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  • Adaptation Displacement: The anime is far more well-known than the manga it's based off of, partially because of Kyoto Animation's big name, but mostly because the factor it's famous for (the stockpile of anime-related Shout-Outs) is almost entirely anime-original. As far as the U.S. and other western countries is concerned, you'd be hard-pressed to find anyone who even knows the manga at all.
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  • Americans Hate Tingle: A number of western anime fans aren't all that fond of Patricia Martin (the show's resident "nod" to western anime fans).
  • Audience-Alienating Premise: The show was made specifically with otaku on mind, and was best marketed in America by DVD like nearly everything else from Japan. It's about high school girls, but the way they look, sound, and speak, along with the aesthetics in general, makes them seem like grade schoolers in what would seem to belong on Nick Jr., where it would actually have to undergo some kind of butchery first to land. Some of the things the girls talk about range from things that real teens don't (case in point: How does one eat such-and-such?) to references to yaoi, breast sizes, and kidnappings. Incompatible subjects for the same show, much?
  • Awesome Music:
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    • Gravity.
      • Got even funnier around the summer of 2009 when m.o.v.e. — the group the song was parodying — released an album full of covers of anime tracks, and included their version of Gravity.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • The pet shop scene in the OVA, overlapping with Mind Screw and Nightmare Fuel.
    • Also in the OVA, when Konata's MMORPG party strikes a team pose, a random male character comes and joins in on the far right, then just walks away without anyone noticing.
  • Ear Worm: The main theme has a tendency to get stuck in one's cranium longer than would be preferred.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Misao managed to be popular enough to snag a solo Image Song CD after already sharing one with Ayano.
    • Soujirou, for older male readers— Rule of Empathy works in here.
    • Kanata Izumi, as despite only appearing in one episode and some minor cameos on photos, she's well remembered for appearing in one of the most touching and praised scenes in the anime.
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    • Meito Anizawa. The Domon Kasshu lookalike and the manager of the Anime store that Konata frequents. He and his staff treat Konata as the most valued customer, codenaming her "Legendary Girl A" and always go to extravagant lengths to make her buy something, even resorting to militaristic approaches, while constantly shouting enthusiastic in typical anime fashion when trying to promote something.
    • Yukari, amongst the older readers, for being the darned cutest and most huggable mommy in anime (well, except maybe Akiko Minase.)
    • Minoru Shiraishi.
    • An unnamed (gasp!) boy appeared in one scene of manga Vol. 6. Apparently he was VP of Miyuki's class and wanted to confess to her but never did. Unsurprisingly, some fanart of him and Miyuki has sprung up. He's been given the name Toshiaki, which is basically the 2Chan version of "Anon".
  • Fandom Rivalry: with Azumanga Daioh fans often sees this show a total rip-off.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Konata and Kagami, for certain.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Kanata didn't want her daughter to have Sou's personality. When she died, Konata didn't have a strong female role model to keep her grounded.
  • Genius Bonus: Lampshaded heavily with all the anime, manga, and otaku references Konata makes. Her friends often have no clue what she's talking about.
  • Growing the Beard: Many see Episode 5, when the first director, Yutaka Yamamoto, was fired and replaced by Yasuhiro Takemoto, as the turning point in which the series really started to get funny.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • As of 2008, any scene where Anime Tenchou's sales tactics fail and Konata goes to Gamers instead.
    • Konata's... cover of CHA-LA-HEAD-CHA-LA at the end of one episode is pretty amusing with the foresight that Aya Hirano later wound up having a role in a Dragon Ball anime.
  • Hollywood Pudgy: Konata deems Kagami's weight-watching to be excessive.
  • Memetic Mutation: To a lesser extent than most, but for most of the fans all you have to do is mention chocolate cornets... The series has its own page as well.
  • Moe:
    • Every main character that isn't Soujiro can be seen as Moe by someone (probably a result of Puni Plush) Konata outright designates Miyuki and Yutaka as walking Moe. And let's not forget that Kagami even won the 2008 Saimoe Tournament.
    • On the other hand, Konata also frequently deconstructs moe, reminding Kagami that moe is not about reality: Big Brother Instinct does not occur on Real Life big brothers, there's nothing cute being an Ill Girl, and dojikko are one annoying sort.
  • Never Live It Down: Konata being prideful to her flat chest, which ultimately ignites the "Flat is Justice" pledge.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Kanata, when she visits her family as a Cute Ghost Girl in episode 22.
  • One True Pairing: Konata/Kagami, it has even got its own Portmanteau Couple Name, not to mention tons of shoujo-ai artwork traversing the web...
  • Painful Rhyme: Part of why the opening theme is so surreal is that the lyrics seem to have been written so that they rhyme but otherwise are pretty random.
  • Pandering to the Base:
    • This series is commonly accused to be this. This may be the result of narrow focus; Comptiq after all is a video game/manga magazine and comic strips on that kind of magazine is supposed to be like that...
    • The anime is accused of this more with all the Les Yay and Shout Outs (even compared to the manga)
  • Portmanteau Couple Name:
    • Apparently "Konami" if you ship Konata and Kagami together. Probably the logical conclusion of otakus shipping otakus.
    • Less commonly used, but arguably even more appropriate, is "Mintaka" for Minami and Yutaka.
    • And another example is "Tsuyuki" (Tsukasa and Miyuki).
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: The anime in particular suffers from this, as it was among the earliest anime to deliberately make its characters and plot about anime Otaku who would actually discuss anime and its fandom, and this made the anime quite popular, since it was both relatable Slice of Life and it had its finger on the pulse of the then-current anime otaku's interests. However, as the years went by, the anime's numerous references became increasingly dated (it came out at a time when Haruhi Suzumiya was at the height of its popularity), and many of its Slice of Life elements don't hold up as well compared to other Schoolgirl Series.
  • Ships That Pass in the Night: Patty and Hiyori are frequently paired together despite barely having a single interaction in the anime.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: To a small extent, the Konata/Kagami fan army vs the Konata/Miyuki fan camps, which are smaller but equally hardcore.
  • Signature Scene: The Chocolate Cornet discussion is the one scene everyone knows (that, and the Haruhi Suzumiya cosplay scene).
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Yutaka, full stop. She is so cute that many people think of her as this way. See for yourself.
  • This Is Your Premise on Drugs: Azumanga Daioh with even more crack and Seinfeld on even more sedatives at the same time.
  • "Weird Al" Effect: Timotei, an actual brand of shampoo, will always be associated with Konata's Timotei scene to Lucky Star fans.
  • The Woobie:
    • Poor Tsukasa, whom the directors of the show REALLY get a kick out of portraying as a helpless little girl who is LITERALLY pushed around in a big man's world. Even though this does make her even more adorable.
    • Kagami also counts to a lesser extent. She who has to put up with constant abuse from Konata and never gets into the class she wants, not to mention her adorable Cry Cute moments.
    • Also when dere-dere Kagami expresses her insecurities or wants that she can't bring herself to show. Yet again for Kagami during the episode where she has to put up with her (also Tsundere) big sister. She seemed at the verge of tears at one point. *runs to hug*
    • Also Minami in the manga; she's often mistaken to be the one behind many no-nos, such as not cleaning up after her dog, or a prank involving pressing all the buttons in an elevator.
    • Kuroi-sensei, not least during the Christmas Episode.
    • Kanata Izumi, as despite accepting the fact that she has passed away, she still laments that she couldn't be with her family anymore and only able to visit them without any way to interact with them outside of spooky photos.


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