This show has a surprising number of fans in Europe, which begs the question why no TV station wants to air the show anymore.
The series is specially loved in Spain and Italy, where it is actually better remembered than more successful magical girl series like the mighty Futari wa Pretty Cure.
Harsher in Hindsight: One thing no one wanted to talk about when the series aired. The entire plot — both the villains' plan and the Lucia/Kaito love story — starts because of a tsunami in the Indian Ocean, which killed Kaito's parents and destroyed the orange mermaid country. A certain real-life tsunami in the Indian Ocean with a similarly high death toll happened the day the anime ended.
Snark Bait: Has this reputation among many modern manga readers, due to the similarities it has to something you'd see on DeviantArt.
Squick: Some see the fanservice as this, considering the series is still technically aimed to little girls, and most of the characters are around 13.
Strangled by the Red String: Caren with Subaru, an anime-only character probably introduced only so people would stop slashing her with her sister.
Suspiciously Similar Song: Some European dubs utilize a limited repertoire of songs for several characters. For instance, Lady Bat and the Black Beauty Sisters share songs in some of those versions.
That One Boss: "Aurora no Kaze ni Notte" in the video game Pichi Pichitto Live Start.
Viewer Gender Confusion: Lady Bat, although officially male, causes a lot of confusion between fans. Probably justified (and probably invoked) because he's also a crossdresser.
What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: The more suggestive and bloody manga is rated "13+" in North America, where the Animation Age Ghetto compels manga publishers to put ratings on their books, yet it was originally published in Nakayoshi, a magazine for little girls.
The Italian dub. The voice acting is great, and the songs are possibly, even better than the Japanese ones. They completely substituted J-pop music for much more pop-rock, and rewritten the lyrics to match the new song. Checkitoutyourselves.
Some countries made Noel's color Indigo, as Aiiro (Deep-Blue), would be hard to translate, and make her too similar to Hanon. Technically, Hanon is aquamarine/turquoise, and not blue, but this often had to be changed too.