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  • All There Is to Know About "The Crying Game": Hatoko's rant comes completely out of nowhere and is a massive Mood Whiplash for a show that was otherwise happy-go-lucky slice of life. It's also one of the things that attracted many people's attention to the series at all, and just about the only thing people who don't watch the show know about it.
  • Broken Base: HUGE arguments have arisen in the wake of Episode 7's rant. Mostly over what it means to be a good friend and whether or not Andou or Hatoko were being selfish. Most can agree that both had a hand in it, but some still debate exactly who was to blame for letting the situation get as far as it did.
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  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Mirei Kodou. Every single episode is followed by demands to bring her back.
  • Fridge Brilliance: Why didn't Mirei block Andou's power before stealing it, as she always does? She needed to be shown that it's actually received an upgrade, instead of dismissing it as one of his chuuni rants.
    • Why didn't Andou's hand stop burning after she stole it in episode 12? Once it starts burning it can never stop, with or without the powers!
  • Memetic Mutation: Hatoko's epic rant at Andou in episode 7, especially the line "I just don't understand!"
  • Misaimed Fandom: Hatoko's rant in episode 7 has been interpreted as a criticism of Evil Is Cool. It's often cited out-of-context, accusing someone who likes "dark and edgy" stuff of being a Know-Nothing Know-It-All, or poking fun at pseudo-intellectuals who "read things on the Internet" and use them to sound smart without knowing what they really mean. Actually, Hatoko was ranting at Andou because she genuinely didn't understand the things he was talking about, and was trying to connect with him but failing.
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  • Narm: Again, Hatoko's rant. People who haven't seen the series and have just seen the rant usually can't tell if the scene was supposed to be serious or comedic. The scene is actually supposed to highlight her ditziness. She breaks down into tears because she does not understand all the obscure references and nerdy jokes her friends make. It's essentially a silly situation taken too seriously.
  • No Yay: Chifuyu's Love Epiphany for Andou in episode 9 made a few people feel really uncomfortable, due entirely to the fact that she's only in elementary school.
  • Ron the Death Eater: Andou already got a lot of flak just for being a Chuuni, but in the aftermath of episode 7, many fans declared they outright hated him and called him selfish, unkind and undeserving of any of the girls' affection.
    • This hatred is especially unjustified when you consider how Andou used to act before he became a Chuuni and exactly who it was that made him a Chuuni.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: Full sail! Arm the cannons! Commence the shipping battles as of episode 9 when all of the main girls discuss their feelings for Andou with others. Tomoyo X Andou and Hatoko X Andou are the two most popular ships, and the two most aggressively pushed by fans.
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  • Signature Scene: The rant from Episode 7.
  • So Okay, It's Average: When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace is highly unique among Trigger's oeuvre in that it's... a Slice of Life Light Novel adaptation about a kooky school club. Unlike the distinctive and stylish shows it's sandwiched between, this is strictly the kind of post-Haruhi Suzumiya anime that studios churn out. It's a semi-clever idea with enjoyable characters, but a lack of focus and uneven execution make it look somewhat cookie cutter as far as anime goes, especially by Studio Trigger standards.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • Hatoko's explosion at Andou. Saori Hayami delivers one of the most intense performances of her career while Hatoko's tears flow and voice crumbles.
    • Whether or not you think Mirei had it coming for acting so gullible, she also really seemed hurt with her early rejection, trying without success to hold back her tears (before the outright Ship-to-Ship Combat even began). And then of course she's Put on a Bus and banished to the green room, which seems like meta insult to injury.
    • Tomoyo, Hatoko, and Chifuyu breaking down crying after having to cut off Andou's hand again, along with Mirei's hand, to save their lives. The first time they had to witness it, they were already badly shaken up by it. Even if everything turned out okay, it's understandable that it would be too much to take in for them.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Mirei. Cute, funny, refreshingly straightforward about her feelings, and has a very interesting power, yet she's had almost no presence past her Day in the Limelight episode.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: A lot on both sides in regard to Hiryu and his team of super-powered friends in episode 8.
    • Some people would prefer the story was about them and the Fairy War entirely and that their story and personalities are more interesting that the harem rom-com of the Literature Club.
    • Others feel that dedicating an episode to an infodump that doesn't further the story of the Literature Club took away from an arc that should have focused more heavily on Andou and Hatoko's conflict and reconciliation.
    • Others still think that a genre shift towards a more standard shounen battle series involving both groups would have been better.
  • Values Dissonance: While played for laughs, Jurai's pledge of being a Lolicon is a normal lifestyle is definitely not giving a good impression here.


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