YMMV: Sunrider

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.