YMMV / Stepping on Roses

  • Designated Hero: There's really very little to recommend Soichiro, save for pretty boy looks and the occasional twinge of guilt. Still, he's the guy the audience is supposed to be cheering for...despite starting all the trouble in the first place.
  • Jerk Ass Woobie: What Soichiro is supposed to come off as, once the audience learns his VERY convoluted backstory. Whether it works or not...
  • Values Dissonance: As well as the standard "could only be acceptable in a romance novel" Values Dissonance, a big part of the plot — Sumi is poor, and lives her life according to Japanese culture, while Soichiro is rich and very Westernised. They have vastly different opinions on things like wasting food and when to wear shoes.
  • What an Idiot: Soichiro, after your Ax-Crazy best friend attemted to kill himself and your wife, it is most definatly NOT a good idea to continue to let her be around him.
  • The Woobie: Sumi. Used by her irresponsible brother, promoted to parent, and resorts to prostitution to protect her family, only to end up in a rich but vapid and dangerous world where nobody is really on her side. It's like the writer gets off on causing her misfortune.
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