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  • Author's Saving Throw: When the event "The Impromptu Wedding Dress" hit other versions, including the worldwide one, it didn't come with "Happy Summer Wedding" like in the Japanese version, creating a wave of worry amongst overseas fans who believed that this was only the beginning of the song-licensing troubles that often plague localized Rhythm Games from Japan. Fortunately, the song eventually hit the worldwide version, demonstrating that the development team is doing their best to keep as much of the cover song list as possible intact for non-Japanese players.
  • Best Level Ever:
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    • "Melancholic" on Expert qualifies due to its perfect mix of difficulty, speed, Ear Worm-iness, and sheer fun factor.
    • If you've gotten used to the pace of "Koi wa Chaos no Shimobenari" on Hard, EX isn't that harder... aside from those fast, sweeping slide notes.
    • Hello Happy World's cover of "Romeo" also deserves a mention. A song with multiple complex and diverse note structures, with an equally varied and satisfying note map, makes for a great level to play, let alone listen to.
  • Breather Level:
    • The second and third event songs, "LOUDER" and "Goka! Gokai!? Phantom Thief!" both have relatively difficult Hard and Expert charts, which are rated 19 and 27 across both songs, respectively. The event song after, "Your Gift to Me", is a comparatively relaxing song with a level 16 Hard chart and one of the easiest Expert charts in the game at only level 21.
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    • "Yes! BanG Dream" has by far the easiest Expert chart in the game with a difficulty of only 20, which is equal to a few Hard maps, and outright easier than at least one of them ("God Knows" has a Hard track with 21 difficulty)
    • Glamorous Sky is widely considered to have the easiest 26* Expert chart, as it has no real gimmicks and isn't even a particularly fast-paced song. This disparity becomes more apparently when compared to two 26* released prior to it, Senbonzakura and Koi wa Chaos no Shimobe Nari, which are tricky enough to better warrant their rating. It is a Marathon Level though, being one of the longest songs in the game at 2:21.
  • Complacent Gaming Syndrome:
    • It's gotten to the point where some players have "plznogurenyumiya" as their usernames, due to some (cover) songs being overplayed due to their fame (i.e. the aforementioned Guren no Yumiya, Ready Steady Go, Sorairo Days, Silhouette, Sobakasu, Soul's Refrain and Cruel Angel's Thesis, among others). Guren no Yumiya gets more of this because, as well as being overplayed, it's one of the hardest songs in the game.
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    • This begins to occur again in the higher-scoring rooms as players grinding for event scoring will often prefer short songs with high note density, which are the best for scoring. In practice, this means a lot of "Guren no Yumiya" (again), "Fuwa Fuwa Time" and to a lesser extent "Orchestra of Smiles!".
  • Depending on the Writer: Even in the game itself. The one-panel comic version of Aya is more narcissistic, revels in her fame, and seems to focus on the cutthroat competition of the music business. In the stories and roaming conversations, while she's still always dreamed to be a successful idol, she's nothing like that at all.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: The Suits, an all-female trio that serves the Tsurumaki family, given their status as always-prepared agents who would do anything to make Kokoro's wishes come true.
  • Friendly Fandoms:
    • With Persona 5 and the Persona series in general. Many players have Persona themed usernames, and the Persona crossover event definitely helped with the overlap.
    • The game is liked by a fair number of fans of non-idol music games due to letting players play as much as they want and also not having any restrictions on difficulty selection whatsoever, allowing newcomers to instantly apply the skills they've picked up from other games. If you want to spam 10 Expert charts in a row right off the bat, the game won't stop you.
  • Gateway Series: Due to the presence of cover songs from much more popular anime, games, Vocaloid, and dramas, Bandori went from obscure to hype city when the mobile game came out.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: "Romeo and Cinderella" is perhaps the most lyrically mature song in the game. You'd expect Roselia or Afterglow to pick it up, but it's a Poppin' Party cover.
  • Good Bad Bugs: The flick notes in Girls Band Party have up arrows, indicating that they're meant to be swiped up. However, they can be triggered simply by swiping in any direction.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The release of the "Don't Leave Me, Lisa!!!" event in the worldwide server became this, because of the announcement that Yurika Endo (Lisa Imai's first seiyuu) would be retiring from voice acting due to health concerns.
    • Which was later made into a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming by the fan base, using the event as a way to thank Yurishii, see below.
  • Heartwarming Moments: Lisa's original voice actress, Yurika Endo, retired from acting right before the Don't Leave Me Lisa!!! event in the worldwide server. When the results were finalized, the top ten scorers changed their band lead to the Lisa event card, and changed their usernames to send a message of thanks to Yurika. As the cherry on top, they changed their comments to the lyrics of "Hidamari Rhodonite" that play in the event result screen.
    Thank you Yurika Endo! With love, Bandori worldwide community <3
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: You think this is Aimi's first time singing "Tentai Kansoku"? Not really.
  • Hype Backlash:
    • Picking an anime cover in a multi-live and then having it subsequently chosen by the game tends to generate a lot of salt from the other four players, up to and including "(player) lost connection. Returning to room select". "Guren no Yumiya" and "only my railgun" are often the biggest victims of this, to the point where many players have names along the lines of "fuck AoT" or "pls no railgun".
    • "Shuwarin☆Dreaming" is another frequent pick, much to the ire of those who thinks it Tastes Like Diabetes, making it another candidate for ragequits.
    • While Roselia is one of the more popular bands among the fanbase, there has been some recent drama involving a vocal minority of Roselia fans who constantly say things online like "Maeshima Ami and/or Itou Miku can't sing", and use "we're just talking about the music here" as a way to justify their toxic behavior. The less divisive Roselia fans either stay quiet, distance themselves from these fans, or switch to a different band, usually to spite these fans.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Minato Yukina specifically says in Roselia Band Story Chapter 10, that feelings and personal problems have no place in Roselia, despite the fact that this is exactly why she ’’’founded’’’ Roselia in the first place, something she does, in fact, acknowledge. (“I’m not one to talk, though...”)
    • In one of the random dialogues that can be read, two of the girls are out for coffee, and one starts by claiming that coffee has to be black, because it’s the best way to enjoy the bitter taste properly. The other then says “I kind of want to agree with you... But didn’t you just put a small mountain of sugar in your cup?”
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Huh...?Explanation 
    • "Are you okay?"Explanation 
    • Player naming is a meme unto itself; there's a Twitter account that posts funny, interesting, or just plain weird names and sets of names. Specific names and name formats:
      • Pls no (song)Explanation 
      • x stars no (character)Explanation 
      • (sticker) if ur gaynote 
    • Speaking of Eve's "Bushido!", some parts of the Internet picture her wearing Graham Aker's season 2 costume.Explanation 
    • Thanks to a Twitter bot and some wiki vandals, a meme went around suddenly where people would claim that Roselia's story featured Ohara Mari becoming their backup dancer and helping them learn to care about each other.
    • Yandere Kaoru/Kaoru killed Hinanote 
    • Despacito for Bandori ENExplanation 
      • This rapidly mutated to DeSHUWAcito, and the declaration "That's so sad. Aya, play Deshuwacito".
    • Haha Rin bassistExplanation 
  • More Popular Spinoff: At the moment at least, the mobile game's taken off much faster than anything else in the franchise, with Love Live! fans looking into it and producing fan works mainly based on the bands introduced in it—Hello Happy World!, Afterglow, Roselia and Pastel*Palettes. Although Poppin' Party has its fans, the other bands have proven to be Ensemble Darkhorses.
  • Older Than They Think: At least several fans think that this is the first mobile rhythm game about bands instead of idols... unless one recalls Delightwork's now discontinued Band Yarouze!! mobile rhythm game with a similar premise but instead of girls, it was a game of Cast Full of Pretty Boys.
  • Scrappy Mechanic: The way Random select in Girls Band Party multi-lives irritates a number of players. If all five players pick Random, a shuffle of all the songs in the game is run. But if less than five players pick Random, the game will only pick between the non-Random songs that were chosen, which is completely different behavior that can seem unintuitive. This is a case of something Lost in Translation: in the Japanese version, the option is called "omakase", which translates roughly to "your choice", indicating that the player choosing it is okay with playing whatever song others pick, rather than wanting to play a completely random song.
  • Spiritual Adaptation: It's about the closest you'll get to an idol/band version of Chunithm (and for those outside of Japan, closest they'll get to Chunithm at all). This was further reinforced with an update that allows changing between different note skins, one of which is a horizontal-bar skin (as opposed to the default elliptical note skin) that looks just like the notes used in Chuni.
  • Surprise Difficulty: One would expect Roselia to have the hardest songs in the game given the seriousness of their sound and their in-story technical skill, which is indeed the case. However, the other band seen as having the highest difficulty songs is Hello, Happy World!, whose manic, cheerful sound is about as far from Roselia as you can get but still lead to very fast-paced songs like "Goka! Gokai!? Phantom Thief!" and "Sugar Song and Bitter Step" which are considered to be some of the more difficult Expert charts in the game at 27 and 28 respectively.
  • Sweet Dreams Fuel: Many of the events involve comedy, Heartwarming Moments, or Tear Jerkers. Then there's the Runaway Rabbits event story, which is about...catching cute runaway bunnies.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • Chapter 15 of Roselia's story in Girls Band Party has the band finding out about the shady deal that Yukina was in talks with that would've guaranteed her a spot at Future World Fes at the expense of her entire band. Sure, she was conflicted about it, and started to realize that being in a band was more than just her own goals, but the fact that she actually considered the offer for a while seriously breaks her bandmates' hearts, who can't help but feel like they've been betrayed and were only being used for her own selfish desires.
    • Another Roselia-related Tear-Jerker: the aforementioned retirement of Lisa's first seiyuu, accompanied by the song for the "Don't Leave Me, Lisa!" event — Hidamari Rhodonite.
  • That One Attack:
    • "Tear Drops" on Expert has a section right before the second refrain (in Multi-Live, it's right before Fever activates if all players fill the gauge) where you have to do three drag notes that span the entire playfield in a row, and each of those drags has a bunch of intermediate tick points (where you get a Perfect if you're holding down as you pass over a tick, or a Miss if you're not). For those playing with thumbs, especially on medium- (such as later iPhone non-Plus models and Galaxy S series) to large-sized (such as the Galaxy Note series or iPhone "Plus" series) devices, you might not be able to reach your thumbs far enough to hit all three drags, and easily go from 1000 Energy to Game Over in a split second.
    • The refrain to "Little Busters!" on Expert has double tap notes followed immediately by double flick notes that can be very tricky to hit correctly.
    • "Don't Be Afraid!" on Expert has a 7-note eighth-note scale that spans the width of the playfield, occurs twice, and can easily break a full combo if you're playing on a phone and are not particularly coordinated with switching thumbs.
    • The intro to "MOON PRIDE" on Expert features several short slide-note pairs which have very small gaps between the notes and the sliders, all coming at a blistering pace that makes it difficult to lift your finger from the note in time to hit the slide. It's easy for an unprepared player to lose most of their energy bar in the first ten seconds of the song. And then they show up at the end of the song, too!
    • Many maps end on a long slide note signifying the last few notes of the song. However, "Kimi Janakya Dame Mitai's" Expert map, which appears to end on one of these, instead follows it with a serious of fast notes and some surprisingly tricky notched slides, which can serve as a nasty surprise to anyone who let their guard down after thinking that they FCed the song.
    • The consecutive long-range slide notes on "Koi wa Chaos no Shimobenari" EX can and will cause your SAN points to be in danger.
  • That One Level:
    • "Guren no Yumiya" is commonly considered the most difficult song under "Hard" difficulty, with quick slide notes paired with non-slide notes, note-flick pairs, and a punishing pace (to the point where some consider a few Expert songs to be easier than Guren no Yumiya on hard).
    • "Don't say lazy" has a breakneck pace and a nearly nonstop barrage of slider notes ending in slider-flick pairs that can drain your life very quickly if you can't figure out the rhythm, even on Hard. It's considered more manageable than Guren no Yumiya because its pattern is relatively predictable, though.
    • "Sugar Song & Bitter Step" has a gigantic difficulty spike between Hard and Expert, to the point where it is avoided in Multi-Lives during events because players are forced to lower the difficulty just to consistently finish the song.
    • "Worldwide Treasure"'s first half, which consists of Kokoro rapping over disc scratches, can be a nightmare to any player who has difficulty with slides, as it has a barrage of slides at strange angles followed by very short and fast slides interspersed with flick notes. If you can get through that, though, the more conventional second half of the song is much more straightforward.
    • "Roku chounen to Ichiya Monogatari" is the first song in the game to have a rating of 29 on Expert, and for good reason; the song starts off relatively intense before throwing an intense barrage of notes for the chorus and ending with a truly absurd storm of sliders and flick-slider pairs.
    • "Happy Synthesizer" on Expert might not have any sliders, but what it has is OVER 900 notes on Expert, a fast pace, and it goes on for so long that it's literally a strain on the thumbs. What it lacks in tricks it makes up for by wearing you out.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • The Persona collab, despite using the well-fitting Afterglow for Persona 5 outfits and advertisements, gave them a Persona 4 song and gave the 5 song to Poppin' Party for the sake of having the franchise mascots do the song from the most current and high-profile game. A number of players found this annoying, and while they admitted that the covers turned out pretty well, many thought Afterglow should have done the 5 song and one of the songs from 4 should have instead gone to Pastel*Palettes, the band that best fit the 4 motif of searching for one's true self rather than refusing to acknowledge that you might want something different from what everyone else is pushing on you.
    • "COMIC PANIC!!!", the song for the Afterglow event, Girls Anthology, was not released during the time the event was originally run, with the song featured during the event being their cover of Haikyuu!!'s "Imagination". "COMIC PANIC!!!" was instead released a few months after the event ended. While Schedule Slip is a likely reason to why the song was not released during the duration the event was running, it didn't stop the ire of several fans who wish that they release "COMIC PANIC!!!" as the challenge song instead of "Imagination", given how the song had the image of the Girls Anthology event in mind. Thankfully, the song was released properly in the worldwide servers of the event.
  • Vanilla Protagonist:
    • Despite the franchise being founded on Poppin' Party, they come off this way in the mobile game, though they're not disliked, per se. Part of it might have to do with how their Band Story and premise is much more slice-of-life than every other band's.
    • Marina and the Player Character are technically the proper protagonists of Girls Band Party; both of you are the ones trying to get five bands together for a big multi-band event. The player is a Featureless Protagonist, while Marina has a very plain design and a generic polite personality and is not part of any band, helping to make the five bands stand out more.
  • 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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