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  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • It's possible that Sucy in episode 8 knew she wasn't really poisoning Luluco, and did that on purpose, in order to get her closer to Nova and prompt her First Kiss. After all, in the film she comes from she melted a minotaur into nothingness with just a small potion, so it's unlikely that she misjudged so grossly the effect of her mushrooms. Also, she smirks a little after their kiss.
    • Alpha Omega Nova seems smart enough to understand exactly how Luluco feels about him, but he's so passive and calm that it's rather unclear whether he's an example of Oblivious to Love or if he's actually being manipulative in some way. What is he thinking? Turns out his passive pretty-boyness creating a shallow attraction was entirely part of the Blackholeians' plans.
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    • Also, given the nature of his species, is he more of a Neutral-allinged Punch-Clock Villain who doesn't have any emotions towards the Blackholeians either?
    • One that the show actually discusses: Is Luluco's crush on Nova a pathetic and superficial one as The Commissioner said it was, or is it just a harmless, pure-hearted middle school crush?
  • Applicability:
    • Some have taken the Commissioner's speech in episode 10 as criticising both male and female otaku for having an attraction to shallow characters that don't have much to them beyond a pretty face. In other words, equating it to a middle schooler's worthless one-sided crush.
    • Thanks to Luluco's reveal as Miss Trigger, The entire series inspired the idea that it could apply to TRIGGER as a studio itself. It fell in love with something anime fans would deem "worthless" - i.e. something with all style and no substance, and, through looking back on its old works, managed to pump it full of so much love it came into its own.
  • Epileptic Trees: Three theories spawned from episode 12 on who Nova really is, based on the scars all over his body:
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    • Nova is a First Generation Kiznaiver. This is explained by the scar on his back that resembles a Kizna Emblem, which explains why he has no emotion to begin with.
    • Nova is a resurrected Panty Anarchy. His identical scars make it seem like he had wings that were ripped off, which alludes to Panty's Fallen Angel nature, and the scar on his forehead is the same place where Panty got stabbed by Stocking. Not to mention he shares the same hair and eye color as her. That one ended up being Jossed, as Nova actually meets a fully resurrected Panty in a later book. Although it's possible that he's just a Fallen Angel with his wings ripped off, perhaps to disguise the fact that he used to be one. Panty did mention that there were guys in heaven, after all.
    • Nova is a member of Southern Cross. Fans use the aforementioned scar on his forehead as proof, since all Southern Cross members carry a similar mark.
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    • But knowing Trigger, the answer is probably yes.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Lalaco.
  • Fandom Rivalry: Luluco fans have a one-sided rivalry with fans of Kiznaiver, the other Trigger anime that's been airing during its run. Fans who like Luluco exclusively are very hostile towards Kiznaiver's Darker and Edgier premise, but fans of Kiznaiver tend to also like Luluco.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Inverted; fire was revealed to be the Weaksauce Weakness of the Kill ** Killian, which ends up killing him and the planet made of Life Fibers he was on. Previously in Kill la Kill, Senketsu dies protecting Ryuko on atmospheric reentry to Earth, burning up in the process.
  • Heartwarming Moments:
    • Keiji telling Luluco to go find Nova and bring him back, even if he's really stuck up on Luluco getting a boyfriend early.
    • Akko and Luluco high-fiving at the end of the series. As this show comes during the fifth anniversary of Trigger, the girls' enthusiasm matches the audience's own, as we see just how far it has come as a studio.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • HSQ: Between something spoilerific or just weird happening every episode, and the episodes' short lengths, this show is naturally highly saturated in "holy shit" moments.
  • Inferred Holocaust: When the Space Patrol burn up the planet KLK-X, they are the only ship seen escaping from the disaster, even though there were crowds of innocent bystanders on the planet. Did the heroes leave all of them to burn to death?
  • Memetic Badass: Over Justice, who's essentially Inferno Cop if he could turn into Super Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • Moe: Luluco is so adorable it hurts, especially with her pure and naive crush on Nova.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • Luluco's flashback to when her mother left.
    • Episode 10 in which Luluco learns she's been utterly manipulated and betrayed by Nova and that her first love was completely shallow and worthless, so that she literally dies of a broken heart. Poor girl cries so pitifully before having her life end at 13 in such a cruel fashion.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Midori has an interesting visual design, Mayumi Shintani's iconic raspy voice, but for being a main character her role in the end is a minor one. Sure, her illegal black hole app was important to the plot, but we almost never see her in action, the Love Triangle she was a part of lasts a very short time, and the fact that she's a Half-Human Hybrid is inconsequential (in fact, it's not even mentioned in-story). Partly justified in that the series narrates a love story, and this is not her story.
  • Unexpected Character: In episode 9, Luluco goes to the world of SEX and VIOLENCE with MACHSPEED, a lesser-known short directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi.

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