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  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Was Hanabi's sexual relationship with Sanae the result of her wanting to use her after she got her heart broken? Or was she already somewhat bi-curious to begin with and found this as an excuse? Or maybe both?
  • Ass Pull: There were many who saw Akane's change of heart to be this. After spending nearly all the series as an unrepentant sociopath, she is suddenly characterized as a Broken Bird despite no backstory given about that, and ultimately gets redeemed with no mention of what she had done earlier.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Pick a person, any person.
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    • As Hanabi becomes more and more of a Manipulative Bastard the farther the story goes on, quite a few fans have begun to believe that she's too unsympathetic of a main character to get behind.
    • Mugi is either liked because of his chemistry with Hanabi and his arc with his teacher, or disliked because many of his actions are fueled by thinking with his dick first and the lack or real focus on him in comparison to Hanabi or Akane. And with the manga's end having him start back at square one, his detractors find more fault with him.
    • Ecchan, after she forcibly kisses Hanabi. Either she becomes sympathetic because Hanabi uses her feelings to take her mind off of Mugi and Narumi, or she's still unsympathetic because what's happened to her now does not excuse how she treated Hanabi at first when she revealed her crush on her.
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    • Akane definitely gets this. While she is an interesting and complex character, her actions over the course of the series are questionable at best, with her backstory leaving some to wonder if this is the result of a broken woman, or inexcusable and undeserving of the ending she got.
    • Even Atsuya gets a little. While some viewers hate him for seemingly being a transparent Satellite Love Interest and a vehicle for Ecchan to get with after the plot is resolved, some do find his crush on Ecchan adorable and wish him to be the furthest away from the plot.
    • Narumi is either the most selfless and kind person in the manga or bland (even if intentionally) and questionable at best with motives that seem pretty hollow, especially with how his story with Akane ends.
  • Best Known for the Fanservice: Not that the sex scenes were the main feature of the this show, but it's the first thing that people remember when start talking about this work.
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  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: One chapter of decor features the girl who Hanabi gave relationship advice to in the early part of the series proper, and her friend who comes out as Asexual to her. The whole thing reeks of Very Special Episode and is rather pointless compared to the series itself, which is all about tying up loose ends for the main characters of the original manga.
  • Broken Base:
    • The manga-styled paneling in the anime. Either they're creative and decently done, or it feels like cheap, lazy transitions.
    • The story is either a well-written, "realistic" take on relationships that separate sex from actual love, or it's a trashy show that's instead frustrating and overly dramatic to the point where even the more sympathetic characters become insufferable.
    • The characterization in the series is mostly narrated, meaning that it's all in the characters' heads. This frustrates some audiences, since while they are starting to grow as people, they're also not quite doing it physically, calling it more of a case of "Tell, Don't Show".
    • The crying, of all things. Many viewers were put off by all of the tears the women shed during their smut scenes and found it annoying with how frequently it occurred. But in a lot of eastern works, the tears are just natural and occur all the time, so readers and viewers more used to it don't care.
    • The relationship between Akane and Narumi. Some people praise it for being a sharp contrast to the extremely toxic relationships in the show, and like that Narumi is being upfront with his desires and treats Akane like any other partner. But other fans aren't so forgiving, seeing their plot as the most underdeveloped and uninteresting of the series, with their engagement leaving a bad taste in the audience's mouth because of the wording and events. They also argue that their relationship seemed very one-sided for the majority of the series.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: Almost everybody has a complex of some sort, even some of the side characters, and with each passing chapter and bad decision the characters make some audiences just start turning away from the whole thing.
  • Do Not Do This Cool Thing: The series is pretty forward with the message that relationships born out of lust, manipulation, or loneliness like those of the MCs are nowhere close to healthy or fulfilling, but it also presents those same relationships as being incredibly erotic. Not to mention that the antagonist, whose whole motivation is manipulating and using her partners, ends up with the best ending out of the entire cast.
  • Ear Worm: The anime's opening and ending themes are very much appreciated.
  • Ending Aversion: Although the end of the show was pretty beautiful, bitter and unexpected, most of the audience was not happy that the central pairing fell apart, and the Gay Option was neutered somewhat by implying that Ecchan might return Atsuya's feelings one day, in a pairing that not many readers found endearing or believable. It's no wonder that the news of a new afterstory in the form of an additional chapter was so positively received by the fans.
  • Esoteric Happy Ending: We're supposed to see it as a good thing that Mugi and Hanabi are freed from the emotional baggage of their hopeless crushes and are able to move on with their lives...except they don't get a happy ending with anyone else, even though it had been telegraphed from the first chapter that they'd eventually fall in love with each other. It's even further undermined by the Fridge Horror that the unrepentant Manipulative Bitch that has been going out of her way to screw over the main characters just because she can ends up getting the happiest ending out of everyone, outright marrying Narumi, who happens to be Hanabi's longtime crush as well, meaning that Akane ends up as a de facto part of Hanabi's family. It's hard to believe that she won't be constantly reminded of The One That Got Away every time she has to encounter the Jerkass that ended up with the person she genuinely loved, or that Mugi won't keep pining over Akane despite knowing she was just using him. Even Ecchan's end is completely unsatisfying, with the implications that she'll settle for returning Atsuya's feelings because she can't have Hanabi. decor at least addresses these points and gives a proper resolution to some of them.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: Some believe the series gives a message that sex and relationships are tools to control others, not things you do when you love someone. Episode 7 gets this the worst, as the fact that it shows how subjective the experiences of the MC are isn't much help.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: You would be surprised at how much people wanted Mugi and Hanabi to end up together in the end, even when their arcs are mostly separate from each other. When they didn't get together in the finale, some fans were mad. Along the same vein was the Hanabi/Sanae crowd.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Regardless of the rest of the work, many viewers just kept reading to see the complexities in Akane's character and all of the steamy scenes she has.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Onesided love. The Animation.
    • I do not want to watch my waifu having sex with a bunch of other guys! Explanation 
  • Narm:
    • Mugi's emotionless face in conjunction with all the sex he has may look rather ... strange. Even worse when his eyes are shaded but his partner's are not, making his scenes look like something out of a hentai doujinshi.
    • The excessive number of characters with an angsty one-sided crush on someone else can also make this show quite amusing.
  • Pandering to the Base: decor features several fan-preferred plots such as Noriko getting a focus chapter, the possibility of the Ecchan/Atsuya pairing getting trashed for good with Ecchan getting a female love interest in the form of Yuka Nerome and Hanabi and Mugi finally meeting up again and getting together, but for real this time. It even softened the highly-contentious Narumi/Akane relationship by having Akane refuse to cheat on him after she said she would, and acknowledge her many moral failings and make a real effort to change. Many fans love it, but others say that the happy ending feels too rushed and tacked-on, and goes against the point of the series itself.
  • Ron the Death Eater: Yeah, Akane's the antagonist for sure, but she's not exactly the irredeemable bitch who's caused every problem in the story possible that many make her out to be. She is the instigator for much of the conflict, but most of the reason the Disaster Dominoes spiral out of control every time is due to the other characters' poor decision-making, not her own.
  • Spiritual Successor: It's often compared to Aku no Hana, what with a Cast Full of Crazy that constantly make the wrong decisions in their respective Love Dodecahedrons.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • It's reviewers' consensus that Mugi is critically underdeveloped in contrast to his main character status. Most of the story is told through Hanabi's point of view, giving him little time to shine as even the characters he has history with are more often explored through her eyes and not his. This changes somewhat when he starts sleeping with Akane, but at times it feels like the narrative favors Akane over him as it reveals more and more of her character. decor tries to give him more focus, but at the expense of turning him into a broke, womanizing alcoholic who can't get over Hanabi. Fortunately, they do meet and restart their relationship for real this time.
    • Invoked with Narumi; his relative normalcy and boringness is meant to serve as a pure Foil to the already twisted minds, or those undergoing corruption, that belong to the rest of the cast.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Mugi's sexual appetite and eventual relationship with Akane could have explored his inner workings a lot more than they did, according to some fans. He makes mention of a relationship he had with his upperclassman in middle school and how that hurt him, but how those feelings relate to his other relationships looking forwards isn't explored at all.
  • True Art Is Angsty: Some online reviewers praise it for its refreshing take on romance in anime and manga, but others point out that the way the story goes about it is tirelessly cynical.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Noriko because of her small participation in the plot, transforming her into a virtually obvious Romantic False Lead and surface-tsundere personality. Many viewers were not happy with the way she is jealous of Mugi, while showing no real attempts to win his heart, that only increased after she showed confused motivation before her final rejection of feelings for him. However, after her she admits her real feelings after she attempts to put out and Mugi decides not to have sex with her, she gained some sympathizers, to the point where many fans have forgiven her at the end of the series. decor shows that she's gotten over Mugi, is on good terms with Hanabi, and is well on her way to fulfilling her dream of becoming a fashion designer.
    • Being a flat jerkass, Takuya is also becoming one.
    • Atsuya, who's also pilloried for seeming like a Romantic False Lead, having little to offer besides a crush on Sanae (when nearly all of her fans ship her with Hanabi); the fact that his presence reeks of Cure Your Gays and that he's her cousin, don't help his case at all.
  • Values Dissonance: While it is normal in Japanese culture to refer to older friends as older sisters or older brothers, some Western viewers have found Hanabi's regular use of the word "Onii-chan" rather annoying because of the creation of the erroneous Brother–Sister Incest accent, especially when combined with the 2010s trend for Little Sister Heroines. Everything becomes even more embarrassing when for the author uses the same colors for Mugi's girlfriends as for him. And then with Ecchan, there comes a Kissing Cousins subplot ...
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Little Girls?: It's a seinen manga, but many people confuse it for a sexy shoujo or a josei because of its art style and themes. The fact that the main character and the author of the original manga are girls only adds to the confusion.
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