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YMMV: Kagerou Project
  • Angel/Devil Shipping / Mind Game Ship / Foe Yay: Kuroha/Mary is rather popular with some fans despite their interactions with each other in Outer Science being decidedly less than friendly.
  • Base Breaker: Momo. Her fans like her for being the most upbeat girl among the cast full of woobies and for doing her best to cheer up Hibiya after his incident with Hiyori. Her detractors however, find her backstory to be forced and her character to be boring, and they also complain about Momo tending to wrest away the spotlight from the more interesting characters. Her being one of Jin's favorite characters doesn't help. Might count as Fridge Brilliance considering her eye ability.
    • Kuroha too in some smaller circles, due to the fact he mostly serves as a plot device and originally wasn't even supposed to be part of the story until he was inserted into an official Music Video. There are also people who get annoyed whenever fans are diehard for him, finding him overrated.
  • Broken Base: There seems to be a division within the fandom Shaft's renderation of Kagepro. Some people beileve Shaft is doing an amazing job at it while others feel Shaft is being lazy. Any more on either side seems to light very heated discussions.
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: Moon Viewing Recital as a whole. Especially considering it came after many really depressing songs. Momo's interactions with Hibiya are all too cute, and it's nice to watch Momo help Hibiya slowly get over his Survivor Guilt was very nice to watch. Shintarou watching out for Momo at the end made it sweeter.
    • Summertime Record, and the fandom's response to it. Ayano would be proud.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Shintaro/Ayano, Haruka/Takane, and Seto/Mary all receive enough Ship Tease to be borderline canon. Kano/Kido is a bit more in the gray area, but the pairing is nevertheless incredibly popular with fans. Hibiya/Hiyori could also count, or alternatively, Momo/Hibiya.
  • Hollywood Pudgy: According to Kido and Shintaro, Momo's quite heavy.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: Haruka and Takane being Konoha and Ene's former selves is considered common knowledge among the fandom. It's also hard to talk about Ayano's importance to the plot without eventually mentioning her being Mekakushi Dan's founder and surrogate older sister to Kido, Seto, and Kano.
    • Additionally, the fact that Hibiya is listed as a member of the Mekakushi Dan should be a big enough hint as to who survives the Time Loop between him and Hiyori.
    • Early on in the anime's airing, new fans had gotten upset over being spoiled about certain things such as characters having eye abilities- something that is considered the most basic knowledge among the fandom.
  • Memetic Mutation: "May soda be eternal".
    • Kuroha being associated with bees, in reference to his color scheme.
    • "Welcome to my womb".
    • Konoha's expressions in the announcement of his voice actor.
    • "Maternity Spiral"
  • Moe: Mary, Konoha, Haruka, and Seto. While Hibiya is often portrayed as a Bratty Half-Pint, Otsukimi Recital just goes to show how adorable the little guy is beneath all that snark.
  • Mood Whiplash: In the Mekakucity Records cd, Outer Science plays after Re:Gunjou Rain. And after Outer Science? The upbeat Otsukimi Recital, followed by Lost Time Memory.
    • The order in which the music videos were released as well. After Konoha's State of the World, a continuation of Heat Haze Days, Kisaragi Attention was released, which is one of the happiest songs in the series. And following Yuukei Yesterday's release was the Nightmare Fuel-induced Outer Science. Summertime Record was completed two days after.
    • Chapters 17 and 18 of the manga. In Chapter 17, we're finishing off Takane's route, it's a little bittersweet, but still optimistic. Then at the very end we see Kuroha. In Chapter 18, Kuroha immediately brutally murders Seto, Kido, Kano and Ene on page before Mary resets the route.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Route XX Shintaro arguably crosses it when he chokes Ene to death when she was just trying to help him.
    • Kuroha, when he murders everybody.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Kuroha's expression in the MekakuCity Records crossfade PV.
    • Outer Science in general.
      • Everything about Kuroha for that matter.
    • Mary, screaming silently at the end of Outer Science as her hair falls out, forms into snakes and turns black and scales grow over her skin. Seeing the series' most Moe character like that is... just upsetting.
  • One True Threesome: The original Mekakushi Trio, Kido, Kano, and Seto.
    • Shintaro, Ene, and Konoha are sometimes shipped like this too due to their canon interpersonal relationships. Also popular is any shipping between the One True ''Foursome'' made up of Shintaro, Ayano, Haruka, and Takane, affectionately known as the "Yuukei Quartet" by fans.
  • The Scrappy: Hiyori is seen as this by some.
  • Tear Jerker: Ayano's suicide, and Shintaro's reactions in Toumei Answer and Lost Time Memory.
    • And then Ayano no Koufuku Riron came along and made it even worse.
    • Challenge. Watch Yuukei Yesterday and then Outer Science. Or just read the manga up to Haruka's death and try NOT to cry a single time. If you win: good for you. If you lose: congratulations and welcome to everyday life of the fandom
    • The Kagerou Days time loop, and its affect on Hibiya in Otsukimi Recital.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Kido. Even Jin was confused with her gender!
  • Wham Episode: Lost Time Memory, with its reveal that Ayano had an eye power, and Shintaro may have inherited it.
    • Ayano no Koufuku Ririon's reveal that Ayano was the sister figure to Kido, Seto, and Kano, and the original creator of the Mekakushi-dan.
    • The MekakuCity Records booklet, since it reveals that everyone actually came Back from the Dead because of their eye powers.
    • OUTER SCIENCE.
    • Mekakucity Actors episode 11. Not only is Shintaro's ability revealed to be the "Recording Eyes" ability, but he's been with it since he was in the womb.
  • What Could Have Been: Jin stated in an early interview regarding Hibiya's background (before he was properly introduced in the novels) that he would be Childhood Friends with Hiyori. He also mentioned that Hibiya's quite popular in school, his only downfall being that he can't get Hiyori to notice his feelings for her. By the time he's properly introduced in the novels, however, with the exception of his unrequited crush on Hiyori, his background is completely rewritten.
    • Konoha was originally supposed to be a girl.
    • Jin originally wanted to name the series Mekakucity Project, which was evident when all of his major KagePro-related albums are called Mekakucity ______. However, Kagerou Days got too popular and so Jin was forced to name the series after it. He eventually got his way in the anime.
  • World Of Woobie
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Though Ayano obviously always meant well, and everything she did was for the sake of her friends and family, many of those things were... not very well thought out. Such as pulling off her suicide stunt when Kano was right there, and just in general getting him involved in a situation that ultimately made his already poor emotional health even worse. Not to mention Kido and Seto who also suffered from losing her. Ayano was so concerned for her adopted sibling's lives that the emotional impacts her death would have on them apparently slipped her mind.

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