YMMV / Queen Of Hearts

  • Ass Pull: In chapter 20, Sugimura's Shadow somehow has the power to dodge all of the Phantom Thieves' attacks just because Sugimura sees himself as untouchable. Nothing in either the story or the original canon suggests that a Mementos-level Shadow can be so easily influenced by a person's cognition, and the only example of this comes from the request you have to do to start the Tower Confidant. However, even with that example, the person in question was actually doing something in real life (cheating at a video game), yet Sugimura's Shadow is somehow able to gain special powers without Sugimura even doing anything; this also invites a bit of Fridge Logic since Word of God states that nothing about Nakanohara's life influenced his Shadow, even though it should've for the same reasons as Sugimura..
  • Author's Saving Throw: The author stated that the battle in Chapter 20 didn't simply come to an end after Haru joined the fight, but she did make it easier for the Phantom Thieves to fight.
  • Better Than Canon:
    • Makoto being involved in the plot from the beginning caught many readers attention in light of her popularity from canon.
    • The handling of Haru has been met with praise by reviewers due to her character appearing in the first story arc to establish her existence early on rather than how she wasn't properly introduced in the original video game after it was more than half over. The fact Haru became a Phantom Thief early has been widely praised.
    • Shiho's greater role in the story as the Sun Arcana has been widely praised considering the fact she was simply a Small Role, Big Impact character in character.
  • Broken Base:
    • How the character of Ryuji is being handled. Several reviewers have expressed disappointment at how Ryuji didn't become a member of the Phantom Thieves in the first story arc while Ann still joined like she did in canon. However, due to the author stating Ryuji will eventually join the group, it has pacified some, but there are others wondering how it will be pulled off.
    • Igor replacing Mishima as the Moon Arcana has caused some issue with readers. This has led some readers to wonder how the author will handle Mishima's character in the future.
    • The fact the author will apparently be changing some of the targets. Many fans love the targets of the original game, especially since each one represented the seven deadly sins perfectly, and they wonder how even one of them could be changed effectively.
    • Chapter 20 generally received praise for the Catharsis Factor along with Haru becoming a new member of the Phantom Thieves, some readers have issues with the chapter as seen in the Ass Pull section.
  • Catharsis Factor: While Chapter 20 has been criticized, one thing that has been universally enjoyed was Sugimura getting a change of heart and embarrassing himself which leads to Haru's father putting an end to the arranged marriage personally.
  • Epileptic Trees: Some readers have inferred that Makoto's behaviors whenever the Phantom Thieves talk about the Metaverse and changing hearts implies that she already knows Sae has a palace.
  • Jerkass Woobie: While Ryuji is noticeably a lot more abrasive than his canon counterpart he is still ostracized by Shujin Academy because he's seen as a delinquent and no one was there to help him when Kamoshida took advantage of him. He even admits to Makoto that he truly does want to help students who are are in a similar spot to him.
  • Pacing Problems: Chapter 20 has been noted even by the author to be very rushed, with Haru gaining her Persona very quickly, numerous scenes lacking details, and the fight against Sugimura's Shadow ending pretty much as soon as Haru joined in.
  • The Woobie: The entire Phantom Thieves group deserve this as they are in canon.
    • Makoto lost her father as in canon. She is being raised by her sister who makes it very little clear she doesn't think much of Makoto's ideal sense of justice. During the interrogation scenes, Makoto is pained by how her sister barely wishes to acknowledge they are sisters.
      • Like in canon, gossip from the Shujin students brand her as complicit in Kamoshida's crimes. It gets worse however when on the Phansite, her name gets requested because of this.
    • As in canon, Ren is wrongfully sued for assault and put on probation. His records were leaked which led to people wishing for his expulsion even as he is attempting to study in the library.
    • Ann is in love with her best friend which is not looked too kindly on in Japan. Both she and her friend were more or less held hostage by Kamoshida. Her very association has led others in school to call her a slut by default.
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