GE - Good Ending (GE~グッドエンディング~) (no, not the trope) begins with high school student Utsumispying on the captain of the tennis club, Iketani Shou. Fortunately, Utsumi is noticed by Yuki Kurokawa, who confronts him about it and decides to help get him together with Shou. From there, the story takes off with Yuki teaching Utsumi the ins and out of girls, going on dates, and love.GE - Good Ending is a shonen manga by Sasuga Kei, that ran in Weekly Shōnen Magazine. Good Ending began in August 2009, and finished after 156 chapters.Caution: spoilers ahead, some untagged. Read at your own risk!
Art Evolution — Noticeable in that Yuki gets progressively drawn to seem more girly and vulnerable as her character becomes less guarded. For example, her lips were consistently drawn out at the beginning, giving her a voluptuous, mature look, whereas now it's usually just a single line. Her eyes have also gotten bigger and rounder. Compare 1 to 71.
Touru has in fact been tricked by a friend of his who also has an eye on Yuki. Said friend peer-pressures him to have sex with Yuki, telling him that he must prove his manliness, and then when Touru and Yuki did it this friend recorded it without them knowing.
Break His Heart to Save Him / Shoo the Dog — During the breakup arc, Yuki dumps Utsumi because she can't deal with her Broken Bird issues, specially with him continuing to be nice to her, despite everything, so her logic is to dump him so he can find someone better.
It turns out Izumi is doing this to Oonuma, so as she doesn't fall to despair and commit suicide, like his cousin did.
And Utsumi does this to Shou in recent chapters as well, after they had been a couple.
The Casey Effect — Averted twice. Once in the baseball chapter; the 2nd time in the tennis tournament, where the only one able to get a single victory was Shou, and Yuki even lost to lower ranked opponents.
Make it three times. Kouno failed again in the summer baseball tournament.
Censor Box — Used for laughs when Yuasa was trying to cheer up Utsumi.
Chekhov's Gunman: Riko, a middle-schooler Seiji met at photography course. She is Tooru's sister.
The Chikan — In Chap.80, Oonuma gets groped by a pervy convenience store clerk, and quite possibly would've been raped in the store's back room if Yuki hadn't shown up and threatened to call the cops and testify as to the groping.
Corner of Woe — Utsumi was in one post-breakup. Not played for laughs.
Covert Pervert — Utsumi can have some interesting thoughts. The same goes for Shou. And then you have a drunken Eri and Kouno imagining Utsumi getting into interesting situations with Yuki, Shou and Oonuma during the x-mas break.
Darker and Edgier: The story, gradually. Goes hand-in-hand with Art Evolution above. Earlier, the characters are cartoony and overblown, and the story more often than not causes laugh, chuckle, and light mood. Now, though, as the characters are shaped more realistically, the story is definitely somber.
Date Peepers — Utsumi and the gang on Yuki, when she dated a random guy from school. Shou's family on Utsumi and Shou, the first time she brought him to her house.
Dogged Nice Guy — Utsumi. Originally a Type 1, but quickly grew out of it, became a Type 2, thanks to all the misunderstandings with Yuki. He's get better tho.
Dope Slap — Utsumi to Yuki, with an ice cream spoon, when she brings the subject that he might have been happier with Oonuma rather than herself. Ok, so it was a gently tap, but the intent is the same.
Doppelgänger Replacement Love Interest — In a twisted way. Chapter 87 reveals that Yuki took Utsumi on a vacation to her hometown to relive her previous love life with Touru, culminating in asking him to basically rape her in the old school library in order to rewrite her memories of her past relationship, Utsumi doesn't take it kindly.
Utsumi's was staying at Yuasa's apartment and she conveniently looks a lot like Shou.
Oonuma not only looks like Mika, Izumi's older cousin, but also has a very similar personality. But rather than being attracted to her, he acts disdainful towards her, so as Oonuma doesn't follow Mika's path.
Oonuma, with tea, which seems to be leading to a Casting Couch incident, which only didn't happen because Izumi intervened.
Epiphany Therapy — Utsumi should seriously become a therapist; he has a real talent of fixing others problems by giving a short speech about how they should deal with their problems instead of going down more self-destructive routes. Then again, he has his own problems...
Et Tu, Brute?: Yuki and Touru used to have a friend in middle school named Yuji. Yuji has a crush on Yuki and is supremely pissed that Touru has her. So he pressures Touru to having sex with Yuki, records them, and then tells Yuki that Touru has a bet with him. Two birds in one stone, he blows Yuki and Touru's relationship to smithereens, as well as their good names in school.
Exact Eavesdropping — Yuki and Utsumi happen to walk by the club room at the time Shou confesses to another club member that she loves Utsumi.
Genre Savvy — Eri. Yuki as well, when she's not holding the Idiot Ball. Izumi takes the cake as being the most Genre Savvy character in the series; he quickly picks up on Oonuma's darker personality issues, is the only one that didn't judge Utsumi after the breakup, saves Oonuma from herself and the Casting Couch rapist, and figures out that Utsumi and Shou had sex.
Girl of the Week — Yuasa, who is Utsumi's sempai at the photography academy and predicted Utsumi and Yuki's breakup due to Yuki's Broken Bird issues and Utsumi controlling his impulses perhaps all too well. There is no romance involved, instead acting more like Therapist of the Week instead.
Tohru, after he reappears.Up to Eleven from chapter 148 onward. Lampshaded by Yuki.
Yuki: Tohru, all you do is give me demands... the person I want beside is always concerned about me. Even if I gave in and said 'yes' to your request, my heart would not be in it. You've even ignored my feelings and locked me in here... just what did you hope would happen?
As of Chapter 80, Oonuma takes this approach when she admits to Yuki that she's giving up on Utsumi. Yuki is touched by Oonuma's obvious sincere feelings for Utsumi, and worried that Utsumi is suffering in their relationship because of Yuki's Broken Bird issues — causing Yuki to invoke this trope herself the next time she's alone with Utsumi, and says outright that he might be happier if he were to date Oonuma instead. Utsumi quickly tells her that if that was the case, he would not have worked so hard to become her boyfriend.
Yuki does this again in perfect tandem with the Idiot Ball when she breaks up with Utsumi because she loves him so much that it hurts to see him being so kind to her despite all her issues. She's also afraid she'll never recover from her Broken Bird issues and because she believes he won't ever be truly happy if they're unable to have sex, or eventually children, because of her fear of intimacy.
A Man Is Not a Virgin — Averted. Was going to be subverted in chapter 79 but Yuki is still trying to solve her issues, so Utsumi is still a virgin.
Eventually subverted in chapter 120, when Utsumi and Shou consummate their relationship.
Kouno is still a virgin however.
Master of the Mixed Message — Yuki for Utsumi when he starts liking her, due to her issues and his inexperience with girls. Utsumi for the girls who become attracted to him because of his excessive niceness inadvertently sending mixed signals.
This is lampshaded much later in the series by Izumi after Risa tells him he's really mean whereas Utsumi is always kind, to which Izumi replies that he's actually the kinder of the two.
Yuki's been sending a different kind of mixed messages to Utsumi recently, making him feel that while they do love each other, they won't end up together, and that Yuki actually wants Utsumi to move on and date someone else.
Izumi and Oonuma in the Distant Finale. This is lampshaded by Utsumi in the last chapter.
Utsumi:For those two, it's a mystery whether or not there are any romantic feelings...
The Later Life Omake implies they're a couple.
Nice Guy — Utsumi. Way too nice actually, which often leads to him holding an Idiot Ball because he just can't bring himself to hurt anyone, just making things worse. Eri even tells him that being excessively nice and tip-toeing around as to not hurt people's feelings will get him in trouble, and he admits as much. And Yuki breaks up with him because him being so nice with her is just too painful for her. The whole thing is lampshaded again by Yuasa.
Subverted at one point with rather interesting consequences, when Eri sees Kurokawa and Utsumi coming out of a love hotel. The resulting behavior was actually a result of inferring completely accurate conclusions. The one that happened as a result of that, meanwhile, was a straight version, except that it actually made the romance progress when Shou realized that she shouldn't be as upset as she was, unless she was falling for Utsumi.
Happens again when Utsumi is helping Shou with her exercises.
Yet again with Utsumi and Oonuma at the festival.
Happens again in Chapter 90, when all his friends, including Yuki, force into Yuasa's apartment and find them eating together some Yakiniku. Just the sight of Utsumi and Yuasa together is enough to make Yuki run away and in tears even tho it was Yuki who dumped Utsumi in the first place. Lampshaded by Izumi later and lets the others know that they really don't know Utsumi's side of the story and thus shouldn't pass judgement so hastily. However, should be noted that since then, neither Yuki nor Utsumi have told anyone what exactly happened, and why.
In fact, several misunderstandings could be cleared if Utsumi and Yuki had both been honest with their friends and mention that Yuki dumped Utsumi, rather than it being a mutual break-up, which for the readers it's obvious it was not.
Title Drop: From Kouno to Utsumi in the first chapter: "Remember that girl character game that you got hooked on in Jr High? You had to have the right responses and interaction in order to get a good ending."
Also, in Chapter 155, the 2nd to last chapter in the series, by Yuki herself
Yuki:As long as I'm together with you, that will be a Good Ending.
Took a Level in Badass: Pretty much the premise of the series is how Utsumi grows as a person. Even if he got beat up to a pulp by Tohru in the fight near the climax. He still got the girl just by sheer determination alone and for being genuinely a nice guy.
Tsundere — Eri. Yuki seems to display some tsundere tendencies when other people observe how open and friendly she is with Utsumi. In fact, Utsumi calls Yuki a Tsundere at one point.
The Unfair Sex — Adverted for the most part. Although Utsumi gets called out when he messes up, it should be noted that most of the time they are aware he's not doing things out of maliciousness. The times he actually does things with malice, he does get called out, appropriately, and has to work hard to deal with the consequences.
And subverted when Yuki gets called out as well by Eri, Izumi and Oonuma.
But sadly played straight in the break-up mini-arc. Yes, Utsumi ran away, and all his friends are worried about him, but Yuki has neglected telling them that she dumped him — and thus, the first thing his friends do when they finally find him at Yuasa's apartment eating Yakiniku, which makes Yuki run away in tears, is to punch him around for being selfish. Eri apologizes to Utsumi for this a day after though.
Yandere: Tohru. Full blown — as seen in chapters 148-150. Perhaps the most telltale signs being his Roaring Rampage of Revenge against Yuji and his cronies, who were shown in flashbacks to have beaten to bloody pulps and looking like they're begging for mercy.
Yank the Dog's Chain — Happens to Utsumi way more then he deserves. One can't help but to feel bad for Shou at this point as well.
Played more straight with Utsumi in the recent mini-arc, eventually culminating in Utsumi and Shou becoming a couple. However, it should be noted that Utsumi had been dumped prior to this, and Yuki has been wishy-washy ever since with him.
To a certain degree, the reason why Utsumi and Shou eventually broke up. They were really just licking each other wounds.