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YMMV: Aikatsu
  • Base Breaker:
    • Mizuki, partially because she is seen as kind of bland and her departure to Dream Academy for rather poorly written reasons.
    • The Dream Academy girls are well accepted among the casual crowd, but in serious circles they are hated.
      • The fact that two of them use already established brands instead of new ones is also a point of contention.
    • Otome's whole schtick is seen as either cute or idiotic.
    • The Angely Sugar and Spicy Ageha brands are becoming this due to their overexposure.
    • Akari, due to fears of her replacing Ichigo somehow.
  • Canon Sue: It's very hard to see Ichigo as anything else but this, mainly because in spite of having tons of characters, the anime focuses more on her and her personal triumphs, even against obstacles she really really should not succeed.
    • On the other hand Ichigo is the central character and Audience Surrogate when it comes to the workings of the show so it makes sense for her to get the most focus. Ichigo also doesn't win everything such as the third spot in Tri-Star but when she does she goes through very intense training even for fairly simple obstacles.
    • Some see Mizuki as a straighter example.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Yurika, judging by the amount of fan art she gets.
    • Kaede is also surprisingly popular.
    • Shion, to the point where some wish she had her own brand.
    • Mikuru, if this official poll is to believed.
  • Fandom Rivalry / Friendly Fandoms: With Pretty Rhythm, albeit that the rivalry is very mild. Oddly, Japanese fans leans towards the latter more than the former.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Many fans dislike episode 13 due to the Unfortunate Implications listed below.
  • Franchise Original Sin: The first 3 episodes of second season is criticized for reusing the same insert song, which is a rock remix of the second insert song of the first season. This also happens in the first season, albeit that it was the first two songs that get recycled for 3 episodes as well.
  • Glurge: It's a feel-good type of anime, alright. Not that it makes the show any less enjoyable.
  • Les Yay: Fairly mild but becomes blatant when Yurika is around and when she and Ran are together.
  • Periphery Demographic: This anime and the arcade game are hits among otaku to the point that it is called the biggest threat to the Precure franchise.
  • The Scrappy: Sora and Maria are often seen as this, mostly due to being seen as "mary sues".
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: Minor example: the first 3DS game, Cinderella Lesson, adapts the anime's setting very well, but the rhythm game part plays like Taiko Drum Master. This was fixed in the second 3DS game, Futari No Princess.
  • Unfortunate Implications: Episode 13 implies that Aikatsu Cards only fit one body type, and a very thin one at that.

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