I mean people can interpret what they like but it doesn't make it there. I am looking at this from the standpoint of the four loves: storge (affection/familial), philia (friendship), eros and agape. Which of these does "romantic friendship" fall into? Certainly the relationships between the onee-samas and petites soeurs can in no way be called erotic. It's closer to familial affection than anything else. Like I said earlier, the show is about love but it's not about homosexual relations. The kind of love that is shown in this show is characterised by patience, consideration, grace and wanting good for others. SPOILERS Yumi's character arc over the entire show is that she goes from someone who needs the love of Sachiko and is quite jealous over it to someone who is able to give love in abundance to others, particularly her soon-to-be petite soeur even when she's unreasonable. There's a good quote towards the end where Yoshino realises that Yumi is growing up without her.
, it's a good example of what I'm talking about. Youko is interested in making Sachiko her soeur but, out of consideration for her difficult position, doesn't want to force the issue by outright asking. Nevertheless, she still wants to talk to her. It's clear from the way she presses Sachiko on her lessons that she wants her to want to do them and not out of some irresolute habit. In this way she shows she cares about Sachiko. She doesn't want to selfishly make
Sachiko her soeur. Sachiko understands the entire subtext and quits her lessons because she realises Youko is right thereby accepting her love. It's not stated why Youko was interested in Sachiko in the first place but my interpretation is that in part she worried that Sachiko would have a hard time making friends because of her hectic schedule. This again shows the kind of love we're talking about here. I think this because I've seen the anime and read some of the novels and that's exactly the kind of consideration that shows up.
>Other books and real life
I'm not talking about that.
>celibate same sex relationships
So a regular friendship? What are you talking about?
After thinking more about what you wrote and what I've written above, I want you to tell me exactly what you mean by "romantic friendship" because I actually have no idea. Romance is a word that describes a certain sentimentality. What exactly is romantic about these friendships?