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->''"This is a tale of heroes and princesses, of ears and tails, of hopes and dreams!"''

The [[EdibleThemeNaming Republic of Biscotti and the Kingdom of Galette]] are [[GoodRepublicEvilEmpire at war]], a literal battle of cats and dogs. Biscotti needs to tip the odds in their favor, and so they decide to summon a hero. That hero turns out to be 13-year-old [[ButNotTooForeign Japanese-British]] [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent middle-school student]] Cinque Izumi. While trying to cut class and practice for an upcoming athletic meet, Cinque ends up somersaulting into a magic portal that takes him to the magical land of Flonyard, where he is the hero. Now he has to learn to be one.

Oh, and don't worry. It turns out that battles on Flonyard are [[FriendlyEnemy completely]] [[NonLethalKO nonlethal]]. The worst that generally happens is a [[ClothingDamage loss of clothing]], or getting turned into [[WaddlingHead a cute little bouncing ball of fluff if you're actually wounded]]. In fact, war to them is literally more of an intense sporting competition, something that a kid like Cinque excels at.

''Dog Days'' is an AnimeFirst series by Creator/SevenArcs, better known for their work on the ''LyricalNanoha'' series, which first debuted as part of the Spring2011Anime lineup.

The season was followed exactly [[Summer2012Anime a year later]] by ''Dog Days' (Dash)''. Cinque returns to Flonyard, this time bringing Rebecca Anderson, his only contact to Earth throughout the first season, and Nanami Takatsuki, his cousin (who was summoned by Galette). A complication arises when the Duchy of Pastillage (squirrel-people, if you must know) decides to turn the Biscotti-Galette war games into a three-way tussle, taking Rebecca as their own Heroine.

A [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2012-11-25/dog-days-anime-gets-3rd-season third season has been announced]].

American viewers may legally watch both seasons on [[http://www.crunchyroll.com/dog-days Crunchyroll.]]

Not to be confused with the ''KaneAndLynch'' sequel. Or with ''DogDayAfternoon''.
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!Tropes in ''Dog Days'' include:

* HundredPercentAdorationRating: All the leaders in the show are both loved and adored, not only by citizens of their own kingdoms, but by the entire country.
* AbdicateTheThrone: [[spoiler:Leonmitchelli originally planned on abdicating in favor of Gaul once he comes of age. However, due to a prophecy of Millhiore's death, she decided to stay a little longer and launch an attack on Biscotti. Should they win, she would finally step down and take the two sacred swords somewhere secluded and hope the prophesied date will pass without incident.]]
* AbsurdlySharpBlade: Brioche cuts through a tower with ease with her main sword, which [[{{BFS}} is about as big as Eclair]].
* AbsurdlyYouthfulMother: No, that cute and cuddly young blonde is ''not'' Cinque's big-sister.
* AccidentalKiss: [[spoiler:Cinque and Eclair in Season 2 Episode 8 share one under the [[{{PeoplePuppets}} influence]] of a young cat-god run amok.]]
* AccidentalPervert: Cinque.
* AchievementsInIgnorance: Cinque's fulfillment of the pre-requisites [[spoiler:for not permanently losing his memory]].
* AffablyEvil: The Demon King. He's more of a pervert who uses his powers to peep on baths and lift skirts than an actual villain.
* [[AloofBigBrother Aloof Big Sister]]: Throughout Season 1 Leonmitchelli, once Millhiore's CoolBigSis, suddenly became this by the time Cinque is summoned. Subverted come ''Dash'', when she has no longer any reason to put up a JerkassFacade and simply enjoy the war games.
* AffectionateParody: Of various fantasy tropes. The two kingdoms at war? They're playing a sports competition. Summoning a hero from another world? A valid [[SpecialAttack special action]] in the aforementioned sports competition. Kidnap the princess? She gets a nice room where she can watch the resulting battle on a viewing screen, and maybe catch up with some old friends. [[spoiler:The prophecy of doom? Bluntly states [[YouCantFightFate nothing can stop it]] -- not that it stopped Leonmitchelli, Cinque and Millhiore from subverting it, though.]]
** The princess sings for her subjects? Not unusual, fantasy princesses sing all the time. But the princess is an ''IdolSinger'' (and later BadassPrincess)? That's... different.
** In ''Dash'': The [[SealedEvilInACan Demon King]] and the [[KingInTheMountain Hero King]] who sealed him? [[spoiler:A PeepingTom and a [[SwordAndGun sword-and-gun-toting]] ''MagicalGirl''.]]
* AntiVillain: The Galette crowd in general, but particularly and especially Leonmitchelli.
** Valerio [[spoiler:post-HeelFaceTurn]] seems to be like this.
* ArtShift
** Season 1 Episode 5, during Eclair's description of [[spoiler:Brioche]] before the attack on Fort Mion in Yukikaze's hot springs.
** Season 1 Episode 11, during Millhiore's concert.
** Also in Season 2 Episode 2, when Becky transforms into the Heroine of Pastillage -- complete with a mecha-witch-broom and a creepily fanserviced TransformationSequence.
* AscendedExtra: Rebecca, Cinque's only contact in Earth for the first season, and his cousin Nanami, a LastEpisodeNewCharacter, gain ''much bigger'' roles come ''Dash'', once they enter Flonyard and are drafted as the Heroines of Pastillage and Galette, respectively.
* AnAxeToGrind: Leonmitchelli's WeaponOfChoice. Jaune's, too, though her axe is about as big as she is. While Godwin combines this with an EpicFlail.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: In episode 6 of season 2, Couvert tells Cinque a little about the demon king, Valerio Calvados, and some of the evil things he's done. When the demon king is accidentally released moments later, the first thing he does is steal some power from Cinque and Couvert. He then immediately goes off to peep at some of the female characters in the bathhouse.
* AwesomeButImpractical: Seal Cannons. They're great crowd-clearers, but they tire the user out afterwards, and more skilled opponents can deflect them with their shields and armor.
* BackToBackBadasses: Eclair and Cinque, bordering on BattleCouple.
* BadassAdorable: So many to choose from in a world where war is a light-hearted affair. All three Heroes -- Cinque, Becky and Nanami -- certainly count. On Flonyard's side we've got Millhiore, Eclair, Noir, Vert, Jaune, Couvert and even [[spoiler:Adelaide]].
* BadassCape: Leonmichelle, Gaul and Cinque.
* BadassLongcoat: Cinque.
* BadassNormal: Even before arriving at Fronaldo Cinque was already an accomplished athlete, as well as an Iron Athletics champion who lifted weights and able to backflip from his second-story balcony.
** EmpoweredBadassNormal: He ultimately turns to this once he starts learning magic.
* BadassPrincess: Leonmichelle. Just don't call her "Princess".
** Also Milliefiore and Couvert in ''Dash''
* BareYourMidriff: Leonmichelle.
* [[BatheHerAndBringHerToMe Bathe Him And Bring Him To Me]]
* [[BathtubBonding Bathhouse Bonding]]: Rebecca and Millefiore spend some time in the bath talking about Shinku in Episode 8 of Season 2.
* BattleHaltingDuel: Since the wars are very friendly in nature, this tends to happen when heroes and more important combatants clash. Leonmichelle in particular is prone to draw all attention to her.
** Often these are scheduled ahead of time, as headlining events. In the Union Games, they scheduled Cinque-vs-Gaul, Eclair-vs-Leo, and Millhi/Rico-vs-Couverte/Rebecca.
* BeachEpisode: Episode 4 of season 2, river version
* BeamOWar: In season 2, [[spoiler:Cinque and Nanami]] firing competing seal cannon beams at one another.
** Subverted twice in season 2. [[spoiler: Becky and Millefiore]] fire at one another and the attacks go right through each other and strike home. And the same thing happens when [[spoiler:Couverte and Leo]] fire at one another, though the result isn't the same.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Adelaide is very sweet, but she has a vicious streak a mile wide (at least when it comes to Valerio).
* BewareTheSillyOnes: Calvados is powerful enough to be threatening, but would much rather peep at girls in the bath or throw up their skirts with wind.
* {{BFS}}: Brioche uses a rather exaggerated one against Nanami in episode 10 of season 2. Nanami's OhCrap look is quite appropriate for it.
* BigDamnHeroes: An utterly hilarious version, bordering on parody, in Episode 5 of ''Dash''. Complete with an InTheNameOfTheMoon speech beforehand. ''And they film it''.
* BizarreAndImprobableBallistics: Vert's attack on Ricotta in episode 9.
* BladeOnAStick: Roland and Gaul.
* BraidsOfAction: Leonmichelle's bangs and Brioche.
* {{Brick Joke}}/{{Hypocritical Humor}}: When Valerio appear nude after being unleashed, Cinque cover Couvert's eyes and she said she can't see anything. When Adel is unleashed and is nude as well, Nanami cover Cinque's eyes and he said he couldn't see anything.
* BulletCatch: Valerio does this in episode 6 of season 2 when he's caught peeping on some women changing and they attempt to shoot him.
* ButNotTooForeign: Cinque is half-British, thus explaining his blond hair.
* [[TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive The Call Has Dogs Spying on You]]: And they will abduct you given half a chance.
* CallingYourAttacks
* CatsAreMean: Subverted of course. Then played somewhat straight with the jewel-obsessed cat-god in Episode 8 of Season 2.
* CatSmile: Leonmichelle has this the entire time [[spoiler: Millefiore]] is petting her in episode 12.
* [[CatGirl Cat Species]]: And dog species too. They're all still referred to as ''humans'', though.
** And rabbit species and fox species. Maybe others, too?
** Jaune is a tiger. Godwin is a leopard or a jaguar. Noir seems to be a black panther.
** NuttySquirrel: Season 2 introduces Couvert and her squirrel kingdom.
** The town of Ayase, introduces goats and sheep.
* CerebusSyndrome: Episode 9 really hammers it in. [[spoiler:Ultimately subverted when the show returns to its light-hearted mood on Episode 11.]]
** See also S2 E06, Where an ancient Demon Lord is accidentally awoken [[spoiler: Nope, subverted again when he turns out to be [[HandsomeLech a huge pervert]].]]
* ChildProdigy: Ricotta invented a machine that allows long-range communication when she was '''five years old'''. And it's being used all over the world.
* ClothingDamage: In an intense event, it's bound to happen. Leonmichelle, ending up in beach-wear, takes it in stride. Not so much with Eclair, who ends with nothing but her panties.
** Though it does seem to happen more to important characters than to nameless ones.
** It may be part of the [[PlotArmor protection magic]]. High-ranking fighters lose their clothes. Everyone else turns into a furball. A pretty blatant example of this happens in episode 9 of the first season. Vert Far Breton shoots a magical arrow which hits Ricotta while she's flying above them. Ricotta loses all of her clothes except her panties, and then a magical spear hurled at Vert's troops knocks them all out, but only strips her armor/clothing off.
* ColorFailure: Cinque suffers from one in episode 3 of the first season after Eclair reads the tiny fine print with the summoning circle. She reads the warning that if you jump into the summoning circle, you can't go back to your homeworld. Cinque immediately lashes out at her, since he wouldn't have been able to read that in the first place, and the seal kind of appeared under him while he was landing back on Earth.
* CombatCommentator: In a sports event-style and their wars are presented like one too.
* CombinationAttack: [[spoiler: Leonmichelle and Millhiore]] get one in Episode 5 of ''Dash''.
** Cinque and Gaul do one in the demon cave.
** Couverte and Rebecca do one during the air battle.
* ConservationOfNinjutsu: Named characters typically cut through nameless enemy soldiers like a hot knife through butter, but will often meet some resistance against other named characters.
* TheCorruption: ''Dash'' establishes that [[spoiler:demons are deities and spirits who have become corrupted, and can be returned to normal if they're [[SealedEvilInACan sealed long enough]]. [[HarmlessVillain Valerio]] can certainly attest to that.]]
* CrossPoppingVeins
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Genoise, as told by Eclair.
* CurbStompBattle: Generally anytime nameless soldiers face off against named characters. And if a named character is leading said troops, expect everyone to be wiped out except for said character.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: Ricotta sports this. [[spoiler:Rizel as well, but we don't see this until the last episode.]]
* CuteLittleFangs: Justified since they're are Cat and Dogs.
* CypherLanguage: Inscriptions, [[http://yggdrasilradio.net/dogscript.jpg signs]], and [[http://yggdrasilradio.net/circle.jpg magical runes]] in [[http://blog.neozeed.net/dog-days-script-or-this-show-is-clever-you-gu Dogscript]] abound.
* [[HotScientist Cute Scientist]]: Ricotta.
* DarkIsNotEvil: While some of the Galette soldiers wear dark armor, they're not really evil per se, more like FriendlyEnemy.
* DateCrepe: Cinque and …clair don't help their "not on a date" deniability in episode 11 by having crepes.
* DatePeepers: In episode 11, Cinque and Eclair weren't really on a date, but try telling that to Yukikaze and Ricotta.
* ADayInTheLimelight: Episode 5 of Season 2 stars Nanami and the [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Genoise]] (except Noire). {{Lampshaded}} by Cinque in the next episode preview, who's sad over his lack of screentime.
* DebutQueue: Both Nanami and Rebecca get an episode early in season 2 to showcase their various talents and abilities.
* DefeatByModesty: Double-subverted -- after a Cinque/Eclair combo blows off her outer clothing, Leonmichelle simply shrugs it off. Given the nature of the war games, this may have happened to her before. She still however surrenders, but not out of any embarrassment on her part.
** Played straight during the first episode of season 2 with Genoise.
*** Double-Subverted again with Nanami, who gets stripped to her underwear (more like a swimsuit, really). She decides "This much is okay" and keeps going, Later, after even ''that'' gets blown off, she's had enough.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything
-->'''Leonmichelle (to Cinque):''' "I'll invade you thoroughly next time!"
** The way Couvert plead to [[spoiler:Becky]] to become her Hero sounds like [[LesYay she's proposing a marriage to her]].
*** Actually, she ''does'' express her intent of proposing to her (around the end of ep 3).
** Becky's transformation in episode 2 of Dash.
* DualWielding: Eclair.
* DynamicEntry: HERO KIIIIICK!
** Eclair does this to Cinque [[spoiler:in Episode 4 after he inadvertently accepts a declaration of war.]] In Biscotti, dog kicks you.
** Cinque is very fond of this trope
* EdibleThemeNaming: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biscotti Biscotti]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%89clair_%28pastry%29 Eclair]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ricotta Ricotta]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galette Galette]], [[http://www.gingerbread-house-heaven.com/pastillage.html Pastillage]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panettone Panettone]]... as if the show couldn't be any more sweet.
** Mixed with GratuitousFrench and ColorfulThemeNaming: Framboise (raspberry), Jaune (yellow) [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clafoutis Clafoutis]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brioche Brioche]] d'Arquien, Vert (green) [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Far_Breton Far Breton]], Noir (black) [[http://www.vinocacao.com Vinocacao]]...
*** [[BilingualBonus Making this show incredibly hilarious to anyone who can speak French, Italian, or both]]; since it always seems like everyone is talking about food all the time.
*** And of course, to eat, you need cutlery (Couvert, in French -- which is the name of the squirrel princess), and a big glass (Grand Verre, Leo's big axe.)
**** Alcohol join in with Demon King Calvados (a brand of apple brandy) and Hero King Grand Marnier (an orange Liqueur)
** [[http://marinasauce.wordpress.com/2012/07/16/the-pastries-and-confections-of-dog-days-biscotti-galette-pastillage/ This]] explains how [[MeaningfulName meaningful]] each and every name actually is.
* EnemyMine: When Pastillage gatecrashes the war in Season 2, as the start of a three-way battle royale Biscotti and Gallete cheerfully team up to fight off the squirrels together.
* EvolvingCredits: Those people with their faces obscured in one way or another in the Season 2 opening and ending credits? Yeah, you'll see 'em clearly once they appear in the show proper.
** Notably, the star that appears in ''Dash's'' opening is eventually shown to be another character's WingdingEyes.
* EyePoke: Adelaide does this to Valerio in episode 7 of season 2 to prevent him from looking when various female characters return to their normal state after having their power stolen and turned into young girls.
* ExoticEyeDesigns: Adelaide and [[spoiler:Rebecca in Demon King mode]] have star-shaped pupils.
* {{Expy}}: Millefiore, of Caro Lu Rushe of ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'', also from Seven Arcs. She's pink all over, she's a wizard, and she [[http://fabien.li/tvtropes/Dog%20Days%20-%2001v2%2009.37.jpg sports a hooded cloak]]. [[http://danbooru.donmai.us/post/show/890001 Some fan art ran away with this.]]
** Her [[http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/bb196/danilodsouza/Millefiore.jpg armored form]] is basically a pink version of [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/FateZero_TVTropes_6779.jpg Saber]] from FateStayNight.
*** [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/dog_days_couvert_8963.png Princess Couvert]] or the squirrel princess in Season 2 looks like [[http://static.zerochan.net/Saber.Alter.full.1280180.jpg Saber Alter]], clad in the same bun hair style minus the ahoge, a red ribbon and the dress.
** If just by limiting the expies to MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha, we have:
*** Cinque to Erio. Red clothes with a white cape and wields a lance.
*** Millhiore to Caro. As explained above.
*** …clair to Teana. {{Tsundere}}, serious, stubborn, [[DualWielding dual wielding]]. But being [[MrExposition Ms. Exposition]] and clothing makes her Yuuno.
*** Ricotta to Librarian Vivio.
*** Brioche to Signum. [[http://danbooru.donmai.us/posts/925946?tags=dog_days+mahou_shoujo_lyrical_nanoha A fanart has been created.]]
*** Leonmitchelli to Reinforce Eins. Purplce hair, PersonOfMassDestruction, WellIntentionedExtremist, the list goes on...
* EyesAlwaysShut: Rizel, [[spoiler: except for the ending credits in the last episode.]]
* FailureKnight: Less drastic than most, but a lot of what drives Cinque was placing second in the Iron Athletics competition and "disappointing" friends and family.
* {{Fanservice}}: There wasn't much to speak of in Season 1, but ''Dash'' cranks the dial up a little.
* FantasticArousal: [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/tropes_dog_days_3819.jpg Comes standard with being part canine]].
* FantasyCounterpartCulture: Each of the nations are ones of Medieval countries.
** Republic of Biscotti- Italian Republics
** Dominion of Galette- Kingdom of France
** Duchy of Pastillage- Duchy of Savoy(?)
* FantasyGunControl: Averted, sort of. Ricotta is a magic artillery expert, and in Season 2 the Duchy of Pastillage use magic firing rifles as their WeaponOfChoice.
** Galette elite troops in Season 1 also use conventional Rifle musket and Mortar, as well as one rocket launcher.
** One of the modes of Mercurius is a blaster rifle.
* FastballSpecial: Eclair when she kicks Cinque into Leonmichelle.
* FountainOfYouth[=/=]OvernightAgeUp: Both occur in Season 2 Episode 7. The former is actually [[spoiler: a malevolent effect caused by a demon]], while the latter [[spoiler: occurs when Cinque and Gaul use Adelaide's Hero Stones]].
* FreakyFridayFlip: Episode 11 of ''Dash''. Couvert is rather excited to hear about it.
-->'''Couvert''': With this thing the fun possibilities are nearly endless!
* FriendlyFireproof: Averted with Leonmichelle's [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Gigantic Explosion]].
* FriendlyWar[=/=]FriendlyEnemy: Up to and including one side fishing the other side's soldiers out of the water and sending them off to have another go.
** Also the rulers are childhood friends.
* FurryConfusion: Princess Millefiore has a pet dog, Tatsumaki, despite being a dog-person herself.
** Leonmichelle has a pet lioness, Banon.
** When Leonmichelle summons Nanami, she uses a persian cat named Chaney.
* {{Gainaxing}}: Leonmichelle and Yukikaze.
* GeniusSweetTooth: Ricotta
* GenreSavvy: Leonmichelle ordering the cameramen to zoom on Eclair right before her ClothingDamage.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Adel[[spoiler:aide]] and Valerio shared a room, that much is acceptable considering [[HandsomeLech Valerio's shtick]], however they does have SlapSlapKiss moment numerous times, then S 02 EP 11 roll out and they sat on the same bed, [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/snapshot20121005072445_2912.jpg the OTHER bed is very much disheveled]]...
** Also, check out the eyecatch for episode 4 of Dash.
* GodivaHair
* GoodBadTranslation: At least some season 2 episode 2 translations have begun calling Cinque "Hero Sink".
* GracefulLoser: Leonmichelle, though she ''does'' enjoy Eclair's subsequent, humiliating ClothingDamage just a little too much.
* GreenLanternRing: Cinque is using his granted weapon a lot like this, as of episode [[spoiler:5.]] Also the rulers have one as well.
** MorphWeapon
** Dash takes this up to 11, with Becky at one point turning Mercurius into a blaster rifle, and Nanami turning Ex Machina into a war boomerang.
* {{Hachimaki}}: Cinque and Emilio.
* HairRaisingHare: In ''Dash'', episode 5.
* HamToHamCombat: Invoked occasionally when some of the main characters talk while in combat, usually Cinque and whoever he's facing off with at the time.
* HaremGenre: Briefly teased in S2 E03, showcasing Cinque's relationship with Flonyard's resident, where almost all the girls showing affection to him to various degree. [[spoiler:Becky then ask him which one he likes the most... [[TheTease forcibly]], [[CelibateHero much to his horror]].]]
** Subtlety was thrown out of window [[spoiler:in the very episode after that....]]
* HeroOfAnotherStory: Brioche and Yukikaze are samurai/ninja hunters of "abominations" -- monsters and demons -- such that Fronaldo barely hears of them; they also do not talk about what they do.
** [[spoiler: Yukikaze is also a [[GodInHumanForm minor deity]]. Brioche is "mortal but lives longer than others" for undisclosed reasons]] as revealed in episode 12.
* HiddenBuxom: [[spoiler:Millefiore.]]
* HighlyVisibleNinja: Played with. The Galette infiltration team make a big, firework-accompanied entrance in garish outfits... but only ''after'' they've completed their mission and are ready to declare an official battle.
** Same goes for Brioche and Yukikaze, who try to introduce themselves after their attacks.
* HorseOfADifferentColor: Rather than horses, everyone uses Cellkulls, large generally flightless birds that [[SarcasmMode are totally not]] [[FinalFantasy chocobos]].
* HotterAndSexier: Season 2 significantly ups the amount of fanservice.
* HufflepuffHouse: There are many countries other than Biscotti and Galette, but they are rarely mentioned.
** In S2, Pastillage consciously stops being Hufflepuff, as they now have their own Hero [[spoiler:Becky]].
* IdiotHair: Millefiore, Eclair and Leonmichelle.
* IdiotHero: Well, the announcer seems to think so...
** So does Eclair.
** Though the last episode suggests that he's more of a social idiot than anything else.
* ImagineSpot: In Episode 12 of ''Dash'', various characters have one of Cinque in the [[MagicalGirl Pastillage Hero]] [[CrossDresser uniform]]. When he doesn't wear it, everyone but Eclair seems disappointed.
* IncomingHam: Almost everyone in the second season's first episode. Oddly averted with [[NorioWakamoto Godwin]], who first appears in the one after just sort of sitting there.
* IndyEscape: Couvert, Ricotta, and Noir in ''Dash'' episode 12. Practically lampshaded.
* InformedFlaw: Gaul states that because Cinque is from another world, he is not protected by the enchantment that allows people to turn into "animal balls" when wounded. [[MadeOfIron He has yet to be sufficiently injured anyway]].
** Justified due to idealistic nature of the series.
* InnocentCohabitation: In ''Dash'', each of the Heroes and their respective ruler all share a bed - yes, even Cinque and Millhiore.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons - a two-headed, jet-powered, armored dragon at that.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddMecha - Kratos, a two-headed, jet-powered, armored dragon who seems to be friends with Pastillage's Ancient Hero and Demon King, as well as the siblings Isuka and Hina.
* InstantRunes
* KidHero: Cinque. Eclair and Gaul deserve honorable mentions.
* TheKlutz: Vert's backstory claims that she is this outside of battle. The arm-wrestling scene in episode 12 confirms this.
* KnightOfCerebus: [[spoiler:The monster.]]
* LadyOfWar: Leonmichelle and d'Arquein.
* LargeHam: Valerio Calvados
* [[spoiler: {{Laser Guided Amnesia}}]]: Cinque at the end of season 1.
* LastEpisodeNewCharacter: Nanami in Season 1, though she was [[ChekhovsGunman mentioned earlier.]] We also get to see Cinque's parents.
* LauncherMove: Yukikaze pulls one off in episode 4.
** Nanami does one in season 2, episode 5.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: "This is like a world straight out of one of the fantasy novels which Becky loves."
* LighterAndSofter: Thanks to [[FriendlyWar the nature of the conflict]], pretty much every MilitaryAndWarfareTropes on this page should be considered through this lens. There are very few other shows, after all, where [[WeHaveReserves willingness to fire on one's own troops]] is considered just another way of spicing up the event (including by those being nuked).
** ''Dash'' is also considered to be LighterAndSofter in comparison to the first season as well. [[spoiler:Why? Because in the first season there was the possibility of death especially with [[YouCantFightFate the prophesy]] and [[KnightOfCerebus the monster]].]] Here? It is mainly focused completely on the competitions.
* LittleBitBeastly: The denizens of Biscotti and Galette, and presumably most of Flonyard.
* LoopholeAbuse: In episode 9 of the first season, Millefiore tells Cinque and Eclair that she wants to go up to meet Leo alone via elevator. Later, Cinque finds a way to climb the tower on the side, and states the princess never said they couldn't go up the wall.
* MacrossMissileMassacre: Ricotta's favored method of attack.
* MadScientist: Ricotta, though she is nicer than most examples.
* MagicKnight: Just about any knight with a name is one of these.
* MagicSkirt: Nanami, oh so much.
* {{Magitek}}: In keeping with the show's FinalFantasy-esque setting. May also border on SchizoTech, as video phones, giant floating televisions, and elevators exist in Flonyard but completely mechanical transportation does not.
** In Season 2, [[spoiler: Adelaide]] has an item that can start a video chat with the other Heroes.
* ManIFeelLikeAWoman: Subverted when Cinque switches bodies with ''[[GagBoobs Yukikaze]]'' of all people, but it takes effort.
* MarryThemAll: While Couvert is asking Cinque if he plans to marry Becky or Milhi, she offhandedly mentions he could just marry them both.
* {{Meido}}: Rizel and her subordinates.
** NinjaMaid
** MaidCorps
* MegatonPunch: Cinque receives one from Eclair in episode 2.
** Eclair does it again in episode 4 of season 2, this time to Noir who's doing a SkinshipGrope on her.
** And then Cinque dishes one out to the [[spoiler: Demon King]] in s2e6. And then [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech cusses him out]].
* MementoMacGuffin
** [[spoiler:Cinque gives several items to various people in Flonyard as keepsakes, amongst which are his wristband to Eclair, a cellphone charm to Yukikaze, a four-color ballpen and portable speakers to Ricotta, and his pocket watch and note to Millhiore.]]
** [[spoiler:Cinque regains his memories of Flonyard when Millhiore sends Tatsumaki to give [[MorphWeapon Palladion]] to Cinque.]]
** [[spoiler:At the end of ''Dash'', Cinque, Becky and Nanami are given keepsakes of their time in Flonyard, as a way for them to return: Nanami's war games trophy, Becky's crystal pendant, and Cinque's alarm clock.]]
* MeleeATrois: In Dash, Pastilliage joins the war.
* MundaneUtility: Cinque uses [[MorphWeapon Palladion]] as a frisbee during his walk with Millefiore.
* NamedWeapons
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Leonmichelli's special move, "Lion King Spark Giga Explosion."
* NiceGuy and NiceGirl leads: Cinque and Millefiore respectively.
** More like world of Nice people.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero:
** Apparently Millefiore was unaware that summoning heroes was a one way trip for them, which is something Ricotta said she should have known being the princess.
** Couvert causes Cinque to inadvertently release Valerio Calvados, the demon king, in episode 6 of season 2. Fortunately they also release the Hero King, Adelaide, to whom the demon king is a ButtMonkey to, and promptly reins him in.
* {{Ninja}}: d'Arquien and Yukikaze. Also Noir.
* NobodyCanDie: Invoked Good news: thanks to [[BackgroundMagicField Flognar power]] permeating the land you won't be even be injured. Bad news: your modesty is [[{{Fanservice}} not]] [[ClothingDamage protected]].
** This only applies to the battlefields, towns, and basically any civilized land. You can still die if you're attacked by monsters in the wilderness or roads. [[spoiler:Cinque himself can still get badly hurt, since he cannot change into an animal ball, but he does fine since he's MadeOfIron. [[InformedFlaw He has yet to be sufficiently injured anyway]]]].
** This can also change depending on local conditions, such as [[spoiler:the presence of an evil entity]].
* NonIndicativeFirstEpisode: Episode one was low on action and fairly devoid of {{Fanservice}}. Cue episode 2.
* NonLethalKO: The combatants who are knocked out, or hit by a hero in the head or back, turn into super deformed [[WaddlingHead animal-head things]].
* NonLethalWarfare
* NormalFishInATinyPond: Cinque with Flonyard's magic.
* OdangoHair: Millefiore has the covered variation.
* OfficialCouple: Subverted. Episode 13 of Season 1 seemed like it was setting Millefiore and Cinque to be this, but Cinque's use of 'Daisuki' (which implies great affection that is not neccesarily romantic) in response to Millefiore's confession cast some ambiguity onto it. Come Dash!, and it's confirmed that the series's romance isn't anywhere near resolved, with Cinque getting metric tons of ShipTease with most of the girls in the cast once again.
** {{OT3}}: The end of Episode 13 of Season 2 pretty much reaffirms what happened between Cinque and Millefiore last time, had a similar scene between him and Rebecca. Of course given that season in relation with season one, Eclair may get her shot in season 3...
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: At the end of Episode 10 in ''Dash'' [[spoiler: Adelaide]] joins the battle...and all we know when the next episode starts is that Pastillage is now ahead in points.
* OhCrap: Rico, just before [[spoiler:Rebecca and Couvert blow the crap out of her artillery unit.]]
** Calloway while [[spoiler:Cinque and Nanami are closing in on him up in the air.]]
** Cinque and Nanami just before [[spoiler:Becky's bombs hit.]]
** Valerio Calvados, just before [[spoiler:Adelaide crunches him with a building-sized morning star.]]
** The rogue landgod catgirl when [[spoiler:her telekinetic attack against Cinque bounced]]
** Nanami again after seeing [[spoiler:Brioche's [[{{BFS}} Sky-scraping]] [[InfinityPlusOneSword Lupine God Void Fang]].]]
** Rico and Couverte just after [[spoiler:Rebecca and Millefiore fire finishing moves at each other, resulting in a monumental explosion.]]
** Godwin, seeing who his next challengers are in the arm wrestling competition.
* OlderThanTheyLook: While preparing to seal the possessed sword in Episode 11, Yukikaze mentions that she and Brioche have been doing this sort of work for a hundred years. That would explain their dated language ("sessha", "de gozaru"...)
** On the other hand, in Dash it's revealed that for most of her life she was kid-sized. She was a childhood playmate with Millefiore, Ricotta and Eclair, and only decided to grow up when they began to grow up.
* OneManArmy: Most of the generals, but special mention goes to Brioche, who managed to make it up to the enemy general by herself.
* [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname Only Known]] [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep As The Hero]]: Cinque.
** Starting to be reversed, as Millefiore started calling Cinque by his name at his request. Gaul and Jaune also start referring to him by his actual name in episode 7. [[spoiler: One of the commentators uses his name in episode 9. Yukikaze sort of used his actual name in episode 11.]]
* [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent Ordinary Middle School Student]]: {{Lampshaded}}.
* PaperThinDisguise: Adelaide simply wears a eye mask and scarf when she participates in the Union Fest in episode 10 of season 2. Several of the characters notice its obviously her, but they play along and call her "Hero mask" instead. A few scenes later, she doesn't even bother with the disguise any longer, although she probably wasn't fooling anyone by that point anyway.
* PeoplePuppets: The main power of the young cat-god that appears in Episode 8 of Season 2, which she uses to great effect.
* PerpetualSmiler: Nearly every one.
* PersonOfMassDestruction: Leonmichelle, whose Seal Cannon is roughly equivalent in effect to a FantasticNuke. [[StunGuns Still completely non-lethal, though]].
* PetTheDog: [[AffectionateGestureToTheHead Quite literally]], and quite often.
* PhysicalGod: [[spoiler: Yukikaze]] is a tenko (a high ranking fox spirit).
* PlayingWithFire: Shinku
* PoorCommunicationKills: [[spoiler: Non-lethal but still... Leonmitchelli could have simply told Millefiore, who still trusts her despite both belonging to warring nations, of her vision of the latter's impending death; as such, they could settle for a peaceful weapons exchange while letting the appointed time pass by without incident.]]
** [[spoiler: Subverted. It's mentioned that if she tried to tell Millefiore it would actually make things worse.]]
* PrincessesPreferPink: Millefiore. (Even her sword is pink. Not to mention her magic.)
* ThePromise: Cinque makes promises to several characters before he heads back to Earth in episode 12 and 13 of the first season that he would return. He also leaves items for them as a way to remember him by. Later, Rico finds out that he can in fact return to Flonyard if a couple of conditions are met, such as having made the promise to at least three people besides the summoner, and leaving them items, preferably from the lands the hero originated from.
* PurpleEyes: Millefiore, again.
* ReadTheFinePrint: The portal Cinque accidentally jumps into has fine print around the edges stating that anyone who enters becomes The Hero and understands that [[YouCantGoHomeAgain return travel may not be possible]]. Defied for it was in dog script coupled with the fact that he was falling.
* RedOniBlueOni: Eclair is red to Cinque's blue. While Cinque sometimes shows signs of being a red, Eclair almost always tops him seconds later.
** [[spoiler:Nanami]] form an even better dynamic with Shinku, has similar skillset and attitude, yet contrasting color and elements as well as [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking attitude toward fanservice]].
* RememberTheNewGuy: Couvert and Pastillage get some of this.
* RepeatCut: Cinque [[spoiler:knocking away the bazooka round.]]
** Noir attacking Eclair by the river, and then Eclair's counterattack.
* ResistanceIsFutile: Rizel (Millefiore's head maid) to Cinque as the maid team bathe him, much to his mortification.
* RetractableWeapon: Cinque's WeaponOfChoice; he usually has it as a SimpleStaff but it [[MorphWeapon takes other forms]]; it's [[NamedWeapons named The Palladion.]]
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Leonmichelle is a princess, but she's also the head general of the cat forces and a fantastically strong opponent. Also her brother Gaul.
** In season 2, Millefiore and Couvert as well.
* RuleOfCute: Heck, this is probably the only show in which even getting "killed" in battle can look cute.
* SaveThePrincess: Episodes 3-4 deal with Millefiore's kidnapping by the Galette Infiltration Squad.
** Eps. 2, S2: Rebecca is kidnapped by the [[HufflepuffHouse Pastillage]]. Are Cinque and Nanami bad enough Heroes to save her? [[spoiler: They don't...because Becky becomes Pastillage's hero.]]
* SceneryPorn
* SchizoTech: As Dash goes on, the tech level becomes more and more confusing, especially in Pastillage. Kind of reaches the limit with gigantic cruise liners in ep 12 of Dash, apparently made with steel hulls and no signs of sails or masts. But they also have video phones, and the seals on the hero tomb (ep 6), the demon cave (ep 7), and the vault (ep 12) seem to be computerized.
* ScrewDestiny: [[spoiler:Leonmitchelli's ultimate goal is to avert Millefiore and Cinque's death. Turns out she needn't go through all the trouble: both took care of themselves just fine.]]
** [[spoiler: Actually, the final scene seen in the anime is actually an already twisted version of Millefiore's death. In the original prophesy, Millefiore was supposed to die alone. Later on, the prophesy became Millefiore and Cinque dead. Near the end, the prophesy became Millefiore dead while Leonmitchelli cried over her bloodied corpse (Cinque lives, progress?). FINALLY, the prophesy manifested with Millefiore near-dead but magically swallowed by a demon. Ultimately, its suggested that all of Leonmitchelli's interference DID pay off since Cinque ends up saving Millefiore in the end and he would never have been summoned in the first place if Leonmitchelli hadn't pushed Millefiore to do so with her extremely aggressive wars.]]
* SeriousBusiness: Inverted; war is normally serious business, but here it's a [[NonLethalWarfare harmless]] sporting event.
** At least Leo takes it very seriously.
** Later, it's revealed that one of the reasons they have these wars is to [[spoiler:keep their skills sharp in case of demon attacks -- it is ''sort of'' serious]].
* SequelHook: The end of the first season.
** Let's not forget Millefiore and Cinque talking about bringing Cinque's friends next time.
* SimpleStaff: Cinque and Nanami.
* ShipperOnDeck: Yukikaze and Ricotta for Cinque and Eclair
** Heck, even Eclair's brother.
* ShipTease: There's a fair amount of romantic undertones between Cinque and Millefiore -- hero and summoner -- Cinque and Eclair -- BackToBackBadasses[=/=]borderline BattleCouple -- and Cinque and Becky -- the ChildhoodFriendRomance -- as well as some Millefi/Leo and Millefi/Eclair LesYay. But it seems as though Cinque and Millefi are now the OfficialCouple.
** UnwantedHarem: S02 E03 cement that this would be the case.
* ShoutOut:
** Milhi's armor in episode 9 looks a lot like [[FateStayNight Saber's]] armor.
** At the end of the 13th synopsis video, Cinque quotes a lyric from [[NanohaTheMovieFirst PHANTOM MINDS]].
** Episode 3 of the second season has references to BulletHell games, along with one character turning into a witch and another firing a beam with the name Garnet Spark. Much like the CuteWitch [[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Marisa Kirisame's]] Master Spark.
** Cinque's activation of the Hero Crystal by screaming [[Franchise/KamenRider HENSHIN]] is already bad enough... and then he starts referring to his OlderAlterEgo as "[[SuperHeroTime Hero Time]]" Cinque...
** Leonmitchelli's armor is essentially [[NanohaStrikerS Subaru's armor]], only with a midriff-baring bustier and a black cape.
** Rico's weapons are essentially flintlock pistol expies of [[NanohaStrikerS Teana's Cross Mirage]].
* SkinshipGrope: Noir does one to Eclair in episode 4 of season 2 when the former gets a little ACupAngst from the latter.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Name another series that thinks war can be turned into a ''happy and magically safe sporting event''. ([[Anime/GirlsUndPanzer Well...]])
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Is it Cinque or Shinku? Some official art add Sink to equation...
** Also, Fronaldo or Flonyard?
*** Given the EdibleThemeNaming? Flognarde. (Or Flaugnarde)
** The Japanese BluRay discs have English subtitles and even they don't stay consistent. Eclair's big brother is sometimes Loran and sometimes Rolan, for instance. However, the BD is consistent in using "Millefiore".
** Leonmichelle or Leonmitchelli?
** Pastillage's princess should be logically called "Couvert" (see EdibleThemeNaming above), but subtitles call her "Couverte" or "Couvre". She was also called "KŁbel".
* SpoilerOpening: As the opening of the second season reveals, Becky, personally brought by Cinque with him upon his return to Millhiore and Biscotti, ends up representing Couvert and Pastillage with a MagicalGirl setup.
* SpotlightStealingSquad: Invoked by Millhiore and Leomitchelli in episode 5 of season 2. When Nanami, Jaune, and Vert are investigating rumors of highwaymen robbing people in the town of Ayase, they manage to knock out several of the bandits. Their boss then attempts to make a break for it out of town, only to have the two princesses show up and defeat the boss. They make a spectacle of it as well, literally including a spotlight, fog, and some confetti when they take it down. Nanami later laments that she wasn't able to do anything heroic at all that episode.
* StatuesqueStunner: Brioche is ''very'' tall compared to any other female in the cast roster, though many of the adult males are still taller than her.
* StealthPun: Pastillage is full of squirrel people and specializes in aerial troops. Thus, this is a nation of flying squirrels.
* SteppingStonesInTheSky: How Cinque and Eclair get to the [[spoiler:demon in episode 10]].
* SummonEverymanHero: Cinque. Subverted in that he doesn't need extensive training anymore. In fact right before he flipped into portal he stated that Kinokawa is peaceful but boring since there weren't many [[TemptingFate places where he could thoroughly exercise]].
* SuperDeformed: Every now and then
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: The competition Cinque and Nanami have been competing in is basically ''[[NinjaWarrior Sasuke]]'' for kids. No wonder they're so tough.
* SwordBeam: Eclair uses these several times; Brioche uses this occasionally.
* TalkingIsAFreeAction: Subverted -- everyone who attempts to introduce themselves gets attacked mid-sentence and they'll [[{{Lampshade Hanging}} mention]] it too.
** Yukikaze completes a particularly long introduction one time [[spoiler: when she's preparing her sealing spell against the demon sword.]]
* [[Main/TalkingToHimself Talking to Herself]]: In episode 3 of Dash, Rico has a conversation with Nanami. The same seiyuu does both characters.
* TemptingFate: Couvert telling Rico and Noir in episode 12 of season 2 that the traps in the dungeon have obviously been disabled, only to then activate them.
* ThanksForTheMammary: Cinque accidentally grabs Eclair's chest when she has him pinned down.
** Made even worse for him as that is when he realizes she's a girl.
* TomBoyAndGirlyGirl: Leo and Millefiore. Also Nanami and Rebecca. Not to mention Jaune and Vert.
* TrappedInAnotherWorld
* {{Tsundere}}: Eclair, and Adelaide in the second season.
* UniversalUniverseTime: Nobody questions the assumption 16 days in their world will be exactly the same as 16 days in the Hero's world.
** Not to mention that Tokyo and Biscotti are in the same time zone. And the seasons are the same, too.
* UnluckyChildhoodFriend: Becky, but given the show's [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism generally optimistic tone]], it's never expanded upon.
** Besides which, they fix it in the second season.
* TheUnreveal: Becky's secret about Cinque in Season 2 Episode 8.
* UnusualEars: Cat and Dog ones.
** Vert has rabbit ears. Yukikaze has fox ears.
* VerbalTic: Brioche and Yukikaze use "de gozaru".
** This may be more an instance of AntiquatedLinguistics, as "de gozaru" is an older version of "desu".
** Ricotta ends nearly all her sentences with "de arimasu"
* WarIsGlorious: It's more like Playground Olympics. The consequences for losing is that the other side will be unhappy and the Princess won't have time to sing; at the worst-case scenario, expect ClothingDamage here and there. WarIsGlorious [[UpToEleven indeed]].
* WarForFunAndProfit: Quite literally, the prize money one gets for successfully participating is enough to make a decent living out of it and, of course, the whole thing is more of an elaborated sports event anyway.
* WarriorPrince: Gaul.
* WeHaveReserves: Leonmichelle is a big fan of wave attacks, and none too fussy about any damage to her own side that her attacks might cause. Of course, like most war tropes applied here, this is completely PlayedForLaughs, because in such a [[FriendlyWar war where]] [[NonLethalKO nobody gets]] [[NonLethalWarfare seriously hurt]], the only real casualty in a worst-case scenario would be [[ClothingDamage the clothes]].
* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler:Leonmichelle's harsh, militaristic international policy is part of a gambit to avert the prophesied death of her childhood friend Milhiore, as well as her Hero, Cinque.]]
* WhatTheHellHero: Eclair gets called out on this when she makes Rico cry in episode 10 of Season 2, after the latter tells the former that she's holding back her feelings for Cinque, but refuses to talk to anyone about it.
* WhamEpisode: The ending of Episode 6 -- [[spoiler:Cinque and Millefiore are doomed to die in 30 days, and nothing can change this. [[ScrewDestiny Not if Leonmichelle has anything to say about it, though.]]]]
* WhiteAndGreyMorality: In any other show, warmongering [[TheEmpire Galette]] would be pretty clearly evil, but given that "warmongering", in this case, means "healthily appreciative of sporting activities", we've just got a bunch of friendly, polite {{Worthy Opponent}}s instead.
** GoodVersusGood: A rare example
* WingDingEyes: Rebecca, just after her summoning.
** Nanami, just after losing her duel with Brioche.
* WistfulAmnesia:[[spoiler: Cinque regains his memories of Flonyard after receiving Palladion from Tatsumaki.]]
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: [[spoiler:The hero-killing demon is actually a cursed earth spirit, stabbed with an evil sword twice the size of his body, forced to eat his mother and kill everything around him, and in terrible pain to the point of wishing, at the time of the show, for nothing more or less than the peace of death.]]
* TheWorfEffect: [[spoiler:Brioche, Adelaide and Valerio]] get their life force drained and are reduced to little kids in episode 7 of season 2.
** Before that, [[spoiler:Becky beats the two highly-skilled human heroes effortlessly in a battle, despite them teaming up on her. Granted, she was in the air and had ranged attacks, But neither of the two were helpless against air opponents if they used certain moves...which they did not.]]
* WorldOfBadass: These people love war so much they turned it into a sport!
** In ep 12, Roland explains that the wars also serve as live-ammo training for the knights and the militia, who occasionally have to go out and fight for real against monsters and demons.
* WorldOfHam: Especially the kingdom of Galette. With NorioWakamoto as General Godwin.
* WorthyOpponent: All of the antagonists so far, really, but Leonmichelle if you'd like a specific example.
* WrestlerInAllOfUs: Jaune and Gaul have a little competition and Vert was the referee. A few episodes later, Cinque and Gaul decide to arm-wrestle, which eventually becomes actual wrestling when [[TheKlutz Vert trips and spills several drinks]] on Cinque.
* {{Wutai}}: Biscotti has a small village with bamboo huts - and it's where the wandering samurai and ninja analogues live. ''Dash'' shows Galette has a {{Wutai}} town named Ayase. It's explained that it's on the eastern side of Galette [[JustifiedTrope and it was built by immigrants from the eastern countries]].
** Also Brioche lives in a Japanese style mansion.
* YouCantGoHomeAgain: Cinque learns in episode 2 that, as a Hero, he can't return home, much less communicate with family and friends. This is why it isn't done very often. Although the communicate bit is subverted in episode 3, since Ricotta builds a machine that allows him to call Rebecca.
** [[spoiler:And as the series goes on, Ricotta also finds a way for him to return, but with conditions. He will forget all memories and experiences of his time in Fronaldo, and he'll never be able to come back. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Oh, and he can't bring anything either]].]]
*** [[spoiler: Luckily, it turns out that there is a way to [[SequelHook bring him back.]]]]
* YouShallNotPass: Calloway Risler, to Nanami and Cinque, in the second episode of Dash.
* ZettaiRyouiki: Noir, and Yukikaze in her dress uniform.
** As of season 2, Nanami and Becky in their battle uniforms. Also Jaune.
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