Aine Yukimura is an Ordinary High School Student with rather low self-esteem, who is good only in one subject at school: Japanese. Her dream is to become a song writer, and as practice she writes some very raunchy lyrics for a song and goes to the post office to send them for a contest. On the way there, Aine is almost run over by a car...The driver is Sakuya Ookuchi, lead singer from a band named Λucifer that is known for its sexy music (Aine herself isn't exactly a fan, but she knows how famous they are). He grabs a hold of the lyric sheets and takes them with him... and, after singing the song on-stage in front of a bewildered and confused Aine, he manages to convince the girl to become the songwriter for the group. Aine reluctantly accepts, aware that her life will take a turn for either the worse or the best, as she and Sakuya become involved in a very tormented and complicated relationship: not only the poor girl is completely unprepared for the bitterness of fame, but Sakuya turns out to be extremely screwed up...According to The Other Wiki, Sensual Phrase (快感♥フレーズ; Kaikan Furēzu) is a shōjo manga series created by Mayu Shinjo. The manga was published by Shogakukan in Shōjo Comic between 1997 and 2000, and collected in 18 bound volumes. It was adapted as a 44-episode anime television series by Studio Hibari, a CD drama, and as a series of novels.To promote the anime, two real-life bands were formed: Λucifer, the band the story focuses on, and e.MU, a rival band. Both bands continued after the anime ended before disbanding. Within the series, Λuciferís original name is Lucifer, which is changed to Λucifer (using the Greek letter lambda) when the band decides to go international.
Sensual Phrase has examples of the following tropes:
Bath Tub Bonding: Averted: Aine and Sakuya try to do it in the manga, but Sakuya's huge height and the small size of the traditional furo tubs ruin their chance.
Beware the Nice Ones: Both Towa and Atsuro show flashes of temper more than once. Here's an example:
Atsuro (to Riri): "If you want to make my relationship with my older sister public, then do it. But if it hurts her feelings... If so, I will personally make sure your life is a living hell. For my sister, I can even be a devil."
Idol Singer Riri Kinoshita from the manga is one for Atsuro, going as far as forcing him to make a rather scandalous news report with her, in exchange for not revealing his and Yuka's Flirty Stepsiblings bond. She then verbally attacks Yuka, which makes Atsuro snap - see Beware the Nice Ones.
Executive Meddling: There was a rather ugly fight between Mayu Shinjo and the Shogakukan people, as according to her they did NOT inform her that they were making an anime and a movie. It was apparently a corollary to the abuse that Shinjo received from them, which led her to go freelance.
Fangirl: Sakura-chan, a girl whom Aine befriends but their friendship is strained when she learns about Aine and Sakuya, right when they're going in a rather harsh spot. She gets to date Sakuya... but it's a sort-of Secret Test of Character from him to try seeing if Sakura-chan can handle the pressure of dating a super-star and teach her a lesson about her treatment of Aine.
I Will Wait for You: In the manga. When Λucifer is slated to go to the USA and Aine cannot follow them, Sakuya asks if she can wait for the day he'll return to her as a world sfaous star. Aine gives him a hug and says she will.
Jerk Ass: Sakuya, both in the anime and the manga.
Sakuya: ( His father rapes his mother Reiko, her husband leaves her prior to his birth, and Reiko subsequently drinks herself to death in few years. He's adopted by Reiko's landlord, but Sakuya quickly realizes that the man wants him as a tool to get Reiko's debts paid.. He shows the SEVERE effects of this and has to deal with meeting his remaining family ( specially, his evil half-brother Ralph) as an adult.
Yuki is disinherited for choosing the band above his family duty of Noh acting, but the family still obviously love each other and turn to each other in times of difficulty. When Λucifer is disbanded, he returns to them and willingly retakes his acting career.
Atsuro is kicked out of the house for similarly choosing the band over more sensible options, but after some loud arguments and intervention by his adoptive sister Yuuka (totally sister. In conclusion, sister) he returns home.
Aine's parents are preoccupied with their own relationship difficulties to the point of being criminally negligent, but they do occasionally feel the need to provide appropriate parental censure. They mellow out when, after Aine's highschool graduation, they invite Sakuya to have dinner with them and he manages to convince them that he and Aine will be happy together.
Santa's situation is the only one that plays the trope perfectly straight ó his parents never appear, and are never mentioned.