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  • Awesome Music:
    • Inferno, the film's primary Leitmotif which plays whenever Galo and the Burning Rescue do something badass.
    • Likewise Superfly - Kakusei, Lio's main theme for whenever he does something especially badass.
  • Captain Obvious Reveal: Most people watching the trailers immediately pegged Kray as an antagonist if not the Big Bad due to the way he was framed in shots as well as Eyes Always Shut characters typically being deceptive in anime. Possibly as a result of this, later promotional material barely even hide it. The English dub goes one further, casting Crispin Freeman as his voice actor.
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  • Complete Monster: Governor Kray Foresight poses as a beloved inventor and politician while harboring a sinister scheme. Capturing and imprisoning the flame-powered Burnish, Kray has them painfully drained of life to power a warp drive for his spaceship to migrate 10,000 humans of his choosing to another planet, intending to leave the rest of humanity to perish on the dying Earth while countless Burnish die thanks to his cruelty. Revealed to have murdered his former partner to take credit for his inventions, Kray cares nothing at learning that his torture of the Burnish is expediting the Earth's destruction as long as he gets to play the role of mankind's hero. Despite his façade of good intentions, the fact that Kray—in truth a Burnish himself—is willing to commit genocide against his own kind, while refusing to seek out a more benevolent route, cements him as a hollow egomaniac driven only by glory and prestige.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • As obvious as it was that he’s the main villain, Kray is one of the most popular characters to come out of the movie, only fighting Galo for the title of most popular and even beating out the similarly popular Lio Fotia in an official anime popularity poll released after the movie.
    • Thyma has a pretty decent following despite (or maybe as a result of) being a Sacrificial Lion, with fans gravitating towards her unique design and sympathetic circumstances as the Burnish's resident Audience Surrogate. There is even a Fandom-Specific Plot developing in which she joins the Mad Burnish.
  • Epileptic Trees:
    • Given on how Galo resembles Kamina, many fans expect the former to similarly die like him in the movie. Thankfully this is jossed. Not only does Galo survive the entire film, but with the exception of Deus Prometh (who was killed by Kray long before the movie began anyway) and Thyma, who Lio tries and fails to revive, none of the main characters die.
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    • There's a number of fans who think that Lucia is a pre-transformation version of Spring, one of TRIGGER's three Trigger Girls much like Luluco/Miss Trigger. They usually cite their similar physiques, Lucia's blonde and pink streaked hair matching up with Spring's own, and their gas masks as clues.
  • Fandom Rivalry: With Fire Force, due to the similar premise (heroic firefighters against a race of people who spontaneously gain the ability to create damaging fires) and having a theme song titled Inferno. Some Fire Force fans have accused Promare of ripping it off, although others would argue that whatever similarities are skin-deep.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Galo and Lio have become an incredibly popular pairing since the movie's release judging by the fanart and fanfics.
  • Foe Yay: It’s been commented on that the poster for Promare looks like Galo and Lio are about to kiss. Becomes Hilarious in Hindsight when in the film's climax, Galo revives Lio by kissing him.
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks!: The film has received some criticism for recycling plot elements from prior Trigger and Gainax works, particularly Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, with Galo being dismissed by some as a discount Expy of Kamina, and the plot twist of the Mad Burnish actually fighting a greater evil being considered too predictable by those familiar with the Beastmen fighting the Anti-Spiral. The climax even features a similar escalation of mech sizes. However, there's opposite opinion going around that also vouches that these same elements are what make the film so incredible.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: If there's one thing fans of the movie can't stop talking about, it's Lio. His plotline, interactions with Galo, and sheer manliness despite his petite frame made him popular with a wide crowd of people, to the point where newcomers have him as the first thing they know about Promare in general.
  • Love to Hate: Kray Foresight is an utter bastard and also a very popular character judging by an anime popularity poll posted after the movie's release in which he came second to Galo and managed to beat out Lio, a fairly popular character in his own right.
  • Memetic Mutation: In the west, “Twink vs Twunk” between Lio Fotia and Galo due to their contrasting appearances.
  • OT3: Lio/Galo/Kray for the boy shipping crowd, Aina/Galo/Lio for the bisexual crowd.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Or rather "costume". A lot of fans have voiced their disappointment that the Mad Burnish don't wear their cool-looking Power Armor for much of the movie following their introduction.
  • Values Dissonance: From the Japanese crowd, surprisingly. The English dub's "Stay with me!" scene is pretty infamous among fans, given it's not a phrase Japanese firefighters commonly say (whether it be English or in their native language); as such, they saw it as a bit of Ship Tease akin to a Wacky Marriage Proposal.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Lio Fotia initially, despite his male voice actor being revealed alongside him. It doesn’t help that his voice actor has a career in Onnagata, leading western fans to speculate that he was a rare female character voiced by a male voice actor. Also not helped by the fact that ANN didn’t use gendered pronouns for his initial translated description, leading to speculation that the character's gender was meant to be ambiguous. note  This died down when an official translated version of his profile came out, using male pronouns for the character.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The first PV is beautiful.

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