Brooding Guy, Quiet Girl follows the life of a shy, Shrinking Violet whose name never seems to be pronounced correctly and a pseudo-sociopath hikikomori whose luck must stem from a terrible karma, courtesy of an evil past life. Alice, who IS Japanese thank you very much, steps out timidly from her sheltered home and onto one of the wackiest schools one would expect. Reiji passes through the days with not a care in the world. Both are introverts, and both have their issues. Along with an extremely androgynous Action Girl, a tsundere Student Council President, a perverted Butt-Monkey and many other insane characters these two are bound to grow—and heal—along the way.
Designed to be a subversion of the shoujo genre, this series defies many of its tropes in a fashionably epic way. First published in 2011, it is still ongoing.
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Brooding Guy, Quiet Girl provides examples of:
- The Ace: Reiji seems to be this, judging from how Yukino always mentions wanting to surpass him.
- Broken Ace: But, from the way he behaves and his general attitude, he possibly leans toward this.
- Butt-Monkey: Reiji just can't seem to catch a break. Alice also tends to have many of her actions backfire.
- Covert Pervert: She hides her interests very well, and most people aren't aware of it.
- Fan-Preferred Pairing: Ironically, the tsundere and hikikomori Yukinox Reiji pairing is popular among readers. Including the author himself.
- Foe Yay: Reiji and Yukino's relationship is very... heated. On many occasions when other characters would wonder if there's Belligerent Sexual Tension between them.
- It Was His Sled: Generally, everyone reading Further Than The Sky have already been spoiled on future plot events. It doesn't help that the author makes no attempts to hide it.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Alice.
- Mukokuseki: The blonde, blue-eyed girl named Alice is apparently 100% Japanese. This gets lampshaded. A lot.
- Tall, Dark, and Snarky: Reiji.
- Tsundere: Reiji, a hilarious case of type A. Invoked in-universe.
- Unlucky Everydude: So much one may wonder what the author has against Reiji.
- Yaoi Fangirl: Alice, dear God, Alice.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Lampshaded to hell and back in BGQG, with both leads musing about the possibility of having such hair colors naturally. Reiji at one point rants about how it defies biology.