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* {{Bowdlerization}}: Done in the US version of the anime, regarding Bouquet, most likely because of her age. Remember girls: If you're under eighteen and your breasts are too big, you aren't allowed to have them!

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* {{Bowdlerization}}: Done in the US version of the anime, regarding Bouquet, most likely because of her age. Remember girls: If you're under eighteen and your breasts are too big, you aren't allowed to have them!



* CensorBox : [[GagBoobs Bouquet's]] blue "dressing" in the anime dub. Audiences are not pleased.

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* CensorBox : [[GagBoobs Bouquet's]] blue "dressing" in the anime dub. Audiences are not pleased.
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* SortingAlgorithmOfEvil: Whenever you beat up Nene, he comes back with better Mecha Robos.

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* SortingAlgorithmOfEvil: Whenever you beat up Nene, he comes back with better In the first game, Nene sends progressively stronger [[MechaMook Mecha Robos.Robos]] at the heroes, making one wonder why he didn't just ''start'' with these stronger Robos at the outset. [[spoiler:Then he reveals his [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy scheme]] at the end of Disc 2, justifying this trope.]]



* TookALevelInBadass: Quite a lot of the characters. Most notably [[spoiler:Nene when he manages to cure his illness.]]

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* TookALevelInBadass: Quite a lot Essentially, all of the characters.Shadow Wielders. Most notably [[spoiler:Nene when he manages to cure his illness.]]


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* UnwinnableByMistake: Depending on what you're doing and what file you use, it's possible to become stuck on a NewGamePlus file pretty easily. Early in the game, right after the Land Shark attack, you end up in the NoobCave. In order to proceed, you're supposed to kill the Poo Snakes and loot their treasures, which will spawn a new treasure that continues the game after opening. However, depending on the save you used for New Game Plus, it's actually possible to have the maximum amount of items on you before this, making it impossible to loot the chests and continue the game, thanks to the fact that you also can't ''drop'' excess items from your inventory, you can only sell them. Better hope you didn't save over the file used to start New Game Plus and/or have a save set before you started killing the Poo Snakes...[[note]]Since you either need to use an item to attack them (Thorn Grass) or to let them hit you so you can waste a few healing items (Medicine and Light Crystals) so you can pick up the treasure in the chests.[[/note]]
18th Feb '15 4:19:57 PM Stratelier
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* MediumAwareness: [[spoiler:Nene]] is GenreSavvy enough to [[spoiler:trick you into spending the first two discs of the game LevelGrinding his Shadow for him]].
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* PointOfNoReturn: In the first game, when attempting to pursue Nene after he burrowed his fortress deep into the earth, you get a cutscene, Zola and Jiro both warning you that it's probably a one-way ticket, a chance to save your game, and a final yes/no confirmation before you proceed to the endgame area ... which [[SubvertedTrope includes a dimensional portal so you can enter/leave it at will]].
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* AlternateContinuity: For the anime, the characters' appearances are mostly the same as they are in the game, except for small details like Jiro's hair being gray instead of black, if not much else... The entire story almost completely different from the one in the games, with many changes to the first game's base plot of "Nene terrorizes the world's towns for his own amusement" (for example, unlike the games, Shu and Jiro ''aren't'' childhood friends, starting off as rivals as soon as they meet, Zola is introduced almost immediately instead of midway through the plot, and Nene's army includes human soldiers).

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* AlternateContinuity: For the anime, the characters' appearances are mostly the same as they are in the game, except for small details like Jiro's hair being gray instead of black, if not much else... The entire story is almost completely different from the one in the games, with many changes to the first game's base plot of "Nene terrorizes the world's towns for his own amusement" (for example, unlike the games, Shu and Jiro ''aren't'' childhood friends, starting off as rivals as soon as they meet, Zola is introduced almost immediately instead of midway through the plot, and Nene's army includes human soldiers).
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* AllThereInTheManual: The Monster and Item Records that can be perused in the first game's Item menu hold a lot information and world lore that otherwise isn't mentioned elsewhere in the game.



* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Zola turns out to be the villain in the anime, although [[DemonicPossession not by her own volition...]]

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* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Zola turns out to be the villain in the anime, although [[DemonicPossession not by her own volition...]]]]]]
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** ALoadOfBull: Jiro's Minotaur, which is oddly frail-looking for a minotaur (at least until Jiro gains his Limit Break). In ''Awakened Shadow'', the Minotaur has the physique of a normal bull.
** InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons: Shu's Shadow, the titular Blue Dragon (simply called "Dragon" in-game). Incidentally, King Jibral also has a Dragon Shadow in later games, although it happens to based on Eastern dragons rather than Western ones. [[spoiler:Nene's Shadow is also a sort of dragon.]]
** NobleBirdOfPrey: Kluke's Phoenix has barrier powers. It's played up like a GuardianEntity and powerful enough to defend against the BigBad.
** PantheraAwesome: Maro's Saber-toothed Tiger.

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** ALoadOfBull: Jiro's Minotaur, which is oddly frail-looking for a minotaur (at least until Jiro gains his Limit Break).Break), possibly to reference its initial role as the WhiteMage of the group. In ''Awakened Shadow'', the Minotaur has the physique of a normal bull.
** InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons: Shu's Shadow, the titular Blue Dragon (simply called "Dragon" in-game). Incidentally, King Jibral also has a Dragon dragon-like Shadow in later games, although it happens to based on Eastern dragons rather than Western ones.ones (though its name is Kirin, like the horse-dragon creature of myth). [[spoiler:Nene's Shadow is also a sort of dragon.]]
** NobleBirdOfPrey: Kluke's Phoenix. It starts off as a BlackMage in the games and is better suited for magical roles than physical ones. In the anime, Phoenix has barrier powers. It's played up like a GuardianEntity and powerful enough to defend against the BigBad.
** PantheraAwesome: Maro's Saber-toothed Tiger.Saber-Tooth/Tiger. Starts off in the Monk class and takes to that class and the Guardian class particularly well.



* OlderThanTheyLook: The characters (except Zola, and possibly Marumaro) are all in their teens (between 14 and 16),



* ShoutOut: Zola's Killer Bat makes one to ''Franchise/DragonBall'' during their LimitBreak. You'd expect it to look more like its namesake, but instead Killer Bat turns out to be a giant, white, tailed ape (with Bat's head and wings) that attacks by firing energy beams at the foe, not unlike not unlike Vegeta's giant ape form in ''Manga/DragonBallZ''.

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* ShoutOut: Zola's Killer Bat makes one to ''Franchise/DragonBall'' during their LimitBreak. You'd expect it to look more like its namesake, but instead Killer Bat turns out to be a giant, white, tailed ape (with Bat's head and wings) that attacks by firing energy beams at the foe, not unlike not unlike Vegeta's giant ape form in ''Manga/DragonBallZ''.



** The closest the games come to referencing Bouquet is in ''Awakened Shadow'', where you can make a female PC with Bouquet's hairstyle and eyes (both the default choices when starting a new game, although the hairstyle has some slight differences and the eyes are blue rather than purple).

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** The closest the games come to referencing Bouquet is in ''Awakened Shadow'', where you can make a female PC with Bouquet's hairstyle and eyes (both the default choices when starting a new game, although the hairstyle has some slight differences and the eyes are blue rather than aren't purple).



** Incidentally, the anime sequel, taking place two years after the end of the first, gives Bouquet a ''slightly'' more modest attire that covers her chest more.

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** Incidentally, the anime sequel, taking place two years after the end of the first, sequel gives Bouquet a ''slightly'' more modest attire that covers her chest more.more, while simultaneously revealing her midriff.
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There was also an anime adaptation that had a different plot and introduced a new girl, Bouquet (who had the [[MsFanservice strange ability]] to become invisible while naked), along with her Hippo Shadow, to the cast. The dub went through some pretty heavy editing in places. Season one is available uncut on [[http://www.hulu.com/blue-dragon-uncut Hulu]].

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There was also an anime adaptation that had a different plot and introduced a new girl, Bouquet (who had the [[MsFanservice strange ability]] to become invisible while naked), along with her Hippo Shadow, to the cast. The dub went through some pretty heavy editing in places. Season one places, mostly due to how Bouquet was presented in the original. The anime eventually received a sequel called ''Blue Dragon: Trials of the 7 Shadows'' and begins by following Shu and Bouquet, two years later, dealing with the aftermath of the events in the previous series. Both anime adaptations are 51 episodes long.

The entire anime series
is available uncut on [[http://www.hulu.com/blue-dragon-uncut Hulu]].
Hulu]] (provides a link to the sequel as well).



* TheAnimeOfTheGame: There are two of them, with the second essentially being the "second season" of the first.

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* TheAnimeOfTheGame: There are two of them, with the second essentially being the "second season" of the first. The second is called ''Blue Dragon: Trials of the Seven Shadows'' and takes place two years after the first.



** Incidentally, the anime sequel, taking place two years after the end of the first, gives Bouquet a ''slightly'' more modest attire that covers her chest more.



* MsFanservice: Bouquet, in one of the most transparent examples of the trope. She's introduced [[MaleGaze boobs-first]] and her innate invisibility powers only activate when she's nude, which would make her an inversion, except she's drawn more often than not as a blue ghost during these scenes, allowing viewers to see her even when they shouldn't. Additionally, her Hippo Shadow is essentially useless, making her into an anime JokeCharacter when it comes to combat. Even after it gains [[DittoFighter a useful combat ability]], TheWorfEffect makes sure that she and her Shadow don't really succeed at using it well.

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* MsFanservice: Bouquet, in one of the most transparent examples of the trope. She's In the first series, she's introduced [[MaleGaze boobs-first]] and her innate invisibility powers only activate when she's nude, which would make her an inversion, except she's drawn more often than not as a blue ghost during these scenes, allowing viewers to see her even when they shouldn't. Additionally, her Hippo Shadow is essentially useless, nearly making her into an anime JokeCharacter when it comes to combat. Even after it gains [[DittoFighter a useful combat ability]], TheWorfEffect makes sure that she and her Shadow don't really succeed at using it well.well.
* SuddenlyVoiced: All the Shadows can talk, whereas in the games they remain silent, only retaining their animal roars.
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* AccidentalMarriage: Marumaro wearing exactly one hat in Kelaso Village (where everyone wears multiple hats) causes all the little girls to ask him for marriage. For some reaso Zola, who also wears one piece of headgear, isn't subject to this, and has to bail Maro out.

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* AccidentalMarriage: Marumaro wearing exactly one hat in Kelaso Village (where everyone wears multiple hats) causes all the little girls to ask him for marriage. For some reaso reason Zola, who also wears one piece of headgear, isn't subject subjected to this, and has to bail Maro out.



** HybridMonster: [[spoiler:Nene's Shadow is actually a creature with the combine features of all the heroes' Shadows, sans the Killer Bat. This is because their Shadows were actually created from his.]]

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** HybridMonster: [[spoiler:Nene's Shadow Chimera Shadow, as the name implies, is actually a creature with the combine features of all the heroes' Shadows, sans the Killer Bat. This is because their Shadows were actually created from his.]]



** Inverted in the Moon Laser Arc, where Marumaro actually gets the desired object to work by banging on it.

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** Inverted in the Moon Laser Arc, Pachess Town arc, where Marumaro actually gets the desired object to work by banging on it.



* NoobCave: The first "dungeon" area where you control Shu and the others is fairly short and mostly exists just to get you used to battling.

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* NoobCave: The first "dungeon" area where you control Shu and the others is fairly short and mostly exists just to get you used to battling. It later houses the strongest non-DLC BonusBoss.



* SealedEvilInACan: [[spoiler: Deathroy, a.k.a Destroy.]]



* SleepModeSize: [[spoiler: Deathroy, a.k.a Destroy.]]



* SufficientlyAdvancedAlien: Subverted in that they could preform both magic and science.

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* SufficientlyAdvancedAlien: Subverted in that they could preform perform both magic and science.



* AlternateContinuity: For the anime, the characters' appearances are mostly the same as they are in the game, except for small details like Jiro's hair being gray instead of black, if not much else... The entire story almost completely different from the one in the games, with many changes to the first game's base plot of "Nene terrorizes the world's towns for his own amusement" (for example, unlike the games, Shu and Jiro ''aren't'' childhood friends, starting off as rivals as soon as they meet, Zola is introduced almost immediately instead of midway through the plot, and Nene's army includes human soldiers).



* CanonForeigner: Bouquet, the ditzy barmaid, and Homeron. Bouquet surprisingly did not make an appearance in ''Blue Dragon Plus'', even though anything that breathed from the first game was part of the party. Hell, a couple of things that ''didn't'' breathe in the original game joined the party.

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* CanonForeigner: Bouquet, the ditzy barmaid, and Homeron. Bouquet They surprisingly did not make an appearance in ''Blue Dragon Plus'', even though anything that breathed from the first game was part of the party. Hell, a couple of things that ''didn't'' breathe in the original game joined the party.party.
** The closest the games come to referencing Bouquet is in ''Awakened Shadow'', where you can make a female PC with Bouquet's hairstyle and eyes (both the default choices when starting a new game, although the hairstyle has some slight differences and the eyes are blue rather than purple).



* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Zola]] in the anime. In the original game, [[spoiler: she turns out to be TheMole and does a HeelFaceTurn instead.]]

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* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Zola]] in the anime. In the original game, [[spoiler: she [[spoiler:Zola turns out to be TheMole and does a HeelFaceTurn instead.the villain in the anime, although [[DemonicPossession not by her own volition...]]



* InNameOnly: For the anime, the characters' appearances are mostly the same as they are in the game, except for small details like Jiro's hair being gray instead of black, if not much else... The entire story is told differently from the one in the games, with many changes to the plot (for example, unlike the games, Shu and Jiro ''aren't'' childhood friends, starting off as rivals as soon as they meet). There is also a manga spinoff, which is so different from the source material (mainly thanks to being drawn by the ''Manga/DeathNote'' guy) that the only real connections the two have is that the characters have living shadows, and the monsters eat each other (a gameplay gimmick).
* InvisibleStreaker: Bouquet. She can become completely invisible, but ''only'' [[NakedPeopleAreFunny she]] can become invisible.
* MsFanservice: Bouquet, in one of the most blatant and shallow examples of the trope. She's introduced [[MaleGaze boobs-first]] and her innate invisibility powers only activate when she's nude (this would make her an inversion, except she's drawn more often than not as a blue ghost during these scenes, allowing viewers to see her even when they shouldn't). Additionally, her Hippo Shadow is essentially useless, making her into an anime JokeCharacter when it comes to combat. Even after it gains [[DittoFighter a useful combat ability]], TheWorfEffect makes sure that she and her Shadow don't really succeed at using it well.

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* InNameOnly: For the anime, the characters' appearances are mostly the same as they are in the game, except for small details like Jiro's hair being gray instead of black, if not much else... The entire story is told differently from the one in the games, with many changes to the plot (for example, unlike the games, Shu and Jiro ''aren't'' childhood friends, starting off as rivals as soon as they meet). InNameOnly: There is also a manga spinoff, which is so different from the source material (mainly thanks to being drawn by the ''Manga/DeathNote'' guy) that the only real connections the two have is that the characters have living shadows, and the monsters eat each other (a gameplay gimmick).
* InvisibleStreaker: Bouquet. She can become completely invisible, but ''only'' [[NakedPeopleAreFunny she]] can become invisible.
when she's naked]].
* MsFanservice: Bouquet, in one of the most blatant and shallow transparent examples of the trope. She's introduced [[MaleGaze boobs-first]] and her innate invisibility powers only activate when she's nude (this nude, which would make her an inversion, except she's drawn more often than not as a blue ghost during these scenes, allowing viewers to see her even when they shouldn't).shouldn't. Additionally, her Hippo Shadow is essentially useless, making her into an anime JokeCharacter when it comes to combat. Even after it gains [[DittoFighter a useful combat ability]], TheWorfEffect makes sure that she and her Shadow don't really succeed at using it well.
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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Several hints are dropped in the first game if you know where to look:
** [[spoiler:Zola's decision to betray Nene, which she had always planned to do since joining him, solidifies when she encounters the party again after they've gotten back their Shadows (which she says herself at the end of the game), despite Nene taking that power away from them (an event that Zola missed). The cutscene when she arrives on the Mechat has her acting in a more friendly manner compared to the earlier ones, where she's a bit more aloof. Notably, she also is able to use [[LimitBreak the Tension/Coporeal skill]] that the others gained from regaining their Shadows despite never losing her Shadow to Nene, implying that she most likely witnessed them doing that at some point between Devour Village and Noluta, and then performed the action herself.]]
** [[spoiler:Deathroy being Destroy is only really hinted at if you pay attention to his design and that of the giant monster in the ancient murals you find, which look eerily similar. However, Deathroy actually despising the fact that Nene kept him around as a "crutch" for his loneliness is hinted at the end of Disc 2. Nene (genuinely) thanks Deathroy for being there for him, saying that otherwise he'd probably have gone mad with loneliness. Deathroy, in one of the few instances where he isn't parroting what Nene says, responds with "That's too bad", implying that Deathroy would rather see the old man go insane than be tethered to him all this time.]]
** [[spoiler: Himiko, a female Ancient, isn't mentioned at all in the first game, but her existence is foreshadowed by her accessories, which are named after her and can be found in the final dungeon.]]



* {{Foreshadowing}}: Several hints are dropped in the first game if you know where to look.
** [[spoiler:Zola's decision to betray Nene solidifies when she encounters the party again after they've gotten back their Shadows, despite Nene taking that power away from them. The cutscene when she arrives on the Mechat has her acting in a more friendly manner compared to the earlier ones, where she's a bit more aloof.]]
** [[spoiler:Deathroy being Destroy is only really hinted at if you pay attention to his design and that of the giant monster in the ancient murals you find, which look eerily similar. However, Deathroy actually despising the fact that Nene kept him around as a "crutch" for his loneliness is hinted at the end of Disc 2. Nene (genuinely) thanks Deathroy for being there for him, saying that otherwise he'd probably have gone mad with loneliness. Deathroy, in one of the few instances where he isn't parroting what Nene says, responds with "That's too bad", implying that Deathroy would rather see the old man go insane than to be tethered to him all this time.]]
** [[spoiler: Himiko, a female Ancient, isn't mentioned at all in the first game, but her existence is foreshadowed by her accessories, which are named after her and can be found in the final dungeon.]]


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* InterfaceScrew: For some reason, the in-game compass will flip upside down in some maps, oftentimes at random when you enter an area. There's no explanation for it, outside of making path-finding more difficult.


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* ShoutOut: Zola's Killer Bat makes one to ''Franchise/DragonBall'' during their LimitBreak. You'd expect it to look more like its namesake, but instead Killer Bat turns out to be a giant, white, tailed ape (with Bat's head and wings) that attacks by firing energy beams at the foe, not unlike not unlike Vegeta's giant ape form in ''Manga/DragonBallZ''.
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