YMMV: Kuragehime

  • Better Than Canon: The anime, vs the manga. The author saw the rough sketches the anime designer drew and wondered when she drew them; her assistants commented on how her work had improved.
  • Broken Aesop: The series devotes a lot of focus to feeling comfortable in one's own skin, being able to love one's self and not be obsessed with physical appearance. Which is good, but falls apart quite a bit when you compare Tsukimi to her far more Gonk-ish roommates. It's much easier to be Beautiful All Along when you're only Hollywood Homely to begin with!
    • Gets worse when you remember that, at least in the anime, Tsukimi is the only one to get a romantic story arc. And even then it only happens because of Kuranosuke's make-over. Say what you will about Tsukimi being more comfortable in her nun clothes and Shuu coming to love her just the same anyway. If he hadn't met her first when she was made up, their romance never would have sparked.
  • Cargo Ship: Hanamori will do anything for his Benzs.
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  • Fan-Preferred Couple: In terms of the Sibling Triangle, fans like to ship Tsukimi with Kuranosuke because he likes her for the jellyfish otaku she is as opposed to Shuu, who can't even tell that "Before" and "After" Tsukimi are the same person.
    • On the other hand, in the manga Shuu does eventually realize his mistake and barely makes anything of it. He continues to court her, also doing what he can to support her clothes-making efforts.
  • Hollywood Homely: Even in her frumpy clothes, Tsukimi is still pretty adorable. Which actually may be the point, anyway.
    • Hollywood Pudgy: In addition to this. Most people probably wouldn't even realize she was meant to be chubby if not for some offhand dialogue about how she can't fit into Kuranosuke's mother's clothes and the fact that she has to wear a size large for a dress from her own brand. You can only really tell in some of the colored pin-ups—most of the time she's just as cartoonishly skinny as everyone else.
  • Memetic Mutation: AFROSEALED!
  • Moral Event Horizon: Inari slipping Shuu a mickey, molesting him, and tricking him into thinking they slept together.
  • Playing Against Type: Junichi Suwabe, who has a long list of Large Ham / Smug Snake characters under his belt, plays the quiet, serious, 30-year-old virgin Shu.
  • Squick: The scene when Tsukimi tells Kuranosuke that she thinks that Shu and Inari are sleeping with each other. The original dub makes Kuranosuke sound horrified by the thought, but the English dub makes him sound disgusted.
  • The Scrappy: Many think that Mayaya and Bamba are annoying. Especially Mayaya with her constant overreactions and tendency to scream most of her dialogue.
    • Inari, though it does tend to depend on whether the fan in question has only watched the anime or continued on with the manga. For those who stopped with the series, she's often the most hated character in the show (see Moral Event Horizon for their reasoning). But for those who carried on with the manga, she's liked better or at least tolerated. It doesn't help that just as she was starting to get the tiniest bit of development beyond amoral Femme Fatale, the anime ended and cut it short. For some fans, the damage was done.
  • Unfortunate Implications: There’s only really one sexually active woman in the series and she’s portrayed as villainous. Since she’s the only incredibly sexual woman in the series, this unfortunately associates female sexuality with evil, while the virginal girls are “good.”. There's also Kuranosuke's queerness being played for laughs on occasion, both mentioned in this article. [1]
  • Unnecessary Makeover: Tsukimi is arguably a lot better looking sans makeup and flashy clothes. The same argument could likely be applied to the rest of the Nuns as well.
  • Write Who You Know: Tsukimi is almost exactly how the author was as a young girl, jellyfish obsession and all, but aged up for extra pathos.