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One of these elements is "bitai", often translated as erotic allure.
From Godai's drunken confessions in Maison Ikkoku, to Kaorin's silent suffering in Azumanga Daioh, to the subtle, unspoken yearnings of Patlabor's Kiichi Goto, many of anime's most memorable relationships-that-almost are are suffused with bitai.
Shuzo argues that bitai increases the closer you get to the target of your affections, but dissipates completely once the relationship is consummated.