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[[caption-width-right:350:L to R: A-oh, Un-oh, Tweedledee, Tweedledum, Armbrust, Mercredi, Eclipse, Lumière, Éclair.]]

->''"Ta-daa!"''
-->--'''Éclair'''

->''"A lady should really be more elegant... * sigh* "''
-->--'''Lumière'''

In the Star Century year 0165, humanity has long spread across the galaxy and brought all its old problems with it. Crime rates in the future are still as high as ever. An agency of [[TheGovernment the Galactic Union]] called "Galactic Organization of Trade and Tariffs" ([[FunWithAcronyms G]][[GratuitousGerman O]][[http://www.woerterbuch.info/?query=Gott&s=dict&l=en TT]]) has its own special way of dealing with these problems - it dispatches duos of superpowered enforcers referred as "ES Members" to deal with galactic law breakers. Among their number are two who... tend to stand out a bit: Éclair and Lumière. Behind their appearance of just your run-of-the-mill, happy-go-lucky C-class agents lurks a far more sinister past soiled with blood, desperation, and bitter conflict with the very world order they are now charged with protecting.

Does the above sound like a bit like ''LightNovel/DirtyPair'' to you? No surprise, seeing how '''''Kiddy Grade''''' was probably intended as its SpiritualSuccessor of sorts. However, despite its lighthearted, LovelyAngels-themed start, this show gets progressively darker and moodier, dipping into such difficult themes as [[WhoWantsToLiveForever problems faced by an immortal]] and person vs. society and socioeconomic conflict. ''Kiddy Grade'' is a true production tour-de-force, starting with the design, directorial and dictational talent of production team Creator/{{Gimik}}, throttled by the {{GONZO}} animation prowess and impressive voice acting (yay for Creator/AyaHirano and Creator/ColleenClinkenbeard), rounded off by an impressive musical score by Shiro Hamaguchi. This will make the series worth taking a look at even if you stay indifferent to the questions raised in it.

The show originally aired in Japan in 2002-03. A sequel series was announced in 2006, to be animated by asread rather than GONZO, and while a pilot DVD was released, little info was revealed until February 2009, when it was [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2009-02-26/kiddy-grade-spinoff-kiddy-girl-and-announced re-announced]] under the official title ''Anime/KiddyGirlAnd'', now to be animated by Satelite and set [[TimeSkip 50 years after]] the original. In the interim, the series had been re-run on TV in Japan and re-released as a DVD box set, and also released to selected theatres as three cut-down movies.

''Note: ''Anime/KiddyGirlAnd'' has its own page, so please don't put tropes relating to that show here.''
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!!Tropes:

* ActionDressRip: Happens in episode 5 when Éclair tries to take a day off and heads to a fancy restaurant.
* AIIsACrapshoot
* AristocratsAreEvil: Except for a few notable individuals, nearly all of the Nouvlesse are selfish, vainglorious assholes who are blatantly contemptuous of all citizens of non pure Earth-bred stock in the galaxy.
* AsYouKnow: Introduction of the original series.
* BackForTheFinale
* BarbieDollAnatomy: While the frequent panty shots can be quite detailed, the full frontal nudity featured in episode 12 showed nipples (in the [[TooHotForTV DVD version]] that is) - yes, ''even [[PetitePride Lumiére]]'' - but no genitalia. This scene was even re-animated for the movie version of the show, with another similar scene added [[spoiler:showing the transfer into their new bodies]].
* BloodFromTheMouth: When Éclair receives a seemingly fatal injury in the third episode and again after being clotheslined by [[spoiler:Donnerschlag]] in episode 14. She's also been known to cut her own lip as a lipstick substitute.
* BoobsOfSteel: The most powerful female ES-members tend to be rather well-endowed, Éclair included. Viola and Lumière are the notable exceptions.
* {{Bowdlerise}}: Averted. The English version has been accused of [[FrothyMugsOfWater watering down Lumière's wine]], however, the original script also refers to it euphemistically as "Grape Juice" (萄ジュース).
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: [[spoiler:Donnerschlag and Wirbelwind the AIs,]] thanks to a program called [[MeaningfulName "Hashish"]].
* CatchPhrase: See the opening quotations.
* CloningBlues: [[spoiler: Alv and Dvergr create copies of Éclair and Lumière as their servants]].
* ConspicuousCG: '''Averted'''. By '''''{{Gonzo}}'''''!
* CoolStarship: La Muse; Every other ES team has their own.
* CostumeCopycat: [[spoiler:Alv and Dvergr, although they can copy the abilities as well]]. They couldn't copy the voices, though.
* CreditsRunningSequence
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: Several characters, but particularly Lumière, in both her purple- and teal-haired iterations. Crosses over with HairColors.
* DelayedExplosion: Practically all the spaceship combat scenes and a few more besides.
* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler: Various characters, including Éclair and Lumière themselves. Several times. Those nanomachines sure come in handy]].
* EnergyAbsorption: Alv and Dvergr.
* EvolvingCredits: The credits get updated [[spoiler:with Éclair and Lumière's new look]].
* {{Expy}}: Side-character Mad Bad Bull oddly resembles [[{{Berserk}} Nosferatu Zodd]].
* ExtraordinarilyEmpoweredGirl: A bunch of them.
* EyeCatch: Each episode featured a different artist providing the eyecatch.
* {{Fanservice}}: And how, though some found Lumière's fanservice [[FanDisservice disturbing...]]
* FrothyMugsOfWater: Lumière's "grape juice" is actually ''fermented'' grape juice, a.k.a. wine (usually, high quality, and thus expensive, wine).
** Which at one points even gets used [[spoiler: to save her life]].
* {{Gainaxing}}: Éclair.
* GoodBadTranslation: Armblast was supposed to be named "Armbrust", after the German word for "crossbow", but... eh, close enough (the real reason was that the mistake was discovered too late in the dubbing).
* GoOutWithASmile: [[spoiler: Chevalier D'Autriche]].
* GoThroughMe
* TheGovernment: GOTT.
* GratuitousEnglish
* GratuitousFrench
* GratuitousGerman
* GunshipRescue: Done '''beautifully'''. [[spoiler:Long after [[CoolStarship La Muse]] was destroyed, the new one reveals itself by shooting down the large enemy gunship before dramatically rising out of the water.]]
* {{Hammerspace}}: It's not like Éclair's outfit has pockets, but there is literally nowhere on her person that Lumière can stash her wine bottles.
* HandBlast: [[spoiler:The clones of Éclair and Lumière]] have this as their main attack. Ironically, this is not one of Armblast's abilities.
* HollywoodCyborg
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Cesario and Viola.
* HumongousMecha / TransformingMecha: [[spoiler: The starship]] ''[[spoiler: Deucalion]]''.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Except for the finale, it uses the for [Word]/[Usually related word].
* ImageSong:
** Lumière's is "Hikari no Umi" ("Sea of Light"). It has an appropriately staid theme and plays during her flashback episode.
** Éclair's is called "Tsubasa". Her lullaby also possibly counts.
** They also have a duet called, appropriately, "Girls Power 〜史上最高〜" (all-time high) and sing a duet version of the ending theme.
* ImmortalLifeIsCheap
* ImpossiblyCoolClothes: How that bare-skinned cross on Éclair's stomach retains its shape is anyone's guess.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Éclair's lipstick whip. Lumière's "wine bottles" also qualify. Armbrust's briefcase has also been used in this manner.
* {{Irony}}, dramatic: [[spoiler: Éclair sees a boy at the hospital who is distraught that his grandma is about to pass away, but is satisfied with it. Éclair explains to him that his grandma probably feels that she's done everything that she's meant to do in life, and all of us will die someday anyway... except for the part where Éclair herself is actually immortal and has to deal with that in her own way.]]
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:Everyone seems to forget that Eclipse approved of the killing of unarmed civilians and even ordered Éclair to help out, which caused Éclair's revolt in the first place. However, this is justified when you realize it was all part of Eclipse's BatmanGambit. At the time, she was under heavy scrutiny by the Nouvlesse, so she had to KickTheDog at the time to ensure that Eclair would engineer the downfall of GOTT (at the time), allowing Eclipse to fake her own demise, and in the interim she stayed dead until she could come back to life and resume control, minus the interference from above.]]
* KillAllHumans: [[spoiler: Alv]]
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: Chevalier D'Autriche]]
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: [[spoiler:Éclair, self-inflicted]]
* LogicBomb: The Hashish virus.
* LovelyAngels: Éclair and Lumière.
* MadeOfIron: ES members bleed, but little things like bullet wounds don't cause them any other problems - unless required by the plot. [[spoiler:Entirely justified by their nanomachines -- and even if they ''are'' killed, that's easy to fix too.]]
* MagicFeather: Éclair wears lipstick whenever making use of her full powers.
** Perhaps justified, as it seems to function as [[spoiler:an auto-hypnotic suggestion]].
* {{Meganekko}}: Mercredi and Vendredi. We don't know much about Vendredi, but Mercredi [[spoiler:actually doesn't need them, as she spends the last third of the show in her true form as Pfeilspitze not wearing glasses (or that wig either)]].
* {{Nanomachines}}: That's what's behind many ES "superpowers".
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: It's surprising how many ES members have a classified second power that [[YouDidntAsk nobody had ever mentioned]].
* NotQuiteDead: One-shot antagonist Mad Bad Bull, episode 4, after being crushed by a crate when Éclair plays around with a ship's ArtificialGravity.
* NotWhatItLooksLike: Lumière at one time wakes up to find [[spoiler:Éclair kissing her--but it was done to feed Lumière her favorite wine, so she'd recover from her coma]].
** It's telling though that Lumière is not at all upset [[spoiler:about the kiss, but about the waste of her beloved wine]].
* TheNthDoctor: A rare animated example: [[spoiler:Éclair and Lumière switch into completely new bodies halfway through the series, and it's revealed that they've done so many times before]].
* OffModel: In distance shots, characters often have weirdly glowing eyes, which disappear again at close range--especially Éclair.
* OlderSidekick: At least, Éclair looks that way.
* OminousLatinChanting
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: Uttered by [[spoiler:Un-oh toward Éclair]].
* OppositesThemeNaming: Two agents are named Dextera and Sinistra (right and left hand, respectively).
* PantyShot: Éclair, ''several times per episode''.
** One of the post-body switch EyeCatch images has a heavily blushing Lumiére doing this trope, even though she's not the usual provider of {{Fanservice}} in the show.
* {{Qipao}}: Éclair in episode 3, and Lumière also in an [[http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/IIvxbxB-n31T87OJUApOBA?feat=directlink omake]] from the first movie.
* RankInflation: C, S, and [[spoiler:G (Copper, Silver, and Gold, respectively - canonically "Channel Opener", "Shamanic Agent", and "Gazer of Cosmos")]].
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Well, almost.
* RecapEpisode
* RedEyesTakeWarning: The "eyes" of [[spoiler:both Donnerschlag and the La Muse]] turn red when infected with the Hashish virus. Tweedledee and 'Dum also have red eyes.
* {{Roboteching}} BeamSpam: The ''Deucalion''.
* RobotGirl: Actually, they are cyborgs.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney:
-->Lumière: "They're the Nouvlesse. They're arrogant because they can ''afford'' to be."
* ShooOutTheClowns: Right around episode 8.
* ShoutOut: In episode 9, in a sign on an office, the address below GOTT is 'GONDO DIGI', as a reference to Gonzo Digimation.
* SleepModeSize: When Lumière [[spoiler: exhausts her energy restoring herself, Éclair, and Donner, she turns from an adult body to her normal loli form]].
* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''LightNovel/DirtyPair''.
* SternChase: Ocurring after [[spoiler:Éclair and Lumière have been expelled from GOTT]].
* StormingTheCastle: Episode 15.
* SuckingInLines
* SuperPrototype: The Caliope has at least a few of the abilities that are present in the more specialised production model La Muses (the Thaleia's Resonance Explosion, Polymnia's Reflection Field and Clio's Hedgehog), albeit in a weaker form.
* SuperSpeed: Foxy Fox. Éclair as well.
* SuperStrength: Éclair.
* SwissArmyWeapon: Éclair's lipstick can turn into a whip, crack electronic locks, & more.
* {{Tearjerker}}: This series has its fair share of very sad moments.
* {{Terraform}}
* ThemeNaming: All of the partners have some theme to their names, the most obvious are [[ThemeTwinNaming the twins]] Tweedledee and Tweedledum.
** Éclair and Lumière: French for "lightning" and "light" respectively; the latter is "translated" as [[spoiler:"twinkle"]] late in the show
** Dextera and Sinistra: Latin for "right" and "left."
** Alv and Dvergr: Nordic for "elf" and "dwarf."
** Tweedledee and Tweedledum: From Creator/LewisCarroll's ''[[Literature/AliceInWonderland Through the Looking Glass]]''.
** Un-oh and A-oh: Japanese names for the two Buddhist Deva Kings.
** Viola and Cesario: Female name and male pseudonym for a character from Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''Theatre/TwelfthNight''.
** Armbrust and [[spoiler:Pfeilspitze]]: German for "crossbow" and "arrowhead."
** Mercredi and Vendredi: French for "Wednesday" and "Friday."
* TokenMiniMoe: Viola.
** Lumière could fit this description as well.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Viola loves Italian pasta. Cesario prefers Chinese. This is a common point of (albeit playful) argument between the two.
* TronLines: [[spoiler:Donnerschlag]] when under the influence of Hashish.
* TurnInYourBadge: [[spoiler:After the events of Episode 11, Éclair and Lumière are kicked out of the GOTT, and records of their registration are erased... and it sticks]].
* WineIsClassy: Lumiere's favorite drink is [[FrothyMugsOfWater "grape juice"]].
* WhamEpisode: Episodes 11 and 15.
* WhipItGood: Éclair's [[ImprobableWeaponUser lipstick attack]].
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: [[spoiler:Primarily, Éclair and her eternal struggle against the Nouvlesse, although all other ES Members face this in one way or another]].
* WonderTwinPowers: Viola's power requires that she hold hands with her partner Cesario. Tweedledee and Tweedledum also have a combo ability.
* YourHeadASplode: [[spoiler:Donnerschlag and Wirbelwind.]]
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