Deep Love (Ayu no Monogatari - The Story of Ayu) is a tragedy story that started the genre known as "Text Novels". It was written in 2002-2003 by "Yoshi".It tells the story of Ayu, who works as a prostitute, believing that money is the most important thing in the world and that all men want is to have sex. She lives with her drug addict "boyfriend", Kenji, and occasionally goes to school, where only one person looks forward to seeing her: Reina, who also sells herself for extra money (named Reika in the live adaption... for a bit). Things slowly change when she meets an old lady that changes her outlook and one adorable dog that follows her around.The book was a big success and spawned a two-book manga series, a 13-episode live action drama (2004) and one movie (2000). Spin-off mangas for Reina (Reina no Unmei) and Pao (Pao no Monogatari) were also written. There is also the manga sequel Deep Love: REAL which is a continuation of the story and about Yoshiyuki's life as a host; this got turned into the twelve episode show Deep Love ~Host~.
Abusive Parent: In the live action adaptation, Ayu's stepfather abused her and raped her.
Yoshiyuki's father, shouting at and usually neglecting Yoshiyuki, abandoning him at Granny's until he got married to a woman who would look after him instead, and not bothering to help with his operation fees. His stepmother is emotionally abusive to him as well.
Adaptation Expansion: The television show adds more to the story, little conversations and things - like fleshing out Kenji's story - but it does change the order of some things. It also created numerous characters and added much more to Ayu's backstory.
The Alcoholic: Yoshiyuki's father is always found at the same pub every day.
Alpha Bitch: Keiko, the head bully who torments Reina in the television adaption.
Attempted Rape: In the live action version, three of the men at her work attempt to rape her before getting saved by Oka.
The Atoner: After Ayu steals Granny's money that was saved for her child's operation, Granny dies. Ayu decides to save up the money herself to pay for it even if she can't donate her own heart, without selling her body. In the end, she couldn't do it without selling herself.
Oka: "Don't underestimate fags or else you'll pay for it!"
Blackmail: Reina is blackmailed into remaining quiet about her rape or else the girls who set her up would pass around the photographs of her.
Big Brother Bully: Ayu's stepbrother tries to make her life a living hell, trying to get everybody she likes to hate her as much as he does. Then we learn it's because he wants her to stay with him forever, so he is getting rid of all her friends so she has nowhere else to go.
Bittersweet Ending: Ayu is dead, Yoshiyuki gets his surgery and Reina is happy as a young mother.
Break the Cutie: Reina, after she's raped, blackmailed and stabbed, is very different from her previous self. She gets better.
The Bully: There's one at the restaurant Ayu works at later in the series.
Dirty Business: Ayu feels guilty saving Kenji by stealing Granny's money. It doesn't help later when she learns that it was for her ill child. Ayu later confesses and swears to make it right.
Disappeared Dad: Ayu's biological father and Reina's. In the television adaption, the nameless prostitute's father left when she was in elementary school.
Disproportionate Retribution: In the live action version, Keiko is given a reason to torture Reina: she spent the day with her boyfriend. She didn't know it was her boyfriend...
Doorstop Baby: Ayu does this with Pao in the second episode, but Granny opens the door before she can walk away.
Driven to Suicide: One of Reina's johns kills himself (changed to Ayu's in the television drama), and several pages later Kenji, who was back on his drug addiction (which is changed to an accident in the series).
At the very end, it's said all in one sentence: "Yoshiyuki's father committed suicide the following spring." It is kept vague in the live adaptation how this character dies.
In the live action version only, Ayu's mother.
Drugs Are Bad: Kenji's drug addiction, losing his job and debts. At the start he's a walking piece of "cool", but he quickly falls from grace.
Emotionless Girl: Ayu, eventually drifting into stoic and showing more emotions as the story goes.
Food Slap: Hot coffee is thrown over Keiko, the girl who organized Reina's rape.
Foreshadowing: In the second episode, Kenji tells one of his clients that he's trying to raise money to help his friend get an operation. Yoshiyuki hasn't even been introduced yet... and he needs an operation when he does.
In episode 4, "If you don't stop that you're gonna die." and "I think I'll be joining you soon."
In the live adaptation, the nameless prostitute when she's killed by one of her customers.
Happily Adopted: Granny's adoptive son, Yoshiyuki, who later went back to his natural father.
Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Reina and Ayu later in the story. In the live action version, the nameless older prostitute as well who helps Reina out in episode three and four.
Hope Spot: Ayu and Yoshiyuki's holiday together. Ayu confesses that she's a prostitute and he accepts her and tells her she isn't dirty because of it. Then she gets arrested (though she's let go) and he's not allowed out of the hospital because he's sicker than before. And then it gets even worse.
Please Don't Leave Me: Kenji says this to Ayu when she moves out of his flat and starts sleeping at Granny's house. He's in desperate need of money and begs her to stay and help him. She leaves, but does eventually return to help him.
Reincarnation: In the live action version, Reina says she believes her daughter is Ayu reincarnated.
The Runaway: Ayu before the story started and Yoshiyuki ranaway temporarily to Okinawa.
Scarpia Ultimatum: Yoshiyuki's father forces Ayu to sleep with him or else he won't help Yoshiyuki with his surgery. This also starts her back as a prostitute.
Shoot the Shaggy Dog: In the television show, Ayu leaves Granny because she feels guilty over stealing her money. Granny goes to look for her, worried, and sees Ayu getting into a car with an older gentleman. While she runs across the road to stop them, she gets hit by a car. It wasn't Ayu anyway...
Sleep Cute: Ayu and Yoshiyuki together in episode 10, holding hands.
Timmy in a Well: Pao shows two main examples of this. Granny tells him to fetch Ayu (confused after attacking Keiko) since she cannot (due to her weak legs), and at the end, Ayu asks him to deliver a Christmas present to Yoshiyuki and he delivers a present back.
Granny also. Being very old, lame and living on a hill, she still runs around looking after young people. Once a month she takes the long walk to her husband's grave and prays to him for a whole hour, through wind and rain.
Wartime Wedding: Granny and her husband. It lasted one night before he went away to fight and died as a kamikaze pilot.
When She Smiles: Reina starts crying when Ayu smiles at her in the manga. In the television series, she comments on it.
Yank the Dog's Chain: Multiple times, but the most horrid one is done at the very end when yu thinks she's got a fever over Christmas and Yoshiyuki sends her a minidisc with a recorded message talking about their next trip to Okinawa. She dies while it's finishing.
This isn't even mentioning that the entire story is a big chain yank. When Ayu wanted to die she had no reason to, and the moment she had a reason to live, her life went downhill.
Your Cheating Heart: Yoshiyuki's father (not to mention his stepmother). In the television show, they give the justification that Keiko, the head bully, picks on Reina so much because her boyfriend took her out once.
Tropes appearing in the various sequels/spin-offs:
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Pao No Monogatari
This is a two volume manga, a prequel showing what Pao's life was like before Ayu found him in the park. The second volume follows his life through his time with Ayu and the others - being unsubtly added to all of the important scenes he wasn't in earlier.It's equally as miserable as every other story in the series.
Long Lost Relative: Pao gets separated from his brother and sister early on. He finds his sister at the dog pound and finds out his brother is already dead.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: The family says they don't want to put any of their dogs through what Nello suffered. They locked them up in a shed with a load of food, hoping somebody would find them. The girl says this when she returns to find them.