[[caption-width-right:330:Tsubasa, Hikaru, and Hokkaido]]

''"Do you like yourself right now?"''

''Figure17: Tsubasa & Hikaru'', is about a shy, introverted little girl named Tsubasa, taken out to the Hokkaido countryside by her father as he pursues his dream of becoming a baker. When, one night, she stumbles upon a crashed spacecraft - and then the pilot in a losing fight against its monstrous cargo - she herself is very nearly killed, saved only by a random accident involving the ship's emergency 'Figure', a kind of biomechanical battle suit. Due to said accident, however, when the suit separates from her again it cannot return to storage, and instead copies Tsubasa's form. Tsubasa suddenly finds herself with a twin sister.

''Figure17'' is an unusual anime, not least in that it seems impossible to fit into a genre. It combines elements of SliceOfLife, with MagicalGirl, [[SciFi Sci-Fi]], Drama... Also, the creators chose to use thirteen 45-minutes episodes, originally aired once a month, rather than the more standard twenty-six 25-minute episodes once a week. This leads to much gentler pacing, the anime taking time to ''very'' deliberately explore its characters, not to mention animation quality one would normally expect to find only in an {{OVA}}.

While there are significant action elements, particularly in the battles against the Maguar, the story is really about Tsubasa and Hikaru's life together, and the gift of their new relationship as sisters. A great deal of time is spent emphasising the characters' fragility, especially as children - something which adds a ''serious'' element of tension to anything dangerous, with the at times followed up implication that, being as these, again, are children, ill will very likely come of their having to participate in combat. Attention is often placed heavily on the child's perspective, too.

An extremely well designed anime, with very well considered and developed characters, and a TearJerker warning throughout - for both happy and sad reasons.

'''Beware of spoilers'''! Many of them relate to the last fourth of the series, particularly the GrandFinale.
'''This series provides examples of:'''
* AdaptiveAbility: Arguably the greatest problem in dealing with the Maguar is the fact that each one adapts countermeasures against the method used to kill the previous one making the next one in sequence all that much harder to kill. As a result, virtually every battle is both brutal and costly and forces the protagonists to come up with still more methods of dispatching the beasts.
* AdultsAreUseless: Partially subverted. DD's carelessness transporting the Maguar gems got the Earth into this situation, and he has trouble fighting the Maguar at first. Later on in the series he joins up with Oldeena and they become a competent support team to Tsubasa/Hikaru, even going so far as to take down a Maguar without needing their help at all.
* AliensInCardiff: In rural Hokkaido, in this case.
* AnyoneCanDie: The Maguar are very dangerous, and all those fighting them come close to being killed by the creatures. Indeed,[[spoiler: one of the two protagonists dies in the end as a result of engaging one]], and [[spoiler: one of their school friends dies in the middle of the series, though not as a result of fighting Maguar.]]
* ArtificialHuman: Hikaru is a malfunctioning 'Figure', a form of biomechanical combat armour. In her case, she was an emergency unit that was smashed while the first Maguar was trying to kill Tsubasa, who was pressed against the wall underneath its case, and whose contents proceeded to spill over her and spontaneously activate. With no capsule to return to, however, the Figure instead cloned its user to make a form for itself, resulting in Hikaru, Tsubasa's artificial twin sister.
* AstralFinale: Unusual for a show that's [[{{Pun}} so down to Earth]], but the main conflict ''is'' an alien threat. [[spoiler: Downplayed in that the mothership is the site for the final battle and not outer space itself]].
* BittersweetEnding: As the end of the anime approaches, the biggest question in the closing few episodes is whether or not [[spoiler:Hikaru will survive. Being as the little energy remaining to her failing body was being spent to keep her alive, in the hope she might be taken back by DD and Oldina for preservation, the entirety of her role in the final battle is ''gruelling'' to watch.]][[spoiler:If Hikaru would have survived, she still would have had to leave Tsubasa behind. But at least she would have lived]].
* ButNowIMustGo: Played Straight, Justified, and Subverted during the GrandFinale:
** Straight: [[spoiler: Tsubasa]]. The reason why is that [[spoiler: her father is planning to open a bakery in Tokyo]].
** Justified: DD and Oldina obviously enough.
** Subverted: [[spoiler: Hikaru because she died before she can technically leave]].
* CallToAgriculture: Tsubasa's father. Well, it's a countryside bakery, but it's close enough.
* CharacterDevelopment: Tsubasa BIG TIME. She starts out the series very shy and quiet (even to her own father!) but as the series progresses, she becomes more confident in talking to others. By the last episode, she's able to convince her dad that the reason behind the mismatched gloves is because of her "friend" Hikaru.
* CombatTentacles: The Maguar's primary means of defending themselves.
* DamselOutOfDistress: Hikaru. In the second episode, she bit a Maguar's tentacle to set herself free and wasn't even scared when she got captured.
* DisappearsIntoLight: [[spoiler: This happens to Hikaru]] after the AstralFinale.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: It happens to [[spoiler: Shou Aizawa]] offscreen towards the end of episode 9. Much of the next episode is spent mourning his loss and is portrayed in a very realistic fashion, MeaningfulFuneral and all.
* EmpathicWeapon: 'Figures'. Technically armour, but they enable combat on a level far beyond their user's normal limits when used. All Figures are implied to be sentient, on some level, however true personality and life seems only to be achieved in Hikaru's case after the spillage > cloning incident. Most Figures are, however, capable of making a conscious self-sacrifice in order to rescue their user from a lethal blow, destroying themselves in the process.
* EndingMemorialService: In the last episode, [[spoiler: Tsubasa does this in front of Shou Aizawa's grave before [[ButNowIMustGo she leaves Hokkaido to move back into Tokyo]]]].
* EyeScream: Several Maguar die this way.
* FishOutOfWater: DD, especially in the second episode, has a rather hilarious case of this, not helped by the fact that he has to rely on two children (This troper's favourite moment is when he's seen checking out Tsubasa's TV in the background).
* FusionDance: Using a Figure functions rather like this, and given Hikaru ''is'' a Figure, but requires Tsubasa to take such a form, the two of them are quite a literal case.
* [[spoiler: GoOutWithASmile]]: [[spoiler: Hikaru]] in the GrandFinale.
* GrandFinale: A surprisingly epic one, in which [[spoiler: the two lead characters fight the mother Maguar in space]].
* HeroicBSOD: Tsubasa in episode 10 after [[spoiler: Shou Aizawa dies]]. Subverted with Hikaru who gets over it quickly and on her own.
* HeroicRROD: [[spoiler: This is how Hikaru dies]] in the GrandFinale.
* HeroicSacrifice: DD's Figure early in the anime does this to save its user, and [[spoiler:later, Hikaru attempts to do the same for Tsubasa, but Tsubasa somehow repairs and forces them to continue fighting. This might, however, be the reason Hikaru's power started fading away, leading to her final heroic sacrifice at the end...]]
* HoldingHands: Tsubasa and Hikaru ''all the time''. It's not only how they [[TransformationSequence transform into a Figure]] but it's also how Hikaru literally steers the other into experiencing life to the fullest. The ending sequence is also of these two doing this as the seasons change.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Each episode's title is a question about what it means to find and have TrueCompanions as well as Tsubasa's innermost feelings. Episode 3 is the only exception whose title is "Be Courageous". The page quote is episode 1's title.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Sort of. Tsubasa and Hikaru love each other to bits; in their minds, Hikaru's especially, they're the best thing that ever happened to each other. Neither even seems bothered by their ability to become Figure17 - but both of them, especially Tsubasa, just want the whole god-awful job of hunting down Maguar to be over with, [[spoiler:and are hit increasingly hard by each abortive declaration that it's over.]]
* [[IllGirl Ill Boy]]: He's never shown to be ill, but [[spoiler: Shou Aizawa]]'s father remarks this about him during his funeral in episode 10.
--> "He was such a happy child; you'd never would have guessed how sick he really was."
* InfantImmortality: '''[[AvertedTrope Averted]]'''! Two children die in this show, even though the Maguar put everybody in danger. A Maguar nearly ''strangled'' Tsubasa herself to death several times!
* IntrepidReporter: A reporter stumbles across a meadow killed by a Maguar's poison, and investigates further, taking a sample left in the monster's wake to a scientist friend for analysis and generally chasing the story throughout the plot.
* Creator/KariWahlgren: Tsubasa's english voice
* Creator/LaraJillMiller: Hikaru's english voice, credited as Willow Armstrong
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: DD and Oldina have the ability to wipe out everybody's memories of certain events.
* LatexSpaceSuit: Figures seem almost to be made of this, somehow.
* LensmanArmsRace: A good deal of the plot focuses on DD and Oldina's attempts to design weapons to defeat the Maguar, who adapt constantly based on past experience.
* MagicalGirl: While not really a MagicalGirl anime, the transformation to Figure17 by the twins is certainly reminiscent of the MagicalGirl genre, as are some of the plot elements. Her combat style, however, is generally rather different from the typical MagicalGirl, largely involving turning one's limbs into spikes and trying to shove them through the nearest enemy. Any other combat ability is given by technology, such as energy cannons or knives. Combat is also rather more brutal and cringe-inducing than the classic MagicalGirl scuffle.
** During the school play, we get to see Tsubasa in the role of a DarkMagicalGirl, too.
* MeaningfulFuneral: [[spoiler: Shou Aizawa]]'s funeral in episode 10 is treated with [[NeverSpeakIllOfTheDead the utmost respect and dignity]]. Further invoked when the teacher asked her class to write letters to him so that they can all heal. Indeed, these letters were then sent to his parents which apparently shocked them because he had HiddenDepths that they never knew of.
* MeaningfulName: Tsubasa means "wings" which refers to her opening up as a person so she can experience the world around her. Hikaru means "light" which refers to her showing the way for Tsubasa's CharacterDevelopment as well as her [[GenkiGirl energetic]], [[CheerfulChild cheerful]], and [[WideEyedIdealist optimistic]] outlook.
* MonsterOfTheWeek: Maguar play this role early on in the anime, however after episode seven or so, things start to lose their pattern, with some episodes spent without a single sign of a Maguar and others dedicated to particularly important fights. All of them, however, are part of the larger continuity.
* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily: The Maguar, especially the earlier ones.
* MultipleDemographicAppeal: It's very hard to figure out just who ''Figure17'''s target audience was supposed to be...
* PlotArmor: [[AvertedTrope Nope]]! See InfantImmortality above.
* PoweredArmor: The Figures, including Hikaru, are a kind of sentient powered armor.
* PowerOfTrust: [[JustifiedTrope Necessary]] for Tsubasa and Hikaru to have a ''chance'' of winning against a Maguar since they are technically SharingABody as Figure 17.
* PuniPlush: Somewhat present in the general art style, but only to a very limited extent; enough that characters still look their actual age.
* TheQuietOne: Tsubasa ''in spades'' and the trumph suit.
** BewareTheQuietOnes: She once raised her voice in episode 11 to stop some classmates from fighting over an ice hockey game during recess. The result: '''everyone''', including Tsubasa, enters a state of StunnedSilence! Of course, Hikaru backs her up and breaks the {{Beat}} with this line:
--> '''Hikaru''': "Tsubasa's right! [[WhatTheHellHero You shouldn't be fighting, so knock it off]]!"
* RealPlaceBackground: Most of the series takes place around the towns of Biei and Bibaushi in the Hokkaido prefecture.
* RedOniBlueOni: Hikaru and Tsubasa respectively.
* RousingSpeech: Doubles as QuitYourWhining. This is how Hikaru breaks Tsubasa's HeroicBSOD in episode 10.
* RubberForeheadAliens: DD and Oldina, possibly bordering on HumanAliens. DD is only noticeable as a non-human due to his eye and hair colour, and his funky eyebrows. Oldina could pass as human pretty much without any disguise.
** Although their language is more than a little inhuman, prior to DD making use of a UniversalTranslator. It doesn't really sound as if a human could ''make those noises''.
* SchoolPlay: A particularly enjoyable example, not just due to ( thanks to the 45 minutes an episode format ) the viewers being able to watch what was a pretty enjoyable, original play by Tsubasa and Hikaru's class, but also due to the role the performance plays in the overall plot. [[spoiler:Hikaru wants ''desperately'' to be allowed to stay on Earth to make this one last memory with Tsubasa before DD and Oldina take her back to their home civilisation, and during one scene, where one of the twin princesses ( the play was written by Shou, specifically for the two of them to be the lead characters ) pleads with her sister to remember her, after her memory is wiped with magic, Hikaru breaks down crying, knowing they will soon have to remove all memories of DD, Oldina, the Maguar and herself from everyone they've come into contact with - including Tsubasa.]]
* SecondEpisodeMorning: Tsubasa wakes up in bed after her first encounter with DD and the Maguar, thinking at first that it was all just a dream. Obviously, it wasn't.
* ShrinkingViolet: Tsubasa. Much of her CharacterDevelopment has her moving away from this.
* SiblingYinYang: Hikaru and Tsubasa technically aren't twins, but they sure as hell act like it!
* SnowMeansDeath: The only two deaths happened during the winter: The first is [[spoiler: Shou Aizawa]] in episode 9, and the second is [[spoiler: Hikaru Shiina]] in the GrandFinale.
* {{Squee}}: ''Any'' positive interactions between Tsubasa and Hikaru, or indeed between them and their father, or Hikaru's discovering she has all of Tsubasa's feelings and memories for her family. A prominent example being the two of them singing out vowels, as they'd been taught in a recent lesson, whilst in the bath together. Not to mention the pictures preceding and ending the mid-episode breaks, and an ''awesomely'' sweet moment when Hikaru sees the photograph of Tsubasa's dead mother, describing it as the 'First time I've ever felt so warm'.
* StealthInSpace: Oldina's ship remains undetected in Earth orbit, despite at one point firing a gigantic laser cannon at a Maguar ( see below ).
** Very likely it was using the same technologies as DD used to render his smaller starship undetectable in the first episode, and surround it with a 'you don't want to look here' field. So also DD's ship, too.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Hikaru and Tsubasa respectively, again. Downplayed in that Hikaru is a somewhat tomboyish relative to Tsubasa, wearing more masculine clothes in the opening and being better at sports, but taken on her own she's still quite feminine. The main contrast here is that the ArtificialHuman Hikaru is [[GenkiGirl outgoing and extraverted]] and [[ManicPixieDreamGirl helps to bring out]] [[ShrinkingViolet the shy, introverted Tsubasa]].
* TransformationSequence: Tsubasa and Hikaru's transformations, albeit relatively brief ( and more and more abridged as the series goes on ). Also generally averts the oddity of enemies just standing and watching the process: the twins always transform somewhere out of harm's way, ''before'' entering a dangerous situation, and 'proper' Figures seem to be able to activate fast enough to respond to danger immediately.
* TwelveEpisodeAnime: One of the unusual things about ''Figure17'' was the decision by the creators to create thirteen, 45 minute long episodes to be aired once a month. This allowed much gentler pacing and far, far deeper character development than usual, not to mention animation and art of a standard not usually seen outside {{OVA}}s.
* UmbrellaOfTogetherness: Tsubasa and Hikaru briefly do this during the ending credits along with their usual HoldingHands.
* WaveMotionGun / KillSat: Oldina's starship, parked in orbit and being itself a mothership / factory vessel compared to DD's little transport shuttle, has one of these, which is used to relatively little effect as a Space-to-Surface weapon. It's also [[spoiler:the site of the final battle.]]
* YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre: Many RecurringCharacter[=s=] say this to [[ShrinkingViolet Tsubasa]]; however, Hikaru is the most blatant example.