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  • Abandon Shipping: Konoha/Ene was quite popular with the early fandom, but as the series progressed on and it became more evident that Konoha was not Haruka, a lot of fans jumped the ship. The unhealthy parts of the ship were only realized more and more that Ene's treatment of Konoha is fueled by bitterness and being stuck in the past.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation
    • Did Ayano commit suicide solely out of wanting to protect her family? Or was she subconsciously trying to find any way to commit suicide in between things like terrible grades and blunt friends? Did she try to frame an already wanted suicide as a good thing with some sort of messiah complex?
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    • Is Hiyori a rude and bitter character who disregards the feelings of Hibiya for no reason whatsoever? Or is she a young girl lashing out after being stalked at her hometown by people like Hibiya, who have her schedule memorized and shrines dedicated to her?
  • Angel/Devil Shipping/Mind Game Ship/Foe Yay: Kuroha/Marry is rather popular with some fans despite their interactions with each other in Outer Science being decidedly less than friendly.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Momo. Her fans like her for being the most upbeat girl among the cast full of woobies and for doing her best to cheer up Hibiya after his incident with Hiyori. Her detractors however, find her backstory to be forced and her character to be boring, and they also complain about Momo tending to wrest away the spotlight from the more interesting characters.
    • Depending on who you ask, Ene is either charming, sympathetic, and one of the series' funniest characters, or an annoying Jerkass who messes with Shintaro for no reason.
  • Broken Base:
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: In the fifth episode of the anime when Ene and Kano play a Yu-Gi-Oh! type game in a competition to embarrass their fellow teammates. It doesn't do much more than serve as humor or filler.
  • Complete Monster: The Snake of Clearing Eyes/Wide-Open Eyes Snake is the Big Bad of the franchise. The only one of Azami's snakes to develop consciousness, the Snake manipulates Azami into freeing him and the other snakes, escaping to the real world and possessing Kenijrou Tateyama. Promising to reunite Kenijrou with his dead wife but never fulfilling it so he can exist forever, the Snake arranges for the murders of his students, tricking Kenijrou's daughter into killing herself when she discovers his plan. Forcing the girl's stepbrother to help him cover it up, the Snake goes on to carry out his murder spree uninterrupted. Possessing Konoha to try and kill the protagonists for discovering his plan, the Snake forces the timeline to be reset indefinitely, killing his victims over and over again to remain immortal and satisfy his sadism while leaving the whole world locked in a "Groundhog Day" Loop.
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  • Crack Pairing: Despite the Kagerou Project fandom's arguments over some ships, most, if not all, of the fandom can agree that Shintaro/Soda is canon.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: So far, every route in the series except for Mekakucity Actors has ended with the Clearing Eyes Snake winning. Some fans have gotten upset that both the light novels and manga, which they had been following for years, both ended with Clearing Eyes killing most of the cast and Marry rewinding time again.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Ayano, who was already pretty popular way back when she was first introduced in Toumei Answer (in which she served as The Lost Lenore to Shintaro). And when she was confirmed to be Mekakushi Dan's founder and Kido, Seto, and Kano's surrogate older sister, her popularity skyrocketed and she's now arguably the most popular female character, pretty impressive given that she's a posthumous character only seen in flashbacks.
    • Kuroha due to being Evil Is Cool and Evil Is Sexy. He's also loved for his general Psychotic Smirk and Ax-Crazy nature making him a Draco in Leather Pants. It helps that he has heavy plot relevance and his song Outer Science is a Wham Episode that's catchy.
    • Hibiya has his fans largely due to being an adorable snarker and for having the most iconic song, Kagerou Daze.
    • Kano also has a pretty large fanbase due to both being funny, and also having a heartwrenching backstory.
  • Evil Is Sexy: A pretty decent number of the fandom finds the Eyes Wide Open Snake's Kuroha form attractive, to the point where it is often subjected to the Draco in Leather Pants treatment.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Due to the anime's questionable quality and how its version of the story worked out, many fans who were in the fandom before the anime aired have chosen to either ignore its existence, or take it for what it is while not actually considering it part of the canon.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Shintaro/Ayano, Haruka/Takane, and Seto/Marry all receive enough Ship Tease to be borderline canon. Kano/Kido is a bit more in the gray area, but the pairing is nevertheless incredibly popular with fans. Hibiya/Hiyori could also count, or alternatively, Momo/Hibiya.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • Shintaro making a wacky joke about killing himself upon Ene's comment seems funny, if not a little dark when it's said in the first novel. Its comedy value quickly plummets once you watch Lost Time Memory or episode eleven of the anime.
    • While the fandom likes to celebrate August 15 as Kagerou Day to commemorate the series' most popular song, the Japanese fandom find the celebration as less joyous. The date coincides with Japanese Memorial Day, or known as Victory Over Japan Day.
  • Heartwarming Moments: Moon Viewing Recital as a whole. Especially considering it came after many really depressing songs. Momo's interactions with Hibiya are all too cute, and it's nice to watch Momo help Hibiya slowly get over his Survivor Guilt was very nice to watch. Shintaro watching out for Momo at the end made it sweeter.
    • Summertime Record, and the fandom's response to it. Ayano would be proud.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Takane making a huge deal out of calling Shintaro 'Master' if he beats her in Dead Bullet is hilarious, once you think about how it's truly Ene making this promise.
  • Ho Yay/Les Yay: With mainly the pairings Kido/Momo, Seto/Kano and Konoha/Shintaro.
    • The creators were talking about their 'fetishism' and went on talking about Konoha and Shintaro's relationship
    • Haruka is the person that offered Shintaro his first Cola... which is his trademark favorite drink.
    • Name one Konoha/Shintaro shipper that doesn't dig this.
  • Hollywood Pudgy: According to Kido and Shintaro in the novels, Momo's quite heavy.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Almost everyone, but the KagePro fandom's town bicycle has to be Shintaro, who beyond the more common pairings with Ayano, Ene, and Konoha, is also shipped with Marry, Kido, Seto, Kano, and even Kuroha.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: Haruka and Takane being Konoha and Ene's former selves is considered common knowledge among the fandom. It's also hard to talk about Ayano's importance to the plot without eventually mentioning her being the Blindfold Gang's founder, adopted older sister to Kido, Seto, and Kano, and suicidal messiah.
    • Additionally, the fact that Hibiya is listed as a member of the Blindfold Gang should be a big enough hint as to who survives the "Groundhog Day" Loop between him and Hiyori.
    • Early on in the anime's airing, new fans had gotten upset over being spoiled about certain things such as characters having eye abilities- something that is considered the most basic knowledge among the fandom.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "May soda be eternal" and Shintaro/Soda in general.
    • Kuroha being associated with bees, in reference to his color scheme.
    • "Welcome to my womb".
    • Konoha's expressions in the announcement of his voice actor.
    • "Maternity Spiral"
    • "Screw you cat."
  • Moe: Marry, Konoha, Haruka, and Seto. While Hibiya is often portrayed as a Bratty Half-Pint, Otsukimi Recital just goes to show how adorable the little guy is beneath all that snark.
  • Mood Dissonance: Yuukei Yesterday is a cute, fun song about Takane's feelings for Haruka, except towards the end, when we see her video game persona running up a hill and crying... Oh god. That means that the song ends with Takane in the Daze, going through the events of Headphone Actor. The song, however, never loses its cheery vibe.
  • Mood Whiplash: In the Mekakucity Records CD, Outer Science plays after Re:Gunjou Rain. And after Outer Science? The upbeat Otsukimi Recital, followed by Lost Time Memory.
    • The order in which the music videos were released as well. After Konoha's State of the World, a continuation of Heat Haze Daze, Kisaragi Attention was released, which is one of the happiest songs in the series. And following Yuukei Yesterday's release was the Nightmare Fuel-induced Outer Science. Summertime Record was completed two days after.
    • Chapters 17 and 18 of the manga. In Chapter 17, we're finishing off Takane's route, it's a little bittersweet, but still optimistic. Then at the very end we see Kuroha. In Chapter 18, Kuroha immediately brutally murders Seto, Kido, Kano and Ene on page before Marry resets the route.
    • Happens again in the second route of the manga which goes from the lighthearted Ship Tease of Mary asking if Kano likes Kido to Kano finding Kido stabbed to death in an alley almost right after.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Route XX Shintaro arguably crosses it when he deletes Ene upon her encouragement for him to leave his room.
    • Kuroha crosses it prior to the series' beginning, when he tricks Ayano into committing suicide. Or, arguably even earlier when he manipulates Azami into creating the Daze, knowing fully that she'd suffer forever because of it.
  • Narm: Ayano's Theory of Happiness in the anime is... Something, alright.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Kuroha's expression in the MekakuCity Records crossfade PV.
    • Outer Science in general.
      • Everything about Kuroha for that matter.
    • Marry, screaming silently at the end of Outer Science as her hair falls out, forms into snakes, turns black and scales grow over her skin. Seeing the series' most Moe character like that is... just upsetting.
  • No Yay: Any ship involving Kuroha, due to how much suffering he's inflicted on pretty much every other character in the franchise. Especially Shintaro; Crimes against him include driving his best friend Ayano to suicide, forcing Kano to pose as Ayano's corpse, indirectly causing Shintaro to blame himself for her death, killing his other two friends and turning them into a cyborg and an AI, and severely injuring another one of his friends and possessing their body.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: My Funny Weekend improved some fans' opinion of Hiyori, since it portrays her as a Jerk with a Heart of Gold who treats Hibiya more like a friend than a lackey.
  • Sacred Cow: The original Vocaloid songs are so universally treasured that merely criticizing them is considered blasphemy. Part of the backlash against the anime was how much it diverged from the original. Its rendition of Ayano's Theory of Happiness was particularly loathed for turning one of the most beloved songs in the fandom into a poorly animated CGI nightmare.
  • The Scrappy: Hiyori is seen as this by some for her callous treatment of Hibiya.
  • The Woobie:
    • Shintaro was always apathetic with the world, and had a hard time caring about things because of how easy it all was to him. When he finally made some vague friends, one committed suicide, and the other two were murdered. He managed to block out the deaths of the latter two, and lock himself in his room for a full two years over the trauma. Even after Summertime Record and Mekakucity's endings, it's implied he still has his power and remembers all the timelines. While everyone else is happy and can finally relax, he'll forever remember timelines and timelines of things like Outer Science.
    • Kano was beaten by his mother from a young age, but he still loved her anyway. Trying to protect her jewelry from robbers, both he and his mother were stabbed to death. He came back with the Snake of Deceiving Eyes, who Encouraged him to lie. Then, when he finally found a new family his new big sister and rolemodel committed suicide. He was forced to work for the Snake of Clearing Eyes after that, practically scheming against his own family under the risk that they'd be killed otherwise. He has to shoulder this all on his own, and keep up a masquerade that everything's okay.
      • The mother incident is made significantly worse with the fact that he associates physical harm with himself so strongly that it deactivates his power.
    • Marry spent 40 years living inside a small secluded house, warned by her loving mother of the dangers of going outside. When she went outside anyway, humans ambushed her and murdered her and her mother. She came back with the Snake of Combining Eyes, and spent more than 100 years locked inside her house, thoroughly terrified of encountering any more humans. When she finally does make a friend in Seto, the Snake of Clearing Eyes eventually swoops in and murders everyone Marry cares about purely to drive her across the Despair Event Horizon so that she'll reset time. And yet despite her traumatic early years, Marry retains her kind demeanor and willingness to make new friends out of desire to not spend any more time alone.
    • Kenjirou lost the love of his life, and has the Snake of Clearing Eyes put inside of him. In a futile effort to make itself immortal, the Snake manages to drive his biological daughter to suicide. Not only that, but it also kills his two dearly beloved students. His three adopted children then proceed to run away and leave him all alone. Despite all of that, he continues to be kind and patient with a student like Momo.
  • Tear Jerker: Ayano's suicide, and Shintaro's reactions in Toumei Answer and Lost Time Memory.
    • And then Ayano's Happiness Theory came along and made it even worse.
    • Challenge. Watch Yuukei Yesterday and then Outer Science. Or just read the manga up to Haruka's death and try NOT to cry a single time. If you win: good for you. If you lose: congratulations and welcome to everyday life of the fandom
    • The Kagerou Daze time loop, and its affect on Hibiya in Otsukimi Recital. The poor kid is literally having flashbacks from minor things like seeing a cat or a child on a swing.
  • Uncanny Valley: A lot of people are not fond of the absurd CGI in Ayano's Theory of Happiness during the anime. For understandable reasons.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Kido. Even everyone in-universe who meets her initially describes her as having a masculine appearance!
  • What an Idiot!: During her confrontation with the Snake of Clearing Eyes, Ayano deduces that if she goes in to the Daze and takes a snake from there, his plans will be thwarted since he won't be able to gather up all of them. The Snake of Clearing Eyes claims that this is indeed true.
    • You'd Expect: For Ayano to realize that the Snake of Clearing Eyes is bullshitting her, since there's no way he'd casually admit that there's a way to stop his plans that she could do at that very moment. From there, she'd escape and warn Haruka and Takane about what Kenjirou is planning.
    • Instead: She believes everything he says and jumps off the school roof to her death. Surprise, surprise, the Snake was lying and Ayano killed herself for no reason, and with her out of the picture, the Snake goes about his plans to kill Haruka and Takane without interference.


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