What bugs me about this set-up, though, is that in every example I've seen, the dark-haired boy gets the girl! Not that this is a bad thing, but when it happens over and over again, and is done poorly, it starts to piss me off. I'd say Boys Over Flowers and Peach Girl are good versions of this, but I could be biased as I read those before I noticed the trend. Kitchen Princess is where I started noticing this, and Shugo Chara is where it started to bother me, mostly because I do not like Amuto in the least, and unfortunately for me, the forces of shoujo seems to say it will be so. (Granted, I'm only following the US release, and I'm about twenty episodes behind the anime.) As they say, knowing the tropes is not a good thing in some cases.
Morning Discussion #1310
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