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YMMV: Saya no Uta
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Fuminori lives, and has been living, in the hell of his perceptions, for some time, and although he hates everything because it disgusts him, he goes a long while before even seriously considering doing anything wrong. And if Saya cures his madness, he suffers no ill effects. This raises some questions about Yusuke. He loses his mind after literal seconds and turns immediately to violence against the monsters (his wife and daughter) and rapes the only other human he thinks is in the the world, who appears to him as a prepubescent girl. Considering he was a sensitive homebody who liked his peace and quiet, was he really just a calm everyman, or did Saya trip over a psychosis that had been bubbling under the surface and got more than she bargained for?
  • Crosses the Line Twice: There's a hilarious aside where Funimori mentions Saya's favourite food; spare ribs.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: Dr. Tanbo gets one of these when she shoots the frozen Saya while an axe is sticking out of her shoulder.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: "Glass Shoes". Incidentally, that was from the same composer who did School Days...which tells you something right there.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Or Americans love Saya no Uta rather; Nitroplus CEO Takaki Kosaka seemed genuinely surprised at Anime Expo 2014 that this game had American fans. He also went on to say that the title didn't sell well when it was new, but since then, it has become one of the company's most consistently best-selling titles over a 10 year period.
  • Hell Is That Noise: "Scare Shadow", plus pretty much any music or other sound heard through Fuminori's perspective.
  • Memetic Mutation: Mentioning this game on some image boards will result in spam of "Turns out your octopus girlfriend is a big nag with curlers in her tentacles, huh?"
  • Moral Event Horizon: Happens when Fuminori decides he's fine with eating human flesh.
    • Accentuated by the fact that, right before, Saya gives him the opportunity to cure his mental illness. He'll end up in a mental institution for all the murders, but least he won't be in a constant living hell anymore. Refusing that marks the point when Fuminori officially discards his humanity.
    • Some would put it a little later, when Fuminori brutally rapes Yoh. It's not his first heinous act, but the ones before that (breaking Yoh's heart, going along with cannibalism, and attempting to murder Kouji) were in direct response to the really bad hand life had dealt him. Raping Yoh, though, that's pure sadism.
  • Narm: As mentioned in the Funny Moments section, Kouji's nightmare in one of the endings can be a little too silly to take seriously.
  • Nausea Fuel
  • Nightmare Fuel: Seeing everything in gorn-o-vision. An Eldritch Abomination seeking to convert humanity into its own kind. A formerly normal person slowly (or not) being Driven to Madness, cannibalism, murder, rape, and utter depravity by both of the above. A Fate Worse Than Death for at least one character, or even for every living human in one ending. There's definitely no shortage.
  • Nightmare Retardant: Realizing that one of the songs used from the game, Schizophrenia, was also used in a rather funny level in Talkhaus level contest played by raocow.
  • Paranoia Fuel: While the game exaggerates its effects, Agnosia is a real disorder that, due to brain injury or neurological trauma, can distort a person's senses and perception in many different ways. Eep.
  • Squick
  • Tear Jerker: The whole damn game, really. The music contributes a great deal to this.
  • Vindicated by History: As stated above, Nitroplus CEO Takaki Kosaka was surprised about both the game's American fans and the fact that despite initial bad sales, it went up to become one of the best-selling Visual Novels in the company's history.
  • The Woobie: Yoh is the most obvious example, although a case could be made for pretty much every character in the novel. Yes, even Saya.
    • Yousuke. Has a loving wife and a daughter, and paints in his spare time. He's practically the ideal family man. All seems right and blissful with his life... until Saya comes in.
    • Kouji. He just wants to help his friend become normal again and he pretty much saved the world in one of the endings. His thanks? His friends are dead and he can't sleep knowing there's more of Saya out there somewhere.

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