- Acceptable Targets:
- Anvilicious: It is sometimes perceived this way by more non-religious critics.
- Audience-Alienating Premise: Part of what prematurely ended two attempts at an Animated Adaptation for Warrior Nun Areala. See Values Dissonance below for details.
- Critical Research Failure: Manga and Anime critic Mike Toole had some criticism of Warrior Nun Areala along these lines in his review of Chrono Crusade where he saw it less favorably in comparison to the latter.
- Ensemble Dark Horse: Lilith was intended only to be The Dragon to Orcus, but she was well received enough by readers to the point that she was Castieled into one of the main characters and stayed on in the series.
- Faux Symbolism: The use of religious imagery is very gratuitous and unnecessary to put it lightly.
- Hilarious in Hindsight:
- The series features a Jewish character who goes by the alias of "The Hammer". In 2003, there would be a film called in The Hebrew Hammer.
- When the character Lilith debuted, she had a strong resemblance to Morrigan Aensland of the then-recently released Darkstalkers. Later the sequel Darkstalkers 3: Vampire Savior introduced Morrigan's sister, coincidently also named Lilith.
- Ho Yay: The series does invoke some degree of this (particularly scenes involving Mary Delacroix), albeit in a veiled way.
- I Am Not Shazam: The protagonist is frequently referred to as "Areala". The main character's name is Shannon Masters and Areala is a title held by the avatar of the Valkyrie Areala.
- Misaimed Fandom: Some detectors have claimed that Shannon Masters is either being a bad girl or not doing it enough. The detectors failed to realize that the character was stated by the creator of the series himself to be an ideal heroine to begin with. Though the characters of Mary Delacroix and later Lilith were introduced to present a contrast with Shannon.
- Moral Event Horizon: The Holy Man crosses this on just about every occasion he appears. The most notable was when he bombed a synagogue and a mosque simply for his own twisted amusement.
- Newer Than They Think: Though Warrior Nun Areala is credited by many for the creation of many Anime Catholicism heavy series, it was itself preceded by John Steakley's novel Vampires by four years.
- Periphery Demographic: The series seems to have been most popular among Protestant Christians, some of whom even expressed their desire to feature Protestant characters as well.
- "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: As a result of some other works exploring the idea of Vatican affiliated Monster fighters. Though Warrior Nun Areala is also considered by some to have gone deeper into this subject than other similar Anime Catholicism/Fantastic Catholicism themed works.
- Values Dissonance: The Ultra-religious, Atheist/Agnostic, and readers who simply want to enjoy some literary escapism generally are not likely to get along whenever something like this is brought up. In the case of the religious, it is seen as making light and/or distorting Christianity while the non-theistic regard it as being giving the Catholic Church a sort of collective Draco in Leather Pants treatment.
YMMV / Warrior Nun Areala