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  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Were Togo's multiple suicide attempts in episodes 8 and 10 simply her experimenting with the fairies' powers, or did she really intend to kill herself?
    • Following The Reveal in Episode 8 that the Sange is permanent, are the Taisha Kyubey-level bastards who are willing to throw the lives of innocent girls into a Fate Worse than Death just to preserve their world a while longer, or are they just Well-Intentioned Extremists who had no other choice to preserve the world and sincerely worship the girls that they sacrifice?
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    • What exactly were Sonoko's intentions when she told Togo the truth about the outside world? Did she simply want her old friend to know what she was really fighting for before Togo ended up like her? Or was she using Togo to destroy the world and end her own suffering?
      • Hanayui no Kirameki does not help dissuade this line of thought; if anything it merely reinforces it since the drama behind several events is the result of the Sonokos (especially the middle school-aged one) screwing around Terumi style to get ideas for a new plot. In the valentines day event she proves to be more effective in screwing with the hero club than Akamine the actual antagonist at the time.
    • It's commonly believed that Togo initially refused to become a Hero because she was afraid of her disability holding everyone back. However, upon reading what she went through as Sumi Washio in the prequel LN, some theorized that she was actually suffering from PTSD. Word of God confirms that Togo reacted that way because even though her mind didn't remember fighting the Vertex before, her body and soul did.
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  • Base-Breaking Character: Togo after the events of episode 10. Is her want to Kill All Humans justified or is she dragging everyone down her own suicidal path when they're just fine living as is?
  • Broken Base:
    • Over the Twist Ending. After several dozen helpings of increasing suffering having the disabilities 'fixed' and Yuuna even becoming healthy again feels like a cop out for many. This has healed somewhat since the release of the Sonoko After epilogue; the revelation that the Hero System will be mass-produced without fairies or Sange means that adjustsments seem to be made.
    • The ending of Hero Chapter: Was it an excellent and satisfying conclusion to the Yuusha de Aru series and the Hero Club as a whole? Was it a rushed mess that tied up the loose ends a bit too conveniently that all the other plot threads established previously in the other series and spin-offs ended up getting tossed aside for no reason (especially with how KuMeYu was handled)? Or did it end the series well but could have benefited from having more episodes than the meager six Hero Chapter was given?
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  • Esoteric Happy Ending: The Hero Club has killed enough Vertex to suspend the attacks "indefinitely," and the girls were able to retire as Heroes and recovered from their disabilities. However, the world beyond the Shinju's barrier is still an infernal hellscape and the Vertex will come back eventually, which will probably necessitate a new group of Heroes sometime in the future. Sonoko After expands upon this: the Vertex will eventually return, but the Taisha are going to reveal the truth of the world to the general public and mass-produce the Hero System in order to reclaim the outside world; the new system no longer has the Sange, but it also does not have the fairy barriers, meaning that the Heroes are once more vulnerable to death. Sonoko states that although it will be a hard path for humanity, it's preferable to an eternal siege that humanity is doomed to lose eventually.
  • Fandom Rivalry: Tends to have one with Madoka, thanks to them having similar character designs. The revelation that the show is just as dark as Madoka, if not darker, didn't help.
  • Friendly Fandoms: On the other hand, it tends to be Friendly Fandoms with Symphogear, due to them both having Hot-Blooded, manly protagonists who punch things while living to protect their Ambiguously Lesbian best friends.
  • Genius Bonus: The "Vertexes" are computer-generated creatures in a traditionally animated world. They are literally made of vertex coordinates.
  • Growing the Beard: The first seven episodes was seen as a generic, if serviceable Slice of Life/Magical Girl anime. However, when episode 8 kicked in with the Plot Twist of the Hero System, the series was received significantly better and became more well-known for its numerous Tear Jerkers.
  • Idiot Plot: if the Taisha had been upfront with the Hero Club about the Sange instead of trying to hide it, and if Togo had followed the Hero Club's fourth tenet and talked to Yuna about her fears instead of going off alone, then the entire second half of the series could've been avoided.
  • It Was His Sled: Some of the twists, mainly the fact that Mankai causes its users permanent disabilities with each activation and that Togo is Sumi Washio have become this by now.
  • Just Here for Godzilla:
    • A lot of people were first drawn to the series due to its inclusion of a wheelchair-bound magical girl who doesn't lose her disability when she transforms. Unfortunately, some of those people were turned away when they learned that she was also the subject of most of the show's fanservice.
    • When the show's true nature was revealed in Episode 8, people stuck around to see how things could possibly get worse with each episode.
  • Les Yay: There's so much of it that it required its own page.
  • Memetic Badass:
    • Yuna is quickly becoming this.
    • Karin's awesome fight in Episode 11 propelled her straight into this category, with some fans considering her more heroic than Yuna.
    • Gin Minowa from the Washio Sumi novel is also popular for driving back three Vertex on her own without fairies or Mankai to protect her friends, and despite succumbing to her injuries dying a heroic standing death.
    • Sonoko, thanks to her status as the strongest Hero in the original series combined with her nigh chessmaster-level intellect backing it up. The mobile game even follows up on this as she's unanimously considered the best and most powerful unit you can acquire in Hanayui no Kirameki.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "Hey Wasshi...LET'S ENJOY KAGAWA LIFE!" Explanation 
    • Among fans of both anime, comparing Togo to Homura from Madoka. More precisely, Togo has everything Homura wish she had (friends, a close bond with her pink-haired best friend/crush, far less despair and misfortune), etc.
    • EVERYTHING IS FIRE Explanation (spoilers) 
    • READ NOWAYU Explanation 
    • Shinju-sama is a lolicon!Explanation 
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • Sange in general is this. You either slowly become increasingly disabled while forced to still fight, or you go Sange multiple times and quickly lose several abilities.
    • Also, the true nature of the world, being a demonic hellscape.
    • Bonus point when ribbons start to wrap around the parts of Karin's body that she's about to lose in Episode 11, after each use of her Mankai. Hearing her whimpers of fear before silencing them and using Mankai again and again is heartbreaking.
    • Episode 5 of the Hero Chapter reveals that humanity is out of time, the Shinju is dying fast. Unless the Hero Club finds a miracle, the only options are either dying from exposure to the outside world because of the sky gods' attack on the barrier or Yuna sacrificing herself to the Shinju. And the latter plan wouldn't truly save the region, it would cause everyone to ascend to where the Shinju lives.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Karin wasn't really disliked, she was just mercilessly mocked for being seen as The Load. Then came episode 11, which boosted her straight out of there and into "awesome!".
  • Ship Mates: People who ship Yuna/Togo also tend to ship Fu/Karin or Itsuki/Karin
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat:
    • Yuna/Togo vs Togo/Sonoko is the most common, though Yuna/Karin is debated as well. This subsided a bit after the bonus chapter of the Washio Sumi 4koma was translated, in which Sonoko approves of Yuna/Togo. She also ships them in Sonoko After.
    • Yuna/Karin shippers also occasionally run afoul of people who ship Fu/Karin. Karin/Itsuki has also become more popular after all of their events in Jukai no Kioku, leading some people to argue over which Inubozaki sister Karin would be best with. That is, of course, if people don't decide to ship the sisters together.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: No one person can shoulder everyone's burden; Fu and Togo both break down because they kept their troubles bottled up inside them instead of sharing them with their friends. In other words, "If you're troubled, talk to someone!"
  • They Copied It, So It Sucks!: After episode 8, some factions of the fandom turned on this show and began deriding it as a copycat of Madoka due to similarly using a cutesy facade to mask dark plot twists that involve the characters being deceived into sacrificing themselves via Power at a Price.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Sonoko explains that the reason the Taisha keep her around despite not letting her transform is to stop rogue Heroes from attacking them or the Shinju, which is exactly what Fu and Togo eventually do. The fact that she doesn't show up in the climax was a disappointment for many, since she's stated to be more powerful than the entire Hero Club combined with her twenty-one fairies and everything. The bonus chapter of the Washio Sumi Light Novel, which takes place during and after Episodes 9-12, justifies this by saying that even though the Taisha begged her to transform, she refused to as punishment for the Taisha lying to her and to the Hero Club about the Sange.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Little Girls?: The anime features middle-school girls helping others as well as fighting in bloodless battles with cute fairy pets and colorful costumes based on flowers, albeit with mild Fanservice elements. It even has an inspiring message about how people with disabilities can have normal lives too! Did the wheelchair girl just try to kill herself?
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