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Elements of Childhood Friend Romance that are common in Japanese works.

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Proposed By:
EternalSeptember on Feb 28th 2011 at 12:17:14 PM
Last Edited By:
EternalSeptember on Apr 23rd 2011 at 6:21:02 AM
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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.


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Feedback: 66 replies

Feb 28th 2011 at 12:40:18 PM

Literally "childhood friend".

Feb 28th 2011 at 1:25:26 PM

If you are wondering why the Japanese name, this is a recognized trope in the Anime fandom, to the point of the term being referenced in some works. It doesn't mean just 'a friend from one's childhood', but a character type with it own set of tropes. The main element is, naturally, 'a girl who knows the protagonist since they are kids and grew up with him'.

Feb 28th 2011 at 1:37:14 PM

I will write the proper description tomorrow.

Feb 28th 2011 at 2:57:56 PM

So this trope is anime-only?

Feb 28th 2011 at 3:04:29 PM

Probably. It is 'female childhood friend as used in anime'. I do not know, however, if a similar concept is used elsewhere. I've never seen, but I am not that familiar with western works.

Feb 28th 2011 at 5:18:17 PM

Yes, yes it is used all over the place in western media, and please just title it "Childhood Friend". Thank you very much from a long-time anime and manga fan.

Feb 28th 2011 at 5:40:17 PM

^Pay more attention. I mean that Osananajimi is a recognized stereotype that is more then just 'a friend from childhood'. Unless the common western stereotype is the same, Childhood Friend would be more confusing.

As I siad, this is "female childhood friend as used in anime", not 'female childhood friend'.

Feb 28th 2011 at 5:41:56 PM

^Sorry, but it's hard to tell how it's more than "childhood friend" when the description is "Childhood Friend, A Harem Series character type. More description later."

Feb 28th 2011 at 6:06:42 PM

Wait one more day for the description. This was only created to take that discussion away from Harem Genre

Feb 28th 2011 at 6:29:19 PM

I think in non-anime world, this would probably be called "the girl next door".

Feb 28th 2011 at 6:37:02 PM

^We have that trope, and it's something else.

I really don't think this trope is actually anime-only.

Feb 28th 2011 at 7:08:11 PM

Its not, though it shows up there much more frequently than in western media. Its pretty much required in any large gathering of girls around a single male lead.

That being said, it should be Childhood Friend. There is no reason for Gratuitous Japanese if there is a perfectly usable translation that doesn't run into major conflicts or whatever.

Feb 28th 2011 at 8:13:18 PM

First rule of Proposing a Special Nifty Anime-Only Trope: 99% of the time its not special, its not nifty, and its not anime-only.

Second rule of Proposing a Special Nifty Anime-Only Trope: It isn't even close to being Anime-only, and almost certainly originated in some other source.

Third rule of Proposing a Special Nifty Anime-Only Trope: There is nothing special about it that differentiates it from the "western" form of it.

Fourth rule of Proposing a Special Nifty Anime-Only Trope: If you think that the use of a Japanese word as the title is necessary because "there's no real non-Japanese phrase that conveys the whole meaning", you're very likely incorrect. English, by its very nature, is such a word-thief that you'd be shocked and surprised at what you can find in its vocabulary. For example, did you know that English has a single word that translates as "person who prefers to go barefoot?" Its true.

Go with Childhood Friend.

When I read your description, the first example I thought of was C.S.Lewis's The Magician's Nephew.

Feb 28th 2011 at 8:34:02 PM

Also, the osananajimi is not necessarily a love interest, but they still fit into that slot.

Feb 28th 2011 at 11:07:06 PM

^^"Read your description".

Which description you are talking about, exactly? Because this trope have yet to be described by anyone.

I think you are misunderstanding the intention of my posts. I never said that Osananajimi is definitivelly different from a western Childhood Friend. I never said that because I do not know what the hell a Osananajimi is, exactly. I even pointed in the Harem Genre YKTTW that I would have created the Osananajimi YKTTW myself, have I know what exactly a Osananajimi is.

What I do know about Osananajimi is that it is a common Dating Sim Stock Character. Aside from being a childhood friend, a Osananajimi comes with it own set of tropes and characteristics. If these elements are the same in both the western stereotype of a childhood friend and in the Japanese one, then they should naturally be lumped into Childhood Friend. However, if the elemets that compose a western childhood friend are different from the ones that compose a Osananajimi, then naturally they should be separated tropes (with Osananajimi being likely a subtrope of Childhood Friend).

Feb 28th 2011 at 11:40:26 PM

This description: "a girl who knows the protagonist since they are kids and grew up with him'."

Though the fact that your use of the word is blue-linked means we already have this trope.

Feb 28th 2011 at 11:48:56 PM

This is not a description. Take a look in the whole context. This is the main element, but not the single one.

It is currently a redirect to Victorious Childhood Friend. Which is not this trope, even if it is related.

Feb 28th 2011 at 11:53:04 PM

I went by your own words, so you have very little to complain about, I think. In any case, your counter-argument is unconvincing, seeing as it basically boils down to "Its different because its Japanese, and because I say its different."

Mar 1st 2011 at 12:10:48 AM

IO know it is my own words. What I am saying is that I was never trying to define the trope. Look my whole post: "It doesn't mean just 'a friend from one's childhood', but a character type with it own set of tropes. The main element is, naturally, 'a girl who knows the protagonist since they are kids and grew up with him'. "

It was never supposed to be a complete definition. So, yeah, I have more then a little to complain about. You shouldn't focus in a single bit of one's post if looking in the whole change the meaning completely.

Do you really understand what I am saying, anyway? I am not saying "Its different because its Japanese, and because I say its different." . I am not even saying it is different in the first place! I don't even know what define this trope! Pay more attention in my words, please.

What I am saying, is that Osananajimi is already recognized for it own set of tropes. It is not merely a 'friend from childhood'. Assuming the 'western childhood friend' also has it own stereotype, then we should check to see if they are the same, or very similar, to the ones of Osananajimi. If, they are the same, then the two are the same trope, that should be launched as Childhood Friend(or something similar, with Osananajimi as a redirect). However, if they are not the same trope, then they should have different pages. Osananajimi gets, therefore, to be launched with a Japanese name, showing it is an anime trope.

There is also the possibility of the 'western childhood friend' not even being a trope in the first place. Then Osananajimi can still use it name, since it is still an anime-only trope.

Mar 1st 2011 at 12:14:45 AM

Doesn't the fact that its already a redirect for an existing trope tell you anything?

Mar 1st 2011 at 12:20:48 AM

You could give a few of the tropes associated with it first without putting up a full description.

Mar 1st 2011 at 12:37:46 AM

^^No. Why should it? The redirect is incorrect. It is related, but it is not the same thing. An Osananajimi can, naturally, be a Victorious Childhood Friend. But she can just as easily be an Unlucky Childhood Friend. Or even not be a love interest at all.

Mar 1st 2011 at 12:53:27 AM

You've still not supported why we need to use the Gratuitous Japanese title.

Mar 1st 2011 at 2:20:54 AM

Because that isn't the discussion at hand. The question right now is whether the Japanese and western versions of the trope are similar enough to go together or if they should be split. This is a well recognized trope in anime that we don't have, so lets analyze that aspect first. We can quibble over the name once we have the trope hammered out. I'm posting from an iPod and it's apain, so I'm ending here, if it hasn't been done by the time I'm on a real computer sometime this afternoon, I'll detail the anime version of the trope, ok?

Mar 1st 2011 at 6:56:56 AM

Apparently its a "recognized trope in anime" that we do have, as evidenced by the blue linking.

Mar 1st 2011 at 7:06:08 AM

Ok, so I got this as:

  • characters have been very close friends since early childhood
  • characters share a deep bond of mutual trust, closeness and understanding with each other
  • characters may have drifted apart when they grew up but the bond remains
  • characters might end up together as Soul Mates (Victorious Childhood Friend), or this might be averted or subverted with them staying as only friends (Unlucky Childhood Friend)
  • due to Japanese culture very much appreciating true, deep friendship that crosses the usual bounds of tatemae ("public self"), a friendship like this being broken or tainted will be Most Tragical

But I see no reason why the "osananajimi" could only be a female (unless the Japanese connotations of the word just "say so"). I've an example of a male-male osananajimi thing.

/edit we don't have Useful Notes on the tatemae/honne thing?!

Mar 1st 2011 at 7:10:48 AM

^^ I added that redirect yesterday, as a placeholder until I write this.

Mar 1st 2011 at 7:10:53 AM

Didn't we have a repair shop thread on this?

Mar 1st 2011 at 7:20:07 AM

Yeah, looking at the description now that it's up, I don't see anything anime-exclusive about it and am pretty sure there are non-anime examples. Needs A Better Title.

Mar 1st 2011 at 7:22:08 AM

^^ We had two repair shop threads for Forgotten Childhood Friend, and how it should be the name an Unlucky Childhood Friend subtope, not about enemies who used to be friends.

That's a different trope.

Mar 1st 2011 at 7:22:15 AM

^Do you feel the same about my explanation a few comments up? (2011-03-01 07:06:0) I specifically attempted to grasp why I (and some others) feel this should be separate from western examples of childhood friends.

Mar 1st 2011 at 7:29:16 AM

^^^ Give three non-anime examples, and I will change the name.

Mar 1st 2011 at 7:33:13 AM

... Oh, and also, suggest a better name that implies all the things in the above description.

Mar 1st 2011 at 12:38:05 PM

This descriptions assumes male protagonist and female osananajimi, but there's no reason it can't be swapped. Osananajimi's a gender-neutral term anyway. Also assume roughly high school age for the characters, in this case to qualify as an Osananajimi, they need to have been friends since at least elementary school, if not before.

There are two broad categories of Osananajimi, lets call them Constant and Returning. The Constant Osananajimi has been with the protagonist for years. They've gone to the same schools, been frequently in the same class, and just generally are together a lot. Frequently will be next door neighbors. This character is probably the most likely to become an Unlucky Childhood Friend, because they are quite likely to end up as Like A Sister To Me (is this a trope?). The Returning Osananajimi is when one of the two (it can be either), moved away, and is now moving back. This category is slightly more likely to result in Victorious Childhood Friend. There are two variations on this one as well. The standard one with nothing particularly unusual, and the Forgotten Childhood Friend, where one of the two, generally the protagonist, has suffered memory loss of some sort. This could be a plotpoint, or he could just have a shitty memory. Marriage Promise is likely to come into play here.

The Osananajimi can have basically any personality you can think of, though they are (especially for the Constant variation) somewhat more likely to be Tsundere than anything else. In shows where most of the haremettes have some sort of powers or abilities, the Osananajimi is almost always the "normal" one, the one who has no powers at all, and is only involved at all because she's associated with the hero. She will essentially never win in this situation.

Mar 1st 2011 at 12:39:40 PM

@Worldmaker

Apparently its a "recognized trope in anime" that we do have, as evidenced by the blue linking.

Its a redirect for Victorious Childhood Friend, which is not this trope. That trope is a subtrope of this one. Osananajimi is the supertrope for the anime Childhood Friend tropes.

Mar 1st 2011 at 1:27:13 PM

^^ Male examples woudld be Gender Inverted Example. We do this all the time, with Ill Boy, Cat Boy, Genki Guy, etc. It's not uncommon that a trope happens a lot more commonly with one gender, so it is called Always Female, but technically it can happen with the other genre as a Rare Male Example. Harem Anime itself is considered Reverse Harem when it is genderflipped.

About the two forms: this one will only be about the former, we will see if there is room for another trope about the latter.

^ I wouldn't say "supertrope". It's more like another, specific subtrope. Childhood Friend would be the supertrope, but that's probably People Sit On Chairs, that "people have childhood friends".

Unlucky Childhood Friend and Victorious Childhood Friend are limited to love interests, but not limited by characterization, so they include various plots where childhood friens fall in love, not just the one in the description.

Mar 1st 2011 at 1:54:32 PM

^So what are examples where both osananajimi are male? Or both female?

Mar 1st 2011 at 2:08:11 PM

Ho Verted?

...Ok, so we don't have a specific trope for the concept of using a usually hetero relationship trope's gay counterpart. That's hardly the issue of this particular page.

Mar 1st 2011 at 2:16:39 PM

^^

With or without romantic over/undertones?

If there is some chance of romance (and not just people with their goggles on too strong), then its this trope, only the Ho Yay / Les Yay version. If they're just friends, well, thats People Sit On Chairs.

Mar 1st 2011 at 3:50:35 PM

Mmm. I'm not fond of Gratuitous Japanese in trope names personally - especially one that's so bloody hard to spell - but Eternal September has a point here. There's a very specific set of qualifications required for this particular character archetype far narrower than the much broader concept of a childhood friend, or even a childhood friend with a crush on the protagonist. Unless someone can come up with a suitable English title that gets the specifics of this trope across, I'll tentatively support Osananajimi as at least making it clear this is more specific than a general childhood friend character.

That said, if this is launched under this title it'll be important for someone to watch the page carefully to make sure that the anime examples actually fit the definition specified here. Quickly scanning the Unlucky Childhood Friend page, I can see at least two examples I recognize (Ukyo from Ranma, Anya from Negima) who don't fit the definition of Osananajimi here, and I'm sure there's a lot more that I'm not very familiar with. Chances are this trope will decay pretty quickly if left uncurated.

Mar 1st 2011 at 8:32:09 PM

I see nothing in the "qualifications" which says "It is impossible for this to occur outside of Japan" other than the Special Pleadings fallacy by a bunch of anime fans who insist that everything is magical and special if it comes from Japan.

Mar 1st 2011 at 8:49:59 PM

Where has anyone ever said it was impossible to this occur outside Japan? That was not the issue.

There are two main reason to use the Japanese name, as people posted here: First, it does only occur in Japan. It may not be the case, but his has yet to be proven. As for now, no one posted a single non-anime example.

More important, 'Childhood Friend' is too broad. It can't be used for this trope for that reason. Osananajimi, however, is an already existent term that means just this trope (in fact, the YKTTW was created because of the term). Techinically, the term is also broad in it original language (it has no 'special meaning', it means just 'childhood friend'). However in the English language the term is only used to refer to this trope, thus being already it trope's name, in the anime fandom. Even in Japanese, the term is used for this trope when talking into Dating Sim and Harem context (there is a small rant about it in The World God Only Knows).

Mar 1st 2011 at 9:17:32 PM

Do what you want, but be aware that unless the trope is a) exclusive to Japanese culture, b) has no easily understood English translation and c) is not the Nakama page or one of the -dere pages, for which special exceptions have been created, launching this with the Japanese title will get it swiftly renamed into English. The name "Osananajimi" will go the way of Omake and all the other Gratuitous Japanese trope titles (with the noted exceptions noted).

Mar 1st 2011 at 9:32:28 PM

Well osananajimi as used here refers to the way deep childhood friendship crossing borders of time and inner and outer self is seen and felt, and dreamed about in Japan. It's a culture-specific idealised picture of perfect friendship much like Yamato Nadeshiko is a culture-specific idealised picture of a perfect woman.

To me it seems osananajimi stands for what Westerners perceive as true friendship, where nothing needs to be explained, and where the trust is unshakeable. The thing is, in Japanese culture with those steep propriety conventions and whatnot (again, inner/outer self), friendship like this developing after the innocence of childhood is rather unlikely. Remember, this is the culture where married couples might always call each other "Mr" and "Ms" and despite loving each other, never say the ai word.

Mar 1st 2011 at 9:55:15 PM

Sounds like the relationship portrayed in the Pixar film Up.

Wow... western example. Guess its not a unique and special Japanese snowflake after all.

See you after the renaming.

Mar 1st 2011 at 10:13:28 PM

^ I get your point, but there's no reason to get snarky with snowflakes. That relationship could have happened in practically the same way, in the same setting, even if they had met in high school or college or after that. I just defined "osananajimi" as something that for cultural reason has to begin in early childhood because once the kids get conscious about what is expected of them, the chance for such a connection is lost forever.

//edit ok let me try this once more from a different angle. Let's suppose we name this "Childhood Friendship" or something like that. All ok but the name would not indicate the connotations of the trope, and would be at danger of accumulating examples like "A and B were friends as kids", i.e. People Sit On Chairs. I'm all open for an English name for this trope, as western examples can and apparently do exist, but this is not about just friendships that began in childhood, and the title should reflect that.

Mar 1st 2011 at 10:39:26 PM

Worldmaker, this is at least the third place I've seen you deliberately ignoring people's points into order to push your crusade against Anime examples. The title of the trope is not the discussion at hand. Do you have an actual contribution to the development of the trope, or are you going to continue to harp on the use of the term Osananajimi, that we haven't even decided whether to use or not?

The snark about "See you after the renaming", actually gets to the heart of what we're trying to get across to you. There can be no "renaming", since the trope hasn't been launched, and hasn't even been fully fleshed out yet, so focusing on the name is a severe case of putting the cart before the horse.

Mar 1st 2011 at 10:52:47 PM

So, about the definition of the trope. In The World God Only Knows, the Dating Sim Otaku protagonist makes a little rant about what 'Osananajimi' means. Aside from mentioning the relationship is stronger then one of siblings, he also mention 'promise' and 're meeting with their roles being changed (shy girl becoming school idol, for example)'. How important are these elements to the trope? At last the 'promise' seems to be pretty common, as we have whole trope for a common variation.

Mar 1st 2011 at 11:10:04 PM

The "promise" aspect is frequent, though not required. Its more common in the situation where one of the two moved away, and is now returning as the story begins. This setup almost always includes some form of memory loss, or at least one of the pair just not remembering the promise.

While The World God Only Knows is a fairly good guide to this sort of thing, keep in mind that Keima's a bit of a purist, so don't take his (generally pretty good) descriptions as gospel law or something.

The inclusion of a "promise" in the backstory greatly increases the chance of the Osananajimi "winning" (at least outside of V Ns, where technically all the possible girls "win")

Mar 1st 2011 at 11:21:05 PM

^I know, that is why I posted here asking how important the elements are. I believe they should, at last, feature in the description of the trope, however, right? Somewhere after the fourth paragraph, I believe.

Also, Love Hina is an excellent example of a Childhood Marriage Promise driving the plot. In fact, said childhood friend ( both of them) match every point of Keima's description, except the close relationship. I assume it doesn't fit the trope, then?

Mar 1st 2011 at 11:28:57 PM

Its really hard to say. Normally I'd say yes, but Keitarou, Naru and Mutsumi split up when they were so young, its very borderline. Mutsumi's the only one who was old enough to remember all the details.

Keima's "close relationship" fits more with my "Constant" variation, its someone that you literally grew up with, and are just as close to, if not closer, than your actual siblings. Very rarely (in my experience), will that coincide with the "Promise" aspect, which almost requires one of them to have left and now be returning, setting the stage for the Promise to be fulfilled.

Mar 2nd 2011 at 6:46:56 AM

Its not a crusade against Anime examples. Its a crusade against the demonstratably false attitude that Anime is somehow special, unique, or separated from the rest of human conciousness when it comes to tropes and their uses.

Mar 2nd 2011 at 8:51:38 AM

^ EVERY medium is unique. We have whole indexes of Theater tropes, Webcomic Tropes, Live Action TV Tropes, and yes, Anime Tropes.

Not to mention the genres, that have their own common tropes.

Why are Romance Novel Plots, or Erotic Literature written as literature-specific? Maybe other works can't have romance plots, or can't be erotic? Maybe we are implying that novels are somehow a superior medium, and others don't matter?

Of course not, and we don't do this with anime either, but it can still have it's own unique plot points, and subgenres like Harem Anime can have their own tropes. In fact, that's the definition of genre:

"A genre is a particular type of literature, painting, music, film, or other art form which people consider as a class because it has special characteristics."


You mentioned Ellie from Up. Let's see:

Is she either a YamatoNadeshiko or a Tsundere? Was she Like Brother And Sister with Carl for years before taking initiative? Did she take initiative because of the threat from a bunch of other girls? Do their friends and parents think that they would be a nice couple? Do they go to school together after she wakes him up? Did they have a Childhood Marriage Promise?

We don't know. We only saw her for two scenes of first playing around, meeting Carl for the first time, and hours later, visiting him when he was lying at home with a broken leg.

Cue to wedding photo.

It would be understandable an example would leave out some of these, after all, they are only supposed to give an impression, but it looks like you just ignored everything after the fist line, to make the trope sound more generic than it is.

Mar 2nd 2011 at 1:55:40 PM

Too many general, all purpose tropes on this wiki are written (and named) as if they are unique to Anime. It is this attitude that I object to. What some of the more myopic, fanatic Anime fans here see as "something special to anime" are usually tropes that have existed for thousands of years and predate the Anime these short-sighted tropers are trying to credit the trope to by a fair margin.

This trope is no different.

Mar 2nd 2011 at 2:12:10 PM

If anything this trope needs to drop the romantic subtext mention since that's just Unlucky Childhood Friend and Victorious Childhood Friend. What we don't have is a trope for just childhood friends.

Mar 2nd 2011 at 2:21:18 PM

^well the romance part is important because this is mostly used as Romance Fuel. I don't think I can remember more than a few non-romantic examples.

Mar 2nd 2011 at 2:29:27 PM

^^^ You are talking about two opposing things here. I also hate it when all purpose tropes are hijacked by anime. This is why I started this trope.

Right now, Unlucky Childhood Friend has a whole paragraph about how osananajimi is used in Harem Anime, an Anime & Manga folder that is longer than the rest of the page, and it is indexed on the Anime Character Types page.

A prime example of a general trope hijacked by anime.

I want to fix that, by categorizing the actual anime-specific sub-variation, and keeping the generic one as generic.

Think of it, as if we would have a page nominally about Knights' chivalry, and two thirds of the page would be used for describing Samurai bushide, that is the Japanese take on the concept. Wouldn't it be more logical to give them different pages, even if they are related?

Mar 2nd 2011 at 2:34:29 PM

OK, considering the unusually long discussion for a YKTTW, tommorrow I will open a TRS thread about the issue. Please don't do anything until then. I thought of a nice method of organizing the merging of Unlucky and Victorious Childhood Friends, having a genric trope about "non-romantic Childhood Friends" and having this one, I'll detail it tomorrow.

Mar 3rd 2011 at 11:25:09 AM

TRS Thread . For the time being, I blanked the name, so the CHOPSTICKS vs. PEPPER debate won't divert attention from the main question, whether or not the page should exist to begin with.

Apr 14th 2011 at 12:17:41 PM

The description could be clearer about what the core definition of the trope is, i.e. the important requirement(s) to distinguish it from its supertrope. Is there a laconic?

Apr 14th 2011 at 1:14:43 PM

I don't think that it needs one specific criteria, many tropes don't have one, it's just a collection of common characterization points, in broad strokes.

There are at least 7 specific elements:

  • It's a girl
  • Had a secret one-sided crush for a while
  • the "waking him up" and/or "going to school together" scene
  • Being domestic
  • Harem setting, with her trying to claim "FIRST!"
  • Childhood Marriage Promise
  • Personality is Yamato Nadeshiko or Tomboyish Tsundere

If at least 3-4 are there, it's probably safe to claim this trope.

It's not like it can't happen with a boy, or the writers can't play with giving that described role of the plot to a GenkiGirl, or that it can't happen in a haremless Rom Com story.

Buut if it is a Rom Com movie with the premise of a Genki Guy who was always openly hitting on his childhood friend, suddenly getting his crush reciprocated, it's definitely not this trope.

Apr 14th 2011 at 1:18:23 PM

Also, it needs some examples after all, since otherwise it would be a bit hard to figure out which older generic entries fit here, as their description didn't focus on these parts, so add examples please

Apr 16th 2011 at 5:41:11 PM

So what's the laconic?

Apr 19th 2011 at 11:52:55 AM

Maybe somethig like "Elements of Childhood Friend Romance that are common in Japanese works."

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