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  • Angst? What Angst?: When Aoba discovers what happened to all the friends and family he knew about, he's taken the fact that they are all gone pretty well.
    • Of course, he's far more worried about Hina, yet he cannot figure out the truth.
    • He does get a little angst upgrade after he realizes that Hina is not the Hina he knows and his chances to go back are basically zero.
  • Awesome Music: UNISONIA.
    • Ano Sora ni Kaeru Mirai de.
  • Cliché Storm: The first episode has been called out for having a lot of this including an invasion, a high school student going to school, the apparent death of a love interest, etc. It doesn't help that viewers keep comparing with Valvrave the Liberator (See Counterpart Comparison). On the other hand, the use of time travel has made the series stand out a bit.
  • Counterpart Comparison: To Valvrave the Liberator. The two series feature a seemingly similar premise of an ordinary high school kid meeting and teaming up with an experienced white-haired (or in BC's case, blonde) teen soldier, with the high school kid piloting a Humongous Mecha after his potential love interest seemingly dies. That they both come from the same studio doesn't help. And considering how the other series turned out, for some of the viewers saying stuff "Please don't be Valvrave!" has become a recurring comment in BC's forum threads even before it airs. On the other hand, other hoped that it would become just as crazy.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: The Captain has a significant fanbase for being a Reasonable Authority Figure.
  • Expy: The Weinberg siblings are very similar to Thomas and Relena Norstein from Digimon Savers.
  • Genius Bonus: The power output of the Gorgon Nectar cannon in the last two episodes is equivalent to 50 megatons of TNT. This is a match for the explosive power of the Tsar Bomba, the most powerful nuclear weapon ever created by mankind. With that much raw energy hitting Aoba & Hina's Coupling shield, it's no wonder it tore open a rip in the time-space continuum...
  • Ho Yay: The two main male leads have barely interacted but the viewers are already seeing a lot of this with the "nice coupling." Even this is followed by an actual proposal so that the two boys will connect...
    • Not to mention the compatibility they have when coupling. The way the characters describe it doesn't help.
    • Episode 5 has this: Dio: Don't slam that into me! /Aoba: I'm doing fine, am I not? /Dio: If you want to back me up, at least be honest.
    • In episode six, a new Coupler shows up and Dio can't sync with him, but Aoba can, and Dio is shown to be rather upset...
    • The latter half of the series does away almost entirely with this, surprisingly. If one were to watch the show without dialogue involved, it would be quite easy not to see it, as much of the Ho Yay in the series comes from the "Coupling" terminology.
  • Memetic Mutation: NICE COUPLING.
    • HINAAA!
    • "Is it 2014?"Explanation 
    • Say: "connect with Dio."
      • Huh?! Dio?!
    • "Darth Vader?" Explanation (big spoilers) 
  • Jerkass Woobie: Averted with Bizon. Although something had to go seriously wrong for him with the Coupling experiments and there was a time where he was a legitimate nice guy to Hina, a lot of Bizon's malice is self-inflicted due to an intense hatred of Aoba, coupled with his view that since Hina is a Zogilian pilot, he's her boyfriend. Considering that Ancient Bizon is still mad about the fact that he never had a chance with Hina and he still wants Aoba dead even after 70+ years of contemplating, especially given that the whole reason for the Zogilian/Treaty war was possibly due to a relationship that never was, you just can't feel sorry for him anymore.
  • Narm: The first episode had a robot from the future missing every single attack on a kid running on a bike. Well, looks like all techs no brain.
    • Another common complaint about the series was that the series, as a whole, was Narmtastic. Some viewers argued that, if it had gone the Mazinkaizer route of insanity instead of leeching off of Gundam's stock tropes while playing the romantic angle as seriously as possible, it might have been more than So Okay, It's Average.
  • They Copied It, So It Sucks: A common complaint about the series is that it's too similar to other mecha series Sunrise made, which is often a starter complaint for every Sunrise mecha series since just about all of them use the "reluctant hero thrust into war" plot device. Each series usually starts to differ after that.
  • They Just Didn't Care: The composition and screenplay from the opening bears strong similarities to the openings from Gundam SEED. It's worthwhile to say that anime was made by the same studio but even as a tribute it goes really far.

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