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  • Americans Hate Tingle: Aoyama Masaya, poster boy for Die for Our Ship, gets none of that in Japan.
  • Complete Monster: The anime version of Deep Blue forsakes the good intentions of his manga counterpart and becomes a cold, self-concerned sociopath. The leader of the aliens who come to reclaim Earth, Deep Blue creates a human alias named Masaya to stay hidden and oversees his flunkies' attacks. In the climax of the series, Deep Blue overtakes Masaya, and the very first thing he does upon awakening is stoically torture his former identity's Love Interest, Ichigo, with electrical energy, unleashing a burst of energy that obliterates the nearby city. Deep Blue kills anybody who gets in his way, not excepting his own loyal servants, and is interested solely in wiping out all humanity so that he can have Earth to himself. Deep Blue's callous nature ends up turning even his own servants against him, and he shows himself to be thoroughly exempt of any humanizing traits that flesh out the other villains of the show.
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  • Crack Pairing: Masaya/Berii.
  • Die for Our Ship:
  • Draco in Leather Pants:
    • Quiche. Many fans seemed to forget that his "OMG TWU WUB" for Ichigo is Stalker with a Crush played dead straight, complete with "I'll kill you if I can't have you" and "I'll kill him just because you like him better than me" moments.
    • Even if Deep Blue is a Complete Monster, fans have even bought him leather pants as well. It may have to do with the manga version apparently intending to help the aliens.
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  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Masaya/Ichigo fans are a small minority, despite that being the Official Couple. Ichigo's other harem boys, Ryou and Quiche are much more popular.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Many fans refuse to acknowledge the existence of the sequel series, A la Mode.
  • Foe Yay:
    • Pai/Retasu is semi-canon if you squint.
    • While not as common, there are people who ship Ichigo/Deep Blue.
    • Not to mention Zakuro/Pai. It's still overshadowed by Pai/Retasu, though.
  • Gateway Series: For many in the mid-2000s, this was both their gateway into Magical Girl works, and perhaps into anime as a whole.
  • Les Yay:
    • Anime-only, Ichigo turns into a cat a few times, and with nary a bat of an eye, she kissed a few female animals (even chased a female dog down an alleyway at one point) to turn back to normal.
    • When Minto and Ichigo first meet, the latter is suspiciously in awe of the former and their interactions can easily be read as Belligerent Sexual Tension. Throughout the series they continue to have a lot of "moments."
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    • One scene from the anime involved the girls all imaging their ideal guy, with Mint's being a generic male ballet dancer. The 4Kids dub of all things had him replaced with an image of Zakuro.
  • Macekre: 4Kids changed the setting from Japan to America, despite it being probably the most Japanese show they've ever dealt with. It was initially touted by 4Kids as "Hollywood Mew Mew" (which eventually became an episode name). CEO Al Kahn is quoted in a press release for this as having said "By the time we localize the programs, kids won't even know they're from Japan any more." Case in point, they erased many Japanese texts and either replaced them with English words or left them entirely blank. They went far as to make other nonsensical changes to mundane things like cell phone screensavers and computer. They even made episode 12 in Japan into episode 1 in America and threw it straight into Canon Discontinuity, not to mention the ending of that episode in the dub.
  • Periphery Demographic: (Mostly) adult male doujinshika.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Berry Shirayuki, the new girl as the star of A la mode, is hated by audiences for taking the spotlight from all the other established cast. The fan reaction to her is parodied with Dr. Alphys in Undertale and Mew Mew Kissy Cutie 2, where the mere thought of not-Berry results in an angry, rambling wall of text about how she's "neither kissy nor cutie".
  • Ron the Death Eater: Masaya. Sure, he may be a Stepford Smiler because he hates all of humanity, at least prior to meeting Ichigo, but he wasn't born evil, although most people who hate him seem to not be aware of—or deliberately ignore—that spoilered part, which happens after the American dub ended, and instead demonize him.
  • Sequelitis: To say that A la Mode is not as well received as the original series is an understatement. With unlikable new characters, derailing old characters, and a lazily written plot, many fans don't even acknowledge its existence.
  • So Okay, It's Average: The small portion of the fandom who don't outright despise A la Mode generally see it as this, forgiving some of the problems that were the result of Executive Meddling. The general consensus among this group of fans is that if A la Mode was longer, it would have had more of an opportunity to properly explore the story and both new and returning characters.
  • Toy Ship: Bu-ling and Tart, which actually becomes canon.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: Masaya (a.k.a. Mark)'s deep, middle-aged-sounding voice in the 4Kids dub, especially since in the original Japanese version he was voiced by a woman.


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