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  • Award Snub: The short was shortlisted for Best Original Short Film, but didn't get a nomination. Needless to say, fans of the short were either disappointed or pissed off.
  • Fanfic Fuel:
    • Sherwin's personality beyond his crush on Jonathan.
    • The first time the boys met and what their relationship was like prior to the film.
    • The fate of their relationship after the film.
    • Why is the Heart able to materialize the way it does?
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  • Friendly Fandoms: Steven Universe fans love this short. In fact, a good number of SU centered channels gave the short a Colbert Bump. Also, Sherwin and Jonathan are commonly compared to Ruby and Sapphire.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Disregarding actual homophobes, there are viewers who feel that the LGBT aspect is really the only interesting thing about the short and that it's an otherwise by-the-numbers love story that wouldn't be as interesting with a heterosexual couple.note 
  • Memetic Mutation: The shot of Sherwin hiding from Jonathan behind a tree is popular with shitposters. They like to replace either Sherwin or Jonathan (or both) for humorous effect. One particular edit replaced Jonathan with another Sherwin.
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  • Moe: All three main characters have cute designs, especially the heart, but Sherwin especially is seen as extremely adorable.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name: "Josh" for Jonathan/Sherwin. And yes, it's intentionally confusing. There are alternatives, of course.
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  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Save for a lag here or there, the animation is top-notch for an independent short film, with some people comparing it to Disney or Pixar animation.
  • The Woobie: Sherwin is a closeted boy who is too shy to admit his feelings to Jonathan. When he accidentally outs himself to the entire school, his heart gets broken, leading him to cry under a tree. He gets a happy ending, fortunately.
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