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''Ru ru raju vajra maha agni MAHA FAIGAR!!!''

Mei Ikaruga is a mild-mannered Japanese college student, when one day, she wakes up in a partly ruined house with no idea how she got there or anything else except that her name is Maze. She promptly rescues the princess Mill from a band of attacking orcs, which are accompanied by HumongousMecha, and in the process, discovers that she's one of the most powerful "luminators" (wizards) anywhere, and a competent pilot for Mill's powerful HumongousMecha. Mill's kingdom has just been overrun by an evil force, and Maze decides to protect her.

Then the sun goes down, and Maze abruptly turns into a male HandsomeLech....

(From Satoru Akahori, the creator of Anime/SaberMarionetteJ, SorcererHunters, and KashimashiGirlMeetsGirl.)

(Note: Maze redirects here. If you were looking for a physical maze, see TheMaze.)
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!!Provides examples of:

* ActionGirl: Solude, Rapier.
* AffectionateParody: This ''is'' a work by Satoru Akahori, and the show itself pretty much is a parody of the mecha and fantasy genres.
* AllAnimeIsNaughtyTentacles: Dulger's summoning sequence, only if it's during the day. Stops happening about halfway through the series.
* AppliedPhlebotinum
* BadassNormal: Aster.
* BeachEpisode
* {{BFS}}: Aster's weapon of choice is a huge sword.
* BigBad: The Creator, head of the Jaina Holy Group.
* BiTheWay: Mill is cheerfully indiscriminate about which form Maze in when she hits on him/her.
* {{Bishonen}}
* BodyguardCrush: Rapier had one of these for her king.
* BodySwap: The after effects of a potion to seal Maze's magic also screws up the transformation and temporarily results in Male Maze's personality controlling the female form and vice versa.
* BloodKnight: Male Maze. Nothing extreme but the guy loves to fight, especially at the beginning.
* ButchLesbian: Solude and, to some extent, Medusa.
* CallingYourAttacks
* CantHoldHisLiquor: Just the ''smell'' can get Rapier drunk.
* CastFromHitPoints: Since Phantom Light power can't be used normally in Maze's homeworld, Gorgeous delves into more and more subversive arts that take a serious toll on his body.
* ClingyJealousGirl: '''Mill'''
* ConflictBall: Even late in the series, Woman Maze will frequently re-discover her issues with fighting at the worst of times.
* ADayInTheLimelight: Solude gets one of these.
* DeadlyUpgrade: The original Namchi was bad enough, but a few episodes later it shows up badder than ever. It also seems to take a great toll out on its pilot, Gorgeous.
* DebutQueue
* DeusExMachina: The sun always seems to set in time for Man Maze to take over and curb stomp whoever had been previously beating around Woman Maze. Of course, the reverse can also happen, leading to the next example...
* DiabolusExMachina: In a reversal of the previous example, the Sun ''rises'' during Maze's first encounter with Gorgeous, just as Man Maze was about to finish off his Undeader, Gord. Woman Maze manages to keep it together, however.
* EvilIsNotAToy: Gorgeous' fusions with Namchi, [[CastFromHitPoints among other things]], would most likely have killed him, [[spoiler:if Man Maze didn't do it first]].
* EvilLaugh: Some of the bad guys and Male Maze.
* FanService: [[HotterAndSexier ESPECIALLY]] episode 26, [[NoExportForYou the episode that never got released in the US/CAN]].
** Even moreso in the laserdisc version
* GenderBender: Maze, who combines this with FusionDance since each form has a separate personality. Also The Creator.
* HandsomeLech: Male Maze.
* HeelFaceTurn: Sir Thanus, after Bartonian tries to make him into a scapegoat for their early losses. He and his troops begin to essentially curb stomp the Bartonian empire's forces from there.
* HotBlooded: Male Maze, as expected from a mecha-riding character voiced by Creator/TomokazuSeki. Oddly enough, ''not'' [[spoiler: Akira]].
* HotterAndSexier: The short [=OVA=] manages to leave Randy and Mill mostly-naked for the majority of the show.
** Episode 26, nuff said
*** Also the case with the laserdisc version, the Region 1 DVD release unfortunately was sourced from [[BadExportForYou the censored TV version]]
* HumongousMecha
* {{If Its You Its Okay}}: Ranchiki, gay for Male Maze but claims to be willing to settle for Female Maze since both are still Maze.
* IncestSubtext: [[spoiler: Mei and Akira]] are really close.
* InstantRunes
* {{Intersex}}: Mill, in the light novels, manga, and [[spoiler: in episode 26 of the anime]].
* InterspeciesRomance: Fairies and humans, required as the former is a OneGenderRace.
** InvoluntaryShapeshifting: More specifically, on certain days fairies transform into human women, and are supposed to mate before they transform back. (Randy becomes notably flirty when she transforms.)
* {{Kawaisa}}: Mill is cute, though a bit bratty at times.
* KingIncognito: Gold is really King Farmount.
* KiAttacks
* LanguageOfMagic: The language that spells are cast in.
* LarynxDissonance: One episode has the Female Maze transform into the Male Maze's body, but stay as the Female Maze mentally, and the next does it in reverse. In both situations the voice work is hilariously bad for the gender, but this may have been intentional.
* LostTechnology
* LoveDodecahedron
* MeaningfulName: Maze. Also combined with the PunnyName (two Meis).
* MedievalEuropeanFantasy: Though it has many medieval Japanese settings as well.
* OneGenderRace: Fairies
* OutOfFocus: Aster pretty much exists out of focus. From his first appearance onward, his entire thing is to cut things up with his BFS and act perverted. It's at it's worst midway through the series, where you could remove him and Solude without changing things very much. Solude herself is only saved by a DayInTheLimelight or two.
* PeekABangs: Gorgeous
* PhlebotinumBreakdown
* PronounTrouble: Though not exactly a pronoun, Mill refers to Maze as Oneenii-sama.
* PsychoLesbian: Solude's ex, Medusa.
* SchoolgirlLesbians: And non-schoolgirl lesbians, too, namely Solude.
* {{Shotacon}}: Randy likes 'em young.
* ShoutOut: One of the mecha in this series resembles EVA-01 from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''.
* SkinshipGrope: Female Maze gets grope many times, whether accidentally or for whatever reason.
* SlapSlapKiss: [[spoiler: Maze; don't want to say more than that]].
* SolomonDivorce
* SplitPersonality: [[spoiler: Somewhat, and with a twist.]]
* TheEmpire: The Jaina Holy Group really fits this trope.
* ThemeNaming
* TheUnwantedHarem: Everyone wants one or both of the Maze; male Maze wants everyone.
* TheWorfEffect: Aster and Solude generally get beaten around within the first minute of any MonsterOfTheWeek attack.
* TimeTravel: On several occasions.
* TransformationSequence
* TrappedInAnotherWorld: Subversion: she gets home halfway through the series, and her friends follow her.
* VerbalTic: Mill's "Ukyuu!"
* VictoriasSecretCompartment: Maze's shirt provides a common place for Randy to hang out.
* WorthyOpponent: Sir Thanus. He also makes for an even worthier [[HeelFaceTurn ally]].
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