History Anime / SkyGirls

18th Apr '18 4:21:29 PM smile1289
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* ThongOfShielding: Pretty much an example of their Motion Slits, though this isn't present with Elise, who is of course the youngest of the group.
15th Mar '18 2:07:30 PM erana
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* DudeWheresMyRespect: Played with; the whole series is the tale of how the trope is first played painfully straight (as the HQ treats the Sky Girls and the Sonic Divers with derision as "toys"); then downplayed when they become FamedInStory, with HQ deciding to treat them as a mere [[PropagandaHero decoy]] of their favored project (the [[Game/{{Gradius}} Vic Viper]]); and ''finally'' averted when [[EarnYourHappyEnding their own actions]] earn them [[HundredPercentHeroismRating the respect of their peers, the recognition of the HQ, and the admiration of the public]].
10th Feb '18 7:35:00 AM RedScharlach
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To fight them, a special unit of MiniMecha has been devised: the Sonic Divers. Curiously, these can only be piloted by young females. The first unit consists of three teenaged girls, one of which is Otoha Sakurano, an avid kendo practicioner. The story focuses primarily on her plight, although the other girls get plenty of attention as well. In the TV series, the team gets expanded by one more [[ButNotTooForeign girl of German origin]].

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To fight them, a special unit of MiniMecha has been devised: the Sonic Divers. Curiously, these can only be piloted by young females. The first unit consists of three teenaged girls, one of which whom is Otoha Sakurano, an avid kendo practicioner.practitioner. The story focuses primarily on her plight, although the other girls get plenty of attention as well. In the TV series, the team gets expanded by one more [[ButNotTooForeign girl of German origin]].



* AwesomenessByAnalysis: Karen. In and out of combat; her cockpit display is set to provide her a wealth of information so huge that a normal person would only perceive "noise", and she's able to both memorize the enemy's weapons firing patterns so accurately that can intercept them firing over the shoulder ''without looking'', and [[spoiler: calculate Nanae's [[FunnyMoments breast size]] (that she's hidding behind documents)]] just upon visible measuraments, human averages, angles and proportions.
* BigDamnHeroes: Try telling to the mother, daughter and kitten they rescue from a landslide in the nick of time in their first sortie that they aren't that. Half-lampshaded, half-discused, as TV broadcasts the whole rescue aftermath and they get to be FamedInStory as BigDamnHeroes.

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* AwesomenessByAnalysis: Karen. In and out of combat; her cockpit display is set to provide her a wealth of information so huge that a normal person would only perceive "noise", and she's able to both memorize the enemy's weapons firing patterns so accurately that can intercept them firing over the shoulder ''without looking'', and [[spoiler: calculate Nanae's [[FunnyMoments breast size]] (that she's hidding hiding behind documents)]] just upon visible measuraments, measurements, human averages, angles and proportions.
* BigDamnHeroes: Try telling to the mother, daughter and kitten they rescue from a landslide in the nick of time in their first sortie that they aren't that. Half-lampshaded, half-discused, half-discussed, as TV broadcasts the whole rescue aftermath and they get to be FamedInStory as BigDamnHeroes.



** For Eika, who is introducted being defeated by a surprise move from another test pilot in a vastly superior machine. In episode 26, she puts that same move in an ''inferior'' plane against ''two'' other ''superior'' planes and teaches their pilots not to depend too much of the machine's performance.

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** For Eika, who is introducted introduced by being defeated by a surprise move from another test pilot in a vastly superior machine. In episode 26, she puts that same move in an ''inferior'' plane against ''two'' other ''superior'' planes and teaches their pilots not to depend too much of the machine's performance.



** For the Sonic Divers team, whose first mission was meant to be an airshow which a natural disaster turns into a rescue operation, and whose very last sortie is to put a ''kickass'' airshow for [[PassingTheTorch their replacements]], a dedicated ''rescue unit'' of brand new Sonic Divers. Slightly PlayedWith, as the first book end happens several episodes into the series, wel after the Divers are introducted.

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** For the Sonic Divers team, whose first mission was meant to be an airshow which a natural disaster turns into a rescue operation, and whose very last sortie is to put a ''kickass'' airshow for [[PassingTheTorch their replacements]], a dedicated ''rescue unit'' of brand new Sonic Divers. Slightly PlayedWith, as the first book end happens several episodes into the series, wel well after the Divers are introducted.



* ButNotTooForeign: Elise. Also later Aisha, [[spoiler: although this troper does not know any Indian girl named ''Aisha'' who wears a ''Cheongsam''...]]

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* ButNotTooForeign: Elise. Also later Aisha, [[spoiler: although [[spoiler:although this troper does not know any Indian girl named ''Aisha'' who wears a ''Cheongsam''...]]



* ContinuityNod: [=OVA=] and series are slightly alternate continuities. Both start, however, with a shot (the [=OVA=]'s, ''considerably'' more [[FanService Fan Service-y]]) of Otoha swiming under a boat - even with the same music playing on the radio.
** The one episode delay betwen Kouryuu sailing forth and Elize's Diver being operational is another nod to the [=OVA=], depicting a three-girls team onboard.

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* ContinuityNod: [=OVA=] and series are slightly alternate continuities. Both start, however, with a shot (the [=OVA=]'s, ''considerably'' more [[FanService Fan Service-y]]) of Otoha swiming swimming under a boat - even with the same music playing on the radio.
** The one episode delay betwen between Kouryuu sailing forth and Elize's Diver being operational is another nod to the [=OVA=], depicting a three-girls team onboard.on board.



* {{Deconstruction}}: In a series like this, it ''should'' be unlikely. From the girls being OlderThanTheyLook (low ressources society means stunted growth) to Otoha's reaction of finding out about the fate of her brother to Karen's reaction to the clothes they wear on duty, this story has some fairly realistic and dark tones.

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* {{Deconstruction}}: In a series like this, it ''should'' be unlikely. From the girls being OlderThanTheyLook (low ressources resources society means stunted growth) to Otoha's reaction of finding out about the fate of her brother to Karen's reaction to the clothes they wear on duty, this story has some fairly realistic and dark tones.



* HairDecorations: Somehow, the Motion Slit technology requires the pilots to wear some sort of a hair dec. Most of them look vaguely resembling a mechanical version of a droopy dog ears, while Elise's stand upright like a German Shepherd's. See PettingZooPeople below.

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* HairDecorations: Somehow, the Motion Slit technology requires the pilots to wear some sort of a hair dec. Most of them look vaguely resembling a mechanical version of a droopy dog ears, while Elise's stand upright like a German Shepherd's. See PettingZooPeople below.



* HypocriticalHumour: Otoha notices Elise's blonde hair, immediatly asking if she is a foreigner. This despite the fact that Otoha's own hair is ''bright orange''.

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* HypocriticalHumour: Otoha notices Elise's blonde hair, immediatly immediately asking if she is a foreigner. This despite the fact that Otoha's own hair is ''bright orange''.



* MoodWhiplash: As a general rule, expect a dark reveal of some sort to any "light" episodes. For example, the same episode that has Otoha running around the base to find the owner of a large bra is also the episode where Elise is introduced [[spoiler: by having her hastily evacuated from the destroyed West Europe base]]. Also, the real reason why Sky Girls are formed, during a HotSpringsEpisode.

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* MoodWhiplash: As a general rule, expect a dark reveal of some sort to any "light" episodes. For example, the same episode that has Otoha running around the base to find the owner of a large bra is also the episode where Elise is introduced [[spoiler: by [[spoiler:by having her hastily evacuated from the destroyed West Europe base]]. Also, the real reason why Sky Girls are formed, during a HotSpringsEpisode.



* PettingZooPeople: Strangely enough, the Motion Slits include hair decorations that vaguely resemble animal ears and has a cable extension connecting their spine to the Sonic Divers resembling tails. This become even more pronounced at the second generation Rescue Sky Girls, whose hair decs are even more varying. Seems Fumikane decided to cut the middleman and made everyone in ''Anime/StrikeWitches'' magically sprout animal ears and tails without any other explanation other than [[AWizardDidIt their magic powers did it...]]

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* PettingZooPeople: Strangely enough, the Motion Slits include hair decorations that vaguely resemble animal ears and has a cable extension connecting their spine to the Sonic Divers resembling tails. This become even more pronounced at the second generation Rescue Sky Girls, whose hair decs are even more varying.varied. Seems Fumikane decided to cut the middleman and made everyone in ''Anime/StrikeWitches'' magically sprout animal ears and tails without any other explanation other than [[AWizardDidIt their magic powers did it...]]



* SpoilerOpening: The opening spoils the appearance of Elise quite a while before she even shows up and only several episodes after that she actually joins the cast proper; and it basicly spoils the entire rest of the cast too. It also shows a girl whose face is obscured by a helmet; it's actually Aisha who joins very late and otherwise only showed up once to fight against Eika in a test battle.

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* SpoilerOpening: The opening spoils the appearance of Elise quite a while before she even shows up and only several episodes after that she actually joins the cast proper; and it basicly basically spoils the entire rest of the cast too. It also shows a girl whose face is obscured by a helmet; it's actually Aisha who joins very late and otherwise only showed up once to fight against Eika in a test battle.
30th Nov '17 12:37:39 PM valar55
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In the latter half of the 21st century earth is threatened by creatures called [=WORMS=], which are huge artificial life forms resembling the first thing they see--usually sea organisms. After a devastating war they seem to have been defeated, only to suddenly appear again.

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In the latter half of the 21st century earth century, Earth is threatened by creatures called [=WORMS=], which are huge artificial life forms resembling the first thing they see--usually sea organisms. After a devastating war they seem to have been defeated, only to suddenly appear again.



* HairDecorations: Somehow, the Motion Slit technology requires the pilots to wear some sort of a hair dec. Most of them look vaguely resembling a mechanical version of a droopy dog ears, while Elise's stand upright like a German Shepherd's. See petting zoo people below.

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* HairDecorations: Somehow, the Motion Slit technology requires the pilots to wear some sort of a hair dec. Most of them look vaguely resembling a mechanical version of a droopy dog ears, while Elise's stand upright like a German Shepherd's. See petting zoo people PettingZooPeople below.
15th Aug '17 6:23:29 PM nombretomado
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* XMeetsY: Sky Girls is a future version of ''Anime/StrikeWitches'' meets ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' meets [[Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross Variable Fighters]] (minus the GERWALK Mode).
21st Apr '17 5:19:19 AM erana
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* HairDecorations: Somehow, the Motion Slit technology requires the pilots to wear some sort of a hair dec. Most of them look vaguely resembling a mechanical version of a droopy dog ears, while Elise's stand upright like rabbit ears. See petting zoo people below.

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* HairDecorations: Somehow, the Motion Slit technology requires the pilots to wear some sort of a hair dec. Most of them look vaguely resembling a mechanical version of a droopy dog ears, while Elise's stand upright like rabbit ears.a German Shepherd's. See petting zoo people below.
23rd Mar '17 7:16:28 AM erana
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** The (otherwise unexplaiable) one episode delay betwen Kouryuu sailing forth and Elize's Diver being operational is another nod to the [=OVA=], depicting a three-girls team onboard.

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** The (otherwise unexplaiable) one episode delay betwen Kouryuu sailing forth and Elize's Diver being operational is another nod to the [=OVA=], depicting a three-girls team onboard.
23rd Mar '17 7:15:50 AM erana
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** The (otherwise unexplaiable) one episode delay betwen Kouryuu sailing forth and Elize's Diver being operational is another nod to the [=OVA=], depicting a three-girls team onboard.
24th Dec '16 8:15:08 PM N1KF
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For a show with a similar concept that began with an OVA and was later turned into an anime, see ''Anime/StrikeWitches''. Both shows share the same character designer, Humikane Shimada, which may further explain their similarities. For another show and toyline that inherited Shimada's design style, there is [[Toys/BusouShinki Busou]] [[Anime/BusouShinki Shinki]] - and yes, there were Sky Girls action figures made with the Busou Shinki [=MMS2=] body-type.

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For a show with a similar concept that began with an OVA and was later turned into an anime, see ''Anime/StrikeWitches''. Both shows share the same character designer, Humikane Shimada, which may further explain their similarities. For another show and toyline that inherited Shimada's design style, there is [[Toys/BusouShinki Busou]] Toys/{{Busou|Shinki}} [[Anime/BusouShinki Shinki]] - and yes, there were Sky Girls action figures made with the Busou Shinki [=MMS2=] body-type.



* TenMinuteRetirement: [[spoiler:Otoha]], although it takes much more than just 10 minutes for her to completely recover. To be fair, TheReveal was [[BreakTheCutie a little cruel]].
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: It's kind of easy to understand after such a war.



* TenMinuteRetirement: [[spoiler:Otoha]], although it takes much more than just 10 minutes for her to completely recover. To be fair, TheReveal was [[BreakTheCutie a little cruel]].



* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: It's kind of easy to understand after such a war.
22nd Dec '16 6:52:34 AM erana
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** For Eika, who is introducted being defeated by a surprise move from another test pilot in a vastly superior machine. In episode 26, she puts that same move in an ''inferior'' plane against ''two'' other ''superior'' planes and teaches their pilots not to bdepend too much of the machine's performance.

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** For Eika, who is introducted being defeated by a surprise move from another test pilot in a vastly superior machine. In episode 26, she puts that same move in an ''inferior'' plane against ''two'' other ''superior'' planes and teaches their pilots not to bdepend depend too much of the machine's performance.
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