 12:27:18 PM DarkHunter
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* WordOfGod: "There is no romance in ''Manga/LuckyStar''." They go so far as to have a scene that sets up what looks like a love confession, [[spoiler:and then it turns out the guy wanted to talk to Kagami so he could beg her Yatsuhashi doll off of her.]]

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* WordOfGod: "There is no romance in ''Manga/LuckyStar''." One side character is briefly mentioned to have a boyfriend, but he never shows up. They go so far as to have a scene that sets up what looks like a love confession, [[spoiler:and then it turns out the guy wanted to talk to Kagami so he could beg her Yatsuhashi doll off of her.]]
27th Nov '16 8:03:39 PM Nicoaln
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* ''Disney/BigHero6'' does not feature any form of romance forming between the hero squad, despite a few nods to Hiro and Honey Lemon's relationship in the comics.
* ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' does not end in a romance between the two leads, who happen to be both male and female and end up working together. In fact, not so much as a romance even seems to form between Judy and Nick.
* One other way that ''Disney/{{Moana}}'' breaks the mold is the fact that it is a Disney ''princess'' movie that does not end in or even so much as imply a romance between the male and female leads. Maui and Moana do indeed grow closer, but they never show any interest in romancing the other at all. The only violation of this trope is a purely platonic hug at the end.
7th Nov '16 11:46:12 AM X2X
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* English dubbing of anime, especially those targeted at younger demographics, at times tends to remove or change overtly romantic-sounding dialog with something more [[ThePowerOfFriendship friendship related]]. For example, in the Japanese dub of ''[[Anime/{{Bakugan}} Bakugan Battle Brawlers]]'' Runo repeatedly screams that she's in love with Dan and is finally comfortable with admitting it as part of a plot point, which was changed to a loud declaration of being best friends in the English dub. [[InvertedTrope Or occasionally it goes in the opposite direction]] - adding it in when such context is not in the subbed version, for example in ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'' and ''[[Manga/{{Saiyuki}} Gensoumaden Saiyuki]]''.

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* English dubbing of anime, especially those targeted at younger demographics, at times tends to remove or change overtly romantic-sounding dialog with something more [[ThePowerOfFriendship friendship related]]. For example, in the Japanese dub of ''[[Anime/{{Bakugan}} Bakugan Battle Brawlers]]'' Runo repeatedly screams that she's in love with Dan and is finally comfortable with admitting it as part of a plot point, which was changed to a loud declaration of being best friends in the English dub. [[InvertedTrope Or occasionally it goes in the opposite direction]] - -- adding it in when such context is not in the subbed version, for example in ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'' and ''[[Manga/{{Saiyuki}} Gensoumaden Saiyuki]]''.



* Nelvana's ''[[Manga/CardcaptorSakura Cardcaptors]]'' dub managed to, [[SarcasmMode amazingly]], [[{{Macekre}} turn a romance-heavy anime into]] a No Hugging No Kissing series. This isn't just [[KissingCousins about]] [[HoYay the]] [[LesYay controversial]] [[MayDecemberRomance stuff]]; even the most acceptable pairs (mainly Syaoran/Sakura) became devoid of romantic interest. This became particularly bad in the Sakura Cards arc, in which Syaoran's feelings towards Sakura sometimes got 50% of an episode. In the dub, all the romantic scenes are cut out and the dialogue is changed to some more generic subjects (fighting the forces of evil, etc). To fill in the minutes of lost footage, many flashbacks were added. For example, while ''Cardcaptor Sakura'' last episode is an intense, emotion-filled finale, ''Cardcaptors'' last episode is almost a ClipShow.

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* Nelvana's ''[[Manga/CardcaptorSakura Cardcaptors]]'' dub managed to, [[SarcasmMode amazingly]], [[{{Macekre}} turn a romance-heavy anime into]] a No Hugging Hugging, No Kissing series. This isn't just [[KissingCousins about]] about the]] [[HoYay the]] [[LesYay controversial]] [[MayDecemberRomance stuff]]; even the most acceptable pairs (mainly Syaoran/Sakura) became devoid of romantic interest. This became particularly bad in the Sakura Cards arc, in which Syaoran's feelings towards Sakura sometimes got 50% of an episode. In the dub, all the romantic scenes are cut out and the dialogue is changed to some more generic subjects (fighting the forces of evil, etc). To fill in the minutes of lost footage, many flashbacks were added. For example, while ''Cardcaptor Sakura'' last episode is an intense, emotion-filled finale, ''Cardcaptors'' last episode is almost a ClipShow.



* In an extreme example, ''Manga/DragonBall'' follows the lives of the protagonists, a few of whom marry and start families, although we're not shown much of the relationships at all, however there was a noticeable build-up to Gohan/Videl. The creator has stated in interviews this is due to his disinterest in romance. DragonBallSuper has a kissing scene between Trunks and Mai, but the camera pans out when they're about to lock lips.
* ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Gundam Wing]]'' was written with no romance in mind at all. In an interview, the director specifically stated that he considered the political and symbolic relationship between the show's two leads more important than any potential romance; he also said "I can't write boy-girl romance", putting him in the same boat as [[Manga/DragonBall Akira Toriyama]]. Despite that, there are some rather obvious romantic overtones in the Duo/Hilde relationship, and [[spoiler:Heero and Relena even actually do share a kiss in the only canonical manga spin-off]]. The most seriously built up romantic connection, in the sense that it would be really cruel to take these two apart, and they build an emotional link and seem to fit together and all that, is Trowa and Quatre. It doesn't have to be sexual, but it's sure as hell romantic.

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* In an extreme example, ''Manga/DragonBall'' follows the lives of the protagonists, a few of whom marry and start families, although we're not shown much of the relationships at all, however there was a noticeable build-up to Gohan/Videl. The creator has stated in interviews this is due to his disinterest in romance. DragonBallSuper ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' has a kissing scene between (Future) Trunks and (Future) Mai, but the camera pans out when they're about to lock lips.
* ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Gundam Wing]]'' was written with no romance in mind at all. In an interview, the director specifically stated that he considered the political and symbolic relationship between the show's two leads more important than any potential romance; he also said "I can't write boy-girl romance", putting him in the same boat as [[Manga/DragonBall Akira Toriyama]].Creator/AkiraToriyama. Despite that, there are some rather obvious romantic overtones in the Duo/Hilde relationship, and [[spoiler:Heero and Relena even actually do share a kiss in the only canonical manga spin-off]]. The most seriously built up romantic connection, in the sense that it would be really cruel to take these two apart, and they build an emotional link and seem to fit together and all that, is Trowa and Quatre. It doesn't have to be sexual, but it's sure as hell romantic.



** Minor exceptions: Rayleigh and Shakky are referred to as a "cute married couple", but whether they're actually married or just close friends hasn't been made explicit. Usopp has a potential LoveInterest, Kaya, waiting at home for him, but they hadn't yet reached the point of OfficialCouple when he left. Mr. 9 and Miss Monday were shown to have a kid in a cover page. A large part of Kyros' flashback is about Kyros' relationship to Scarlet, and how she falls in love with him. It's also a defining aspect of Boa Hancock's character that she's ''fanatically'' in love with Luffy, and after the TimeSkip he's no longer [[ObliviousToLove oblivious to her feelings]] either, although he is quite clear that he only likes her as a good friend.

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** Minor exceptions: Rayleigh and Shakky are referred to as a "cute married couple", but whether they're actually married or just close friends hasn't been made explicit. Usopp has a potential LoveInterest, {{Love Interest|s}}, Kaya, waiting at home for him, but they hadn't yet reached the point of OfficialCouple when he left. Mr. 9 and Miss Monday were shown to have a kid in a cover page. A large part of Kyros' flashback is about Kyros' relationship to Scarlet, and how she falls in love with him. It's also a defining aspect of Boa Hancock's character that she's ''fanatically'' in love with Luffy, and after the TimeSkip he's no longer [[ObliviousToLove oblivious to her feelings]] either, although he is quite clear that he only likes her as a good friend.



* Despite being a melodramatic shoujo series, ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' 's director found {{Shipping}} an annoyingly common PlotTumor; many of the relationships in the show are either ambiguously complicated if not morally uncomfortable. TheMovie, in contrast, has just enough time crunch to [[LesYay give the fans what they want]] for the lead characters.
* ''Anime/RuneSoldierLouie'' is both an [[AvertedTrope aversion]] and [[{{Parodied}} a parody]] of the [[HaremGenre harem genre.]] So despite joining a travelling party of single women, [[StrictlyProfessionalRelationship none of them have any romantic feelings]] [[JustFriends towards Louie.]] Likewise, even though [[SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan Ila]] is secretly in love with him, [[ObliviousToHints he fails to notice it]] and she never tells him.

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* Despite being a melodramatic shoujo series, ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' 's ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'''s director found {{Shipping}} an annoyingly common PlotTumor; many of the relationships in the show are either ambiguously complicated if not morally uncomfortable. TheMovie, in contrast, has just enough time crunch to [[LesYay give the fans what they want]] for the lead characters.
* ''Anime/RuneSoldierLouie'' is both an [[AvertedTrope aversion]] and [[{{Parodied}} [[ParodiedTrope a parody]] of the [[HaremGenre harem genre.]] HaremGenre. So despite joining a travelling party of single women, [[StrictlyProfessionalRelationship none of them have any romantic feelings]] [[JustFriends towards Louie.]] Louie]]. Likewise, even though [[SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan Ila]] is secretly in love with him, [[ObliviousToHints he fails to notice it]] and she never tells him.



* Despite how deep most of the relationships tend to run in ''Manga/SoulEater'' - with Soul and Maka being the most canon example - [[WordofGod according to Ohkubo]] in an interview he doesn't plan on taking any of them to a romantic level. Though he also tends to troll his fans so whether or not he's being honest is unsure, and the ShipTease isn't helping.

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* Despite how deep most of the relationships tend to run in ''Manga/SoulEater'' - -- with Soul and Maka being the most canon example - [[WordofGod -- [[WordOfGod according to Ohkubo]] in an interview he doesn't plan on taking any of them to a romantic level. Though he also tends to troll his fans so whether or not he's being honest is unsure, and the ShipTease isn't helping.



* While ''Manga/{{Naruto}} has'' romance in it, even as an important part of its plot (and is a MASSIVELY popular subject for {{Shipping}} fics), effectively NONE of it ever takes place on-page, due to author Masashi Kishimoto's [[http://www.saiyanisland.com/2014/11/kishimoto-sensei-speaks-after-narutos-finale/ self-confessed inability to write romance]], which he attributes to chronic embarrassment. Even in the epilogue chapter, you barely get to see any of the married couples interact with each other and the main ones everyone wanted to see, [[spoiler:Naruto/Hinata and Sasuke/Sakura]], didn't even appear on page at the same time (although in [[spoiler:Sasuke]]'s case at least he has the excuse that he's WalkingTheEarth). Kinda subverted with [[spoiler: Naruto/Hinata]] considering they get a BigDamnKiss in ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie''. Masashi Kishimoto says he thought he wouldn't be able to watch the particular scene but surprisingly enough he managed it and felt like "his kids had finally grew up and flew away from home".
* ''Anime/DogDays'' is very weird about this. Practically the entire cast is [[AllLovingHero All-Loving Heroes]] who will proudly declare their love for one another (even to members of the same sex), engage in lots of hugging, glomping, and [[LittleBitBeastly petting]], and at one point each of the three Heroes shares a bed with their respective kingdom's ruler (which includes a male/female coupling). However, it's only ever portrayed as very close friendship without a single trace of sexuality involved, probably in large part because most of the characters are in their early teens. Actual discussion of romance is extremely rare, like the scene where Princess Millihiore and Rebecca discuss their feelings for Cinque and [[ShipperOnDeck each encourages the other to pursue him]]. The weird part comes from the fact that the series can be very {{Fan Service}}-y at times, with lots of ClothingDamage, {{Gainaxing}}, and a few AccidentalPervert moments. When the second season introduced an older male character who engages in perverted behaviors like [[PeepingTom peeping]], one blog referred to him as "The only character in the series who knows what a vagina is".

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* While ''Manga/{{Naruto}} has'' romance in it, even as an important part of its plot (and is a MASSIVELY popular subject for {{Shipping}} fics), effectively NONE of it ever takes place on-page, due to author Masashi Kishimoto's [[http://www.saiyanisland.com/2014/11/kishimoto-sensei-speaks-after-narutos-finale/ self-confessed inability to write romance]], which he attributes to chronic embarrassment. Even in the epilogue chapter, you barely get to see any of the married couples interact with each other and the main ones everyone wanted to see, [[spoiler:Naruto/Hinata and Sasuke/Sakura]], didn't even appear on page at the same time (although in [[spoiler:Sasuke]]'s case at least he has the excuse that he's WalkingTheEarth). Kinda subverted with [[spoiler: Naruto/Hinata]] [[spoiler:Naruto/Hinata]] considering they get a BigDamnKiss in ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie''. Masashi Kishimoto says he thought he wouldn't be able to watch the particular scene but surprisingly enough he managed it and felt like "his kids had finally grew up and flew away from home".
* ''Anime/DogDays'' is very weird about this. Practically the entire cast is [[AllLovingHero All-Loving Heroes]] who will proudly declare their love for one another (even to members of the same sex), engage in lots of hugging, glomping, and [[LittleBitBeastly petting]], and at one point each of the three Heroes shares a bed with their respective kingdom's ruler (which includes a male/female coupling). However, it's only ever portrayed as very close friendship without a single trace of sexuality involved, probably in large part because most of the characters are in their early teens. Actual discussion of romance is extremely rare, like the scene where Princess Millihiore and Rebecca discuss their feelings for Cinque and [[ShipperOnDeck each encourages the other to pursue him]]. The weird part comes from the fact that the series can be very {{Fan Service}}-y {{fanservice}}y at times, with lots of ClothingDamage, {{Gainaxing}}, and a few AccidentalPervert moments. When the second season introduced an older male character who engages in perverted behaviors like [[PeepingTom peeping]], one blog referred to him as "The only character in the series who knows what a vagina is".is."



* ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'' has this in spades, no major characters have shown any interest in romance whatsoever. The only exception is Professor Calculus, who has an innocent crush on Bianca Castafiore. According to the book "Tintin: Herge & His Creation", Snowy would have been a female human and love interest for Tintin, but that idea was discarded.

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* ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'' has this in spades, no major characters have shown any interest in romance whatsoever. The only exception is Professor Calculus, who has an innocent crush on Bianca Castafiore. According to the book "Tintin: Herge & His Creation", Creation," Snowy would have been a female human and love interest for Tintin, but that idea was discarded.



* To quote the summary of ''FanFic/AdventCrossoverCrisis'' directly; "Rated T for swearing and violence, but relax, there's no kissing!" Indeed, romance is effectively non-existent in the story - a single ship between two featured characters is alluded to in the vaguest possible terms, and the two members of same never actually meet.

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* To quote the summary of ''FanFic/AdventCrossoverCrisis'' directly; "Rated T for swearing and violence, but relax, there's no kissing!" Indeed, romance is effectively non-existent in the story - -- a single ship between two featured characters is alluded to in the vaguest possible terms, and the two members of same never actually meet.
6th Nov '16 6:23:47 AM ArcaneAzmadi
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** Despite Oda's protests, the series is actually getting the closest it ever has to real romance involving major characters, with [[spoiler:[[ChivalrousPervert Sanji]] being on the cusp of going through with his ArrangedMarriage to the lovely Charlotte Pudding. Surprisingly, it ''would'' be a PerfectlyArrangedMarriage, as the two of them are [[LadykillerInLove almost perfect for each other]], but Sanji doesn't want to go through with it only because he doesn't want to leave the Straw Hats and is only doing so because he's being blackmailed by his [[AbusiveParents horrible father]], and while Pudding has completely fallen for him, [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy she'd be willing to free him if it were possible]]. No matter how events pan out,[[note]]and let's face it, [[LikeYouWouldActuallyDoIt there's no way they're actually going to get married]][[/note]] it's pretty hard to claim there isn't at least a ''spark'' of real romance there.]]

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** Despite Oda's protests, the series is actually getting the closest it ever has to real romance involving major characters, with [[spoiler:[[ChivalrousPervert Sanji]] being on the cusp of going through with his ArrangedMarriage to the lovely Charlotte Pudding. Surprisingly, it ''would'' be a PerfectlyArrangedMarriage, as the two of them are [[LadykillerInLove almost perfect for each other]], but Sanji doesn't want to go through with it only because he doesn't want to leave the Straw Hats and is only doing so because he's being blackmailed by his [[AbusiveParents horrible father]], and while Pudding has completely fallen for him, [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy she'd be willing to free him if it were possible]]. No matter how events pan out,[[note]]and let's face it, [[LikeYouWouldActuallyDoIt [[LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt there's no way they're actually ACTUALLY going to get married]][[/note]] it's pretty hard to claim there isn't at least a ''spark'' of real romance there.]]
6th Nov '16 6:22:55 AM ArcaneAzmadi
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** Despite Oda's protests, the series is actually getting the closest it ever has to real romance involving major characters, with [[spoiler:[[ChivalrousPervert Sanji]] being on the cusp of going through with his ArrangedMarriage to the lovely Charlotte Pudding. Surprisingly, it ''would'' be a PerfectlyArrangedMarriage, as the two of them are [[LadykillerInLove almost perfect for each other]], but Sanji doesn't want to go through with it only because he doesn't want to leave the Straw Hats and is only doing so because he's being blackmailed by his [[AbusiveParents horrible father]], and while Pudding has completely fallen for him, [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy she'd be willing to free him if it were possible]]. No matter how events pan out, it's pretty hard to claim there isn't at least a ''spark'' of real romance there.]]

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** Despite Oda's protests, the series is actually getting the closest it ever has to real romance involving major characters, with [[spoiler:[[ChivalrousPervert Sanji]] being on the cusp of going through with his ArrangedMarriage to the lovely Charlotte Pudding. Surprisingly, it ''would'' be a PerfectlyArrangedMarriage, as the two of them are [[LadykillerInLove almost perfect for each other]], but Sanji doesn't want to go through with it only because he doesn't want to leave the Straw Hats and is only doing so because he's being blackmailed by his [[AbusiveParents horrible father]], and while Pudding has completely fallen for him, [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy she'd be willing to free him if it were possible]]. No matter how events pan out, out,[[note]]and let's face it, [[LikeYouWouldActuallyDoIt there's no way they're actually going to get married]][[/note]] it's pretty hard to claim there isn't at least a ''spark'' of real romance there.]]
6th Nov '16 6:10:24 AM ArcaneAzmadi
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** Minor exceptions: Rayleigh and Shakky are referred to as a "cute married couple", but whether they're actually married or just close friends hasn't been made explicit. Usopp has a potential LoveInterest, Kaya, waiting at home for him, but they hadn't yet reached the point of OfficialCouple when he left. Mr. 9 and Miss Monday were shown to have a kid in a cover page. A large part of Kyros' flashback is about Kyros' relationship to Scarlet, and how she falls in love with him.

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** Minor exceptions: Rayleigh and Shakky are referred to as a "cute married couple", but whether they're actually married or just close friends hasn't been made explicit. Usopp has a potential LoveInterest, Kaya, waiting at home for him, but they hadn't yet reached the point of OfficialCouple when he left. Mr. 9 and Miss Monday were shown to have a kid in a cover page. A large part of Kyros' flashback is about Kyros' relationship to Scarlet, and how she falls in love with him. It's also a defining aspect of Boa Hancock's character that she's ''fanatically'' in love with Luffy, and after the TimeSkip he's no longer [[ObliviousToLove oblivious to her feelings]] either, although he is quite clear that he only likes her as a good friend.
** Despite Oda's protests, the series is actually getting the closest it ever has to real romance involving major characters, with [[spoiler:[[ChivalrousPervert Sanji]] being on the cusp of going through with his ArrangedMarriage to the lovely Charlotte Pudding. Surprisingly, it ''would'' be a PerfectlyArrangedMarriage, as the two of them are [[LadykillerInLove almost perfect for each other]], but Sanji doesn't want to go through with it only because he doesn't want to leave the Straw Hats and is only doing so because he's being blackmailed by his [[AbusiveParents horrible father]], and while Pudding has completely fallen for him, [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy she'd be willing to free him if it were possible]]. No matter how events pan out, it's pretty hard to claim there isn't at least a ''spark'' of real romance there.]]
27th Oct '16 1:43:23 PM Tropetastic1995
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** [[spoiler:That is, until the trope is averted in the final episode of XY&Z where Serena kisses Ash!]]

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** [[spoiler:That is, until the trope is averted in the final episode of XY&Z where Serena kisses Ash!]]Ash! Although even then, the camera pans away from their faces.]]
27th Oct '16 6:21:07 AM NintenFan98
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** [[spoiler:That is, until the trope is averted in the final episode of XY&Z where Serena kisses Ash!]]
20th Oct '16 12:00:38 PM Arcana4th
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* ''Manga/BokuNoHeroAcademia'' has a downplayed case. The manga lacks any ShipTease between most characters, and even the situation between the protagonists Midoriya and Uraraka is kind of left in the backseat so much, most arcs can go on without that being mentioned, since that is the only canon love interest in the plot. In this case, RealityEnsues, as it's heavily implied that being a Hero is a job that consumes your life, as almost no heroes shown so far seem to have any sort of romantic relationship.
2nd Oct '16 10:14:21 PM MrKingXemnas
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* ''VideoGame/Persona4Arena'' is a very odd example. In the original game, the SilentProtagonist could pick from one of several girls from optional [[RomanceSidequest Romance Sidequests.]] Since Arena is a direct sequel, story wise, whether or not the hero (now named Yu Narukami) entered into a relationship with a girl, or who the girl would be is never discussed in order to keep it open and prevent ShipToShipCombat. It's merely hinted at by some characters that he is a ChickMagnet.

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* ''VideoGame/Persona4Arena'' is a very odd example. In the original game, the SilentProtagonist could pick from one of several girls from optional [[RomanceSidequest Romance Sidequests.]] Since Arena is a direct sequel, story wise, whether or not the hero (now named Yu Narukami) Narukami and SuddenlyVoiced) entered into a relationship with a girl, or who the girl would be is never discussed in order to [[CuttingOffTheBranches keep it open open]] and prevent ShipToShipCombat. It's merely hinted at by some characters that he is a ChickMagnet.
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