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  • Adaptation Displacement: The anime, despite the fact the manga ran earlier. It's hard to say whether this is an adaptation displacement, however; the manga indeed ran for a year before the anime began, but the two are separate entities as part of a mixed-media franchise.
  • Americans Hate Tingle: For the most part, the series has a very negative critical reputation in the West as a cheap ripoff of Sailor Moon, as it never managed to be Vindicated by History the same way it was in Japan. (This is mainly in regards to surface-level critical reviews that don't go beyond a few episodes or simply from people who haven't seen it at all, as it tends to get moderate to positive reviews from those who actually manage to see it to the end.) This is due to a handful of reasons:
    • It never aired on a TV network there (with the exception of Italy and Germany), meaning it never managed to reach the target demographic in the first place, so even after it was picked up by ADV Films the only people who were willing to look into it were adult anime fans who would be less likely to be interested in this kind of series and don't have the perspective of people who watched it as part of the intended audience.
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    • While Sailor Moon was certainly iconic and incredibly popular in Japan, it still happens to be one among an entire genre of Magical Girl shows, all of which share similar tropes and visual elements. However, in the West, due to most of said shows never making it across, Sailor Moon is put on a pedestal as it's considered synonymous with the genre or even anime as a whole, and so the fact that this anime has more similar elements to it than most makes it seem more like a ripoff.
    • Due to Values Dissonance (see the entry for the trope below), Westerners are more likely to be turned off or alarmed by the premise, leading prospective viewers to dismiss it due to that alone.
  • Audience-Alienating Premise: As mentioned multiple times on this page, people tend to get turned off from the series purely on the account of the fact it's heavily wedding-themed and one of the Magical Girl forms is a wedding dress, because it sounds weird.
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  • Awesome Music: DX's OP, "Merry Angel"
  • Dueling Shows: With Sailor Moon, although the fact that the creator was one of the main writers for Sailor Moon makes it more of a sister show.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The series was a moderate success among its target demographic in Japan and eventually earned a fairly comfortable seat in Magical Girl history, but the negative stigma from accusations of being a Sailor Moon ripoff prevented it from gaining too much lasting popularity. However, the anime was explosively popular in Korea, to the point where it received three entirely separate dubs in four airings, is probably one of the most well-known Magical Girl shows from the era there, and still maintains a fairly dedicated following to this day (the most recent dub being in 2013 in an attempt to gain a new generation of fans eighteen years after its initial airing). The first dub's Alternative Foreign Theme Song, "The Legend of Love", also happens to be one of the more famous anime songs in Korea, to the point that some of the backlash against the third dub came from the fact it didn't have it (the second dub was forgiven because it was a translated version of the original Japanese song).
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  • Jerkass Woobie: Salvia during her intro, who refused to believe that Devils can before reformed, despite Wedding Peach doing it once per episode, and even insulted both Jama-P, for being a reformed Devil, and Limone, because she believe he was a weak coward. Even Jama-P said that she was worse than any Devil that he ever knew. When Peach finally slaps some sense into her, she reveals that her best friend was killed by a Devil during the war, and she was so shocked by her death that she closed her heart to everyone to keep herself from getting hurt like that again. Good thing she has the other Love Angels to mellow her out. In the manga, she is so anti-Devil because she remembers her past life and that she, Yuri, and Hinagiku were all killed because Celestia decided to show Uragano mercy and he used the opportunity to get in a cheap shot, making her believe any good devils show was just them biding their time to do evil.
  • Macekre:
    • There were three Korean dubs, but the earliest one from 1996 notably erases Pluie from existence, using very abrupt and forced-in cuts to pretend he's not there. The episode order is mixed up to the point where the plot no longer makes sense.
    • In the Italian dub, the conflict was changed from angels and demons to aliens of the Crystal Planet and the Dark Planet, most likely to avoid offending religious viewers (since the show takes a lot of liberties on what angels are.) Added to that, Wedding Peach was renamed "Sun Rose," possibly to cash in on Sailor Moon.
  • Magnificent Bitch: Potamos is a water demon and the final Arc Villain. Initially having a crush on the fire demon Ignis, she gives him a Mercy Kill when he's redeemed and has his powers drained, vowing revenge on the Love Angels. Potamos attempts to kill them several times and is nearly successful, once catching them in their civilian identities by not letting them transform, and only fails due to outside interference. Her crush on Yosuke/Viento ultimately leads to her taking a mortal wound for him, and she dies happy that he lived, with Wedding Peach realizing her feelings for him were genuine.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: Other than the usual "Sailor Moon ripoff" argument, the series is often said to be a fairly cookie-cutter Follow the Leader magical girl show. While it wasn't the first to use most of the tropes in it, it was in fact the Trope Codifier for certain elements of the genre, such as the Pink Heroine being the lead magical girl.
  • Strangled by the Red String: The way it's initially presented, Yuri's crush on Yanagiba had always been about as shallow as the other girls', and as soon as her previous life's backstory with Limone (which had no foreshadowing at all) comes up they immediately become a couple without much development compared to the other two. It's slightly better in the manga, in which an extra chapter reveals the details of what their past relationship was actually like, but it does so after the fact. Both versions eventually do build up what their romance ends up being afterwards, but the fact that it's done after their hookup and that their initial fall for each other comes out of nowhere is a little jarring.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: Wedding Wars is quite similar to "Fantasy" by Earth, Wind, and Fire.
  • They Copied It, So It Sucks!: The most frequent negative backlash against the series in regards to itself and Sailor Moon, as it was a particularly common criticism in Japan during its airing and tends to elicit this reaction even now when first presented to anyone who's familiar with the latter. Ultimately, the high production values and the fact it really doesn't have all that much in common with Sailor Moon improved the critical outlook on it in its home country, but it never quite escaped this stigma in the West, as it is indeed one of the Magical Girl shows that resembles Sailor Moon the closest (mainly due to its shared primary writer and anime character designer) and, until Puella Magi Madoka Magica brought on the Darker and Edgier trend, Western viewers (with the exception of Italy) have by and large dismissed the entire genre as "Sailor Moon ripoffs."
  • Values Dissonance:
    • For various reasons (among them being heavier emphasis on gender roles and a general promotion of femininity for girls), dreaming about getting married and a love for wedding dresses isn't uncommon among young girls in Japan, and the series is marketed with this demographic in mind.
    • Westerners might also question why a preference for physical violence and activity makes Hinagiku considered so masculine that she's in danger of not being able to get a boyfriend considering that she still indulges in and enjoys dressing femininely, fangirls over cute boys, and is a fairly sensitive and emotional person. Other than some things Lost in Translation ( uses an almost exclusively masculine speech pattern and a hyper-masculine first-person pronoun), heavier pressures on gender roles in Japan mean that Hinagiku's aggressive personality and hobbies would make her come off as unusually masculine. There's also temporal values dissonance at play here, too; characters like Hinagiku were not as common in Japanese media during the time of the series' run, and since then other works would produce far more stereotypically masculine female characters treated with less stigma.
  • Vindicated by History: In Japan, while it was airing, the anime gained a bad reputation at the hands of Sailor Moon ripoff accusations. When things had cooled down after Sailor Moon's broadcast, some professional critics began giving the series a number of good reviews as a "hidden masterpiece". The resulting Critical Dissonance prompted those in the Japanese anime fanbase to reassess it; ultimately it gained a respectable reputation and carries some significance as OLM Incorporated's first major anime (although it never managed to gain long-lasting popularity). However, this vindication failed to ever make it to the West, where it's still considered a cheap ripoff by most of the people who've heard of it, and many consider the overall wedding theme off-putting due to Values Dissonance.


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