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YMMV / Strawberry Panic!

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  • Cliché Storm: Though that's not necessarily a bad thing.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Chikaru.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: In regards to Amane's entrance into the Etoile elections, the moral is "It doesn't matter what you want, it matters what everyone else wants." This might overlap with Values Dissonance - placing aside your own wants in favour of helping the collective is a prime example of Japanese social mores. Kaname even subtly lampshades it with her actions, being the "evil" counterpart to Amane. She wants the position of Etoile because she wants the responsibility and has plans she wants to accomplish, whereas Amane has no desire to do so, despite many believing her qualified for the position, and confused/disappointed she wouldn't assume duties she is believed suitable for. In the end of both the anime and the light novels, however, Amane is very happy in her new position. The light novel ending explores this further, as Amane is glad to accept her role as the new Etoile as a way to bring happiness to not just Hikari, but all of Spica, and states that "it feels good to be needed by someone".
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  • Fandom Rivalry: With Maria-sama ga Miteru. Strawberry Panic is often regarded as a Hotter and Sexier counterpart to Marimite. Though many fans like both, there's heavy debating on which aged better and which is superior.
  • Memetic Mutation: "YUU AH ZA CHUUZEN WAN!"
  • The Woobie: Depending on how you interpret the ending, Tamao winds up by herself. But she's a sweetheart!


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