- Counterpart Comparison: Satoru to Tohru Honda in Fruits Basket: Both characters are very polite, selfless, and apologize a lot. After the death of their parents, they got stuck living with Jerkass relatives who didn't care about them and made them feel like they were just an unwelcome burden (except for their maternal grandfathers) before moving in with friends who become family, where they do a lot of the housework. Also, they both have to keep their fantastic home life a secret from their other friends. note
- Ho Yay: Episode 10 of the anime is absolutely chock full of this between Satoru and his kendo club captain Kinu. For a start, Kinu really doesn't mind getting touchy, scruffing Satoru's hair, grabbing his wrist, and at multiple points physically drags him to places by holding onto his arm. At the end of the episode, Kinu gives Satoru an uplifting talk while the two of them walk along a river in the evening, with enough Dramatic Wind and sparkly moonlit eyes to be featured in any BL anime.
- Tear Jerker: Satoru doesn't know when his own birthday is because the only dates he remembers are the ones on which his parents and grandfather died.