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YMMV / Hypnosis Mic

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  • Awesome Music: The new tracks from first full album, Enter the Hypnosis Mic, are mostly regarded as improvements from the songs before the album, but Fling Posse's Stella is the highlight of the album with its memorable tone, cinematic feel, and epic lyrics. It's telling that a lot of fanarts of Fling Posse as depicted in Stella started popping not a week from its release. The release for its lyric video generated a lot of hype in the fandom, and for a good reason.
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  • Broken Base: Around the same time the finals of the first Battle Season was taking place, fans from the Western and Korean fandoms dug up old tweets from Yuichi Momose, the series' scenario writer. The tweets, some from almost 10 years ago, were pedophilic and sometimes misogynistic in nature (and some being edgy copypastas from 2channel). Meanwhile, the Japanese fanbase hasn't heard of this nor cares. And that is all there is to say about this.
  • Crossover Ship: Saburo/Hatsune Miku is a moderately popular ship in the Western fandom.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Of the six divisions, Matenro and Fling Posse appear to be the most popular, with Matenro being the most popular. Tellingly, Hypnosis Mic's popularity spiked around the time the Fling Posse vs Matenro rap battle began.
      • Additionally, Fling Posse won the official Pixiv contest hosted after the FP vs MTR battle concluded.
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    • Divisions aside, Doppo is most likely the most popular and recognized character of the franchise, with him ranking highest in an unofficial fan popularity poll. He even outranked the other members of Matenro.
    • Gentaro and Ramuda, as well, if them coming second and third place respectively in the popularity poll is any indication, as well as the amount of fan art they get. In Gentaro’s case, the Japanese fandom and even the creators seem to hold him in high regard.
    • Of the two newly-unveiled divisions, Bad Ass Temple instantly exploded into popularity among the fandom, with its popularity rising to Fling Posse's popularity, and Jyushi Aimono specifically gained instant large individual following.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Ramuda's popularity took off after the reveal of his dark side.
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  • Fandom Rivalry: As an April Fools joke in 2019, the franchise tried to invoke this by having Buster Bros!!! release a diss track against King of Prism out of all things, through the song "EZ DO RAP" (a parody of Pretty Rhythm's "EZ DO DANCE").
  • Friendly Fandoms: In the west, at least, Hypnosis Mic's fanbase spilled over with other music related mobage fanbases such as Ensemble Stars! and Idolish 7, even before the game was announced.
  • Foe Yay Shipping: Ramuda/Jakurai and Ichiro/Samatoki are the most obvious examples, as both pairs blame each other for The Dirty Dawg's breakup. Gentaro/Hifumi and Doppo/Dice could also count, based on their interactions in the "Just a Friend" drama track.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: While in Japan, Buster Bros!!! and Mad Trigger Crew have their own claims to popularity, there's far more outcry for how "under-appreciated" they are (at least in comparison to Matenrou and Fling Posse) by western fans, with fans urging the rest of the fanbase and those outside of it to look into their music and appreciate them more.
  • Ho Yay: Comes as a result of there being so few prominent female characters in the cast.
    • Gentaro teases Dice by saying they were once a princess and a knight stuck in a star-crossed romance in a past life. Which was a lie. When Dice expresses disdain at the thought of having a weirdo like Gentaro as his lover, Gentaro agrees, before saying that he was lying. And that was also a lie!
      • Gentaro wakes Dice up in the Me Against The World drama track by speaking like a courtesan into his ear.
    • Doppo and Hifumi have been friends since elementary school, and they currently live together. Hifumi cooks for the both of them, and his profile states that he frequently fixes Doppo's suits for him. On Doppo's side, he seems to take care of Hifumi when the latter gets freaked out by women.
      • In the Me Against The World drama track, Gentaro greets the pair as a couple, addressing Hifumi as "Hifumi-shi" and Doppo as "Doppo-dono", implying that Doppo is the "husband" and Hifumi is the "wife".
  • I Am Not Shazam: None of the divisions are named Hypnosis Mic. Those are the weapons they're fighting with.
  • It's Popular, Now It Sucks!: To some fans, Matenro can be considered this due to their popularity and how they practically overshadow the other divisions, save for Fling Posse in some cases. Many detractors and even some fans of them cry they're only popular because of Doppo/Hifumi, a widely-shipped pairing in the fandom, or because of Doppo alone. Some also cry that it's unfair that any division set to go up against Matenrou in a rap battle will inevitably lose.
  • LGBT Fanbase: Lesbian and bi women throw themselves at Ichijiku's feet.
    • Notably, during one niconama live, a rap was submitted by someone with a pen name of "woman who wants to go to an onsen with Ichijiku".
    • Gay and bi men have also taken an interest in the franchise, predictably due to the attractive male cast and their interactions, despite the work being mostly aimed at women.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • People confusing Ramuda for Tori Himemiya is practically a meme at this point and a running joke primarily in the western Hypnosis Mic fandom.
    • It's also common to confuse and/or compare Gentaro for Goro Akechi due to their uncanny resemblance.
    • Depicting Dice in increasingly destitute scenarios due to his canon gambling habits has become a popular meme in the Eastern fanbase.
    • Referring to Jyuto as horny. His "masturbation" line in DEATH RESPECT didn't help his case.
    • Hypmic lore? What's that?note 
      • Also used in relation to the fans who ignore the little canon lore there is due to how convoluted it seems to some people.
    • Hypnosis Mic official couch.note 
    • "Jokingly" hating Ramuda is a meme in the Western Fandom. Even Ramuda fans are in on it.
    • When the Osaka Division was first unveiled, the fandom had a field day with Sasara Nurude being a comedian, with the fandom instantly dubbing Sasara "the John Mulaney of Hypmic" and making edits of Sasara in John Mulaney stand-ups.
  • Moe:
    • Ramuda, if only on the surface...
    • Doppo counts in the classical "want to protect" sense of the word, as does Hifumi.
  • No Yay: Any pairing that includes Saburo, as he is the youngest character, being fourteen among a cast that primarily consists adults aged 20 and above. Jiro (seventeen) has it as well, to slightly lesser extent. However, this is mostly a Western phenomenon, as a few of his more popular ships in Japan involve Saburo and his big brothers.
  • One True Pairing: Doppo/Hifumi, which is the most popular ship for several reasons. The only other combo that could possibly be more popular is adding Jakurai into the mix.
  • Shipping: Popular pair-ups include Gentaro/Dice, Samatoki/Ichiro, and Ramuda/Jakurai. On the girls' side, the most popular ship is Tohoten/Ichijiku.
  • Unfortunate Implications: For Westerners, the series delves into the complicated race-related tensions between Asian and black cultures when it comes to hip-hop and rap, especially when black culture and identity mostly shaped modern hip-hop and rap (with Asian countries later adopting then from globalization in the 90s). It's not hard for Westerners to feel uneasy seeing the series pushed as a more hardcore version of Idol Genre media franchises that have become popular in The New '10s, repackaged with troubled hunks instead of glitzy Bishōnen, while ignoring tragedies such as the East and West turf wars in the 90s (which took the lives of prominent rappers) and some Japanese (and Asian in general) companies still not taking black culture seriously.
  • Values Dissonance: Continuing from above, some ships that are extremely popular in the Japanese fandom are far less commonplace in the West. One of the most notable examples is Jyuto/Jiro, which is the fifth most popular ship in Japanese fandom based on pixiv art, but is almost nonexistent in Western fandom.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: One of the main problems onlookers have with the franchise is that, despite the music being heavily focused on rapping, nearly all of the main seiyuu lack a background in that musical genre (Subaru Kimura as Ichiro being the sole exception). However, most fans are fine with the choices.
    • Curiously, they did manage to find people with the experience with hip-hop and rap to compose the music and lyrics, including Zeebra, one of the most popular rappers in Japan.

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