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The Longing of Shiina Ryo is a Light Novel written by Ryuno, available here and on Baka-Tsuki. It is about a teenager nicknamed Shin-tsu who has spent most of his life fleeing from a series of unusual events that he has deemed "Mystery". The story picks up when Shin-tsu moves to yet another new town, which coincidentally is where Ryo, someone he met online and the only person who he has befriended during his life. Unfortunately, Shin-tsu can only hide for so long before Mystery finds him again...


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  • Badass Bookworm: When Kouma and Shin-tsu (who tried to punch out Shogushin with their Chinese kung fu movie fighting skills) found themselves in a pinch, Ryo used her frail body to climb the metallic structure of the warehouse like a monkey and drop a heavy spotlight on the monster's head. Right, two experienced martial artists were saved by a wiki editor's knowledge of physics. At least Gravity worked fine at that time.
  • Blessed with Suck: Shin-tsu's tendency to literally be lost in thought lets him skip a good portion of trying to figure out how to find Mystery.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Shin-tsu actually talks to the reader about various things, such as whether he's running or only walking briskly.
  • Didn't See That Coming: When the slice-of-life turns into supernatural mystery, and once again when the mystery/crime exposition turns into a battle.
  • First-Name Basis: Shin-tsu doesn't use honorifics when referring to Ryo, and both Kouma and Ms. Reikoku take note of this.
  • Genre Savvy: Shin-tsu begins to joke that he's in a novel, and both Kouma and Ryo try to utilize story structures to make sense of his life.
  • Inner Monologue: Shin-tsu literally loses track of his surroundings when he does this.
  • Not What It Looks Like: When Shin-tsu has Kouma leave his apartment when Ms. Reikoku showed up one night.
  • Occult Detective: Ms. Reikoku seems interested in becoming this. Or getting her students to become this, it's hard to tell.
  • Odd Friendship: Kouma Yon (borderline cynic) and Shiina Ryo (insufferable idealist)
  • Post Modern: As it gets; the characters seem to think the universe is run by tropes, for Christ's sake.
  • Slow-Motion Fall: Shin-tsu sees Ryo fall in slow-motion the second time, but because he's warping reality.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Shin-tsu makes a lot of these; "I-it's not like I enjoy cross-dressing or anything!"
  • Taking the Bullet: Shin-tsu dives to catch Ryo when she falls in the warehouse, getting dinged up in the process.
  • Troperiffic: Shin-tsu may have been a troper in another life.
  • Umbrella of Togetherness: Ryo shares her parasol with Shin-tsu on the first day they meet face-to-face.
  • Unfazed Everyman: Shin-tsu is an Unfazed Everyman that stood around weird things for way too long.
  • Unwanted Harem: Shin-tsu notices at couple points possibilities that could lead to a harem situation, and takes actions to avoid provoking such.