* {{Anvilicious}}: The anti-war message is this, but SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped.
* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: More than one person who has seen/read it has gotten... bored with all the darkness and melodrama.
* EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory: The show lends itself to Christian interpretations.
* FanonDiscontinuity: Many fans pretend the anime ended at episode 10, with [[spoiler:Shuuji and Chise running away]], rather than the additional {{Angst}} the series would later get bombarded with. Readers of the manga pretend it ended at the middle volume 2 for similar reasons. The middle of the second volume...out of ''seven'' volumes. Hilariously, even some [[FanSub Fan Subs]] and [[FanTranslation scanlations]] encourage this, with this message in particular appearing immediately after episode 10 ends.
--> [[SnicketWarningLabel "This is the end of happiness in ''Saikano''. If you would prefer the anime to have a happy ending, consider stopping here and pretending there are no more episodes. Continuing will only bring misery and pain. You have been warned."]]
* MainstreamObscurity: Not many ever get around to watching it.
* MemeticMutation: The manga's reputation as the saddest thing ever made.
* {{Narm}}:
** Many scenes where Chise cries, but [[spoiler: the sex scene between her (or better said, a re-built/re-born one)]] and Shuuji tops it all.
** The [[spoiler:reveal of what happened to the kittens]] comes off a ''little'' too YankTheDogsChain.
** The character designs make it that instead of two high school students falling it love, it seems like a middle school student and her teacher.
* NightmareFuel: See: AndIMustScream. Also a massive TearJerker.
* SnarkBait: The character designs having Chise look preteen and Shuuji look in his 40s make some people unable to take this show seriously, especially in the romantic moments where it makes Shuuji look more like a perverted teacher who's responding to a student's crush.
* SoBadItsGood: Due to the character designs, {{Anvilicious}} nature and heavy melodrama. It can make the tragedy impossible to take seriously.
* {{Squick}}: The character designs are just one aspect of this.

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