When a show needs a moment to pause and reflect on the fleeting joy and serenity of friendship, particularly right before things all go to hell, a small group of friends -- sometimes two, but more usually three -- will find themselves sitting on a grassy hillside on a bright sunny day. As they talk of the important issues in their lives, they will flop back and look directly up into the sky with arms, legs and hair spread out around them. The camera emphasizes the moment by taking to the air and shooting straight down to show the friends lying together on the hillside. {{Artificial riverbank}}s are useful for this purpose.

Compare with SittingOnTheRoof, when you need to get away from it all.
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!!Examples of this trope include:

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* A brief moment of peace and togetherness for Arika, Nina and Erstin in ''Anime/{{Mai-Otome}}'' -- possibly their last before the series explodes around them -- takes place as they sprawl on a hill overlooking Windbloom.
** It's particularly poignant when you watch the scene again [[spoiler:armed with the knowledge that Erstin dies.]]
* In a similar vein as the Mai-Otome example above, [[DragonballZ Son Goku]] and his son, Gohan, spent some time in the 10-day preparation period before the Cell Games doing this.
* ''KikisDeliveryService'' opens showing the heroine in that position.
* Briefly seen in the opening credits of ''Anime/DemashitaPowerpuffGirlsZ''.
* In the last episode of ''OutlawStar'', Gene wakes up on a field with his friends, but it turns out to be a fake world, so no important issue talk.
* Subverted (as usual) by ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' during the fight with the Fifth Angel -- the Children are sitting together upon a hillside right before the second attack on the Angel, but it is the middle of the night, and their conversation is mordant and philosophical.
* ''KimiGaNozomuEien''.
* Many a romantic Rina/Hamasaki scene in ''MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'', as well as the last ending theme, where the PowerTrio sits on a cliff.
* ''{{Akazukin Cha Cha}}'', at the turning point in the series where the kids decide it's time to take the fight to the bad guy.
* [[{{Naruto}} Shikamaru Nara]] has a habit of doing this, simply because he enjoys watching the clouds. He also tends to do so alone.
* The ending of ''LightNovel/KazeNoStigma'' has Kazuma lying on a hillside, contemplating the sky (interspersed with random cast shots), until Ayano shows up to rouse him at the end.
* In ''{{Mokke}}'', Shizuru and Mizuki do this ever so often, starting in the opening credits.
* Kai and Takao do this in the very last episode of ''{{Beyblade}}''.
* Kuu is shown doing this in ''HaibaneRenmei''.
* Makoto and Minako of ''Manga/SailorMoon'' [[http://sailorlum.tripod.com/Smmovr04.jpg do this in the R movie.]]
* Takashi and Yoru do this in ''Manga/VideoGirlAi'' while watching the sunset.
* HoneyAndClover.
* Utena and Wakaba of [[http://img220.imageshack.us/img220/1640/seriesep01079.jpg "Shoujo Kakumei Utena" or "Revolutionary Girl Utena"]] do this in the first episode.
* Edward and Alphonse Elric sit together on a hillside as young children in ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist''. Alphonse gets upset during the conversation about getting their mother back, and [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Edward ruffles his hair to reassure him]].
* Madoka and Sayaka do this in the fifth episode of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' while they discuss [[spoiler: Sayaka's wish and her becoming a magical girl.]]

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* The ''Starry Night'' TV ad for ''{{Halo}} 3'' starts out this way.
* Done in ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', albeit in a park, not a hillside.
* The Tenth Doctor and Rose do this in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' story "New Earth".
* ''Series/KamenRiderFaiz'' ends with three of the main protagonists on a hillside (though, since 555 likes screen doors/windows, the camera backs through a screen window and at the very end, we're seeing them through a tear in it.

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* Invoked in PaulSimon's "The Side Of A Hill" (better known as the lyrics sung in counterpoint to "Scarborough Fair" in SimonAndGarfunkel's version of the song).

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* Done in ''Disney/TheLionKing'', with Timon, Pumbaa and the adult Simba at night.
** Kiara and Kovu in the sequel.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'', newlyweds Carl and Ellie discuss their future together while enjoying a picnic at the top of a hill -- including lots and lots of babies represented in the clouds.
* ''ABoyNamedCharlieBrown'' opens with Charlie Brown, Lucy, and Linus lying on a hilltop [[ThatCloudLooksLike discussing cloud shapes]].
* Finn and Jake do this in ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' during a music segment while looking for a new home.
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