|Being 2nd place sucks, doesn't it? Especially when |
you lose to someone who just arrived late to the party.
Just imagine this; you have been with your friend of the opposite sex since childhood. You know everything about then and you are willing to accept the person’s faults, regardless of who they are. That gives you a competitive advantage, right? In real life and in the medium of anime and manga the answer is no. This is explained by the Edward Westermarck in a psychological theory known as the “Westermarck Effect.” In short, Edward Westermarck argues that people close to each in the first couple of years of life will desensitize romance and future sexual attraction. In many anime and manga series, you see countless examples of how a childhood friend falls in love with the other, but the love is never reciprocated. That is because the childhood friend is viewed as a sibling and thus the relation is purely platonic, not romantic.
|Starting to notice a trend here?|
|The childhood friend in many instances|
is the best girl in the storyline.
(Originally Posted in Inside AX)