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  • Crazy Awesome: Tatsuki routinely does things that would be dumb if not for the way he does it, and Ran loves him for this. In one occasion, some time after having promised Ran that whenever she'd need his help he would fly to her even if he were on the other side of the world, he discovered she needed his help, but he was at home at Machida and the train to Shibuyanote  is down for maintenance. The smart thing would be wait for the train to be back in 30 minutes tops. Tatsuki borrowed a bike, pedalled all the way from Machida to Shibuya, and took off on the last tract to land right before Ran. Sure, it took more time than just waiting the train, but it was so cool nobody dared to point it out.
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  • Memetic Mutation: "What's happening, Mommy?", for an English dub line by a boy in Mami's clique with flat voice acting. It's A Rare Sentence and makes it seem like the boy has a mommy kink.
  • Values Dissonance:
    • High school-aged Miyu is in a relationship with and eventually marries after she graduates Ran's older brother Yamato, who's a working adult. While this isn't as uncomfortable as it could be (they don't do much more than occasionally kiss, at least when they aren't being interrupted), it still reflects how Japanese society has a different attitude towards age gaps in relationships than many western countries do.
    • The English dub tends to use the word "retard" quite a bit. While this may not have seemed so bad during the early 2000s, when the dub was made, the word is now considered to be much more offensive than it was back then.
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  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: The English dub tosses around curse words like "retard" and "dumbass", in spite of the source material being aimed towards young girls. Then again, most of the characters are in high school, and the series regularly brings up kid-unfriendly subjects like prostitution and gang violence.
  • The Woobie:
    • Miyu's parents have divorced when she's in 3rd grade, and she lives with her neglectful mother who spends more time going on dates rather than raising her daughter. This causes Miyu to develop a rebellious attitude during middle school, where she becomes a gang leader to lash out against the world. Miyu manages to reform thanks to Yamato's influence, but her mother only becomes worse, until she outrights abandons Miyu in volume 4.
    • Both of Aya's parents are Education Mama who pressures their daughter to do well in school, and gets very angry when her grades fail to reach their standards. They also try to prevent her from being friends with Ran and Miyu because they believe that they're distracting her from their studies, because of course Aya's grades are more important than her social life and emotional well-being.
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