Heartwarming / Gakuen Babysitters

"Listen. Those we've lost will never come back, but that doesn't mean we are all alone in this world, either."

  • This manga is about an orphaned high school boy and his toddler brother with a crabby old woman whose only son and daughter in law has passed away. Also, the high school kid has a part-time job as a babysitter at the school's daycare, full of really cute kids and babies, somewhat forced on him. This manga might as well be the trope codifier what with all the "aaawwww..." moments it has in every chapter! The entire story is full of Sweet Dreams Fuel.
  • Practically every kid in the series (belonging to the day-care or not) refers to Ryuuichi as their older brother. It shows how comfortable and at ease they are with him.
  • Inomata crying in her introduction chapter is quickly dealt with by the kids, who apologize and hug her, letting her cry about her loneliness. Ryuuichi then let's her rest with the kids when she falls asleep, it's very sweet.
  • All the kids wind up worshiping Kamitani after he stops a cat from attacking a baby chick.
    • After that, Takuma starts copying everything Kamitani does. The reason is because he saw how amazed his little brother was at Kamitani's feats and wanted to be someone his twin could look up to.
  • At one point, during a trip to the mountains, Ryuuichi ends up befriending a child spirit of the mountain who has some sort of power to cause snowstorms, Ryuuichi gives him his gloves, which prompts the spirit to smile, stop the snow and place Ryuuichi near his friends again.
  • Kazuma and Takuma's father has trouble getting close to them at one point because of his acting career. Then it turns out that they really did care about him and know him; They watch his movies all the time! It's just that his mother had recently shown them a movie where he plays a kidnapper.
  • At one point, Kazuma gets sick and Takuma has to go to the daycare by himself, which causes him to latch on to Koutaro as a Replacement Goldfish. Although Taka is initially jealous, after he hears that Takuma is alone, he offers for the three to play together.
  • When Saikawa falls ill, he tries time and again to leave the house and not be a bother, but the Chairwoman orders him to stay put with Ryuuichi and Kotaro keeping him company and helping nursing him. Is in this moment that Saikawa realizes that he truly is part of the makeshift family.
    • In an extremely adorable part, when Koutaro has to go to sleep, he first asks Ryuuichi's help to bring all his toys to Saikawa's room, so they can keep him company and he wouldn't be lonely.
  • Kotaro's insistence on staying with Ryuuichi when he's sick. The Chairwoman has to take him out of the room, so he immediately plasters himself to the door. They then work together trying to make a mixture of hot tea, honey, and lemon for Ryuuichi.
  • During the Beach Episode, Kotaro becomes a little bit afraid of the water, but he leaps right in when he sees his older brother get submerged.
  • In one of the chapters, the Chairwoman and Saikawa must travel for a couple of days leaving Ryuuichi and Kotaro alone. To cheer his little brother up, Ryuuichi tells him that they will spend all their time together doing whatever Kotaro wants. While at the beginning Kotaro is overwhelmed trying to pick an activity, he eventually decides that what he wants to do the most is to hug his onii-chan and cuddle with him.
  • While a number of chapters have alluded that Hebihara-sensei is not as cold-hearted as he seems, his softer side was fully culminated in chapter 64, where he convinced the runaway Taka to return home to his mother and brother, and fondly compares him to Shizuka, though not without giving him a stern lecture for causing so much trouble.
  • In episode 5, upon seeing Kirin cry over her failed attempt at flying on a broomstick (as she was trying to prove that witches exist), the Chairwoman simply tells her that it would take a hundred years before she is even ready to try. Basically, she helps ground Kirin back to reality without shattering her dreams. It's another sweet moment that showcases Youko's Hidden Heart of Gold.
    Kirin: Then....can you fly on a broom?
    Youko: Can I? I'll leave that to your imagination.
  • In Ryuuichi's Birthday Episode, Koutarou wants everybody to hug his big brother and say happy birthday. While it's also quite funny, it's very sweet to see almost every character introduced hug Ryuuichi and wish him a happy birthday, being thankful for his presence during the year. The chapter ends in an even sweeter note as the chairwoman insists on being the last person to give him a hug, saying that this is a hug for three people, herself and his parents, who ought to be proud of the man Ryuuichi is becoming, which leads him to tear up and thank Kotarou for his birthday.