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YMMV: Arashi No Yoru Ni
  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • That Gabu never got amnesia and was trying to forget everything he and Mei experienced.
    • Was Gabu staring at Mei's rear because he was hungry or...
  • Animation Age Ghetto: Subverted! This is supposed to be a kids movie and yet it was popular enough among older anime fans to get an unofficial English dub and a page on TV Tropes. The English dub exists on YouTube with the permission of the original producers largely because they have no intention of ever localizing it in English.
  • Fan Dumb: While Gabu and Mei certainly has an ambiguous relationship, it can still be taken as just being that of True Companions. However, lots of fans will tear you down should you ever suggest such a thing. THEY'RE MADLY IN LOVE, DAMMIT!
    • The opposite applies too. Many fans will moan and berate you for daring to ship the two.
    • The fact that Mei was Gender Flipped in the CGI series (making it appear more likely to develop into a conventional heterosexual relationship) only made the entire situation more complicated.
  • It Changed, Now It Sucks: The cartoon series. The fact that it's CGI and Mei is a girl did not help at all.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • It's Mei!
    • Mei's butt is a meme in itself, more precisely the scene where we're forced to watch Gabu drool over it.
  • Moe: Mei and Gabu, though its hard to tell which one is the better example...
  • Values Dissonance:
    • Controversy exists over the homoerotic overtones of the anime. Word of God confirmed that, in actuality, Mei was always intended to be a male character, but was written in the children's books as gender-ambiguous so that he'd appeal as much if he were female as if he were male. The film merely restored that gender specificity.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: That incredibly adorable, doe-eyed goat who sports a pink scarf and has a deep friendship with a male wolf is a boy. It's especially noticeable due to his masculine voice.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: Oh, Japan.
  • The Woobie: Mei is just so gosh darn cute when he's being terrified.
    • Gabu as well, being teased by the other wolves as a pup, and that his punishment for saving Mei is to spend the night in a dry well. He is definitely this when Mei tells him that the only option for either of them to survive is for Gabu to eat him. Gabu completely breaks down weeping, and when he leaves the burrow, he starts searching for grass to feed Mei, hinting that he'd rather starve to death than do it.

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