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YMMV: Hot Gimmick
  • Angel/Devil Shipping
  • Author's Saving Throw: After the outcry when it was revealed that Hatsumi decided to stay by Ryoki's side despite his abuse, a Hot Gimmick S novel was released (though not by the mangaka) soon after in which Hatsumi actually thinks twice about it, breaks up with Ryoki and goes to Shinogu.
  • Base Breaker: Ryoki
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: One of the few shoujo manga that fits this trope. Every character is a jerk or a idiot, and nobody receives any major character development (in fact the opposite seems to happen). The Esoteric Happy Ending doesn't help, not even when the novel ended up fixing it.
  • Deader Than Disco: This was actually fairly popular in the US when it was new. Now it's one of the most hated shoujo manga ever.
  • Die for Our Ship:
    • In contrast with the below trope, not a few people would love Ryoki to drop dead...
    • Though it's not always because they want him to die for their ship. Sometimes, they really just want him to drop dead because he's an asshole. Even people who don't ship Hatsumi with any of the characters still think that she could find someone better than Ryoki. Who can blame them?
  • Draco in Leather Pants: A lot of fangirls are willing to overlook Ryoki's near-sociopathic behavior because of his good looks. Azusa, as well - no matter what "Dark and Troubled Past" he had, it's disturbing to justify his manipulation and attempt at having Hatsumi violently gang raped.
  • Esoteric Happy Ending:
    • So Hatsumi decides to stay with Ryoki in spite of his verbal and emotional abuse of her because she thinks that marriage will make him nicer to her? Azusa goes back to being a vengeful bastard after learning that Ryoki's father was responsible for his mother's woes? Shinogu abruptly decides to go off and become a monk after realizing that he'll never get Hatsumi? And we're supposed to believe that all this makes for a happy ending?
    • The real happy ending, however, happens in Author's Saving Throw.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Some fans prefer Hatsumi to have ended up with Shinogu, who was sensitive and gentle and wanted the best for her, instead of the possessive and often abusive Ryoki. And in the novel, they do.
  • Love It or Hate It: Boy Howdy.
  • Unfortunate Implications: Aihara is notorious for accidentally falling into this trap in several of her works, but this is perhaps the most infamous case. A portion of readers cite reasons ranging from dated gender roles to obvious sexism to backwards messages such as "abusive and dominating relationships are okay as long as the person in question has moments where it looks like he actually cares."
  • Why Would Anyone Take Him Back?: And ultimately, she doesn't.
  • The Woobie: Does anything go right in Hatsumi's life?


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