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[[caption-width-right:350:Left to right: Celcia old-self, Celcia current-self, Airi, Junpei and Ritsuko. (Mihke is missing)]]

->''"Ready, set... strip!"''
-->-- American cover for the first DVD

It's a show about [[OddFriendship three random people]] who strip elves naked. It's not a [[{{Hentai}} porno]], honestly.

The three characters in question are Junpei (a [[IdiotHero thick-headed martial artist]]), Ritsuko (a {{tomboy}} and [[GunNut gun enthusiast]]) and Airi ([[ThePowerOfActing an award-winning actress]]). They've been accidentally teleported from Japan to a HighFantasy [[AlternateUniverse parallel world]], and when the spell to send them back home is interrupted, the magic goes berserk and manifests itself as five arcane sigils tattooed onto five elves across the land.

Of course, there is no way of knowing ''which'' elves have the sigils. So with no lack of misplaced determination and the help of an elven sorceress called Celcia (who is technically responsible for the mess in the first place), the trio vow to hunt down every female elf they can and [[ShamefulStrip strip them bare]] to inspect their bodies [[GottaCatchEmAll and retrieve all five fragments]]. HilarityEnsues.

That's basically it. It's a comedy, and it also includes a [[TankGoodness tank animated by the ghost of a cat]]. There's not as much senseless {{Fanservice}} as the synopsis implies, as the story focuses more on CharacterDevelopment, RuleOfFunny and the sheer ridiculousness of their situation.

There is a Manga and Anime series. Even if it sounds familiar, it has nothing to do with HeWhoFightsMonsters.

You can find a playlist of the series [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGREVTjIpC4&list=PLC400FE9A90442F26 here]].

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!!This series has examples of:

* AnachronismStew: Justified in that [[spoiler: Celcia's spell summons objects from our world to hers]] (so having a tank makes perfect sense [[RuleOfCool and is awesome]]), but also played straight in the pop culture references and the many religious profanities used. And Elf Mc Burger. ''You cannot escape Mc Donalds.''
** This eventually becomes a plot point.
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: Creative use of an enlargement potion in an absence of MagicPants makes for instant nudity. It also makes for an angry giantess who punches out a dragon that is threatening her town.
* BadassCrew: For better or for worse, Junpei, Airi, and Ritsuko [[spoiler: and later Celcia]] are a team.
* BadassLongcoat: Judge
* BadassNormal: Junpei, Airi, and Ritsuko all qualify, since many of their opponents are supernatural or magical in nature.
* BarbieDollAnatomy: Present in the anime, averted in the manga.
* TheBigGuy: Junpei, played completely straight.
* CanNotSpitItOut: Seriously, people. "Hey, my friends and I are looking for the fragments of a very powerful and important spell that has imprinted on five random elf women. You don't happen to have any odd marks that popped up recently, do you?" IS THAT REALLY SO HARD?!
** They've tried. It didn't work. Elves can be such snobs.
* BlackComedyRape: Only ''just'' averted, invoked as well.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Sometimes it happens during episodes. A good example is the first 5 minutes in episode 8:
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--->'''Junpei:''' Wait a minute. Something's not right. It's only been thirty seconds since the episode title and we've already found an elf.
** Later during the explanation:
--->'''Junpei:''' Weren't you afraid of ghosts in the last episode?
--->'''Ritsuko:''' Then was then. Now is now.
--->'''Junpei:''' Boy, I hate fantasy stories!
** Junpei's catch phrase:
--->'''Junpei:''' "This is why I hate fantasy stories!"
** Episode 9:
--->'''Junpei:''' Man this series sure uses a lot of screwball comedies.
--->'''Celicia:''' Fantasy series Junpei, fantasy series.
* CatchPhrase: At least in the dub, Junpei says, "This is why I hate fantasy stories!"
** In the original manga, and it's "Freaking fantasy world!".
** "Forgive me for stripping you!"
* CensorSteam: Even during the initial fantastic tearing of clothes, the camera rarely catches inappropriate elf bits.
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Junpei has incredible strength and speed from all his training.
* TheChick: Airi. Not that she's ineffectual. She just doesn't do a lot of the fighting.
* ClingyCostume: Episode 10, season one. An elf kight comes to the group and asks for help removing it.
* CoolTank: The Type 74 tank, practically a character in its own right. [[spoiler:Later on, it actually ''does'' become a character, when the cat spirit Mike (mee-kay) possesses it.]]
* CriticalFailure: Celcia, a ''lot''. She screws up the spell to send the trio home [[spoiler:not once, but twice]]. [[spoiler:Not only that, but she's the one who cast the spell that summoned Junpei, Ritsuko, and Airi to her world in the first place!]] Despite exemplifying this trope for the sake of the plot, she's reasonably competent when the stakes aren't returning the heroes home.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Be very afraid when Junpei finally stops fooling around and fights seriously.
* CurbStompBattle: The fighting in this series pitch the residents of a typical high fantasy setting against a second generation main battle tank.
* {{Cult}}: At one stage, Airi founds a religious organisation who pray stark naked. Unsurprisingly this is mostly marketed at elves.
* CurseCutShort: In the first episode, one of the shark creatures lets out a 'What the fu-' in the English dub before being attacked.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: A dragon makes the mistake of perving over a stripped elf.
** Played very straight in the Christmas episode. Junpei kicks Satan up a chimney when he offers the group [[DealWithTheDevil a deal]].
* DismantledMacGuffin: Our heroes have to search for a series of tattoos that were originally on Celcia's body, and thanks to a failed spell, now scattered all around the land.
* DirtyOldMan: Celcia's advisors are perhaps a little too eager to help the Elf Hunters in their quest to return home. And Millia's grandfather having a potion that makes elves take off their clothes?
* [[DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength Does Not Know Her Own Strength]]: [[spoiler: Millia, from episode 10.]] Comes complete with WorldOfCardBoardSpeech.
* {{Dracolich}}: There is one Dracolich in episode 3.
* EverythingsEvenWorseWithSharks
* {{Fanservice}}: Comparatively little, considering the plot.
** So little in fact that we Yanks got away with slapping it with a PG rating because of the violence. Even though the plot involves ''people stripping Elves down to their birthday suits''!
* FriendlySniper: Ritsuko.
* GuileHero: In addition to being a MasterOfDisguise, Airi is skilled at reading people and controlling them. She can often do more with a few words than the others can do with magic, bullets or fists.
* GunsAkimbo: Ritsuko. She is a military otaku.
* IdiotHero: Junpei. Good God, Junpei.
* IGaveMyWord: Junpei takes his fighter's honour very seriously.
* IHaveTheHighGround: Judge again. He seems to enjoy pretending to be [[Anime/SailorMoon Tuxedo Mask]].
* {{Jerkass}}[=/=]JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Junpei.
* {{Leitmotif}}: The [[CoolTank tank]] is represented by an electric guitar riff.
* LightningBruiser: Junpei.
* MagicMisfire: Celcia disguises herself as a doglike creature to try to help them find the spell fragments without being recognized. However, when they find the first fragment and she transfers it to herself, it causes [[spoiler: ShapeshifterModeLock until they have all the fragments. Her increasingly ridiculous appearance as the spell fragments transfer to her become a RunningGag.]]
* MasterOfDisguise: Airi, justified in that she is an [[MasterActor award-winning actress]].
* MegaNeko: [[spoiler: Once the tank is inhabited by a cat spirit.]]
* MirrorMatch: Used by Judge to weaken the heroes to arrest them.
* NakedFreakout
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: enough said.
* TheNudifier: The potion which will make any elf naked.
* TheOneGuy: Junpei.
* OurElvesAreBetter: A notable aversion. They all ''look good'', but otherwise their society seems to have integrated well into that of human's.
* OurMermaidsAreDifferent
* PaperFanOfDoom: the women in the main cast, usually directed at Junpei (or any male too obsessed with the Elf Hunters quest), although Junpei himself uses it to prevent an uncomfortable old man homoerotic moment.
* PimpedOutDress: The DancesAndBalls episode.
* PlayboyBunny: Junpei accidentally bursts into a room where girls are dressing into them.
* PottyDance / PottyEmergency: Junpei, Season 2 Episode 2, complete with a graph and flashing alarm showing his current state. His dilemma leads to some [[{{Squick}} uncomfortable images.]] Ends with [[spoiler: the discovery of a teddy bear that can excrete toilet paper, in perfect rolls, complete with cardboard tube.]]
* ThePowerOfActing
* PrettyInMink: A few outfits.
* SexySantaDress: All the girls who act as Santa for temp jobs.
* SapientTank: The type 74 "Mike" after being possessed by a cat.
* SaveBothWorlds: Brought up explicitly near the end of the first season is the idea that both Earth and the magical world to which the cast has been sent are fundamentally connected and in danger of some sort of magical cataclysm if the cast are not sent back to Earth. Then averted, or maybe just forgotten by the writers, because it's never mentioned again.
** It's possible that the worlds' combining only happens to a limited degree when one casts the summoning spell, and the additional combination witnessed during the first season was a combination of our heroes WalkingTheEarth and Annette's use of the summoning spell.
* SchizoTech: There isn't really much of a difference from the real world other than that everything runs on magic instead of technology. Yet for some reason police and guards still use swords when there should logically be some kind of magical firearms technology.
* ShamefulStrip: Multiple examples.
* ShapeshifterModeLock: More details below, under Voluntary Shapeshifting.
* ShoutOut: "Those damn dirty humans!"
** The whole point of the series is to poke fun at pop cultures and conventional fantasy tropes.
** In Episode 1 Airi disguised as an Elf, gives a Cutey Honey Speech and even coins the phrase Lovely Warrior.
** A certain [[Literature/{{Discworld}} landmass]] supported on the back of four elephants and a turtle appears often.
* SlapSlapKiss: [[spoiler: Junpei and Celcia, believe it or not. Junpei sure doesn't. As in, he's completely oblivious even when Celcia confesses to him. Which leads to EpicFail number two.]]
* [[TheSmartGuy The Smart Girl]]: Airi, lacking muscles, magic, and guns, relies solely on her brain and her acting skills to support the group.
* SpannerInTheWorks: The elf hunters become this when an evil sorceress holds the entire world hostage as her magic, which can burn anyone at whim, does not work on those from the outside world.
* SpiritualSuccessor: ''ThoseWhoHuntTheButterfly'', aka ''AgehaOOuMonotachi'', which is basically Junpei as an ex-prison guard trying to hunt down Airi while she hides in plain sight ([[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: In Space ]]
...), by simply stripping everyone naked he can and checking for a tattoo. Unlike ''Elves'', though, Junpei tends to end up arrested/beat up/etc for his trouble.
* StableTimeLoop: [[spoiler:It turns out that the BigBad whom Celcia casts a protagonists-summoning spell to defeat is amnesiac Celcia from the future.]]
* SummonEverymanHero: The back-plot of the story: to defeat the BigBad, Celcia casts a spell which summons the protagonists. Less than a minute later, the BigBad is [[spoiler:only mostly]] dead, thanks to Ritsuko blasting it with the armored tank that the spell also brought along.
* TankGoodness
* TeamPet: Celcia, for most of the series.
* ThisIsMyBoomstick: As this world does not have any equivalent to firearms and tanks, the average citizen or villain tends to assume that these weapons are magical.
* UnscaledMerfolk
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: [[spoiler:Celcia can transform into whatever she wants with her ring. However, played with in that she always ends up transforming into animals (hence she is considered TeamPet) and cannot transform back once she absorbs any one of the spell fragments. She can only change back once she gains all fragments or lose them all. The fact that the spell fragments, which manifest visibly in her body as she gains them, make her [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/072.jpg look ridiculous]] does not help. For those who don't understand the image, the dark lines on the big bird are the spell fragments that manifest on Celcia's body. And that big bird is only ''one'' of the forms that she ends up not so willingly taking throughout the whole comic.]]
* WrongGenreSavvy: In one chapter of the manga, Junpei states that "you can't go by in a fantasy world without knowing a spell or two", and thus sets out to train in the arcane arts in his very own way. HilarityEnsues.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Airi's purple hair.

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