With the many different tropes that fill the romance comedy genre, there is one in particular that has perplex me to the point of wondering why it tends to show up so frequently. I wrote about this before in a more specific sub-type of this trope, but it didn’t really cover the scope of something this common. The thing I am alluding to is in many high school romances, which are based off some promise made back when both people were much younger; and with youth, it isn’t that serious of a statement to make. You wouldn’t think that something so simple would actually get to me, but after years of something so abundant it wears you down — especially with this season in full swing.
To be more specific, Nisekoi has been the biggest and worse abuser of promises, whether the characters have remembered them or not. Even if it is entertaining as a comedy, the romance and things that tie each of the characters’ relationships together is — for the most part — based on a promise. So instead of rage about it in my head for a couple of days, until the next episode and begin the cycle again, I want to attempt explaining why the Japanese population is so obsessed with the idea of past promises — especially when it is as a young age. So lets dive in!