iAX: "There are many different anime and manga romance series out there. Many of those series seem to have a similar character, the unlucky childhood friend. I say that this person is unlucky because odds are very high that this person will not get their childhood friend to fall in love with them. It normally develops as a one-sided relationship where someone has unrequited love for someone else. This character type is not limited to anime; it is actually a very common case in real life. On the receiving end of “unlucky childhood friend” myself; I can say it from experience. It is commonplace for anime and manga to put the childhood friend at a competitive disadvantage. Why does it happen? I will also explore how some characters are able to break this evil curse."