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  • Accidental Innuendo:
    • In chapter 29, Ms. Aki and Takaki tell the others about Haruko's strange sleepwalking habit. But it sounds far more suggestive when taken out of context:
    Ms. Aki: "When I woke up to find her in my bed, I was so surprised..."
    Takaki: "She was sleeping with everyone. Who knew Haruko-chan had such a sleeping habit?"
    • Kyoki should've chosen her words more carefully when dealing with Love Espada.
      Kyoki: (reprimanding Espada) "Espada-senpai! This year, I won't let you do as you please!!"
      (Espada coaxes her into one of the school's clubrooms and does exactly that)
    • Also done in the anime's 9th episode, after Usui eliminates Himegami from the water polo match:
      Yuuka: (doing commentary) "...and just like that, Himegami is out. Kengo took her from behind like a thief in the night."
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  • Adaptation Displacement: Most western fans are only familiar with the anime, which largely ignores the manga's plot in favor of dialing up the fanservice. So many assume the series is nothing but fap material.
  • Awesome Art: Takeda Hiromitsu's character designs and backgrounds are reason enough to pick up the manga. But from chapter 23 onwards, the art improves considerably.
  • Best Known for the Fanservice: Thanks to the anime adaptation, which has left most with the impression that it's all T&A. Whereas the manga it's based on has an intricate plot, detailed character art, and fight scenes. Others only know of it due to Hiromitsu's hentai doujins, especially now that he's made an official H-doujin of Ms. Akinote .
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  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: At the start of chapter 16, Ms. Aki gets Kai to the nurse's office to treat his injuries but decided to change into nylons with gater belts and a thong first, then mounts him in the 69 position. Kai is understandably confused and asks why she's doing it that way, but she ignores him and proceeds anyway. It's the only time she's ever used such a risqué method and no explanation is given for it.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Aki was an early fan favorite for obvious reasons and ranked third, behind Haruko and Himegami, in the manga's popularity pollnote .
    • The same poll also revealed Kimmi has a fanbase of her own. She finished 6th, just narrowly missing her chance at being in the Top 5.
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  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Usui perverted schemes and lust for Himegami, isn't as funny in light of his VA (Scott Freeman) being convicted for possessing child pornography.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • Usui's perving on Himegami isn't as funny in light of Scott Freeman's conviction.
    • Also, his comment to Takeru about what he would've asked Ms. Aki to do (chapter 38) isn't as funny, in light of the 89.5 omake.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • It's been suggested that Takeda Hiromitsu may be a fan of BlazBlue, due to Inaho's resemblance to Makoto Nanaya. Likewise, when Takaki lets down her hair and removes her glasses, she looks a lot like Nu-12. Guess who wound up doing a piece of official art of Makoto and Nu-12, months later...?
    • In the english dub of Maken-ki!, Monica Rial portrays Haruko, a member of Tenbi's disciplinary committee who's lusted after by the series' male lead. Fastforward to the 2015 anime season where she ends up playing Anna Nishikinomiya, Tokioka's student council president, who lusts after the male lead. Talk about role reversal!
    • On a related note: Brittney Karbowski is the english dub VA for Takaki, who's utterly repulsed by all forms of perversion. But in Shimoneta, she plays Otohime Saotome, an ero artist who delights in watching Anna overpower Tanukichi, since it gives her live models for her drawings.
    • In chapter 9, Yuuka lied to Yan-Min by saying she was tied for 6th place with Azuki in a popularity poll at Tenbi. Ironically, when the manga celebrated its 100th chapter with an actual fan poll, Azuki placed 7th, whereas Yan-Min was tied for 10th place with Takaki and Uruchi. Azuki beat her in the manga and in real life!
  • Hollywood Homely: By all outward appearances, Minori is still young and in better shape than Aki. Yet, the guys at Tenbi treat her with indifference.
  • Idiot Plot: The premise for episode 5 (season 2). Instead of saying she was dating one of the other teachers, Aki tells her parents she's dating a student, who's nearly half her age. Her parents simply take her story at face value and kidnaps a minor, then strands him on an island with their daughter in hopes that he'll knock her up. Which ends with him taking a beating for a situation that wasn't his fault, because Aki chose not to say anything.
  • Informed Wrongness: In episode 4, Takeru ends up getting slugged by Usui for ignoring Inaho after finding out she knew his father. The manga differs by showing Takeru's callusness toward Inaho was deliberate, making Usui's tongue lashing and the punch that came with it justified.
  • Les Yay: Some of the promotional art features the female cast in suggestive positions with each other. There's one between Himegami and Haruko and another featuring Takaki with Love Espada.
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  • Squick:
    • The fact that Hakuto is in love with Ouken Yamato, who looks old enough to be his grandfather. Though, chronologically, Ouken would be more like his great-great-grandfather several times removed.
    • Subverted in Miyabi's case, since she knew Ouken was really possessed by Takeru Yamato, who was the true object of her affections.
  • Values Dissonance: Takru refrains from fighting girls, regardless how strong they are, because he feels it isn't right for a guy to strike a woman. Which is why he had no reservations about trying to hitnote  Ceilia once he found out she's biologically male.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Gouken was criminally under used, until midway into Okino Island chapters (42-49), where he was revealed to be an S rank ability user. Any potential he may have had went out the window when Takeru beat him to death, in a futile attempt to kill Takeru Yamato.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The anime's first season only covers chapters 1-10, then skips to chapters 26 and 27, while the OVAs loosely cover chapters 28-30. The rest is filler. Meaning, you'll be missing the majority of the manga's most significant plot details and developments.
  • What an Idiot!: During the Himekagura Festival, Otohime challenged Maken-ki to a contest for possession of the original 8 Maken. So how did Minori decide which members would participate...? With a game of rock-paper-scissors. Predictably, they lost.

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