- Awesome Music: The opening which is extremely catchy and quite soothing. As are the several closing songs.
- Better Than Canon: Because of a very well-done example of Adaptation Expansion (see main page entry), many fans and critics seem to prefer the Angelic Layer anime over CLAMP's original manga.
- Ho Yay: Kaede and Sai; a few of Tamayo's joking comments to Misaki; Misaki's crush on Ringo and Hatoko shows some towards Misaki, though she is five.
- Values Dissonance: Shuuko fears that, if she stays with her daughter Misaki, some traits of her will bring said child the scorn of others due to having "a useless mother". In the manga, she's cripplingly and horribly shy; in the anime, she's an Ill Girl in a wheelchair, AND cripplingly and horribly shy. This comes from the very complicated view of human relationships in Japan.
YMMV / Kidou Tenshi Angelic Layer