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  • Awesome Music:
    • Try listening to "Tsubasa Wa Pleasure Line" and "Sayonara, Solitia" without feeling the least bit emotional.
    • Much of Hikaru Nanase's score is very good and some tunes can tug on your heart strings plenty.
  • Complete Monster: The anime incarnation of Aion is stripped of his original counterpart's redeeming qualities to become a remorseless seeker of ultimate power. Having decapitated the leader of Pandemonium, Aion uses her severed head in his ritual and sparks a war in the demon world that kills countless millions. Tearing off the horns of fellow devil Chrono for showing remorse, Aion bestows them upon the young Joshua Christopher, uncaring that they drive the boy mad and lead him to petrify everyone from his orphanage. Taking advantage of a lonely woman, Aion manipulates her into killing an entire town of people as a sacrifice to him, delighted in the control he holds over others. Conducting his ritual for godhood, Aion nearly destroys San Francisco, and when Joshua's sister, Rosette, seemingly stops him, reveals it was her powers he wanted after all. Brainwashing her into becoming his slave, Aion entrances civilians with her healing powers before declaring himself a prophet who has deemed humanity sinful and demands they kill each other. Despite knowing the cost of his power is the destruction of both Earth and Pandemonium, Aion is utterly apathetic to the deaths of billions.
  • Critical Research Failure:
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    • The manga has Rosette and Chrono go on a mission to a casino on the Las Vegas Strip… even though Nevada didn't legalize gambling until 1931 (7 years after the story is set) and Vegas didn't have much of a reputation for casinos until after World War II.
      • The anime has the casino in Atlantic City, which both avoids this and explains why someone from the New York branch of the Order would be sent there (New Jersey being much closer to NYC than Nevada). Doubly smart because, unlike Vegas, Atlantic City was known as a gambling hotspot during The Roaring '20s.
    • The manga locates the Seventh Bell Orphanage in Michigan. The problem with that is that (1) Rosette is easily able to get there by car, which is unlikely to have been the case in 1924, in addition to it being hundreds of miles away from New York City; and (2) it's near a lovely mountain lake, but Michigan is pretty flat as far as US states go – ~1400' separate its lowest and highest elevations.
      • The anime fixes both of these problems by putting Seventh Bell vaguely in Upstate New York, probably in the Catskills or Adirondacks.
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    • One quick shot of Manhattan in the anime appears to show the Empire State Building, which did not exist at the time (it was started in late 1929 and completed in 1931).
    • A panning shot in Episode 21 of the anime briefly shows what appears to be the Golden Gate Bridge, which did not open until 1937. Well, it might be the Bay Bridge, but that would make even less sense.
      • One of the next episode previews also alludes to the bridge. At least in the original Japanese. The English dub writers noticed the error and removed the reference.
    • The various bits of Engrish in the anime – "South Brooklym" on at least two occasions, and a blatant misspelling at the casino courtesy of the "CLAPS" table.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Aion, particularly the anime in which he exploits his sex appeal to both draw in allies and screw with the minds of his enemies.
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  • Mind Game Ship: Nearly all Aion/Chrono fic portrays the pairing as this.
  • Moe:
    • Chrono, considering the horrible luck he has...
    • Azmaria's main purpose in the anime and a huge factor to her character in the manga as well.
    • Joshua as a kid he seems to be – a bright young boy with feelings of inadequacy and constant illness. When he's older he can sometimes be this way, too, although the fact that he's blissfully working for the villain and absolutely off his nut seems to invoke the opposite reaction in some people.
  • No Yay: Joshua/Fiore (which also seems to imply Joshua/Rosette), Aion/Chrono, and the love triangle between Aion, Rizel, and Jenai.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: The Christmas Episode of the anime. Really, most things involving Azmaria in the anime. Not that this is a bad thing.
  • Too Bleak, Stopped Caring: The anime adaptation suffers from this, since (almost) all of the characters die with none of their plans succeeding in any way and the villain never gets any kind of comeuppance (he might have died, but it is unknown). The anime is infamous for its killing off and/or mental breaking of major characters who survive the original manga. note 
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?: The manga plays it fast and loose with the Christian symbolism. Indeed, come the reveal that the Sinners are aliens, one wonders why any of it is there at all. The anime, on the other hand, averts this by playing up the Christian imagery to the hilt and making everything very symbolic.
  • The Woobie:
    • Chrono goes through a ton during the series, particularly taking his backstory into account.
    • Azmaria definitely counts as well.
  • Woolseyism: ADV's English dub of the anime added carefully researched 1920's slang into the character's dialogue, and cast an actress reasonably versed in German as Satella.

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