YMMV / Marmalade Boy

  • Die for Our Ship: Poor, poor Namura-sensei.
  • Ear Worm: Every. Damn. Song. Especially "Egao ni Aitai" and "Saigo no Yakusoku".
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Meiko and Satoshi. Many fans were visibly irked by Namura's re-entry into Meiko's life, and the abrupt abortion of what seemed a slow-but-steady romantic buildup between her and Satoshi. Many post-series fics have been written with Namura either dying in a fire or turning out to be an abusive husband, leaving the door open for Satoshi to play Knight in Shining Armor. However, these fanfics have been subverted by the ongoing sequel, Marmalade Boy Little, where Meiko and Namura are noted to still be together, and that they have a son.
  • Ho Yay: While all three are proven to be straight or at very least straight-leaning, it's interesting that of Yuu's two closest friends in the series, he is suspected of being lovers with one (Satoshi) and the other is long believed to be gay (Bill).
  • Moe: Yayoi
  • The Scrappy: Tsutomu. He is (again, arguably) later rehabilitated as "comic relief" and eventually he dates Yayoi in the anime.
  • Values Dissonance: This is not something you want to marathon with anyone overly obsessed with being PC and/or who forgets that the series's pretty dated by today's standards. Miki sometimes becomes very clingy and dependant on others, Yuu has occasional moments of chauvinism, and the Meiko-Natchan relationship being portrayed as it does HAS been noted to produce this reaction in some viewers.
  • The Woobie: Oh, so many. Specially Meiko and Ryouko.