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  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • Ayumu's aggressive & jealous personality in the initial 4Komas (justified as she is possessed by an evil spirit) has been toned down in frequent comics.
    • The absurd Silver Macaron grind was quickly addressed by KLab within a week of release, awarding 100 3★ Silver Macarons to all players and promising to tone down the required grind.
    • The upcoming October 18 patch will rebalance the game's gameplay loop based on the complaints KLab received from players. Some players do express that the patch might shorten the game's longevity.
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  • Base-Breaking Character: Karin Asaka is explicitly designed and pitched as a sex appeal character. As Love Live! is known for avoiding sex appeal whenever possible, this had rather polarizing responses from the fanbase.
  • Crossover Ship: Continuing on from the original School Idol Festival, Shizuku Osaka is once again shipped with Hilda from the Pokémon games in crossover fan art as well as in the crossover fanfiction universe Tokimeki PokéLive! and TwinBee. Joining Shizuku, Rina Tennoji is also involed in a crossover ship in Fanon as well, with her being shipped with Freya Jerbarn from the Xak series of games by certain people on DeviantArt.
  • Epileptic Trees:
    • Many fans expect the story of the Nijigasaki High School Idol Club to be the same as the previous two series: The announcement of the school closing down, and the school idols going their separate ways (read: disband) in the future.
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    • Some of the fans assumed that every member of the Nijigasaki High School Idol Club are genuinely queer lesbians (in contrast to Ambiguously Gay characters from previous series), as the word "Niji" on Nijigasaki translates as Rainbow, which is also associated to homosexuality.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Guess which one of the songs shares the same title with the second opening for JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable?
    • In the main series, Dia is Eli's biggest fan due to being in a similar position as a school council president. Fast forward to ALL STARS, and the two of them can be seen in the background chatting it up in the opening movie, essentially making it an Alternate Universe dream come true.
  • Memetic Mutation: Can be found here under "School idol festival ALL STARS".
  • Les Yay:
    • Apart from the other SIF characters, Karin and Ai are already shipped (although starting slowly) with each other before All-Stars was released, which also continues the legacy of "Third Year Blonde and Purple Hair" couples like NozoEli and/or KanaMari, although this ship breaks the cycle due to the two girls' different ages, and Ai's fully Japanese origin (her usage of Engrish to her songs on the other hand, it's an entirely different matter). This pair actually won the Nijigasaki sub-unit poll, become a duo sub-unit!
      • Karin herself is prone to teasing her underclassmen, even teaching them how to be sexy like her.
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    • In one of the Nijigasaki-themed stories in the game, Kanata suddenly hugged Emma, which made many fans imply that Kanata is comfy to Emma's pair of "pillows" (actually, Kanata is fond of Emma's thighs as pillows).
    • The opening movie gave us Chika touching Ayumu's shoulders to ease her anxiety. During the panning shot from Honoka's perspective, Chika also stares at Ayumu instead of looking at Honoka.
  • Narm: Because any character can replace any other character in 3D Lives, with the right combination of characters and song it is possible to invoke this with hilarious effect. Ever wanted to see Ruby perform a seductive dance?
  • Scrappy Mechanic: The Stamina mechanic has been fairly controversial. As the game eats Stamina for simply playing it, unlike normal rhythm games where the Life Meter only decreases when you get bad judgments, the mechanic pretty much enforces team raising to be able to even survive harder songs regardless of player skill. This is a massive departure from SIF (where Low-Level Run is possible if the player is skilled enough), and some players do not like how places much more emphasis on grinding than on the player's ability to play the game.
  • Snark Bait: Due to being delayed for many months, the fans treated the game as completely on hold for eternity or even better: canceled.note 
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: When the extended preview of Setsuna Yuki's solo "CHASE!" was released with the Tokimeki RUNNERS reveal, jokes about it being a Sword Art Online theme song started circulating. The song has general stylistic similarities to the SAO series theme songs, and Setsuna sounds somewhat like LiSA at certain points. It also helps that her voice actress' most famous role was as the protagonist of Sword Art Online: Alternative Gun Gale Online, LLENN, and performed said anime's ending song.
  • Tainted by the Preview: The idea of the "Biristar corner" for the Dengeki G's Magazine, which features the girls in last place drawn in fanservice shots. This idea does not bode well with some parts of the western fanbase.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: The heavy RPG elements and less than usual focus on the rhythm action, when compared to School Idol Festival, have attracted some complaints post-release.
  • Tier-Induced Scrappy: Depending on how stacked you are in terms of total Team Power, Guard units can be this. Guard characters serve to reduce damage or heal, a very helpful trait if you're unable to use your other teams for too long without losing a lot of Stamina. However, once you become strong enough, Guard units fall into the same bin as Healers and P. Locks from SIF, where they are functionally redundant if you have the power and skill to muscle through songs without their assistance. At best they end up becoming Stamina padding fodder for the rest of your team to not die, but actually having them out will end up as a detriment if your other teams can do better.


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