YMMV / Defending Your Life

  • Awesome Music: The Title Theme and the Climax Theme, which is an even mix of fantasy fanfare and cute romantic comedy goofiness.
  • Fridge Horror: Going back means the ending of you and everything that makes you you save your soul. The only way you will be even remembered is at the Past Lives Pavilion where your next form(s) can get clips of what you were. So, when Daniel is told he's going back, it means goodbye Daniel, forever.
  • Heartwarming Moments: A couple...
    • In-Universe, Julia's life was this. Within the story, the fact that Julia's life was so nice that the prosecution barely questions her and instead watches the highlights of her life to pass the time.
    • The entire climax, where Daniel risks ultimate destruction to see Julia one last time and confess their love for each other, which can be summed up in this exchange...
      Bob: (to Lena) Brave enough for you?
      Judge: ... Let him go.
    • Even the other people in the Afterlife Express are applauding.
  • Society Marches On: An elderly woman assumes Daniel died young because of AIDS. While the threat of AIDS still exists, 1990 was the height of the pandemic.
  • Tearjerker: The final act: first you're crying because it's Daniel's Darkest Hour when Lena pins Daniel for not facing his fear within Judgement City, making him lose the trial, and then tears of joy when Daniel proves her wrong by facing his fear on the bus back to the life by running all the way to Julia's bus.
  • Technology Marches On: Daniel's birthday gift is a CD player.
  • What Could Have Been: The male judge states that the scenes he will see will be in 3D, while Daniel is amazed by the scenes. Originally, the script called for the scenes to be played out as if in VR, but that was dropped and was just rendered as a television screen.