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  • Accidental Innuendo: The artifacts being called "Sticks" can lead to some viewers channeling their inner-Beavis And Butthead. It reaches the point of hilarity when characters discuss overusing their Sticks or worry about their Sticks getting taken.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Are Aya's parents really incredibly oblivious to Kaname abusing her, or do they just don't care? Considering what we later learn about Mr. Asagiri, the latter is possible.
    • What exactly did Kiyoharu mean when she planned on ruining her bullies' lives after they had families of their own? Considering her stick gives her telepathy, some theorize she meant something along the lines of exposing their darkest secrets. However, others took that to mean something much darker, like killing their families.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Aya. Some like her for being the only decent human being on her team and for being a huge Woobie. However, others hate her for her passive nature and unwillingness to kill or harm others (especially those who have done harm to her), which has resulted in more suffering in the case of Sarina coming back and Kaname getting away with killing two people, one of which was her ally, because she didn't tell anybody that Kaname has a Stick. While her behavior is understandable, some audience members grew tired of it by the time the first arc ended.
  • Catharsis Factor: The vast majority of casualties in this series are Asshole Victims, and their deaths are so satisfying.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy:
    • It's very hard to care what happens to the characters when all of them, with the sole exception of Aya, are horrible people who border on being outright sociopaths, not to mention how excessively and pointlessly gruesome it can get at times. Perhaps because of this, most reviewers have not been particularly kind towards this manga. In fact, some see the series as more of a comedy instead due to how over the top the edginess is.
    • Chapter seven of Sept is possibly by far the darkest chapter in not just the spin off, but the entire franchise, given the following events occur. The nude photos taken of Tsurara when her coach was raping her get plastered over the walls of the school, everyone starts calling her a slut and a whore, her seemingly kind boyfriend Akai promptly dumps her and screams she should die, when she tries to tell him she's pregnant with his child (she's not; it's the coach's child) he denies her further and then everyone in the classroom except for Hyouka and Anjou start screaming she should kill herself, so she runs up to the roof and does exactly that. The entire chapter is just so uncomfortably brutal and disgusting, it feels like the majority of the main series' early chapters condensed together.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Subverted with Kaname. Despite his good looks and Freudian Excuse, the story does a good job at making viewers despise him. On the other hand, the anime takes Kaname's evilness to an overt extreme to the point of total memeness
  • Ear Worm: The opening Changing Point is really catchy and difficult not to loop.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Readers are pretty fond of Kiyoharu for being a sympathetic trans girl, which is pretty rare in Japan due to severe Values Dissonance note , and for being one of the few Magical Girls aside from Aya that's a pretty decent person (grudge against her bullies withstanding).
    • Kayo and Sakaki have been getting rather popular, given the two of them have rather intriguing personalities and have avoided becoming Unintentionally Unsympathetic the way some of the rest of cast have.
    • While his manga counterpart is disliked for the right reasons, the anime version of Kaname won over viewers with his hamminess and his memetic expressions.
  • Fountain of Memes: Kaname's expressions and over-the-top rants make him this.
  • Funny Moments:
    • Shioi enrolls into the school and suddenly enrages Nijimi. So what do Aya and Yatsumura do? They steal her panties! Cue cheers from the boys in the anime adaptation.
    • When Rina and Yatsumura are staying with Mikari, Rina's reaction to the fancy food prepared for them is hilarious.
      "I DON'T WANT TO EAT THAT SMALL AS SHIT FRENCH FOOD ON THOSE BIG ASS PLATES ANYMORE!"
  • Guilty Pleasures: For the people that enjoy this series.
  • Heartwarming Moments:
    • Yatsumura's transformation from a stoic, traumatized young woman to someone happily spending time with Aya, leading up to their very first kiss.
    • Kayo and Sakaki meeting other magical girls listed in the Slaughter Note. The first they encounter is Hiroko Shimozono, who explains how her Stick (a remote control that causes nausea and vomiting) got her bullies to back off but alienated her from her classmates and earned her the nickname "Noroko" (a pun on norovirus). She happily allows Kayo to copy her Stick, but only asks that she and Sakaki become her friends since she doesn't have any. While there's some slight teasing about the nickname, Kayo and Sakaki happily accept Hiroko as a friend and offer to chat with her online later that night. The rest of the girls they meet are likewise pleasant individuals who openly allow Kayo to copy their abilities, at least until they met Rina Shioi.
  • Internet Backdraft: When Kiyoharu was revealed to be a trans girl, her page on the series Wiki was subjected to Edit Wars regarding her gender.
  • Iron Woobie: Yatsumura. She used to be a nice girl with a loving family, until one night a burglar came, murdered her parents and unborn sibling, and threatened to come back for Yatsumura to "do things" to her, whether or not she told the police about him. Poor girl lived in fear for years. Until the mahou shoujo site showed up, that is...
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Many come to this show just for Kaname.
  • Les Yay: Yatsumura and Aya have evidence of this. Confirmed when they kiss...
  • Love to Hate: The series does a good job making Kaname detestable, combined with his memeticness and Nobuhiko Okamoto's performance in the anime.
  • Memetic Molester: Kaname, thanks to his overly expressive faces and Nobuhiko Okamoto's voice performance.
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • While Kaname was no saint, constantly beating up his sister as stress relief, he sails straight into it by unremorsefully using Nijimi's Stick to make Keisuke kill himself, just to test the powers out.
    • Reiko Maguchi, one of the teachers in Sept, plastered the nude photos of Tsurara on the school walls because she was pissed off the tennis coach Kuraki was sleeping with Tsurara and not her like he used to. When Tsurara kills herself by jumping off the school roof, Reiko has to conceal that she's laughing because she finds her death hilarious.
  • Narm: The end of chapter nine. Way to ruin the drama...
    • Kaname's over-the-top behavior in episode 9, combined with his ridiculous facial expressions, really ruins the mood the episode was going for.
  • Narm Charm: Kaname killing Keisuke manages to be both hilarious and terrifying. On the one hand, he proudly takes his pants off to reveal he's wearing Nijimin's panties. On the other, he's giving Keisuke a pretty cruel "Reason You Suck" Speech right before making him stab himself.
  • Never Live It Down: While the series is no doubt dark, it reached Torture Porn levels in the first chapter. Even though the series does dial it back afterword, many were turned off because of it.
  • Protagonist-Centered Morality: Kaname is considered by the cast to be a irredeemable monster after he attempts to kill the other Magical Girls. While that may be true, the girls have a heartless serial killer on their team by the name of Rina Shioi who has killed far more people than Kaname. The only one who even has a realistic reaction to her being a serial killer is Nijimi and Yatsmura keeps stopping her from her getting revenge due to petty and selfish reasons. Rina's sole saving grace, would be the virtue of being the Fearless Fool and willingness to sacrifice herself for the others if the situation require it.
  • The Scrappy: Many people just want Sarina to die already. They eventually get their wish... at first.
  • So Bad, It's Good: Due the massive Values Dissonance, excessive edge and hysterical expressions made by the characters, many readers and viewers have come to adapt a view like this about the series.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Enduring abuse without retaliation towards your abusers doesn't make you a good person, just a easier victim. The only way to escape a living hell, is by taking action by your own hands and decisions to do so, consequences be damned.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The reveal that the Magical Hunter/ Shioi's latest form is that of Sarina's sister. Aside from getting Sarina to find out something is wrong and leading her to meet the Site Admin, it hasn't been brought up since.
  • Uncanny Valley: The weird picture that Yatsumura calls 'The Site Admin'. All the Admins fall into this, as they all share the same art style and look like unnerving, expressionless humanoids.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic:
    • Sarina. While the story paints her as a Jerkass Woobie who just lost a friend, it's hard to feel sorry for her when said friend was killed in self-defense because she was trying to get her boyfriend to rape Aya.
    • Keisuke. He spent the majority of his page-time obsessing over Nijimin and tried to murder Kaname just for talking to her. Kaname using Nijimin's Stick on him is supposed to be his Moral Event Horizon, but since it's really hard to sympathize with Keisuke, many fans read/watched the scene thinking that no matter who kills who, it would be a good outcome.
    • Tsurara, over in Sept was starting to veer into this territory after becoming a Broken Bird, when she eventually disregards all Hyouka is doing for her sake and is prepared to make her new boyfriend Akai believe he's the father of her baby, which was conceived when her tennis coach raped her. While she's understandably suffered a lot, her seemingly selfish attitude annoyed a few readers who felt she was going into unlikable territory. She then when straight back to being sympathetic after receiving a massive Trauma Conga Line in the seventh chapter, which culminated in her jumping off the school roof and killing herself.
  • The Woobie: Aya. Within the first chapter alone, she has her locker and desk vandalized, is beaten and strangled by her older brother, has the stray cat she was playing with thrown in front of a train, and is nearly raped. It looks like things are only going to get worse from here on out. You just want to take the poor girl and give her a hug.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: The large amounts of blood, gore, and profanity, combined with exploring very controversial themes such as bullying, rape, and suicide would make this manga look like a seinen series, but much like the author's previous work, this series runs in a shonen magazine, Weekly Shonen Champion.

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