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  • Audience-Alienating Premise: The series is meant to be about scuba diving and college life, yet detractors will cite the story spends more time on using Alcohol-Induced Idiocy and Nudity Tropes as comedic devices, with an egregious Fratbro mentality. To be fair, while it's certainly part of the earlier narrative, actual diving segments are taken seriously with Shown Their Work in effect, and characters do engage at working towards their graduate. Furthermore, events like the Beauty Contest and tennis match with a rival club are done to ensure Peek-A-Boo stays afloat in their finances when its members do go diving, especially when equipment and its maintenance costs prove expensive.
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  • Awesome Music: Opening theme song "Grand Blue"; listeners agree it perfectly captures the feeling of summer, as the song's rhythm and vocals are in line with the story's light-hearted tone and comedy.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Fans either like Sakurako for her character design and taking her Sadist tendencies out on Iori or hate her because of her actions against Kouhei during the Ouma Women's University festival and general nasty personality, alongside a shallow reason for wanting to date Naomi.
  • Broken Base: Who's the "best girl" in the series - Nanaka, Chisa, Azusa or Aina? Not only is it possible to pair each of them with Iori and the story allows for it (thanks to the Not Blood Siblings reveal), but all four had explicit Ship Tease moments with him; later on, Sakurako is also added to this discussion.
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  • Do Not Do This Cool Thing: The Animated Adaptation includes a warning at the beginning of each episode reminding viewers that underage drinking is illegal; all characters in the show are of legal age. Furthermore, the kind of things the members of Peek-A-Boo do - drunkenness, public indecency, wanton acts of violence - are not encouraged in Real Life; Grand Blue is, after all, meant to be a comedy.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Azusa, for being the character who's most comfortable with her sexuality and Genki Girl traits that's a stark contrast to the other women in Peek-A-Boo, but also her willingness to be part of the diving club's insanity, including her Trolling antics.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: When the Manga was released, readers joked about the title of the series being a parallel to the similarly-named video game, wondering if a Crossover would eventually happen. The writer decided to "announce" in Chapter 42.5 an upcoming Spin-Off aptly called "Grand Blue Fantasy".
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    • Grand Blue is a diving Manga.Explanation 
      • Grand Blue is an isekai fantasy.Explanation 
    • "Oolong tea"/"water"Explanation 
      • *uses a lighter*Explanation 
    • "SPREAD THE SALT KOUHEI! SPREAD IT!!"
      "GET THE FUCK OUT OF HERE, NORMIES!!!"
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    • Nice Body, ChisaExplanation 
    • ScrewdriverExplanation 
      • FlatheadsExplanation 
    • Titan FacesExplanation 
  • Signature Scene: The Vodka moment.
  • Woolseyism: Aina's Aborted Declaration of Love is changed slightly in English Fan Translations in a way that still makes it work. In the original, the character drunkenly confesses in a native dialect (sukii toiu yo) before verbally back-pedaling, claiming it's about a shaker (suito); standard Japanese wordplay. The English release remedies this by having Aina confess in a slurred voice (Ah luv ya) and uses the panel of the character holding a glass tumbler in an open hand as an excuse to make a different Pun ("Olives, yeah"), like on martini cocktails.
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