- Americans Hate Tingle: The series doesn't get much attention in the west. Some thought it might have a similar execution to Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu, especially because it deals with another traditional Japanese art form, but the "high school club" premise meant that most weren't prepared to take it seriously — unlike the latter anime with its predominantly adult cast.
- Base-Breaking Character:
- Shin Akutsu. Either his reasons for suddenly abandoning the club's first play are well justified, or he's acting like a spoiled brat and dragging other people into his own problems. The conclusion of the arc calms this debate down.
- Kurogo and Tonbo: either they're good leads with a good dynamic, or they're boring and are taking screentime away from the more interesting side characters.
- Growing the Beard: The first three episodes spend more time on the protagonist gathering members for his kabuki club. Fortunately, the fourth episode onwards kicked off with giving more development for the characters.
- The Scrappy:
- Maruko's constant beating up of Shin hasn't endeared her to a lot of viewers.
- Likewise, Jin is viewed as a stuck-up prick who goes out of his way to refuse to acknowledge the Kabuki Club at all, even though they would obviously like nothing more to just be friends with him.
- Viewer Gender Confusion: Kaoru Asagi's androgynous appearance and Gender-Blender Name got a lot of people assumed that she's a pretty boy. It doesn't help that her character design done by CLAMP, who made several androgynous character designs in their works, amplify the confusion. Her Japanese voice actress is Yuko Kaida, who is known for voicing older women which eased the confusion.
YMMV / Kabukibu!