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  • Awesome Music: The opening theme is pretty awesome.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Kurumi. Some like her for being a badass Combat Medic with a very open crush on Asuka. Others dislike her for being a Sociopathic Hero who seems to enjoy torturing those she interrogates.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Most, if not all, of the manga's humour is this. Special mention goes to dedicating an entire omake chapter to various torture methods.
  • Epileptic Trees:
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    • Fans/Readers began to suggest that Queen could be the commander of the 11-girl Magical girl Multinational Team, Chevalier Francine, who got killed in the fight against the Disas since she first appeared after Asuka remembers her death.
    • After Nozomi gets kidnapped by Abby, fans/readers suspects that Babel Library has a double agent inside the NPA or they used magic that allowed them to get personal details of her father.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Chisato, Abby, and Brigaider.
  • Fetish Retardant: The manga is chock full of this thanks to a mix of fanservice and nightmare fuel mentioned below. One standout moment being the illegal magical girl, Nazani, being reduced to a BDSM pet after being tortured and broken by Kurumi despite appearing noticeably younger than most of the other characters.
  • Funny Moments:
    • Asuka giving a very flustered reaction at General Tabitha's 'greeting', contrasting her mostly-serious and Shell-Shocked Veteran character.
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    • Kurumi being flabbergasted at how Tamara stole Asuka's first kiss. She'd kill her if she wasn't trying to save her.
  • Les Yay: This is a magical girl show, what did you expect? The most obvious case is Kurumi's intense lust for Asuka, but Sayako has her share of teasing too, with Nozomi noting that she and Asuka look like a couple. Episode 8 also shows that Francine was pretty… touchy-feely with the other Magical Nine, even "ordering" (it was more of a boast made in jest than an actual order) Asuka to basically sleep with her that night − which the latter politely declines. Seems to be a case of Author Appeal since the writer, Makoto Fukami, has written several series with lesbians in them; some of them being yuri.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Giess, despite his Dark and Troubled Past, crossed it beyond the point of forgiveness and lost any hope of redemption when he instigated a hit and run that severely injured Chisato and killed her mother.
  • Narm: The anime aspires to be a Darker and Edgier take on magical girls, yet the animation quality is typical of a low-budget Schoolgirl Series, and it occasionally dips into anime-isms that immediately clash with the desired tone:
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    • In episode 4, Asuka dreams about their former team leader dying in a gory mess, and in the middle of this is a cheery still frame of M-Squad going to McDonald's as civilians, complete with derpy Off-Model character designs and one girl making a stereotypical "Baka!" face.
    • Magical Girl Trivia comes right the fuck out of nowhere in the middle of an intense combat scene and may bring up similarities to Killing Bites use of trivia.
    • Kurumi has been very close to Asuka, but for the Tanabata festival she abruptly veers into yandere territory, with glowing yellow eyes and comically sudden mood swings. This also happens in the manga, but the festival occurs much later, when the audience has already been made well aware of Kurumi's mental stability, but the anime moves the festival to after M-Squad's first mission. This makes Kurumi's sudden bout of yandere-ness come out of nowhere to anime-only viewers.
  • Narm Charm: That being said, it's clear the series doesn't take itself completely seriously, given the amounts of Crosses the Line Twice and Black Comedy throughout the manga and anime.
    • With the arrival of General Tabira, the series suddenly becomes ecchi as she gropes and fawns over M-Squad like a lech.
    • The ecchi factor is taken into straight up hentai by the introduction of Oboroten Executive Varvara, an Expy of Kuroko Koumori, in chapter 36. If her design wasn't absurd enough, her power is literally Naughty Tentacles. She acknowledges this by expressing a fondness for hentai anime.
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