YMMV / Kodomo no Omocha

  • Awesome Music:
    • Sana's Raps. The rhyming of some of them are just random wording, but they are catchy.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: The climax of the 'Mansion of Water' arc. To shoot the last scene of the film, the crew set the titular mansion on fire and Sana has to walk out the front door of the burning building and act her last scene with Naozumi. Unbeknownst to the crew, however, she actually has a fractured ankle from an earlier incident and when the time comes to shoot the scene she collapses inside the burning building and can't walk out. The fanatical director refuses to stop shooting or let anyone go in to rescue her because they'll only get one chance at the scene and Sana is at a very real risk of dying. Then she forces herself to her feet, shouts out that she's coming, and steadily and unflinchingly walks out of the blazing building, passing the entrance literally seconds before it collapses in blazing ruin behind her! She and Naozumi perform the final scene flawlessly, the movie is completed and becomes a huge success, and Sana proves herself to not only be a real star, but also to have nerves of steel.
  • Die for Our Ship:
    • Being a middle schooler doesn't protect Fuuka from being bashed heavily by Sana/Akito fangirls. Especially with how the anime handled her eventual relationship with Akito and their breakup. It also doesn't help that she shares some similar aspects with Sana, even physically looking just like her... some of the reasons of why Akito kept dating her until their break-up.
    • Naozumi gets some hate as well by Sana/Akito fangirls. His constant teasing to Akito, the fact he believed he was better fit for Sana... while in the manga he is more likeable and he eventually gave up his feelings for her, the anime amps up his rivalry relationship with Akito, and he is the one who proposes her to go to New York, to escape together from the environment they were living, after they were months away from Tokyo.
    • Some who'd never read the manga went into the anime finding Akito to be a dull love interest & all-around polarizing character, despite him being Sana's canon love interest, & felt that the anime staff had created a superior love interest for Sana in Naozumi, who was more likable, had more in common with, & had better chemistry with Sana, especially after they bonded on their trip to America.
  • Ear Worm:
    • "Ultra Relax" and its coreography cannot escape from your head so eaily.
    • "Always be with You", a constant song that gets featured when some drama between friends and potential lovers happen.
    • "The Counting Babbit Song", a Playground Song featuring Babbit, that serves to count numbers in English and Japanese
  • Friendly Fandoms: People often compare Sana and Akito's relationship to Mikan and Natsume's on Alice Academy. Kodocha is also referred affectively in some circles as "Marmalade Boy on Crack", given the similarities in between Sana and Akito's physical appearances with Miki and Yuu.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Apparently, still gets rerun in Italy under the title of Rossana.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Laura Bailey falls in love with Jerry Jewell whose character has a troubled home life and is named Akito.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Akito, when it's discovered that his mother died giving birth to him which brought resentment to his surviving family.
  • The Scrappy: While Naozumi isn't universally hated (there are actually a few Akito fangirls who can tolerate him because of his I Want My Beloved to Be Happy moments), Fuuka is by far the most disliked character among the fanbase and often accused to be a Manipulative Bitch and a False Friend to Sana.
  • Seasonal Rot: The 2nd half of the anime (the "Middle School arc") is not well received with hardcore fans of the series. There are many reasons, though, since this is where the manga gets really dramatic and serious, and it got really distillated from the point where Sana starts Middle School to beyond. The obligatory toys input feel sometimes out of place (since they needed an specific excuse to be featured), some humor bits aren't called for due to the tone of some scenes, the New York arc is too long and plagued with soap opera clichés... After that, the season gets more hit-or-miss towards its final episodes.
  • Ships That Pass in the Night: Fanfiction writers that only follow the anime canon, often Pair the Spares with Fuuka and Naozumi, when they barely had any interaction in the series (manga included).
  • Ugly Cute: Babbit is a creature that looks like a mix of a bat and a rabbit (hence its name), it can be annoying (especially when the animators deform it more as a caricature of itself) but it has its charm.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?:
    • The manga was published in Ribon, a shoujo demographic magazine. However, it includes some dark but dramatic events and topics that would make the reader doubt if this is a series for children and preteens. It all starts when Akito asks Sana to kill him with a knife. There are other moments that deal with Teen Pregnancy and possible rape, as it is implied with Sana's biological mom being impregnated at 13 years old by her uncle, Abusive Parents (it's implied that Tsuyoshi's dad was not only an alcoholic but that he abused his mother, as well), Suicide, and using Sex as Rite-of-Passage as a plot device for Sana and Akito in a very misguided attempt to stay together.
    • Miho Obana does not hide the fact that she wanted to do a manga with darker tones, either. "The Mansion of Water" movie (being filmed in one of the arcs of the series and later adapted into an one-shot volume spinoff) deals with a dark story related to horror, something that she would later expand on other mature works as Partner (also published by Ribon) and Honey Bitter (published by Cookie).
    • The anime, while taking a different route from the manga's original direction, also has its own moments. The last arc may look like a distillated version of one of the latter arcs from the manga, but it shares its own drama- quite different compared to what the first episodes of the anime were like.

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