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  • Base-Breaking Character: Yumoto, with fans either finding him adorable and subversive of the ditzy lead stereotype, or hating him for taking up most of the spotlight, as well as the running gag of him invasively cuddling Wombat.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: "Nee-san", The Okama Bartender from episode 7, only appeared in that episode, had a rather unique character design and didn't affect the plot or appear again.
  • Broken Base: Episode 7 divided the fandom itself, due to a rape joke involving Yumoto and Wombat, as well as fans fervently arguing if the Ship Tease in the episode was genuine and to be appreciated, or if it was only queerbaiting and mocking homosexuality. It also received debate and backlash over being a filler episode with no real villain fight, along with the okama bartender character being either seen as respected representation or a cheap transphobic pot-shot. Another possibility is that the episode was mocking the Romantic Two-Girl Friendship elements common to the Magical Girl genre and the fervent shipping that results from it.
    • Some characters' hair colors, usually En's (dirty blonde/brunette) and Arima's (green/brown).
    • Whether season 2 is a step up from season 1 or a step back due to season 2's Spotlight-Stealing Squad of Yumoto, Goura and the newly-added Beppu twins. Adding to this is the fact the student council got Put on a Bus in the first episode of season 2 and some fans specifically watched Boueibu for the student council.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Zundar's ultimate plan for episode 3: to create an Earth where men only love men, and thus bring fertility rates to zero, leading humanity to ruin. Especially hilarious considering A) that no women were ever featured on the show and B) the rampant Ho Yay and Ship Tease.
  • Ear Worm:
    • Kimi mo FALLIN' LOVE! DOIN' LOVE!
    • Conquest! Seifuku shiyou!
    • The Battle Lovers' transformation theme is really catchy.
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    • The Conquest Club's theme doesn't fall behind.
    • Io's character song is really catchy, too.
    • Good luck getting VEPPer's transformation theme (Star the VEPPer) out of your head as well.
  • Evil Is Sexy: The Conquest Club in general, but especially in episode 11.
    • Season 2 introduces the Beppu twins, who are awfully suggestive at points and have serious Twincest subtext.
  • Fridge Brilliance: The reason why the Battle Lovers and Caerula Adamas have wildly different naming schemes (with the latter having a more cohesive theme)? Hireashi presumably had experience with creating groups to conquer planets, so it would make sense their naming conventions has a consistent theme. Wombat however, probably didn't, seeing as he was an animal rights activist. That's why the Battle Lovers have inconsistent names. (Along with crappy catchphrases and it being in English)
  • Fridge Logic: If the Muggle students of Binan know that they're school is constantly under attack, why do they continue to go there? This applies to the sequel series as well.
  • Friendly Fandoms:
    • With Free! and most other sports manga/anime for the male Fanservice. Lampshaded in season 2 episode 5, where there were many jokes about balls... volleyballs, mind you.
    • Also with Samurai Flamenco due to shared voice actors (Tomokazu Sugita and Toshiki Masuda). Idolish 7 (with shared actors Toshiki Masuda and Yuusuke Shirai) to a lesser extent.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The jokes about Mr. Tawarayama's age and physical condition as well as his strange symbiosis with Wombat from episode 1 become this after learning in episode 2 that by the time he turns up in the series he's technically already dead, as Wombat accidentally killed him the day before.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • A case of Unfortunate Names, earlier when the series was announced. Indonesian fans got a kick out of the word "Binan", which is an an old-school slang from the country which means "homosexual"... three guesses for what the series is infamous for?
    • Akoya's Imagine Spot in chapter 2 of the online manga (ch. 2 was released on the 13th of November 2014) was him being "Bishōnen Senshi Gakuran Akoya", who wore a black gakuran-inspired suit with coattails, gloves and long boots. When the visual of the actual outfit was released on the site (November 18th 2014), it turned out that the Chevalier outfit had all of those things except coattails.
    • Bishonens in sailor suits?, hmmm... where have we seen that before???
    • On /a/, Io was dubbed "Jew" as early as Episode 1. Cue the Cosplay photoshoot from Episode 9.
    • Gora's evil, Zundar needle-affected form looks a lot like a hunter from Bloodborne. Complete with axe and a hunter of alien monsters backstory!
  • Ho Yay: There's a whole page for it.
  • HSQ: Episode 12, in and out of universe.
  • Incest Yay Shipping: Some fans have taken to shipping Aki and Haru together due to the amount of subtext they've displayed in only three episodes. They're fond of touching one another, are draped over one another at the beginning of their duet sequence, and the ending theme just kicks things into overdrive.
  • Moe:
    • Anything and everything related to Yumoto. From his extremely cheery personality to his love of fluffy things to his voice, there's nothing about him that doesn't ooze adorableness. Exaggerated to the point of parody in episode 10.
    • He gets a rival in cuteness in episode 10 with Megawacchi, who is a parody of Meganekko clichés.
    • All of episode 4's second half, by courtesy of a Monster of the Week that lets the Battle Lovers age backwards into primary school kids and then babies.
  • Moment of Awesome:
    • En and Atsushi uniting to save their friendship from the Hikikomori Monster of the Week, in Episode 8.
    • Kou Kinosaki's fate at the hands of Akoya and the lecture he gets from Arima right before it.
    • Kinshirou's Heel–Face Turn, when he resolves to do better after Good Former Friend Atsushi is injured saving his life.
    • En's response, when instead of feeling threatened, he's proud and pleased that Atsushi and Kinshirou are friends again.
    • The Conquest Club's long-awaited return and frankly badass Just in Time transformation, in the last-but-one episode of Season 2.


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