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My Rainy Days (天使の恋) note  is a 2009 Japanese romance film starring Nozomi Sasaki and Shosuke Tanihara. The movie is an adaptation of a cellphone novel.

The film follows the story of two different people named Ozawa — Rio Ozawa, a high-school student who, along with some friends, does enjō kosai (compensated dating) to make money; and Kouki Ozawa, a university professor who keeps to himself. In spite of Rio being surrounded by a group of girls loyal to her, she's actually cold-hearted and manipulative, even roping in an innocent classmate to do compensated dating with them. However, when she encounters Kouki by chance, she finds herself falling madly in love with the quiet professor, and slowly starts to turn her whole life around in the process.


This movie contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Alpha/Manipulative Bitch: Rio.
  • Book-Ends: Rio and Kouki meet again a year later almost exactly the same way they first met, except that Kouki's surgery has erased his memories of her; which is perhaps why Rio says the same things she did a year ago, in an attempt to jog his memory somehow.
  • Call-Back: When Rio was 14, she unknowingly sat beside Kouki in the hospital waiting room, a Christmas tree standing between them. Three years later, they both wind up sitting at the exact same spots after they're finally acquainted with one another (though the tree isn't decorated anymore).
  • Character Development: Rio stops lying to her friends and becomes more open and honest as she falls in love with Kouki.
  • Compensated Dating: Rio and her friends are heavily involved in this activity. The guy they're working with makes extra money off them by blackmailing the clients when they realize the girls are still minors.
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  • Corrupt the Cutie: Rio manipulates her naïve classmate Tomoko into doing compensated dating with her friends. Surprisingly, not only does she take to it (despite some reluctance at first), but she actually befriends them wholeheartedly.
  • Did I Mention It's Christmas?: The movie begins during the Christmas season, apropos of nothing.
  • Dramatic Irony: The fact that Kouki has brain cancer is among the first things we learn about him. Later, we see him making his death certificate, creating a funeral photo, and even counting down his days. It takes until the latter third of the movie for Rio to learn all of this, however.
  • Driven to Suicide: Naoko kills herself after murdering her mother's boyfriend. He had been raping her repeatedly, and yet her mother was more angry at Naoko than the abusive boyfriend. She first tries to stab Tomoko, and later jumps off her school rooftop after Rio shields Tomoko from her.
  • False Friend: Rio and her posse accept Tomoko when she decides to join them in their compensated dating work. After Naoko commits suicide, Rio decides to drop the pretense and confess everything to Tomoko. Even though she gets angry and wants to break off with them, when Rio is hospitalized, Tomoko chooses to take care of her.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: An interesting variation. Meeting Kouki brings out this trait in Rio, rather than her starting out this way from the beginning of their relationship.
  • Mistaken Identity: The fact that Rio and Kouki have the same family name Ozawa is what brings them together. A photo printer shop switches their pictures by mistake, and they first meet to swap photos before Rio starts to get more involved with him.
  • Opposites Attract/Uptight Loves Wild: Outgoing, exuberant high-school student Rio falls for quiet, introverted university professor Kouki.
  • Rape as Backstory: Rio was raped and impregnated when she was 14. Her mother took her to the hospital to get an abortion at the same time that Kouki was first diagnosed with brain cancer.
  • "Ray of Hope" Ending: Rio despondently stands in the rain after Kouki walks away without remembering who she was. To her surprise, Kouki comes back and covers her under his umbrella, and she excitedly embraces him. Either he's attracted to her all over again, or he might still have feelings for her subconsciously.
  • Relative Error: When Rio first meets Kouki's cousin Kaori, she mistakes her for his girlfriend.
  • Sorry That I'm Dying: After Rio finally learns how dire Kouki's condition has become, Kouki confesses that he was set on dying quietly before she turned his life completely upside-down. After his cousin had failed so many times to convince him, Rio manages to get him to have surgery to save his life, even at the risk of losing his memories.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: Thankfully not within the same school, but the trope still applies nonetheless. To emphasize this, even at her most lovestruck, Rio still calls him Sensei ("teacher") instead of by name.
  • Time Skip: The film starts with Rio at age 14. The majority of the film follows her at 17 years old, and the last scene takes place when she's 18.
  • Toplessness from the Back: How 17-year-old Rio is introduced. A lot of the movie's promotional posters highlight this as well.
  • True Companions: Rio, Maki, Miho, and later Tomoko.


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