YMMV / Haibane Renmei

  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The entire soundtrack...typical for Ko Otani.
  • Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory: There are legitimate reasons to consider it to be taking place in purgatory in this case.
  • Fanon: Yoshitoshi ABe purposely left a lot of the series unexplained, so that people could develop their own theories about the characters and about the world in which the story takes place:
    • Mado of Stone Mill is generally considered by much of the English-speaking fandom to be so well integrated with the main series that it is practically Deuterocanon.
    • It's generally considered that the series takes place in purgatory and that the characters are waiting until they deal with any baggage until they can be either reincarnated or ascended to heaven. The Haibane all died at a young age. You'll usually see Kuu having died in an airplane crash, Rakka by either suicide or accidentally falling, Reki by suicide, and at least one other character due to an illness. Another theory, however, is that everyone died from suicide and they're reverted to a young age when they become Haibane.
  • Superlative Dubbing: The English dub has been quite praised by fans and critics of the show.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Some viewers initially mistook Kana and Kuu for boys. It's not just viewers, some characters are confused, too.