- Alternate Character Interpretation:
- Is the Claw an Affably Evil Well-Intentioned Extremist who truly cherishes all life, who only kills because he doesn't know his own strength and displays visible regret afterwards? Or is he a ruthless, Faux Affably Evil Knight Templar who murders anyone who gets in the way of his dream, and who only plays the regret card to gain his followers' sympathy and loyalty?
- There's Kameo, who was already getting a reputation as a stealth Chessmaster before his antics in episode 17.
- Awesome Music:
- Base-Breaking Character: Fasalina tends to be this at worst. She embodied Evil Is Sexy, but her own Freudian Excuse and relatable Dark and Troubled Past about being an ex-prostitute that wanted to redeem her past seemed acceptable to some. The fact that she eventually grew to love Michael for real beyond supporting the Clawed Man's cause brought her sympathy to some and especially since she's such a genuinely nice lady when she's off the job, so people considered her an Anti-Villain. However, on the other hand, there's just as much people who does not excuse the atrocities she did in the name of the Clawed Man, including poisoning a whole town (one of the main causes of Carmen 99's grudge on her) and considered her a through and through villain that does not deserve sympathy. And being a villainous prostitute means she's also prone to the "BEGONE THOT" meme.
- Best Known for the Fanservice: Check out this anime's fanart and videos. It's an almost guaranteed bet that H pictures of Fasalina or a clip of her sex scene from Episode 20 will be available.
- Die for Our Ship: Viewers who ship Van and Pricilla or Van and Carmen sometimes express their desire for Wendy's death or abandonment. Wendy X Van fans can be just as cruel towards Joshua.
- Ensemble Dark Horse:
- Evil Is Sexy: Fasalina, so very much. (See above).
- Foe Yay: Fasalina and Carmen really like antagonizing each other. The former tries this on Van, but it fails due to him being a Celibate Hero.
- Jerkass Woobie: Ray, tempered only slightly by his Morality Pet of a brother, Joshua.
- Carossa and Woo are insecure to a fault. Carossa has his own Morality Pet, to boot.
- Karma Houdini: Michael and Fasalina, depending on whether or not you believed they escaped being crushed in the final episode.
- Narm: And Woo was doing so nicely up to that point, too.
- Nightmare Fuel: Van's Laughing Mad moment upon finally finding the Claw can be a more than a little creepy. Don't believe us?
- Tastes Like Diabetes: The whole love skit with the two teens in Episode 6.
- They Copied It, So It Sucks!: A label often put on this show. Dead wrong, of course.
- More specifically, if you Google old reviews of the series from 2005 on, you can see that there's a lot of YMMV with regard to evaluating the quality of the series. Is it a lackluster and unimaginative rip-off of earlier and better anime like Trigun or Cowboy Bebop? Or does it draw elements from different sources and combine them in a compelling and creative way? On its 2010 re-release, various reviewers gave it ratings ranging from "C+" to "A-" or "Highly Recommended."
- People calling it a Trigun ripoff have probably never watched more than the first episode, after which the cast encounter their very first major body of water, and then leave the desert entirely soon after and never return until the end.
- What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?: Dann of Thursday's satellite base looks like a cross.
YMMV / GUN×SWORD