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  • All There Is to Know About "The Crying Game": Most people who haven't seen the show already know it for the infamous rape of Himeko during episode 8. Even if they don't know that, people are well aware that Himeko and Chikane become romantically involved; for most of the first few episodes the series didn't seem rather Girls' Love but more Romantic Two-Girl Friendship driven.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Chikane Himemiya. Primarily because of her Jerkass behavior and alleged double standards in relation to the author to this. At the same time, although her actions are an old echo of the romantisation of violence in Yuri Genre and Yaoi Genre, they still have a (flimsy,. for many) plot justification.
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    • Souma. While part of the audience sees it as an obvious and necessary Romantic Runner-Up, whom exists only for complicating romance and creating an additional drama in the storyline, others see him as an poor Butt-Monkey, whose contribution to fighting Orochi and helping Himeko is completely ignored for the sake of creating Official Couple of two girls. That and no one telling him he was in a yuri series.
  • Broken Base:
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  • Cliché Storm: Well, it clearly was not this at the time of manga and adaptation, but nowadays it can almost reach the Stealth Parody border in combination of all this with Mecha Genre. In particular, the work contains Cast Full of Gay, a male character like Romantic Runner-Up, one of the girls like Onee-sama and the like.
  • Designated Hero: The series seems to permanently be on Chikane's side... no matter how selfish, bitchy, hypocritical, smug and ultimately creepy and predatory she comes off. It's even worse when she and Miyako commit similar actions ( Miyako molests Chikane, whereas Chikane rapes Himeko) but the series shows Miyako as a clear villain whereas Chikane stays as the heroine.
  • Die for Our Ship: Poor Souma.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: While Chikane's actions can be considered justified instory, some fans are are all too eager to excuse her for her very depraved actions, while she herself seems to think she's far beyond redemption but still pulls them. The fact that it becomes meaningless, since her reincarnation unintentionally broke the Redemption Equals Death, makes it even more controversial.
  • Epileptic Trees:
    • We know that at the end of the anime the adult Himeko meets the reincarnating Chikane and they fall in love again. But what is their age difference, if Chikane died when they were 16 years old, and the ending show her adult? Oh boy ...
    • Why does the father of the twins in the end of the manga have the same hairstyle as the Souma? They reincarnated in his daughters? But who then is their mother?
  • Esoteric Happy Ending: Depending on whether you consider a permissible happy ending to be a reincarnation as a new person, or strange hints of turning girls into "too much" loving sisters, the end of the series can become that. In addition, if we interpret Himeko's words as a sign of preserving their personality after reincarnation, this makes the ending of the anime completely happy, and the end of the manga is even more embarrassing.
  • It Was His Sled: The reincarnation deal and Chikane raping Himeko. Arguably All There Is to Know About "The Crying Game".
  • Incest Yay Shipping: Due to the fact that the ending of the manga depicts the reincarnation of the twins in a rather ambiguous manner, including The words "now we will always be together" and a strong Incest Subtext, some readers interpreted their continuation of their relationship in a new life already as Twincest.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • The ending image with Himeko embracing Chikane has been parodied oh so many times with other couples replacing them. It has been said that a yuri ship is not official until someone draws them in a "miko embrace". Heck, sometimes the image shows up in-universe, like it did Puella Magi Madoka Magica.
    • The notorious rape with flute also turned into a meme as YFR, which is now used as a comic call to provide it in some discussed yuri work.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Some people believe Chikane crossed it when she raped Himeko.
  • Narm:
    • The scene in which Chikane slays the followers of Orochi becomes hilarious when one notices that Nekoko the Cat Girl has an arrow in the ass. It's even more awkward when one sees that Corona has an arrow on her boob... when few minutes before Nekoko had compared her chest disfavorably with Chikane's.
    • And right before that, Girochi attempts to restrain Chikane in chains... and all the needless, horribly animated Gainaxing she displays as she's "trapped" distracts the viewer.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: Once this work was one of the first works in Yuri Genre, which openly and without any Les Yay subtext depicted the lesbian relationship between the two main heroines, being a fairly famous and popular manga. However, now, in an increasingly tolerant relationship to homosexual relationships and a large number of mainstream yuri works, this manga may seem very old-fashioned due to the heavy Hide Your Lesbians, extreme melodrama, Cliché Storm and Dead Horse Trope like the death of one of the girls.
  • Unfortunate Implications: As Chuck Sonnenburg noticed in his review of the series, the show seems to treat the more problematic elements in Himeko and Chikane's relationship (stuff like Chikane sexually assaulting Himeko, and Himeko still pining for Chikane, despite, well, the aforementioned sexual assault), behavior that would at best been seen as extremely abusive and unhealthy in a heterosexual relationship, as somehow more "acceptable" out of some misguided belief that, apparently, same sex relationships are or should be held up to very different standards when it comes to what is considered abuse.
    • This becomes even more ambiguous, given that Himeko prefers Chikane in contrast to Souma, whom the show portrays as a much more caring and good-natured heterosexual Love Interest, lacking in Chikane's abusive behavior and ready also to sacrifice themselves in the name of love for the main heroine.
    • Plus, Chikane is supposed to be seen as "heroic" even after having raped Himeko... but a few episodes before that, Chikane was molested by another woman ( Miyako), and the other guy who wanted Himeko for himself (Miyako's brother Girochi) was a creepy Stalker with a Crush. Miyako and Girochi were villainized for wanting to sexually assault Chikane and Himeko, okay... but Chikane's own sexual molestation of Himeko was supposed to be "acceptable" due to the plot? What.
  • Wangst:
    • Reiko wants to destroy the world because the manga of her dreams isn't successful, or simply out out of bitterness that her manga/anime got screwed by Executive Meddling. Either way, it's not a very good reason, especially when compared to the other necks' Freudian Excuses (i.e, Corona is also in the entertainement fields, but she became an Orochi not just because of her loss of fame, but because she was sexually abused).
    • Chikane's gayngst often comes off as her being incredibly selfish and whiny than as something coming from "an emotionally-torn woman in love". Especially when she whines to herself about being in love with Himeko and feeling impure for her feelings, but still drapes herself all over an unnamed girl from the archery team - which some viewers saw as both creepy and hypocritical.


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