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  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Keima gets a lot of this, specifically just how much he cares for other people.
  • Anti-Climax Boss: The Omniscient Council of Vagueness that is Satyr was portrayed as an Ancient Conspiracy responsible for significant amounts of evil. Vintage served as nothing but their Unwitting Pawn and Dokuro described them as being nothing short of unstoppable without the aid of a mysterious extremely powerful devil. In the end, they serve only to harass the goddesses. When the heroes turn around to actually fight, they all get defeated within a couple of pages.
  • Arc Fatigue:
    • Shiori's Conquest Arc in the anime had rather stretched-out scenes, all of them from Shiori's perspective. If these scene hadn't been so extended, then the story arc they spent three episodes telling could easily have been told in just two.
    • The awakening of the final Goddess, Mercury, drags on throughout the entire second half of the Goddess Arc due to the Love Triangle mess between Keima, Ayumi, and Chihiro. By the time Keima was on the final route after realizing Mercury was in Ayumi, people just wanted the arc to be over and done with already.
    • A similar case occurs with the "Third Memory Fragment" Arc, as most of the interesting stuff involved Keima and Kaori's clashes on world view, helped along with her extreme Freak Outs. After that though was the string of events that repetitively broke most readers' "Holy Shit!" Quotient meters like they were glass figurines.
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  • Ass Pull: FLAG 266's revelation that ELSIE is actually the reincarnated soul of a Weapon of Mass Destruction-slash-Eldritch Abomination, and also Satyr's ultimate weapon, is either this, or the most brilliant thing to ever come out of Wakaki's mind. Especially because it's implied she had at least some involvement in dismantling Satyr, at the very least being powerful enough and friendly enough to Keima and friends to stop time and explain things to him; it's a very short jump to assume she may very well have prevented the whole disaster by merely being the weapon to cause the disaster in the first place, leaving the goddesses' power unneeded.
  • Awesome Music:
    The Dream Traveler of the Integrated Circuit [集積回路の夢旅人]
    Composer: Katsuragi Keima
    Singer: Katsuragi Keima with 2D Galz
    And now it's a real song!
  • Base-Breaking Character: Chihiro, especially after the events of FLAGs 189, 267, and 268. Some fans argue that, being The Generic Girl, she is just too bland to be even involved in any way to Keima's story. Others would retort that such character of hers served as a proper contrast to Keima's Dating Sim-oriented idealism, being the character that rarely pops out in games, and the one person who, in Keima's own words, "can knock me down that far".
  • Broken Base:
    • The contents of Keima's last letter to Tenri. While FLAG 263 has a major part of the letter revealed to the readers, the last bit was apparently left out, causing a lot of fans to speculate that the said portion of the letter would resolve the Ship-to-Ship Combat of the story by revealing who Keima actually likes. Comparisons to Laplace's Box and other similar items are abound. The final FLAG reveals what was not disclosed to the audience: a statement written by Keima addressed to Tenri where he reaffirms that he and Tenri will not end up together, thus leaving Tenri saddled with the knowledge that her love will be forever unrequited.
    • Then there's Keima's Love Confession to Chihiro in FLAG 267. Just hours after its release, it has caused massive fragments among the fan base, particularly between those who were in favor of it, those who wanted him to end with another girl, those who were expecting a Harem End, and those who do not want him to end up with anyone at all. The final FLAG apparently did little to rectify this, and the worst part of it is that it made most Keima×Tenri fans even more cross. See Die for Our Ship.
    • The anime adaptation of the Goddesses Arc. The other capture target arcs between it and the second season that had no relevance to it were completely ignored, while the ones that werenote  got brief flashbacks in the first episode instead.
  • Die for Our Ship: Chihiro, particularly to the eyes of fans who would rather have Keima be paired with any one of the Goddess Hosts (Check the rest of this page for details, or this pic of comments from /a/WARNING )
  • Ending Aversion: The ending of the manga was quite dividing. Many found it disappointing for what felt like a rushed conclusion, and left many plot-points unanswered. Some have even begun to develop their own Fan Fic that either explains the canon ending in greater detail, or changes it up entirely to end in a different way (including Keima's choice regarding his harem).
  • Ending Fatigue: Happens twice in the manga. Doubles with the Arc Fatigue examples mentioned above.
    • The first time was part-way through the Goddesses saga where people were sick, and tired, of dealing with the Keima/Ayumi/Chihiro Love Triangle, and just wanted to see the final Goddess actually get awakened so that the reader can finally witness the ending of the Goddess saga.
    • The second time was the Heart of Jupiter saga in its entirety with people wondering why the manga even needed to be continued after what looked to be a good cut-off point at FLAG 189. People ended up less invested reading arcs from this saga that just didn't seem that particularly interesting; going away from the "capture targets" method that people read the previous sagas for.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Shiori is apparently very popular among the Japanese. In fact, her first capture arc really pushed this series' popularity to be on the map. Considering her long absence, she ranked number 3 in the most recent official poll. She was just right behind the neck to neck contenders for number one spot Tenri and Haqua, both appear in many more FLAGs compared to Shiori (at least until it became rigged by 2channers after the first few days).
    • Despite having a short early arc and rarely having any further appearances, Kanon was the most popular character by FLAG 156. Elsie, by contrast, only manged sixth place.
    • Chihiro became one during the latter events of the Goddesses Arc, due to having been confirmed to have liked Keima before her original conquest had even occurred. As FLAG 267 came rolling, some fans immediately shafted her into Die for Our Ship status. (Check the rest of the page for details)
    • Lune, the New Devil antagonist of the Goddesses Arc, is this for many for being one of the few relatively evil characters seen so far in the manga, and having a refreshing personality to go with it. The anime producers caught on and changed it around to having Lune stabbing Kanon instead of Fiore to enhance her role in the arc.
    • Despite a rough introduction, Urara quickly became one due to her...naughtiness as a minor. Then later on, a Weiss enters her and she suddenly ages into a fine looking woman.
    • Nikaido was always an incredibly popular character as Keima's Hot Teacher with people wishing for the day that she becomes one of Keima's capture targets. However, once the revelation came about that she was Dokuro from the Heart of Jupiter saga, a character that Keima has kissed on more than one occasion, her fanbase skyrocketed.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: During Chihiro's capture arc, Keima said that there is a weird factor about her— "there is a boy she likes"—Elsie also speculated that "crevice in her heart got bigger because of her love". Everyone forgot about it after the capture, and then in FLAG 166 we got to know that the boy she liked is Keima, and it was her inability to cope with this (with the fact that she likes probably the least popular boy in the whole school) that made it possible for a Weiss to possess her.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Keima's line in FLAG 28: "That real girl.. There's absolutely no way I would even be concerned about her!" Guess who he confesses to 239 FLAGs later...
      • The idea of a megane male lead savvy in dating sims eventually warming up to the most comparatively normal/"boring" heroine in the cast becomes the entire selling point of How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend.
    • Remember the plan he devised in order to reconquer Ayumi? Try checking his actions in the final two FLAGs; it is the same plan he thought up!
    • Keima's highly in-depth gal game site, "Capturing God": "[...] It has a very unique way of thinking, and once you've taken a look at it... it'll change your life forever."
    • In FLAG.183, Keima proclaimed that the Marriage Ending ("an ending among endings" games) must be at the very least destined since childhood. It's later revealed that thanks to Mental Time Travel shenanigans around ten years prior to that point, Keima in his younger self body had to make sure that all the goddesses hosts would become capture targets, hence "destining them since childhood" to meet and be saved by him.
      Ayumi: Destined from childhood?! What I'm supposed to do about that, you idiot!
      Keima: The ideal is a dual fate of past and future.
      Ayumi: That's impossible.
    • Urara's introduction has her trying to act like an adult. A few FLAGs later, she turns into an adult.
    • Remember the early FLAGs where Nikaido kept on taking Keima's PFPs and beating him for playing dating sims in class (Not even counting the teasing and torture she did on Keima during the Nagase Capture Arc)? Yup, it's all because she was jealous that her "onii-chan" was paying attention to the girls, in games and later out of games too, and not to her.
    • There was a fan video which put Homura of Puella Magi Madoka Magica in Keima's place during the the series first opening, becomes amusing given the nature of the final arc's Mental Time Travel. For those unfamiliar with Madoka, Homura's whole plotline focuses on her trying to Set Right What Once Went Wrong via time travel.
    • The interpretation of the existence of Keima's third letter to Tenri (See Broken Base entry) probably comes off as this, considering Keima's seiyuu also voiced a character who got indirectly dragged into the chase for Laplace's Box.
  • Ho Yay: Sort of, in FLAG 124. Yui, in her masculine clothing apparently trying to seduce Keima. Made worse by Keima's rather feminine response probably due to spending time in Yui's body.
  • "Holy Shit!" Quotient: Started stacking up after the "Third Memory Fragment" arc.
  • Iron Woobie: Keima. Though he says he doesn't like real "girls", it becomes apparent that what he hates is in fact everything real—he finds himself at such odds with the real world that he actively rejects it and takes refuge in games. What he's doing is going outside an incredibly small and restrictive comfort zone in order to do something he would run away to avoid if he had the choice, but he's shouldering the burden and putting his everything into this thing he hates doing. And, though he might moan, he never runs away, never breaks down - he always keeps his cool and goes through with it.
  • Love Revelation Epiphany: Played for Drama. While it was never openly shown throughout the story, some readers view Keima's Tears of Remorse in FLAG 189 over breaking Chihiro's heart as evidence of this. Especially given the fact that he directly confessed to her in FLAG 267, after experiencing his biggest Character Development to date during his Mental Time Travel.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "I can see the ending!" Hear the line anywhere, and the first thing that comes to mind will always be Keima.
    • "Reality is just a Crappy Game!" Explaination 
    • "Game Over". The orb breaks, the world becomes blank except for the goddess hosts. There have been many other The End of the World as We Know It jokes concerning FLAG 260, but this one is agreed to be the best fit for this scenario.
    • This screenshot of Elsie crying is now constantly used online as a reaction to any particularly tragic scenes in anime.
    • Some fans noted the (coincidental) resemblance of Keima's school uniform to that of Austin Powers (particularly the cravat).
  • Moe: The girls that Keima has to court are plays on Moe stereotypes in varying degrees. Being a Genre Savvy Otaku, he goes into a rant when he encounters one that doesn't seem to fit with the archetype.
  • Narm: Some of the lines can be downright cheesy.
  • Nightmare Fuel: FLAG 67.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Elsie simply doesn't comprehend why humans might be disturbed by her cooking, or the souvenirs she brings back from Hell, or the idea of eating something alive because it's fresher.
  • One True Pairing:
    • Keima×Elsie, though the popularity of this pairing waned after the first couple arcs. Being Put on a Bus during the Goddess arc didn't help, especially as it allowed Keima to interact with many of the other female characters of the story while she was gone.
    • Keima×Haqua, due to being one of the only girls who knows Keima, rather than a persona he's putting forth for a capture.
    • Keima×Tenri for similar reasons to Haqua.
    • Keima×Diana as a bonus for Tenri fans. Diana openly admits this in FLAG 167 (appropriately titled WHAM), where she realizes that her power has been limited by her own guilt over being attracted to Keima.
    • Keima×Yui gained ground fast. Yui is pretty much the only girl that has actually made Keima flustered, and he admitted that even though he was trying to just put on an act, he wound up letting her take the lead a lot and she made him feel "fuzzy headed". Haqua even notices and comments on it, teasing Keima that maybe his "real" girl type is one with a forceful personality. Not to mention the fact that she's the first human girl he's seen naked because they swapped bodies for a time. Actually, the reverse holds true as well.
    • There's also a lot of support for a Keima×Kanon pairing, especially in the Goddess Arc where Kanon is the first girl to confess to him, and was the catalyst for a big chunk of Keima's Character Development.
    • The Keima×Chihiro pairing got more fans supporting it thanks to the last few events of the Goddesses arc, as fueled by the revelation that Chihiro had probably genuinely loved Keima before her capture arc, absent any manipulations on his part. Add the fact that Keima was forced to dump her (possibly out of confusion as to what to do next), and the shippers decided that he must end up with her as a way of redeeming themselves and everyone else from the backlash.
    • Surprisingly, Keima×Ayumi is gaining ground as well, being Keima's very first capture target, and the last Goddess host to be revealed, and due to his (much-debated) declaration to her as his "First and Final Heroine". Also, she appears in the third memory fragment of the Heart of Jupiter arc, along with Chihiro.
    • There's also a slow-but-steady rise in support for Keima×Nikaido/Dokurou as soon as FLAG 250 was released. (For security purposes though, this sub-entry will be a massive spoiler entry): She was chronologically Keima's first kiss; she was one of those persons who, like Tenri, was all the more supportive of his actions (even calling him onii-chan while Keima's in his 7-year-old self); and apparently, her identity was one of the biggest surprises of the Heart of Jupiter Arc, having been conveniently concealed (even from the readers) from the time she was revealed to have an involvement with New Hell.
    • Then came FLAG 267... See Ship Sinking entry below.
  • One True Threesome:
    • Keima/Tenri/Diana FTW. Quite complicated because Diana is inside Tenri's body, and some of the fans like her via Tenri's body.
    • One FLAG title played with this trope, but it was talking about Keima/Haqua/Tenri or Diana, most likely Tenri.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap:
    • In Kanon's first arc, she wasn't well-liked due to her Attention Whore / Yandere tendencies, but in her later appearances she's a much more endearing and likeable character, even turning into something of an Ensemble Dark Horse.
      • Breakout Character: The ending result. She now stars her own spinoff, Magical☆Star Kanon 100%.
    • Urara was disliked in the first few events of the Heart of Jupiter Arc for being nothing more then an annoying Bratty Half-Pint trying to act older then her age, but eventually, people warmed up to her once she started getting along with Keima, and learning of her back-story as to why she acts the way she does.
  • Ship Sinking: FLAG 267 apparently sunk all but one of the aforementioned ships, much like how the entire Earth Federation Fleet was sunk with just one nuke. Though, it is worth mentioning that even despite that event, by the series' finale, Yui still hasn't given up on Keima.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: (See the One True Pairing section above for why this can get kinda ugly amongst the shipping debates)
    • Pick the woman among Keima's capture targets (or someone else) that has the best chance to end up with him and let the debating begin. Tenri and Chihiro led the way for majority of the story's run due to being the only girls Who actually fell in love with Keima long before he got involved in their conquests. Elsie, Haqua, Diana and the other Sister holders are also worthy choices among the fan base.
    • Then again, if one doesn't side with any of the ladies mentioned above...there's always Yokkyun.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: This type of reaction was bound to happen for some fans from the moment it was announced that the 3rd anime season was going to be adapting the Goddess arc; effectively skipping the remaining conquest arcs that occur after Jun's conquest entirely. (With the exception of Tenri's arc, which was adapted in prior OVAs). After the first episode of the season aired, most fans were, predictably, disappointed that they weren't able to see the final conquests animated. However, on a brighter note, the first few minutes recapped the skipped conquests, with most of the footage being from Tsukiyo and Yui's arcs; showing that the skipped material has at least acknowledged to exist, and that the anime is mostly staying true to the manga...with the exception of Fiore being adapted out. What also didn't help was that the Goddess Arc and the Mai-High Festival Arc add up to 76 chapters, considered by many to be far too much just for a 12 episode season. For comparison, the first two seasons only covered 43 chapters.
  • Ugly Cute: Yokkyun, Keima's digital crush.
  • Values Dissonance: While it's Played for Laughs, goddesses are apparently cool with polygamy, rape and pedophila. Check it out for yourself here and here.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Dokuro Skull, revealed to be female (like all other New Devils) in FLAG 151. The anime missed the memo; her Japanese voice actress uses such a gruff voice to the point of soundigg male, while her dub VA is male.


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