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* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnmale: Well, not 'rape', but Utaha isn't exactly subtle in her half-joking flirtations with Tomoya, to the point where it might be considered sexual harassment.

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* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnmale: DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: Well, not 'rape', but Utaha isn't exactly subtle in her half-joking flirtations with Tomoya, to the point where it might be considered sexual harassment.


Originally titled ''Saenai Heroine no Sodate-kata'' and released as a LightNovel, a 13-episode anime adaptation aired on Creator/{{noitaminA}} as part of the Winter2015Anime lineup. A second season has been scheduled to air on Spring 2017.

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Originally titled ''Saenai Heroine no Sodate-kata'' and released as a LightNovel, a 13-episode anime adaptation aired on Creator/{{noitaminA}} as part of the Winter2015Anime lineup. A second season has been scheduled to air on aired in Spring 2017.



* AboveTheInfluence: Several of the girls repeatedly try to tease and seduce Tomoya. But he never gets -or ignores - the hints, much to their annoyance.

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* AboveTheInfluence: Several of the girls repeatedly try to tease and seduce Tomoya. But he never gets -or - or ignores - the hints, much to their annoyance.


* ShipSinking: Episode 4 of season 2 focuses around Utaha trying and failing to indirectly get her feelings across to Tomoya, before coming to terms with the fact that he has no romantic interest in her.

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* ShipSinking: Episode 4 of season 2 focuses around Utaha trying and failing to indirectly get her feelings across to Tomoya, before coming to terms with the fact that he has no romantic interest in her. [[spoiler:Subverted in the finale, as she renews her feelings for Tomoya and even steals his first kiss.]]


* AboveTheInfluence: Several of the girls repeatedly try to tease and seduce Tomoya. But he never gets the hint, much to their annoyance.

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* AboveTheInfluence: Several of the girls repeatedly try to tease and seduce Tomoya. But he never gets -or ignores - the hint, hints, much to their annoyance.


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* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnmale: Well, not 'rape', but Utaha isn't exactly subtle in her half-joking flirtations with Tomoya, to the point where it might be considered sexual harassment.
** In ''Koisuru Metronome'', she straight-up plans to take his virginity. There's a scene where she's crouched over his body like a hungry dog over a bone, except he's asleep, much to her frustration.


The series also sports two spinoff manga: ''How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend: Koisuru Metronome'', which focuses on Utaha, and ''How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend:Egoistic Lily'', focusing on Eriri.

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The series also sports two spinoff manga: ''How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend: Koisuru Metronome'', which focuses on Utaha, and ''How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend:Egoistic Girlfriend: Egoistic Lily'', focusing on Eriri.

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The series also sports two spinoff manga: ''How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend: Koisuru Metronome'', which focuses on Utaha, and ''How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend:Egoistic Lily'', focusing on Eriri.

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* WhatIf: The two spinoff manga exploring Eriri and Utaha as the main heroines have a different approach for their stories. [[spoiler:Interestingly, Utaha gets to be with and consummate her relationship with Tomoya, while Eriri is rejected [[InSpiteOfANail regardless of universe]].]]


* RaceForYouLove: A slight variation of this takes place in episode 11 of season 2. Utaha and Eriri are about to board a train to Osaka to go work for a game company. Tomoya arrives just before they board the train, and the girls initially think he's doing this to them. However, he's really just seeing them off, and letting them know he and Megumi have no hard feelings towards them because they know this is going to help them grow as artists. [[spoiler:Eriri then slowly attempts a LoveConfession, but is beaten to the punch with Utaha stealing his FirstKiss, as well as giving her own LoveConfession to him.]]

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* RaceForYouLove: RaceForYourLove: A slight variation of this takes place in episode 11 of season 2. Utaha and Eriri are about to board a train to Osaka to go work for a game company. Tomoya arrives just before they board the train, and the girls initially think he's doing this to them. However, he's really just seeing them off, and letting them know he and Megumi have no hard feelings towards them because they know this is going to help them grow as artists. [[spoiler:Eriri then slowly attempts a LoveConfession, but is beaten to the punch with Utaha stealing his FirstKiss, as well as giving her own LoveConfession to him.]]

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* BookEnds: The first and last volumes have two of the heroines depicted with jackets over their shoulders and in their school uniforms alone. The first has Eriri, while the last has Megumi on her graduation day.


** In episode 11 of season 2, Michiru shows up near Eriri and Utaha as they spy on Tomoya and Megumi going to school. She says she's going to join them for the new game meeting, but Eriri and Utaha point out that not only is she not a student at their school, that this was also the last third of the show, and that she wasn't even present at all in the second half. Michiru dismisses them and tries to meet up with Tomoya anyway, but the two girls refuse to let her go. Tomoya meanwhile watches this from a distance.



* CryCute: Eriri does this from time to time.

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* CryCute: Eriri does this from time to time. Utaha and Megumi also do this in the second season from time to time.



* LoveConfession: Something that looks like this happens in episode 12. Michiru points and says "I love you" to the audience after her performance. But Eriri and Utaha take it to mean she was telling it to Tomoya, and both girls kick him as a result.

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* LoveConfession: LoveConfession:
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Something that looks like this happens in episode 12. Michiru points and says "I love you" to the audience after her performance. But Eriri and Utaha take it to mean she was telling it to Tomoya, and both girls kick him as a result.result.
** In episode 11 of season 2, both Eriri and Utaha try a form of this after Tomoya shows up at the train station. [[spoiler:Eriri is about to give one, but Utaha steals his FirstKiss and gives him one first.]]



* RaceForYouLove: A slight variation of this takes place in episode 11 of season 2. Utaha and Eriri are about to board a train to Osaka to go work for a game company. Tomoya arrives just before they board the train, and the girls initially think he's doing this to them. However, he's really just seeing them off, and letting them know he and Megumi have no hard feelings towards them because they know this is going to help them grow as artists. [[spoiler:Eriri then slowly attempts a LoveConfession, but is beaten to the punch with Utaha stealing his FirstKiss, as well as giving her own LoveConfession to him.]]



* WholeEpisodeFlashback: Though technically not the entire episode, a lot of episode 6 features FlashBack scenes of when Tomoya first met Utaha as a fan of her early novels.

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Though technically not the entire episode, a lot of episode 6 features FlashBack scenes of when Tomoya first met Utaha as a fan of her early novels.novels.
** The second half of episode 9, and the first half of episode 10 does this, revealing to Tomoya what happened with Eriri and Utaha during the last month when he's asking Utaha to write for his game again. [[spoiler:She reveals that both she and Eriri are going to work for a well known game company to produce a 20th anniversary game of a hit title.]]


* AndTheAdventureContinues: The last episode ends on this note, with everyone continuing their work in the game.

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* AmbiguousSituation: The finale leaves it ambiguous whether or not [[spoiler:Eriri and Utaha went to Osaka to work in the new Fields Chronicle game, given that they took too long in saying their goodbyes to Tomoya that they lost their train to Osaka.]] The next scene flash-forwards to the beginning of the new school year, making the whole ordeal superfluous in hindsight.
* AndTheAdventureContinues: The last episode [[spoiler:The anime ends on this note, with everyone continuing their Eriri, Utaha and Michiru returning to work in with Tomoya once again; not to mention Izumi will attend the game.same school as Tomoya and the others, giving her the opportunity to work alongside Tomoya and his friends. By the end of the story, life will go on, the same way as before.]]



* DelayedReaction:

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* DelayedReaction: DeconReconSwitch: The show {{deconstruct|ion}}s and {{reconstruct|ion}}s itself in the later episodes of the second season.
** The deconstruction comes after the team completes the game in time for Winter Comiket. Tomoya realizes he had no plans for his friends beyond completing the game and feels he cannot properly use his friends' talent without risking them getting stale. At the same time, Eriri and Utaha get a tempting offer to work for a professional company in developing a famous game, which risks breaking Tomoya's team apart. At the same time, Eriri and Utaha feel they cannot fully realize their artistic potential if they remain with Tomoya, but feel guilty about leaving him.
** The reconstruction comes in the finale. Tomoya accepts that his friends might take separate paths but he can still be glad for them; not to mention Megumi rekindles his passion for games and strengthens his resolve to uphold the team. Meanwhile, Eriri and Utaha rekindle their feelings for Tomoya, [[RuleOfFunny in their own way]]. The outcome of the story is unarguably positive and the characters end up in a much better place than they were in the beginning.
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** The opening credits of season 2 changes Megumi's hairstyle as she lets her hair down after episode 4.

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** The opening credits of season 2 changes Megumi's hairstyle as she lets her hair down after episode 4. It is once again changed at episode 11 after she had her hair cut from previous episode.


* AdaptationalAlternateEnding: ''Flat'' ended this way. While many agreed that it was a nice way to end it, it left a very small chance for a season 3[[note]]''Flat'' ended somewhere between Vol. 7 and Vol. 8, and the series is ending on Vol. 13[[/note]], but especially because one of the most important plot points was cut out: [[spoiler: Megumi confronting Eriri on [[WhatTheHellHero her abandoning Tomoya once again]] and holding a grudge against her that lasts for a few volumes.]]

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* AdaptationalAlternateEnding: ''Flat'' ended this way. While many agreed that it was a nice way to end it, with Tomoya and Megumi coming to terms with [[spoiler: Utaha and Eriri working for Akane, Izumi going to Tomoya's school and Tomoya and Megumi continuing the circle, leaving no loose ends around,]] it left a very small chance for a season 3[[note]]''Flat'' ended somewhere between the end of Vol. 7 and the beginning of Vol. 8, and the series is ending on Vol. 13[[/note]], 13, leaving enough material in between for a season 3[[/note]], but especially because one of the most important plot points was cut out: out and reduced to a flashback: [[spoiler: Megumi confronting Eriri on [[WhatTheHellHero her abandoning Tomoya once again]] and holding a grudge against her that lasts for a few volumes.]]

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*AdaptationalAlternateEnding: ''Flat'' ended this way. While many agreed that it was a nice way to end it, it left a very small chance for a season 3[[note]]''Flat'' ended somewhere between Vol. 7 and Vol. 8, and the series is ending on Vol. 13[[/note]], but especially because one of the most important plot points was cut out: [[spoiler: Megumi confronting Eriri on [[WhatTheHellHero her abandoning Tomoya once again]] and holding a grudge against her that lasts for a few volumes.]]

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