YMMV / sweet pool

  • Audience-Alienating Premise: This is a game about a high school boy shitting meat monsters. It is entirely Played for Drama with heaps of Rule of Scary. Yes, really.
  • Awesome Music: The BGM manages to make afterschool clean up sound like a murder scene.
    • The vocal tracks also deserve a mention. Particularly "I'm in Blue" and "Miracles May", both of which are bound to bring forth tears from anyone who finished the game.
  • Broken Base: It's obvious that Tetsuo is Youji's true love interest, but between two of the four endings you have with him, fans are split on which one is the real ending: The Red Road or Miracles May. While some choose the latter due to being unlocked only by finishing the other three endings, others choose the former since both the drama CD and the novel follow that ending.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Kitani and Erika.
  • Epileptic Trees: One of the fan theories milling around is that Tetsuo is Zenya's illegitimate half-brother. Kunihito is a member of the cult, but not a host to the parasites, and Tetsuo's powerful bearing is similar to how Kunihito is described in his youth; since Zenya wasn't born with parasites, his mother may have left to seek a proper "donor" who would be as much like the man she loved as possible, but died after giving birth in secret. More significantly, Tetsuo and Zenya are the only two blonds in the story's universe.
  • Fridge Brilliance: Pure Breeds. The parasites are the disembodied souls of the damned in physical form, but a mated pair who have a high compatibility with each other may produce a child born in human form. If the entire point of their punishment is that they're no longer allowed to be "made in God's own image" because of the lustful, violent. implied-to-be-nonconsensual homosexuality at Sodom and Gomorrah, it makes sense that only a couple who truly care for each other while accepting (read, forgiving) the parasitic entities for making them what they are can overcome that punishment and produce a humanoid offspring.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "Tetsuo ate him bread." note 
    • "Soft plop".
  • Narm: This is a game about a high school boy shitting meat monsters.
  • Nausea Fuel: Prime example will be Zenya picking up a lump of living slug-sized flesh Youji had just given birth to from the boys' toilet floor and opening his mouth as if to swallow it. Fortunately, he ends up squishing it instead.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The Body Horror is probably the biggest contributor to this.
  • Spiritual Successor: Some fans consider the visual novel to be this to Saya no Uta, and with good reason.
  • Squick: Comes with the territory.
  • Tear Jerker: Where to start? There's Youji's backstory, Zenya's death, Youji and Tetsuo's death in both of their endings and Tetsuo's childhood. Last one is particularly bad since you only get to hear it after Kitani had killed both of them.
  • Win Back the Crowd: A variation. JAST doesn't exactly have a bad reputation, but the company's licensing of sweet pool gives fans hope that they might also pick up DRAMAtical Murder in its respective tenth anniversary, mostly so they could play it without worrying about translation bias, which the game's fan translation patch is infamous for.
  • The Woobie: Practically the entire cast, give or take Kunihito and Kamiya, since they're the only people who both know what's really going on and deliberately engaged in any of the plot, but Makoto probably fits the traditional bill. He's a happy, normal boy who just wants his best friend to open up to him... until Youji's pheromones pickle his brain and turn him into an obsessed, jealous, violent stalker who either kills him, eats him, and mourns him while eating his own flesh, or is driven to suicide out of shame, stuck in recovery in the hospital while Youji dies in circumstances that he'll probably never even hear about, much less ever get the truth.