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* TheWoobie: Poor, ''poor'' Mitsuzuka-Sensei. His wife is dead, and he has to go through the shame of [[spoiler:his daughter Yayoi being deported after [[LoveMakesYouCrazy going crazy]] in her pursuit of Miyabi, who, by his own admission later on, treated her as nothing but a sex object. [[FromBadToWorse And then]] his [[TeenPregnancy teenage daughter]] gets pregnant and she refuses to get an abortion, even though it's made clear that going through with this will kill her. And indeed, [[DeathByChildbirth she does]], right after forgiving the father of her child in spite of the pain he's caused. He spends the next few months looking after his grandson until he's spurred to visit Japan again, and has to reopen many old wounds by confronting Miyabi and dropping Haruki off to live with the Orochi family.]] After all of that, it's hard to blame the man for being DrivenToSuicide. [[spoiler:Thankfully he gets better.]]
* YokoOhNo: InUniverse - Some female classmates don't take it well that Yumi is dating Toshio, but they do back off eventually.

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* TheWoobie: Poor, ''poor'' Mitsuzuka-Sensei. His wife is dead, and he has to go through the shame of [[spoiler:his daughter Yayoi being deported after [[LoveMakesYouCrazy going crazy]] in her pursuit of Miyabi, who, by his own admission later on, treated her as nothing but a sex object. [[FromBadToWorse And then]] his [[TeenPregnancy teenage daughter]] gets pregnant and she refuses to get an abortion, even though it's made clear that going through with this will kill her. And indeed, [[DeathByChildbirth she does]], right after forgiving the father of her child in spite of the pain he's caused. He spends the next few months looking after his grandson until he's spurred to visit Japan again, and has to reopen many old wounds by confronting Miyabi and dropping Haruki off to live with the Orochi family.]] After all of that, it's hard to blame the man for being DrivenToSuicide. [[spoiler:Thankfully he gets better.]]
* YokoOhNo: InUniverse - Some female classmates don't take it well that Yumi is dating Toshio, but they do back off eventually.
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* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: After Miyabi makes one too many callous remarks towards Yumi, she finally takes the gloves off, [[ArmorPiercingSlap slaps him]] across the face and calls him out on his horrific treatment of her and everyone else around him. When Sayaka sees what's going on, she joins in and adds that he's become the exact opposite of everything their mother raised him with, and really lets him know how utterly disappointed she is with him.


** Yumi is either a likable and realistically flawed sympathetic protagonist, or an ExtremeDoormat and borderline CanonSue. Not helping is that [[WordOfGod Emi Muto has stated before]] that Yumi is [[AuthorAvatar based off of her own experiences]], but with the way how everything seems to work out for her is too suspiciously miraculous. Not only does everyone take Yumi's side, but she is also [[EasilyForgiven very overly forgiving]] of others' transgressions against her, and anyone that doesn't like her is portrayed as either misguided or a completely irredeemable jerk. If Yumi were TheScrappy, there's a guarantee she'd be a CreatorsPet.

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** Yumi is either a likable and realistically flawed sympathetic protagonist, or an ExtremeDoormat and borderline CanonSue.ExtremeDoormat. Not helping is that [[WordOfGod Emi Muto has stated before]] that Yumi is [[AuthorAvatar based off of her own experiences]], but with the way how everything seems to work out for her is too suspiciously miraculous. Not only does everyone take Yumi's side, but she is also [[EasilyForgiven very overly forgiving]] of others' transgressions against her, and anyone that doesn't like her is portrayed as either misguided or a completely irredeemable jerk. If Yumi were TheScrappy, there's a guarantee she'd be a CreatorsPet.


** Miyabi. Opinions are split between those that see him as TheWoobie, those that see him as a JerkassWoobie, and those who see him as an UnintentionallyUnsympathetic {{Jerkass}} who borders on being a full-on JerkSue.

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** Miyabi. Opinions are split between those that see him as TheWoobie, those that see him as a JerkassWoobie, and those who see him as an UnintentionallyUnsympathetic {{Jerkass}} who borders on being a full-on JerkSue.{{Jerkass}}.


** Miyabi. Opinions are split between those that see him as TheWoobie, those that see him as a JerkassWoobie, and those who see him as an UnintentionallyUnsympatheticp {{Jerkass}} who borders on being a full-on JerkSue.

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** Miyabi. Opinions are split between those that see him as TheWoobie, those that see him as a JerkassWoobie, and those who see him as an UnintentionallyUnsympatheticp UnintentionallyUnsympathetic {{Jerkass}} who borders on being a full-on JerkSue.


* BaseBreakingCharacter: Miyabi. Opinions are split between those that see him as TheWoobie, those that see him as a JerkassWoobie, and those who see him as a straight-up {{Jerkass}} with shades of the CreatorsPet and KarmaHoudini. Over the course of the series, he's treated his bandmates and friends like dirt, treats his fans with contempt (especially poor Eizo), and generally just [[KarmaHoudini gets off scott-free]] with being a total bully towards the school faculty and other students, just because he can. He bullies Yumi, just for being at the wrong place at the wrong time, and physically assaults her several times, as well as steal her family's necklace. His treatment of Yayoi is also terrible in itself, and nearly gets a person killed as well as [[spoiler: resulting in Yayoi's own death.]] And aside from not only never receiving any real punishment for his actions, he's forgiven by everyone who continue to hold him up as a good person for his musical talent and FreudianExcuse. He's received a lot of CharacterDevelopment, sure, but for some readers, it's nowhere near good enough.
** How strong of a character Yumi should be is questionable. She's conventionally pretty, has a decent number of guys fawning over her, is intelligent, speaks fluent German, and instantly makes friends despite being a ShrinkingViolet. And though she's given a few flaws, they tend to be glossed over or presented as "cute quirks." WordOfGod has stated before that Yumi is [[AuthorAvatar based off of her own experiences]], but with the way how everything seems to work out for her is too suspiciously miraculous, lining her up with being an unsympathetic AudienceSurrogate. Not only does everyone take Yumi's side, but she is also [[EasilyForgiven very overly forgiving]] of others' transgressions against her, and anyone that doesn't like her is portrayed as either misguided or a completely irredeemable jerk. If Yumi were TheScrappy, there's a guarantee she'd be a CreatorsPet.

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* BaseBreakingCharacter: BaseBreakingCharacter:
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Miyabi. Opinions are split between those that see him as TheWoobie, those that see him as a JerkassWoobie, and those who see him as a straight-up an UnintentionallyUnsympatheticp {{Jerkass}} with shades of the CreatorsPet and KarmaHoudini. Over the course of the series, he's treated his bandmates and friends like dirt, treats his fans with contempt (especially poor Eizo), and generally just [[KarmaHoudini gets off scott-free]] with who borders on being a total bully towards the school faculty and other students, just because he can. He bullies Yumi, just for being at the wrong place at the wrong time, and physically assaults her several times, as well as steal her family's necklace. His treatment of Yayoi is also terrible in itself, and nearly gets a person killed as well as [[spoiler: resulting in Yayoi's own death.]] And aside from not only never receiving any real punishment for his actions, he's forgiven by everyone who continue to hold him up as a good person for his musical talent and FreudianExcuse. He's received a lot of CharacterDevelopment, sure, but for some readers, it's nowhere near good enough.
full-on JerkSue.
** How strong of a character Yumi should be is questionable. She's conventionally pretty, has either a decent number of guys fawning over her, is intelligent, speaks fluent German, likable and instantly makes friends despite being a ShrinkingViolet. And though she's given a few flaws, they tend to be glossed over realistically flawed sympathetic protagonist, or presented as "cute quirks." WordOfGod an ExtremeDoormat and borderline CanonSue. Not helping is that [[WordOfGod Emi Muto has stated before before]] that Yumi is [[AuthorAvatar based off of her own experiences]], but with the way how everything seems to work out for her is too suspiciously miraculous, lining her up with being an unsympathetic AudienceSurrogate.miraculous. Not only does everyone take Yumi's side, but she is also [[EasilyForgiven very overly forgiving]] of others' transgressions against her, and anyone that doesn't like her is portrayed as either misguided or a completely irredeemable jerk. If Yumi were TheScrappy, there's a guarantee she'd be a CreatorsPet.



* {{Wangst}}: Miyabi, and fans have been getting sick of it as time's gone on. Yes, his mother died and his dad withdrew from the family after her death; that is understandable. However, Miyabi also has friends that are always there for him, and a sister whose Number One concern has always been his well being. Plus he's the leader of a band with said friends that is very popular and is heading for mainstream stardom. Yet he treats these same friends like dirt, barely acknowledges them at best. And he bullies Yumi, whom he barely knew, just because of her [[IdenticalStranger slight resembelence]] to his mother (which [[WhatTheHellHero everyone did call him out on]]) and then falls in love with said girl, which he tries to deal with by leading another girl on and toying with her feelings (Yayoi may be nuts, but no girl deserves ''that''). By this point, most fans are feeling less sorry for him and more waiting for someone to give him another good punch in the face.
** Recent events seem to show that indeed, the band (Toshio especially) have had enough, and are dealing an ultimatum to Miyabi, hoping he'll finally get some mental counseling. It seems to have worked, since they are all still together three months afterwards, going to play a show at a con in Seattle.

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* {{Wangst}}: Miyabi, and fans have been getting sick of it as time's gone on.{{Squick}}: Miyabi's later attraction to Yumi can feel like the guy has a serious Oedipal Complex, since she bears a slight resemblance to his late mother.
* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: Miyabi.
Yes, his mother died and his dad withdrew from the family after her death; that is understandable. However, Miyabi also has friends that are always there for him, and a sister whose Number One concern has always been his well being. Plus he's the leader lead singer of a band with said friends that is very popular and is heading for mainstream stardom. Yet he treats these same friends like dirt, barely acknowledges them at best. And he treats his fans with contempt (especially poor Eizo), and is a total bully towards the school faculty and other students. He bullies Yumi, whom he barely knew, Yumi just because of for being at the wrong place at the wrong time and her [[IdenticalStranger slight resembelence]] resemblance]] to his mother (which [[WhatTheHellHero everyone did call him out on]]) mother, and then falls in love with said girl, ends up falling for her, which he tries to deal with by leading another girl on and toying with her feelings (Yayoi may be nuts, but no girl deserves ''that''). By ''that''), nearly getting Yumi killed as well as [[spoiler:resulting in Yayoi's own {{death by childbirth}}, leaving her father (who is Miyabi's ''manager and mentor'') utterly devastated]]. And aside from not only never receiving any real punishment for his actions, he's forgiven by everyone who continue to hold him up as a good person for his musical talent and FreudianExcuse. While Emi did take steps to mitigate this point, most fans are feeling less sorry for him and more waiting for someone to give him another good punch in the face.
** Recent events seem to show that indeed, the band (Toshio especially) have had enough, and are dealing an ultimatum to Miyabi, hoping he'll finally get
by giving Miyabi some mental counseling. It seems to have worked, since they are all still together three months afterwards, going to play a show at a con in Seattle.CharacterDevelopment, for some readers, it's way too little, way too late.


* How strong of a character Yumi should be is questionable. She's conventionally pretty, has a decent number of guys fawning over her, is intelligent, speaks fluent German, and instantly makes friends despite being a ShrinkingViolet. And though she's given a few flaws, they tend to be glossed over or presented as "cute quirks." WordOfGod has stated before that Yumi is [[AuthorAvatar based off of her own experiences]], but with the way how everything seems to work out for her is too suspiciously miraculous, lining her up with being an unsympathetic AudienceSurrogate. Not only does everyone take Yumi's side, but she is also [[EasilyForgiven very overly forgiving]] of others' transgressions against her, and anyone that doesn't like her is portrayed as either misguided or a completely irredeemable jerk. If Yumi were TheScrappy, there's a guarantee she'd be a CreatorsPet.

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* ** How strong of a character Yumi should be is questionable. She's conventionally pretty, has a decent number of guys fawning over her, is intelligent, speaks fluent German, and instantly makes friends despite being a ShrinkingViolet. And though she's given a few flaws, they tend to be glossed over or presented as "cute quirks." WordOfGod has stated before that Yumi is [[AuthorAvatar based off of her own experiences]], but with the way how everything seems to work out for her is too suspiciously miraculous, lining her up with being an unsympathetic AudienceSurrogate. Not only does everyone take Yumi's side, but she is also [[EasilyForgiven very overly forgiving]] of others' transgressions against her, and anyone that doesn't like her is portrayed as either misguided or a completely irredeemable jerk. If Yumi were TheScrappy, there's a guarantee she'd be a CreatorsPet.


* BaseBreakingCharacter: Miyabi. Opinions are split between those that see him as TheWoobie, those that see him as a JerkassWoobie, and those who see him as a straight-up {{Jerkass}} with shades of the CreatorsPet and KarmaHoudini.

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* BaseBreakingCharacter: Miyabi. Opinions are split between those that see him as TheWoobie, those that see him as a JerkassWoobie, and those who see him as a straight-up {{Jerkass}} with shades of the CreatorsPet and KarmaHoudini. Over the course of the series, he's treated his bandmates and friends like dirt, treats his fans with contempt (especially poor Eizo), and generally just [[KarmaHoudini gets off scott-free]] with being a total bully towards the school faculty and other students, just because he can. He bullies Yumi, just for being at the wrong place at the wrong time, and physically assaults her several times, as well as steal her family's necklace. His treatment of Yayoi is also terrible in itself, and nearly gets a person killed as well as [[spoiler: resulting in Yayoi's own death.]] And aside from not only never receiving any real punishment for his actions, he's forgiven by everyone who continue to hold him up as a good person for his musical talent and FreudianExcuse. He's received a lot of CharacterDevelopment, sure, but for some readers, it's nowhere near good enough.
* How strong of a character Yumi should be is questionable. She's conventionally pretty, has a decent number of guys fawning over her, is intelligent, speaks fluent German, and instantly makes friends despite being a ShrinkingViolet. And though she's given a few flaws, they tend to be glossed over or presented as "cute quirks." WordOfGod has stated before that Yumi is [[AuthorAvatar based off of her own experiences]], but with the way how everything seems to work out for her is too suspiciously miraculous, lining her up with being an unsympathetic AudienceSurrogate. Not only does everyone take Yumi's side, but she is also [[EasilyForgiven very overly forgiving]] of others' transgressions against her, and anyone that doesn't like her is portrayed as either misguided or a completely irredeemable jerk. If Yumi were TheScrappy, there's a guarantee she'd be a CreatorsPet.


* BaseBreaker: Miyabi. Opinions are split between those that see him as TheWoobie, those that see him as a JerkassWoobie, and those who see him as a straight-up {{Jerkass}} with shades of the CreatorsPet and KarmaHoudini.

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* BaseBreaker: BaseBreakingCharacter: Miyabi. Opinions are split between those that see him as TheWoobie, those that see him as a JerkassWoobie, and those who see him as a straight-up {{Jerkass}} with shades of the CreatorsPet and KarmaHoudini.


* CanonSue: Yumi has tons of shades of this (conventionally pretty, has a decent number of guys fawning over her, is intelligent, speaks fluent German, and instantly makes friends despite being a ShrinkingViolet). And though she's given a few flaws, they tend to be glossed over or presented as "cute quirks." WordOfGod has stated before that Yumi is [[AuthorAvatar based off of her own experiences]], but with the way how everything seems to work out for her is too suspiciously miraculous, lining her up with being an unsympathetic AudienceSurrogate. Not only does everyone take Yumi's side, but she is also [[EasilyForgiven very overly forgiving]] of others' transgressions against her, and anyone that doesn't like her is portrayed as either misguided or a completely irredeemable jerk. If Yumi were TheScrappy, there's a guarantee she'd be a CreatorsPet.
** Miyabi [[UpToEleven even moreso]], combining it with several touches of JerkStu and [[SympatheticSue Sympathetic Stu]]. Now if ''he'' was a genuine [[TheScrappy scrappy]] instead of just a BaseBreaker, there's a guarantee he'd be a CreatorsPet that could maybe even give the former TropeNamer himself a run for his money.



* JerkStu: Miyabi, very, ''very'' much so. Over the course of the series, he's treated his bandmates and friends like dirt, treats his fans with contempt (especially poor Eizo), and generally just [[KarmaHoudini gets off scott-free]] with being a total bully towards the school faculty and other students, just because he can. He bullies Yumi, just for being at the wrong place at the wrong time, and physically assaults her several times, as well as steal her family's necklace. His treatment of Yayoi is also terrible in itself, and nearly gets a person killed as well as [[spoiler: resulting in Yayoi's own death.]] And aside from not only never receiving any real punishment for his actions, he's forgiven by everyone who continue to hold him up as a good person for his musical talent and FreudianExcuse. He's received a lot of CharacterDevelopment, sure, but for some readers, it's nowhere near good enough.

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* TheWoobie: Poor, ''poor'' Mitsuzuka-Sensei. His wife is dead, and he has to go through the shame of [[spoiler:his daughter Yayoi being deported after [[LoveMakesYouCrazy going crazy]] in her pursuit of Miyabi, who, by his own admission later on, treated her as nothing but a sex object. [[FromBadToWorse And then]] his [[TeenPregnancy teenage daughter]] gets pregnant and she refuses to get an abortion, even though it's made clear that going through with this will kill her. And indeed, [[DeathByChildbirth she does]], right after forgiving the father of her child in spite of the pain he's caused. He spends the next few months looking after his grandson until he's spurred to visit Japan again, and has to reopen many old wounds by confronting Miyabi and dropping Haruki off to live with the Orochi family.]] After all of that, it's hard to blame the man for being DrivenToSuicide. [[spoiler:Thankfully he gets better.]]

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* FanPreferredCouple: Yumi/Hugo rapidly became popular with the readers.


* AlasPoorScrappy: After [[spoiler: her offscreen DeathByChildbirth, Yayoi has become this for the readership. It was also helped by her father's [[{{Tearjerker}} genuinely heartbreaking reaction]] to this event that made her a lot less disliked.]]



** Miyabi [[UpToEleven even moreso]], combining it with several touches of JerkStu and [[SympatheticSue Sympathetic Stu]]. Now if ''he'' was a genuine [[TheScrappy scrappy]] instead of just a BaseBreaker, there's a guarantee he'd be a CreatorsPet that could maybe even give the former TropeNamer himself a run for his money.



* JerkStu: Miyabi, very, ''very'' much so. Over the course of the series, he's treated his bandmates and friends like dirt, treats his fans with contempt (especially poor Eizo), and generally just [[KarmaHoudini gets off scott-free]] with being a total bully towards the school faculty and other students, just because he can. He bullies Yumi, just for being at the wrong place at the wrong time, and physically assaults her several times, as well as steal her family's necklace. His treatment of Yayoi is also terrible in itself, and nearly gets a person killed as well as [[spoiler: resulting in Yayoi's own death.]] And aside from not only never receiving any real punishment for his actions, he's forgiven by everyone who continue to hold him up as a good person for his musical talent and FreudianExcuse. He's received a lot of CharacterDevelopment, sure, but for some readers, it's nowhere near good enough.



** Recent events seem to show that indeed, the band (Toshio epsecially) have had enough, and are dealing an ultimatum to Miyabi, hoping he'll finally get some mental counseling. It seems to have worked, since they are all still together three months afterwards, going to play a show at a con in Seattle.

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** Recent events seem to show that indeed, the band (Toshio epsecially) especially) have had enough, and are dealing an ultimatum to Miyabi, hoping he'll finally get some mental counseling. It seems to have worked, since they are all still together three months afterwards, going to play a show at a con in Seattle.


* CanonSue: Yumi has tons of shades of this (conventionally pretty, has a decent number of guys fawning over her, is intelligent, speaks fluent German, and instantly makes friends despite being a ShrinkingViolet). And though she's given a few flaws, they tend to be glossed over or presented as "cute quirks." WordOfGod has stated before that Yumi is [[AuthorAvatar based off of her own experiences]], but with the way how everything seems to work out for her is too suspiciously miraculous, lining her up with being an unsympathetic AudienceSurrogate. Not only does everyone take Yumi's side, but she is also If Yumi were TheScrappy, there's a guarantee she'd be a CreatorsPet.

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* CanonSue: Yumi has tons of shades of this (conventionally pretty, has a decent number of guys fawning over her, is intelligent, speaks fluent German, and instantly makes friends despite being a ShrinkingViolet). And though she's given a few flaws, they tend to be glossed over or presented as "cute quirks." WordOfGod has stated before that Yumi is [[AuthorAvatar based off of her own experiences]], but with the way how everything seems to work out for her is too suspiciously miraculous, lining her up with being an unsympathetic AudienceSurrogate. Not only does everyone take Yumi's side, but she is also [[EasilyForgiven very overly forgiving]] of others' transgressions against her, and anyone that doesn't like her is portrayed as either misguided or a completely irredeemable jerk. If Yumi were TheScrappy, there's a guarantee she'd be a CreatorsPet.


* CanonSue: Yumi has tons of shades of this. WordOfGod has stated before that Yumi is [[AuthorAvatar based off of her own experiences]], but with the way how everything seems to work out for her is too suspiciously miraculous, lining her up with being an unsympathetic AudienceSurrogate. Not only does everyone take Yumi's side, but she goes through an unrealistic revolving door of emotions when one minute, she's mentally chewing out Yayoi for getting her kicked out of Orochi's tour, and the next minute, she's on Yayoi's side again. If Yumi were TheScrappy, there's a guarantee she'd be a CreatorsPet.

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* CanonSue: Yumi has tons of shades of this. this (conventionally pretty, has a decent number of guys fawning over her, is intelligent, speaks fluent German, and instantly makes friends despite being a ShrinkingViolet). And though she's given a few flaws, they tend to be glossed over or presented as "cute quirks." WordOfGod has stated before that Yumi is [[AuthorAvatar based off of her own experiences]], but with the way how everything seems to work out for her is too suspiciously miraculous, lining her up with being an unsympathetic AudienceSurrogate. Not only does everyone take Yumi's side, but she goes through an unrealistic revolving door of emotions when one minute, she's mentally chewing out Yayoi for getting her kicked out of Orochi's tour, and the next minute, she's on Yayoi's side again. is also If Yumi were TheScrappy, there's a guarantee she'd be a CreatorsPet.


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* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: As pointed out [[http://pretzuls.tumblr.com/post/48336422255/a-rant-about-the-way-to-your-heart-the-webcomic here]], the comic does advocate the notion of forgiving an abuser and ICanChangeMyBeloved.


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* SacredCow: Any kind of criticism of the comic on either Emily's Facebook, the site's chat board, or other sites can be a sure way to incite some heavy backlash. In fact, Emily has apparently [[OrwellianEditor banned a few people]] [[http://pretzuls.tumblr.com/post/48336422255/a-rant-about-the-way-to-your-heart-the-webcomic for posting their criticisms]], regardless of whether they were constructive or not.

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