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Are Childhood Promises For Idiots and Weirdos?
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onibrotonel wrote:

Childhood promises can be silly.

There's an anime or two where young kids asking/telling their parents to marry them.
"Mom. When I [daughter] grow up I promise I'll marry you."


Don't tell me you never seen that scenario in an anime or two.

Can't say I have, though I see a lot of onii-chan stuff in anime.
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I'd imagine when I was little, things like that were probably important to me, but considering I can't remember most of my childhood I'd find it to be pretty silly if someone were to come out of nowhere now. Of course I'm over ten years older than the characters in shows like that, so I have a different perspective now than I'm sure I would've had when I was that age too. I haven't talked to anyone I went to school with besides the one girl I've been friends with since we were in elementary school for at least seven years now.
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No, it depends on the promise. Most that children make are silly, though.
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aListers wrote:

Not if you still have honour.

People like to view themselves as separate people from when they were children but if you do so then you lose track of what you truly are. I stand by the promises I made as a child no matter how weird or outdated they are - they're what makes me me.



This. Makes me glad there are still people in our society that value honor and integrity, and stick to their values.
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onibrotonel wrote:

Childhood promises can be silly.

There's an anime or two where young kids asking/telling their parents to marry them.
"Mom. When I [daughter] grow up I promise I'll marry you."


Don't tell me you never seen that scenario in an anime or two.


One of my nephews proposed to the 30 year old gay woman neighbour when he was 3. I'd hardly expect him to keep to that.
Posted 1/15/15

serifsansserif wrote:

Nisekoi is awesome because it subverts the trope in a way instead of following it. The story focuses more on his struggling with the promise he made while the people around him mock him for it. He thinks he knows the promised girl, and then it sets him up for failure. Repeatedly.

Even the english title that I've seen follow it (False Love) seems to indicate this is about playing the typical romantic comedy trops to the hilt, ONLY TO SHATTER THEM COMPLETELY!!!! MWAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHA!!!!

So that's why I don't think Nisekoi is a good example for these sorts of conventions.

But the childhood promise thing exists in a lot of romantic comedies, In fact, as long as there's a childhood friend involved, you can almost guarantee the promise will be a part of the storyline. And it is in general, very unrealistic and foolish. you're an idiot as a child, and have the memory of a goldfish. You have less than a goldfish's intelligence at 4 years old. Nobody should try to hold to those promises nor be held accountable for them.


Either it plays with the trope or it is the most generic anime out there. Who knows? Maybe it flew over my head. Hey, I'm only 2 episodes in.
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tkayt wrote:


onibrotonel wrote:

Childhood promises can be silly.

There's an anime or two where young kids asking/telling their parents to marry them.
"Mom. When I [daughter] grow up I promise I'll marry you."


Don't tell me you never seen that scenario in an anime or two.


One of my nephews proposed to the 30 year old gay woman neighbour when he was 3. I'd hardly expect him to keep to that.

Agree.
Not to mention the age gap.
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PeripheralVisionary wrote:


serifsansserif wrote:

Nisekoi is awesome because it subverts the trope in a way instead of following it. The story focuses more on his struggling with the promise he made while the people around him mock him for it. He thinks he knows the promised girl, and then it sets him up for failure. Repeatedly.

Even the english title that I've seen follow it (False Love) seems to indicate this is about playing the typical romantic comedy trops to the hilt, ONLY TO SHATTER THEM COMPLETELY!!!! MWAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHA!!!!

So that's why I don't think Nisekoi is a good example for these sorts of conventions.

But the childhood promise thing exists in a lot of romantic comedies, In fact, as long as there's a childhood friend involved, you can almost guarantee the promise will be a part of the storyline. And it is in general, very unrealistic and foolish. you're an idiot as a child, and have the memory of a goldfish. You have less than a goldfish's intelligence at 4 years old. Nobody should try to hold to those promises nor be held accountable for them.


Either it plays with the trope or it is the most generic anime out there. Who knows? Maybe it flew over my head. Hey, I'm only 2 episodes in.




Keep watching. It's worth it. It very much in the same vein of Bakamonogatari.
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Oh, and half the characters you see in anime aren't idiots or weirdos themselves?

It's just for the romantic aspect and whatnot, and to smile wryly at the innocence. I think they did this in Nisekoi, too, with Tsugumi's own childhood promise with Chitoge...
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In anime, it's completely legit.

In real life, it's best to forget such a promise if you haven't already, especially as adults. People change a lot in a few years, I could be a totally cool kid but a complete douchebag as a teenager then an angel as an adult.

Basically, making a promise to be together with someone, when they will be a completely different person in a decade, is retarded.
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I should probably suggest the childhood promise=stalker in the future idea to Aiyumega. It could be the new Perfect Blue.
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Yep. Whenever someone mentions any childhood promises, I quietly steer away.
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Depends on the promise and how much you both mean it. If I grew up with a cute girl friend and we made a promise like in Nisekoi I'd probably treasure that locket too. But I'm also a hopeless romantic sometimes
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