I always wonder why the EuroNippon (and other similar) pairing is so fascinating.
WARNING! The adverb “usually” is utilized quite a bit in this post.
The foreign exchange trope in yuri (and other forms of romance) has a Japanese girl/woman hooking up with a another girl/woman of, usually, European descent. Sometimes the foreigner is American or of a different ethnicity but most of the time she is European and a blonde. The trope usually has the foreigner showing interest in the local, rarely is it vice versa. The interest usually stems from the foreigner’s interest in Japanese culture and sees the local as the epitome of Nippon ichi.
The foreigner is usually the more energetic of the two though her intellect and level of formal courtesy differs per person. The one trait they all have in common is an intense desire to learn as much about Japanese culture as they can. When these ladies do end up meeting the local girl/woman the experience can be often summed up as love at first sight. From then on it is the foreigner being attached to the local using whatever methods she can find to get closer to her with the success ratio differing depending on how accepting the local is of the foreigner’s affectionate advances, rather how she approaches the local.
I find it fascinating that the foreigners are usually of English or French descent. Their Japanese speaking knowledge stems from books, school courses or a Japanese parent who married their other European parent.
On the rare occasions where the foreigner’s interest in the local is not culturally related it can safe to say all bets are off and the formulaic flow of the trope changes course bringing unpredictability with it. Basically we do not know whether this foreigner is interested in the local for romantic reasons or otherwise.
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Again there’s something about this trope that fascinates me. It is inexplicable in that, yes it is adorable, but in a different sense than a basic cute yuri couple. Perhaps it is because I see myself in the foreigner who really likes the Japanese. It could be that deep down I too would like to enter a romantic relationship with a Japanese beauty…what if that is secretly why the froeign exchange trope is so appealing and continues being used in not just yuri but other romance shows…Something to think about maybe or is it just cute like all other yuri tropes? As always do share.
Update: I should have known it this trope uses the “opposites attract” principle to tell a romantic narrative. I still would like to date a Japanese woman though.