* BetterThanCanon: Because of a '''very''' well-done example of AdaptationExpansion (see main page entry), many fans and critics seem to prefer the ''Angelic Layer'' anime over CLAMP's original manga.
* CrazyAwesome: Icchan.
* [[HoYay Les Yay]]: Kaede and Sai; a few of Tamayo's joking comments to Misaki; Misaki's crush on Ringo and Hatoko shows some towards Misaki, though she is ''five''.
* PuritySue: Misaki fits this to a tee.
* ValuesDissonance: [[spoiler:Shuuko]] fears that, if [[spoiler:she stays with her daughter Misaki]], some traits of her will bring said child the scorn of others due to having "a useless mother". [[spoiler: In the manga, she's cripplingly and horribly shy; in the anime, she's an IllGirl in a wheelchair, AND cripplingly and horribly shy]]. This comes from the ''very'' complicated view of human relationships in Japan.
** Subverted in that [[spoiler: Shuuko]] is mostly accepted by her peers, even her own sister, and is the champion of Angelic Layer, so it's not like anyone hates her for her disability. [[spoiler: Her sister even outright says that there are lots of people in wheelchairs who are good parents who have even worse diseases than she has.]]