Manga: Sekainohate De Aimashou
Ryouma (left) and Emilio (right)Sekainohate de Aimashou
(世界の果てで愛ましょう; "Let's Love at the Ends of the World
") is a 2008 manga by Takeda Sun.
Yano Ryouma is an average Japanese Schoolboy
, but he's a pushover: so easygoing and unassertive that his classmates take advantage of his good nature by dumping all the boring work of preparing for the school festival on him. When half the school is destroyed in a freak incident caused by alien Prince Emilio's Cool Gate
malfunctioning Ryouma finds the Prince pinned in the debris. Unable to rescue the trapped Prince, Ryouma nevertheless sacrifices himself to protect Emilio during the subsequent landslide caused by his efforts. Admiring Ryouma's spirit, Emilio slips the unconscious boy a potion that turns him into a girl, and thus the consort of the heir of a Magitek
filled space empire resembling a Medieval European Fantasy
. Hilarity ensues as Prince Emilio repeatedly attempts to court Ryouma while the latter tries to convince Emilio to turn him back into a boy.
Sekainohate de Aimashou provides examples of the following tropes:
- Abomination Accusation Attack: Ryouma accuses Emilio of not caring whom he hurts or kills when he uses his powers. Emilio is angered (he knows exactly what it feels like to kill someone, so he actually cares a lot) but he at least tries to use his magic more judiciously afterwards.
- Alpha Bitch: Alicia, a princess from the alien empire Titania, was introduced as such. After some Character Development, she appears to be heading to Lovable Alpha Bitch territory though.
- Arranged Marriage: Emilio's original intention to travel to Earth was to find a suitable candidate for his consort to stave off persistent proposals of political marriages.
- Attractive Bent-Gender: Ryouma.
- Bifauxnen: Alicia's head of staff, Camilla. The only hints that she's not male are her name and all the rest of Alicia's servants seem to be women as well.
- Beta Couple: Alicia develops a crush on Yuuji, and he's starting to show signs of reciprocating it, much to Ryouma's distress.
- Big Brother Attraction: Yuuji, and now that Ryouma's a girl he's having a much harder time resisting it.
- Big Little Brother
- Break the Haughty: Ryouma inflicts housework on Emilio to teach him the true value of things.
- Broken Ace: being forced to execute his older brother broke Emilio, which is why he went adventuring off to the border worlds in the first place.
- Bros Before Hoes: Ryouma's classmates invoke this to get Ryouma to cheer for the Judo club. Ironically, they're appealing to Ryouma's sense of manliness to get him to act like a girl.
- Brutal Honesty: Ryouma does not mince words with Emilio. It's one of the things he likes about her, since he's spent his whole life dealing with sycophants, flatterers and schemers. Naturally, Ryouma has to take it too far.
- Cain and Abel: Emilio became the heir to the throne when his older brother, the first born, tried to kill him in an attempt to safeguard his position (Which Emilio never wanted in the first place) but failed and ended up being killed instead.
- Ultimately averted between Emilio and his younger brother Prince Alex thanks to Ryouma's intervention.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: The first aspect of Ryouma's personality which drew Emilio's attention until he became completely enamoured with him.
- Yuuji ("Do I need a reason to help someone?") also shows some shades of this, suggesting that the quality might run in the family.
- Cool Big Sis: Ryouma, at least through Yuuji's eyes. Otherwise she tends to avert this trope
- Cowardly Lion: Yet another thing Emilio finds endearing about Ryouma is her willingness to stand up (even to him) for what's right despite her evident fear.
- Coy, Girlish Flirt Pose: Ryouma does this unintentionally to Yuuji, and nearly fries his brain.
Yuuji: "She's deadly!"
- Crocodile Tears: Averted. Ryouma often wins arguments with Emilio by crying but her tears are always genuine.
- Date Peepers: Played straight when Ryouma decides to peep on Emilio's official duties while disguised as a servant girl. It's not a date but all of the usual aspects of the trope are played out as if it were.
- Defrosting Ice King: Emilio starts defrosting as soon as he comes under Ryouma's influence, though he sometimes relapses.
- Determinator: The other aspect of Ryouma's personality that initially attracted Prince Emilio.
- Doting Parent: Ryouma becomes one in a daydream. Unfortunately, he's a doting Mom. Cue Catapult Nightmare.
- Double Standard: Played With. When Ryouma insisted on wearing only underwear indoors in a hot summer day, the rest of the household begged her to reconsider, only to be rebutted with the fact that they were doing the same. In the end Ryouma persisted just to spite Emilio.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Ryouma was always small, and his face looks hardly any different as a girl. The only difference now is he has a curvy body and D-cup breasts.
- Everyone Can See It: Or, to be more exact, Every Girl Can See it. Played straight both literally and metaphorically:
- On the literal level the girls in Ryouma's class are very sceptical of Ryouma's constant He Is Not My Boyfriend protestations regarding Emilio.
- On the metaphorical level they apply the same scepticism to Ryouma's rejection of the Second Law of Gender Bending, allowing Ryouma into "girls-only" spaces like the locker room even before Ryouma is willing to admit he belongs there.
- Fanservice: Too much to count.
- Feminine Women Can Cook: Zigzagged. Ryouma is a skilled cook despite being a former male due to his years of cooking for his family, while the natural born girls featured in the series can barely cook due to their lack of experience. But it also plays into the First Law of Gender Bending (along with his passive, nurturing tendencies) by implying that he was already somewhat feminine even before his Gender Bender.
- Fragile Flower: Averted. Ryouma either cries at the drop of a hat or is Trying Not to Cry, but they're usually tears of anger, frustration, fear or joy, shading into Berserker Tears when she's angry.
- Gender Bender
- Ho Yay: invoked: Even though Ryouma insists she's still a boy she's undeniably attracted to the prince, even acting like a Clingy Jealous Girl when she thinks he's getting too much attention from others.
- Human Aliens: Most of the aliens featured are of this variety. If they're not Space Elves.
- Hypocritical Humor: Ryouma often expresses a girl's low opinion of men, despite his insistence that he's still one of them.
- I Choose to Stay: When Emilio finally gives Ryouma the antidote, Ryouma decides not to take it.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Ryouma. Not only does he want to be a boy again (though he's wavering on that) he definitely wants to maintain his role as the heart of his family and refuses to allow Emilio's cooks, maids and guards from taking over the Yona household here on Earth. Of course, that unknowingly puts him in the position of nurturing Emilio too...
- Imagine Spot: Ryouma has these all the time, becoming more and more unsettling as he and Emilio become more involved, culminating in a Catapult Nightmare where he imagines himself as a princess and a mother and is shocked to realize both ideas have some appeal.
- Inelegant Blubbering: even Emilio realizes he's gone too far when he reduces Ryouma to a blubbering puddle on the palace floor.
- Insignificant Little Blue Planet: Earth is viewed as such by Emilio and the rest of the aliens.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: The reason Emilio eventually gives Ryouma the antidote, and one of the reasons Ryouma ultimately refuses to take it.
- Jerkass Fašade: Emilio, though it's sometimes hard to tell when he's pretending to be a jerk from when he actually is being one.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While Emilio is very self-centered and has no qualms against turning Ryouma into a girl so that he can marry him against his wishes, he genuinely cares for Ryouma and would take extreme measures to protect him.
- Jumping the Gender Barrier: Played with. The whole point of Emilio using the potion on Ryouma is to set this up, and he is confused when Ryouma doesn't immediately see him as a good match. The boys at Ryouma's school immediately become enamored by Ryouma as a possible girlfriend. Of course the guy/girl at the center of it, Ryouma, is having none of it.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Yuuji suffered from this after an accident, causing him to mistake Ryouma as his girlfriend and even tried to be intimate with him. After he recovered his memories, he lapsed into a Heroic BSOD and even attempted suicide. Thankfully, he was saved by a passer-by.
- Living Emotional Crutch: Emilio readily admits that he needs Ryouma to cope with his life.
- Magitek: The space empire is powered by a force known as "mana" and so far, only members of royalty are shown to be capable of directly utilising this force.
- Man, I Feel Like a Woman : Subverted. Though Ryouma does take time to examine his new female body in front of a mirror his mind is focussed purely on more practical concerns like How do I go to the toilet?
- Men Don't Cry: Major aversion. Emilio can't stand seeing Ryouma cry, and usually gives in on anything that reduces Ryouma to tears. (If he doesn't it means the situation is deadly serious) This leads to odd juxtapositions of Ryouma gloating "I'm a guy" to celebrate a victory won through tears.
- Not What It Looks Like: Ryouma is horrified that people will think he's engaging in Man, I Feel Like a Woman when he's interupted examining his newly feminized self in the a mirror
- One Head Taller: played straight.
- Person of Mass Destruction: Prince Emilio
- Plucky Girl: Ryouma, though he'd argue about the "girl" part.
- Portal Door: Inter-dimensional gates (which appear as giant doors) are the primary mode of transportation in the alien space empire.
- Promoted To Parent: After Ryouma and Yuuji's mother died while they were both young, Ryouma ended up taking over most of his mother's household duties.
- Royally Screwed Up: Besides the brother he had overthrown at the beginning of the series, Emilio has other brothers who are all rulers of independent fiefdoms and legitimate heirs to the imperial throne. They are also extremely paranoid to say the least and would pursue all means to snatch the right to the throne away from Emilio....
- School Uniforms are the New Black: Ryouma wears hers constantly, though she often takes off the jacket or replaces it with a sweater.
- Selective Obliviousness: Ryouma refuses to view Yuuji in any way except as an innocent little brother.
- Shapeshifter Baggage: Played with. Alicia almost drowns because she is much heavier than a human her size, but that's still much less massive than her giant form would have to be.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Ryouma's a lot calmer while Yuuji's more outspoken.
- Sibling Rivalry: literally weaponized within the empire
- Spoiled Brat: Emilio's younger brother Prince Alex, though Ryouma soon figures out that he's lashing out because he's terrified.
- Stupid Sexy Flanders: Ryouma has this effect on Everyone
- Ryouma discovers that he actually used to induce some amount of this in the boys at school. After he becomes a girl they all openly and unashamedly compete for his favor.
- Ryouma has this reaction towards Emilio a few times, especially when considering the idea of becoming a mother.
- Super Mode: Alicia and the rest of the Titanians can turn into giants when they are enraged. Alicia especially hates other people seeing her in that form though.
- Supreme Chef: Ryouma.
- Tears of Fear: Ryouma cries freely when frightened and Emilio frightens Ryouma a lot, especially in the beginning.
- Third Law of Gender Bending: Despite a brief initial attempt to pass as a boy It's pretty much all skirts and dresses for Ryouma, and everybody —even Ryouma— seems to accept it without comment. Perhaps justifiable since the girl's uniform (a blazer with a tie and a skirt) is not that different from a boy's uniform and the palace staff provides Ryouma's gowns in Emilio's world, but that doesn't explain all the girly things Ryouma apparently chooses to wear on his own. He even accepts a backless evening gown with no more protest than "It's a little daring..."
- Time to Step Up, Princess: Titania cuts off Alicia's funds, forcing her to take responsibility for providing for her people for the first time in her life. It's a humiliating and humbling experience but ultimately she is much the better for it.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Gyoza (fried dumplings, AKA "potstickers".) It's Ryoma's specialty, having learned it from his mother. While he's flattered that the prince likes his gyoza enough to introduce gyoza to his own world, he is not happy to learn that Emilio thoroughly messed it up in the process.
- Tsundere: After Ryouma gets over his initial fear of Emilio he starts showing traditional Tsundere tendencies, along with a heavy dose of He Is Not My Boyfriend. The dere-dere side usually comes out when he's afraid Emilio will either get hurt or hurt someone else on his behalf.
- Unsettling Gender-Reveal: Ryouma to Haruki, a friend of Yuuji.
- Wig, Dress, Accent: Ryouma pulls this off once, masquerading as a servant girl while hiding in Emilio's world.