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  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • There are those who believe that Suzune is a boring and incredibly flat Tsundere Love Interest, and thus detrimental to the series, and those who consider her a pretty nice cold girl whose expression makes her look more cute-threatening than icy. The fact that she has two potential Love Interests increases the controversy even more. And let's not recollect controversy because of her positioning in the anime.
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    • Likewise, part of the audience believes that Kiyotaka is terrible whose abilities arise suddenly from the air when needed, while the other part adores him, considering him to be a good Audience Surrogate and an incredibly competent hero for this story.
    • While some fans are neutral to Sudo and his friends, believing that thanks to them, Kiyotaka and his friends can replace the narcissistic students from other classes, another part of the fans considers them too primitive Plucky Comic Relief, whose only purpose is to do stupid actions as instrument of the plot.
    • Sae Chabashira, the homeroom teacher of Class D, got this after the first episode for being a rather harsh Sink-or-Swim Mentor. This, along with her later blackmail of Kiyotaka to force him to become a more proactive student have led to debates whether she holds the Conflict Ball just for the sake of it, or if this makes her an interesting character given the setting.
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  • Bizarro Episode: While the show itself is serious or at least trying to be so, episode 7 was a so badly written Beach Episode and got out of the general style of the show that fans everywhere hated it.
  • Broken Base:
    • The adaptation received accusations of being a Cliché Storm due to the fact that many people considered it to retread plots commonly found in Society and Education critiques, and called it a "bad execution of a good setting". Its main character isn't safe either, as his increasing amount of hidden talents gets him pegged as a Marty Stu. On the other hand, other viewers believe that such an opinion has arisen because of high expectations and the erroneous opinion that this show will only be serious and social, and not try to entertain the viewer either.
    • The series being a Compressed Adaptation of the Light Novel. Some fans find this to be a necessary sacrifice in order to tell a more complete story due to how common it is for anime adaptations to only ever get a single cour. On the other hand, you have the fans of the Light Novels who feel the anime is not faithfully adapting the story. To coincide with this, Suzune experienced an Adaptation Expansion due to this, taking on roles in the story that went to other characters in the Light Novel.
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  • Die for Our Ship: Fans of other girls completely dislike Suzune, considering her a completely boring and flat character, which exists only to ensure the work of the Cliché Storm end. On the other hand, Suzune's fans do not like Sudo, believing that she should be with the main character and does not deserve what they consider a Romantic Runner-Up.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Quite unusual, but Sakura has even more people who want to see her along with Kiyotaka than Suzune. This is mainly due to the fact that at the time of the anime, she was the only girl who did not have obvious or hidden bad features and she even becomes a victim of hooligans and harassment. On the other hand, Suzune is still a strong option, being the female main character of the work and the most popular girl as well.
    • After volume 7, however, Kei shot up to the top position, followed by Sakura, Ichinose and Sayakanagi, not in that particular order. Suzune seems to be the least preferred option right now along with Kushida.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Ichinose has a staggering lead over the other girls, especially in doujin circles.
  • Funny Moments: Kiyotaka gets one in episode 5, when classes C and D are in trial to determine Sudo's innocence. He notices Suzune is keeping quiet during the testimonies, possibly out of fear of her brother. Knowing they are going to lose if Suzune doesn't testify, he quickly and constantly grabs her side to snap her out of her funk. Everyone present just stares in confusion, while Chabashira just lets out a small chuckle.
  • Hard Truth Aesop: Many, given the "philosophical" nature of the original novel:
    • In particular, one of the episodes is dedicated to the idea that absolute honesty in society is impossible, since each of the people has something to hide for one reason or another.
    • People are not initially equal because of their natural abilities, so artificial attempts to make them equal only worsen the problem and create new inequalities, creating opportunities for people who do not deserve it or who do not need it.
    • When you're accused of a crime, it doesn't matter if you're actually in the right if you already have a bad reputation.
  • Heartwarming Moments: After he sees to it that Kei is alright after the events of volume 7, he tries to rationalize his treatment of her and concludes that he saved her because she's too valuable a pawn to throw away. But then he throws all that reasoning out the window with the very next line, showing once again that he does have a heart deep down:
    "But the truth is, her being useful or not is a secondary concern. All that's important is that she remains mine."
  • Hollywood Homely: The very beautiful and gorgeous gravure model Sakura is portrayed as an inconspicuous and very shy gray mouse, after she puts on her closed clothes and glasses. This especially does not work after we see her gravure photos in the novel illustrations and in the anime.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Toolzoned" Explanation 
  • Moe: Many of the girls in the show are cute and very sympathetic, but especially Suzune, Kushida, Airi, and Ichinose.
  • Misaimed Fandom: While panties in the island's arc are used by their thief in order to quarrel students in class D, some of the audience mistakenly decided that they are the very purpose of the arc or even a kind of vulgar fancervice. This even led to the fact that part of the audience began to blame the arc on the idea that the characters allegedly are looking for panties's perverse thief, instead of developing the plot.
  • Narm:
    • The philosophical quotes at the beginning of each episode are difficult to take seriously because of their extreme pretentiousness. In addition, the controversial eighth episode begins with the quote "Abandon all hope, you who enter here" from Dante's Symphony.
    • Suzune is so obviously a Tsundere Love Interest and the future Defrosting Ice Queen that her intimidation attempts become rather cute. Especially when it concerns her dissatisfied reaction in the cafe scene.
    • The fanservice in the adaptation also receives this attitude because of its suddenness and lack of context, which contrasts sharply with the attempts of the anime to look serious.
    • The show takes the rivalry between classes so seriously that at some point it becomes Narm Charm and resembles criminal films about the struggle between bandit groups.
  • Never Live It Down: While the second third of the show is usually accused of excessive and foolish fan-service, in fact it ended already in the eighth episode, and the audience, as a matter of habit, began to attribute to it any trifles, like stolen panties or the appearance of girls in swimsuit for a couple of seconds. In the end, the episodes after the eighth were accused of what they did not have, just by tradition.
  • Paranoia Fuel: The sixth episode pretty strongly implies that Kiyotaka can turn out to be a very delicate and cynical manipulator, and his origin even has some paranormal notes. Confirmed in the later novels, where he can rather cold-bloodedly manipulate people for his own goals.
  • Tainted by the Preview: When it was first announced that this novel would be adapted by the Lerche studio, many studio fans became angry, believing that it was moving away from its dramatic and postmodern gloomy roots, taking up work in the "generic school Romantic Comedy" genre. It almost disappeared after the anime turned out to be more serious and dark than the audience thought.
  • Unpopular Popular Character: Although everyone treats Kiyotaka as a gray mediocrity in the work, he is the most popular character in the show, especially after he showed his talents and a fairly progressive view.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: The main criticism of anime adaptation is that the studio has simplified most of the story, including at the expense of other girls, replacing them in many scenes on Horikita.
  • They Copied It, So It Sucks!: At first, many viewers perceived it as a flatter version of My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU, whose main characters are Flanderization Hachiman, Yukinon and Yui.
  • Unfortunate Implications: According to Anime News Network reviewer Theron Martin, it was "incredibly dishonest and professionally irresponsible" for the teachers to neglect telling their students the truth about the point system.
  • What an Idiot!:
    • The D-class students are hit by this when they get a monthly allowance of 100,000 points that they can use as money at local shops with one point equaling one yen, and they are warned they are judged on merit.
      You'd Expect: Them to be careful about how they use their points and to take their studies more seriously. Perspicacious students might even think that it was seed money to buy things that they did not pack for their stay.
      Instead: They use their points without a care in the world and by the start of next month, their allowance is not replenished.
    • Several boys from Class D decide to try and install a camera in the women's changing room of the local pool to peep on girls. In a school that explicitly practices collective punishment, this is practically Too Dumb to Live. Even if they survive the punishment served up by the school, they would next have to face the ire of their classmates who have had money and prospects taken out of their hands due to some idiots going after an illicit thrill.
    • In episode 8, Sudo almost picks a fight after being insulted by student from Class A.
      You'd Expect: Sudo to remember that he literally was almost expelled for this exact same situation with Class C not to long ago. And that this time he is raging right in front of an entire restaurant of witnesses.
      Instead: He lets his anger get the best of him again and only relents after Katsuragi calls him out for it in front of the rest of the Student Body.
    • In Episode 11, someone invades the women's quarters and steals a pair of panties. The girls are understandably upset at this invasion of privacy. Later, Ike finds the panties placed in his bag with no idea how it got there.
      You'd Expect: While unquestionably despicable and hurtful toward the victim, the only lasting harm the crime could possibly cause is if those are the girl's only available pair of undergarments. In that case, the priority should be on finding them, or securing a new pair. However, if the crime is really that serious an issue for the students, they should realize how easy the crime would be to set up for a Fall Guy.
      Instead: The girls go on the warpath to locate the perpetrator and a search of all boys' belongings be made. The boys agree, but ask that they keep the search internal—which the girls agree to. This completely undermines the purpose of an immediate search, because the boys now have the ability to lie for each other and cover up the results (which they do). The boys realize right away that just because someone is found with the stolen panties that it doesn't mean that person did it, but this thought never occurs to the irate women. And finally, even when Ayanokouji is found with the panties, he and the other boys could have EASILY tossed them somewhere in the woods and told the girls that the garment wasn't in any of their bags. Even if the girls found them on their own later, the only way they would be able to prove anything is with forensic evidence that would require waiting until after the trip home.

Alternative Title(s): Youkoso Jitsuryoku Shijou Shugi No Kyoushitsu E


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