- Adaptation Displacement: Though the series is not well-known today, even lesser-known is the serial comic by Bruce Wagner (who wrote both the comic and the TV series).
- Crowning Music of Awesome: Original soundtrack by Ryuichi Sakamoto and a lot of fine retro music.
- Ho Yay: Harry and Kreutzer. Lampshaded numerous times.
Kreutzer: "Harry! You're gonna make me fall in love with you!"
- True Art Is Incomprehensible: Wagner described the series as "a tone poem" - it doesn't have so much a plot as a series of circumstances that characters are exposed to, interact with, and are shaped by.