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  • Anvilicious: The Japan OVA is chock-full of anti-pollution calls.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff:
    • The show was quite successful in France under the name "Lydie's World Tour."
    • Latin-Americans love "Angel the Girl of the Flowers".
    • Being part of a wave of western cartoons and anime imported into The New Russia in the 90s, "Lulu, the Angel of Flowers" holds a special place in the hearts of Russia's current generation.
  • Fridge Brilliance: Why did Lunlun buy Sophia's claims about being a Cute Ghost Girl so ridiculously easily, and why was she so hurt when it turned out it was a lie? Lunlun has been travelling with two talking animals for several months already, and lotsa supernatural things have taken place: a claim that sounds really stupid for us watchers is NOT that farfetched from her POV. And as for having a furious Heroic BSoD when Sophia turned out to be a human girl, hey, Sophia unknowingly pressed one of Lunlun's biggest Berserk Buttons: lying to her in any way. (And not to mention, Sophia is said to be an excellent actress, just like her dead father; lying about being a Cute Ghost Girl and convincingly playing the part while at it wouldn't be that hard for her.)
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  • I Am Not Shazam. Her name is Lunlun, not Hana. Hana means flowers in Japanese. An easy mistake to make if you're not fluent in Japanese tho, since Hana is a common Japanese girl's name, while Lunlun sounds like gibberish.
  • Iron Woobie: Lunlun's trials bring her lotsa problems and she has her doubts and breakdowns, but she ultimately keeps going no matter what.
    • In the England episodes, Sayid's grandpa Sharo is more cheerful than his grandson and ultimately sacrifices his chance to return to his beloved Morocco with Sayid, asking Lunlun to take his place and help the kid. She does.
  • Jerk Ass Woobie: Isabel from the Spain arc. She lied to Lunlun and almost got her trapped in a cave hopelessly but she did it less out of utter malice and more in despair since she had been alone and friendless for years. And it's not like she intended to get Lunlun lost in the cave, either.
  • Mood Whiplash: Take a look at the Opening theme. Between the sweet, Tastes Like Diabetes music and cutesy animation, you won't know you're headed for dark and edgy land unless you have watched an episode before.
  • Narm: Considering how old this series is, of the episodes get so melodramatic that it comes off as comical or even stupid instead of touching in these modern days.
    • Lunlun's argument to prove that Walter is a good person compared to his fellow criminals (which he is, but only Lunlun and the audience know it) is basically reduced to "I lost my mom and so did he! his paintings reflect that! How could he be a bad person, waaaaaah!" Lunlun, sweetie, we know you're trying to help, but please stick to being a Messianic Archetype and not try to play lawyer, okay?
    • In the Latin-American dub, the emotional moment in which the blind Heartwarming Orphan Lucero tries to disuade her friends from using the World War II bomb as a "hostage" to get her medical attention becomes horribly hilarious once you notice that the dub VA is either a male trying to voice a little girl, or a very deep-voiced woman trying to do likewise. Either way, the Vocal Dissonance hits HARD and makes what was supposed to be a Tear Jerker completely ridiculous.
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    • When Fallen Princess Margot laments her bad luck and how she's bound to marry an old Upper-Class Twit to save her family from destitution, she covers her face with her hands and cries into them. Bad thing? She then flails around for a brief moment, and the already old animation gets so weird in these brief seconds that that it's funny instead of sad.
  • Stoic Woobie: Sayid, the Moroccan boy Lunlun befriends in England, who almost never smiles and is harsh to those he doesn't know but is ultimately a young boy looking for his place in the world. (And ultimately shows some more emotions when he returns to his hometown and finds his old house abandoned, meaning that his parents died when he was in England.)
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: With its similar opening (and closing) hook, the opening theme song is essentially a knockoff of It's a Small World.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: The opening theme, oh so much. People who've never seen the show before will assume that they're in for kodomomuke farenote  until the episode starts.
  • Tear Jerker: It's a shoujo from The '70s, so emotional rollercoasters are expected. Some episodes take the cake, though, and while sometimes it goes into Narm territory, others work beautifully. Like the one in Sicilia in which ex-Punch-Clock Villain and actual justice fugitive Dario finds himself in a dilemma, since his criminal signature is his skill in lockpicking and using it to save Lunlun (who's trapped in an airtight bank vault) would get him caught right before the state of limitations kicks in at midnight. Ultimately, he saves her... and once he's done he offers to turn himself in, but his Inspector Javert lets him go saying that his debt with society is paid already — adding that it's five minutes into midnight so he can't be prosecuted anymore. For a series that sometimes comes in as cheesy and overemotional, that episode was wonderfully done.

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