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Confession Executive Committee ~Love Series~ (Kokuhaku Jikkou Iinkai: Renai Series in Japanese, and officially known as the Confess Your Love Committee ~Romance Series~ in English) is a multi-platform franchise that began life as series of music videos produced by HoneyWorks, depicting a Slice of Life story of the various students of Sakuragaoka High School and their love dilemmas. In the beginning, the series was primarily Vocaloid-based—mostly featuring GUMI and, to a lesser extent, Miku, Len, V flower, and IA. However, as time went on, the series began using collaboration artists (CHiCO, sana, various musicians and seiyuu) instead, with a Vocaloid cover as an alternate version.

Most of the songs are shared between HoneyWorks' Niconico and Youtube accounts, though there are some songs that are exclusive to the Niconico accounts and the albums. The Vocaloid songs can be found on the Youtube accounts, while the human versions are featured on their Niconico playlists. The songs without PVs and the drama segments, however, are usually found on doujin CDs or compilation albums.

The series has also produced several novels and comics (called "Short Stories"), which explore some of the songs' narratives and character backgrounds in greater detail. An anime film series for the franchise expands upon these materials, which ran two movies in Spring and Fall 2016, animated by Qualia Animation. The first, I've Always Liked You, adapts the events of "Confession Rehearsal" and part of "A Solution for Jealousy", while the second installment (The Moment You Fall in Love) adapts the "Right Now, I'm in Love" and "Triangle Jealousy" songs. A television anime, Our Love Has Always Been 10 Centimeters Apart., came out in the Fall 2017 Anime season, which centers around "First Love Picture Book" and "Our Minute and One Second". All three animated media were distributed by Aniplex and subtitled and streamed on Crunchyroll.

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    List of song titles 

The songs not done with Vocaloid/don't have Vocaloid versions are italicized

No PV

  • First Love Picture Book -another story- (Hatsukoi no Ehon -another story-)
  • Embarrassment-Hiding Anniversary (Terekakushi Kinenbi)
  • Future Chart (Mirai Zu)
  • Triangle Jealousy (Sankaku Jealousy)
    • Triangle Jealousy -Another Story- (Sankaku Jealousy -Another Story-)
  • Propose
  • Friday's Good Morning -Love Story-
  • Destiny
  • Little Regret
  • Suki to Suki no Houteshikinote 
  • Judge☆
  • Princess of the Moon (Tsuki no Hime)
  • Choco-Kano
  • White Day Kiss
  • Renai Jyoujuu
  • Yume Fanfare

    Official Albums 

Character Albums

  • Am I Not Good Enough? ~Kokuhaku Jikkou Iinkai Character Songs Collection~ (Boku ja Dame Desu Ka?)
  • Nandodatte, Suki. ~Kokuhaku Jikkou Iinkai~

Single Albums

  • Kawaiiku Naritai/Terekakushi Kinenbi
  • Boku ga Namae wo Yobu Hi/Watashi ga Koi wo Shiru Hi
  • Judge☆/Tsuki no Hime
  • Non Fantasy/Irreplaceable
  • Tokyo Winter Session
  • Choco-Kano/White Day Kiss
  • Namaiki Honey/Renai Jyoujuu
  • Yume Fanfare

     Animated Adaptations 
  • I've Always Liked You. (Zutto Mae Kara Suki Deshita.) (Yuu/Natsuki arc, parts of the Souta/Akari arc)
  • The Moment You Fall in Love. (Suki ni Naru Kono Shunkan wo.) (Hina/Koyuki/Kotaro arc)
  • Our Love Has Always Been 10 Centimeters Apart. (Itsu Datte Bokura no Koi 10 Centi Datta.) (Haruki/Mio arc)
  • Friday's Good Mornings (Kinyoubi no Ohayou) (Bonus animation)

     Other Media 

Comics (Prologue and Short Story vomic)

Novels

  • Confession Rehearsal series:
    • Confession Rehearsal
    • A Solution for Jealousy
    • First Love's Picture Book
    • Right Now, I'm in Love.
    • Friday's "Good Morning"
    • Blooming into the Color of Love
    • Assertion of the Heart
    • Mean Encounter
    • The Day When I Called Your Name

  • Anime Novelizations:
    • I've Always Liked You.
    • The Moment You Fall in Love.
    • Our Love Has Always Been 10cm Apart.
  • Other:
    • Watashi, Idol Sengennote 


The series provides examples of:

  • Aborted Declaration of Love:
    • Confession Rehearsal opens with Natsuki confessing her feelings for Yuu. Suddenly embarrassed, she immediately passes it off as a joke, saying that the Love Confession was just a rehearsal for someone else.
    • Double Subverted in "Right Now, I'll Fall in Love"; Hina writes a love letter and is about to confess to Koyuki, but as this happens during "Confession Rehearsal" and "Confession Rival Declaration", she hides it behind her back since she sees Koyuki's not in any mood to listen to a love confession. But when she sees how upset Koyuki is, she accidentally blurts out a confession anyway, which Koyuki misinterprets as comforting him. Hina never lets him think otherwise.
    • At the end of "The Day When I Called Your Name", Souta falls asleep before he can confess to Akari again over the phone, with his message still ready and typed up on the screen. It's not clear if he stopped himself or he actually just drifted off, though.
  • Acme Products: As with all of HoneyWorks' later songs, HoneyWorks (or Haniwa, occasionally) is not simply a band. It has brand and merchandise everywhere in the setting, from food to makeup to even radio.
  • Advertised Extra: Koyuki ends up being this to some extent. In most merchandise he's seen with the six core characters since he's friends with them, but he really has minimal bearing on the plot besides his already resolved feelings for Natsuki and his being crushed on by Hina. Especially in the latter's case, as he's supposed to be part of the series Love Triangle yet has little to no say in it (because he doesn't even know he's in one).
  • Album Title Drop: Boku ja Dame Desu Ka? is the very last line of "A Solution for Jealousy", and as it's featured as the first song on the CD, it's even more poignant.
  • All Just a Dream: The majority of "Nonfantasy's" PV takes place inside Hiyori's dreams, as she sleeps in front of the TV.
  • All Love Is Unrequited:
    • Goes in a line, practically. We have Kotaro, who has a crush on Hina, who likes Koyuki, who's in love with Natsuki, who's going out with Yuu.
    • At least in the in-universe music video for "Romeo", Aizou and Yuujirou are both competing for Sena, whose heart already belongs to Midori.
  • Alone Among the Couples:
    • "Blooming into the Colour of Love" cements this trope with poor Yamamoto, as near the end he's taking a picture of all of the major couples in the story yet has no pairing of his own.note  And even among his friends group, Kotaro still has Hina (albeit in a love triangle) and Shibaken has his story with Arisa. Even the end of the video gets in on this by introducing a new couple's love storynote  near the end.
    • In the main group, it's Koyuki who ends up as this, since the object of his affections is already in a relationship. "Blooming into the Color of Love" emphasizes it, as in the photo of all the main couples he's just standing awkwardly next to Souta, and in "Senpai." he graduates without forming a romantic relationship with his only other prospective love interest, Hina. The way he looks at the three main couples in "Understand This Youth" implies that he's actually upset about his circumstances, at least a little bit.
  • Always in Class One: Hina's cast of characters are in class 1-1, given what we see in "Senpai."
  • Am I Just a Toy to You?: "Mean Encounter" ends with Shibaken being confronted by some of his exes, and having to sweet talk his way out of trouble. Arisa, his crush, happens to be nearby, and even though she's starting to like him back, witnessing the scene causes her to wonder if the nice words he's said to her was all a lie.
  • Amusement Park: Sena and Midori go on their first date at one in "Sunday's Secret". It's not until several dates afterwards that they start officially going out.
  • An Aesop: The overarching one is "going for your goals, even if you don't know the outcome, is better than staying still and not doing it at all".
    • Mio (and as we later see, Haruki) regretted everyday that she wasn't able to overcome her mental blocks so that she could be with the one she loves. Sure it might have worked out in the end since Haruki came back for a brief time so they could talk things out, but she had no idea that would even happen; she could have gone the rest of her life pining for a love that would never be realized.
    • Akechi tells Souta as much before he goes on to confess to Akari in "A Solution for Jealousy".
    • Koyuki decides he wants to change himself to go after Natsuki, the girl he loves; and although he knows that he has no chance with her, his physical overhaul did wonders, and he's not looked on with pity or as a weakling anymore.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Both Yuu and Natsuki have one.
    • Natsuki's younger brother Kotarou has a Hair-Trigger Temper and frequently bickers with his Natsuki by calling her names. He gets so loud that the neighbors (Yuu and Hina) could hear them fight.
    • Yuu's younger sister Hina is very spoiled, and frequently uses her brother's stuff without permission, occasionally breaking them. In the vomic, she remarked how Kotaro is such a brat, and Yuu's response was pretty much, "You're one to talk."
    • Sena is revealed to have Mona in "I Want to Become Cute", and often gets into fights with her. However, they seem to get along decently.
  • Arc Symbol: The stairway on Haruki and Miou's route home seem to be this for the pair, as it's present in every video they're in and something of an iconic scene portraying their "so close, but yet so far" relationship.
  • Arc Words:
    • "10 centimeters" for Miou and Haruki's arc. It references the fact that they're always so close from telling each other how they feel but are too shy to actually say it, and also because their hands are literally centimeters away from touching each other's when they sit next to each other. Even the anime that adapts their arc references the phrase.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: The first time Shibasaki tries to talk to Arisa, he tries to flirt with her and chat her up. Arisa simply asks Shibasaki if he finds any of this boring, and from then on he pursues her.
  • Art Evolution: The series' music videos were somewhat sketchy and monochromatic in the beginning. As time went on, the art got more detailed and streamlined, and most music videos were in full color though they still retained some monochromatic scenes. Compare one of Hatsukoi no Ehon's scenes to its novelization's art, for example.
  • Art Shift: Every so often, one of the PVs is done by a HoneyWorks member that's not Yamako. Sometimes it will look rough, semi-realistic, and colored with muddy tones and values (Rocoru), and other times it will look pastel with minimal shading (Mogelatte). The changes also usually have to do with the tone of the story being told.
  • Bait-and-Switch: Everything leading up to the PV for "Romeo". Both the comic and the promotional material for "Romeo" portray it as a love triangle between Hiyori, Yuujirou, and Aizou with Hiyori in the center. Come the actual video for "Romeo", and Hiyori's nowhere to be seen save for a cameo; in fact the three don't interact at all as a trio, and the PV only serves as an introduction to some plotlines and character interactions.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Hina and Kotaro's relationship in a nutshell. One moment they're arguing like longtime acquaintances, the next you see that they on some level care for each other.
  • Beta Couple: Yuu and Natsuki hook up very early in the series, and their relationship, while it has occasional ups and downs, doesn't involve as much drama and UST as the other couples do.
  • Betty and Veronica: For Hina's Archie, we have the ever present, Patient Childhood Love Interest Kotarou as her Betty, and the Bishounen, popular yet shy, and unobtainable Koyuki as her Veronica. The store advertisements for HoneyWorks's third album even tease this, given that this series' pairings become mascots for HoneyWorks albums after release: Animate's has Hina and Koyuki stand together, while for Tower Records Kotaro and Hina are the mascots instead.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Among the three main guys, there's Haruki (blond), Souta (brunette) and Yuu (redhead - sort of). Averted with their girls though.
  • Book-Ends:
    • The series' first release was "First Love Picture Book", which introduced us to this world through Mio and Haruki's awkward love story. Chronologically, they're also the last of the main group to try and finish theirs, as they meet again 6 years later to pick up where they left off.
    • The story of Haruki and Miou's relationship closes with a shot of Miou's book in "Our Minute and a Second", where it began with a shot of it in "First Love's Picture Book".
    • "Blooming into the Color of Love's" PV begins and ends with a different set of schoolmates getting ready for the first day of school.
  • Call-Back:
    • The picture from "Blooming into the Color of Love" reappears in "Our Minute and a Second" as a keepsake Mio has of her highschool years.
    • The "10 centimeters" line from "First Love Picture Book" reappears in "Our Minute and a Second" and in "Re: First Love's Picture Book", in reference to how Miou and Haruki never could close the distance between each other until they meet up again 6 years later.
    • Natsuki excuses her hasty preparation for Valentine's day with "we can just practice for it!" (yokou renshuu) in "Tokyo Winter Session". Miou and Haruki also do their back-to-back pose from "First Love's Picture Book", but Miou holds a red menu instead of her red yearbook.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Both Mio and Haruki, towards each other. They spend a lot of time together, talking about pointless stuff, but can't bring themselves to deal with direct confessions.
    • In "First Love Picture Book", Mio sings about how she's too cowardly to confess to her crush, Haruki, and now that they've both graduated high school and parted ways, she wonders what could have happened if she did confess.
    • "Goodbye, Our Mutual Unrequited Love" reveals that Haruki actually likes Mio back, but was likewise too scared to confess to her. After graduation, he moved away to another country, and one of his biggest regrets was being unable to say "I love you" to Mio. Still, he hopes that they'll meet again someday, and then he'll confess.
    • They tried to sort-of confess in one of the vomics, and failed. In the video, the two were walking home together, and Mio asked Haruki if he has someone he likes, and he answered yes. He asked her the same thing, and she also answered yes. Then they both parted ways thinking the other is in love with someone else, even though they're clearly talking about each other.
    • In "Tokyo Summer Session", the two went to watch fireworks together, and was looking to hold each other's hands. But since they're too shy to do so, Haruki instead hides his hands in his pockets, while Mio hides hers behind her back. They eventually settled with Mio tugging at Haruki's sleeves though.
  • Cast Herd: Generally, most interactions and groupings follow what year the characters are in. The third years all have their small arcs going on and are involved in each other's, while the first years do the same with very minimal interference from their upperclassmen.
  • Cathartic Scream: After Koyuki witnesses Natsuki's confession to Yu, we see that he goes to the school rooftop to yell some time afterwards.
  • Character Blog: Sena has a real Instagram account following "Kawaiiku Naritai", which included all of the pictures seen in that song's PV.
  • Chick Magnet: Koyuki after his haircut, and the LIPXLIP boys by virtue of being handsome, popular idols.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Yuu and Natsuki have been close friends since childhood, and their relationship eventually develops into romance. Likewise, their younger siblings have grown up together as well, although Kotaro's crush on Hina is one-sided... at least until "It Was Supposed to be Hate" reveals that Hina now has some budding feelings for Kotaro too.
  • Cleaning Up Romantic Loose Ends: Koyuki is this incarnate. In his love triangle with Hina, he mistakes her confession for pity and pushes Kotaro towards the girl, ultimately leading to the latter two falling in love. With Natsuki and Yu he leaves them be, happy yet heartbroken. So where does that leave him by the end of the story? Tokyo Winter Session solves this by introducing his third love interest.
  • Clip Show:
    • The PV for "Blooming Into the Color of Love"is pretty much this, going back and forth with scenes already shown up to that point and previewing scenes from later PVs, before giving up new material in introducing Hiyori and Yuujirou.
    • "Do You Hear Me's" PV is just an AMV made up of all the relevant clips from Our Love Has Always Been 10 Centimeters Apart.
  • Cool Teacher: Akechi Saku, who is apparently liked by all his students, and occasionally gives personal advice for his troubled students.
  • Crossover: LIPXLIP scores one with Sanrio Puroland, specifically with My Melody and Kuromi. Yujiro repped Melody, while Aizo did the same for Kuromi.
  • A Day in the Limelight:
    • "A Teacher, Detained" serves as one for Akechi-sensei, as we get a look into his and Haruki's friendship before he became a teacher and his personal feelings about certain subjects.
    • For Mona, "My Idol Declaration" serves as her small peek into her world, following her through two of her live performances and how she handles herself for them.
  • Creator Cameo: CHiCO, who sings many of the series' songs, appears as a chibi version of her avatar in "Understand This Youth".
  • Dedication: Midori's musical performance in "Sunday's Secret" appears to be one to Sena, given that the image displayed on screen while he's performing is of her.
  • Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: As Souta absentmindedly looks at Akari, his "in love" train of thought spills out into the open and he tells her that he's going to "fall in love all over again" just looking at her.
  • Distant Finale: "Goodbye, Our Mutual, Unrequited Love" ends with Haruki coming back from America after 6 years. The end of "Ippun Ichibyou Kimi to Boku no" and parts of "First Love Picture Book" show what had happened to some of the cast at that point in time.
  • Double Date: "Tokyo Summer Session" features a triple date, as the three main couples go to watch a fireworks festival. The song shows how Natsuki and Yuu's relationship is still going strong despite many minor squabbles, how Akari is beginning to reciprocate Souta's feelings for her, and how Mio and Haruki still can't move forward with their relationship because of their UST.
  • Double Meaning: The conversation Kotarou and Koyuki have while they're watering plants in "Understand This Youth" is also implicitly a conversation about their love lives, with Koyuki unknowingly giving Kotarou some advice both on nurturing his plants and his budding love.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: A lot of Koyuki's classmates often tease him for looking so girly, especially before he had a makeover.
  • Early-Bird Cameo:
    • Before Hina shows up in "Embarrassment-hiding Adolescence", she gets her own profile along with the original six in Confession Rehearsal ZERO.
    • Koyuki shows up in "Diagnosis: Lovesickness" and "Embarrassment-Hiding Adolescence" before his song proper.
    • LIPXLIP has plenty of moments before they're properly introduced. Hiyori and Yuujirou appear at the tail end of "Blooming into the Color of Love" before their feature in "Romeo" and its corresponding vomic. Yuujirou also appears (with Aizou this time) during one of Sena's photo shoots in "Sunday's Secret", and "Romeo" blares through a fast food joint (with corresponding advertisements) during the second movie.
    • A Cute Glasses Girl seems to be wary of the LIPXLIP boys in the "Romeo" vomic, but she gets no further elaboration until later.
  • Early Installment Weirdness:
    • In the first couple of videos for "First Love Picture Book", Mio is drawn to resemble Gumi a lot more, and even had green hair in a colored picture. This is before the universe and song list got expanded, so this is understandable.
    • In addition, "First Love's Picture Book" and "Confession Rehearsal" didn't have any of the main six interact with each other and kept the videos self-contained, which is especially strange considering how important their friendship was. This is Retconned in later installments of the franchise, which have the characters interact more during their respective arcs (especially in Haruki and Mio's case, since their arc takes place throughout all of high school).
  • Ensemble Cast: The meat of the story is about a group of students and their relationships with each other. All together, the main focus centers around 14 students, with each character getting at least one song explaining their sides of the story.
  • Everyone Can See It:
    • Because of their closeness, pretty much everyone not in the focus group of 14 thinks that Haruki and Mio are already dating, or at least preparing to.
    • Kotaro's crush on Hina is well known to everyone in his friendship circle, and when Hina starts developing feelings for him, everyone notices that just as easily.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Arisa puts her hair into twintails after finding some inspiration in Sena, and keeps it that way throughout high school.
  • Fake Band: LIPXLIP is treated as such. They exist as a group in real life, providing songs for other projects and series, but they are always referred to as Yuujirou and Aizou instead of their seiyuu.
  • First Love: Haruki and Mio are each other's, Natsuki is Yuu's and Koyuki's, and Koyuki is Hina's. Even after Koyuki leaves after graduation, Hina remarks that Koyuki still has (and always will have) a place in her heart.
  • Flower Motifs:
    • Hina is often associated with tulips. In "Senpai.", she has a white tulip during the end, which signifies a new love. The motif gets repeated in "The Red Thread on Flowers" at that video's end, but she's seen in a red tulip first. Red tulips often signify a "perfect love", but this one wilts in favor of the white, signifying Hina and Koyuki not getting together, and her growing feelings for Kotarou after Koyuki leaves.
    • Kotarou is seen next to some poppies in "Understand This Youth". Poppies can also symbolize an "idle love", which is a perfect fit for his relationship with Hina, and an even bigger fit with Hina's ultimate relationship with Koyuki, as it lingers on a set of poppies in the opening of the second movie.
  • Foregone Conclusion: We already know from "First Love Picture Book" (the very first song in the series) that Mio and Haruki aren't getting together during high school, so all we can do is watch them try and fail at reaching the other's heart.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • The last chorus of "Diagnosis: Lovesickness" shows Natsuki as a bride chasing Yu as a groom around. In the novels, the Distant Finale takes place around the time of their actual wedding.
    • "Embarrassment-Hiding Adolescence" quickly goes over a couple of frames explaining why Hina's crying at the end of the video that would eventually be used for "Ima Suki ni Naru", showing that she fell in love with Koyuki.
    • The cover for the second HoneyWorks studio album, Am I Not Good Enough?, had a picture of Akari and Souta looking away from each other under bright lights. The situation comes up again in "The Day When I Called Your Name/The Day When I Knew Love" with about the exact same positioning.
    • "Blooming into the Color of love" also makes reference to the "The Day When" songs, as it shows a brief scene of Souta running in the city with a gift during Christmastime, but doesn't explain why. They also show Akari's cheek being touched by Souta and her reaction to it. The MV also shows scenes from "Senpai." that wouldn't be used in a proper video until months later.
    • There's a sign in "I Was Supposed to Hate You." that announces LIPXLIP performing at Sakuragaoka's school festival, foreshadowing the fact that they're students in Hina's second year.
    • Ken is seen looking at a music video featuring LIPXLIP in it with a strange expression. Take note that the video as it's shown only has Aizou in it while Ken's passing by, establishing a connection between the two boys. The series later reveals Aizou to be a Shibasaki.
  • Freudian Trio: "The Three Idiots" consisting of Kotaro, Shibaken and Yamamoto Koudai. Yamamoto is the quiet and serious bookworm (Superego), Shibaken is the attention-seeking playboy (Id), while Kotaro is the somewhat insecure idiot who tries to be both (Ego).
  • The Glasses Gotta Go: Koyuki becomes popular with girls after removing his glasses and getting a new hairdo.
  • Grief Song: "Can You Hear Me" is one expressed from Haruki to his dead older brother Chiaki. It's clear he felt lost without him growing up, and asks him if he's watching over him throughout the song.
  • Hair Color Dissonance:
    • Yuu supposedly has brown hair, but many illustrations adds some red/purple highlights, presumably to keep it from looking too similar to Natsuki and Souta's hair colours.
    • Akari's hair has purple tones, although in-universe it's probably supposed to represent dark brown/black hair.
  • He Is All Grown Up: Kotaro hits a major growth spurt in his second year of high school and grows out his hair, and throughout the year Hina has been finding herself staring at him more often.
  • Holding Hands: Akari and Souta hold hands in "Tokyo Summer Session" to signify their Relationship Upgrade.
  • Hot Springs Episode: "I Was Supposed to Hate You." has Hina and Kotarou go to one. He calls her out alone asks if there's someone she likes. She's still not over Koyuki at that point, and says yes.Except she's starting to like Kotarou now too.
  • Idol Singer: Aizou and Yuujirou are this, being a teenage unit called LIPXLIP. Sena's little sister, Mona, is also one.
  • I Love You Because I Can't Control You: In "Mean Encounter", Shibaken falls for Arisa because she's not swayed by his charms.
  • In-Series Nickname: Most of Natsuki's friends call her Nacchan, while Souta's friends usually call him Mochita. Shibasaki is usually called Shibaken by his pals.
  • Irony: The point of Akechi sitting Haruki down in detention was to have him reflect on what he's done. In "A Teacher, Detained", this instead happens to himself, as he's now reflecting on what might have put a rift in between their friendship, with Haruki asking all the tough questions. Reminder, this all in Haruki's detention session.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Koyuki likes Natsuki, and was willing to change himself to appeal to her more. But when he saw her get together with Yuu, he decided to cheer for them anyway.
  • "Just Joking" Justification:
    • The first time Natsuki confesses to Yuu, she chickens out at the last minute, saying that she was just trying to make his heart race.
    • "Propose" has Haruki ask Mio to stay by his side forever, but the song then goes on to say that he was only joking at that moment in time. It also shows that they're in their high school uniforms in the image for the song, so we all know how that one turned out.
  • Lonely Piano Piece: "Right Now, I'm in Love -triangle story-" stands out as one, especially the instrumental version. It's also the only Perspective Flip song that even gets this treatment.
  • Longing Look: Everyone gives everyone else one of these. It is a romance story, after all.
  • Love Chart: Like any good romance story, this one comes with one on the series' main webpage.
  • Love Confession: It's the name of the series, after all. So far, there have been five of them, and only one was successful—Sota gives one to Akari in "A Solution for Jealousy" but was turned down; Ken gives one to Arisa in "Mean Encounter", but she brushes him off initially and may have worked if not for overhearing the wrong statements at the wrong time; and Hina blurts out one to Koyuki during "Right Now, I'll Fall in Love" but was mistaken. Kotaro finally gives his to Hina while he comforts her in "It Was Supposed to be Hate", and while she now recognizes him as a man rather than a childhood friend, her actual response to his feelings remains to be seen. Natsuki is by far the most successful of the bunch, as she gives hers to Yuu in "Confession Rehearsal", he reciprocates because he's been crushing on her for a while as well, and they begin dating immediately.
  • Love Epiphany:
    • Diagnosis: Lovesickness is all about Natsuki coming to realize that she's in love with her good friend Yuu.
    • Hina realizes she's in love with Koyuki after he comes over to check on her in the hallway, coupled with herself piecing together why she's feeling the way she feels inside.
    • The Day When I Knew Love has it right in the title for Akari, realizing that she'd fallen for Souta after their get-together on Christmas Eve.
    • Ken has his when he sees Arisa smile after offering his textbook in a totally unplanned, uncool, and genuine moment.
  • Love Triangle: Three of them, involving one of the same people even:
    • Natsuki falls in love with Yuu, but Koyuki is in love with her as well. Finally settles itself out when Natsuki rejects Koyuki's feelings and confesses to Yuu, who reciprocates. It gets expanded upon in the first novel, where Koyuki plays a more aggressive role in winning over Natsuki and butts heads with Yuu.
    • Hina is in love with Koyuki, but her childhood friend Kotaro is in love with her as well. "Senpai." reveals that even after she (sort of) confesses to him in "Right Now, I'll Fall in Love", she keeps her feelings to herself and does not get with Koyuki. Instead, "It Was Supposed to be Hate." sets up Kotaro and Hina together, as she starts to feel less than friendly feelings for the boy the year after Koyuki graduates.
    • "Romeo" sets up one with Yuujirou and Aizou as the two competitors for the third's heart. The comic and arc make it so that Hiyori's set up to be the third angle, and the song proper has a fictional one between two princes of opposing kingdoms and a princess (played by Sena) as part of their music video's plot.
  • Meaningful Echo:
    • "Goodbye, Our Mutual Unrequited Love" has Haruki and Miou part ways by finally holding hands and letting them drift apart. The first thing Haruki does when he runs into Miou again in "Ippun Ichibyou Kimi to Boku no" is hold out his hand for them to join again.
    • In the beginning of the music video for "Senpai.", Hina is shown in an Imagine Spot confessing to Koyuki by whispering in his ear. Kotaro does the same thing in the real world to Hina when he finally gives his confession in "It Was Supposed to be Hate."
  • Meet Cute: The first time Koyuki meets Hina, he trips and spills all of his trash during Cleaning Day, all over the area where Hina was tidying up. She gets angry at him, he sees her panda panties, and she chases him all over the building.
  • Mood Whiplash: "Senpai." starts out as a cute story about Hina and her crush on Koyuki throughout his high school years and her hopes for when they become a couple. Midway, it then turns into a bittersweet story about how she couldn't tell him how she truly felt before he graduated, how she loved him all the way through the day he left, and how she wished that they could have spent more time together. You can tell that they were going for this since they only play the first verse in The Moment You Fall in Love.
  • No Loves Intersect: All of the third years have their own designated pairing (with one exception for a while, at least), and the songs make sure to keep them that way with minimal interference. The first years have a little more trouble given Kotarou and Hina's situation, but even there the pairings are pretty definite. Generally averted in the rest of the series, as the expanded plots complicate their romances.
  • Not So Different: At first glance, the relationship between Mio and Haruki seems like a classic example of Opposites Attract (she's a quiet Shrinking Violet, he's hot-headed and outspoken), but their profiles describe both of them as kind-hearted and sensitive individuals who can't be honest with their feelings for each other, showing that the two are actually quite similar.
  • Oblivious to Love:
    • The official character profile states that Akari is clueless about matters of romance, to the frustration of Souta, who has a crush on her.
    • Koyuki seems to be this to some extent, seeing that in "Right Now, I'll Fall in Love" he hears Hina's "I Like You" and misinterprets it as her comforting him after he'd just been rejected by Natsuki. Likewise, Natsuki is completely unaware that Koyuki's in love with her.
  • Official Couple: After the events of "Confession Rehearsal", Yuu and Natsuki officially hooked up with each other. After "Sunday's Secret", Sena and Midori join in the ranks of coupling.
  • Perspective Flip: Several songs in the series have -another story- versions, which retell the events of those particular songs from another character's point-of-view. Usually, the response singer is the main singer's love interest, which makes "Right Now, I'll Fall in Love" a sort of Foregone Conclusion for Hina's endgame since it's not Koyuki, but Kotarou who gets the response song.
  • Prince Charming: Aizou and Yuujirou have the aesthetic in "Romeo", acting as the prince to Sena's princess. However, the only boy that Sena even considers a prince is the rough, common Midori.
  • Production Throwback: Elements from HoneyWorks' other creations often make their way to this series' videos.
    • At one point, the song "Rockbell" was used as a BGM in the vomic.
    • Amaterasu from "The Currently Slightly-Rumored God" briefly appears in "Confession Rival Declaration" to reject Koyuki's prayer for success in his pursuit of love, while her acquaintances in Heaven cheer Koyuki on in his pursuit.
    • Related to the above, Ameterasu's Love Interest, Joe from "Yoshino, Running Away From Home" was included as one of the prop students in "A Teacher, Detained".
    • Miou sketches a picture of the main cast of "Dawn Moonlit Night's" PV in "Goodbye, Our Mutual Unrequited Love".
    • In "Right Now, I'll Fall in Love", The trio from "The World is Falling in Love" and "Love Chord" appear in the background while Hina's running in the hallway.
    • The couple from "Ai no Scenario" and the two friends from "A Promise That Doesn't Need Words" show up on the train in "The Day When I Called Your Name". The short haired girl from "The World is Falling in Love"/"Love Chord" sits next to Souta on his commute.
  • Recursive Fiction:
    • In I've Always Liked You, Natsuki goes out to a Honey Works concert, where the band is performing "Diagnosis: Love Sickness" to the crowd in the snippet we see. You know, the song that shows how Natsuki herself realizes that she'd fallen in love with Yuu?
    • Koyuki is seen reading the "Confession Rehearsal" light novel (the one that shows the girl he likes loves someone else) in both "Confession Rival Declaration" and "Understand This Youth".
  • Red String of Fate:
    • One version of the stills from "Ima Suki ni Naru." shows Hina and Kotarou connected by one; Hina has it wrapped around her waist, while it squeezes and binds Kotarou's heart.
    • The song "The Red Thread on Flowers" evokes the motif.
    • Hiyori, Yujiro, and Aizo are connected through this in "Non Fantasy". Hiyori holds both their strings in her grasp.
  • Relationship Upgrade:
    • After rejecting Sota's confession in the "Solution for Jealousy" vomic, Akari finally reciprocates his feelings in "Tokyo Summer Session".
    • In "Tokyo Winter Session", Miou and Haruki finally managed to close he gap between each other and properly join hands.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Ogino shows up in "Tokyo Winter Session" in a big romantic scene, where she finds Koyuki and tearfully embraces him. Anybody who hadn't been following the novels, and only accessed the PVS or anime, wouldn't know why she would have such emphasis, given that in the 29 videos beforehand she's never once shown up.
  • Romantic False Lead: Even though most media stressed the importance of Hina's crush on Koyuki, and even though they were often found side by side when they were first introduced, it quickly becomes apparent that Hina's endgame is Kotarou. He's the one that gets the response song to "Right Now, I'll Fall in Love" and has the most emotional development concerning his feelings for Hina, while Koyuki never seems to notice Hina's crush and didn't have a song of his own to describe how their relationship was. In the end, though Hina still has a place for Koyuki in her heart, she slowly starts developing feelings for Kotaro after Koyuki leaves.
  • Rotating Arcs: For the most part, all of the third years' songs get precedence, then the first years get focus, and it takes a bit of time before they focus on the first years again. After adding Hiyori and LIPXLIP, that's one more group to cycle through.
  • Secret Relationship: What started out with Midori and Sena hanging out in secret ends up with them dating in secret as well, by the time "Sunday's Secret" rolls around.
  • Sequel Hook: "Confession Rival Declaration" ends with Koyuki learning that Natsuki loves someone else, and decides not to give up just yet. Just as the video's about to end, we see Hina with a letter waiting for someone, hinting at the events of "Right Now, I'm in Love." The scene is repeated in I've Always Liked You, but Koyuki's more or less resigned to the fact that he had no chance.
  • Sempai/Kohai: Hina and Koyuki's relationship in a nutshell. She even gets a song talking about it called "Senpai."
  • Sequel Song: "The Day When I Call Your Name" and "The Day When I Knew Love" are this to "A Solution for Jealousy", and "Sunday's Secret" is this for "Friday's Good Morning". From the looks of it, "Tokyo Winter Session" is one to "Tokyo Summer Session".
  • Show Within a Show: It appears that most of the video for "Romeo" was just a music video that LIPXLIP did with Sena, seeing that Shibaken is watching it on a trip to the store.
  • Shipper on Deck: Arisa immediately recognizes that Kotarou has a crush on Hina, and in the vomic tries to put some distance between Hina and Koyuki in order to have her talk to Kotaro more. When it looks like Hina is falling for Kotaro, she's equally as supportive. It seems that Natsuki, Shibaken and Yamamoto have recognized his crush on Hina as well.
  • Ship Sinking: After years of buildup, Hina/Koyuki goes down in "Senpai." once it reveals that Koyuki graduates without ever learning of Hina's crush on him.
  • Shoujo: And how! The series is very clearly shoujo inspired, and even has the art style to match.
  • Shout-Out: Characters from other Manga/Anime occasionally shows up in the videos as background characters.
    • "Confession Rival Declaration" features Makishima and Onoda from Yowamushi Pedal and some characters from Free!
    • Attack on Titan's Eren and Levi appears in "Right Now, I'll Fall in Love".
    • One can spot Mako Mankanshoku sleeping in the corner of the classroom in "A Teacher, Detained".
  • Solo Duet: "A Teacher, Detained" serves as one, since in both the Vocaloid and human version one singer is doing the parts of both Haruki and Akechi (V Flower and Hikaru Midorikawa, respectively).
  • Standalone Song: It's a long series, so some of the songs apply here:
    • "A Teacher, Detained" largely serves as this, since the PV series doesn't go in-depth about the relationship between Haruki, Saku, and Chiaki as the rest of the franchise does, and wraps up their drama relatively neatly in one go.
    • The entire Midori/Sena arc (Friday's Good Morning, Sunday's Secret) can be divorced from the rest of the videos without much problem, given that their problems don't intersect with the rest of 3-2 or 1-1's problems.
    • "I Want to Become Cute" is purely a song about Sena's thoughts and feelings concerning her desire to be pretty and seen, and only tangentially references the other characters.
    • "My Idol Declaration" takes this a step further; since it's about an entirely different character (Mona), and her sister Sena only appears in cameos and doesn't interact with Mona at all, the former girl's story can be considered separate.
    • "Nonfantasy" can just be taken as the story of a girl dreaming about a music video, since that's all it really was.
  • Stock Shoujo Bullying Tactics: Arisa first meets a girl in middle school when she was being bullied by the girls in her class, and she had to deal with them saying things behind her back and writing nasty insults on her desk. After Arisa stood up for the girl and told her that things shouldn't go on like that, the girl was spared, but Arisa was subjected to the same treatment instead.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Right when asked, Koyuki denies accidentally peeping at Hina's panties, and then adding that he didn't see any panda panties either.
  • Threesome Subtext: Littered all over the place with Hiyori and the LIPXLIP boys. She has a subtle nod to it in eating both boys' pocky flavors instead of choosing just one, and she dreams of being the girl in their "Non Fantasy" video, where they both pursue her and even marry her together. And the kiss at the end of the video looks like they're about to kiss each other as much as it looks like they're going to kiss Hiyori.
  • Translated Cover Version: Sphere also made an English version of "Our Minute and a Second", which resides on the HoneyWorks Youtube account. While somewhat hard to hear, is still grammatically correct.
  • Tears of Joy:
    • Mio cries these after encountering Haruki for the first time in years in "Ippun Ichibyou Kimi to Boku no".
    • When Ogino reunites with and embraces Koyuki in "Tokyo Winter Session", she's tearing up in happiness and relief.
  • Tsundere:
    • Hina with Kotaro. At first, she actually did hate how straightforward he was with her and was often stubborn with him, but over time, and especially during their second year of high school, she starts to admire those traits instead and masks it under indifference and more stubbornness.
    • Arisa with Ken as well. She acts aloof with him whenever he tries to flirt with her, but whenever he acts genuine or when he's being kind, she likes him but keeps it to herself. When she thinks Ken is trying to flirt again, she's genuinely heartbroken.
  • Twice Shy: Hanamaka Midori and Narumi Sena are strangers who meet each other on the train car on their way to school everyday. They both fancy each other, but neither could work up the courage to say "good morning" to one another, despite spending much of their free time practising their greeting. By "Sunday's Secret" though, they've made more than enough process with it— Sena at least asks to sit next to Midori on the commute to school and they exchange phone numbers, and then over the passage of time escalates to secretly dating.
  • Two-Teacher School: The only form of faculty we get to see consistently in the series is Saku, while the rest of the teachers are mentioned but never seen. HoneyWorks' "Nostalgic Rainfall", while not officially a part of the series, does show off two more teachers at Sakuragaoka (Hiro Ogino and the female teacher).
  • Unrequited Love Lasts Forever: On Haruki and Mio's parts, they certainly believe this trope is the case since they never confess to each other before Haruki moves to America, and they keep their crushes going strong for 6 years before Haruki returns. In both of their cases they never mention dating or falling in love with anyone else while the time passed.
  • Uptown Girl: Sena is a beautiful teen model, falling in love with pseudo-tough normal boy Midori. Gender-inverted with the second real Love Triangle: Hiyori is a country bumpkin who moved to Tokyo, while her love interests Yuujirou and Aizou are city boys and Teen Idols.
  • UST: Even though they're so close that almost everyone else assumes they're already going out together, both Haruki and Mio thinks their love for each other is unrequited. In the vomic, they asked each other if they have someone they like, and both answered yes, resulting in a misunderstanding where both thinks the other likes someone else.

Tropes applying to the various adaptations:

  • Adaptation Expansion: While the main body of work and content that comes out first is the songs, all other media try to explain what goes on to give comprehension to the videos.
    • I've Always Liked You/Confession Rehearsal has the Koyuki subplot brought out more into the open, with Koyuki's advances on Natsuki causing more drama for the lead couple before her ultimate confession. The plot also takes place over a few months of school, as opposed to the vomic which goes over the time frame in a few days.
    • The Moment You Fall in Love./Right Now, I'll Fall in Love. shows how Kotaro's group, Hina, and Arisa came together, and draws out the triangle drama between the three protagonists.
  • Adapted Out: The other half of "A Solution for Jealousy", namely, the plot about Souta and Akari overhearing Haruki's practice confession, is left out of the first movie.
  • Bait-and-Switch: When Natsuki practices confessing to Yuu with Haruki, Akari is shown watching and getting extremely upset about it, making Souta believe that she had a crush on Haruki. As it turns out, she doesn't— she only got upset because it felt like Haruki was betraying Mio, and she very much wants the two of them to get together.
  • Bathtub Scene: And hoo boy, we get all six of the main characters in the "Confession Rehearsal" vomic, with variations. The girls get standard bathtubs, Haruki gets a Shower Scene from the waist up, Yuu gets a Furo Scene with his hair wet and slicked back (with an extra shower scene in the animation), and Souta is submerged to his nose.
  • Book-Ends: The first movie begins with the core six taking a photo together in the opening sequence. We see in the credits that they all took another one with their friends as they were about to graduate.
  • Broad Strokes: The adaptations hae a basic outline that doesn't change much, but it's the extra elaboration that changes all the time.
  • Call-Forward: The novel has Natsuki confess to Yuu early because "she'd seen in shoujo manga that a potential couple would miss their chance if they waited around too long". That's more or less what happens to Haruki and Miou, since they kept beating around the bush.
  • Career Versus Man: Haruki poses the question to Akari in the second light novel, asking if she would be willing to put aside her passion for art in exchange for getting with the person she loves. Akari at first says drawing is more important, but as she begins to fall for Souta, she settles on wanting a balance; drawing is a part of her already, so wanting love isn't out of the question either. Haruki, meanwhile, puts his passion for directing over coming together with Miou...for a while at least.
  • Childhood Friends: According to the novels, Yuu, Natsuki, their younger siblings, Mochita and Haruki have all known each other since around elementary school.
  • Cock Fight: Koyuki's been trying to instigate a fight for Natsuki on even ground, and they do get into a shouting match about who's more fit for her after the pseudo-date. Yuu doesn't want anything to do with it though.
  • Creator Cameo: Fellow collaborative singer and utaite sana appears as the lead singer for HoneyWorks in the first movie.
  • Cry into Chest: In the vomic, Miou runs straight into Akari's arms when she hears from Haruki that he likes someone. Little did she know that the person he was talking about was her.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune:
    • Two of the vomics open up with a cover version of the topic song sung by the voice actor of that particular protagonist (Natsuki for "Confession Rehearsal", Souta for "A Solution for Jealousy"). The ending songs are either sung by the opening singer, by the person who gives the -another story- version of the song, or by the person who sings their image songnote . The "Right Now, I'll Fall in Love." vomic is the exception, as sana sings the cover version of the opening and the endingnote  of that installment.
    • "Our Minute and A Second" is sung by Sphere, of which two of the members consist of Haruka Tomatsu (Natsuki), and Aki Toyosaki (Miou).
    • Two of TrySail's members, Momo Asakura and Sora Amamiya, play Hina and Sena respectively in the series. TrySail provides the opening song "Senpai." for the second movie.
    • For Our Love Has Always Been 10 Centimeters Apart., LIPXLIP performs the OP "Non Fantasy", and the six third year leads perform the ED "Tokyo Winter Session".
  • Establishing Character Moment:
    • The opening sequence set to "Blooming Into the Color of Love" does this for the three main couples and Koyuki.
    • Yuujirou and Aizou show their true colors immediately after they have their first proper scene in the "Romeo" vomic. In the PV, they show that they're not at all fond of each other behind the curtains, but the vomic shows that Yuujirou gets into trouble, can put on a more friendly face when talking to women, but still gets touchy and rude when someone tries to figure out what's wrong with him; while Aizou tries to pick a fight with Yuujirou under his breath after his friendlier introduction and immediately switches to coarse language.
  • The Foreign Subtitle: Inverted for all three animated adaptations; their English subtitles are omitted from the English translated titles. Gets into You Are the Translated Foreign Word, given that these titles basically say the same thing as their Japanese versions.
    • Zutto Mae Kara Suki Deshita.: I've Liked You for a Long Time. turns into I've Always Liked You.
    • Suki ni Naru Sono Shunkan wo.: I'll Wait Until the Moment That You Love Me. turns into The Moment You Fall in Love.
    • Itsu Datte Bokura no Koi wa 10 Centi Datta.: We Have Always Been 10 Centimeters Apart. turns into Our Love Has Always Been 10 Centimeters Apart.
  • Framing Device: The events of the light novels are framed as the main cast looking back on their high school years in the time space before Yu and Natsuki's wedding.
  • Freudian Slip: While Koyuki is reassuring Natsuki and giving her advice on how to patch things up with Yuu, he almost lets it slip that he loves her before verbally backspacing and correcting it to mere support.
  • Gag Dub: The confession scene in the "Confession Rehearsal" vomic was intentionally made for this; they posted the sequence on their Niconico in the hopes that the internet would dub over it any way they like (and they did). As an example, there's one done by Gom, who plays both Natsuki and Yuu, and gives the former a chipmunk's squeaky voice and the latter a creepy vibe.
  • High-School Sweethearts: By the Time Skip, Yu and Natsuki are engaged to be married, and host their wedding around the time Haruki finally returns.
  • I Have This Friend...: When trying to give advice to Hina about telling her crush how she feels, Mio relates a story about how her "friend" liked a boy for a long time but put a hold on telling him so because of her own cowardice.
  • Imaginary Love Triangle: A case where there are two of these. Souta mistook Akari's crying over the Haruki/Natsuki practice confession as Akari having feelings for the former, while he himself is in love with her. Meanwhile, Yuu is in the same boat with Natsuki.
  • Insert Song: Before "Sunday's Secret" appeared with its full PV, it started as an insert song in the movie series. "Destiny" also appears as an insert, taking "Diagnosis: Lovesickness's" role as the Love Epiphany sequence for Natsuki.
  • Leitmotif: Generally, when a character appears in the vomics or in the animated adaptations, their Image Song will be playing in the background, either as a vanilla instrumental track or as a different arrangement.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: There isn't a day that goes by without Kotarou and Hina bickering with each other. Their closeness and childhood friends and neighbors, as well as the former's long-held crush on the latter, only adds to the trope.
  • Mini Series: Our Love Has Always Been 10 cm Apart, which was a 6-episode televised anime.
  • Mistaken for Romance: Causes problems in three different volumes of the light novel. Haruki and Natsuki generally act pretty close since they're childhood friends, but because she's practicing for her real confession to Yuu and simply never told the latter boy who it was for, Yuu starts to believe that Haruki was the one she liked. Their closeness also causes a Third-Act Misunderstanding in A Solution for Jealousy and First Love's Picture Book, given that Haruki does his own practice confession with Natsuki and Akari and Souta come in at just the wrong time to hear it. Now Akari becomes upset because she thinks Haruki doesn't like Miou, and Miou's upset because she thinks her crush doesn't like her back.
    • This relationship faux pas also causes Souta to believe that Akari has a crush on Haruki as well, given her upset reaction at seeing him "confess" to Natsuki.
  • Musical Nod: The BGM for all of the voiced adaptations uses snippets from other HoneyWorks songs, not just the Image Songs from this series. In particular, one can hear "Rockbell" or "Raspberry Monster" in a couple of scenes.
  • Not a Date: Koyuki invites Natsuki to hang out with him to enjoy their common interests in the summertime (novels have it be a book signing, movie has a HoneyWorks concert instead), which Natsuki gladly agrees to. Almost everyone she tells about it think she's going on a date with him, but she doesn't take it as such. Well, Koyuki did plan on telling the girl how he felt about her, so he planned on giving her a date in all but actual name.
  • Novelization: Each Confession Rehearsal book covers a major song in the franchise, and elaborates on how the events happened in the core six's third year of high school. The movies have their own book adaptations as well.
  • Out-of-Context Eavesdropping: While walking through school, Akari and Souta overhear Natsuki confessing to Haruki, making the former run off in shock. At this point we already know that the two don't have feelings for one another, but the full scene shows that Natsuki was just using Haruki as a practice confession for her real confession to Yuu.
  • Passive Aggressive Combat: While attempting to compete with Yuu for Natsuki, Koyuki includes some subtle verbal attacks in order to come out on top.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: The whole point of all the extended media is to re-contextualize everything into the same year, and the animated versions move the events of the music videos around a lot, placing certain videos along different moments in the timeline and trying to combine them into a coherent narrative.note 
  • Product Placement:
    • I've Always Liked You's animation has Natsuki and Hina play LittleBigPlanet 3 together. The PS3 is also shown without problems.
    • This goes double for the PVs, but lots of real life HoneyWorks merchandise appears throughout the series. One scene even has a "CHiCO with HoneyWorks" CD placed in the foreground.
    • The second movie has the Setoguchi and Enomoto siblings go see The Anthem of the Heart together.
  • Title Drop: The names given to certain arcs when adapting them to other formats besides song (i.e "I've Always Liked You", "Am I Not Good Enough?") are based off of something that one of the characters actually said during the arc.
  • Retcon: Both of the "Confession Rehearsal" comics (the vomic and Volume Zero) set the events of that song during the core six's second year of school, going by their class label being 2-3 in one scene. Everything released afterwards rescinds that and places most of the events of the stories in their third year of school, going by Koyuki's Important Haircut, Hina and Kotaro being upgraded to first year high schoolers, and the "A Solution for Jealousy" vomic having Natsuki admit she hasn't told Yuu her feelings by that point.
  • Running Away to Cry: Hina curses her own weakness for not being honest with herself about Koyuki, and after encountering him post-haircut, she runs off to cry.
  • Sequel Hook: The "Confession Rehearsal" comic ends with Souta and Akari peeping in on Haruki confessing to Natsuki, unbeknownst to their respective love interests. The events of this confession would be covered later in the second vomic, the one for "A Solution for Jealousy".
  • Social Circle Filler: During the "The Moment You Fall in Love" arc, Hina's given a girl friend to talk to named Kako. We don't see her in the music videos, so it's likely she was crafted whole cloth to prevent Hina from interacting solely with the rest of the main cast.
  • The Stinger:
    • The epilogue of the Confession Rehearsal arc has Natsuki wake up Yuu for school and try to coax an "I love you" out of him, given that she was the only one that fully admitted her feelings the whole story. Yuu sneaks one out when she doesn't expect it.
    • The second movie closes out on a Double Date between Yuu/Natsuki and Kotaro/Hina, and Hina admitting to Kotaro that she knows he loves her, congratulating him on his soccer position. This is more or less where their more romantic interactions begin.
  • Time Passes Montage: I've always Liked You adds in a sequence of practice confessions between Yuu and Natsuki over time, while everyone else is trying to sort out their various feelings. The second movie does this with Hina and Kotaro studying for high school exams.
  • Wall Pin of Love: Natsuki accidentally gets Souta and Akari into a situation like this as she whizzes by them in a hurry. Souta loses his balance and traps Akari, the girl he likes and would want to kabedon at one point, to the wall. Both parties are confused and embarrassed.
  • Wedding Day: Yu and Natsuki's in the novel.
  • Will They or Won't They?: Haruki and Miou for the entire series. They obviously love each other a lot, but their insecurities keep them from confessing to each other. In "Ippun Ichibyou Kimi to Boku no", Haruki comes back from America and encounters Mio again as grownups. He says that he'll be able to stay in Japan over the summer, leaving them wiggle room to finally confess their feelings to one another, but their relationship from the encounter on is left up in the open. "Re:First Love's Picture Book" reveals that yes, They Do eventually.

Alternative Title(s): Kokuhaku Jikkou Iinkai

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