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  • Accidental Innuendo: Angela grumbles about how busy she is, working as a nurse and caring for everyone "in a village with more hoes than people." She is, of course, referring to the farming tool... probably.
  • Awesome Music: As usual with these games. In particular, each season has its own leitmotif:
    • Spring: Arguably the happiest music in the game, particularly in your very first spring.
    • Summer: A pleasant, relaxed theme, like a summer breeze. Has a bit of a country feel to it, and a little traditional Japanese.
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    • Fall: A sprightly tune, to go along with the theme of fall harvest and celebration. Also feels a bit haunting.
    • Winter: The winter music is more melancholy than the other seasons, and again, this is particularly apparent in your first winter. There's a good reason for this.
    • Each seasonal theme also has a slower nighttime equivalent, all of which are either very soothing (like the spring and winter music), or moving and reflective (like summer and fall's nighttime music).
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Elise. While many adore her, others find her haughty and rude attitude to be very unappealing. The fact that you have to go through all her rival events before even touching her heart events means that a lot of people won't even bother seeing her character development.
    • Fritz is even worse, especially for those that have viewed his rival events - either he's secretly a manipulative mooch hiding behind a goofy, ditzy facade, or he's The Woobie, genuinely sweet and friendly, and perpetually down-on-his-luck. The fact that his loved gifts are fairly expensive and that his favorite gift is a total pain to get doesn't help.
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    • Klaus also gets this, especially for his purple heart event. He's either incredibly romantic, charming, and sophisticated... or he's extremely condescending, stuffy, too obsessed with his age, and really creepy.
  • Complacent Gaming Syndrome: Once you unlock the Safari Park, you can mine for materials and make huge amounts of money every single day, greatly speeding up the process of unlocking merchants with minimal work.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Klaus and Raeger are usually at the top of popularity polls or people's top choices for bachelors.
    • Reception for Marian has been overwhelmingly positive, for his being exceptionally beautiful (despite being a man) and for being a canon gay character that's been handled tastefully. The fact that it's extremely common for someone to mistake him for female, and then be shocked to find out his real gender, certainly adds to his memorability.
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    • Eda, the Cool Old Lady who helps train you into a farmer. Her cheekiness, grandmotherly nature, and Friendly Enemy status note  have made her one of the most recognized characters in the game.
    • Lillie is one of the most popular bachelorettes for her Adorkable, Moe personality.
    • Elise is also well-liked for her Character Development - a rarity in Harvest Moon - though as noted above, some dislike how long it takes to actually see said development.
  • Even Better Sequel: Took the mechanics introduced in Harvest Moon: A New Beginning and refined them. You also don't have to build the whole town from scratch and endure an incredibly Slow-Paced Beginning.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Because the game lacks rival pairings, this is a given whenever someone pairs up the bachelors and bachelorettes:
    • Klaus and Iris are one. They do seem to be the oldest of the bachelors and bachelorettes, respectively, and are confirmed to be good friends.
    • Raeger and Lillie seem to also have a fair amount of support, especially considering how popular Raeger is with the female fanbase.
    • On the Ho Yay side, Raeger and Fritz seems to be a pretty popular pairing as well, which is probably due in part to Fritz saying stuff like "Raeger, I love you, man!" Raeger always (begrudgingly) helps Fritz out and is close friends with him.
  • Game-Breaker:
    • Flax, due to being able to be converted into items that can easily be sold for plenty of cash. It can also be obtained early in the game, requiring you to ship 150k worth of items to Silk Country, the first trader. Alternatively, you can just go into multiplayer and trade with other players for five star seeds, since the overwhelming player generosity that was in A New Beginning has moved over to this game.
    • As noted above, once you unlock the Safari Park, you can mine for materials and make huge amounts of money every single day, greatly speeding up the process of unlocking merchants with minimal work.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Fritz talks about concocting a plan to take Woofio's head off of his animal costume, then gives up on it because he thinks it would be a really bad idea. In Trio of Towns, Woofio's Love Events reveal that he's a cursed human, turned into the animal suit. There is nothing inside his costume... and he admits that it has happened that previous friends took the head off, got freaked out by him being nothing but an empty suit, and abandoning him.
  • Hollywood Old: Veronica, Klaus, and Iris all make references to their ages and seem to consider themselves old - Klaus in particular calls himself an old man. Klaus and Iris both look like they might be 30 at the most, and Veronica can't possibly be more than 40.
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks!: The time in this game passes one minute for every second in real life, just like ToTT, AWL, ANB and a few other games.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "Kamil is Cam's brother!" For people who find his appearance in this game too radically different from his original appearance, a running joke about them being related or half-brothers developed.
    • Painting Iris to be a man-stealing strumpet. Iris is well-liked, but people have been jokingly making her out to be a rival love interest bent on stealing Klaus away from the player, due to how close they are and her oddly specific denial about not dating him.
  • Moe:
    • Agate, especially when she smiles.
    • And then there's Dessie, who looks like a 10-year-old Harvest Goddess. Squee! ensues.
  • Older Than They Think/Suspiciously Similar Song: If you've played Fire Emblem Fates, the Fall theme sounds suspiciously familiar. You are the ocean's grey waves... Indeed, the tune in Fall is very similar to "Lost in Thoughts, All Alone". However, this game came out on February 27, 2015, while Fates came out on June 25 of the same year. The similarity between the themes is merely a coincidence.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Dessie has many detractors due to being a kid version of the Harvest Goddess.
  • Scrappy Mechanic:
    • The shipping system and removal of a shipping bin. Items are now sold to merchants who come to town on certain days. In the first few seasons of the game, you're guaranteed to go several days without a merchant coming to town, which makes inventory management troublesome.
    • Customization. It's miles simpler than it was in previous games, but you still need to buy and raise dozens of different animals to even get half the material for clothing, forcing you to devote much of your playstyle to taking care of unprofitable animals.
    • The farm being as far away as possible from the town. Coupled with the lack of a shipping bin, you can spend (in-game) hours going back and forth from your farm to the town just so you can get rid of things...
  • Squick: According to some of the forums, a few fans are a little uncomfortable with the relationship between Iris and Mistel.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!:
    • The lack of a shipping bin. This one can be particularly frustrating because the stalls you can sell things to don't appear every day until you unlock enough of them, meaning you'll probably end up with a full inventory during the first few seasons.
    • A weird blend of this and It's the Same, Now It Sucks!: XSEED Games changing Reina and Cam's English names and using their original Japanese names, Licorice and Kamil. This has been met with overwhelmingly negative responses from the Western fanbase for messing with established canon and for the names sounding Narmy. Generally, "Licorice" seems to be the more heavily-maligned of the two, while "Kamil" is at least considered close enough to be acceptable.
    • The change of the Multiplayer function of the game now being region-locked, thus making it almost impossible to even use it in certain countries with barely active players. Especially bad considering this was not an issue with the previous game's Multiplayer function.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion:
    • It can take players quite a while to figure out that the town doctor Marian is a man.
    • Mistel also. Until he or someone else mentions it, you can go a very long time thinking he's a girl.
  • Woolseyism: Unsurprisingly, considering XSEED Games's past work, this game has a very good translation.
    • A small, but noticeable example: in previous games, tree scraps were called "small branches." In this game, they're called "Twigs," which sounds much more natural to an English speaker.
      • "Small rocks" are called "Pebbles" now, which is also an improvement.

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