Post Reply Does anyone think romance can be too sweet?
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Posted 6/12/15
Anyone ever seen Ai Yori Aoshi?

Now, I don't hate this... but this is taking the sweetness way too far. To the point where it becomes rather transparent. Aoi-chan can be summed up like this
"Oh Kaoru, I love you, I can't do anything without you. I'm scared Kaoru, please hold me. Tell me you love me Kaoru, I want you to be with me. I wanna do everything to make Kaoru smile, cause I'm Aoi-chan. and I'm sweet, humble, docile, and cute"
Now... I don't think this is sexist, I don't care that she's like that. But the problem is that her personality seems very two-dimensional. I mean... she's cute, she's shy, she loves Kaoru, despite not even knowing him through most of her life. And Kaoru just seems to jump into "Hey, I've only known you back when we were little, but yea, lets be lovers"

And to be honest, seeing them together makes me kind of ill... Imagine eating 3 jars of candy, 2 slices of cake, and drinking two cups of maple syrup... That kind of ill.
They're just so forced... Every moment they're doing something sweet. Kaoru is holding Aoi after she's cries or when she's scared, and d'aww, lets kiss her on the forehead, like we're in second grade or something. Let's have tons of fanservice with barely any perversion between the male and female leads, let's lean our foreheads together... d'awww....
It makes me sick...

It seems like shows like that are more focused on how sweet and cute they are together, rather than how interesting they are as characters. And NO!!!!, a sad backstory is NOT going to make a character interesting. If you can't weave the backstory with their personality, it doesn't mean anything what happened to the character.
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Posted 6/12/15
Yes.

It's why I prefer that romance be a secondary element in a story, and not the primary one.
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Posted 6/12/15
Eh, to each there own.

Personally, sometimes I'm in the mood for ultra-sweet romance like that. (Although in the case of AYA, I found the manga to be way better than the anime, as the anime cut out most of the drama and plot and kinda lacked an ending... but that's neither here nor there.) Both because it's melodrama free, and also because there aren't nearly enough shows about people actually in relationships (almost all romances end with a mutual confession of love).

Which isn't to say that I always want to watch that kind of show; but it's an option I like to have.

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Posted 6/12/15
No such thing as too sweet.
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I think I just got the wrong impression on Ai Yori Aoshi... I was looking at it as a romance, and for that, it's overly sappy, mushy and cliche... however, as a slice of life comedy, it's fantastic. Even Aoi-chan's sensitivity and clinginess was used for humor at times. I mostly see it as a slice of life comedy that happens to have a couple. It gets a lot better when the other characters are introduced, and a lot of them are way more fun than the main characters
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Posted 6/12/15 , edited 6/12/15
My parents were mushy and it rubbed off on me, so for me the mushier the better. Mnmike is right, too many anime end with the confession so there's no real mushiness up until that point. I love when it builds to the point and then we get to see the after effects.
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