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Asuna Harukaze, a second year middle school student, is a member of her school's soft tennis club. She's also a delusional dreamer. Along with her friend and foil Kotone Sawanatsu, the strange Kurusu Fuyukawa and the club's friendly big sister, Chitose Akiyama, they train every day to improve their tennis skills. Which they're going to need, because their skills have a lot of room to improve.

Softenni is a manga by Ryo Azuchi, which was serialized in Monthly Comic Blade from 2008 to 2011 and compiled into eight volumes. It was adapted into an anime in spring 2011.


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Tropes in Softenni include:

  • Bonus Material: 6 Fanservice-filled mini-episodes, centering on stories from the girls' past. They also take place after episode 12 in the story, as opposed to the usual non-serial extras.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Nobody understands how Kurusu works, and she does things that don't seem physically possible. But she's the best player on the Shiratama team.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Kotone and Sumino. Kotone tries to assign the rest of the team attack names, too.
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  • Dungeon Bypass: In the mountain Death Course, rather than run across the hurdle treadmill, Kurusu throws some food up into the air, and Chitose plows through them all.
  • Easy Amnesia: Asuna, after getting whacked in the head with a tennis racquet. Kurusu recovers her memory just as quickly with a chair that's also a massage chair and a coffeemaker.
  • Elaborate Underground Base: Leads to a hot springs bath beneath the school, and in the process confirms everything students believe about secret, lavish faculty facilities.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Chitose will even eat tennis balls just because they look like daifuku.
  • Gorgeous Gaijin: Invoked, then averted. Asuna expects Elizabeth to outsize her, but finds that she's bigger (by a bit).
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Played with for Miyoshi-sensei. Whenever she gets screen time, she's in the middle of drinking some kind of alcoholic beverage, with no partying whatsoever.
  • Improbably Female Cast: Only Hiroshi and Leo are the important male characters.
  • Indirect Kiss: Parodied. Leo thought Asuna used her lipstick to decorate his already Wholesome Crossdresser status, but a shift to the backseat shows that the lipstick belongs to Kurusu.
  • Interspecies Romance: Chitose and her... boyfriend, a giant salamander.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Happens to Asuna in the penultimate episode.
  • Mask Power: Kurusu shows up in many different costume heads or a full costume for one reason or another. Although they have no actual effect, she's still implied to be the most talented member on the team in Episode 5, according to Chitose.
    • She has a bunch of them in her house.
  • Modesty Towel: At the mountain hot springs. Except for Kurusu.
  • Multiboobage: One of the extra episodes features a pair of synthetic breasts modeled after Chitose's. They wind up attached to her at one point, but since she's already so busty, they sit on top of her breasts, making it look like she has four giant boobs.
  • Ojou: Elizabeth shows shades of it.
  • The One Guy: Hiroshi Mishimagi and Leo.
  • Oh, No... Not Again!: Just moments after the first episode kicks off, Asuna's mom goes, "Asuna! How many times have I told you not to treat the pitch fork like a tennis racket?!"
  • Once an Episode: The Harukaze family cow, Hanako, tries to make an escape.
  • Opposing Sports Team: Both Akadama and Kurotama Middle School.

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