History Webcomic / RedString

20th Jan '16 11:27:30 PM Rebochan
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* ValuesDissonance - While Miharu is (initially) freaked out by the idea of being set up for an arranged marriage, and the whole story is rife with arranged marriages, not even she seems to think of it as anything more troubling than an old fashioned superstition as the story goes on.
** Just the general portrayal of Kazuo as being weak because of Kenta's abuse. It essentially blames Kazuo for the effects of Kenta's treatment of him. And while this might not have been the case had Kenta's family not been implied to forgive and take him back at the end of the story...they did. Without even an apology from the abuser, not that that would have meant much anyway.



* WebcomicTime - The comic started in 2003 with the Miharu and her friends as 10th graders. They've yet to graduate high school. Miharu and her friends have been on "summer break" since mid-2009. Keep in mind that as Japanese students, their summer break is only a month long. At least some of this is due to the author's pregnancy in 2011 which forced the strip down to two page updates for much of the year and a short maternity leave in the summer that stopped updates entirely. This is also compounded by the greater focus on the supporting cast that led to several concurrent storylines taking place in the same window of time and naturally slowed forward progression.

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* WebcomicTime - The comic started in 2003 with the Miharu and her friends as 10th graders. They've yet to graduate They never graduated high school. school - Miharu was only starting her senior year by the end of the comic, and her friends have been at one point spent several years on "summer break" since mid-2009. break." Keep in mind that as Japanese students, their summer break is only a month long. At least some of this is due to the author's pregnancy in 2011 which forced the strip down to two page updates for much of the year and a short maternity leave in the summer that stopped updates entirely. This is also compounded by the greater focus on the supporting cast that led to several concurrent storylines taking place in the same window of time and naturally slowed forward progression.
10th Nov '15 6:34:54 PM nombretomado
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5th Oct '15 12:10:04 AM EhWhatCanYouDo
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* ValuesDissonance - While Miharu is (initially) freaked out by the idea of being set up for an arranged marriage, and the whole story is rife with arranged marriages, not even she seems to think of it as anything more troubling than an old fashioned superstition as the story goes on.
** Just the general portrayal of Kazuo as being weak because of Kenta's abuse. It essentially blames Kazuo for the effects of Kenta's treatment of him. And while this might not have been the case had Kenta's family not been implied to forgive and take him back at the end of the story...they did. Without even an apology from the abuser, not that that would have meant much anyway.
15th Jul '15 6:11:12 PM Willbyr
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Red String is a {{Webcomic}} by Gina Biggs. It concerns the life of Japanese teenager Miharu Ogawa, a slightly [[SubculturesInJapan kogal]]-ish teenage girl who comes home one day to find out she's engaged. A spirited girl, she rejects her parents planning her life out for her. While sitting on a park bench, she finds a sympathetic ear in senior Kazuo Fujiwara, a serious but pessimistic and weak-willed man who is taken by Miharu's strength and boldness. After they share a day together on a "pretend date," Miharu realizes that she has fallen in love with him... and that he is her affianced. She chooses to stay with him, but grapples with a very harsh reality about their relationship. She also struggles with genuinely loving someone while fighting against being StrangledByTheRedString.

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Red String is a {{Webcomic}} {{webcomic}} by Gina Biggs. It concerns the life of Japanese teenager Miharu Ogawa, a slightly [[SubculturesInJapan kogal]]-ish teenage girl who comes home one day to find out she's engaged. A spirited girl, she rejects her parents planning her life out for her. While sitting on a park bench, she finds a sympathetic ear in senior Kazuo Fujiwara, a serious but pessimistic and weak-willed man who is taken by Miharu's strength and boldness. After they share a day together on a "pretend date," Miharu realizes that she has fallen in love with him... and that he is her affianced. She chooses to stay with him, but grapples with a very harsh reality about their relationship. She also struggles with genuinely loving someone while fighting against being StrangledByTheRedString.
5th Apr '15 2:26:30 AM Matchstick
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** Ironically, Kazuo's flaw is described as him being too willing to let others control him. In other words, Kazuo actually ''does'' practice the concept of self-sacrifice to the point where he actually sacrifices the things he loves most in pursuit of a magical solution that will keep everyone around him happy even if he is not. And unlike Makoto, he has nothing to show for it at the end of the comic...which seems to suggest that [[BrokenAesop giving up things for other people is a terrible trait to have and being completely selfish is the more noble trait to have.]]

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** Ironically, Kazuo's flaw is described as him being too willing to let others control him. In other words, Kazuo actually ''does'' practice the concept of self-sacrifice to the point where he actually sacrifices the things he loves most in pursuit of a magical solution that will keep everyone around him happy even if he is not. And unlike Makoto, he has nothing to show for it at the end of the comic... which seems to suggest that [[BrokenAesop giving up things for other people is a terrible trait to have and being completely selfish is the more noble trait to have.]]



* NoBisexuals - Subverted. The story appears play this straight when Maya hooks up with Yuuki instead of Fuuko...but completely reverses it when Maya's lingering feelings for Fuuko continued to wreak havoc on her relationship with Yuuki. The short story, "Maya's Match", eventually resolved this plot arc. [[spoiler:Maya ends up with her male gym teacher after graduating, but only after seriously dating several men and women during college.]]

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* NoBisexuals - Subverted. The story appears play this straight when Maya hooks up with Yuuki instead of Fuuko... but completely reverses it when Maya's lingering feelings for Fuuko continued to wreak havoc on her relationship with Yuuki. The short story, "Maya's Match", eventually resolved this plot arc. [[spoiler:Maya ends up with her male gym teacher after graduating, but only after seriously dating several men and women during college.]]



* PerfectlyArrangedMarriage - Initially played straight...until Kazuo is forced by his father to break up with Miharu. He initially resists, but one punch later and he breaks up with Miharu. They have yet to get back together and suddenly Makoto and Miharu are ''significantly'' closer than before.

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* PerfectlyArrangedMarriage - Initially played straight... until Kazuo is forced by his father to break up with Miharu. He initially resists, but one punch later and he breaks up with Miharu. They have yet to get back together and suddenly Makoto and Miharu are ''significantly'' closer than before.



** Morita x Igarashi - Sunk when it was blatantly revealed to the readers that Igarashi ''is'' gay...and in a serious relationship.

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** Morita x Igarashi - Sunk sunk when it was blatantly revealed to the readers that Igarashi ''is'' gay...gay... and in a serious relationship.



* StupidSacrifice - Non-lethal version. Makoto is put into a position at the end of the comic where we are told he must choose between [[spoiler:continuing his relationship with Miharu or keeping his job at her family's restaurant.]] Now, keep in mind that the choice is already a FalseDichotomy, as documented above. [[spoiler:Makoto chooses to sacrifice his chance of owning Ogawa-Ya so he can date and marry Miharu.]] The problem? [[spoiler:He proposes marriage ''after'' quitting. Miharu accepts. Meaning ''these people are his future in-laws.'' He didn't have to quit his job at all, and he's honestly made things worse because now Miharu's family is going to have to take him in as a son-in-law despite knowing that he's completely wasted their time and money on him...AND he has put them into this situation entirely because he wanted to sleep with their daughter.]]

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* StupidSacrifice - Non-lethal version. Makoto is put into a position at the end of the comic where we are told he must choose between [[spoiler:continuing his relationship with Miharu or keeping his job at her family's restaurant.]] Now, keep in mind that the choice is already a FalseDichotomy, as documented above. [[spoiler:Makoto chooses to sacrifice his chance of owning Ogawa-Ya so he can date and marry Miharu.]] The problem? [[spoiler:He proposes marriage ''after'' quitting. Miharu accepts. Meaning ''these people are his future in-laws.'' He didn't have to quit his job at all, and he's honestly made things worse because now Miharu's family is going to have to take him in as a son-in-law despite knowing that he's completely wasted their time and money on him... AND he has put them into this situation entirely because he wanted to sleep with their daughter.]]
5th Apr '15 2:22:15 AM Matchstick
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* AllThereInTheManual: The Maya subplot is resolved in the short story "Maya's Match," though this isn't that important to the progression of the main story. However, Hanae's backstory, which ''does'' get some cursory nods in the continuity, is in "Hanae's Story". Both stories are sold as premium downloads through the site's store.

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* AllThereInTheManual: AllThereInTheManual - The Maya subplot is resolved in the short story "Maya's Match," though this isn't that important to the progression of the main story. However, Hanae's backstory, which ''does'' get some cursory nods in the continuity, is in "Hanae's Story". Both stories are sold as premium downloads through the site's store.



* AlternateDVDCommentary: The comment feature for each comic can create a {{Rifftrax}} effect.

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* AlternateDVDCommentary: AlternateDVDCommentary - The comment feature for each comic can create a {{Rifftrax}} effect.



* BookEnds: [[spoiler: The story opens with Miharu's parents telling her "You're getting married!" and Miharu saying "What?!" The last lines of the comic are a reversal - Miharu saying "I'm getting married!" with her parents saying "What?!"]]

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* BookEnds: [[spoiler: The BookEnds - [[spoiler:The story opens with Miharu's parents telling her "You're getting married!" and Miharu saying "What?!" The last lines of the comic are a reversal - Miharu reversal--Miharu saying "I'm getting married!" with her parents saying "What?!"]]



* BrokenAesop: Red String is supposed to be about love and growing up, though the later chapters of the comic show almost everyone (including our heroine) acting like immature, whiny, TooDumbToLive morons who seem to have confused infatuation with true love and not progressing that much in their relationships.
* BroodingBoyGentleGirl: Eiji and Reika.
* CallingTheOldManOut - Kazuo, finally, calls out Kenta in Chapter 44. [[spoiler: After his suicide attempt gave him a new perspective on the situation.]]

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* BrokenAesop: BrokenAesop - Red String is supposed to be about love and growing up, though the later chapters of the comic show almost everyone (including our heroine) acting like immature, whiny, TooDumbToLive morons who seem to have confused infatuation with true love and not progressing that much in their relationships.
* BroodingBoyGentleGirl: BroodingBoyGentleGirl - Eiji and Reika.
* CallingTheOldManOut - Kazuo, finally, calls out Kenta in Chapter 44. [[spoiler: After [[spoiler:After his suicide attempt gave him a new perspective on the situation.]]



* CharacterShilling: Makoto is the frequent recipient of this to an unreal degree. Almost everyone (even people like Karen and Eiji, who should not be as comfortable with him as they are) has nothing but good things to say about him, despite not really doing anything to earn such praise. When Kazuo doesn't jump on the Makoto bandwagon it's portrayed as him being squarely in the wrong, even though he has every right to call Makoto a "creepy jerk."
* ConflictBall:
** In Chapter 51, [[spoiler: Miharu's parents learn about her relationship with Makoto. Instead of being supportive as they've been shown to be in the past, they suddenly inform her that this would be a problem with their finances and insist she break up with him]]. It comes out of nowhere as up until this point in the story, there was no indication that [[spoiler: they were having financial problems.]] After passing the ball to her parents, they [[spoiler: reveal that they're just worried she'll break Makoto's heart if they break up and make things awkward.]]
** In Chapter 51, [[spoiler: Reika breaks up with Eiji out of the blue because of a pregnancy scare, and later claims she assumes he'll resent her should she ''ever'' get pregnant. By this point in the story, their relationship and Eiji's dedication to her had already been solidified and the entire storyline where he thought he might have gotten her pregnant, he was nothing but supportive of her.]]

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* CharacterShilling: CharacterShilling - Makoto is the frequent recipient of this to an unreal degree. Almost everyone (even people like Karen and Eiji, who should not be as comfortable with him as they are) has nothing but good things to say about him, despite not really doing anything to earn such praise. When Kazuo doesn't jump on the Makoto bandwagon it's portrayed as him being squarely in the wrong, even though he has every right to call Makoto a "creepy jerk."
* ConflictBall:
ConflictBall -
** In Chapter 51, [[spoiler: Miharu's [[spoiler:Miharu's parents learn about her relationship with Makoto. Instead of being supportive as they've been shown to be in the past, they suddenly inform her that this would be a problem with their finances and insist she break up with him]]. It comes out of nowhere as up until this point in the story, there was no indication that [[spoiler: they were having financial problems.]] After passing the ball to her parents, they [[spoiler: reveal [[spoiler:reveal that they're just worried she'll break Makoto's heart if they break up and make things awkward.]]
** In Chapter 51, [[spoiler: Reika [[spoiler:Reika breaks up with Eiji out of the blue because of a pregnancy scare, and later claims she assumes he'll resent her should she ''ever'' get pregnant. By this point in the story, their relationship and Eiji's dedication to her had already been solidified and the entire storyline where he thought he might have gotten her pregnant, he was nothing but supportive of her.]]



* EasilyForgiven:
** In Chapter 50, [[spoiler: Reika unilaterally breaks up with Eiji due to her own insecurities over a [[TeenPregnancy pregnancy scare]] combined with [[FreudianExcuse her fear of Eiji becoming like her father]]. After receiving no explanation and a very cold shoulder for a length of time, Eiji speaks with Reika once in the following chapter and all is peachy again.]]
** In Kazuo's epilogue, [[spoiler: Kenta of all people, after his wife divorces him and moves out. He feels really sad about it, shows up at their house unannounced when Kazuo is there, and apologizes for hurting them. The resolution is not played out, but Kazuo's reaction is to give his dad another chance and it is heavily implied that both Emi and Kazuo are going to forgive him.]]
* EntitledToHaveYou: Makoto does this to Miharu in his first appearence. As many readers pointed out, he never stopped either - and people enable him left and right. [[spoiler: Then again, since even the ''author'' felt he was entitled to Miharu, it's hard to argue with his logic.]] Kazuo is the only person that ever calls him out directly on this behavior. [[spoiler: The story does this, not to highlight that Makoto still acts entitled to Miharu by virtue of never leaving her alone, but to make the reader feel bad for Makoto for being insulted.]] Not shockingly, this creates a BrokenAesop in which the narrative is 100% endorsing terrible behavior.

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* EasilyForgiven:
EasilyForgiven -
** In Chapter 50, [[spoiler: Reika [[spoiler:Reika unilaterally breaks up with Eiji due to her own insecurities over a [[TeenPregnancy pregnancy scare]] combined with [[FreudianExcuse her fear of Eiji becoming like her father]]. After receiving no explanation and a very cold shoulder for a length of time, Eiji speaks with Reika once in the following chapter and all is peachy again.]]
** In Kazuo's epilogue, [[spoiler: Kenta [[spoiler:Kenta of all people, after his wife divorces him and moves out. He feels really sad about it, shows up at their house unannounced when Kazuo is there, and apologizes for hurting them. The resolution is not played out, but Kazuo's reaction is to give his dad another chance and it is heavily implied that both Emi and Kazuo are going to forgive him.]]
* EntitledToHaveYou: EntitledToHaveYou - Makoto does this to Miharu in his first appearence. As many readers pointed out, he never stopped either - and people enable him left and right. [[spoiler: Then [[spoiler:Then again, since even the ''author'' felt he was entitled to Miharu, it's hard to argue with his logic.]] Kazuo is the only person that ever calls him out directly on this behavior. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The story does this, not to highlight that Makoto still acts entitled to Miharu by virtue of never leaving her alone, but to make the reader feel bad for Makoto for being insulted.]] Not shockingly, this creates a BrokenAesop in which the narrative is 100% endorsing terrible behavior.



* FalseDichotomy - The end of the comic acts as if Makoto must choose [[spoiler: between continuing his relationship with Miharu or breaking it off for the sake of her family.]] The problem? The comic doesn't actually present any reason why Makoto needs to choose between them, as he can easily have ''both.'' [[spoiler: Miharu's parents only tell her they're worried she isn't serious about her relationship and she'll break Makoto's heart and chase him away from the restaurant.]] The obvious resolution is simply [[spoiler:Miharu and Makoto telling them they're serious about the relationship. Something Makoto clearly already knows since he decided to propose to Miharu, thus marrying into the family which would immediately soothe any concerns about him leaving her family in the lurch. Instead, he phrases it as Miharu having to choose between him and her family.]]

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* FalseDichotomy - The end of the comic acts as if Makoto must choose [[spoiler: between [[spoiler:between continuing his relationship with Miharu or breaking it off for the sake of her family.]] The problem? The comic doesn't actually present any reason why Makoto needs to choose between them, as he can easily have ''both.'' [[spoiler: Miharu's [[spoiler:Miharu's parents only tell her they're worried she isn't serious about her relationship and she'll break Makoto's heart and chase him away from the restaurant.]] The obvious resolution is simply [[spoiler:Miharu and Makoto telling them they're serious about the relationship. Something Makoto clearly already knows since he decided to propose to Miharu, thus marrying into the family which would immediately soothe any concerns about him leaving her family in the lurch. Instead, he phrases it as Miharu having to choose between him and her family.]]



* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion - This was played completely straight - Aiko is openly promiscuous and irresponsible, so naturally she hits up her boyfriend's family for money for the abortion. Because she's bad, she even laughs off the idea that getting an abortion is serious. In contrast, Reika's mother refused to have one despite Reika's father trying to pressure her into it - to the point that she entered a loveless marriage just to make the pregnancy work. [[spoiler: And just to further highlight what a good girl Reika is, she naturally never even considers abortion when she thinks she's pregnant. She just assumes she and Eiji will raise the potential child.]]

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* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion - This was played completely straight - Aiko is openly promiscuous and irresponsible, so naturally she hits up her boyfriend's family for money for the abortion. Because she's bad, she even laughs off the idea that getting an abortion is serious. In contrast, Reika's mother refused to have one despite Reika's father trying to pressure her into it - to the point that she entered a loveless marriage just to make the pregnancy work. [[spoiler: And [[spoiler:And just to further highlight what a good girl Reika is, she naturally never even considers abortion when she thinks she's pregnant. She just assumes she and Eiji will raise the potential child.]]



* HookedUpAfterwards: [[spoiler: Kazuo hooks up with a girl he meets in France that isn't even named on panel, but is clearly his true love now.]]
* IdiotBall: More and more characters progressively laid hands on this ball towards the conclusion of the comic. Special mentions go out to Reika during her [[spoiler: pregnancy scare]] and Makoto during the final story arc.
** During her [[spoiler: pregnancy scare]], Reika never [[spoiler: takes a pregnancy test to determine if there is something to worry about in the first place]]. No reason is given for this fairly significant oversight that would have saved a lot of grief and drama; it simply never comes up and no one suggests it.
** In the final chapter, [[spoiler: Makoto and Miharu's secret relationship is strained because neither of them is willing to speak candidly or conduct business. Either a simple, forthright business conversation with her parents or a public commitment to one another would have immediately resolved the conflict without undue grief or drama]].
* InformedAttribute: Despite many people in the story and even the author herself declaring that Makoto possesses the noble trait of "self-sacrifice", he is ''never'' shown actually doing this. He relentlessly pursues Miharu while she is engaged and even when trying to make things with Karen work is clearly still using Karen as a pretense to keep spending time with Miharu. [[spoiler: Even the presentation of him quitting his job at the restaurant at the end is not a sacrifice since it just frees him up to date Miharu full time. Plus his parents have already ensured he will have no actual repercussions and in the original script, were even paying for him to travel the world with the girl his quit his job for.]]

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* HookedUpAfterwards: [[spoiler: Kazuo HookedUpAfterwards - [[spoiler:Kazuo hooks up with a girl he meets in France that isn't even named on panel, but is clearly his true love now.]]
* IdiotBall: IdiotBall - More and more characters progressively laid hands on this ball towards the conclusion of the comic. Special mentions go out to Reika during her [[spoiler: pregnancy [[spoiler:pregnancy scare]] and Makoto during the final story arc.
** During her [[spoiler: pregnancy [[spoiler:pregnancy scare]], Reika never [[spoiler: takes [[spoiler:takes a pregnancy test to determine if there is something to worry about in the first place]]. No reason is given for this fairly significant oversight that would have saved a lot of grief and drama; it simply never comes up and no one suggests it.
** In the final chapter, [[spoiler: Makoto [[spoiler:Makoto and Miharu's secret relationship is strained because neither of them is willing to speak candidly or conduct business. Either a simple, forthright business conversation with her parents or a public commitment to one another would have immediately resolved the conflict without undue grief or drama]].
* InformedAttribute: InformedAttribute - Despite many people in the story and even the author herself declaring that Makoto possesses the noble trait of "self-sacrifice", he is ''never'' shown actually doing this. He relentlessly pursues Miharu while she is engaged and even when trying to make things with Karen work is clearly still using Karen as a pretense to keep spending time with Miharu. [[spoiler: Even [[spoiler:Even the presentation of him quitting his job at the restaurant at the end is not a sacrifice since it just frees him up to date Miharu full time. Plus his parents have already ensured he will have no actual repercussions and in the original script, were even paying for him to travel the world with the girl his quit his job for.]]



** The most recent entry in the Hair Cut 500 is Kazuo, who showed up with a buzz cut in chapter 47 after [[spoiler: cutting ties with his father.]]

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** The most recent entry in the Hair Cut 500 is Kazuo, who showed up with a buzz cut in chapter 47 after [[spoiler: cutting [[spoiler:cutting ties with his father.]]



* JustEatGilligan: [[spoiler: Reika thinks that she is pregnant after having sex with her boyfriend for the first time and with protection. Instead of going out to get a pregnancy test she gets herself, Miharu and Eiji worked up over the prospect without anyone considering that Reika just ''might'' not be. It isn't after we spend a whole chapter worrying that we find out that no, she isn't pregnant. Did she take a test? Not even that. We assume she got her period.]]

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* JustEatGilligan: [[spoiler: Reika JustEatGilligan - [[spoiler:Reika thinks that she is pregnant after having sex with her boyfriend for the first time and with protection. Instead of going out to get a pregnancy test she gets herself, Miharu and Eiji worked up over the prospect without anyone considering that Reika just ''might'' not be. It isn't after we spend a whole chapter worrying that we find out that no, she isn't pregnant. Did she take a test? Not even that. We assume she got her period.]]



* KarmaHoudini:
** There is a notable pattern of [[spoiler: Reika acting mean or unfair towards Eiji, ''Eiji'']] apologizing, and [[BetaCouple the couple returning to normalcy almost immediately]].
** Yosue Makoto has a pattern of never, ever getting called out on any of his actions in the story or suffering any kind of repurcussions for them. He stalks Miharu? They become friends. He repeatedly cheats on Karen? She laughs him off as being a "flirty goofball." He [[spoiler: quits his job to date Miharu full time?]] His parents bail him out no questions asked. He [[spoiler: confronts and insults Kazuo to the point of throwing his suicide attempt and abusive home in his face?]] He doesn't even have to apologize and nobody ever finds out. [[spoiler: And of course, he gets the girl anyway.]]

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* KarmaHoudini:
KarmaHoudini -
** There is a notable pattern of [[spoiler: Reika [[spoiler:Reika acting mean or unfair towards Eiji, ''Eiji'']] apologizing, and [[BetaCouple the couple returning to normalcy almost immediately]].
** Yosue Makoto has a pattern of never, ever getting called out on any of his actions in the story or suffering any kind of repurcussions for them. He stalks Miharu? They become friends. He repeatedly cheats on Karen? She laughs him off as being a "flirty goofball." He [[spoiler: quits [[spoiler:quits his job to date Miharu full time?]] His parents bail him out no questions asked. He [[spoiler: confronts [[spoiler:confronts and insults Kazuo to the point of throwing his suicide attempt and abusive home in his face?]] He doesn't even have to apologize and nobody ever finds out. [[spoiler: And [[spoiler:And of course, he gets the girl anyway.]]



* NoBisexuals - Subverted. The story appears play this straight when Maya hooks up with Yuuki instead of Fuuko...but completely reverses it when Maya's lingering feelings for Fuuko continued to wreak havoc on her relationship with Yuuki. The short story, "Maya's Match", eventually resolved this plot arc. [[spoiler: Maya ends up with her male gym teacher after graduating, but only after seriously dating several men and women during college.]]

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* NoBisexuals - Subverted. The story appears play this straight when Maya hooks up with Yuuki instead of Fuuko...but completely reverses it when Maya's lingering feelings for Fuuko continued to wreak havoc on her relationship with Yuuki. The short story, "Maya's Match", eventually resolved this plot arc. [[spoiler: Maya [[spoiler:Maya ends up with her male gym teacher after graduating, but only after seriously dating several men and women during college.]]



* OnlySixFaces: This was a problem even early in the comic, but when the art completely went to pot as the comic barreled towards its conclusion, it became a running joke on the forums that everyone was impossible to tell apart because they even had the same hair style.
* OrwellianRetcon: The author made multiple quiet changes to the final pages of the story to try and cover up the problems with the plot line. Since they were unannounced, most of her readership didn't even know they were happening, leading to confusion over the actual state of the storyline.
** [[spoiler: Makoto originally made no mention of how he was going to afford to quit his job and fly all over the world and wine and dine with Miharu. This led to the obvious conclusion that his parents were basically letting him quit a job they'd invested a lot of money and time into and were on top of that paying for him to screw off with the owner's daughter. This was changed to Makoto saying he had "savings".]]
** [[spoiler: Makoto's entire marriage proposal at the end of the comic? Him tugging a random ring off his finger and saying "Well?" After the readership pointed out how lazy this was, Gina rewrote it to something longer and at least implying that he wasn't planning on getting married ''right now''.]]
** She also openly announced the redraw of a page at the end where [[spoiler: Kazuo forced a kiss on Miharu.]] The original drawing made it appear akin to a rape attempt, complete with [[spoiler: Miharu wiping the kiss from her lips]] and the author explaining to the readership that this was intended to have consequences for [[spoiler: Kazuo]]. After a solid evening of angry tweets, e-mails, and pleas from genuinely upset rape victims who expressed the forcefulness of the scene had triggered flashbacks, Gina admitted she'd failed as an artist and redrew the page to a tamer scene that showed [[spoiler: the kiss was mutual.]]
* ParentsAsPeople - Early in the series, the adult cast is well fleshed out and have their own problems, quirks, and character flaws. By the end of the series, however, this largely vanishes - Miharu's parents are treated as merely obstacles to her relationship with Makoto and the final scene of the comic [[spoiler: is Miharu mocking them.]]
* ParentExMachina: Makoto's parents seem to exist solely to remove any potential obstacles to his one goal in life - dating Miharu. [[spoiler: Pushed to its ultimate extreme in the finale when they, off-camera, arrange for Makoto to quit his job, have another chef take his place, buy the restaurant, and pay for him to date Miharu full time and travel restaurants around the world with him. Without him even needing to hold down a day job.]]

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* OnlySixFaces: OnlySixFaces - This was a problem even early in the comic, but when the art completely went to pot as the comic barreled barrelled towards its conclusion, it became a running joke on the forums that everyone was impossible to tell apart because they even had the same hair style.
* OrwellianRetcon: OrwellianRetcon - The author made multiple quiet changes to the final pages of the story to try and cover up the problems with the plot line. Since they were unannounced, most of her readership didn't even know they were happening, leading to confusion over the actual state of the storyline.
** [[spoiler: Makoto [[spoiler:Makoto originally made no mention of how he was going to afford to quit his job and fly all over the world and wine and dine with Miharu. This led to the obvious conclusion that his parents were basically letting him quit a job they'd invested a lot of money and time into and were on top of that paying for him to screw off with the owner's daughter. This was changed to Makoto saying he had "savings".]]
** [[spoiler: Makoto's [[spoiler:Makoto's entire marriage proposal at the end of the comic? Him tugging a random ring off his finger and saying "Well?" After the readership pointed out how lazy this was, Gina rewrote it to something longer and at least implying that he wasn't planning on getting married ''right now''.]]
** She also openly announced the redraw of a page at the end where [[spoiler: Kazuo [[spoiler:Kazuo forced a kiss on Miharu.]] The original drawing made it appear akin to a rape attempt, complete with [[spoiler: Miharu [[spoiler:Miharu wiping the kiss from her lips]] and the author explaining to the readership that this was intended to have consequences for [[spoiler: Kazuo]]. [[spoiler:Kazuo]]. After a solid evening of angry tweets, e-mails, and pleas from genuinely upset rape victims who expressed the forcefulness of the scene had triggered flashbacks, Gina admitted she'd failed as an artist and redrew the page to a tamer scene that showed [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the kiss was mutual.]]
* ParentsAsPeople - Early in the series, the adult cast is well fleshed out and have their own problems, quirks, and character flaws. By the end of the series, however, this largely vanishes - Miharu's vanishes--Miharu's parents are treated as merely obstacles to her relationship with Makoto and the final scene of the comic [[spoiler: is [[spoiler:is Miharu mocking them.]]
* ParentExMachina: ParentExMachina - Makoto's parents seem to exist solely to remove any potential obstacles to his one goal in life - dating life--dating Miharu. [[spoiler: Pushed [[spoiler:Pushed to its ultimate extreme in the finale when they, off-camera, arrange for Makoto to quit his job, have another chef take his place, buy the restaurant, and pay for him to date Miharu full time and travel restaurants around the world with him. Without him even needing to hold down a day job.]]



* PunctuatedForEmphasis - Get. Her. Out of here. [[spoiler: Spoken by Kenta in response to Miharu's TheReasonYouSuckSpeech.]]
* RedStringOfFate - An important symbolic image in the strip - Miharu and Kazuo wear them to symbolize their love for each other, and Kazuo breaking his in front of Miharu made the fanbase want to flay him alive. Multiple covers use red strings to show how two characters are tied together or foreshadow where their relationships will go. Several chapter titles also reference this, e.g. "Hanging By A Thread."
* SatelliteLoveInterest: Yosue Makoto is a [[BaseBreaker controversial character]] due to lacking a well-defined personality aside from cooking, jewelry making, and obsessively pursuing Miharu [[spoiler: to the point of unexpectedly quitting a stable job with good prospects in order to one-up a rival for Miharu's affections.]]

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* PunctuatedForEmphasis - Get. Her. Out of here. [[spoiler: Spoken [[spoiler:Spoken by Kenta in response to Miharu's TheReasonYouSuckSpeech.]]
* RedStringOfFate - An important symbolic image in the strip - Miharu strip--Miharu and Kazuo wear them to symbolize their love for each other, and Kazuo breaking his in front of Miharu made the fanbase want to flay him alive. Multiple covers use red strings to show how two characters are tied together or foreshadow where their relationships will go. Several chapter titles also reference this, e.g. "Hanging By A Thread."
* SatelliteLoveInterest: SatelliteLoveInterest - Yosue Makoto is a [[BaseBreaker controversial character]] due to lacking a well-defined personality aside from cooking, jewelry making, and obsessively pursuing Miharu [[spoiler: to [[spoiler:to the point of unexpectedly quitting a stable job with good prospects in order to one-up a rival for Miharu's affections.]]



* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl: Kazuo and Miharu.

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* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl: SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl - Kazuo and Miharu.



* ShaggyDogStory - The first eight years of the comic centered around the question of "Will Miharu and Kazuo make their relationship work?" [[spoiler: No. No they won't. The incredible odds against them won out and we're supposed to be happy we wasted ten years of a story about the RedStringOfFate declaring the RedStringOfFate is utterly meaningless in the literal last moment.]]

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* ShaggyDogStory - The first eight years of the comic centered around the question of "Will Miharu and Kazuo make their relationship work?" [[spoiler: No.[[spoiler:No. No they won't. The incredible odds against them won out and we're supposed to be happy we wasted ten years of a story about the RedStringOfFate declaring the RedStringOfFate is utterly meaningless in the literal last moment.]]



** [[spoiler: Kazuo x Miharu - Sunk a long time ago, but the hull finally drifted into the abyss in the final chapter when Makoto proposed to Miharu. She accepted.]]

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** [[spoiler: Kazuo [[spoiler:Kazuo x Miharu - Sunk a long time ago, but the hull finally drifted into the abyss in the final chapter when Makoto proposed to Miharu. She accepted.]]



* StockShoujoBullyingTactics: Having shoujo influences and being set in a high school, a number of these cliches are used.

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* StockShoujoBullyingTactics: StockShoujoBullyingTactics - Having shoujo influences and being set in a high school, a number of these cliches are used.



* StupidSacrifice - Non-lethal version. Makoto is put into a position at the end of the comic where we are told he must choose between [[spoiler: continuing his relationship with Miharu or keeping his job at her family's restaurant.]] Now, keep in mind that the choice is already a FalseDichotomy, as documented above. [[spoiler: Makoto chooses to sacrifice his chance of owning Ogawa-Ya so he can date and marry Miharu.]] The problem? [[spoiler: He proposes marriage ''after'' quitting. Miharu accepts. Meaning ''these people are his future in-laws.'' He didn't have to quit his job at all, and he's honestly made things worse because now Miharu's family is going to have to take him in as a son-in-law despite knowing that he's completely wasted their time and money on him...AND he has put them into this situation entirely because he wanted to sleep with their daughter.]]

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* StupidSacrifice - Non-lethal version. Makoto is put into a position at the end of the comic where we are told he must choose between [[spoiler: continuing [[spoiler:continuing his relationship with Miharu or keeping his job at her family's restaurant.]] Now, keep in mind that the choice is already a FalseDichotomy, as documented above. [[spoiler: Makoto [[spoiler:Makoto chooses to sacrifice his chance of owning Ogawa-Ya so he can date and marry Miharu.]] The problem? [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He proposes marriage ''after'' quitting. Miharu accepts. Meaning ''these people are his future in-laws.'' He didn't have to quit his job at all, and he's honestly made things worse because now Miharu's family is going to have to take him in as a son-in-law despite knowing that he's completely wasted their time and money on him...AND he has put them into this situation entirely because he wanted to sleep with their daughter.]]



* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech - Miharu finally gives the one all the readers were waiting for to Kenta in the hospital [[spoiler: after Kazuo's ''suicide attempt'']].

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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech - Miharu finally gives the one all the readers were waiting for to Kenta in the hospital [[spoiler: after [[spoiler:after Kazuo's ''suicide attempt'']].



* TheyDo - Reika and Eiji eventually get together. Also, Kazuo and Miharu finally have sex after several misses [[spoiler: and break up the next day.]]

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* TheyDo - Reika and Eiji eventually get together. Also, Kazuo and Miharu finally have sex after several misses [[spoiler: and [[spoiler:and break up the next day.]]



* TomboyAndGirlyGirl:

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* TomboyAndGirlyGirl:TomboyAndGirlyGirl -



* UptightLovesWild: Miharu and Kazuo's relationship.

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* UptightLovesWild: UptightLovesWild - Miharu and Kazuo's relationship.


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See also ''Webcomic/DemonAid'', the author's subsequent project, as well as ''Webcomic/LoveNotFound'', which saw her return to romance comics but in a sci-fi setting instead of modern day earth.

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See also ''Webcomic/DemonAid'', the author's subsequent project, as well as ''Webcomic/LoveNotFound'', which saw her return to romance comics but in a sci-fi an SF setting instead of modern day earth.



!!This comic provides examples of:

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!!This comic provides !! ''Red String'' contains examples of:
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It was created as a entry in [=TokyoPop=]'s ''Rising Stars Of Manga'' contest. It didn't make it, Biggs posted it online and continued the story. It developed far beyond the basic concept, running from 2003 to its conclusion in August 2013. The series was picked up for publishing by Dark Horse Comics, who published the first 3 volumes. Vol. 4 and beyond are published by Biggs' own StrawberryComics.

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It was created as a entry in [=TokyoPop=]'s ''Rising Stars Of Manga'' contest. It didn't make it, Biggs posted it online and continued the story. It developed far beyond the basic concept, running from 2003 to its conclusion in August 2013. The series was picked up for publishing by Dark Horse Comics, who published the first 3 volumes. Vol. 4 and beyond are published by Biggs' own StrawberryComics.
Creator/StrawberryComics.
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