EternalSeptember on Feb 28th 2011 at 12:17:14 PM
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EternalSeptember on Apr 23rd 2011 at 6:21:02 AM
Page Type: Trope
This is a character type that shows up frequently in Harem Anime.
It is usually a girl, who grew up together with the main character, practically since infancy, and has been always in love with him, but instead of taking the initiative to become his girlfriend, she decided to take it slowly, she developed a Like Brother and Sister relationship with him. In the most stereotypical examples, this trope is usually first demonstrated by a scene of her routinely visiting him in the morning, waking him up, walking to school with him, and giving him a lunch box full of food delicious food that she prepared.
Basically, for the uninitiated observer, it would seem like they are already dating, and even those who know better, like their parents, or best friends, expect that they will eventually start dating and get married.
At this point, the Harem plot or Love Triangle starts, and in face of the new rivals she realizes that it's time to get serious. Hilarity Ensues, sometimes involving fights over her earlier "priviledges" like feeding the protagonist, or as a trump card, bringing up some sort of Childhood Marriage Promise.
Often a Girl Next Door, even more literally than that trope describes, living close to the protagonist.
In terms of personality, she tends to be either a Yamato Nadeshiko in training, as evidenced by their cooking skills, serene patience, and the serving, yet guiding the boy at the same time, or the long friendship turns her into One of the Boys, a Tsundere who seems to be Vitriolic Best Buds with the boy.
See also Childhood Friend Romance for the more generic trope about people who knew each other since childhood falling in love.
Examples:Anime & Manga}
- Manami from Asobi Ni Iku Yo
- Mayu from B Gata H Kei
- Misaki Etou from Dragon Crisis
- Discussed in Durarara, when Mikado saved an amnesiac girl who bumped into him being pursued by a biker, Kida instantly lampshades this series of anime cliches:
- Infinite Stratos has, unusually for the Harem Genre, two Osananajimi characters, both from the Tsundere mold, the protagonist even classifies them as "Osananajimi #1" and "Osananajimi #2", based on the time they met each other.
- Mimi from Lovely Complex intentionally assumes this personality when around Ootani.
- Sohara in Sora No Otoshimono.
- Manami from Ore Imo.
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