Top 5 on The Strip: Anime cliches

Anime: Nisekoi

Anime: Nisekoi

1. Amnesia-stricken protagonist

Your pro­tag­o­nist — male or female, it doesn’t mat­ter — is going to con­ve­niently for­get his or her’s first love. They will strug­gle to remem­ber just who the per­son is, will strug­gle with their feel­ings for this per­son and then mirac­u­lously remem­ber every detail, down to exact con­ver­sa­tions they may have had when they were young.

 

Anime: Myself;Yourself

Anime: Myself;Yourself

2. Young romance grows up

The pro­tag­o­nist is quite out­go­ing and will make a friend or two that they will inevitably leave behind. They will encounter this per­son years later and will find a way to recon­nect based on their pre­vi­ous deal­ings with each other. In this new age, they will redis­cover that which they have in com­mon and it will recre­ate a long-forgotten romance between them.

 

Anime: Toradora!

Anime: Toradora!

3. Oppo­sites attract

The main char­ac­ters that are des­tined to be together will not like each other. In fact, they down­right hate each other. They can’t stand each other but some­how keep find­ing them­selves thrown together in sit­u­a­tions that require them to inter­act and learn some­thing new about each other. Before long — usu­ally by the end of the series — they will find them­selves together.

 

Anime: Kimi ni Todoke

Anime: Kimi ni Todoke

4. Valen­tine choco­late is strictly forbidden

Giv­ing the gift of choco­late for Valentine’s Day is a rit­ual for school chil­dren world­wide, and more so in Japan. It’s so preva­lent that it’s usu­ally an episode in a roman­tic com­edy series or any type of romance series that involves school. What usu­ally hap­pens is that the main char­ac­ters will attempt to bake choco­lates or buy choco­lates for their intended spe­cial per­son. It will either be extremely prob­lem­atic or won’t hap­pen at all. Hilar­ity or drama can and will ensue.

 

Anime: Lovely Complex

Anime: Lovely Complex

5. The pay­off scene

Required for every roman­tic com­edy by the third to the last episode in the series, the main char­ac­ters have to have a con­fes­sion scene. One of the char­ac­ters has to be obvi­ous about their feel­ings up to this point, and the other has to be obliv­i­ous to it until a rev­e­la­tion occurs that makes them take notice of the fact that the other char­ac­ter has been pant­ing behind them since the first episode. What hap­pens next is impor­tant: There has to be pay­off for the buildup. They have to con­fess feel­ings and kiss, enter a rela­tion­ship or resolve every­thing by the end of the series.

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