* BreatherEpisode: [[LighterAndSofter Lighter]] than the majority of Satoshi Kon's works, which range from {{Drama}} to PsychologicalHorror and usually provide a more cynical outlook on mankind and Japanese society. This one is more of a comedy that rests firmly on the idealistic end of [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism the sliding scale]], and was also released between ''Anime/MillenniumActress'' and ''Anime/ParanoiaAgent'', the former being a TearJerker and the latter [[NightmareFuel very dark and intense]].
* MoralEventHorizon: The nameless hoodlums crossed it when they gravely beat and injured a homeless old man ForTheEvulz.
* TearJerker: A lot. Miyuki's dream sequence may count. "Where's my angel? What have you done with Angel?"
* TheWoobie: The three main characters, with their sad backstories and pitiful living conditions, certainly qualify, as does [[spoiler: the movie's AntiVillain, Sachiko.]]