Yume De Aetara

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Masuo Fugano is a 24-year-old virgin Salaryman and Unlucky Everydude with a capital U. He's tired of being single, and grows despondent when a fortune-teller seems to predict he has no chance in love. Despite this, he decides to try a marriage interview... where he meets the beautiful kindergarten teacher Nagisa Shiozaki, who has rather the opposite problem: too many selfish Jerkasses chasing her have colored her opinion of men in general, and driven her close to giving up on finding a loving husband.

But is this seemingly wishy-washy Extreme Doormat of a Dogged Nice Guy really a better prospect? Well, maybe he's better than the Jerk Jock or the Upper Class Twit who both insist "No" Means "Yes". He just needs to learn to get away from the numerous ladies that suddenly appeared the minute he got her actual attention.

Thus begins Yamahana Noriyuki's Yume De Aetara (If I See You In My Dreams), 17 volumes of Cannot Spit It Out, Poor Communication Kills, Takahashi-level Belligerent Sexual Tension... and Aw, Look -- They Really Do Love Each Other, Love Bubbles, and Crowning Moments Of Heartwarming

An OVA and a 26 5-minute episodes series were released, which became very popular in South America because Locomotion broadcast it every week.

Tropes used in Yume De Aetara include:

  • Bittersweet Ending: The anime version decided to end in the part where Masuo is transferred to work to another city, with them having a mostly unseen First Kiss at the train station. The manga continued the story long after that
  • Devoted to You: Both Masuo and Nagisa manage to catch several suitors of this kind thorough the story. In truth, Masuo began as one of these for Nagisa, and only manages to become her actual Love Interest because his devotion proves to be genuine and unshakable.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Masuo goes through hell in his pursuit of Nagisa, and they finally marry in the last volume.
  • Harsh Word Impact: Masuo is subject to these at least Once Per Episode, melting, stabbed with metaphorical knives, turning to stone, etc...
  • Magnetic Girlfriend: once Masuo and Nagisa become somewhat official, her suitors decrease in apparition while his' suddenly increase in number and boldness. This is more notorious in the anime adaptation, since that cut many of the women that hit on him and centers on Hamaoka as Nagisa's unknown rival.
  • Oh Crap: Masuo has an epic one around mid-way in the series, realizing he's caught between Nagisa and Hamaoka's father, who also happens to have high influences on the company Masuo works at. Just to drive the point home of how much he's screwed, he gets shot by the Space Battleship Yamato's Wave Motion Gun!
  • That Came Out Wrong: Masuo gets constantly hit by this. Just one example: on one occasion he got locked in an elevator overnight, and so got late for the date he had the next day. The woman he got locked in with helpfully explained that he was late because they had spent the night together. Oops...
  • Tsundere: Nagisa can give Naru a run for the money. However, Masuo is willing to call her out when she's going overboard on the tsun side.