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Asuna Harukaze, a second year middle school student, is a member of her school's soft tennis club. She's also a delusional dreamer. Along with her friend and foil Kotone Sawanatsu, the strange Kurusu Fuyukawa and the club's friendly big sister, Chitose Akiyama, they train every day to improve their tennis skills. Which they're going to need, because their skills have a lot of room to improve.

Based on Ryo Aduchi's manga, ''Softenni'' was adapted into an anime in [[Spring2011Anime spring 2011]].
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!Tropes in ''Softenni'' include:

* AnimalReactionShot: Done with some cows reacting to Kotone's serve hitting a nearby fence.
* AnimeAccentAbsence: Averted. Elizabeth has a slight accent to her GratuitousEnglish, sort of like [[{{Sketchbook}} Kate]]. In addition, her Japanese is noticeably accented.
* AntennaHair: Chitose and Asuna.
* BeachEpisode: The first half of episode 11.
* BearsAreBadNews: Bears three times the size of a human. [[FluffyTamer Kurusu tames it.]]
* BigEater: Chitose
** ExtremeOmnivore: She'll even eat tennis balls just because they look like daifuku.
* BonusMaterial: 6 {{Fanservice}}-filled mini-episodes, centering on stories from the girls' past. They also take place after episode 12 in the story, as opposed to the usual non-serial extras.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Nobody understands how Kurusu works, and she does things that don't seem physically possible. But she's ''the'' best player on the Shiratama team.
* CallingYourAttacks: Kotone and Sumino. Kotone tries to assign the rest of the team attack names, too.
* CatGirl: Misaki, not that she wanted it.
* CatSmile: Especially Asuna.
* CensorBox: Often in the form of animals.
** And one notoriously long [[RelaxOVision Relax-O-Vision]] in episode 3.
* ChildhoodMarriagePromise: Elizabeth made one to Mishimagi. He seems baffled by it. Kotone is even more baffled by it.
* CloseCallHaircut: With a ''soft tennis ball''.
* CloudCuckooLander: Chitose and Asuna
* CrossdressingVoices: Leo Tenchi's voice is noticeably girlish, but that's because it's Creator/MiyukiSawashiro's.
** And just a couple of episodes later, he [[WholesomeCrossdresser literally crossdresses]], but it didn't end well for him.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: Kurusu and Kotone
* CuteLittleFangs: Seriha
* [[DontTryThisAtHome Don't Compliment A Girl's Undergarments]]: [[HypocriticalHumor Hilariously]], right after Asuna accepts Leo's spontaneous compliment.
* DotingParent: Kotone's dad.
* DoubleEntendre: The show's staple humor.
* DungeonBypass: In the mountain DeathCourse, rather than run across the hurdle treadmill, Kurusu throws some food up into the air, and Chitose ''plows'' through them all.
* EasyAmnesia: Asuna, after getting whacked in the head with a tennis racquet. Kurusu recovers her memory just as quickly with a chair that's also a massage chair and a coffeemaker.
* ElaborateUndergroundBase: Leads to a hot springs bath beneath the school, and in the process confirms everything students believe about secret, lavish faculty facilities.
* EmotionlessGirl: Kurusu
* EroticEating: Chitose and the banana in episode eight.
* EverythingsEvenWorseWithSharks: Or sharks that are really Kurusu.
* ExpressiveHair: Kotone and Asuna
* FanService: To uncomfortably sexy levels at times. Leo's massage in particular comes to mind.
* ForeignFanservice: Invoked, then averted. Asuna expects Elizabeth to outsize her, but finds that she's bigger (by a bit).
* GenkiGirl: Asuna
* GirlishPigtails: Kotone has them, and they're [[ExpressiveHair expressive]].
* GratuitousEnglish: Elizabeth, naturally.
* HappyEndingMassage: "God Fingers" Leo
* HardDrinkingPartyGirl: Mihoshi-sensei. Whenever she gets screen time, she's in the middle of drinking some kind of alcoholic beverage.
* HotBlooded: Kotone and Sumino
* HotForTeacher: Kotone and Elizabeth for Hiroshi.
* HotSpringsEpisode: Episode three, after a bad storm blows through.
* HugeSchoolgirl: Say "Hello!" to Naguno; episode six.
* ImagineSpot: Asuna, frequently. They're also perverted.
* ImprobablyFemaleCast: Only Hiroshi and Leo are the important male characters.
* IndirectKiss: Parodied. Leo thought Asuna used her lipstick to decorate his already {{Wholesome Crossdresser}} status, but a shift to the backseat shows that the lipstick belongs to Kurusu.
* InterspeciesRomance: Chitose and her... boyfriend, a giant salamander.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Happens to Asuna in the penultimate episode.
* MaskPower: Kurusu shows up in many different costume heads or a full costume for one reason or another.
** She has a bunch of them in her house.
* {{Meganekko}}: Chitose
* ModestyTowel: At the mountain hot springs. Except for Kurusu.
* {{Ojou}}: Elizabeth shows shades of it.
* TheOneGuy: Hiroshi Mishimagi and Leo.
* OhNoNotAgain: ''Just moments'' after the first episode kicks off, Asuna's mom goes, "'''Asuna!''' How many times have I told you not to treat the pitch fork like a tennis racket?!"
* OnceAnEpisode: The Harukaze family cow, Hanako, tries to make an escape.
* OpposingSportsTeam: Both Akadama and Kurotama Middle School.
* PantyShot: So prevalent that playing a DrinkingGame with this trope in this show may be harmful or fatal. ''Even with the TV-censored version.''
* PeekABangs: Seriha
* PhenotypeStereotype: Elizabeth.
* PintSizedPowerhouse: Kotone
* PowersViaPossession: Yayoi Hiragishi is, for the most part, a ShrinkingViolet. Then she channels the spiit of Uzuki, her dead older sister, and turns into a tennis pro with some [[TheBerserker berserker]] tendencies.
* ReiAyanamiExpy: Kurusu is close enough (see ShoutOut, below)
* RoseHairedGirl: Asuna
* RunningGag: Hanako, Asuna's cow, is always running away at the end of [[OnceAnEpisode each episode]].
* ScaryShinyGlasses: Chitose but she's shocked instead of being angry.
* SheCleansUpNicely: Kotone decides to dress in a very fashionable feminine casual [[HotForTeacher for an outing with Hiroshi]]. Too bad, though: [[TheRival Elizabeth]] copied it.
* ShipperOnDeck: Kotone gets support from Chitose and Asuna (especially Asuna) on [[SheCleansUpNicely her fashion makeover]].
* ShoutOut: When Leo's lineage as a master massueuse is described, Toki and Jagi, another two masters of PressurePoint techniques from ''FistOfTheNorthStar'' turn up in the background.
** Episode 3 features an absurdly long escalator descent in the underground base, which gives Kurusu and Kotone the chance to replicate the [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion "Rei slaps Shinji"]] scene.
* SomethingWeForgot: As the Tennis Club drives home from the beach, they realize they forgot Yayoi, who's still up on that cliff.
* TemporalThemeNaming: The main four girls have a seasonal kanji in their surname, in addition to another [[MeaningfulName meaningful]] component.
** Asuna '''Haru'''kaze: Spring (+ "wind")
** Kotone Sawa'''natsu''': ("refreshing" +) Summer
** Chitose '''Aki'''yama: Autumn (+ "mountain")
** Kurusu '''Fuyu'''kawa: Winter (+ "river")
* {{Tomboy}}: Kotone.
* TriangRelations: Kotone and Elizabeth with Misshi.
* {{Tsundere}}: Kotone
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Kurusu.
** Chitose's is green.
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