- Awesome Moments:
- "Life Will Change" is accompanied by a kickass music video featuring Joker on guitar and vocals, Fox on bass, Skull on drums, and Mona on keyboard, juxtaposed with a scene of the four making a daring getaway after a lucrative heist.
- Joker gets two during the intro movie: First saving Morgana from an oncoming train followed by dancing in the middle of traffic and deftly weaving between everything.
- Awesome Music:
- Despite the game's poor sales and divisive position among fans, no one's denying the opening theme "GROOVY" is an infectiously good time of a song.
- Ensemble Dark Horse: Ren's leather-bound punishment cop cross-dressing costume, in part due to the fetishistic design. When he dances in it, he even gets a Panty Shot.
- Hilarious in Hindsight:
- This video was made two and a half months before Dancing Star Night was announced. Guess who else got a dancing spinoff announced at the same time? Guess he saw it coming!
- A common comparison and joke by fans is with how Ren looks a lot like a certain glasses-wearing wizard. Ren's Halloween costume in this game is a wizard's outfit, complete with red accents.
- This Jim Carrey imitation video was published and has nothing to do with this game. However, Altus seems to notice it and made a song based on it.
- Memetic Mutation:
- Most Wonderful Sound: "KING CRAZY!" after completing a song near-flawlessly.
- Narm: If Ren, Makoto, or Futaba are paired up with Akechi, he will try to attack them during his Sanity Slippage. But if Caroline and Justine are his partners, their dance interactions show him getting "beaten up." Even though this canonically would make sense considering Caroline and Justine's status, the idea of Akechi managing to chase away people around his age, but getting beat up by two people who look like children comes off as hilarious.
- Squick: Some fans consider the music video of "Last Surprise" to be this, due to its sexualization of the girls. The most prominent one is Futaba, due to her being the youngest of the girls.
- Tainted by the Preview: A critical factor behind the game's mediocre sales was that it as well as Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight were sold separately as full-priced games, not to mention the DLC that had to be bought separately. The lack of content including a story mode cause many to feel that neither game was worth the price.
- They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: As with the cases of Makoto Yuki and Yu Narukami before him, many fans are not pleased with Joker's Canon Name, Ren Amamiya, instead preferring Akira Kurusu, the name used in the manga adaptation.
- Values Dissonance: To a part of the Western fanbase, seeing the female characters sexualized comes off as Squicky, as it drastically contradicts the purpose of Kamoshida's Palace and because Futaba is 15 (16 at the end of Persona 5). However, to the Japanese fanbase, this isn't a big deal. Fanservice featuring underaged characters is very common in Japanese media marketed towards teens and older.note Needless to say, this topic has raised some serious hackles among the fanbase as a whole.
- Woolseyism: The title being changed from Dancing Star Night to Dancing in Starlight outside of Japan. Though the exact naming structure of its predecessor is lost, the general spirit is not. Additionally, Dancing in Starlight retains the Theme Naming present with its Persona 3 counterpart while sounding more natural to an English speaker.
- WTH, Costuming Department?: Futaba's costume has been criticized for just swapping her jacket and singlet for ones that look only slightly different.
YMMV / Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight