YMMV / Sunrider

  • Author's Saving Throw: Twice. The sprite reworks under Broken Base and the "2.00" patch under Internet Backdraft both served to restore a great deal of fan goodwill for Love In Space after mistakes drained it away.
  • Broken Base: Some of the fanbase did not take well to the second set of character sprites, saying that they preferred the old style that was in the demo. Others liked the new sprites, saying they're more expressive and more detailed, and are better for the tone of the game. The third versions, which combined the most well-liked parts of both former versions, mostly unified the base.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Sola quickly became popular with the fanbase, getting enough votes in the dakimakura poll to tie for first, even though she'd never appeared in the game at that point. The release of her chibi icon also led to her getting more edited icons than any other girl, and a large number of posters chose to use her icons. Ultimately, she was one of the only later-game heroines to end up in the Dating Sim spinoff.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: In-universe, Kayto's constant ribbing of Cosette about her childish appearance becomes much less funny to both him and the audience once he learns the reason why.
  • Internet Backdraft: Liberation Day is generally seen as a weak title, releasing with a mess of bugs and broken features, squandering money on unnecessary graphical updates that cause the game to run very poorly, having a weak, minimally-branching, cliche-riddled script that flattened out many characters, replacing all of the original English voice talent (admittedly, for availability reasons) with Japanese voice actors, and forcing the player into a romantic relationship with Chigara, to the exclusion of all other love interests, who was hardly the most popular character from the original game. And it's the only one you have to pay money for. The heat was intense, with a developer eventually apologizing and admitting that they'd thrown all their energy into the battle system rather than the story and romance without noticing just how many of their fans would rather run through the game on the lowest difficulty setting in an effort to get more of them. He went on to promise that future releases would focus more on those aspects of the series. A 2.00 patch fixed many of the technical problems and restored cut features, including an extended ending that revealed it was not the planned finale for the series.
  • Memetic Mutation: Space whales. The only goal not accomplished by the Kickstarter campaign was the option to romance space whalesnote . Even though they didn't make it, they managed to get a surprising number of fans, to the point where some were willing to vote for a space whale to get a dakimakura. Space whales play a minor role in Sunrider Academy, as well.
  • Rooting for the Empire: PACT has been getting fans with it's cool spear-shaped designs, hammy villains, and a shift in morality when Fontana takes over. Even moreso with Fontana, being described as one of the more likable characters and a very competent opponents of the Sunrider.
  • The Scrappy: Chigara was hardly popular before Liberation Day, but in the initial aftermath of the decision to make her the sole love interest in the game, regardless of prior decisions on the part of the player, many fans began to outright attack her, criticizing her characterization, story role, and personality when compared to the other crewmembers.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Kayto can have shades for this for Cosette Cosmos after being captured on Ongess and having his beliefs about the Alliance not being the best for the Neutral Rim reaffirmed.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: The switch to an all Japanese cast was jarring for many players. It was later clarified to have been done as a compromise as reprising the existing cast proved difficult to contact, but it's still a noticeable change.