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  • Anvilicious: The anti-big business political themes in the series are not subtle: the integrated enterprise foundations are viewed as the source of nearly all the world's ills, especially rampant poverty such that the orphanage had to sell Ophelia to an IEF to pay down some of its debt (whereupon she was used as a guinea pig by Hilda Jane Rowlands). Julis's goal in the Gryps arc is to force the IEFs to give some actual power back to her government so it can start fighting back.
  • Awesome Music: The anime opening theme, Brand New World. Also the ending song to the anime, "Waiting for the Rain".
    • Then there's the second opening theme, simply titled "The Asterisk War".
    • The second ending theme "Ai no Uta (Words of Love)", was a major breakthrough for Haruka Chisuga's career.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Julis. Some dislike her for being a generic Tsundere that steals screentime from the other girls, others like her for actually treating Ayato like an equal instead of putting him on a pedestal and want her to win Ayato's heart in the end.
    • Ayato, too. He can either be hated for being another bland, generic, invincible, or even totally perfect, sword-wielding hero from a Harem light novel adaptation, or liked BECAUSE of said invincibility.
  • Better on DVD: Unless you have an exceptional memory, watching the show in a single go will make it easier on you to keep track of the story.
  • Cliché Storm: There are many people that view Asterisk War as a completely unoriginal series that doesn't use tropes familiar to its demographic in an interesting way.
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  • Complete Monster: Gustave Malraux is a former member of a terrorist organization of Asterisk that in the past carried out the "Jade Twilight" plan. Hired by Nicolas Enfield to stop his daughter, Claudia, from participating in a tournament known as Gryps Festa, Gustave wasted no time attacking Claudia's best friends, Ayato and Julis, with his chimera when they visited the capital city of Julis's home country, Lieseltania, resulting in Julis tighten up the security. Returning in Episode 24, Gustave sends his chimera to attack the capital city in order to distract the police forces, and plans to attack the orphanage in order to lure the heroes out. After he successfully lures them out, he then attacks them with his hydra, leaving the hydra to cause destruction in the poor district of Lieseltania's capital city.
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  • Ear Worm: Waiting for the Rain.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Koichiro's behavior towards Kirin becomes worse when you realize that he deeply resented his Genestella brother Seijiro for being the heir to the Toudou clan. His inner bitterness over it and potentially losing his promotion at Galaxy reflects all the hard work he had to do to make his way to the top.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Iron Woobie: Kirin, Kirin, Kirin. Her father Seijiro goes to jail, she goes to live with her Evil Uncle Koichiro, who is using her as a pawn to increase his political influence, and that doesn't stop her from enjoying life with her friends.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Let's face it, Irene can be a real bitch to anyone who isn't her sister; but considering the horrors she had to endure to protect said sister, it's hard not to feel sorry for her.
  • Narm:
    • The first episode has students forming to watch the fight between Ayato and Julis except that they're all horribly animated and in incredibly obvious CGI. It's just outright hilariously bad.
    • Any scene involving Flora in Japanese can come off as this, due to the fact that she sounds like she has a cold.
  • Snark Bait: It's attained this status from viewers that find the plot generic and the characters bland examples of the tropes they use. It got worse after Digibro created an entire series of videos shortly after the anime came out appropriately titled "The Asterisk War Sucks", detailing just how flawed he claimed the plot, characters, and overall themes are. There was so much he thought wrong that he was able to get eleven 10-20 minute videos out of it.
  • So Bad, It's Good: The Off-Model scenes are just hilarious to watch.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: If Koichiro is anything to go by, covering up the truth about your crimes for years will only come back to haunt you and your fellow executives will not turn a blind eye.
  • So Okay, It's Average: General consensus is that the series is not anything special but it's not a disaster either. It all depends whether the series' merits outweigh its flaws or vice versa.
  • Stoic Woobie: Orphelia, Julis' friend, was just a sweet and kind-hearted girl who loved gardening until Hilda Jane Rowlands kidnapped her and used her in her experiments to create an artificial Strega. What Orphelia gained in power, she lost in emotion. Now, Orphelia constantly puts up a sad face and has become a fatalist.
  • Unexpected Character: Koichiro Toudou makes a surprise appearance in the 11th volume after being absent for 9 previous volumes. This time around, he's working for his own family after leaving the IEF.
  • What an Idiot!:
    • Ayato Amagiri, who right off the bat performs an act like this - he has Julis's handkerchief, and wants to return it.
      You'd Expect: Him to find out what room she is in, and then take the elevator or stairs up to her room, knock on the door, and return it in person, introducing himself along the way.
      Or: Place a "found item" ad on a billboard or the school newspaper. Surely one of Julis's friends would eventually notice, if Julis didn't notice herself.
      OR: Call up to the window to announce his presence and recovery of the handkerchief, before asking the owner which course of action they would prefer.
      Instead: He jumps up onto the balcony to return it...catching her in her state of undress. He ends up invoking the Double Standard Felony Misdemeanor.
    • Lester MacPhail attempting to use Ser-Veresta during his training, a move that unquestionably leads to Ayato becoming The Chosen One for it.
    • After being attacked by a robotic assassin during her duel with Ayato in the first volume, Julis never bothers to do anything about it. However it's a few chapters later that the true idiocy comes into play as after getting attacked a second time, she refuses to have protection on campus. It makes no sense why and it's completely boneheaded of her to do so.
    • Silas Norman. He lures Julis and traps her in an abandoned building, unaware that Ayato would rescue her after he's tipped off about her location. When Ayato delivers a Curb-Stomp Battle on Silas's robots, rather than fighting with him directly, he manages to escape with his last robot. Unfortunately for Silas, it leaves an opening for Ayato to send him falling out of the sky and Claudia to capture him.


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