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  • Accidental Innuendo: Fans tend to poke jokes at the series name BanG Dream! and the main band's name Poppin' Party. With emphasis on the words, ''bang'' and ''poppin'''.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: In the "Happy Phantom Thief & The Luxury Cruise" event story, did Kokoro, Kanon, and Hagumi really fall for Kaoru's Paper-Thin Disguise? Or were they as in the know as Misaki, and were just playing along for fun? For that matter, while Kokoro really does seem to be that willfully oblivious, do Kaoru and Hagumi actually think that Misaki and Michelle are different people despite a barrage of evidence to the contrary, or, as an actress and the child of a shopping district family, do they just know to keep up the illusion that a mascot performer is a "friend" of the character?
    • Is Kokoro just childish, or is she outright Affably Evil? The way she, almost intentionally, refuses to recognize that Misaki is Michelle, and how she forces her will upon others (including Kanon, who was actually on her way to sell her drums when Kokoro stopped her and forced her to join her band), not to mention that in PICO episode 8, she has the band's instruments packed into Michelle's parachute, just so they could jam while skydiving, leading to the implication that Misaki would inevitably die at the end of the episode. And in PICO episode 15, she brings everyone to the top of a mountain, in a blizzard no less, without any way to keep them warm, leading to many fans speculating that Kokoro, Kanon, Kaoru and Hagumi all froze to death at the end of the episode.
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  • Author's Saving Throw: The reveal of the male band (Argonavis) might have made many of the Yuri Fandom as well as some male otaku very, very upset due to their fears of the possible interaction between both female and male idols. Several weeks later, the yuri fandom was completely relieved to find that Argonavis is an alternate universe boy band, debunking the possibilities of them interacting with the girls. Even the president of Bushiroad agreed with the sentiment, going the alternate continuity route because he refuses to acknowledge male characters in the main universe besides the girls' fathers.
  • Awesome Moments: Poppin' Party performing "Only My Railgun" (the opening of A Certain Scientific Railgun) together with Fripside at Animax Musix Osaka 2019.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Ladies' woman Kaoru. Although she's just as popular with the mostly female fanbase as she is with girls in-universe, there's also a significant portion of people who find her to have an overly egotistical or bland character. Some people also have a problem with, and believe that, almost every interaction in the game involving her has to do with bringing up how popular/amazing she is.note 
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    • Fans either sympathize with Sayo for her inferiority complex when it comes to her twin sister Hina and her desire to stand out from her, or refuse to excuse her verbally abusive behavior (though Hina doesn't seem to mind much, at least) and her efforts to indirectly hinder Hina's career (and subsequent Oh, Crap! moments whenever she realizes she's being helpful to her). Her brutally honest attitude towards her bandmates is a point of contention, as well.
    • Conversely, Hina is also a polarizing character in and of herself. Some fans think her Innocently Insensitive tendencies, her Brutal Honesty with a smile, and the way she talks about easily getting the hang of things others struggle with makes her an obnoxious brat who full well deserves Sayo's harsh treatment of her. Others like her because she has such nonstandard morals and thought processes and her sincere interest in the ideas and actions of "other people", raising the possibility that she's autistic or otherwise some form of neurodivergent, something that's rarely represented in media, as well as because, Innocently Insensitive behavior aside, she does love Sayo, despite her sister's poor treatment of her. Still others (including those who like both characters) take a middle ground- that Hina needs to understand how her actions affect her sister, while Sayo needs to let go of her jealousy toward Hina.
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    • While Kokoro as a character is generally beloved on both sides of the Pacific, some fans take issue with her singing voice, especially for cover songs. While her detractors tend to view her upbeat and bouncy vocals as a poor fit for more "serious" songs like "Silhouette" at best and Cute, but Cacophonic at worst; while her fans point out that the upbeat optimism that her voice adds to songs adds a new depth to them and that her voice is surprisingly versatile, letting her get away with more unique songs like "Sugar Song and Bitter Step."
  • Bizarro Episode: By and large, the anime is a fairly grounded melodrama about the trials and tribulations of being in a high school band. Then comes season 2 episode 4, where Hello, Happy World!—who are already dumber and wackier than anybody else in the cast—invite Poppin Party aboard their private cruise ship and throw a private concert from a hot air balloon solely to cheer PoPiPa up. Like Jingle All the Way, the climax involves using a fully-functional jetpack, something which doesn't even exist. After that episode, the show does right back to being a high school band melodrama.
  • Broken Base: In contrast to other music-oriented series, the large number of cover songs present compared to original ones has led to complaints that the franchise lacks its own musical identity and cannot stand on its own two feet in that regard. On the other hand, some fans argue that the inclusion of cover songs is the franchise's musical identity and enjoy hearing new takes on old favorites, something not commonly done by other musical series.
  • Contested Sequel: In that case, Contested Season: some fans thought that the CG animation for the 2nd season is decent enough to watch, while others believe that the usage of said animation style hurts the franchise's reputation, especially the fans of the traditionally animated first season.
  • Crack Pairing: Hagumi and Ran are shipped together by some fans despite the two having little, if any, interaction with each other.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Raise A Suilen has become increasingly popular since Season 2 ended, which can certainly be seen. Not only have they released 2 singles since Season 2 ended, their third single contained the opening and ending for Cardfight!! Vanguard, making them the second band to have songs featured outside the franchise. They also did a two-day live event alongside Roselia over the Christmas holidays in 2019, are performing two songs on Cover Collection Vol.3, and in the first 3 episode of the 3rd Season, there has been a lot more focus on Rokka and Raise A Suilen, while the more established bands aside from Poppin' Party are largely Demoted to Extra, with Poppin' Party's primary function being to facilitate Rokka's character growth and development.
  • Epileptic Trees:
  • Fandom Rivalry:
  • Fandom-Enraging Misconception: RAN IS NOT HENTAI HAVEN-CHAN! explaination 
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: In Japan and South Korea, SayoHina is by far the most popular ship in terms of fanart and fanfic content, even outstripping other fan-favorites like YukiLisa, MocaRan, and MisaKoko. Both Twitter and Pixiv are flooded with the ship, with content ranging from mostly innocent to blatantly sexual. The pairing is more controversial in the West, for obvious reasons.
  • Fan Wank: All of the girls are viewed as queers/lesbians as per norm to several idol series.
  • Follow the Leader: The series follows the mixed media trend that Love Live! and other idol series are popular for, even though it is intended to be a franchise about band girls. Their mobile games are developed by the same company, Bushiroad.
    • Unlike Love Live!, however, its focus is on five different girls each in five bands, rather than one (later three) nine-girl group. However, there are idol games similar in that respect, such as Ensemble Stars! and THE iDOLM@STER: Cinderella Girls Starlight Stage (though they so far have many, many more units). Its difference to them would be a focus on bands, however, with only one of them having a particularly traditional "idol" flavor, Pastel*Palettes. Afterglow in particular are very much a "punk" flavor and don't resemble idols much at all. While Pasupare calls themselves "idols," Roselia and Afterglow are more likely to use "band" during in-game story chapters, too.
  • Friendly Fandoms:
    • Mobile game-wise there's plenty of people who play Bandori with one, several, or all the games listed under Fandom Rivalry, and many people who are into the series for its own merits.
    • Many BanG Dream! fans are friends with Jojo fans. As shown in a question regarding potential future collaborations in the Questionnaire 2019 (started by the official English staff), many fans hope Jojo will finally collaborate with the franchise.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: While poor Kaoru has consistently been near the bottom of Japanese popularity polls, American fans have taken a shine to her for her over-the-top flamboyance and tendency to spout unintentionally hilarious attempts at philosophy.
  • Heartwarming Moments: Seeing Sayo and Hina reconcile over the course of "Umbrella in the Autumn Rain."
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Many, many Love Live! fans refuse to acknowledge any possible supporting males (with an exception of the fathers) in the Love Live! series. In 2018, Takaaki Kidani, the president of Bushiroad himself also had a similar mindset.
  • I Am Not Shazam: Much like its inspirations, the series' name BanG Dream! gets mistaken as the main band's name (which is Poppin' Party) as well.
    • As stated on Fandom Berserk Button, many people started to associate Ran as Hentai Haven-chan due to a photoshopped fanart that changed the logo on Ran's shirt.
  • Incest Yay Shipping: Hina and Sayo.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Sayo constantly treats her twin sister Hina like shit, and she's very harsh on her bandmates. Yet it's hard not to empathize with her desire to be seen as her own person and a successful guitarist and not simply the sister of someone more successful.
    • Yukina, whose high standards and no-nonsense attitude that she gives her band are underscored by her desire to impress her father, who's a former vocalist, with her own successful career. Though she loses a bit of the "Woobie" part briefly when she nearly throws her bandmates in the trash just so she can accomplish her life goal of performining on the main stage of a major music festival.
    • Chisato makes excuses to ditch the rest of her band and try to leave it early on, reams Aya out for being naive enough to thinking hard work is the only thing she needs to succeed, and constantly makes it clear that she's looking out for number one. She's been chewed up and spit out by the idol industry, and when the others start to suffer under it as well, they can understand her more. Once they get Chisato to open up and work with them instead of just for herself, she becomes one of the best assets they have for surviving in the industry.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Sayo has been paired with almost every other girl in the cast one way or another, with the most common ships usually including Yukina/Sayo, Sayo/Lisa, Sayo/Tsugumi and Sayo/Hina. And then there are the more uncommon/rare ships such as Sayo/Rinko, Sayo/Aya and Sayo/Chisato just to name a few.
  • Les Yay:
    • The anime has it, and the game is practically fueled with it, as well as Romantic Two-Girl Friendship and girls who very clearly have crushes on one another. In-game, Rimi and Himari are very prominently infatuated with Kaoru, a prince-like senpai with a flair for dramatics (in that she's an actor and won't stop quoting and misquoting Shakespeare), to the point Rimi makes very interesting...noises when around her. Kaoru calls all girls "kittens" (it sincerely seems to be a replacement for "you all" for her, as she'll use the term in friendly conversation without any flirting, no matter the girl) and her Cloudcuckoolander flirtatious nature is actually very popular with the majority of (but not all) girls, as she has a fanclub.
    • Considering that the game has twenty-five girls with many of them extensively interacting with one another, ships are abound. Popipa's girls tease each other both in the anime and in-game, and aside from Kaoru and her "kittens"/"little birds", popular ships so far include, not in order, Kasumi/Arisa, Ran/Moca, Tomoe/Himari, Yukina/Lisa, Yukina/Sayo, Aya/Hina, Misaki/Kanon, and many others.
    • It doesn't help Ran much that Garupa Pico actually has Moca state bluntly that the thing she likes eating the most, after "Pan" ("Bread" in Japanese) is "Ran".
  • LGBT Fanbase: Almost in the same level as Love Live!!. Many bi and gay girls are into the mobile game, and find the girls' distinctive personalities and their being allowed to feel comfortable or explore being either cool, cute, or both, refreshing. Kaoru has a female fanbase both in and out of the game as well.
  • Memetic Badass: Because of Marina being traditionally animated in the second season's second episode, many fans believe that she doesn't need to be animated with cel-shaded CG to be truly perfect by her own.
  • Memetic Loser: Marina, who has the unfortunate habit of "dying" in a lot of the sillier animated shorts.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Due to the humorous "deaths" in Girls Band Party!☆PICO, many fans believe that the shorts need someone to "die" at the end of the episode. When the 24th episode lacked any "deaths", the fans joked that this show isn't Girls Band Party!☆PICO if one didn't "die" in the shorts, and started the "#NotMyGarupaPico" hashtag in response.
    • Since Takaaki Kidani revealed his opinion to the male characters existing in the franchise, many Love Livers called him a "Man of Culture" due to sharing similar views.
    • Sweet Home Alabama explaination 
    • Some JoJo's Bizarre Adventure fans often jokingly designate Kokoro as part of Giorno Giovanna/Dio Brando's bloodline, with the former's reputation as the "leader of the gang" and both of their blonde hair color.
  • Moe:
    • Arisa, the resident Tsundere who blushes brightly whenever she denies her attachment to her friends.
    • Kanon, due to her constant nervousness and her tendency to say "fuee..." whenever she's having a fit of anxiety.
  • Narm: A lot of content from the anime, manga, and game can become this. Most of the time it's the "incredibly sappy moment" variety. Can fall under Narm Charm, depending on the person.
  • Never Live It Down:
    • Ran will be remembered as the "Mascot" for Hentai Haven thanks to the said photoshop.
    • The Running Gag of several of the girls "dying" in Girls Band Party!☆PICO.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Garupa Pico's ninth episode, where Rimi turns into a chocolate cornet. The cutesy art style and Junji Ito-esque story make for a rather unnerving mix.
    • Episode 15 ends with Kokoro, Hagumi, Kaoru and Kanon freezing to death on a mountain, while Misaki can either leave them to die, sit by and watch them die, or take off the Michelle costume and freeze to death herself. They get better.
  • No Yay: While some of the fans are completely against that SayoHina is being romantic to each other, The other half will get angry to the detractors and naysayers who thinks that their relationship isn't "healthy".
  • One-Scene Wonder: The traditionally-animated Marina in the Second Season's 2nd Episode is somewhat considered as a beautiful sight to some fandom's sore eyes for seeing the main characters being animated in CG.
  • Only Six Faces: The Poppin' Party individual single covers are the biggest example of this trope.
    • In fact, in most cases, the only identifying traits the characters have are their eyes and hair color. Without their hair and eyes, it would be nearly impossible to identify any of the girls. Of course, in Hina and Sayo's case, having the same face is justified, but when pretty much everyone else has the same face as well, it starts getting jarring.
  • Periphery Demographic: Despite the franchise obviously being marketed in favor of male otaku, with even the Manga being labeled as Shounen and Seinen respectively, Bang! Dream has a sizable female fanbase due to the the cute character designs and interactions between the female characters.
  • Ships That Pass in the Night: SayoTsugu is ridiculously popular, almost to the point of equalling other fan favourites such as MocaRan or YukiLisa. It probably was aided by the two not really having a pairable partner within their bands, unless you were partial to shipping Sayo with Yukina or Lisa (or both). However the entire ship was born from one event, after which the two never really interacted again outside of granted birthday wishes to each other (Which other non-bandmates or characters with prior relation will already do if two characters have spent an event together).
  • Shocking Moments: In the second season's 4th episode, Kokoro suddenly jumps out of a 3rd-floor window, and manages to safely land on the ground while doing a cartwheel.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: This complaint is sometimes leveled towards Pastel*Palettes, whose songs are seen as too cheery and sugary to be enjoyable for a number of fans who picked the series up because they wanted something "cooler" than idols. Fans who went into the series looking for something more like Love Live!, however, absolutely eat Pasupare up.
    • And then there's the translated lyrics. For instance, Mou Ichidou Luminous and Hanamaru Andante are both about finding strength and courage through adversity, and the very upbeat Yura-Yura Ring-Dong-Dance is about loneliness and longing. A surprising number of their songs are a lot sadder than the music makes them sound.
    • Pasupare's covers are also an exception to this trope; they're just as musically diverse as any other band in this series.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • In season 2 episode 9, Tae finds out the debut concert for Raise A SUILEN and Poppin' Party's 1st anniversary show at the Culture Festival are on the same day. While they initially find a solution to where she can play at both concerts, RAS gets called for a 3 song encore and Tae ends up running late. As hard as everyone tries to buy time (with Rokka performing a guitar solo and Roselia starting an impromptu concert), Tae shows up by the time everyone is at the closing ceremony and the rest of Popipa are cleaning up the stage. The episode ends with Tae sobbing and Arisa walking out.
    • In Roselia's Band Story, Sayo collapses while desperately practicing in order to get a certain phrase right. Hina rushes into her room, worried about her sister, but Sayo angrily rebuffs her, showing how much her obsession with mastering the guitar is causing her pain and damaging her relationship with her sister.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: To a very lesser degree, the introduction of Argonavis could be seen as this. Given how little is known about Yukina's father, aside from the fact that he used to be a musician whom Yukina admired, the introduction of an all-male band was the perfect opportunity to elaborate a little on this. It would also be a sure-fire way to ensure the band wouldn't have any involvement with the main bands, since they would naturally be active years before any of the other bands even existed.
  • Undermined by Reality: Tae's character arc in the second season of the anime heavily pushes staying true to yourself and your friends and following your creative dreams instead of letting someone tell you what to do. CHU^2, the pseudo-antagonist of that season, is made into a conceited jackass who takes all the credit for her band's success and doesn't allow the members to have any musical freedom to further drive the point home. However, from a meta standpoint, many have wondered why a franchise that is so obviously Merchandise-Driven would be trying to send out a message of Doing It for the Art and not selling out. The third season gives this an Author's Saving Throw: CHU^2's motive for being such a controlling perfectionist is because she doesn't want to compromise her own artistic vision, so it was never about being manufactured versus not (especially since Pastel Palettes actually are manufactured in-universe, whereas RAS is a bit of a borderline case).
  • Vindicated by History: As explained here, the series was initially met with poor reception, to the point where a series-specific doujinshi event only attracted 9 doujin groups out of the expected 400 and stores were begging customers to purchase Bandori merchandise. Come 2018 and that's turned around completely, with not one but two additional seasons of the main anime in the works, a spinoff anime series, a new all-male group, and collaborations with other video game series such as Sega's Rhythm Game Ongeki and even Persona.
    • Also, ESP Japan's high-quality BanG Dream! Collaboration Series guitars keeps growing bigger, currently consisting of 5 Popipa models (2 Kasumi Random Stars, 2 Tae Snappers, 1 Rimi Viper), 4 Roselia models (2 Lisa Bottom Lines and 2 Sayo M-IIs). And that's on top of the official ESP Japan versions of each instrument plus character picks, Popipa and Roselia straps and other music-related products.
    • Spector and Strandberg are also getting in the game with 2 Raise A Suilen models (LAYER's Euro 4 LX bass and Rokka's Boden-6 Standard, respectively).
    • Zildjian is also starting to get in on the Bandori-collaborations, with their special purple "Roselia" cymbals, identical to the ones Ako uses in the music video for "Brave Jewel".
  • Win the Crowd: Making Argonavis an alternate universe band is pretty much considered as an Author's Saving Throw for the yuri fandom.
    • Come to think of it, they also praise that Kidani is one of the officials who is openly against the girls interacting with men they could be shipped with (men do exist in the universe and are shown, but onscreen male characters are limited to the girls' family members, some obstacle they need to face like an event manager or talent scout who's making things hard for them, or extras they don't talk to at all).
  • Woolseyism:
    • Hina often peppers her speech with Japanese ideophones like "るん" and "ピピツ," carried over to the English translation as "boppin'" or "zappin'."
    • Kaoru quotes Shakespeare a lot, and while she usually mentions him by name in the original, the English translation usually has her refer to him as "the great bard," which actually makes her speech even more grandiose.


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