Examples of this trope include:
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Anime and Manga
- A brief moment of peace and togetherness for Arika, Nina and Erstin in 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 armed with the knowledge that Erstin dies.
- In a similar vein as the Mai-Otome example above, Son Goku and his son, Gohan, spent some time in the 10-day preparation period before the Cell Games doing this.
- Kiki's Delivery Service opens showing the heroine in that position.
- Briefly seen in the opening credits of Demashita! Powerpuff Girls Z.
- In the last episode of Outlaw Star, 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 Neon Genesis Evangelion 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.
- Rumbling Hearts.
- Many a romantic Rina/Hamasaki scene in Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch, as well as the last ending theme, where the Power Trio 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.
- 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 Kaze no Stigma 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 Haibane Renmei.
- Makoto and Minako of Sailor Moon do this in the R movie.◊
- Takashi and Yoru do this in Video Girl Ai while watching the sunset.
- Honey and Clover.
- In Revolutionary Girl Utena, Utena and Wakaba do this◊ in the first episode.
- Edward and Alphonse Elric sit together on a hillside as young children in Fullmetal Alchemist. Alphonse gets upset during the conversation about getting their mother back, and Edward ruffles his hair to reassure him.
- Madoka and Sayaka do this in the fifth episode of Puella Magi Madoka Magica while they discuss Sayaka's wish and her becoming a magical girl.
- In Berserk, the Band of the Hawk share their last serene moment on a hillside, in which they succumbed to the realization that their dreams as a mercenary band under Griffith were over but also realizing the friendship that they have with one another, while Judeau tries to give Guts some important relationship advice, and Casca makes a fateful decision concerning her future with Guts. And then Griffith found the Behelit again. Played for some irony, since Guts' first official encounter with the Hawks was on a hillside where they were lounging after a battle.
Live Action TV
- The Starry Night TV ad for Halo 3 starts out this way.
- Done in Scrubs, albeit in a park, not a hillside.
- The Tenth Doctor and Rose do this in the Doctor Who story "New Earth".
- Kamen Rider Faiz 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.
- Done in The Lion King, with Timon, Pumbaa and the adult Simba at night.
- Kiara and Kovu in the sequel.
- In 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.
- A Boy Named Charlie Brown opens with Charlie Brown, Lucy, and Linus lying on a hilltop discussing cloud shapes.
- Finn and Jake do this in Adventure Time during a music segment while looking for a new home.