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  • Cant Un Hear It: Anime fans might recognize Joker's Japanese voice actor, Wataru Takagi, as the same actor who played Okuyasu Nijimura in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable. Considering the film goes with one of the more sinister Joker portrayals, and Okuyasu is (for most of the series) a very sweet, dumb-but-likable best friend character, it makes Joker just that much more creepy.
  • Earworm: The Japanese Rap that plays when in the climax when the giant robots combine under Joker's control is very, very catchy.
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  • Foe Yay: The Joker makes various Ho Yay comments about how exciting fighting Batman is, and Harley does some Lecherous Licking to Catwoman, who lampshades their fight as "girl on girl" action.
  • Funny Moments: Catwoman teases Grodd about eating a banana, calling it 'rather cliche.' Grodd's response is brilliant.
    Grodd: Says the cat burglar in the cat costume.
    • The fact that after Joker commandeers Grodd's fortress and thus the resulting Combined Mecha, he abruptly drapes a balloon tarp with his face over the command deck to give the robot his own personal touch.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: Most portrayals of Bruce's relationship with the Robins in later titles haven't been always that close, usually strained. Here, while lamenting the loss of the Batwing, the Batmobile, and the Batcycle, Bruce admits that alongside his mind and spirit, he warmly adds that he has all of them for help, Alfred and Selina included (in the English dub trailer).
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The Big O has been described as "Batman: The Animated Series as a Humongous Mecha anime" and features a protagonist named Roger Smith. Nearly two decades later, a straightforward Batman anime appears (with Humongous Mecha and a climax built entirely around them) and the title character's English voice actor is Roger Craig Smith.
  • "Holy Shit!" Quotient: How many reacted to seeing a Batman anime movie in general, and the sheer awesomeness of the first trailer.
  • Just Here for Godzilla:
    • There are some people who only want to watch this solely for the fact that all four Robins are appearing at the same time and for the first time in an animated movie.
    • The film also supports an impressive posse, all veterans to acclaimed anime projects: An animation studio, opening credits director, and composer who all worked on JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, the screenwriter for Gurren Lagann and Kill la Kill, and character design and English-language screenwriting from the creator (and producers) of the Afro Samurai manga, series, and film. More than a few fans were drawn in simply by being fans of the creators' other work.
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    • Others are just here for the artistic re-envisioning of Batman's allies and enemies as Japanese shoguns and warriors.
  • Memetic Mutation: Pretty much anything related to Jason's red hood.
  • Narm: For some viewers, Damian's hair. While many understand that it is in fact a historically accurate hairstyle there are quite a few people who've admitted that they find it too silly to take seriously due to modern standards.
    • Likewise, Jason's red hood just looks ridiculous to some viewers— and is also historically accurate.
    • Damien using a magic flute to summon armored monkeys? Alright. The monkeys standing on each other shoulders to form a giant robot monkey? This is getting silly. Bats join forces with the monkey to form a giant batman? Check please!
  • Narm Charm:
    • Bane as a sumo wrestler. He looks ridiculous, but it's so over the top its likable.
    • Joker's Humongous Mecha is utterly ridiculous and insane, especially given it has a hot air balloon for a head, but given it's the Joker's, who would expect anything else?
  • One-Scene Wonder: Again, Bane as a sumo wrestler. Who fights Batman in a Powered Armor.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: None of the villains besides The Joker, Harley, and Grodd get that many lines and are pretty much interchangeable.
    • Many fans felt that it was bizarre to include all of Bruce's children save for Cassandra Cain, who actually has Japanese ancestry.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The idea of the Joker hypnotizing himself sane so that he could fool Batman could make a pretty interesting story-line all in itself, but it's only a minor plot point here.
    • Some people have admitted that the story's setting leaning so heavily on Schizo Tech might perhaps be too much of a good thing, and the time travel plotline as unnecessary, preferring a more straightforward, slightly more realistic Elseworlds period piece like Gotham by Gaslight. "Batman in a Jidai Geki samurai story" and "Batman in a ridiculous, over-the-top Humongous Mecha anime story" are both great ideas, but 80 minutes isn't quite enough to properly do both of them justice.
  • Unexpected Character:
    • Gorilla Grodd originated as the Arch-Enemy to The Flash, and though he's treated as a general DCU villain these days, he's not exactly the first that comes to mind when someone thinks "Batman villain".
    • Other than Batman: Under the Red Hood, Jason Todd has always been ignored or turned into a Posthumous Character by animated adaptations of the Batman Mythos, making his addition to the main cast a pleasant surprise.
    • While Tim Drake has appeared in animated adaptations before, it's almost always as Robin even after he abandoned the identity. This is one of the few adaptations to feature him under his current identity, the Red Robin.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Batman Ninja is already shaping up to be a very good looking movie, especially with the Scenery Porn.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: This movie takes place in feudal Japan, and involves Joker as a daimyo with combat skills equal to Batman's, Bane as a sumo wrestler, a re-purposed Arkham Asylum converted into one of several mobile mechanized castles that all combine into a gigantic battle robot, a magic flute that can command millions of monkeys to work together like a colony of ants to build a large humanoid gestalt form, a nearly endless swarm of bats that combine with the aforementioned monkeys to build an even larger (and indestructible, or at least flame-proof) giant Batman . . . and a cheerful and playful Damian Wayne who loves his pet monkey. If the producers weren't on drugs, maybe they should have been, so the end result might have come out a little more sane!
  • Woolseyism: An unintentional example. Due to time constraints, the dub team had to work entirely from a heavily summarized and poorly translated version of the script, meaning a lot of the dub was essentially brand new dialogue, written entirely based on the animation. Most fans agree that they did a pretty good job though.
    • On the other hand, what may be a by-product of this is that at least in Netflix, the English subtitles don't match the English audio track half the time; For example, Joker's early line "I have to say I've really enjoyed the sushi here" has the subtitle "I thought you'll be here, too. So I was looking for you." It's usually the same but it's a bit irritating if you use both the English audio and subtitle track.


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