YMMV / Maji de Watashi ni Koi Shinasai!

  • Americans Hate Tingle: Tsubame is significantly less popular with Western readers than Japanese ones. While she placed second in the 2014 poll on Minatosoft's website, she has a divided audience at best among English readers. They believe that she has poor chemistry with Yamato by making him uncharacteristically submissive, that the story hypes her too much and that she's far too easily forgiven for her deceptive and selfish behavior.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: In Umeko's route, after she and Yamato have a conversation and she's left, Koyuki shows up for some reason, says "Yay yay!" and...leaves. Maybe she just really wanted to cameo?
  • Crazy Awesome: Momoyo. She is a God-Mode Sue that pulls out New Powers as the Plot Demands, but manages to make both of these tropes work because of how hilariously one-sided her fights are and how silly the powers she pulls out are, including a self-destruct attack which has its side effects negated by a Healing Factor.
  • Critical Research Failure:
    • Chris talking proudly about how her great-grandfather fought for the just cause in the battle of Stalingrad shows how little the authors know and understand about European history. Then again, she does seem to be stunningly ignorant about many aspects of her own country's history.
  • Ear Worm: Good luck getting Tsubame's natto jingle out of your head.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse
    • Gen was surprisingly one of the most popular characters from the original game, which led to him becoming a member of the Kazama Family in the later versions.
    • There was a popularity poll in summer 2014 that finished at the end of August. Only three of the original heroines placed in the top ten with the highest being Wanko in fifth. Another popularity vote took place in late January 2017 and ended in Febuary 12th.
      • Margit placed first in the summer 2014 character poll despite being only a supporting character with a short route. Her route in Append also bumped her to first in the character popularity poll again.
      • Lee, a character that barely even had a name in the original, managed to reach sixth place with barely a hundred votes separating her from beating every original heroine.
      • Benkei made it to fourth place, giving her triple the votes of her boss, who only made it into the top twenty. She makes it third in the top twenty in the 2017 popularity votes.
      • Perhaps most strangely of all, minor Punch Clock Villain Rinchuu managed to secure third place with nearly twice the votes of Benkei.
    • Ageha Kuki. If there's one woman who hasn't have a route, it's her. Nearly every fan wanted her to have her own route, and she's (so far) is the only woman who does not have one, but her sister Monshiro does.
    • Lisa Brinker, a member of Margit's Hound unit, is gaining attention thanks to Minato-soft's website showing who will appear in Margit's Afterstory route. Since then, fans wanted her to have her own route. In fact, most of her info was translated in The Other Wiki while the others have yet have theirs. Plus she already became popular before the game even came out. Currently unknown if she'll gain her own route. A lesser degree occurs with the rest of the team however, with the exceptions of Segrun and Thelma. She makes it the 18th place within the poll while Segrun takes the 21st place.
    • Thelma herself manages to beat Lisa and Segrun for the 9th place, whereas her own boss is the first place.
    • Sheila, a minor character introduced to act as Stacy's rival for A-3, apparently proved quite popular and managed to net her own ending in A-5's Takae route and has a supporting role in the other routes as well.
    • Cookie 4. Cookie went from a simple Robot Buddy to a gorgeous Robot Girl all thanks to S. And now fans really want her to have her own route instead of having a shared one with Cookie 4IS.
    • Aki became this after appearing in A5 in Yoshitsune's route. So much that she is currently being voted high in the 2017 popularity poll and already has merchandise. The fact that that she was received so well means a route for her is likely to happen. She secures 2nd place in the poll.
    • In the male's side of the poll, Shakadou of all people managed to beat both Cap and The Prime Minister for the 5th place.
    • Yoichi manages to take 4th place in the poll while Gen and Jun take 3rd and 2nd respectively.
  • Even Better Sequel: A5 is this to A4, considering A5 has more endings with three heroines. Bushou, an A4 girl, was popular enough to get her own short route in the A+ fandisc in the package version to alleviate this.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: You'd be hard-pressed to know that the German heroines would be the reason why fans would want to pick up A5 just to play Margit's Afterstory. Lisa and Segrun being the two making the top 30 in the popularity poll, meanwhile Thelma gets a mini-route in A+ fandisc.
  • Ho Yay: Yamato and Cap's close friendship coupled with Capt's lack of interest in girls leads to this and is Lampshaded relentlessly.
    • At the end of Monshiro's route, Miyako, Momoyo and Capt all declare their love for Yamato and acknowledge Monshiro as a rival. Capt clearly doesn't get what definition of "love" they're using.
    • Gakuto and Moro apparently give Miyako BL vibes. The fact that Gakuto finds Moro cute as a girl doesn't make it any better.
    • Touma intentionally invokes this with Yamato to make him uncomfortable. And because he's genuinely interested.
  • Incest Subtext: Yamato and his mother, Saki, are...very close. She's really eager to have a bath with him in Benkei's route in A1, which the player can agree to. During said bath, she'll also make comments about how much he's grown downstairs. That's definitely not what a mother should be saying to her son...
  • Jerkass Woobie: Kokoro. In her route, it's revealed that she's actually a very lonely person, not even having any real friends in Class S. Yamato helps her make friends with Mayucchi and Iyo, but she still turns other people away from her with her terrible attitude. Things get worse for her when she fails an exam and ends up demoted to Class F. Since she's done nothing but insult them up until then, the class instantly shuns her and treats her as an outcast. While you could definitely say she brought it on herself, it's hard not to feel sorry for her.
  • Les Yay: It would be easier to list the characters who don't have this sort of relationship with at least one other character. To name just one, Momoyo flirts with girls far more frequently than she does with guys.
    • The Big Sister types in general tend to be pretty openly bisexual.
  • Moe: Each girl to a certain degree can be adorable. Kazuko, Mayucchi and Yoshitsune tend to do this extremely well.
    • Even Yamato's hermit crabs have the "moe eyes". Though, that's probably just how he sees them.
  • More Popular Spin-off: The A fandisk games are this, with A1, A3, and A5 being the popular among them.
    • Weirdly enough, Shakadou-san no Jun'ai Road became this in the eyes of the fans who wanted a sequel. For a game where a middle-aged man spends time with a teenager who is half his age (which is somehow not Squicky) and voiced by Kana Hanazawa, this is rather impressive.
  • Narm: The translation for S gets a little...strange in some routes:
    • For some reason, each of the Kuki siblings begin to refer themselves as "We" and "Us" for no reason
    • Yamato's penis is refered to as his "Johnny" several times.
    • He also has some very juvenile comments about Koyuki's assets, saying she "Knows how to shake what her mama gave her" and points out that he "Boldly felt up them titties" in her route. Yes, he actually said that.
  • Nightmare Fuel: In the Visual Novel, at least one fight scene with Momoyo emphasizes the violence with FMV shots of breaking bones in X-ray views.
    • There's also Miyako's death glare in the visual novel... *shudders*
    • The "Future with Hermit Crabs" route in S. It's supposed to be funny, but the fact that Yamato's pretty much lost his mind and becomes sexually aroused at the sight of his hermit crabs (and even masturbates over them) is just very, very disturbing.
    • Tatsuko's rage. She goes from being a friendly, lazy girl with a slighty annoying voice, to something that's more akin to a rampaging monster screaming like the spawn of Satan than anything else. What's even scarier? Momoyo is intimidated by her! Let that sink in. God knows what would've happened to Yamato if she found him...
    Tatsuko: Yamato-kun, Yamato-kun, Yamato-kun, Yamato-kun, Yamato-kun...I'M COMING FOR YOOOOOOOOOU!!!'
    • Koyuki is already creepy enough in the visual novel, but the manga makes her downright sinister. She has some very harsh words towards Wanko and, during their fight, she makes a rather disturbing face. It's taken even further during the Kawakami War where she easily destroys a rampaging Kuma. It's fair to say that she's basically a force of nature by that point.
    Touma: You're not the only one who controls a beast, Naoe Yamato.
  • Sequelitis: Some would argue that the original Majikoi is the only good one (or at the very least the best one), but setting that aside, the A-4 fandisk is generally considered to be the weakest installment. It has less content than earlier releases, one heroine was rather minor, of little interest to most fans and had a short and overall quite subpar route. The second heroine, while popular and highly anticipated, also had an overall disappointing route with wonky plot direction, romance and writing.
  • The Scrappy: Cookie 4IS wasn't received well by western readers due to her personality, and the fact that Cookie 4 herself, who is one of the popular versions of Cookie, doesn't get an option as a love interest, nor allowing a split in 4IS' route.
  • Squick: Subverted with Shakadou and Sakura Kugenuma's relationship, oddly enough. The man is twice her age and she's the one who shows interest in him. Even more strange is that fans support the relationship despite the age gap and wants a sequel to the game.
  • X Meets Y: Baka and Test: Summon the Beasts meets Ikki Tousen.
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