Most people use the word trope like it’s a bad thing. Not so much me. In my opinion, tropes are ways to identify things we like (or dislike) in books or movies. They can be vague (magical girl) or they can be specific (rich guy falls for poor girl). To me they are just as useful as genre.
That said, I’d like to talk about the “friendless main character getting friends” trope. I like it and relate to it. To be honest, I’ve never had tons of friends. I’m just not one of those socially adept people. More than once I have moved and had to start from scratch. So instantly I have a bond with such characters.
Most recently, the story I watched (though I originally read the manga) that featured this trope was KIMI NI TODOKE. As I watched it, I came to realize how SAY I LOVE YOU (which I reviewed before) had the same kind of trope. However, I totally preferred Sawako (KIMI NI TODOKE’s main) to Mei (SAY I LOVE YOU’s main).
The difference? Character outlook.
Mei was friendless by her choice and a good dose of negativity. Sawako just had a “presentation” issue and continued to be positive and hopeful despite her failed friendship attempts. Not that Sawako is all good thoughts. She has a bit of a lack of ego too (something else I could relate to), so her positivity does have limits. It’s an interesting dynamic.
So from watching this I have learned that while I like the “friendless main character getting friends” trope I like it even more if the main character is a positive one.
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KIMI NI TODOKE Mini-Review
Blurb From Hulu:
Sawako Kuronuma has had a difficult time fitting in. Is it her long black hair, her hushed manner of speaking, or is it her name’s similarity to Sadako, a character from a popular Japanese horror series?
Season 1 is 25 episodes long and follows the manga in a timely pace. I must admit the constant use of chibis (something they did in the manga) did detract from the story at first (had to get used to it). Also, the manga evoked more feels from me than the show, but the show got the big important feels moments right. I loved it!
Season 2 is 13 episodes and unlike season one, dragged out a single (sub)plot. Now this plot was a big freaking deal, but I felt it wasn’t strong enough to merit all those episodes. But, the plot is a big freaking deal and should be watched to make the anime feel complete.
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Can you relate to these kinds of characters?
What anime should I watch next?