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  • Adaptation Displacement: As a result of Horimiya getting published and officially translated in the west, it displaced the original Hori-san to Miyamura-kun there.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • Miyamura's piercings and body tattoos. He tells Hori that he simply got them because he was bored, but the scattered flashbacks to his time in middle school imply that they were more the result of depression and self-harm. A latter chapter sees Hori getting pissed off after learning that Miyamura re-pierced one of his ears, implying that it was more so the latter.
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    • The nature of Kyousuke and Yuriko's relationship. Kyousuke's estrangement from his family is frequently Played for Laughs but a number of Hori's own quirks, her fear of abandonment, and frequent paranoia that Miyamura will be unfaithful seem to imply that Kyousuke and Yuriko have had a continuously rocky marriage throughout Hori's childhood.
  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • In the original webcomic and OVA, the student council was more malicious. Remi messes up the calculations on the student council worksheets and throws them away. While flirting with Sengoku, she makes Sengoku promise to protect her from anything. When Sakura calls out Hori, she forcefully drags her out to the middle of the hallway just to scold her in front of everyone. After Miyamura reveals Remi is at fault, none of the student council members apologize. All these actions make the student council look like bullies, so some adjustments were made in Horimiya. Instead of what happened in the original version, Remi accidentally loses the sheets when she bumps into Miyamura and the scene where Sakura drags Hori out was removed. In the anime adaptation of Horimiya, the conversation Remi has with Sengoku at the vending machines was cut too, and after Miyamura reveals Remi's mistake, all of the student council members apologize.
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    • The anime ironically enough seemed to have taken the below complaint in Eight Deadly Words to heart as the majority of the focus of the anime is on Hori and Miyamura's romance to the point where many of the aforementioned slice of life chapters and a number of characters gets adapted out. Unfortunately, it had the side effect of the ambivalent sentiment regarding the supporting cast growing lower, as the anime still includes pivotal scenes for them but they now lack the buildup and context to make the audience empathize with them.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Hori has become one in the fanbase due to her violent and jealous tendencies, particularly because of how she takes it out on Miyamura. On the flip side, she is still very supportive and caring towards him and knows exactly how unreasonable she is, even once becoming concerned that he won't care about her anymore.
  • Broken Base:
    • The running gag of Hori's Romanticized Abuse kink, in which she gets excited whenever Miyamura acts like an abusive Bastard Boyfriend. It straddles the line with the fanbase considering the gag funny or not. Not helping matters is Miyamura himself is consistently uncomfortable with it, which pushes the gag further into Cringe Comedy territory.
    • The resolution of the Tooru/Yuki romantic subplot. Some readers found Yuki avoiding Yanagi's confession by fake dating Tooru, and how she and Tooru used the fake relationship to dissuade Sakura from pursuing him, as unfair to both suitors and make Tooru and Yuki look cruel to them without actually having to address their romantic status. On the other hand, other fans were happy with the development, as it helped Tooru and Yuuki grow closer, and said suitors eventually got over their crushes and became friends with them.
  • Eight Deadly Words: Due to adapting Omake's chapters and ignoring the endgame plot, some readers got tired of the story past Miyamura's Christmas proposal and admitted to being neutral to low regarding of the cast besides Hori and Miyamura, given their development takes up a lot of chapters as well.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Iura ranked third in the popularity poll despite not having a character arc in the remake at the time and getting far less focus compared to the rest of the supporting cast.
    • Yanagi ranked fifth in the same popularity poll despite, at the time, only having been recently introduced to the cast and not having many spotlight chapters to show for himself.
  • Growing the Beard: The animation in the original webcomic-based OVAs seem to have gotten better over time, as the colors are shaded and the characters have more complicated movements in the later episodes.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Miyamura's comment towards Hori in chapter 1: "I figured after yesterday, you would do your best to avoid me." Seems like a light-hearted statement based on Hori's public image issues (based on her reaction from earlier in the chapter) but it goes much deeper than that for Miyamura.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In chapter 4, Hori off-handedly says to Miyamura that he looks thin enough to fit into her clothes. It turns out (in a much later chapter) that he is. And then some. To her predictable chagrin.
    • In the anime, Hori's father is voiced by Jotaro. Another very popular Rom-Com has one of the main protagonists' father voiced by Dio. Both fathers have very similar laid-back and trolly personalities and end up being popular with fans. It seems the Jotaro vs Dio rivalry transcends time and space.
  • Ho Yay:
    • Repeatedly, between Tooru and Miyamura once they become friends.
    • Also Miyamura and Shindou. Good lord Shindou acts like he's in love with Miyamura half the time.
    • Tanihara (one of Miyamura's middle school bullies) can't accept that Shindou is friends with Miyamura. The way he talks, it's as if Tanihara thinks Shindou belongs to him.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • SORRY, IT'S EGG TIME! Explanation 
    • "Hori's dad looks like a hentai protagonist." Explanation 
    • Chika-chan this, Chika-chan that, Chika-chan everything! What the hell?! Explanation 
    • HorniMiyaExplanation (SPOILER WARNING) 
  • Misaimed Fandom: Based on the implication that Miyamura's body piercings were a sign of self-harm, it makes it all the more ironic that there a segment of fans who still decry his removing of his piercings as an Unnecessary Makeover.
  • Narm: The rather brisk way the anime adapts stories from the manga has an unintended side effect of making some of the characterizations for Miyamura and Hori come off as awkward.
    • Miyamura's two early instances of violence against Sengoku note  and Ishikawa note  comes off as even more disproportionate on Miyamura's part than they did in the manga.
    • Hori's Clingy Jealous Girl antics evolving to the point where she's jealous of him getting close to other guys as well. In the manga, Miyamura actually did have a male admirer in class, and Hori learning this combined with Miyamura being Ambiguously Bi is what leads to her paranoia. This character never appears in the anime, so it makes her ranting about Miyamura leaving her for guy come completely out of the blue.
  • Never Live It Down:
    • Remi is a sweet and kind person with a bit of a mischievous streak, but some people just won't forgive her for making trouble for Hori when an accounting book was misplaced.
    • Hori's physical abuse of Miyamura and past bullying of Sengoku. A couple of chapters have opened with Miyamura showing up to school with a bruise on his face, and while Hori is always cast as being in the wrong in these situations, the repetition of it has led to some writing off Hori as a domestic abuser.
  • One True Threesome: Sakura, Sengoku, and Remi are nearly inseparable and do care for one another a great deal. It gets to the point where Sakura says that she'd be perfectly okay with marrying both of them if it came down to it.
  • Periphery Demographic: You'd think that a high school rom-com full of pretty boys would be this for male readers — but it's actually a shonen series, meaning young men are the target demographic, making the legions of female fans into this.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Sengoku's girlfriend, Remi, is not well-loved by the fans, let's just say. She's generally flighty and tends to cause problems for Hori through her impulsive and flaky behavior. This seems to have changed in later chapters, though, as her more likable traits have come to light and her relationships with Sengoku and Sakura has been given some depth. In-universe, she's even become a good friend to Hori and her gang. She still has a die-hard hatedom, but then again, who doesn't?
    • Makio Tanihara, Miyamura's former middle school bully. He's introduced with a bad first impression to both Hori and the reader alike, still trying to harass Miyamura in the present, until he gets scared off by Hori. Shindo implies and later chapters confirm that Tanihara actually wants to mke up with Miyamura but sucks at it, but the added detail of him framing Miyamura for causing their middle school class pet rabbits to die, leading Miyamura to be completely ostracized was considered a bridge too far for readers.
  • Shipping Bed Death: Hori and Miyamura get this from some of the fandom on two fronts:
    • Miyamura's complete makeover after their Relationship Upgrade proved to be rather divisive with some fans, partly because the speed at which he does it made it come off as Miyamura caving to peer pressure note  while others feel this stripped aways part of Miyamura's quirky charm of his personality outside of school.
    • On the other end, Hori's rather explosive and violent outbursts straddles the line of how much the fandom would be willing to tolerate. It doesn't help matters that the mangaka swings back and forth between when her violence towards Miyamura is played for laughs or treated seriously. This divide reached its breaking point in a chapter where, in a fit of anger over Miyamura re-piercing a hole in his ear, she accidentally slams a door into his face causing his ear to bleed.
  • Tear Jerker: After Tooru rejects Sakura's confession, she goes on to see Tooru and Yuki together. She acts as the weight of the world is off of her shoulders now that she's confessed and gotten that out of the way, but after Sengoku gets the message and tries to comfort her, she immediately breaks down crying. Love Hurts, indeed.
  • Unnecessary Makeover: Miyamura eventually cuts his shoulder-length hair into a shorter, more boyish do. He says it's because he wants to fit the image of what Hori's boyfriend should look like and avoid her being teased because of his meek looks, with several people commenting that the new haircut looks much better on him. The fans tend to disagree, stating that the change was unnecessary and looked better beforehand. Funnily enough, in-universe, both Hori and Watabe have a similar reaction to most fans and want Miyamura to let his hair grow again. After he reveals that some of his piercings are closing up and he doesn't have any intention of opening them again, more complaints followed.
  • What an Idiot!: Miyamura's former middle school class-mates/bullies think it's a good idea to continue where they left off — right in front of Hori. They do so because they think they can drive him into further isolation by getting her away from him. It doesn't end well for them.
  • What Do You Mean Its Not For Little Girls: The series could easily fit in a shoujo magazine, but it's published in a shounen one instead.
  • Unpopular Popular Character: Shu Iura. He's this series' designated Butt-Monkey, with a sister who thinks he's an idiot and his friends all largely agreeing with that. However, he's monstrously popular, scoring third out of the cast members in the official poll.
  • Values Dissonance: The Running Gag of Miyamura's desperation to keep his body tattoo a secret. In Japan, it's considered a social stigmaExplanation 
  • The Woobie: Miyamura in his younger days. He was neglected and isolated by his peers and put down whenever they felt like it. It got to the point where he was having destructive thoughts about wanting them to disappear. It hasn't completely disappeared even though he's in high school and mostly away from them but he won't defend himself no matter what they say.


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