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  • Harsher in Hindsight: In episode 26 we have a funny scene where Eimi is briefly hypnotized into believing she's a dog. Near the end of the series we learn her hated rival is a creep very fond of hypnosis.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The unlucky, over-confident fop named Sawatari? Hmm...
  • Macekre: The first DVD dub tried to remove all references to God, including scenes where Meimi and Seira (in nun garb) kneel and pray in a church. The subs were fine, though.
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  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Rina. The Crystal Swan two-parter shows for good she's more than the abrasive and jealous girl with a crush on Asuka jr., and the final chapters have her show genuine niceness to Meimi.
  • The Scrappy: Rina, at least to the original fanbase, for how she was written to have strong-armed her way both into the Saint Tail investigations and Asuka and Meimi's budding romance. She was better received later as the series went on.
  • Subbing vs. Dubbing: Tokyopop got some criticism from parents when some volumes of the show were released only in Japanese with subtitles, because their young children could no longer follow the stories.
  • Values Dissonance: The ending of the caper in episode 10, where Saint Tail briefly uses a knocked-out security guard for a body swap trick in order to escape Rina and Asuka Jr. Both of them (especially Asuka) treat the "reveal" of Saint Tail being a crossdressing man as an Unsettling Gender Reveal. Around 1995, this kind of joke was relatively in vogue for comedy anime, whereas nowadays it comes across as tone-deaf at best, transphobic at worst.
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