* AntiClimax: [[spoiler: Yuuko's]] death in ''A Tale of Melodies'' is foreshadowed throughout as a tragedy of tragedies. When it's actually portrayed: [[spoiler: She's hit by a car after chasing a ball into the street.]] Though it could be argued that such a childish act leading to an undignified death was the true tragedy.
* DieForOurShip: There is quite the hate towards Kei for getting in between Hiro and Miyako. Never mind that Kei eventually ends up with Kyousuke anyway.
* FirstInstallmentWins: While fans acknowledge that ''A Tale of Melodies'' is excellent (at least if they weren't squicked out by the MayDecemberRomance), ''A Tale of Memories'' tends to get better reviews.
* HarsherInHindsight:
** Viewers who feel uncomfortable with Kuze and Mizuki's MayDecemberRomance may even feel more uncomfortable when they learn that Kuze's English voice actor, Creator/IllichGuardiola, was arrested in May 2014 for having a relationship with a 16-year-old girl.
** Chihiro Shindou's car accident when her sister Kei's English voice actress, Creator/BrittneyKarbowski, would actually get involved in a car crash in 2010.
* HilariousInHindsight: Caught the scene in ''memories'' episode 9 where Miyako holds a [[VisualNovel/{{Clannad}} Big Dango Family]] phone card? Both Miyako and Nagisa would be voiced a few years later in English by Creator/LuciChristian. Both series were also licensed by Creator/SentaiFilmworks.
* {{Moe}}: The amnesia-fueled, eye-patchy kind.
* TheWoobie: Damn near everybody, but Chihiro and Yuu get it the worst.