- Adaptation Displacement: The game was originally released in Japan exclusively as an Obvious Beta named "Shiawase no Uta". The international release is "Shiawase no Uta For World".
- Broken Base:
- Much like The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker broke the Zelda fan base up, this games visuals are controversial. It's often complained that the bodies are disproportionate or they look like children. It doesn't help that it was preceded by the Darker and Edgier Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life.
- Fans are torn on whether they like the characters or find them too bland. The characters come off as shallow due to having a limited amount of dialogue. Each has roughly one line that they almost always say until you get their friendship level up. This is presumably due to the large amount of characters. It's expected they had to cut corners to get them all in well enough.
- Many fans refer to the female protagonist as "Melody" instead of her Canon Name "Amanda".
- Amanda is the preferred protagonist.
- Fan-Preferred Couple: Amanda and Jamie. Most fanart pairs them up.
- Memetic Mutation: Dan's jarringly high-pitched voice is a joke amongst fans.
- Nightmare Fuel: Meryl. Whatever is wrong with the girl is never stated but she's obviously terrified. She has lines like "Everyone's a liar. They say that growing up isn't scary.", "I planted...some flowers. While...planting, I forgot about many things.", "I don't want to die. It's scary. Why... do people die?", and "I think...about nothing but scary things when I sleep...I have nothing but bad dreams. But I don't have bad dreams when I sleep with Uncle Ronald." It's easy to presume her parents died however how they did is another issue, and the fact we never learn about her Dark and Troubled Past is all the more frightening. One cutscene has her expressing the belief that she won't go to Heaven because of something she did in her past. Again, we never learn anything about this.
- Scrappy Mechanic: The Wii version, for whatever reason, removed the option to play the game as a girl. This leaves half the marriage candidates completely unavailable. Needless to say, fans were not happy.
- They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: The above mentioned removal of the girl option in the Wii version.
YMMV / Harvest Moon: Magical Melody