These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
YMMV: Kidou Tenshi Angelic Layer
Better Than Canon: Because of a very well-done example of Adaptation Expansion (see main page entry), many fans and critics seem to prefer the Angelic Layer anime over CLAMP's original manga.
Captain Obvious: Much of the dialogue throughout the story arc. Particularly anytime something unusual happens in one of the matches, several spectators or developers will often restate what the viewer already realizes. Also every time Misaki or Hatoko mention (as they do over and over, often at inopportune times) that they really enjoy playing Angelic Layer.
Moment of Awesome: Many of the fights qualify, especially toward the end. The final battle between Hikaru and Athena was epic.
The semifinal match between Hikaru and Wizard got so intense, this troper found himself gritting his teeth and snarling while watching it unfold.
Tear Jerker: Some viewers have found themselves driven to Manly Tears during the final battle. Especially when the roses appear.. *sniff*
Episode 25, particularly when Misaki wheels her mother to her place before the final match.
Also the effect of the song Ameagari/After The Rain that starts to play as this is happening and leads through the ending credits. You don't really get a chance to stop crying until after the credits end because this heavy ballad is still wailing away.
Values Dissonance: Shuuko fears that, if she stays with her daughter Misaki, some traits of her will bring said child the scorn of others due to having "a useless mother". In the manga, she's cripplingly and horribly shy; in the anime, she's an Ill Girl in a wheelchair, AND cripplingly and horribly shy. This comes from the very complicated view of human relationships in Japan.